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  1. Any word yet on when those double stack Saiga-12, 20 rd stick mags may be available from MD arms? Yesterday I watched a Youtube video of them from years ago and they are impressive.I'm kind of behind the curve of finding out about them and just yesterday read about MD's patent on them and how they work. it's impressive how they made the follower ride in a track to avoid side to side movement as well as the shell rims directed into a track too so that no rim ever gets behind another rim to cause jams. (Double stack .22LR mags? Hint hint?) I didn't even know double stack 12 gauge Saiga mags were in the works til yesterday. Would like to pick some up. Would be way less bulky than a drum. Anyone have word of an eta on them? .
  2. I'm no authority on that personally, but according to this it is under the current sanctions. That's where I got the info from. Scroll down and read the export and legal status section at this link...... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vepr-12 Also go to this page link at the Dept of the Treasury and type Molot into the advanced search box. http://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/sanctions/OFAC-Enforcement/Pages/20140716.aspx Which will then take you to this page. http://search.treasury.gov/search?affiliate=treasury&commit=Search&query=Molot
  3. WTS: Vepr-12 semi auto shotgun. Unfired, mag is still sealed in plastic bag and comes with manual. Folding stock is factory spot welded in the open position for import, but that can be changed. Due to Molot-Oruzhie being a subsidiary of Kalashnikov Concern, Vepr-12s, as well as all other Molot products, were banned from further import by executive order 13662 issued by President Barack Obama on July 16, 2014. So get one while you can. First "I'll take it" gets it. I have this for sale at other locations so if you want it let me know right away or it may sell elsewhere. If you live in Florida, I can ship to you direct, just e mail me your driver's license and state you are not prohibited from owning a firearm. Outside of Florida, email me your dealer's FFL for me to ship to. Shipping is actual and I will ship however you want. $1,400.00 Payment by money order or certified bank check. No trades. For further questions, contact me at Akins_Bill@yahoo.com or call 727-819-8352 .
  4. I know the engineer (Mike Johnson) who created them and was making them. I don't know why the nanocrank link no longer works. He may have stopped making them. I know each one was laboriously hand made by him. Could be it just wasn't cost effective for him. I'll have to ask him next time I speak with him. .
  5. It's been a while since I last posted about my crank fire creations, so here's an update on my latest 3rd prototype that is convertible between being water cooled or air cooled in under a minute and showing it firing at the range. I used to use Webshots to upload my photos and videos to. But when they closed down, all the pictures and videos I had linked to there in my online posts, disappeared. I still have my pics and videos on my computer and saved to disks, but they disappeared in all my online posts since they were all linked to Webshots. Now I use Photobucket as well as YouTube. Here's a video I just finished creating showing the evolution of my crank fire dress up kit prototypes versions 1 through 3. The first one is air cooled only. The second one is (truly) water cooled only. But my third prototype is convertible in under a minute to be either air cooled or (truly) water cooled (no fake water jackets here). I learned a lot making the first two, and my 3rd prototype incorporates new design changes that I learned from making the earlier ones. In the last several minutes of my video you will see my latest 3rd prototype firing at the range using the new GSG 110 rd drum mag and it's really spitting out the rounds. Hope you enjoy it. Bill .
  6. Good point. Since I don't know if the tripod is a reproduction or an original, that's why I priced the package as if the tripod were a reproduction. $2500.00 for the gun $ 400.00 for the tripod $2000.00 for the 4,152 8MM rds ($0.48 cents per rd). ________ $4900.00 Total for entire package. Or I will sell the gun and tripod for $2900.00 and sell the ammo separately if someone just wants the gun and tripod. But I would not sell the ammo separately unless the gun and tripod were already sold, because I'd like the buyer of the gun to have first dibs on the ammo for the gun. .
  7. Honestly I don't know. I bought it second hand and am not the original owner.
  8. WTS: Semi-automatic, Israeli 1919A4 originally in 7.62x51 that has been converted to the cheaper to shoot 8mm by installation of an 8mm barrel and an 8mm cartridge stop/feed pieces, plus a cone 30-06 muzzle booster (which works fine for 8mm). If desired, it can easily be changed back to 7.62x51 by installing a 7.62x51 barrel and a 7.62x51 cartridge stop/feed pieces and 7.62 muzzle booster. Not a bad idea to have both caliber barrels and the cartridge stops and different boosters so you can shoot both calibers depending on which one is available and cheapest, but this ad only includes the 8mm barrel and 8mm cartridge stop and 30-06 booster (works for 8mm) in this gun. Ad includes M2 tripod and a real plus is the included 4,152 rds of 8mm ammo. That's $2000.00 worth of 8mm ammo just by itself which averages out to $48 cents per round which is much cheaper than 7.62x51 these days. So really you are paying $2900.00 for the gun with included tripod & T&E and $2000.00 for the 8mm ammo. $4900.00 total price for entire package. Or I will sell just the gun and tripod for $2900.00 and sell the ammo separately. 386 already linked 8mm cartridges are included (I counted them) plus 165 boxed 8mm rds (& one loose rd) are still left in the 5th opened tin (I counted them too). There are four other UNopened cases of 900 8mm rds each also included. Between the already linked rds and the other rds, that's 4,152 8mm rds total. The barrel rifling is fairly worn in some spots but still usable. If desired a good used barrel can be acquired from Sarco or Numrich for about $58.00 or a new one from the same sources for about $85.00 which is why I am only asking $2900.00 for the gun instead of $3000.00 (I don't want any complaints later about the rifling being worn down, so I'm cutting off $100.00 for you to get a new barrel if you want one.). Gun is in great condition and functions flawlessly and I just fired it at the Hernando shoot with 42rocker from 1919a4.com forum, so I know it operates fine. Buyer to pay actual shipping costs. I have no idea of the shipping weight and no way to weigh it until it is weighed by the carrier to determine shipping costs, so please don't ask me what it would cost to ship to your zip. Fed Ex or UPS would be the best way to ship this I believe. I will use whatever shipping carrier the buyer designates. Whatever it costs to ship is what you will pay for shipping. I do not add to nor gouge on shipping. Naturally you will want to add shipping insurance on it. This is a great gun that operates fine. Here's some pictures that show the gun, tripod, T&E, 386 already linked cartridges and the four cases of 900 rds each of UNopened boxed cases of 8mm ammo, plus a fifth opened case (that much of the linked ammo is from), plus there is still 11 boxes of 15 rds each of unopened ammo left in the fifth case tin and one loose rd. Only the fifth case tin has been opened, the other 4 cased tins of 900 rds each of 8mm are still sealed and UNopened. I don't know the country of origin of the 8mm cartridges, but I know it shoots well. Haven't had one jam or failure to fire. 4,152 rds total included with the gun, tripod, and T&E. You will receive the ammo exactly as shown, so you will receive 386 reusable links as well. Had two 1919's and one of them was in the A6 configuration and it was the one that was originally in 8mm. Had a buddy who wanted the A6 one real bad, but wanted it in the 7.62x51 caliber of the other gun. So I swapped the barrels and feed parts between the guns to make him happy. So this one originally was 7.62x51 when I got it, but it is now in 8mm and operates fine. You can contact me via P.M. here, or e mail me at Akins_Bill@yahoo.com Here's the pics:
  9. Guess I'll be the first to comment (although I find it a bit odd that no one here has remarked with a peep). FIRST: I think it genuinely looks really terrific! Unquestionably you've been putting a hellva lot of time and effort into this. SECOND: (Just my silly opinion please mind you.) With a hand-crank trigger mechanism. . . the double handles seem wrong. YES, it looks terrific and is in the style of the military's WWII .50cal MG, but without the trigger being in the vicinity of the double handles (and we all know the .50 MG has a thumb trigger unless I'm mistaken), I would have gone with a single handle. Just my opinion (which isn't worth a tinker's hoot). Really looking forward to its ultimate completion! ~Gary Thanks Gary. I understand what you mean. It would make a great add on accessory. I want to make it modular and add on/optional, so I can still have other options too. Also in reference to your mention about a single spade grip ala a WW1 aircraft Lewis gun single spade grip, I designed enough room on the faux receiver behind the trigger guard to place a pistol grip if I want to. So that I can place a pistol grip behind the trigger guard and operate the new Nanocrank trigger activator with just my trigger finger, and then replace the double spade grips with a single (Lewis gun style) spade grip. Just another option I designed into it. Link to the brand new just opened Nanocrank website of a friend of mine's, it is the cadillac of crankfires, fires 6 times per revolution instead of four, and has a disconnector built in (to stop the occasional hammer follow which can cause a misfire due to insufficient primer dent sometimes caused by overcranking which causes the occasional out of battery hammer follow)......http://nanocrank.com.../NanoCrank.html .
  10. I did a little redesign on the mount for the tripod. I think it looks better now than just the earlier bent piece of steel it was. Stronger too. What do you think? .
  11. I made my final decisions on which sights I am going to use for both the air cooled, and water cooled versions of my convertible dress up stock. Last night I made the rear ladder sight bracket. I realized that I could mill off the triangle on the right side, and just keep the triangle on the left side (like on a real Browning 1919) and still be able to secure the sight bracket without it having any kind of looseness or "rock" at all. All that is left to do with this sight bracket is to drill and tap the sight riser plate for the ladder sight's spring, and then to drill the sight protector "ears" and install a small diameter bolt through them and the ladder sight so I can effect windage. The 1917 Enfield rifle ladder sight I am using did not have the ability for windage. It was a flip up type only. So I tapped its pin hole where it flipped up, so it is threaded. The small diameter bolt I will put through it will enable me to turn the bolt to make the ladder sight travel left or right on the bolt, thus effecting windage. I left the sight protective "ears" a little higher than I needed until I mount the ladder sight's spring and the sight itself. Then I may be able to trim the "ears" down some maybe an 1/8th inch or so. So when you look at it now, the protective ears may look a little higher than they will eventually be. When I made them, I figured better to have them too high and be able to trim them after I finished mounting the sight and its spring, than to have made them too short. You can always trim metal, but it is hard to add when you have cut off. Here's a link to a short video. CLIP1314.ASF videos from good times videos on webshots ....and the pics.... I'll post updates here at this thread on the ongoing progress. .
  12. Sights selection and mockup evaluation. Although nothing is anodized yet, the following pics give a good representation of how the convertible to air or water cooled, 3rd prototype, dress up stock will look when completed. On my first air cooled prototype dress up stock I started on about 4 years ago, I designed it from the start to just have a rear spider sight and tall front sight to resemble a Browning anti-aircraft gun. It had not occurred to me to build a water cooled one yet, not to mention an easily convertible to either air or water cooled one. On my first water cooled prototype I used a front sight on the water jacket of my own design that resembles a Browning 1917's hooded front post sight. On the rear I used a sight mount of my own design that holds and allows spring assisted raising of the WW1 Enfield rifle's ladder sight, that I have modified to enable to be used for windage in my sight mount. Works very well and looks historically representative of tripod machine gun's sights from that era my dress up stock resembles. After making an air cooled and a water cooled dress up stock. I had taught myself a lot. In looking at both my designs I realized there were improvements I could make. On my 3rd prototype, I redesigned the way the water jacket seals and thus made the water jacket easily removable and able to be replaced in just seconds with a perforated air cooling shroud which has the front sight for the air cooled version built in. Thus by changing out the front end of the stock from one version to the other, you still continue to use the same rear sight but the front sight is replaced. So with this 3rd prototype I could have one sighting system for each version that would only change the front sight when switched between versions. Or so I thought at first......... I agonized and agonized about the sights for a long time. I thought of every possible combination of sights, and how that would factor into ease of building. Something less complicated that can do a better job than something more complicated, all while keeping my requirement that they be aesthetically appealing. At first I thought about using the exact same design of of my first water cooled prototype's rear sight, for the rear sight on this 3rd prototype. And in some ways I have done that, but in other ways, I don't use that sight and replace it with a spider AA sight. (I also have been experimenting with an enlarged, extended bolt handle design that changes the bolt handle's look dramatically. It needs further testing and evaluation, I haven't had the opportunity to shoot with it yet, but I really like the looks of it and it makes charging the bolt a breeze. It isn't available anywhere not yet anyway. I checked, no one makes the bolt handle I wanted, so if I want it, I have to make it. I also attached a BMF crankfire trigger attachment to the trigger guard so it can be crank fired in the same way a crank is turned for a Gatling gun. These pics will be very close to the final configuration.) These mockups show the approximate positions of where the sight will be located. Naturally, I have to mill certain slots and ways to attach some of them, not to mention also construct some of the sights, their bases and brackets. But these mockups give a good general idea of how they will look. 1. "Four bolt rear sight" I call it this because four bolts hold it to the top of the faux receiver. This first sight mock up I did was to take the rear sight off my first water cooled prototype and set it on top of the faux receiver of my third prototype as if it were attached. The mount of this sight has four holes in it that correspond to four threaded holes in the top of the faux receiver. Then I put the water jacket on the stock, and set an unattached yet, front sight hood on the front end of the water jacket just for mock up photos. I have not yet constructed the front post that goes under that hood. Here are those pics...... 2. "My easily detachable, triangular bracket, rear sight". In looking at my first mockup, I realized that there was a way to attach the rear sight block to the faux receiver without having to drill and thread any holes on top of the faux receiver. I took a piece of black paper and folded it over so it fit over the top of the faux receiver, yet was UNDER the rear sight block, then its folded down portion I cut into a rounded end triangle equidistant to the length of the sight block, and made it project downward where it has a hole on each downward projecting side that corresponds to the already existing attachment point knurled brass nuts and thus secures to the faux receiver. Now if I want to, I can completely remove this "triangular" rear sight bracket and with no holes in the faux receiver's top, you never knew it was there. By designing this rear sight block to be easily removable without leaving unsightly screw holes, This enables me to use other types of sights. Remember, the triangular part going down the side of the faux receiver, is just black paper for mock up evaluation, although it looks more solid in the picture. Here's the triangular bracket rear sight mockup..... 3. The air cooled 1919a4 style front sight Next is my mock up for a 1919a4 style front sight on the air cooled model while still using the triangular rear sight I used on the water cooled model. The front sight mock up sitting on the front sight base of the perforated cooling shroud, is just a piece of foam board cut and painted with black magic marker to look like a 1919a4 receiver front sight that is attached to the shroud rear at the front of the receiver. Which makes for a shorter sight radias, but is authentic to where this style sight was located on the 1919a4. 4. The air cooled AA spider sight system. My 4th sight mockup removes the triangular rear sight & block from the faux receiver (leaving no unsightly threaded holes). Then the 1919a4 type front sight is removed from its slot on the perforated cooling shroud's sight base, and then replaced with a windage adjustable rear AA spider sight while a removable band tall front sight is attached to the muzzle end of the cooling shroud. Thus giving a totally different sighting system. The nice thing with the air cooled version's sights is that you can choose the triangular rear sight and 1919a4 type front sight, or convert it to an AA spider sight with tall front sight version. The tall front sight in the below pics does not have its band built onto it that will fit over the cooling shroud. But you can imagine it. Same as a scope band, but with a tall front sight on top of it. Right now that plastic tall front sight mockup, is just sitting on the end of the cooling shroud held in place by a small blob of grease to keep it temporary stuck to the shroud for mockup evaluation pictures. 5. The water cooled AA spider sight system. This final 5th mockup, is strictly a possibility. It is my least favorite aesthetically compared to the others, but is possible to do without too much trouble other than removing the water jacket's front sight hood and replacing it with a tall front sight on the end of the water jacket to correspond to the height of the rear AA spider sight which I can make attach to the rear of the water jacket. I placed an empty cartridge case on the end of the water jacket to approximate the height of a tall front sight. I'm not sure if it's worth the trouble to make this one if it isn't as appealing as the others. Got to think about this one. What do you think about it? Well that's my sight combination mockups. My personal favorites and preference is to just nix the four screw bracket and go only with the triangular bracket for the ladder rear sight (whenever that rear sight is used), making it removable without any unsightly holes (when uncovered) having to be made. And using that triangular rear sight along with the 1919a4 style front sight when in air cooled configuration. And the AA spider and tall front sight for the air cooled model too. I like the triangular rear sight and the Browning looking hooded post best for the water cooled version. I've designed in some modular ability to switch around sights to whatever I want. Which ones do you like? .
  13. I finished making the tripod mount bracket today. I mounted the gun onto the tripod for the first time today and it fits and operates perfectly. I am thinking about welding four small triangular braces on the outside of each bend on the mount bracket though, because I do notice just a slight bit of springiness flexibility in the mount. The welded triangular bend supports will fix that. Next I have to fabricate and install the sights, anodize it, and it is finished. My air/water cooled convertible 3rd prototype in air cooled configuration with mount bracket mounted to heavy duty camera tripod for first time. All below pics taken today. Quickly changed while on the tripod to a truly water cooled version. I like a heavy duty camera tripod because it is very cheap to pick up for anyone anywhere. A good one from a pawn shop for maybe $30. to $35 dollars. I like the heavy duty camera tripod though, not a thin spindly one. I couldn't build a tripod less expensive than that, that also has all the adjustments a camera tripod already has. With its legs fully extended it looks somewhat like an MG42 AA tripod, (only with all the neat camera tripod head adjustments the MG42 tripod doesn't have). It is also cheap and easy to paint the tripod to better match the eventual anodized finish/color of the dress up kit. 1. My tripod has tilt from side to side and the ability to lock that tilt at any point. That means if I am on uneven ground, I can adjust the head of the tripod to be level instead of having to adjust all the legs as in a conventional machine gun tripod. 2. Elevation and de-elevation and the ability to lock it at any point. 3. 360% windage and the ability to lock the windage at any point. 4. I can crank up the tripod pole way past the tripod head, enabling me to get instant height to shoot sitting on a stool or standing. This extra height and adjustment you don't even get on an MG42 AA tripod. Plus, I still have the tripod legs that I can let in or out for any height adjustment I need. But once I have the tripod legs set to an approx height I want, then I can just crank up the pole head for whatever exact sighting height I need. 5. It has a bubble level for both tilt, elevation and for leveling the head to legs. 6. It is much lighter than a full size MG tripod. 7. It works using an extremely simple mount bracket that can taken off if desired and another mount bracket can be easily made (if one desires), to fit it too almost any real machine gun tripod. "Coffee Cup Stains" sells plans for a mini Browning tripod (you can build, they don't make them) and with slight adapting of my mount, I have no doubt it would fit on them too. But I prefer the camera tripod mount myself after I multiple test fired them on both types of tripods where I realized it was all I needed for a .22 and had a greater variety of adjustments not normally found on MG tripods. .
  14. Thanks, glad you like it. This is my 3rd prototype and I have been working on designing, developing improving and testing these for the past 4 years. I don't know how much I have in this and the other first two prototypes materials wise or time wise. It is one of those things that takes so long you have no idea how much you have in it money or time wise. Know what I mean? I'll leave it to you to make the call if it was expensive to design.
  15. Update: Here's the latest photos of my 3rd prototype machine gun dress up kit stock for the Ruger 10/22. No modifications of any kind are done to the Ruger 10/22 receiver. It is still factory stock. 3rd prototype, (2nd water cooled prototype) that also quick changes to an air cooled model in just a few seconds. All that's left to do is to fabricate the sights like I did on the last 2nd prototype and fabricate the tripod mount attachment piece for fitting to a standard camera tripod, drill, tap and install the drain plug and hose, get all the aluminum anodized and attach a crank fire trigger attachment to the trigger guard so it can be crank fired like a Gatling. And then get my production line set up. I got several quotes from machine shops for quantities on the parts, and it was just too much. There are actually quite a few parts. And I don't want the hassle of having these made over seas, with shipping and not being able to be there to see and fix any production mistakes. So I have decided to set up my own production line to make these myself in small production lots. Still will be a little while before they are in production, but getting there little by little. All the end user will have to do is get their factory standard stainless steel tapered barrel end threaded to 1/2 x 28 tpi at a local machine shop. I can make the kit easily work with an .092 bull barrel too, by machining the faux receiver front plate a little differently for the bull barrel. With 50 rd MWG mag in gun. With 25 rd Tactical Innovations mag in gun Quick changed to an air cooled model. Pic taken before I drilled & tapped & added hex button screws to the top cover also before I rounded ejection port ends.
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