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.




Working on the VG1-5 stock

With the router table completed, for the most part, we started working on the stocks for the VG1-5 rifle. This video takes the stock from a rough sawed pattern to the finished dimensional stock.

To complete this task we used two different router bits. The first bit


being a bearing guided bit that rides on the pattern that was made in the shop, by Axel,


and the second one is a bearing guided bit that runs across the stock.

dsc_3911sThis is a video of the process to make the stock.

With this step completed the next set of holes will be drilled on the drill press and then the stocks will be fitted to the individual rifles.

The rest of the weekend update

In addition to working on the router table time was also spent on the fab shop addition.dsc_3754sThis is the view walking into the addition.

dsc_3758sInside looking out

dsc_3757sLooking at the door going to the casting area

dsc_3755sAnother view going into the casting area

dsc_3756sStill more to do. At least now it is kind of water tight.

The usual weekend update

Another weekend has come and gone. I just do not know where the time goes anymore. The weekend ends seem to take forever to get here and in a flash they are gone.

There were two main projects that I needed to complete this weekend. The first is re-work and finish up the router table. The second was to finish the siding and roof of the fab shop addition.

This post will deal with the router table.

I started out with the table looking like this.

dsc_3731sThere is only a miter track and a piece of scrap lumber for a fence. In addition there is no dust collector system on the router table.

Installing the dust collector parts.



dsc_3747sNow for the new fence.

scan0001-csWith the new Table fence and tee slot/miter slot added



dsc_3750sJust a quick video of everything.

More on the Beretta model 57

A friend of gun Lab dropped me a line looking for some information of the magazines that the Beretta model 57 30carbine used.

Here are a set of pictures that I took of the issue magazine.






pattern-roon-1-014-sI hope this helps.

The Ermawerke Carbine.

If you have had the opportunity to read collector grade publication the last ditch rifles are brought up in there. This guest post write up is about the Ermawerke carbine in 7.92×33 kurtz.

scan_page_1sRight and left side views of the rifle.


scan_page_5csClose up of the left side of the receiver.

scan_page_4csBottom view of the receiver showing the added safety.

scan_page_3csanother close up of the safety.

scan_page_6csMany thanks to John and Dave for sharing this rare rifle