My Good Gentlemen
regarding the sproinging of bits and pieces , I not only share your pain but am trying something to fix it.
Since I have been doing more putzing than shooting lately, I am getting my jollies taking apart and tinkering with my Colt Open Tops ( wife's 1849's and 1851's, my 1860's and avenging angels) and my Rem 1858's . In so doing I find myself spending far too much time dropping and losing and finding too many small pieces.
Thus I am building Prof Marvel's Klutz-Proof Assembly Container - aka a poormans glove box. I have built gloveboxes for chemical safety before, but this is much easier as it does not need to be airtight. Even a 16"x16"x24" cardboard box will do for pistols.
cut 2 round holes for snug cloth sleeves taped in ( bare hands & fingers for easy handling) , and a large plexi window for "lookin' thru" and Bob's Yer Uncle. All the parts stay inside no matter how much explosive springys are involved! Everything can be held together with duct tape and/or clear packing tape. If one wishes a more robust and longer-lived box, one can use a large tupperware storage box with removable ( or even hinged!) lid .
Hey, 'round here, we don't care what yer shooting, just soz yer shooting something
My Good Coffinmaker - due to circumstances all my shooting of late has been or Hot Glue bullets and 1 gr powder/RB Gallery Loads - do those count ?