Making the VG1-5 Trigger Guard

Today we are going to stamp and machine the trigger guard. We start with a sheared piece of 2 mil sheet steel. Initially we tried 1 mil but found that it was to easily deformed. Next was 1.5 mil and still did not look correct. So 2 mil gave us the correct look without too much weight gain and was still workable. First, a short video of the process, and then we will look at each step with some photos…

Here are the pieces of starting material, cut to proper size:

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After shearing the piece is de-burred, lubed and stamped in the forming die.

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This is a look at the inside of the die.

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trigger guard 1 (14)sThis is the look of the trigger guard after stamping.

trigger guard 1 (13)sThe interesting design feature of this dies is that I can us different lengths of stock to make different lengths of trigger guards. This allows the same stamping die to be used for different rifle projects.

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After stamping the trigger dies are set up in the fixture for machining and drilling.

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Now the final look of the part.

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Now all the trigger guards are completed.

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In addition to being the trigger guard it is also the support for the bottom of the stock.

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Hope you enjoyed this post and stay tuned for more on the VG1-5 build.

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