Over at GunLab, Chuck is hard at work on two projects. The first of them is the VG 1-5 Replica. (Did you know that Hitler himself supposedly rejected this gun for manufacture? We hope to have that document for you this week). The VG 1-5 is a technically very interesting Gustloff-Werke design that used the common (then) MP44 magazine, in a crude, stamped-and-welded, semi-auto carbine. There are now completed and partly-completed parts for much of the first batch, and Chuck is thinking Job #1 is 60 days from reality (not sure if he will submit that to ATF Firearms Technology Branch, or if he has submitted a prototype already and received a letter of determination). This picture shows a VG repro shaping up, with a reinforcement plate test-fit on the receiver halves, with a complete gun above as a sample:
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The second project is something near and dear to Chuck himself: a reproduction Japanese Type 99 light machine gun magazine. To press the magazine halves, he must manufacture dies:
Both a male (top) and female die are required. The female die is made from three parts.
Chuck owns a Type 99 lacking a mag, so his personal interest in this is high; however, several would-be Type 99 shooters are hoping for mags, too. Some also lack mags and some just don’t have enough mags. (Who, really, has enough mags for anything?)
There’s also a third project in the works: building a fabrication facility. As it is, dies and die-plates machined in the machine shop must run a gantlet of pick-up trucks, cranes, and carts to get to the sheet metal press. Many more details on all of the above at GunLab.