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.


More on the AR-16

As we were putting books, files and magazines up in the new library I came across a few interesting concept pictures on the AR-16. The rifle was design to be convertible to different calibers.

This first picture is from an old magazine showing a line drawing of the concept.

ar-16 concept-cs

This concept will work because the pivot point between the upper and lower receiver is behind the magazine and not in front of the magazine.

AR161A00_Page_3 cropsmallThis last picture actually came from a pile of Armalite documents. It shows the notes concerning the various caliber conversions.


Up dates to the shop

Life at the shop has changed a bit since our last shop up date. We now have a wire EDM as well as a sinker EDM. I priced out wire EDM work and for the cost of a few pieces I could buy an older unit. It was working on the shop floor prior to them disassembling it and moving it to the warehouse for storage. Now the problem is to get it back together again.  I am currently looking for manuals to do this and get it running in my shop. It is not a large EDM but the right size for the space I have . In addition I also obtained a second spot welder. We have modified  the first one for certain projects on the VG1-5 and with the second one I can set  up for the second op on the rifle.

Now all this new equipment means that changes have to be made to the shops. Room being as scarce as it is in the shop means moving tools.

The first thing was to make room for the new tools that were coming in. This meant moving the manual vertical mill and pantograph out to the fab shop. With the backhoe still down, due to diesel fuel in the oil system, we now had to move everything the good old fashion hard way. No pictures of this fun period  were taken as I did not want proof of how stupid I can be.

They are in the fab shop and will be moved into place this weekend.

DSC_4826sA path needed to be made through the shop. However the space between the punch press and the vise was not large enough.

DSC_4934sSo I cleared out on the other side of the posts.

DSC_4939sJacketed up the milling machine and put my small set of skates under it to start the move.

DSC_4938sA close up of the skates.

DSC_4937sIt did not take long before I changed out to the larger skates.

DSC_4940sAt the 1/2 way point and at the turn. 2 hours into the move.

DSC_4942sFinally at it’s new home. I will be starting on the new concrete slab in a couple of weeks.

DSC_4944sAnother view, the grinder will be moving when the slab gets in.

DSC_4946sThe easy part was moving the pantograph.



Now came the real fun. Trying to move 25 pounds of stuff in a 5 pound bag and getting it set up.

The first step is to turn the EDM around 180 degrees and position it in the shop to allow access to all the panels and hook up points while not taking all the room in the shop up.

DSC_4820sIn this photo the EDM is in the wrong direction and as always there is stuff in the way.

DSC_4818sI needed to move it into the shop but still more stuff in the way.

Finally the EDM was in place and all the support equipment was set next to it.

DSC_4929sNow it was time to move the two spot welders

DSC_4932sThey are in there new home.

DSC_4951sWith the majority of the moving completed I needed one other small project to end the day with. So Insulation was glued to the steel door. Ran out of material and will finish next weekend.

DSC_4952sEnough for Saturday. I will fill you in on Sundays progress tomorrow.



Sunday answer 4-12-15

Sorry for the late answer to this Saturday what is it.





It is the brreechblock from a Sauer & Sohn model 1930 pistol. This is a copy from NRA firearms assembly 2, A book you should have in your library, showing the components of the pistol. It is part number 7.



This picture shows the pistol down to it’s basic field stripping.


DSC_4960csThis shows how the breechblock fits into the slide

DSC_4963csTo assembly the pistol the slide goes over the main spring and barrel, then the breechblock is slide in from the back and the slide cap is screwed on.

DSC_4964csA couple of views of the assembled pistol


DSC_4967csThis whole project started because I just received a second pistol but the firing pin was missing. Having a shop and a second pistol I decided to make a new firing pin. Same model pistol with only a few hundred difference in serial number range. However the firing pin from my first pistol is to large for the second pistol.  In fact there a number of parts that will not interchange between the pistols. Still the firing pins turned out nice and I will change the necessary dimensions to make new ones for the second pistol.




What is it Saturday 4-18-15




DSC_4911csThis is an easy one that is not. Have fun. Last Saturday and this one will be answered tomorrow.

Weekend update 4-12-15

Well the weekend is over and once again it has been a fun filled good time around gun lab.

With the backhoe cylinders back it time to get it working again. New bushings were made as well as the tooling necessary to press them in. This project is completed, or so I thought.

DSC_4805sAfter we started it up it seems that I am getting diesel fuel into the oil system. So now I get to determine what is causing that.

I finished the lights for the wood shop.

DSC_4804sWe also got to play on the cnc router a little.

I just about finished the air system in the Fab shop.


DSC_4807s The big news is that to finish the air system I needed to clean it up. It had actually gotten out of hand and you could not even walk in it.



All the fun I could handle.

What is it Saturday 4-11-15

Things have been a little easy. So this one will make you think.







Archive Photo 4-9-15

I took these pictures in South Carolina about 10 years ago. This is a ships landing gun and is an interesting piece.



scan_Page_17c1If anyone has information on this weapon I would appreciate hearing about it.

EM-2 video

I am always looking for EM-2 information and came across this British video on the rifle. Enjoy.

Cut away of the 05 rifle

This is one of the rifles that we have been working on here at Gun Lab. I thought I would show you a few pictures of a cut away rifle of this model.

Here is a view from the left side that is not cut away.


This is a close up of the receiver area.


Now for the cut away look.


close up of the gas system.

009close up of the receiver.

012Another view

011close up of the chamber area

010Top view of the receiver


Weekend update 4-6-15

To be honest I did not get that much accomplished this last weekend. Saturday I worked on the air system in the fab shop, but still have a little more to do. I needed some fittings so on to another project.


I went to start on the backhoe again and realized that I still needed four more bushings. Two were broken and two more were to short for the application there to be used for.


I then started putting up  lights in the wood shop. Then it was back to stand by on that project as I only has two sets. I needed more lights.


Went to the photograph area and started taking some more pictures after I finished my stand. That turned out okay, but the stand needs a little tweaking.

Rounded out Saturday with a friend from France stopping by to spend a few days.

Sunday morning up early to go to the range for a day of test firing 22 rifles and making video’s of them. Those will be posted over the course of the next couple of weeks. We came home so I could clean guns then my wife and friend went shopping for clothes as he packs light when he travels. I started editing all the video’s that I took.  I am not a big fan of being in front of the camera by the way. Just another old fat white guy shooting.

Not much else to add.