I don’t know if it is or not a police carbine or just something someone made up. What I do know is that it was fun to shoot, was in a caliber that I can buy and uses AK magazines. Everyone at the shoot that shot it really like it. So while I am trying to get back into the swing of things here is the video.
Not much work was accomplished as the time was spent at the SAR show. We had a little shoot on Wednesday prior to the show and then set up on Thursday. The shoot was fun,as to be expected, and the show went very well. The VG1-5 went over real well with about 30% of the guns being spoken for. Now it back to the shop to get them all built. Regular posting will commence again tomorrow. I will post a video of the shoot soon. The new items were the 3 barrel Nordenfelt, 10 barrel Gatling and a police (?) carbine made off of a She, vz52, rifle.
It is the bolt and bolt carrier from a Dror light machine gun
We are now taking reservations for out reproduction VG1-5 rifles! Price is $4000, and they will be ready to ship once ATF gives final approval on the design. The get on the priority list, contact Matt or Greg at Allegheny Arsenal – (814) 362-2642. No payment will be taken until the guns are ready to ship.
Not much today I will be at the SAR show all day.
Here are the pictures of the completed version of the first VG1-5.
Now off to ATF for approval.
The weapon is parkarized and the wood work is complete. We will be showing it off at the SAR show this weekend. Anyone interested should contact Greg at Allegheny Arsenal he will be handling the sales, it is just easier for me. I will be posting pictures tomorrow, I was busy having fun at a shoot today.
This last week has been a huge push to finish the VG1-5 in time for the SAR show. A great deal of work needed to be completed and not near enough time to complete it all.
The big push was to complete and correct the fire control mechanism. It is now fixed and operating properly. You should be able to hear the cheering crowd and bottles of Champagne being opened .
This video is about the hand guards. They are now finished and will be on the rifle by tomorrow as will the stock.
I wanted the hand guards to look as close as possible to the original ones.
This is what we came up with.
I started the process as a standard wood working project and then finished on the cnc milling machine. The next time through I will over size the stock and do the complete project on the cnc mill.
In Part two of the Gardner Gun we are going discuss the 2 barrel Gardner Gun in depth and go over the differences between the English model and the American model, the Pratt and Whitney. Looking at the different patents filed by W. Gardner and E .G .Parkhurst in the years of 1879, 1880, 1881 and 1884 you can start to see the directions that each weapon went. We will start with the 1879 patent filed by W. Gardner. In the pictures that are filed with the patent you can see the cocking and bolt mechanism used in the English model as well as the ejectors and feed shuttle.
This is a close up of the firing mechanism and firing pin spring.
This is a English model.
Now looking at the patents filed in 1880 by E. G. Parkhurst you can see the differences in the design used in the American, Pratt and Whitney model. This is the improved model. The feed was now controlled instead of just gravity.
The firing pin spring is a coil spring instead of a v spring.
The ejection in through the bottom instead of out the side
This is the American ,Pratt and Whitney, model.
In the next installment we will go into the making of the miniature Gardner gun.