What is it Saturday



Video Friday, 9-5-14

I am still trying to get back on schedule. Between work and now school I am a little behind. So today’s post is a series of videos put out my McMillan’s. Even though they are here in Phoenix I have never had the opportunity to get into the facility. I do like there products though. If any one knows someone over there  I would really like to see a fiberglass stock made from start to finish.

So with out further adieu here are the videos.

Library Thursday

This will be a quick post today. I just received my October firearms catalog from the James D. Julia auction site. All I can say is WOW. What an auction this will be.

Here is the link for the first lots auction.


Some of the items that I would love to have but is way beyond my means are:

Lot 1241 The Walther Volkspistol   http://jamesdjulia.com/item/1241-369/

Lot 1267 The Mauser 1906-08 flapper locked pistol   http://jamesdjulia.com/item/1267-369/

And one that I that is actually the top of my list is: Lot 1268 the 1917 Mauser trench carbine  http://jamesdjulia.com/item/1268-369/

So if anyone has any extra money that they don’t need I would really like the Mauser trench carbine.

Check out the catalog and look at the great stuff coming up.

Radom info Wednesday, 9-3

We finished the new knurling tool this last weekend and this is a post about the new tool. I have been using the Shars knurling tool for a while and was continuing to have problems with it so it was time for a change.

DSC_0010_sThe pivot pins are very loose which causes the tool to move when you don’t want it to and not move when you need it to. It was also hard to apply pressure the knurling heads with out using a pair of pliers. So a total redesign was necessary. This process was not with out a few problems. The first being that the computer crashed just after we did the design and had written the cam program. This caused a problem as we noticed a few items that needed a small dimensional change, but with out the original program that was all but impossible to accomplish. It was also difficult to machine the vise jaws with out the original drawings to match correctly with the parts that we had made.

DSC_0013_sThe was to make these parts would have been to machine the one side then put them in the new vise jaws and machine the other side to the proper shape and face cut the extra material off. Again with out the drawings I could not write a program to do this so we just face milled the other side off instead with out milling the actual shape in first. This lead to an interesting final pass.



By the time we got to the final pass it was like cutting sheet metal that was a good 3/4 of an inch away from the vise. It worked but not a recommended practice.

Now that the two halves were made.


IMG_2285_sThis one is a close up of the ends.

IMG_2284_sAnd one more put together.

IMG_2280_sWe needed to make the clamping screw. The first method was to silver braze and pin the screw to the pivoting block. That did not work so well.

DSC_0008_s_wNot enough solder and the side walls to thin. So the next attempt was to add a great deal more silver solder.

DSC_0009_s_wIt also pulled out with the first attempt at using it. So the final method of attaching was tig welding.

DSC_0012_s_wIt not works like a champ and makes a very nice knurled on the VG1-5 front barrel support. The video on that will be coming up soon. Hope you enjoyed this update. Looking to hear you comments and ideas.

Shop Tuesday, Late 9-3-14

Sorry for the late update. It has been a little busy and now with school starting again I found myself out of time. The major update for shop Tuesday is the design work that has been accomplished on the barrel fluting machine. I spent most of last Saturday morning and almost all of Monday working of the design. Some major changes have been incorporated. As a brief intro here are the solid models that posted a while back.

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flutting machine_sAS you can see the vise is bolted to a rotary flat plate. This flat plate then rides in an opening of another steel plate. The complete assembly was then bolted to a large plate and then assembled to the side of my forging press.

The changes that we are currently working on allow the lower assembly to move up and down. This change will allow for a greater range of work possibilities. We also changed the method for holding the chuck to the rotary table. This a basic look at the new design.

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flutting machine_2

flutting machine_4

You will notice that we design the rotary table portion with 10 degree increments to allow accurate placement of the table in relation to the fluting tool. We also design a simple but effective tool holder. There is still more to do with the design, but I hope to have the design portion done this weekend and then start making it.

Hope you enjoyed the update. Comments and ideas are always welcome.







Weekend update

Most of Saturday morning was spent on another solid model. The actual projects that were accomplished were finishing the knurling tool and get back on the VG1-5 knurling project.

So first on the list is the knurling tool. I have one that I bought form Shars. I just did not like it. It moved to much and made me very nervous when I was using it up close to the chuck on my lathe. It would move when ever it wanted and most of the time not when I wanted it to. So my neighbor and I design one, wrote the programs for the Allen-Bradley and then finished it off this last week.

Here are a few pictures of the build process.




This after the jaw was machined and we put it in the web milling machine to cut off the back side. I have a complete post for later in this week.

Sunday was spent playing with my new Nikon 5300 series camera. I have also started a night class at the local college on digital photography. I did a basic video with a voice over to test its capability.

The rest of the time was spent with working out the design of the chamber fluting machine for the VG1-5 and other barrels.

flutting machine_3_sThe design is in it final stages and I will post on this tomorrow.


Sunday Answer

The part from what is it Saturday is: The lever for a lever delayed blow back San Cristobal. IMG_0251_sThis is the basic function of the part. It is design to keep the bolt closed against the barrel until the pressure drops enough to allow safe operation. Here is a series of pictures showing this is operation.

As the rifle is fired the bolt is closed up against the barrel and held there with spring pressure.



You will notice that the tab on the bottom of the lever is pushed down into the receiver.


This is what just the bolt looks like in that condition.

IMG_2447_sAs the round is fired and pressure is placed upon the bolt it tries to move backward. This causes the bolt to try and move backwards. The lever keeps the front of the bolt closed and starts moving the rear of the bolt against spring pressure.

IMG_2442_s_wordsAnother picture of the bolt by itself showing what is happening.

IMG_2448_sOnce the bolt is totally open the lever is no longer having any effect and the bolt can now open allowing the cartridge to eject.


IMG_2446_sThis is a picture of the bolt during this phase of operation.

IMG_2449_sThe last picture if with the lever removed form the bolt.

IMG_2451_sThanks for coming by and your comments and opinions are appreciated.

What is it Saturday

Once again it is time for what is it Saturday. Enjoy and guess away.

IMG_0251_sHere are a couple of additional views.IMG_0259_s


Friday video

Earlier this week we posted about the FG-42 first model bi-pod leg male stamping die. This is a video of us making the die.


This is a picture of the final die.

SAM_0025_sHope you enjoyed the video. I appreciate all comments and suggestions to improve the video and the content. Thanks for watching.

Library Thursday

First off you can see that we changed the title for the Thursday post from book review to library. This was done because I wanted to add more then just book reviews. I wanted to add information to the Gun Lab library that I thought would be useful to you.

So this first post is from a friend of mine that wants to remain anonymous. So for this post we just call him Joe. Joe had the opportunity to have every piece of brass test that he had that was attached to a weapon. This included Maxim guns, Nordenfelt weapons, Gardner guns and any thing else he could find. This is that report. I found it interesting and very useful. I hope you do to.

Bronze Composition Analysis document