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M-1 Garand receiver

In keeping with the M-1 Garand posts here and at The firearms Blog, http://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/2014/12/16/making-m1-garand/. I though I would provide a couple of pictures of what the receiver looked like after it was forged and with the flashing cut off.

First the side views.

Now the top view.

Finally the bottom view. The amount of […]

Making the VG1-5 up date Hand Guards

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. […]

Gardner Gun part 2

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 […]

Weekend Update 11-24

Well as usual it has been a busy weekend around Gun Lab. More parts have been made for the VG1-5, coming soon in a post. The big project was the water system. The pressure pump took a crap. It just turn the pump room into a swamp and need to be fixed in a bad […]

Part One of the Bushmaster Pistol

In this video I had the opportunity to chat with John D about his collection of Bushmaster pistols. This is part one of the multi part review of this interesting weapon.

Here are a few still pictures of this interesting first model sheet metal stamped upper pistol.

Close up of parts of […]

Making the VG1-5 cocking handle

In the following pictures of original VG1-5 one of the items that you will notice is that all the cocking handles look different and that they have been through some rough times.

 

 

So this is the cocking handle that we developed. The first thing that you will […]

AR-180 part 3

In this write up we are going to look at the smaller parts and how they were made. The majority of the AR18/180 was a stamped weapon with minimal machined components. These are the stamped parts we are going to look at today.

 

The first part that we are going to look at is […]

AR-180 part 2

In part 2 of making the AR-180 we will be looking at the upper receiver and the steps necessary to make one. There are a number of rifles that use the same basic design concept. So this build concept would work for any of them.

This is the AR-18/180.

And a close up of the […]

EM-2 30-06 rifle

During the time period that the EM-2 was design it was made in a variety of calibers. These calibers ranged from the original caliber of .280 to the NATO standard of 7.62×51 through 30/06. This post is dealing with the 30/06 rifle. Basically what they did was to cut and weld a 7.62×51 rifle to […]

HEAT TREATING

 

During our recent trip through the mid-west I had an opportunity to stop in and chat with John D.,a metallurgist, and Joe P.,a heat treating professional. I ended up taking a number of pictures and John was nice enough to do a write up for me concerning what we looked at, what it does […]