|A day that will live in infamy.|
|Out of the box.|
|Quick mock-up, before final fitting.|
|Short-chambered barrel will cause|
|Blown-out primer AND|
a case-head separation.
I ended up milling off about ~0.22” from the rear of the barrel and reamed the chamber further through with a 7.62x25 tokarev reamer, so that was one reason I never bothered Jestism about fixing it, because I already fixed it my damn self. I had already took matters into my own hands and made major modifications that I felt voided any refund or response, plus it was quicker than having to wait around to get my barrel fixed.
Second, look at this shit. I didn’t really think anything much of it at first, because I’ve seen boltfaces that had huge firing pin holes before that fired fine. The firing pin hole is large enough that the firing pin can puncture the primers and the case can backfire and shoot debris through the hole at the shooter. The surplus ammo was worse and brass would shred through the firing pin hole, binding the firing pin. This could potentially cause a slam-fire. This gun is not safe to shoot without completely rebuilding the bolt and re-chambering the barrel.
|Scant, out-dated two-page instruction.|
Note the PPS-43 magazine.
So basically magazines for this gun don’t even exist. You have to make them by first removing the steel jacket that’s spot welded onto the PPSh-41 magazine and cut the magazine release slot with dremel and file.
|Another magwell close-up.|
So I ordered a couple of PPSh-41 magazines. I don’t particularly like them since they’re single feed, which means they’re harder to load, plus they require modification, which makes them worthless for everygun that uses them except this “Sidefed Upper.” I don’t like modifying magazines and I hate proprietary magazines. A magazine should work right out of the box.
It fed about 85% of the time, which is 85 more than 0, so that was good, I guess. So after fixing the broken barrel, and the magazine feed issue, that still left me with a worthless bolt which I now have to fix myself or re-create from the ground up.
It was at that point I gave up. I ended up buying parts for a 9mm AR and was satisfied with that. I was, at the time, pretty busy and I don’t spend all damn day in my garage building guns and shit, if you can believe that. I spend about an hour or two a month at most. By the time I got to where the gun fed from the magazine and had proper headspace, a year had gone by and I figured it just wasn’t worth my time or his. I have some ideas how I can fabricate my own bolt from other bolts that use common parts and share similar bolt body diameter. That way I don’t have to worry if this hacksmith will charge me to replace my extractor down the line or blacklist me for not taking part in his circle jerk forum posts.
I’m still going to use weaponsguild, because like I said, the people there are friendly, helpful and knowledgable even if the owner is a two-faced bastard, and it’s a different place than TheHighRoad.org or AR15.com. I will definitely be avoiding any Prexis/Hell Box Armory products in the future. Here's some random pictures.
|PPS-43 magazine and chamber.|
It was wrapped really, really, nicely.
|Close-up of the magwell.|
|The root cause of blown-out primers.|
|"Mike, I can't believe I fucking died for this!"|
|This would be cool if it functioned,|
but it doesn't.
Links, Resources, etc.
- Initial Impression and Pictures of my Prexis Sidefed Upper - The name of the song was "Church" by Lyle Lovett, by the way.
- Forgotten Weapons - Official Website. The offending post that caused Ian's ban can be found here.
- Prexis's official website - Looks like it hasn't been updated since 1997.
- WeaponsGuild Forums - Probably the best gun-building forum on the internet. Just make sure to suck Mike off from time to time so you dont get banned.