GUN Belt-fed project complete

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  1. ShackleMeNot

    ShackleMeNot MINDSET

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    And now for something a little different.

    I just finished a project I've been working on for about a year. It is a belt-fed semi-auto 1919A4 in 7.62 x 51. Izzy parts kit, ORF 80% side plate, Black Bear rivet set, Karma semi trigger and sear. I've probably put a total of 50 hours of machining, riveting, grinding and fitting into it.

    I test fired about 40 rounds last night to make sure it runs then dropped it off at the welder this morning to permanently tack it together per BATFE requirements. Next week it gets parkerized. I still have to build a tripod.

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    Here are a few photos during construction.

    My ugly machining on the internals:

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    Drilling and getting ready to rivet the trunion.

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    Setting (smashing) the bottom plate rivets.

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    What purpose does it server? Absolutely nothing tactical.
    Building guns and gunsmithing gives me a relaxing hobby outside of the stress of work, teaching and training.

    Any questions?
     
  2. Scaramanga

    Scaramanga Active Member

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    No full-auto, No care




    Nice work
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  3. Deicide101

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    I got a few:

    1) How come you did the calibre in 7.62x51 instead of 7.62x63?

    2) How well does it shoot?

    3) How much did it cost?

    4) How long did it take?

    5) Are you planning on making a .50?
     
  4. ShackleMeNot

    ShackleMeNot MINDSET

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    1) The guns were originally made by the US in 30.06 but after WW2 we shipped everything to Israel and they rechambered them in 7.62 x 51 to have a standard NATO caliber. I kept it the same but all I would need to shoot 30.06 (or 8mm or 7.62 x 39) is a new barrel, boaster and a few small parts.

    2) The trigger pull is AWEFUL. Right now the trigger has to be around 25 pounds so I'm going to work on lightening it. Other than that it is everything you would think it would be: loud and silly.

    3) The parts kit was around $400, the side plate was $100ish, trigger and sear were $120, rivet set was $30, 1000 links for $70. I probably spent $30 in endmills and bits. That's $750 so far. Welding should be around $50 and parking will be $85. Grand total will be around $885. If you buy one already built they are around $1200.

    4) About 50 hours total.

    5) .50 (M2) parts kits are few and far between. Everything for the .50 is pricy. A semi M2 goes for around $7k. I probably couldn't afford to build it and I sure couldn't afford to feed it.
     
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    Clingman Clingman runs Bartertown.

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    footratfunkface New Member

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    teach a tactical 1919 class. make a 16" carbine out of it, and put a single-point sling and a vertical foregrip on it. that'd be funny as shit.
     
  7. ShackleMeNot

    ShackleMeNot MINDSET

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    The fucking thing weighs like 30 pounds (ok, 31. I just looked it up). I would hate to have been a soldier in WW2 who had to drag that thing across Europe. The BAR, Garand and Thompson are heavy but this thing is HEAVY. I really understand the concept of "crew served" when I think about tripod and ammo weight added in.
     
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    monolith My soul grows ever weary and the end is ever near. OT Supporter

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    My local range has a working Thompson from WWII...awesome fucking gun but like you said it isn't the lightest weapon in the lot!
     
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    Griffon comic nerd extraordinaire

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    ShackleMeNot MINDSET

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    Got it back from the welder. I ground, sanded and cleaned up the welds last night. All that's left is to parkerize it and figure out how I'm going to build a tripod.

    About the welds; the BATFE requires that semi-1919 right side plates be welded to every part they touch so that they can never be taken apart and modified to accept full-auto components. It's obviously overkill because there are several steel rivets binding the frame box together but who ever said the BATFE cared about using common sense.

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    I linked about 100 rounds to test this weekend. Fun fun.
     
  11. Deicide101

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    TIG? Looks like decent work.

    LOL!!
     
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    bet its a blast to shoot
     
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    fuckin sweet!!!
     
  14. kellyclan

    kellyclan She only loves you when she's drunk.

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    :rofl: :bowdown: :bigthumb:
     
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    KC, haven't seen you in here in a while. what's new up there?
     

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