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Posted July 18, 2013 in Pistols by Boris with 29 Comments


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Where I come from, people joke about watering flowerbeds with motor oil.
Especially those parts where theyve buried a machine gun. There are many
semi rifles that people build from 80% kits and parts: AKs, CETMEs, Uzis and
the other one. Not much selection of pistols. True pistols, not rifles
bastardized down to be one.

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Shortest AK pistol. Tochka.

I dont have a problem with few existing pistols builds, but sourcing 49
individual parts is outside of the scope of my attention span, never mind fitting
them together. A year ago I started to look for an ultimate SHTF pistol build.
Something that has few parts and doesnt freeze together in a trunk when I
come visit uncle Vlad, up north. A year later I got something working.

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Few people realize that some builds that take a page of write-up actually may
span a year or more. Not 24/7 effort, but rather keeping them on the back
burner while you try to figure out something like how the f did Germans
crimped front receiver bushing on MG42. This true with many builds.
Sometimes its hard to tell when you fertilized the new build, but I distinctly
remember arguing with comrade Michael, last summer, on the simplest pistol
in defense of Motherland. This is when I fell in love with Glock.
I appreciate simplicity. There is the beauty of symphony of parts that
harmoniously come together for one, single purpose. None of that tacticool
kakashki, with extra rails and extra screws. No rails! I cant say that Glock
design is perfect, like a fine middle game of chess where each move not only
serves one purpose, but several goals at the same time, those goals
interconnected many moves ahead. But Glocks work and they are very
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I dont like polymers or aluminum because I cant easily repair them. With
steel, what angle grinder taketh, MIG welder giveth back. My original thoughts
on building a pistol to use Glock parts was part polymer, part steel. And by
polymer I dont mean Nylon 6, mold injected, but more like bondo and some
fiberglass cloth. Mold injection and 3d printing is soooo not SHTF.
One distinguishing feature of Glock is that frame doesnt receive as much
stress as pistols where its barrel is attached to its frame directly. This gives a
perfect opportunity to slack off on the frame integrity and just weave it out of
paperclips (next build idea?) I did experiment with a good number of molds and
designs. One line of thinking was to make it like an investment casting, with
cheap wax mold that could be used to make either epoxy based or aluminum
(like in a lawn chair) cast. I struggled with was dimensional consistency and
fragility of molds. The limited steel skeleton grew bigger, encompassing more
tasks, and eventually became the top contender.

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Rubber molds, urethane molds, wax molds, molds molds molds.

Current Iron Glock is actually 10-th major iteration of the 4-th model design.
Its predecessors were left in the scrap heap. Sheet metal stampings are
frequently associated with cheap, fast production; however, when formed it
creates uniformly thin, yet durable frame walls. Additional machining, forming
and fitting can make stampings precise enough. This frame, although may not
be perfectly suited as a factory production model is a great alternative for
home built guns.

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Scrap heap of previous iterations.

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Previous versions that kept evolving.

Combination of stamping and machining can give very good results. Here, position of the
locking block must be perfectly flush with top rails, otherwise the timing of unlocking the
barrel will be off.

It was written that Gaston fired his prototypes left-handed in case of gun
blows up. If youve built a Glock, youll understand that he either did not design
or understood it. The greatest knowledge comes when you screw up. It starts
with frustration and throwing objects in immediate vicinity against the wall.
Then comes liquid medication and a pensive period of self reflection. When
you finally understand what went wrong, you commune with the designer and
see the depth of wisdom that was put into every single little part
One interesting aspect of Glocks is the infamous angle and the grip that
seems to shovel sand into some peoples privates. Although it was written
that this angle was chosen as the most ergonomic to some Austrians, I think
that the real reason is quite different. Magazine well angle is smaller than
overall grip. My thoughts were to simply use that angle for a different feel,
except that I could not. The grip must be close to the slide to avoid
limpwristing and problematic cycling. That trigger mechanism housing with the
ejector is just too bulky to hide anywhere else. There is no real solution here.
If you want a different grip, that housing must be at least twice as short.
Thats my opinion and Im sticking with it.

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Iron over plastic, you can see how mag well angle is different from the regular hold.

Grasping the iron frame you can see that there is a large void thats filled in an actual Glock

I havent got around to dress the iron frame in anything other than quick
solutions such as wrapping it in duct tape or unicorns. There is a potential to
add molded grips, even to bond wood. In a 180 reversal I am coming back to
plastic as the final solution. My guess is that airsoft manufacturers had to
increase the size of their replicas to avoid the wrath of Gastons attorneys.
This suits me just fine as the steel frame fits well inside the plastic that I was
trying to replace to begin with.

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.. and last but not least, the obligatory garden tool mutilation ..

Come at me bro!

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When Austrians make garden tools for Americans and Americans are building Glocks
oh, the irony!

Boris
Son of Kalashnikov.

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Tango Down

Technically, the addition of the "garden tool" attachment would


make this Glock illegal as it would be adding a forward grip
allowing for a 2-hand grip. I don't like that law either but just
mentioning it so no one gets screwed up the rear but the
BATFE. :-(

JT

Would be interesting to see what would happen if


someone tested the NFA in a FFA state. Adam Kokesh
should have tried that instead of loading a shotgun in DC

BryanS

The full force of the IRS would come at you for


tax evasion.

Always-Question-The-Government

Would the BATFE have any say in it other than it was a


homemade firearm? It has no serial number and how
can a non serialized firearm be registered as a AOW or
SBR or whatever? How could they regulate it? Could
you even call it a Glock since it was not manufactured by
Glock? True it was made "with" Glock components, but it
will be called by whatever the builder/designer wants to
call it.

Darryl Hadfield

Actually, home-built units are still regulated under


NFA, GCA, etc... Too easy to get whacked for
producing an NFA item without the appropriate
paperwork (and more importantly, tax stamp paid
for!) completed in advance.

Tango Down

Homemade weapon's, as long as they DO NOT


break the laws governing AOW's, SRB's, Full
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