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.
Kevin was a former Special Forces weapons man (MOS 18B, before the 18 series, 11B with Skill Qualification Indicator of S). His focus was on weapons: their history, effects and employment. He started WeaponsMan.com in 2011 and operated it until he passed away in 2017. His work is being preserved here at the request of his family.