Friday, May 19, 2017

A Tribute to the Richardson Guerrilla Gun part 2

Part two of  this series, see the introduction here and part one here

I had to run a 1/4" drill bit through the recoil plate, removing a bit of wood, to fit a 1/4-20 cap screw

I also drilled the front trigger guard screw hole to 1/4"

I then cut the stock down, I will try to re-use the old pieces to fill the bottom of the gap. When cutting the wood I smelled a familiar smell....this "European Hardwood" smells like oak, but it doesn't look like American oak, maybe some different variety?

Here you can see the radius is off, we need to widen the barrel channel a bit

I wrapped sand paper around the receiver tube and sanded the barrel channel so the receiver would make full contact, we're almost there

I also relieved the rear of the receiver area to make room for the firing pin bolt


I cut the left over forend pieces and glued them together

 Then I fitted and glued the extra wood to the stock to fill the gap, once it dries, I will cut, sand and profile the stock

I rounded the front of the stock and shortened it to come just short of the receiver tube, blending the repair in the process.

I had my Dad weld up the puller to the receiver, he took the liberty of grinding down the joint. I'll sand it smooth...

I plan on welding these long nuts to the bottom of the receiver to attach it to the stock

The connector nuts were too long for the rear attachment, so I marked and counter sunk a hole for a standard 1/4-20 nut .

I had my buddy mig-weld the nuts to the receiver.

I had to make some clearance for the rear nut

Test fitting the receiver to the stock

Stay tuned for part 3

A Tribute to the Richardson Guerrilla Gun part 3

If you missed the previous posts, you can find them at the links below:

Part 1
Part 2

Now was the time to make the fore-grip. I had my buddy weld a 3/8" bolt to the barrel.

I found this piece of red oak in my scrap wood pile that was 1 3/4" x 1 3/4" x 6", perfect for a fore grip. 

I had to go back to the pictures to see how the originals were made, they appear to have about a 15 degree cant to them

I cut the wood to 15 degrees

Then drilled the hole with a 12" 5/6" drill bit and counter sunk it to clear the welded bolt head

I began fitting it to my hand and the barrel

final shape achieved

Test fit

The nut is visible (slight miscalculation..) but it is not too obtrusive, I may start over with another piece, but for now we'll keep it

Time to strip the old finish off the stock, I coated the wood with Citristrip

Unfortunately the Citristrip didn't do much except remove the varnish or poly top coat, so time to break out the sandpaper and elbow'll notice I leave the butt pad in place, this prevents rounding of the edge 

60 grit paper is what did the trick, the finish was pretty damn tough. The Beeman emblem is inletted into the stock, I will leave it and maybe find something to cover it with

The butt pad was sanded with the wood, the fit is nice and tight now

Time to build our trigger-safety. I had this trigger from an old JC Higgins bolt action shot gun, it came with the pin and return spring. I will attempt to build some brackets to attach it to the receiver and then cut a slot for the triggers sear to fit in.

I found these small pieces of aluminum angle, I cut one in half and made two pieces

Then drilled holes and began fitting to the trigger

I then broke out the Dremel tool and cut a slot in the receiver

I trimmed down the angle pieces to fit inside the stock 

Then JB welded them in place.

I knew the fit would be close and when installed the trigger made contact with the trigger guard when in its fully forward position, so I trimmed it with the Dremel tool

Stay tuned for part 4

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Interesting Firearm Photos IX

A sniper of the 6th Battalion, York and Lancaster Regiment outside his post on the front line. It was taken by Second Lieutenant Davis McLellan on 6 February 1918 near Cambrin, in France.

An interesting place to keep your MP5

WWII, A Japanese soldier inspects a captured Springfield 1903 rifle abandoned near Bataan
U.S. Civil War mortars

A Sheriff's Deputy in Colorado stopped a criminal who was shooting at them, by shooting a bullet right down the barrel of the criminals gun. 

A small rimfire gun disguised as a lighter

A Sten gun factory during WWII

The Heckler & Koch HK XM29 OICW prototype, it fires a 5.56 NATO bullet from its lower barrel and a 20x28mm air bursting grenades from its upper barrel

This is supposedly a picture of a German MG42 Machine gun bunker at Omaha Beach 1944

Awesome behind-the-scenes pic of Chloƫ Grace-Moretz, during the filming of Kick Ass 2

Over the body of a dead comrade, Canadian infantrymen advance cautiously up a narrow lane in Campochiaro, Italy, on Nov. 11, 1943. The Germans left the town as the Canadians advanced, leaving only nests of snipers to delay the progress.

Students and faculty duck for cover during the 13 seconds of gun fire at the Kent State Protest, May 4th, 1970

Soviet Women Snipers defending the motherland, 1943

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