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PhysDoc #572286 05/18/20 09:40 AM
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I believe the gear-driven LH conversions were done in the late 40s and early 50s by a man named Roy Gradle. If you have access to American Rifleman from that era, you should see his ads.


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1545045 Hoffman patent,

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Originally Posted By: LRF
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1545045 Hoffman patent,


Thanks Lynn, with that information, it took about 10 seconds to find it on google patents, here is the link if anyone else is interested.

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I hope people are enjoying this thread, I've been posting pictures that people have sent me to put on here, and am glad to do it.

For those of you that might have looked at that system of gears and thought, "how well will that work if I have an empty cartridge that is hard to extract? how well will that work if I have an empty cartridge that is hard to extract and there is a grizzly bear charging me?" Well, Gary Bush sent me pictures of another left-handed conversion, this one keeps the extra locking lug, this one has as much camming action to extract a cartridge as the original. Here it is.

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This is a unique solution if I have ever seen one.
Bill, I had one of Roy Gradle's left-hand conversions in the shop many years ago. Although it looked sort of Rube Goldberg, it did operate very well. The gears would be susceptible to dirt and twigs, however.

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I would be pretty interesting to watch someone try to aim with that gadget in the way of the scope. The long eye relief of the Lyman Alaskan is a must for that arrangement.

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Years ago I had a G&H Springfield that had been converted to LH. At present I have a Segley that I acquired as a barreled action. Both are the type Dan shows without the gear system. All three seem to have identical modifications. I believe there must have been one shop that did this work for both Sedgley and G&H. If anyone here has information about which firm did this work, it would be interesting understand this collaboration. It doesn't seem like a procedure that woul d have been practical for each to do independently.


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