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A Gun In The Works: How many of you have to have a project gun?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by SharpsDressedMan, Nov 7, 2012.

  1. gspn

    gspn Well-Known Member

    I've never had a project gun...probably because i have no skills with which to design or complete such a project.

    For example...about 13 years ago we had a glass top coffee table in our living room. I thought it would be cool to refinish it so I took it apart and began sanding it. Then I got sidetracked...all of the parts are still sitting in my tool room...it's never gonna get finished...I should really throw them out tomorrow. I guess I'm just not a project kind of guy...I just shoot guns the way I bought them.
  2. natman

    natman Well-Known Member

    A project gun? I figure once I retire I'll be able to work on guns most of the time and it will still take years to get down to a project gun.
  3. Clipper

    Clipper Well-Known Member

    When I finished sporterizing my 91/30, I got the itch to do another. I'm only halfway done with it, and am already hot to get another, either an Arisaka or a SMLE. I can use the same bullets to load for all three...
  4. tarosean

    tarosean Well-Known Member

    Not yet... I keep getting tempted by a pistol that keeps getting re-listed on gunbroker thou. I may just buy it when I get stateside for Thanksgiving. Give me something to tinker with...
  5. HorseSoldier

    HorseSoldier Well-Known Member

    I've been slowly accumulating parts for a retro XM16E1 build I'm planning to do this winter unless Barry-O Gun Hysteria keeps me from being able to get an upper and lower receiver from NoDak Spud.

    FIVETWOSEVEN Well-Known Member

    My AK is constantly a project gun. When I can afford it, I buy another thing for it to add on.
  7. RX-178

    RX-178 Well-Known Member

    Definitely me. I finished an AR recently, but a very drawn out and long home-buying and moving process has kept me from having anything even RESEMBLING a good spot to make a video about it.

    Thinking about building a 1911 next, or maybe convert a Saiga on my own first...
  8. MilsurpShooter

    MilsurpShooter Well-Known Member

    Currently working on finishing up my Savage 110ba in .338 Lapua, then it's back to my Remington 700 project that I've been working on for god knows how long.
  9. millertyme

    millertyme Well-Known Member

    I have a Kareen (Isreali assembled FEG Hi Power) I am doing some metal work on; basically smoothing out the trigger and trying to take out as much take-up as I can. I've removed the magazine diconnect (HUGE improvement) and began polishing the hammer and sear and working ont he engagement angle as well. I'm going to work on building an extended thumb safety if I can find one at a gun show for the right price or just modifying the one that came with the gun (I paid all of $250 for the pistol). Once I get that where I like it I'll smooth up the other faces of the moving parts where they contact the frame. I have a buddy who is a hobby machinist and I'm going to have him cut the dovetails for some Lo-Mounts as well as a rib along the top of the slide. After that I'll look into getting some Alumagrips and maybe a new Cerakote or Durcoat, funds permitting. What I'm after is something that will outshoot a factory or slightly modified Browning for a quarter of the cost.
  10. MBaneACP

    MBaneACP Well-Known Member

    LOL! I'm just amazed when a project gun gets finished!

    We did 3 for SHOOTING GALLERY 2013. My favorite is a tack-driving AR-15 .22, using a Spike's Tactical Lothar Walther-barrelled upper and a one-off JP lower built for .22s. Man, is that a GREAT little rifle! When we were doing the filming of the final build at my friend Alan's gun store, Machine Gun Tours in Lakewood, CO, people kept trying to buy it. We also put together a take-down AR on one of the ATI Omni polymer lower receivers and a suppressed Ruger Charger. Would you believe that the Charger was the biggest PITA? I can take apart and overhaul a 10-22 in my sleep, but the Charger fought me to a standstill...I finally ended up pounding the barrel out of the receiver. And no, we don't have that on camera! Oh, we also did a Glock 19 Gen 3 with a Glock Trigger upgrade and a Trijicon RMR...we're doing a segment with Mike Seeklander on the rise of the red-dot defensive pistol, and we've got both S&W M&Ps and Glocks with red dots, the RMR and DeltaPoints.

    On the Endless TV Project List, an SBR in .300 Blackout, a Rock Island 1911 project in .22 TCM (maybe a little longer barrel and a silencer), some kind of AK project and whatever else percolates up.

    Michael B
  11. justice06rr

    justice06rr Well-Known Member

    After recently selling an AR15 in 300BLK, it opened up the way for 2 projects. First is sporterizing a Mosin Nagant 91/30. Second is a lighweight AR15 pistol build using a polymer lower receiver.
  12. DammitBoy

    DammitBoy Well-Known Member

    Yes, first you need to get everything to make your project gun, then you have to make it all fit together, then you have to show it off to all your friends.

    Then you need to get custom leather for it.

    Then you need a new project gun...


    Just finished my three year project gun: a Safari Arms Matchmaster rebuild/upgrade.

    Just started my next project: a Beretta PX4 Storm .45 upgrade
  13. JR47

    JR47 Well-Known Member

    My wife bought me a used Ruger KP94 last Christmas. I had asked for it. The gun had evidently been in a corrosive environment at some point, as there were dark spots on the slide, the grips were eaten away at, and the barrel rifling was interrupted by what looked to be lichen.

    The thing was, this was an early version, in 9x19, and used the Browning Link set-up. I replaced the barrel, added NOS grips, buffed the slide, and took it to the range. It worked perfectly, although it shot 4" to the right. When I attempted to loosen the set screw, it all went downhill. I soaked the slide in penetrating oil for a month, no go. I finally took it to a local shop, and they cut the sight off with a cut-off wheel. The dove-tail had corrosion in it.

    A little work with a three-corner file, and the new sight was on. The gun now shoots to POA/POI, and we're all very happy. I even had a few 15 round OEM Ruger mags for it. Cost of the gun was under $100.00, parts were under $70.00. A project that actually turned out well. :)
  14. USAF_Vet

    USAF_Vet Well-Known Member

    I didn't have a project gun when this thread was started but that changed last night.

    While my step dad is in Japan on business, I have his Remington model 10 and am getting it refurbished for Christmas. Got it broken down and cleaned last night, just need a new extractor spring and have a 'smith check over the barrel and receiver to make sure it's going to hold up.

    My plan is to reblue the metal and refinish the stock once I know it's safe to shoot.
  15. Captaingyro

    Captaingyro Well-Known Member

    For the guys who mentioned re-blueing projects, you probably already know this but just in case: If a gun has any collectible or antique value, you can seriously diminish that value by re-blueing (or stock re-finishing, etc.) Please be sure you know what you have, and if it's a surprise for someone else, make sure you aren't altering someone's ugly, but prized, possession.
  16. 303tom

    303tom member

    Yep, it`s what I do, am always working on some firearm, if I am not reading the stuff on here...................LOL
  17. Since someone started the topic, a friend of mine asked me years ago to help him find a good refinisher to re-blue his dad's old Colt Police Positive. It was a mostly finish gone, "slightly pitted" thing, and I told him that rebluing would diminish the "collector's value", but he said it would always be an heirloom, and he just wanted a nice job. We sent it to a really good refinisher, and when it came back, I thought they did a great job, for the task that was asked. However, my friend was greatly disappointed that the lettering, etc, was reduced from the metalwork and polishing. I explained that to detail the exterior and get it bright blued as they did, that that was normal. He had envisioned a RESTORED Colt, and I explained that relettering, engraving as such, would have added $100-$200 to the gun, and it would have had to go to one of the better restoration guys, and the bluing would have been a lot more than whatever it was for us at the time (can't recall the $$ amount now). So, expectations differ from person to person, and clarity and understanding as to what is to happen to a gun is really an issue. I felt bad for my friend, but I also felt I had got him a fair price for what he asked for and had done. He just didn't ask for RESTORATION, and he wouln't have liked the price of that level of work, either. There IS a balance when money is concerned.
  18. USAF_Vet

    USAF_Vet Well-Known Member

    I checked out the going rate for a Remington model 10 with a middle run serial number in fair condition. My refurb project can only increase its value. As for sentimentality, if it were a prized possession, it wouldn't have been left in the condition I found it, tossed in a gun sleeve in the back of a closet with decades of mud and rust in the action.
  19. Erik M

    Erik M Well-Known Member

    last winter i started on my second AR build. I took me just over 8 months to complete. Im still tinkering with it to get all the little quirks out of it.
  20. barnbwt

    barnbwt Well-Known Member

    This thread has inspired me to get back to work on my 70% complete, on-again off-again Remington 700 benchrest stock of the last 2 years:D. An hour or two a day, it should be done in no time.

    It's gonna be sweet :), blonde, swirling Jatoba for the forearm and butt, and fiery orange Cocobolo for a custom-fitted thumbhole grip neatly jointed together under the comb. No curvaceous "classic" sporting lines here, either; it's a faceted, fast profile that would look futuristic if painted black, but instead boasts some of the "loudest" woodgrain I've seen on stock that wasn't dyed laminate:cool:
    Last edited: Nov 14, 2012

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