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.


Beretta model 57

Gordie K., a friend of gun lab, was nice enough to send me some pictures of a Beretta model 57 that he made in semi auto only. This is one of my to do projects and I am excited to see someone accomplishing this. Here are a few pictures of his build.




DSCN0118[1]-csOne of the interesting designs of this rifle is that the barrel extension is held in only by brazing it is place. There are on pins or steps in the receiver.

The barrel extension still attached to the right side of the receiver.

DSC_0093csThe inside of the left side of the receiver showing the brazing material.

DSC_0095csThe barrel threads and barrel extension threads are an acme type thread instead of a normal type of thread.

DSC_0099csThe internal shape on the receiver is well thought out design for machining.


SIG PE57 cut away.

Dale, a friend of Gun Lab, did a great write up on the SIG PE-57 cut away rifle. With his permission here are a few of the great pictures that he took.

2r4ms7pSide view of the cut away.

2mpitexA great picture of the parts break down.

35814lkA really nice shot of the pistol grip and fire control mechanism.

acztpuIf you have not do it yet you should go over and check out his entire article. It is well do and the pictures alone are worth the visit.

He is currently working on a write up on the Hakim cut away rifle. An information that you can provide for him would be appreciated

More on the fluting press

I have added a pressure gauge on the hydraulic system. This will allow two methods to determine if the chambers are being fluted correctly.



Update on the fab shop

Work has been progressing on the fab shop even if at a slower pace then I like. Time and weather has been a real issue.

The roof has been coated twice so we are water tight.

DSC_4096sAll the wall have been put up,

DSC_4102sI have started installing the electrical boxes.

DSC_4322sWiring will be next weekend after I drill all the holes.

Part of the out side walls have now been coated as well.

DSC_4325sI have decided to use stainless mesh instead of glass windows. This will help with air flow.

DSC_4321sMore next weekend.


Working on the CNC router

A large part of this weekend was spent working on the cnc router. I finished the connectors and hooked them up at the connector board that I made.

DSC_4330sThe motor control circuits were then wired up.

DSC_4329sThe wiring from the out side of the connector box were hooked up.

DSC_4335sAll new wiring and air was then run through the flexible wire the Y and Z motors and limit switches.


DSC_4332sThe previous owner just glued and tie wrapped the aluminum covers.


I will have to make brackets to correctly hold everything in place.

The air system has been installed, however I am going to have to change where it sets.

DSC_4337sBy the end of Sunday the X axis was moving under its own power.

DSC_4327sA big thank you to Wally, a friend of gun lab, for all his held and expertise in getting the cnc router up and running.

So this is the final status for this weekend. All the motors are now hooked up and powered up. I have started wiring up the limit switches and will have that completed by next weekend. The new air solenoids are here and a new backing plate needs to be made. We are getting closer to getting this machine back up on line and working.







A 22lr EM-2

A friend who has passed made this copy of an EM-2 in 22lr. It is amazing what people can come up with. Defiantly an interesting rifle.

Right and left side views of the rifle.


DSC_3558sLook closely at the markings on the carrying handle base


DSC_3580sRear sight and carrying handle





Rear butt plateDSC_3569s

DSC_3566sAdded ejection port cover


DSC_3568sMagazine releaseĀ  and rear cover

DSC_3581scocking handle

DSC_3579sMagazine housing

DSC_3574sleft side showing the cocking handle, grip and trigger

DSC_3582sA couple of views of the front site and base


DSC_3575sFront band

DSC_3572sFront sling swivel



Working on the chamber fluting press

When we last attempted to flute the chamber of the VG1-5 we had some movement in the press itself causing the fluting tool to snap.

We have made a number of changes to the fluting press to correct some of its short comings.

Here is a video of those changes.

Now on to the pictures.




Working on the CNC router

I spent most of this weekend working on the CNC router. My goal is to have it up and running this year.

Quick video of the current state on the router.

To continue I now need a solder station to allow me to make up the wiring harnesses. This is the new solder station in the wood shop.

The basic solder station.

dsc_4103sA close up of the area I have.

dsc_4104sHere are a few pictures of where we are at now on this project.





This next weekend will be the start of the wiring. At the same time I will work on the manual for the cnc router with a complete wiring diagram.

Just a quick side note. For Christmas I got a led flashlight. It has been a great help while working on this project.




A special Thanks

I want to thank Greg at Allegheny Arsenal ,, for sending out some needed 7.92×33 ammo, brass and reloading dies.


Here at Gun Lab we go through a great deal of 7.92×33 ammo testing the weapons that we are making as well as making and using proof loads.

Two cases of prvi Partizan 7.92×33 ammo.

dsc_3928sI used to have a set of reloading and forming dies, then someone borrowed them and he and my reloading dies are gone. These will come in handy making the proof loads.

dsc_3927sAn additional 400 rounds of new boxer primed brass.

dsc_3929sThank you very much Greg.

East German KK-MPI-69

I came across this write at The Firearms Blog. I have always found the East German KK-MPI-69 to be an interesting rifle. I thought I would go into a little more depth on the parts of this fascinating trainer.

First the interesting write up at the firearm blob.

Now for some additional pictures of the rifle and some of it’s components.

The rifle and 5 magazines. Note the differences in bottom plates on the magazines. I have found two different magazines over the years.

dsc_4001csRear trunion

dsc_4042sFront upper and lower hand guard.

dsc_4003csFront barrel band.


dsc_4002csA complete bolt



This plate hold the 22 lr magazine in alignment and also hold the ejector.

dsc_4021csThe inside working of the rifle.


dsc_4019csTop cover. Totally different them a normal rifle.

dsc_4030csThe recoil system.



dsc_4016csA series of pictures on a cut front section. I bought some of these a few years back before I found a complete one.




dsc_3945csAn incomplete bolt.