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Building the semi auto MP-44 part 4

This post deals with just one of the small stampings that goes into making a MP-44. he part being make for this post is the sheet metal reinforcement for the back of the magazine well. This simple part closes the rear of the magazine well, strengthens the rear of the magazine well, addes extra support for the magazine catch area and provides a guide for the magazine.

DSC_8925sThis is what the part looked like after being removed from a torch cut receiver. There is not much there that is useful, however with a little work a new part can be made.

GE DIGITAL CAMERAThe first step is to measure out the part and then design a female stamping die that will meet the contours of the part.

GE DIGITAL CAMERAOnce verified it is time to move onto the next part

GE DIGITAL CAMERAIn this case the next part is the male die. As this process is being accomplished a number of stampings are done.Generally nothing happens correctly the first time.

GE DIGITAL CAMERANow the die is added to. The complexity of the die either requires a cnc machine to make it or a fabricated die has to be made. Due to the lack of cnc yhe die was pieced together to form the required shape.

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GE DIGITAL CAMERAAfter the stamping dies are completed then it is time to work out through trial and error the proper shape of the blank.

GE DIGITAL CAMERANot comes the moment of truth. If everything works properly then a good part will be made.

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DSC_8922swIt took a great deal of work to design and make the press tools that were necessary to make just one simple part.

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