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.


What is it Saturday 12-20



Friday post

No post today, sorry. Got home at 9pm and left at 6:30. No time tomorrow is a new day Friday post

Compoment gun boards

I have a big thing about build boards. This is a board showing all the steps in building a weapon. It can be a simple and basic board or it can be a complex board. To me it is like cut away weapons,another sickness of mine and another post. So for today’s post I want to show you a couple of boards that I photographed in Belgium and one I made. Unfortunately the lighting was poor and my photographic  skills lacking so a number of them did not come out.this first set is from Belgium and deals with a number of weapons. I promise that the next trip the pictures will be better.











IMG_0387sThis is one I made. I bought all the parts for three pistols and made a great board. It is of the Liberator pistol.



This one is of the 10 round magazine for the VG1-5. A friend of mine made it.J C 2 065scIf you have any pictures of build boards please drop me a line as I would like to share them. This is a great way of learning how weapons are made. I would also love to see pictures of weapons manufacturing.

M-1 Garand receiver

In keeping with the M-1 Garand posts here and at The firearms Blog, I though I would provide a couple of pictures of what the receiver looked like after it was forged and with the flashing cut off.

First the side views.


DSC_1970sNow the top view.

DSC_1973sFinally the bottom view. The amount of work to go from this to a working receiver is enormous.


Here are a few pictures after it has been partially machined, actually far enough along to have a serial number on it.

Again the side views.


DSC_1976sThe top view. As of yet the receiver has not been marked with the manufacture’s name.

DSC_1975sAnd the bottom view.

DSC_1977sStill more work to do on it.

AR-16 update and its smaller brother

I have a thing about the AR-16. I remember reading about it when I was a great deal younger. It is a 308 rifle built using a sheet metal receiver, some what like an AR-180. In fact it is the AR-180 father. Here is a quick picture of the only two know to exist anymore.IMG_0009_sBoth of them are in Reed Knights collection. I have just learn about another series of weapons that were made in prototype form and never massed produced. The AR-100. This is a .223 rifle based upon the AR-16 rifle. Never heard of it in any of the books or publications.

dutch3and4sIf anyone has any information concerning this series of rifles please contact me. I would love to get pictures of them.

Weekend update 12-14

Well another fun filled weekend has come and gone. A variety of projects were tackled and some minor accomplishment was achieved. The hole in the wood shop wall was filled in and sheet rocked over. Next weekend I will complete it and get it painted.

DSC_3135sI have started moving equipment around in the fab shop for a concrete pour and some new equipment. This complete move project because I was able to get a pair of heavy equipment moving skates cheap. I answered an add for a wood shaper and while I was there found this set of 4 skates for 150.00. They were in rough shape and once I brought them home it took the better part of the day to get them cleaned out and operational.

DSC_3069sWit these I wa now able to move the punch press.

DSC_3106sBut like everything in my shop you have to move twenty other things just to move the one item that you needed to move. In this case I started with an old lathe that I was going to use as a deep hole drilling set up. I finally realized that with all the other projects I have going on that I would not get to that project in this life time. So first the lathe was moved and is being sent to the scrape yard.

DSC_3065sNext on the to do move list was to move the old drill press to a different location. Moving it was not much fun as the center of gravity and it’s base did not allow for the use of skates. I used the engine hoist instead.

DSC_3110sWith it out of the way it was time to jack up the punch press and start moving it.

DSC_3120sThis was accomplished with a pinch bar, chain and come along.


Good thing that vise is in 2 foot of concrete. Next was the fun part. The pinch bar.



DSC_3116sWay to much fun.

After I finished moving the punch press it was on to the horizontal milling machine.

DSC_3124sWith it in place I went back to the drill press and with a couple of neighbors, who were foolish enough to come over and help, we managed to get it up and into place.


DSC_3130sWith the moving project over it was on to the spot welder. It has been giving us some problems so with a little trouble shooting and cleaning I got it back working today.

IMG_0661csThe last project for the weekend was the fluting press. It came back down off of the forging press.

DSC_3134sWen back into the shop and tapped a few more holes that were missed the first time around. Then the cylinder was taken apart and the new heat treated all thread was cut and installed. All that is left to do in machine and install a mechanical stop in the cylinder.




That is it. No one was hurt the equipment was moved safely and I am done and a little sore.





Sunday Answer 12-14




DSC_3081csThis is a bolt and bolt carrier from a Chinese bull pup assault rifle. qbz-95




What is it Saturday 12-13





Great video on making the M-1 Garand

There is a lot to this video. Watch and learn. There is an interesting part on shaping the lower part of the receiver, notice the metal shaper being used at 1:26.

The Czech model 52 police carbine

I am not sure what to call this rifle. It started out as a Czech model 52 rifle in 7.62×45 with a 10 round magazine. Now it is a 7.62×39 carbine that uses ak-47 magazines and drums. It was a blast to shoot and handle. Here are some pictures of it.

The first few pictures show the rifle without any magazine to give you an overview of the design.



A couple of pictures of the bottom.



Now with a 20 round magazine.


DSC_3051csThe final few are with a drum.