Saturday, June 24, 2006

Boomsticks: Previously on "View From The Porch"...

1) "That's Mister Housegun to you."


When last we saw Project Housegun, it was awaiting only the availability of the new finishing services at the Armory to be complete. I also decided to ixnay the Surefire forearm light and go with a conventional M73 Surefire railed forearm, which would allow me to use a forward pistol grip for my off hand, instead of the front of the magwell. The weapon is finished in a SOCOM tan molycote, while the moving bits such as the bolt carrier and selector lever and such are in a gray cerakote, which is supposed to be hard as nails and have good natural lubricity. Anyway, it's done now; "Project" Housegun no longer. On to the next AR project...



2) .455 Webley Automatic ammunition.


Lawyerish weasel words: If you blow yourself up, it's not my fault. Don't try this at home, kids.

.45 Colt brass is trimmed to length, has the rim turned down some, and is machined for an extractor groove. Most load data is for 200-220gr .455" bullets. Good luck finding those. Shannon, one of our gunsmiths at work, went with the much more plentiful .451" 230gr FMJ. Given the four thousandths of windage you're getting around the projectile, it takes a bit stiffer powder charge to cycle the action. We got to 6.2 grains of Unique before it would cycle reliably. Cases showed no pressure signs and the gun was running happily. That Shannon, he's a miracle worker...

5 comments:

AdaM said...

"Flat dark earth" has never looked so good... :)

Oleg Volk said...

Show up here and bring that Webley for photos!

DirtCrashr said...

That looks very nice indeed.

T.Stahl said...

Compared to that beauty my dirty-snow coloured SL8 looks so...uuh...inadequate, wimpy, downright pacifistic.

Tam said...

I'd like to thank Yankee Hill Machine, XS Sight Systems, Pentagonlight, A.R.M.S., GG&G, Surefire, EOTech, Rock River Arms, MagPul, ErgoGrip, Daniel Defense, Specter, Vltor, DPMS, and Mega Machine, without all of whom I'd... well... still have enough cash to buy a half-decent used car. :o