No post today

Got home late last night and leaving early today. I will try and post tonight.

MP-44 repair sections

Today’s post is from a friend of the site that wanted a semi-auto MP-44 and did not want to deal with the capital out lay necessary to buy one of the few that came in. His answer to the problem was to make a repair section and then put in the necessary parts and changes required by ATF to make it a legal semi auto rifle.

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This is picture heavy post showing his method of making the necessary parts. The pictures  tell the story from flat to finish project.

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GE DIGITAL CAMERAI know it is not every step but you can learn a great deal studying the pictures. I am always interested in seeing how someone makes something. This is great. Thanks for sharing with the rest of us.

 

Weekend Update 11-24

Well as usual it has been a busy weekend around Gun Lab. More parts have been made for the VG1-5, coming soon in a post. The big project was the water system. The pressure pump took a crap. It just turn the pump room into a swamp and need to be fixed in a bad way.

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DSC_2854sWhat a mess. This is how it looked after 5 hours of working on it. Of course the dimensions changed on the pump so everything had to be re-plumbed. This time with unions.

DSC_2859scThe next projected finished was to finish enclosing the dust collector addition. It is now water tight and all I need to do is the electrical hook ups for the air compressor and dust collector.

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The dust collector is now in the room.DSC_2732sThe exciting news is where we are at with the fluting machine. Stile a few components to make but we are getting there.

This is the start of bolting it together.

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A little farther along.

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The final project completed was my new gun rack. It is now up and loaded in the reference library.

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Sunday Answer 11-23

As everyone guessed and even sent me an address for their web page it is an auto  indexing tool to stamp sequential serial numbers. Such as is on the AR-18 or Bushmaster weapons.

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What is it Saturday 11-22

This is not actually a gun part but used in making guns. This is going to be a hard one, good luck.

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Part One of the Bushmaster Pistol

In this video I had the opportunity to chat with John D about his collection of Bushmaster pistols. This is part one of the multi part review of this interesting weapon.

Here are a few still pictures of this interesting first model sheet metal stamped upper pistol.

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Close up of parts of the pistol.

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Making the VG1-5 cocking handle

In the following pictures of original VG1-5 one of the items that you will notice is that all the cocking handles look different and that they have been through some rough times.

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DSC_0617csSo this is the cocking handle that we developed. The first thing that you will notice is the steel is just a little thicker. We are hoping to prevent the serious bending issue that we have seen in the original rifles. We are trying to keep it as the same basic shape of the original and it will be riveted as well.

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DSC_2675sThis is the video showing how they are made.

And the close ups of the tooling to accomplish this task.

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AR-180 part 3

In this write up we are going to look at the smaller parts and how they were made. The majority of the AR18/180 was a stamped weapon with minimal machined components. These are the stamped parts we are going to look at today.

 

The first part that we are going to look at is the magazine hold open lever.

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Next is the dust cover.

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Next there is the lower receiver strengthening support.

First is the stamping strip.

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DSC_2373sThis next part is the trigger stamping cut out.

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Making the Gardner gun Part 1

I enjoy making things, specifically guns and any thing associated with making guns. I also enjoy chatting with people who make guns or any thing dealing with that. I also love mechanical machine guns. That leads us to today’s topic.

A friend of mine really wanted a miniature Gardner gun and with none available took it upon himself to make one. In fact not only one but a number of them. He has since sold the complete operation and tooling but this is a little write up of the process it took to do it. I really wanted one of these and to complete the project, there was just a little problem, money. The amount of work required to make this weapon much less a miniature one was immense. There were no usable blue prints to work from. There were no patterns available. So to complete this project he had to first find a gun, reverse engineer it, draw it up in a modeling program ,then reduce all the components to make it in 22lr. This was a task only one person would even think of doing, Papa Joe.

The original Gardner guns were made in 577-450, 43 Spanish, 11mm dutch and just about every other military black powder cartridge and 45-70 then finally in 303 British and 6.5 Dutch, can’t remember where I saw this at.  The weapon was used up to WW1 by the Dutch. It was even copied by the Nepalese in the form of the Bira Gun. It is a manually operated machine gun that came in one,two and five barrel versions.

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A two barrel version with no jacket.

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A two barrel version with a jacket.

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It was a beautifully made piece of art. There are a number of varieties, as I have shown you some come with no jackets, some come with solid jackets and some come with open top water jackets. It is currently being reproduce by two different companies both as a bronze casting and as a fabricated steel one that is plated.   No mater which model or style you look at they are just great. It was even made as a belt fed gun.

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Papa Joe took it upon himself to make the most complicated one possible. The two barrel full jacketed water cooled version. Part 2 will continue on with this saga and go into a little more history.

 

Weekend update 11-17

As always there is to much to do and not enough time to complete all of it. First is the update to the addition to the wood shop. The door is hung and the roof is up. The roof and sides are epoxy and fabric covered, for the most part. One more day and I should have it complete. Here are a few pictures of the project as the end of Sunday.

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DSC_2808sAnd a quick look inside. I still have the dust collector ducting, the air piping and the lighting circuit to complete. After all that is complete I will insulate,sheet and sheet rock.

DSC_2809sTalking about the wood shop. I was on a job and was chatting with the home owner and a piece of equipment in his garage and he gave it to me. So meet the new addition to the shop.

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DSC_2811sIt is a router table with a real nice Porter Cable router. It is funny that I just bought the same router last week for 309.00. I sold the new one to my neighbor today.

More work was completed on the rifle rack that I started a couple of weeks ago.

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DSC_2824sI will cut the slots for the top and bottom hole this week and then set it up in the gun room.

I spent most of Saturday in a class on anodizing and I have a little write up on that in the future.

Last but not least I made a number of pieces for the stock washers. Simple parts but time consuming.

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I will chat with you all tomorrow.

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