A great animation of a semi auto handgun

Mac, a friend of gun lab, found this on you tube and thought the viewers of gun lab would appreciate it. I hope you enjoyed the graphics and work that went into making this video as much as I did.

VG1-5 barrel update

Work is progressing on the VG1-5. This post is about threading the barrel for the gas piston. In our last post about the barrel we had turn the out side dimensions and cut them for length.

This post is the manual lathe work to do the threading.



Another step toward the […]

Weekend update for 8-7-16

Like every other weekend here at Gun Lab it was another one of to much work and not enough fun stuff.

The exciting news is that I finally finished putting in the A/C for the machine shop. This will really help as now you can work and keep the sweat out your eyes.

Due […]

Unusual Vietnam 22 pistol


Ken, a friend of gun lab, sent us a very unusual 22 pistol that his father-in-law picked up while serving in Vietnam. It appears to be factory made pistol. However, I have never seen another one like it.

This is it.

The only information on the pistol

Close up of the right side of […]

Full auto pistol part 2

In our first installment., we looked at a rather boxy looking full auto pistol. This post is about the weapon that was built for patent number 3,803,976 that was issued to Henk Visser.

These are the drawings from the patent.

With the front grip down and ready to fire full auto.

Right […]

Weekend update for 4th of July

Like all weekends I started out with a list that I could not possibly get done in the time frame allotted.

There were projects that I have been wanting to accomplish that are fun. Some of the things I needed to finish were under the direction of the commander in chief of the house. Some […]

Update on the VG1-5 project

We have been working on the fire control group and once again have made a few changes for more reliable operation and safety. We continue to have issues with the disconnector operating properly. There were issues with the hammer spring improperly contacting the disconnector. An additional problem came about with insufficient spring pressure to hold […]

Full auto pistols prototypes part 1

In the world of full auto pistols some stand out a great deal. The Mauser Schnellfeuer is probably the most famous.

Following it are the Russian Stechkin.

Then the Astra model 904 and a variety of Star pistols.

This is one of the many prototypes that has been made over the years that […]

3D Printer update

When we received the new 3D printer and some of the plastic support pieces were broken. I did a post about making the new parts. Then when we tried to operate it we noticed that the over travel switch did not work on the Y axis. There are still spare parts so a new wiring […]


The pictures of this rifle was sent to us from Mr. H.F., a friend of gun lab.

This AR18S made by sterling for Armalite Costa mesa. This and a AR180 were the first two sterling guns into USA. Difference from an American AR18S:

Serial number is AS033 – their meaning Automatic Shorty…033rd gun made, not […]