Nice job mommicked! How high a pedestal are you putting it on?New deer stand I just built from plans. Called the Grand Stand. Plans were cheap, saved me a ton of money in wasted wood, time, etc. Caulked seams, plexiglass windows, carpeted floor, curtains, comfy chair, shelves...coat hooks. Probably leave an old blanket. I've done some fairly tough hunting, but this will be a nice place to hang out on chilly, nasty days.
Thank you! You're honestly the first person to see it and tell me that. I thought it looked like something that 'belonged' on the gun, with a period correct appearance. I made it as a prototype out of 1/4" aluminum. I used a drill press, band saw, belt sander to thin it down to .20" thick, and a file for final fitting. It was a fun project that I thought would flop, but went off without a hitch. The hard part was finding the right spring. It's a tiny bugger to fit inside the 0.20" thick material, it's a really thin, small coil spring. I shaped the forward area to look like something from the 1800's era, and darkened the whole thing with a sharpie, at least until I can order some Birchwood Casey 'Aluminum Black'. I'd like to go back and reproduce it from steel or brass as they didn't have aluminum back then, but aluminum is light and functional for now.I really like that cylinder quick release.