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There will not be walk in hours tonight, Wednesday, 20 Feb 2019.

It is sleeting here (20 Feb 2019 at 2:56 PM), the driveway is covered in snow and ice and there is no sign of it letting up. The shop is closed. We will update tomorrow.

Reminder: Gunsmith in Training

Just a quick reminder that Patrick Heraghty, our Gunsmith, will be out of the shop for the remainder of this week (13-17 Nov 2018). 

The shop will still be open for walk in hours 4:30 PM to 7 PM each weekday evening. You are welcome to come in and do paperwork for transfers, pick up finished gunsmithing jobs, and drop off new work.  Someone will also be meeting the shipping companies to accept incoming transfer shipments.

If you drop off new work, Patrick will call you once he is back and has the work in front of him to discuss it with you.

Connecticut Shotgun Manufacturing Company

The Connecticut Shotgun Manufacturing Company, or CSMC, is a gun manufacturing company that was started 1975 by Antony Galazan. It manufacturers A. H. Fox, Connecticut Shotgun Manufacturing Company Model 21, A. Galazan Over & Under, Galazan Side by Side, RBL Launch Edition, RBL 28 gauge, NRA RBL Signature Edition guns.

Connecticut Shotgun Manufacturing Company
100 Burritt Street
New Britain, CT 06053
860-225-6581 (Office)
860-832-8707 (Fax)

x frame

The x-frame is the largest revolver frame that Smith & Wesson has released to date. It was released in 2003 with the introduction of the Smith & Wesson Model 500.1


Xenoy is a synthetic material (polybutylene terephthalate-polycarbonate) that Smith & Wesson used to make grips for their third generation semiautomatic pistols.1

crane cut

On a solid frame, hand ejecting revolver, the crane cut is the cutout in the frame that the crane rests in when the cylinder is in the closed position. The serial number and/or the model number is stamped in the crane cut.1

  • aka
    • yoke cut
  • term usage
    • Colt’s Manufacturing Company calls it a crane.2 3
    • Smith & Wesson (American Outdoor Brands Corporation) calls it a yoke.4 5
    • Taurus International Manufacturing calls it a yoke.6

Lee, James Parish

James Parish Lee designed portions of the Lee–Metford, and Lee–Enfield rifles that are partly named after him.