Parts wanted and for Sale!

Looking for G-43 fire control parts. Hammer,trigger,sear. This is for one of the projects we are working on. A friend of Gun Lab has helped out with this. Thanks

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VG1-5 Preorder Now Available!

We are now taking reservations for out reproduction VG1-5 rifles! Price is $4000, and they will be ready to ship once ATF gives final approval on the design. The get on the priority list, contact Matt or Greg at Allegheny Arsenal – (814) 362-2642. No payment will be taken until the guns are ready to ship.


Machine gun shoot 11-30

With the SAR show coming up we have a group of people staying at the house. So the Wednesday prior to the show a couple of us put on a small machine gun shoot, just to have some fun. Some of these shoots have ended up being a couple of hundred people in attendance. This year we wanted to keep it a little smaller so only about 50 people were invited.

Everyone at the house was allowed to choose one weapon from the reference collection to take out. In the past it has actually required two vehicles to haul out all the guns people wanted to take. This year  it was kept small due to the amount of work that had to be accomplished along with everything else.

The weapons that were taken was the SIG AMT, the early roller lock family of weapons ( Gerat 05, 06 and the STG 45) A Beretta AR-70, the MP-44 as well as a variety of handguns. There was a number of machine guns at the shoot as well.

Here is a quick video of the fun that was had.


Part 1 on making the stocks for the VG1-5

This last weekend I started making the stocks for the VG1-5. This is a multi step process in which the basic board is measured, have the edge squared, re-sawed, planed,and generally set up to then make the stock.

This is the video for part one.

So I am starting with this.

1And end up with the blanks ready to cut into stock blanks.


Update on the fluting press

With the last of the fittings here I was able to hook up the hydraulics to the fluting press.

I have a short video of it operating.

The next step is to finish attaching the dro. then to fluting barrels

Happy Thanksgiving from Gun Lab

Here at gun Lab a terrific day was had. My wife cooked an outstanding meal using her new and almost completed kitchen. There was ham,turkey,stuffing,potatoes,and all the necessary fixings to go with them. Friends and family were her to enjoy the meal.

As for myself The day off was perfect. I was able to get the fluting press working, I have completed the first few ops on making the stocks for the VG1-5 using my new router table and the chamber issue with the Vg1-5 barrel was solved. A really good day.

I hope all of you enjoyed the day as much as I did.

Interesting Shotgun

Normally I don’t write a lot about over and under shotguns. I am making the exception for this shotgun. I found this at a shop when I was doing some work there. The owner could not remember the cause but he thought it was either the wrong ammo or bad reloads. Hard to tell but what a mess.img_1860s

img_1861sThat is some serious over pressure




img_1865sAt one time it was a real nice Franchi

Fluting press update

I was really hoping to have a video of it working with this post. That being said we are actually very close. All the hydraulic fitting and control circuits are completed. The digital read out in almost completed. Here is a quick video of our progress.

Here is a close up of the mounting bracket and flow control valve on the fluting press.


And a pictures of everything hooked up and ready to go.

dsc_3251sThe new fittings will be here tomorrow and I hope to have it up and running by next Saturday.

Part three from the weekend

When the router table project came to a halt it was time to move on to something else.

Back to the fab shop. You saw the work on the fluting press and the forging press. Well a little more work was accomplished on the fab shop addition.

All the walls and door frames are up. Just more hangers to nail into place.

dsc_3217sThe majority of the roof is up.

dsc_3218sAnd this is the reason for the addition.

dsc_3219sI will not get back to this project until the middle of December so here it sets for awhile. Yes I know I did not make it big enough.

Fluting press

In the last post you saw how we are coming along with the hydraulic forging press. Most of the work is now complete on it and I am trying to finish up the fluting press. Axel mad a lock nut for the tool holder.

dsc_3175sI have an DRO from the router machine that I took apart.

dsc_3176sI am working on a mounting system to allow the accurate measurement of the depth of the flute cut.

dsc_3177sTo allow a slow control cut of the flutes a throttle valve is being installed.

img_1848sThe real issue today was how to mount the throttle valve and piping hook ups. I think the answer might be uni-strut.
dsc_3171sThis was an idea that came from Axel and I will try and get this working this week.


I am thinking that if I mill a little out from the uni-strut and weld on a base I can mount the throttle valve this way.

dsc_3172sThe reason for the concern on mounting the throttle valve is the stress that the quick disconnects will have on the system.



Another weekend over and again not enough done

It is Sunday night and I am just about done. This is another post about the hot forging press. I did manage to get most of the piping put in place and made hangers for them. The hoses are hooked up. I just have a few more small items to complete and it will be operational.

dsc_3162sThe front of the press showing the opening for the supply piping.

dsc_3163sThe back of the press with all the hard piping installed

dsc_3164sSupply hard piping with the clamps and supports

dsc_3165sThe pipe clamps were machined and welded then installed.

dsc_3166sAll new hoses were installed.

dsc_3167sFour more hoses to hook up and it will be operational.

The passing of Mike Dillon

It is with a sad heart that I have to post this. For those of you that never had an opportunity to meet Mike you have missed meeting a great guy.  I have a number of fond memories of Mike over the years. He was an amazing man that could seem to remember your name every time you met him even if it was years between meetings.

Rest in peace and you will be remembered.