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.


Hakim Cut away rifle

With the gun room cleaned up I am now able to get access to some of the reference collection. This post is about the Egyptian  Hakim cut away rifle.



DSC_0503csThis next series of pictures deals with the receiver and magazine




DSC_0507sThe cut away area of the gas port area

DSC_0509csA close up of the gas port area

DSC_0515csA cut away of the barrel

DSC_0510csA close up of the chamber area



Right side of receiver

DSC_0517csThe top of the receiver with the slide back

DSC_0527csA llok at the slide

DSC_0526csThe safety

DSC_0524csrear sight


If any one has a cut away weapon they would like to share please drop me a line.

The MG-09 light machinegun

In answering question concerning the post on the AR-10 belt fed light machine gun Ihave spent some time going through the ” The Armalite AR-10″ book. On page 314 of the book is a picture of a MG-09 light machine gun. The funny thing is that I had just seem that same weapon. It was on my back up hard drive and it was in a file of pictures of weapons that I had taken a while back. I had no idea what the weapon was, but that it just looked interesting so I snapped a few pictures of it.

This weapon bears a close resemblance to the T44 light machine gun designed by the United States after WW2.

These are the pictures I have of the MG-09. If you read the section in the book on page 313 and 314 it answers  a few questions on the weapon.

A right side view

IMG_0126sLeft side view

IMG_0128sA close up right side view of this weapon

IMG_0127sThe left side of the weapon with the side cover open

IMG_0129sA close up view of the feed system.

IMG_0130sThe feed cover assembly looks like a very simplified version of a cross between a MG-34 and MG-42 top cover. An interesting design that never got beyond a working non firing mock up. Mock ups like cut away guns are a great way to study small arms design.


AR-10 belt fed

Got tied up so just a quick basic post. On my last trip overseas I was able to snap a few shots of a belt fed AR-10 receiver so I thought I would share them with you.

This is a stock photo of the complete weapon.


This shows it open.


These are the photos that I took of the receiver area.

IMG_0125csJust a couple of close up photos



For more great information on early AR-10 rifles pick up a copy of the new book “The Armalite AR-10″ from Collector Grade Publications.


More work in the gun room

This weekend was again spent trying to make and install new gun racks for the gun room. Not as much work was accomplished as was hope for, a number for friends showed up with interesting and fun toys to play with and take pictures of. In addition it was my fathers 93 birthday and time was spent with him. I did manage to finish out three more gun racks and moved all the guns in the kitchen and living room back into the gun room.

I happen to like the Martini-Henry rifle and have a couple of them. So, I had a little space by the closet door and thought it would be a great spot for some of them.

DSC_8822sThis gives you a better over all idea of the space I had available.

DSC_8823sI then built the larger gun rack at the end of the room.

DSC_8820sFinally I re-hung some older racks that I took down for the sub-machine gun and semi auto carbines

DSC_8824sThe last of the racks will be built hopefully next weekend.

The next step on the MP-44 trunion

Not that we have finished running the parts on the machining centers it is time to do the final fit up. Using the 1018 trunions that we made a hole was drilled in it to allow alignment with the button pressed into the receiver. Then the blocks were tested to see if the fit up was correct.

This is how the trunion looks away from the receiver.


DSC_8714sAs it sets into the receiver

DSC_8715csAn angle view at the rear of the trunion for proper fit up there.

DSC_8719sA look at the front

DSC_8717sAnother at a slight angle.

DSC_8718sSome de-buring still needs to take place and we still have a few cuts to do on the manual mill. If you are interested in any new MP-44 trunions please drop me a note and I will get the request to Pete.

MP-44 Trunion op7 , 8 and 9

With these last three operations we will have completed the work on the cnc machining center.


DSC_8576sYou can see the process of rough machining the bottom of the curve for the trunion. This op also machined the complete magazine well out.

DSC_8577sA good side view of the rough machining of the curve.

DSC_8578sAll the trunions finished with this operation.

DSC_8582sThe basic set up to complete this op.


This is op 8. All we are doing in this step is to finish cut the curve under the trunion.


OP 9 then goes in and cuts the top of the trunion.

These two pictures shows the top roughed out just prior to the finish pass.





This is how they look after the finish pass.






All the trunions after the finish of op 9


DSC_8697sA close up of the trunions.

DSC_8695sThe next step in the manual mill

Update on the MP-44 trunions op6

It has been a while for a MP-44 trunion update. The next couple of posts will get us back up to date with the trunion project.

The new op 5 was to cut a slot and rough magazine opening to allow coolant flow and chip removal and still allow us to high speed machine.

Well it did not work as well as we had hoped. The chip load was so great as it was not removed as fast as it needed to be so we still had problems with the end mill chipping. So back to the drawing board. The answer was to put the trunion on the manual mill and drill the hole much larger but still under size.

DSC_8273csWith the trunion on the lower left we did just that. What a difference that made. So now with all the trunions drilled with a larger hole we were back on track.


1We were able to then finish machine the inside hole to meet specs. with a great finish as well.






7A close up of the finish of the inside bore.





The new process worked great. No chattering or broken end mills.

Making a Hotchkiss Portative tri-pod

After the last machine gun shoot with the Hotchkiss I made a decision that what was really needed for this gun is a tri-pod. I did a post a while back about ideas for the tri-pod,, but now I am on to the project, in my spare time of course.

I was down on a job a week ago in Tucson and when I finished I stopped by Omega, Don Bell’s shop, to say high and check in on him. While I was there I came across this little beauty that Don offered to me at a really good price,free, for the project.




DSC_8571sThe pintle support prior to cleaning.


With a basic set that was with in my price range I could not say no. It is a Chinese tri-pod for a recoiless rifle.

The first step in the process was to clean all the rust off and paint a coating of primer on it.

DSC_8604cWith the tri-pod back together for a quick photo op. I kind of like the look.

DSC_8611csIt will require a yoke and cradle of some type.


I wanted to paint it the same color as my Vickers, a Syrian desert brown.

DSC_8609sA close up of the color.


I lost out to my wife and went with basic black.

DSC_8689sThis is after the first coat. A couple of more coats this coming weekend


The first part to solid model is the pintle support’

pentelwith this part complete I could start working on the basic pintle design.

yolkThis is all that I have left after the new computer ate the rest of the solid models. Actual it is not much of a loss as I was going to change the basic design from what I started with.

New gun racks for the reference collection

A friend of mine recently lost his house. By this time he had already sold most of his collection and had no need for his gun racks. While not exactly designed for my gun room they were at least a start and the material was free, my price range. It took me all day Saturday to take down and remove the racks piece by piece to get them out the door. So Sunday was build new racks for my room. I am still not done and have at least three more racks to build. That will be next weekends project. As with all gun rooms there is never enough room. This was what my room looked like on a couple of  walls before I started.DSC_0286_s

DSC_0283_sNot much space and guns stacked upon guns.

The first project was to take the guns from the south wall out so I could work. The only place to store them was of course the kitchen.

DSC_8657sThis freed up the space to start the first rack.

DSC_8659sThe base was first.DSC_8661sThen I made spacers between the hanging racks to support the upper part.

DSC_8663sWith all the spacers installed.


DSC_8665sThe upper portion was hung and the first set of small arms brought back in.

DSC_8666sNext the space above the cabinets was cleared off and a new rack made there.


DSC_8668sThen the rifles were put back there.

DSC_8669sThe next wall was attacked and cleared out so new racks could be installed. This time we made them two high instead of a single level.

DSC_8670sA smaller rack was made and installed next to the cabinets to hold shorter Mauser rifles.

DSC_8672sThe 34 and 42 were move and new racks built and installed.


DSC_8673sAgain a double rack design was used.

So at the end of the weekend I was able to remove two of the round racks built 5 new ones. Next weekend I will finish the rest as I am fairly sure my wife wants the kitchen back and the rest of the guns and swords removed from there.





There is still a bunch of wood left to use up for the remaining racks.


DSC_8684sMy guess is that she will want me working on them every night this next week.


Shooting the Hotchkiss protative

At the last machine gun shoot I spent a great deal of time playing with my Hotchkiss light machine gun. I enjoy it like I enjoy my Lewis gun. That is to say a lot of things are going on to make the gun work. It is just a fun gun. There are a few quirks about this machine gun.

The first is you really need to be careful when loading the feed strip.






Both of these strips were damaged when I tried to load them without looking at the position of the feed strip in relation to the stripping bar. They would go in but it jammed the gun and damaged the feed strips. Effectively making it a two man weapon or a very slowly loading one man weapon.

The next major concern is the tri-pod  that was used with the gun. While shooting it off the table if you were not holding the tri-pod while firing the weapon it would tip over. I tried shooting it with the tri-pod in the forward position as well as the rear position and the same problem occurred.



The stock was the next issue that I had. There is no check weld of any kind. There was a weapon used  by the light horse in WW1 that had a wooden stock. This one was hand made by the owner of this weapon.1He did really nice work

Hotch butt 1                                                                         internet pictures

This stock at least attempted to solve this problem. The two stocks that I have are the metal types. With and with out a wood wrap and should support.



Another thing that you will have to get used to while shooting the Hotchkiss is the weight of a full feed strip hanging off the right side of the gun.

With all this said I really enjoy shooting it. It is just a fun gun to shoot and with the availability of spare parts,, I don’t feel bad if something breaks.

1                                                                                   IMA photo

As if anything could break. Now that there are spare barrels and bolts people are doing conversions to 7.62x54r.

This also one of those weapons that has really cool accessories.

There are Strip loaders in both 303 for the British guns

british feed strip loader

4                                                                           internet photos

and 8×57 for the Turkish guns, this one will also work for the 7×57 guns as well.

A view of the box

DSC_8640sA complete strip loader

DSC_8642csA close up of the loader

DSC_8644csThe fun is in the shooting. Here is a slow motion video that we took at the last shoot.

Here are a couple of interesting drawings of the gun as well.