Looking for an article

I am looking for an article that was written in 1946. The title is “German Mass Production Methods: The use of stamped components in gun manufacture” It was written by Charles E. Balleisen and published in Army Ordnance September-October 1946.

Thank you for your help

Installing the magazine well on the VG1-5

The last two video’s showed spot welding and the first op machining for the VG1-5 lower receiver. With this video we are installing the magazine housing into the receiver. Once again there is a certain amount of hand fitting.

A close up of the fixture.

DSC_6472sThe batch ready for the next step.


Older gun making Italian style.

This video was taken at an Italian factory where they are working on Carcano’s and Revelli machine guns.;_ylt=A2KIo9Uop.9VXzcA428snIlQ;_ylu=X3oDMTBzYjc0MWM5BHNlYwNzcgRzbGsDdmlkBHZ0aWQDBGdwb3MDMzk-?p=gunstock+making+machine&vid=fd97950ced4d59562eda07112d13cc56&


Just a great deal of hand work

Working on the cnc router

You have seen the previous write posts about the cnc router. The table was not steady and had way to much movement. That was the first problem corrected. Now we are on the way to correct the wiring and control circuits. The wiring as we received in the machine  looked like two rats mating and dropping by products everywhere.



DSC_6535sSo first Plexiglas was cut and routed out for fans and filters.


DSC_6476sThis was completed the old fashion way, by hand tools.

DSC_6477sThen they were mounted on the frame.


DSC_6564sThe new mounting plate was laid out and hole were drilled and tapped.

DSC_6560sThis too was accomplished the old fashion way,a ruler ,straight edge and square.

DSC_6562sThe rest of the components should be here this next week and I can finish up the new wiring.


More on the VG1-5

You have now seen the first series of spot welds necessary to put the strengthening plats in and putting then together. With this accomplished it is time to do the first machining op on the receiver. This operation cuts out the trigger opening and also the holes necessary to weld in the front barrel support. The magazine housing area is also machined out to the rough shape necessary to install it.


DSC_6559cwshere are a few solid models of the fixture we used.

lower reviever fixture

lower reviever fixture1

lower reviever fixture2The individual components use in the VG1-5 lower receiver fixture.

lower reviever fixture3

lower reviever fixture4This is the Master Cam simulation for machining the VG1-5 lower receiver for op1.

This video is showing the machining of the VG1-5 lower receiver op 1′

this is a picture of the part after machining but still in the fixture.


VG1-5 update

This last 2 weeks has been spent working on the lower receiver of the VG1-5. This weapon was originally design by the Germans to use the most basic of materials and machined tools. There was a very large amount of hand fitting during the process of making this rifle. All the sheet metal that was stamped was done with basic tooling and each rifle was individually fitted. This is the video that shows the first in a series of steps to assemble the VG1-5.

With this phase completed it is on to the next step.


Axel is our friend and a friend of Gun Lab. When I mention that we had gotten our approval from ATFE and that we were starting the build production line he volunteered to come and help. And help he has done. He has been here for two weeks of work and looking and playing with toys from the reference collection and just generally good gun fun. He has been a huge help with getting to the next phase of this project. The amount of work he has done is not is beyond measure. He has performed every task that was asked of him and more. It is hard to believe how fast two weeks have gone by. I am sure he is looking forward to going home just to relax.


Older gun making video part 3


Another in the series of older gun making video’s.¬† This is one on making the BAR.


Life at Gun Lab, studying the MP-44 receiver

Here at gun Lab what we do is study weapons and at any time you could come across anything. A set of EM-2 locking flaps,


a Destroyer carbine,


a Vickers cut away lock,


Hand drawn prints for a weapon

drawings c

or a French MAS 36 22 trainer cartridge adapter.


Anything and everything can be found in my office area. So today we are going to be looking at a MP-44 half of a receiver. I enjoy studying parts and looking at this part it is very interesting to see how the Germans made this part and the interior design that you hardly ever get to see.

DSC_6309csA couple of views of the back of the mag well housing and the added pressings.


DSC_6314csA look at the front of the mag well and the added strengthening plate spot welded on.


DSC_6319csA good view of the press work on the inside of the trunnion and magazine housing area.



DSC_6331csThe out side view. Nice trunnion curvature.

DSC_6334csLook at the internal and external rib stampings


DSC_6336cThis is a nice photo of the magazine housing ribs.


DSC_6346csLook at the transition between the receiver body and the trunnion.


As complex as this weapon is I am amazed at the quality of the stamping. This is actually a beautiful stamping

Older gun making video part2

Today’s post is another of the video’s out there dealing with making the weapons of war in the U.S. This video deals with making the BAR and it.s magazine.

What is interesting is the pressing dies and method used to make the BAR magazine. I find the fixture design to answer question that I have on how to fixture something.

Enjoy the video