Made it for someone else? Ruh-Roh! Exudes FBATFE pheromones.
Also, I’m not a metalurgist, but is that 6061 aluminum as tough as steel? Since the rifle will be “hanging” from a bi-pod, presumably with a steel attachment point, I see a metal-wear issue coming on fast with the steel-aluminum contact points. Ditto the bolt operation. That definitely needs steel-on-steel, or this gun will have a lifetime of a few hundred rounds, at best.
Huge “cool” factor here, maybe he should sell it to dummywood for an action-pic.
@Rivrdog if you look at the writeup on it, you’ll see that this is in fact a very fancy stock for the actual receiver, which was purchased independently so no ATF problems there.
Very impressive looking build.
No FFL of any type is necessary for an individual to make a Class I firearm for that individual’s personal use only. A MM says, you do need to put a serial number on it. Back when AK parts kits were cheap and everywhere, a LOT of guys made their own receivers out of 1mm and 1.5mm sheet steel and riveted/screwed/bolted/welded the parts together.
I’m not nearly as impressed with this as some of you are. As a piece of metalworking? Sure, it’s great! But as an example of “technology beats gun control”–get back to me when he designs and builds his own receiver and barrel.
Over 30 years ago I read an article in one of the gun magazines (I can not remember, after this long a remove, which one) about firearms that had been made in prisons, where one may safely construe that gun control laws are fairly strict. They ranged from crude percussion cap pistols using pipe and match heads, with the striker part of strike-anywhere matches for the percussion cap (one such used seamless SQUARE pipe, with a laboriously-filed cubical brass bullet, which was used to kill another inmate), through various guns made to fire smuggled-in cartridges, to a submachine gun made ENTIRELY inside a prison with materials found inside it, down to the lathe-turned cartridge cases and the electronic ignition (it was taken after it was used in an unsuccessful prison break attempt, which was why it was available for study). Almost as long ago there were a couple of articles about homemade “Paltik” guns in the Phillipines, ranging from matchlock muzzleloaders intended to be touched off with a cigarette (and known, reasonably enough, as “cigarette guns”) to sophisticated full-auto shotguns. And one can ask the Russians about the handmade guns they encountered in Afghanistan.
This article and those other long-ago articles point out the ultimate futility of gun control; guns are basically fairly simple machines, and there are literally millions of home workshops in the U.S. alone that are perfectly capable of turning out serviceable firearms. It would be impossible to control ALL of the machine tools, seamless pipe and so forth that COULD be used for making firearms, because they are usually used for entirely different purposes. Granted, the ammunition is a bit of a stumbling block, but http://www.scribd.com/doc/16615897/Tm-31210-Improvised-Munitions-Handbook-v3 is the Government’s helpful TM 31-210 Improvised Munitions Handbook, which describes some ways around that problem.
I hope the rifle shown in this article shoots as good as it looks
Maybe someone else around here remembers this. IIRC, in the 1980s or 90s little buzz guns were turning up in police investigations. No markings, but similar to MAC-10 and 11s. Simple, blowback, functional. The ATF finally traced them back to an aircraft parts factory in southern California. Seems the boys on the second shift had a little side business going.
Heard that The Liberator, not much more than a zip gun in .45acp, dropped in many thousands of individual bags with a few rounds killed more Germans than the slabside. Point was to get a real weapon from a German.
Some years back, a water leak caused a fire department to respond in some industrial park on a weekend in the Bay Area. (I don’t remember the city immediately.) They entered the premises and found that the machine shop owner had a large collection of 9mm handguns and World War II German machine guns, without serial numbers, and still in the white (not yet anodized or coated).
None of this is particularly high technology. The only really peculiar part is the barrel, because of rifling. Everything else can be made on a vertical mill, a lathe, and a drill press. None of these are spectacularly difficult–just slow.