Time in the fab shop

I did manage to work on a couple of other projects other then the Library. I spent some time working on the new little single burner forge and table.

The old forge.

The new and old ones together.

The new burner

A little video about the progress


The Library part2

Work on the library has started in earnest. The worst thing about the Library build is that the back hoe broke and everything had to be accomplished by hand.

The footer was dug and poured by had using my mixer. The framing was built and then the stem wall was poured.

Ready for concrete for […]

Nepalese Enfield

I am starting back with a weekly post of guns from the reference collection. I hope you enjoy them.

This is a Nepalese Enfield rifle.

This rifle has now gone to the Pattern Room to be added to there permanent collection.


The going’s on at gun lab, end of year report (late)

This is an end of year update for what has been happening at Gun Lab.

This last year has been a very busy one. The VG1-5 is moving along. We have programmed the Sharps machining center to make the hand guards, video coming soon. A new welding fixture has been made to straighten and weld […]

SAR show 2017

Well the SAR show is over and everyone is now heading home or all ready there. This is the run down from the entire weekend.

Starting on Wednesday we have a little pre SAR machine gun shoot. Everything went perfect with the shoot, the weather was absolutely the best with a little cloud cover and […]

More VG1-5 updates

With the completion of the mechanical portions of the cnc router it the computer portions have been being worked on. The router original used a Mach 3 operating system with an older style break out board. We upgraded the computer systems and well as the mechanical systems and have a real issue ever since. Wally, […]

Back on the VG1-5

Started on the new fluting tool design. We have had some issues with the fluting of the chambers. Some of the issues have been narrowed down to our original tool design. To correct the flute issue we went back to the design. Starting with the thickness of the flutes and the length of the flutes, […]

More on the CNC router

The making of the new Z axis.

Starting with the solid models. You can see the entire assembly. Front and


This solid model shows the changes that we have made.

Pins to maintain alignment, lower bearing for the screw support.

The new upper housing

Now on to the actual nuts and […]

Weekend update 5-21-17

I spent most of the weekend in the fab shop trying to clean up some small projects. With the temperature at the century mark there was no fun working in the sun.

I obtain another bead blaster from a friend.

This required me to run a new air system over to it.

I then started […]

Barrel Fluting for the VG1-5 barrel

Here is a short video about fluting the VG1-5 barrel.


The process of fluting a barrel is dependent on a number of factors. The first is the tool design. So far we have use 4 different types of fluting tools. All of them have had minor dimensional changes.

The second is pressure. We […]