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.


The Library part2

Work on the library has started in earnest. The worst thing about the Library build is that the back hoe broke and everything had to be accomplished by hand.

The footer was dug and poured by had using my mixer. The framing was built and then the stem wall was poured.

DSC_4799sReady for concrete for the stem walls

DSC_4800sTermite tubes are installed.

IMG_3825sAdding dirt and starting compacting. A regular compactor was rented and used. As a side note all the dirt was dug by hand and moved over by wheel barrel.

IMG_3824sThe dirt is compacted and the rebar is in place ready for concrete


IMG_3969sThe concrete is down


IMG_4223sMore framing

IMG_4224sAll the interior sheeting is up

DSC_8130sJust about finished with the sheet rock

IMG_4880sThe walls are now painted

IMG_4955sThe inside and out side walls are covered with osb. The outside walls are covered with an epoxy membrane More to come.

Nepalese Enfield

I am starting back with a weekly post of guns from the reference collection. I hope you enjoy them.

This is a Nepalese Enfield rifle.






DSC_8604scThis rifle has now gone to the Pattern Room to be added to there permanent collection.

The new Library Part 1

Step one of this whole process was to build a new store room so I could move and organize the old store room which would then be part of the new library building, confused yet I am.

The old store room was a disaster and something need to be done.


IMG_4199sA slab was put down.

IMG_4114s Then the framing was started.


IMG_4148sAnd finished.

IMG_4204sPrior to stucco the building was coated with a water proof membrane.



The electric was added for lighting.

IMG_4218sA final coating was completed.


Then the racks installed and everything gone through and moved over.

IMG_4227s  Here is a short video clip.


Rick and the SA80 project

Rick at has started a new and interesting project. He has taken on converting a gas operated air soft gun to a shooting rifle. This is a complex project where he is using some AR-180 parts, some SAR 80 parts and making a number of the smaller parts. I wish him luck in his endeavor.

You can follow his progress here:

The great library project

For those of you here at the last SAR get together you would have seen a couple of new building projects. I have a thing about books and magazines. I am a knowledge junkie and it shows. Actually it has gotten out of hand. So, to deal with the problem I have spent one day a weekend, sometimes only 1/2 of a day depending, and started a library project.

Gun books

IMG_4960sAnd more gun books

IMG_4961sMilitary manuals

IMG_3835sPictures I have taken over the years as well as scanned documents.

IMG_3834sMy office

IMG_3837sA quick video on just how bad it is.


The going’s on at gun lab, end of year report (late)

This is an end of year update for what has been happening at Gun Lab.

This last year has been a very busy one. The VG1-5 is moving along. We have programmed the Sharps machining center to make the hand guards, video coming soon. A new welding fixture has been made to straighten and weld up the Vg1-5 receiver, again another video is coming. A great deal of time and effort was spent on the fluting press and new fluting tool design as well as the procedure we use to actually do the fluting. There has been a video on that and it works perfectly.

The hot forging press has had its hydraulics hooked up and tested. There are a couple of dies in the design phase for the next major rifle project, solid models are complete.

The new storage room is complete and filled.

The library is being worked on.

My work load has been massive, but I have promised one of my loyal followers , one of 5 that I have, some kind of update.


SAR show 2017

Well the SAR show is over and everyone is now heading home or all ready there. This is the run down from the entire weekend.

Starting on Wednesday we have a little pre SAR machine gun shoot. Everything went perfect with the shoot, the weather was absolutely the best with a little cloud cover and no wind. Once again we took out the Gerat 06 rifles for everyone to try out. There were the usual MG42’s and 34’s,  Brens and Lewis guns, a very nice 08 Maxim, 1919’s as well as a few cannons. And an assortment of sub-machine guns. Everyone had a great time.

At the show I was able to obtain some more for the Farquhar Hill rifle. I still need a bolt. If anyone knows where one is at please let me know.





I also picked up a few examples for the reference collection.


Some more books and manuals were also gotten for the library.







The Saturday pizza party went over very well. A number of people brought some very interesting items to show everyone.

This is a very nice Scotti X

DSC_7627csA pair of Lecker pistols. One civilian and one military.


In addition the new Cetme L was also at the show and party. I had an opportunity to shoot it at the Wednesday shoot. I can’t wait to get one. It looks and functions great.




DSC_7599sIt was a great show, a great party and a great shoot. I am counting down the days until the next show.

Part 2 on the VG1-5 barrel fluting

In the last post I talked about the new fluting tool and press. This post is about the actual process.

This is a short video showing the speed and ease of  fluting with the new system.

Update on fluting the VG1-5 barrels

The better part of this last year has been spent on the VG1-5 barrel fluting system. A great deal of work has been spent coming up with new designs for the fluting press. A number of prototypes have been made and abandon. In addition the actual fluting tool has been redesign more times then I would care to count. In a previous post I talked about the final design for the fluting tool,

Here is the design for the final design for the actual machine.

This is a series of pictures showing the components as they were being made.




IMG_3909sThe fluting tool mounted in the upper press.

IMG_4092sThe 3 jaw chuck mounted in the lower portion of the new press table.

IMG_4091sThis is how the assembly looks all together.

IMG_4003sa quick video

I need to give a special thanks to the people that help with this project. First is John C. who idea and basic design we used.

Second is to John D. for helping with the tool material and heat treating specs.

Last but not least is to Gordey for coming up with the new press concept.

They are all friends of Gun Lab and much appreciated.

CNC Router update

Wally, a friend of gun lab, has spent a great deal of time trying to sort out all the issues between Mach 4, the smooth stepper board, and windows 10. To say that it has been a challenge would be a major understatement. There have been 214 upgrades to the smooth stepper board alone plus the upgrades to Mack 4. In addition the lap top computer I obtained needed to be seriously gone through. Well he stopped by on Saturday and we were able to run the cnc router with a basic program for the first time. There is no router in it, just testing and calibrating the machine. A few things still let to do. The limit switches need to be set up as do the homing switches.