Blowback action, it uses a gas tube from a Saiga coupled with a bolt group, top cover and recoil spring from an 8mm Mauser Yugoslav M-76 rifle with a firing pin and locking piece from an HK91 modified with a Suomi bolt head and an AK-style ejector.
The fun thing is since it’s a featureless stock and the drum mag is welded to a 10-round limit, the gun is California compliant, earning it the name “Cali Commie Tommie gun.”
In all, the gun took three years to build, and once he field strips it out, the weirdness really starts to set in. Somewhere in the Khyber Pass, an assembly of artisanal gunsmiths in man dresses and pakol hats are getting ready to offer this guy a guild membership.
I talked to the guy behind it, V8 Merc, after I covered it at Guns.com and he was just flabbergasted that people dug it.
“It is humbling to see my build get well received by others out there. All I was doing when I made it was to create a unique rifle I envisioned 3 years ago,” he said.
Can’t wait to see what he has up his sleeve for 2020.
Police in Edmonton, Alberta, in conjunction with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, found a pair of full-auto DIY MAC-11’s (out of an estimated six made) complete with matching suppressors as well as other sundry illegal arms last month.
Police say that a half-dozen MACs were made, but only two were recovered. (Photos: Edmonton Police)
Made in a machinist’s shop without his knowledge, “The MAC-11s were fully automatic, with one trigger pull resulting in the entire magazine of 30 rounds being fired in just seconds,” according to a release.
They also recovered a very interesting little Beretta M71, a .22LR famed for its use by Mossad agents ‘ala Munich.
More in my column at Guns.com.
Garage gunsmith Royal Nonesuch revisited a tiny revolver project of his and, with simple hand tools, produced a triggerless two-shot handgun in .22WMR.
The gun isn’t made for long range precision work, and it can best be described as a two-shot single action pepper box sans trigger, but the aesthetic of the brass grip kind of sets off the neat little (legal) zip gun.
But don’t expect any accuracy on a gun with no sights and a thimble-length barrel.
ECCO Machine crafted a home-built ultra-lightweight bolt-action repeater that tips the scales at just 18.9 ounces empty and it’s really sweat.
Comprised mostly of ABS plastic, Carbon Fiber, Aluminum, and Titanium, this rifle uses a 5-shot Savage mag and fits in a backpack, and is 17.2-inches long when compacted for storage.
If they could market it for less than $300 I think they could sell 50,000 units the first year. Better yet, sell the plans in CAD and paper formats along with an 80 percent kit for half that. Just saying.
So in California, which has had an assault weapon ban going all the way back to 1989 and yet still have mass-shootings with California-compliant firearms, lawmakers tried to pass over 20 legislative actions on increased gun control this session.
A baker’s dozen of these made it through the legislature in Dem-heavy votes of which Gov. Jerry Brown signed 7 into law and returned five with vetoes.
Since gun rights groups and Republican lawmakers couldn’t derail these, a group of gun owners on a gun forum (Calguns) got together and decided, “Let’s try for a ballot referendum to repeal these…”
And that’s exactly what they are doing.
With a pressing deadline of Sept.29, they are trying to get 450,000 signatures on 7 different propositions. Of course, California has 13 million gun owners, which by definition should all be capable of registering to vote, so it’s not far-fetched.
I’ve spoken with the man behind the effort, a San Diego tech company executive, and it’s a hail Mary play with a lot of spunk behind it.
More over in my column at Guns.com here and here.
CJ Chivers found another instance of a DIY heavy sniper rifle. Ever since the days of the Boys Anti-Tank gun and Finn Lahti 20mm, armies have been on the lookout for high-caliber rifles that could assassinate soft-skinned vehicles and strait-up murder a building. These guns are proving popular on the modern battlefield as they are capable of harassing fire at long distances as well as putting important bits of kit such as commo and radar arrays out of business with a well-placed round.
Read more about this particular 14.5mm workshop build here