Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Cheap 9mm Magwell Adapter (plus mini review)

Just a heads up that Sportsman's Guide is selling 9mm Magwell adapters for cheap. It's made by Promag (I know, bad reputation), but it seems just as good as any other plastic magwell adapter that sell for $100-$150.  The ejector, ramp, and bolt hold-open are steel.  It accepts regular 9mm magazines (including modified UZI mags, but those don't have bolt hold-opens).  When I first got it, case mouths were getting caught on the sharp edges, but some minor hand filing fixed that.  One important thing should be noted about this is that it drops from the top of the lower and requires removal (and re-insertion) of the AR-15's bolt hold-open, so don't expect to be switching between calibers too often.  Actually, I don't even use the bolt hold-open, so I just removed it completely so I can switch out uppers quickly if I want.


TL;DR - if you have a spare lower lying around, this is a great way to get started into 9mm AR15s.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

From junk to guns...

I posted about the plastic AR-15 built from a cutting board back in February, but here is the actual video. Really cool stuff.  OrionsHammer claims he fired 100 rounds through it, so it seems pretty solid.  I wonder if you could sandwich some 4130 sheet steel on the outside, screw it in place, and harden the holes to give it some extra strength.  I think a lower made from cutting board using a Dremmel would be easier then trying to make one up with a drill press and an expensive 80% lower.

Also be sure to look at the video of his blowbAK pistol, made from washing machine sheet metal, Tokarev barrel, an AK fire control group, and some rubber bands.  Here's the original thread on Weaponeer.

Monday, October 11, 2010

JC Higgins (Sears) Model 20 "Tactical"

Many moons ago I acquired a JC Higgins "Model 20" 12 Gauge 2.5" chamber shotgun receiver through questionable means (on ebay, of all places).  Not being a shotgun guy, it was really tough trying to find what model this shotgun was with just an unmarked receiver.  To add some confusion, it should be noted that this shotgun was also known by other names including "Flight King", "High Standard", "Sears", and 583.XX (Where XX is whatever random-ass number Sears decided to use at the time).

It was missing the barrel and stock, but was otherwise all there.  I bought the barrel off Numrich, but could never find a stock (for less than 50 bucks), so I made one from a broken Gewehr 1888 stock I had lying around.  I simply drilled a hole all the way through the length of the  stock, ran a threaded rod through it that connected the receiver, and tightened it up with a nut  (at the time, had I known how rare Gew88 stocks were I would have saved the fore-end and made the simple repair to restore it).  I finished it with some gloss black and called it done.  It was a little short and uncomfortable, but it worked.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Prexis Side-fed AR-15 (7.62x25 tokarev)

08/31/2016 - UPDATE!!! Six years later, see my actual review of this garbage rifle and why you should avoid anything built by Prexis.

Months ago I was driving across Round Rock in my car when I heard a song on the radio.  It sounded like some black, spiritual, church-type music.  There was random hollering and phrases such as "praise the LAWD" interjected throughout the song.  There was clapping too.  Not the type of music I'd put on my iPod, but I gotta admit it was kinda catchy for what it was.  I forget what the song was about exactly, but the chorus was something about gathering around the dinner table and eating collared greens, cornbread, chicken and other types of soul food.

If you have no idea what the hell song I'm talking about then you probably think I'm making this stuff up based on racial stereotypes but I'm not!  I ended up googling the only lyrics I could remember which were "let's all eat," but all I could find was this funny parody of Marilyn Manson's 'Mobscene' entitled 'Slobscene'.

I forgot where I was going with all this, so here's some pictures of my new Prexis 7.62x25 Tokarev AR15 (the Super Secret Project I talked about in the previous post).  It's definitely a work-in-progress because I can't get it to feed right and I think it needs a 6.5 ounce buffer because I've been getting some scary brass fragmenting/case-head separations.  The first 10-20 or so rounds cycled fine (but would jam on feeding), which led me to believe it's not a head-space issue.  I'm guessing the ejector blade got bent which causes the bolt to bind against it and not close all the way.  Normally I'd post a project like this on my other blog but I have too many unfinished works on there.


Monday, September 6, 2010

Some stuff.

Slow news month again...  Have some random stuff in bullet point format!
  • I have been making progress on some of my Super Secret Squirrel Projects (of DOOM), which I shall be posting pictures of real soon.
  • I can't stop thinking about the 7.62x25 Tokarev round!  Look at this custom blowback pistol-caliber bolt from Erie Ordnance Depot for $210.
  • Or if you're a cheap-ass like me, go look at Gunbroker and Auction Arms.  You might run across Broomhandle bolts for $30.  I'm really thinking about butchering one for an AK project.
  • A neat thread popped up on WeaponsGuild about Eastern European trenchart carved on stocks of AKS.  I thought that was neat.
  • A detailed look at the Indian INSAS rifle, which from what I can tell is mostly AK-based.
  • Not a Glock fan, but I thought this was some nifty hacksaw work.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Exploring a haunted house...

So there was this house near my uncle's farm. A haunted house!  The driveway is full of weeds, grass and small trees.  We always drive by it on the way to uncle's house and I guess I never noticed it before.  I looked on Google satellite maps and sure enough there is a house at the end of the driveway.

I asked my cousin about it and was told there once lived two retards.  One was insane (we knew him only as 'bucket', because he shit in a bucket), the other was the less retarded of the two, named Ric.  I actually remember the latter.  He used to mow people's lawns for a living and drive around town on his riding mower.  Around 2006, he had a heart attack.  He and his brother were sent to a nursing home where he died a month later.  Bucket is believed to still be alive.

Middle of nowhere.  Creepy!
A brief history of the house - It was built in the late 1800's and housed a couple of black servants, who worked the farm and one of whom was the nanny of my uncle's older relatives.  They lived and died in that house (rumor has it they haunt the place till this very day!).  In the fifties, a married couple and their two retard sons lived there until around the 1980's.  My uncle says some hippies moved in and they installed electricity and left before the water could be installed.  Sometime in the 90's, the two retards just kind of wandered back and started living there again.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Ghettofied AK Guiderod Pistol

I had an AMD-65 trunnion with a barrel stub on it that I couldn't remove that came in with a parts kit.  The parts kits are gone now, but you can still pick up an AMD-65 Trunnion with barrel stubs attached at APEXGUNPARTS.  They have about 1-2 inches of rifling.  A few people have successfully built "guiderod pistols" which are just AKs with a really shortened gas piston.  They require you to re-attach the piston to the carrier and turn down the barrel to fit the gas block.  Additionally, you must drill a hole through the piston to accommodate the guiderod (which can be a steel rod or in my case, a chunk of cleaning rod) so that it guides the carrier straight.  I couldn't get the damn bits to drill through the hardened piston, so I went the lazy route and installed it from the back.  It needed a new rear trunnion or something because there's now a spiky rod shooting towards your face when you rack the bolt.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

The whole thing was NOT a dream.

I mean, he spun the top two times through out the movie and it toppled over.  And you never remember the beginning of a dream, you always start somewhere in the middle of it.  So how did Cobb wash up on the beach?  Okay, forget that, I don't care.  If the end scene was a dream, we clearly see Cobb waking up on the airplane (how was the Scarecrow awake before Cobb if he was the host, btw?) which would mark the beginning of a dream.

I still love this movie.  To me, it has one of the most memorable soundtracks since "Heat" and "The Good Bad and the Ugly," and I usually can't stand Hans Zimmer.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Ghetto Gewehr, MKII (Part One)

Remember that "VietCong" stock I made for that Gewehr 1888?  That twine loosened up and the pine stock snapped in half when I dropped it.  I happened to have an extra M48 stock laying around and decided to put it to good use!
 Here is a internet photograph of a Yugoslav M48 Mauser.  The stock I had was a deep red color and had a rough, unpolished texture to it.

Monday, May 24, 2010

The Assassination of Jesse James....

Just saw "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford."  This is probably one of the best movies I have ever seen.  I had to buy it on DVD and rewatch it just to make sure, and I was right.  The art direction, the acting, the dialog, and the music are fantastic.  It's easy to spot bad acting in any movie, but for some reason I never appreciated or noticed good acting in a movie until now.

It amazes me how garbage like "The Hurt Locker" or "Avatar" could win academy awards while a masterpiece like "Jesse James" is hardly acknowledged.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UJvhE60-fLI

Friday, March 19, 2010

Gewehr 1888 Boltheads for 13 bucks!!!!*

Okay, I lied. But take a look at this

http://www.gunpartscorp.com/catalog/Detail.aspx?pid=1164400&catid=12005

This is a Portugese Mauser 1904/14 Bolthead.  I bought one out of curiosity because I couldn't help notice that it looked exactly like the elusive Gewehr 1888 Commission Rifle Bolthead.  When I got it, it was pretty damn close!  The overall length is very close, the outter diameter is exact, the firing pin channel is exact, and the bolthead retaining lug is exact.  There are a few noticeable differences though, such as the headpiece being a tad too long, a protrusion sticking out of the right side, and lastly there is no retainer for the ejector (I believe the Portugese 1904 uses a standard Mauser ejector or something similar).  I think these could be easily fixed with a little millwork (ahem, Dremel!).  Judge for yourself!


I'm pretty sure that is all there is to it.   I don't know how much material you'll need to remove as I was just guessing.  I'm gonna buy another and have at it with a Dremel.  I don't have access to a welder, but I'll try and rig something up!

Update (10-Nov-2014): I keep getting random spikes of web traffic every once in a while and my recent site statistics tell me it's because of this post.  Just for posterity I should mention I never actually bothered to do any of the mods - it looks like way too much trouble than it's worth and I don't have the skill to reweld such a tiny piece of metal.  Even if you use a milling machine to shorten the front portion, it still wouldn't work since the extractor groove is way too forward on a Portugese than on a Gew88.  You would probably need a custom extractor.  Also I have to wonder if the firing pin hole would open up after re-milling out the bolt face.  I suppose you could just plug it up and redrill the firing pin hole.

Anyways, I see Gew88 boltheads on ebay every once in a while and they sell anywhere from $50 for a new reproduction (minus the extractor and ejector) to $120 for a complete used specimen.

Sunday, January 31, 2010

February ghetto links megapost! (04-Feb-2010 - New Links!)

Here are some links for this month.  I found a bunch of neat gun blogs, projects, and even some forums directly related to ghetto gun-building! Keep an eye on this post, I will be updating this throughout the month so I won't have to make a new post everytime I find a new link.

AK Files Classic Threads - A-kminator's snub nosed AKDon't drill into the chamber! This guy did.  He even fired a few rounds!  He's lucky the screws didn't blow out the side.  Think the barrel is junk? An informative post by Dstorm1911 claims it can be saved. (Updated) Akfiles seems to take their AK-building seriously, so you won't find many interesting builds there, so here are some informative threads: Color-changing heat-treat paint, screws builds and screw strength, heat-treating that pesky ejector.  ...and for fun, here is your weekly AKFiles drama/mall-ninja thread (okay, old thread, but jardhead4life's reply is hilarious!).

Free Market Fairy Tales is an interesting guns 'n politics blog from the UK.  I didn't think they had hillbilly's over there, but there ya go.  Check out their firearms section.

http://www.weaponeer.net I don't know why I've never seen this place before, but it's brilliant!  Check out their Home Builds section.  This is an excellent resource for Ghettosmiths.  There are too many great threads to list individually, so this is only a small sample, but check out the wooden AR15 lower, another made from plastic cutting board, underhammer smoothbore, AK-47 in 9mm using Suomi Drums, cool-looking AK hybrids, home-made .22 bolt action.  Not to mention the numerous tube guns made with AR and AK FCGs.

http://www.gunco.net build forums - I never liked Gunco.net, mostly because people keep linking to it and you need to register to look at posts.  I haven't had time to to read through the Build section yet, however the first AK-7.62 Tokarev and Belt-fed hybrids can be traced back to this place, so there must be good stuff here.

http://www.weaponsguild.com - An alternative to Weaponeer (yes, I've had this on my links page for a while but never introduced it, so here it is).  Seems to have more professional-looking projects too.  Topics of interest include: A SMLE semi-automatic conversion, break-action rifle, scratch-built liberator, ghetto'er-than-hell 9mm AK, a tastefully done AK-Tokarev

Homegunsmith - I finally took the time to look through it, but only made it to page 8 out of ~96.  Most of this stuff is mill/lathe work, but fun stuff to read and more ideas for the aspiring ghetto-builder.  Scratch-built bolt action .45ACP, muzzle-loading AR, AR-15 Magwell (useful if you want to bubba your Saiga/Galil to take Stanag Magazines), Colt Walker from scratch, Suomi drum to Sten conversion (This gives me an idea for a Suomi drum to Hi-point conversion!)  I

Also check out these pictures of improvised firearms built in the third world. Lots of neat pictures here.

Update (02/02/10)
  • I have been informed by a source that Gary "Weaponeer" Grahm is a swindler and a wanker and should not be trusted with your money.  Just a warning.
  • Apparently FMFT blog has stopped operating since I posted the link (Just a coincidence!)

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Alternative AR-15 Uppers

Have an AR15 and tired of the same old M4/M16A3 look?  I saw some mention of side-fed and belt-fed uppers and was surprised to see how many interesting and creative types of upper receiver assemblies are out there.

.50BMG Bolt Action Magazine fed

SHRIKE BeltFed 5.56

X-MG - MG34-based upper (8mm or .308)

12 Gauge Belt-fed MG - Appears to be a dead project, but a neat experiment.

But most interesting is the Prexis side-fed upper in 7.62x25.  It utilizes PPSH-43 magazines, which are cheap and widely available, last I checked.  Even more interesting however,  is the price tag -  the base model is only $285!  I haven't seen any range-reports on it, and the one guy who posted on TheHighRoad appears to be a shill.  The description is pretty vague too.  Does it come with a bolt?  Does it use standard AR15 bolt and gas system?  Does it use a modified PPSH bolt? Direct blowback?

Update: Read the links to their forums on their Ghetto-ass web page.  They look like more shills but at least they have more good information.

...Edited to fix redundancy :P