The Gunsmith Thread

I like the fact that I can carry in Virginia when I visit, too. Not so in Maryland, which has some really stupid gun laws.
It seems the jurisdictions with the most restrictions have the most "gun crimes" as they call it.

Not too long ago two Mensa members crossed the river and tried to jack a man in Alexandria while he was pumping gas. They both found out why those types of crimes are rare in Virginia.
 
In Maryland, they deem the Colt® AR-15™ to be the consummate evil slug-throwing appliance. Any carbine with all the same parts as the Colt® AR-15™ is therefore a "clone" of the Colt® AR-15™ and on the list of prohibited rifles.

Here's where it gets really stupid. If you change the barrel to a heavy contour barrel (AKA: "HBAR") the rifle is legal to own and operate in Maryland, because now it is different than the quintessential evil Colt® AR-15™.

Same with a piston system. If you change from gas-impingement operation to piston operation, it's legal. The stupidity there is boundless.
 
Here's where it gets really stupid. If you change the barrel to a heavy contour barrel (AKA: "HBAR") the rifle is legal to own and operate in Maryland, because now it is different than the quintessential evil Colt® AR-15™.

Same with a piston system. If you change from gas-impingement operation to piston operation, it's legal. The stupidity there is boundless.
The problem is that the politicians (and their staffers) that write these laws have no idea what they are talking about (and are equally clueless when they pass a law that has no impact on public safety). They just want it to look like they are doing something......no matter how misguided. (I've been saying for years that there should be a moratorium on legislation for at least 6 months after any disaster or major event, but politician's never want to let some tragedy go to waste).
 
Bought all 4 of these "Ring of Fire" guns (AKA: Saturday Night Specials) last night for $50. I will probably use them for parts.
Clockwise from top: Lorcin .25 Auto, Lorcin .380 Auto, Jennings .22 LR. and a Bryco .22 LR.
$12.50 each and they all worked (after some reassembly).

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Brother, if you lived in my state I would give it to you. :)
I'd take it. Every time I buy my wife a gun, allegedly, thinking she won't want it so I'd get to keep it, she actually wants it.

Got her a Bersa .380 years ago. Nice little shooter with fun recoil. James Bond liked it.

Side note: When someone snickers at a .380 as a self defense weapon, ask them if they'd like to get shot in the face with it.

She carries a .38 Special snubby, allegedly, and not the Bersa.
 
Customer states: "Failure to feed and failure to eject"
So I take the hand guard off and see what's wrong immediately:

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Maybe it's not readily apparent, so I'll zoom in:

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Oh yeah baby! Put that gas block on! You go buddy!

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That's a nickel's worth of distance between where it ought to be, and where this idiot installed it.
 
Oh, It gets better.

I call the guy to tell him his rifle is ready. He asks me why it wouldn't feed. I said that I could not recreate that malfunction and asked him what sort of ammunition he was putting in it.

He says "Just regular 5.56"

I say, "Oh, there's your problem. I assume you built this rifle, then?"

He says "Yeah, why?"


I respond with "Well, you put a .300 blackout barrel on it so I test-fired it with .300 blackout - since it is not in fact a 5.56 rifle - that's why.
 
Oh, It gets better.

I call the guy to tell him his rifle is ready. He asks me why it wouldn't feed. I said that I could not recreate that malfunction and asked him what sort of ammunition he was putting in it.

He says "Just regular 5.56"

I say, "Oh, there's your problem. I assume you built this rifle, then?"

He says "Yeah, why?"


I respond with "Well, you put a .300 blackout barrel on it so I test-fired it with .300 blackout - since it is not in fact a 5.56 rifle - that's why.
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You just can't make this up...
 
Oh, It gets better.

I call the guy to tell him his rifle is ready. He asks me why it wouldn't feed. I said that I could not recreate that malfunction and asked him what sort of ammunition he was putting in it.

He says "Just regular 5.56"

I say, "Oh, there's your problem. I assume you built this rifle, then?"

He says "Yeah, why?"


I respond with "Well, you put a .300 blackout barrel on it so I test-fired it with .300 blackout - since it is not in fact a 5.56 rifle - that's why.
He's lucky it wasn't the other way around. Firing a .300 blk out of a 5.56 wouldn't turn out too pretty.
 
🍿🍿🍿 I always learn something here and faithfully read it.

I would appreciate a description of the customer’s face or comments after you deliver the results of your root cause analysis.
 
I forgot to mention on that last post that this guy had an optic on that rifle - which I had to remove - because it was bridging the gap between the hand guard picatinny rail and the upper picatinny rail. This is a cardinal sin of AR-15 optic placement. The photo I posted only showed the cheap magnifier he had mounted behind the equally cheap optic. ;)

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Ooh, I forgot this one. Guy brings in a .300BLK pistol with a Gucci logo decal dip finish. It no worky.

1. Gas block was loose, as in slipped over the barrel and never tightened. Check.
2. Barrel nut was finger tight, not torqued down. Check.
3. Buffer detent and spring were mangled inside action because he didn't put the buffer tube in far enough to retain them. Check.
4. Safety lever would fall out because he never installed the safety lever detent and spring (retained by the grip). Check.
5. The cheap BSA optic on top was loose and missing the second nut. The bolt was there, but no nut on it. Can't help you with that, dummy.

Apparently when he dropped it off, he said "It's my brother's gun and I want to get it fixed for him. He's Delta" . No kidding, those were the words that came out of his mouth.

So there you go. I am here making sure the guns of the Combat Applications Group are in working order.
America!

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Ooh, I forgot this one. Guy brings in a .300BLK pistol with a Gucci logo decal dip finish. It no worky.

1. Gas block was loose, as in slipped over the barrel and never tightened. Check.
2. Barrel nut was finger tight, not torqued down. Check.
3. Buffer detent and spring were mangled inside action because he didn't put the buffer tube in far enough to retain them. Check.
4. Safety lever would fall out because he never installed the safety lever detent and spring (retained by the grip). Check.
5. The cheap BSA optic on top was loose and missing the second nut. The bolt was there, but no nut on it. Can't help you with that, dummy.

Apparently when he dropped it off, he said "It's my brother's gun and I want to get it fixed for him. He's Delta" . No kidding, those were the words that came out of his mouth.

So there you go. I am here making sure the guns of the Combat Applications Group are in working order.
America!

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I....just I....

Mark the date on your calendar...

I'm literally speechless.
(good thing I have a keyboard)
 
Apparently when he dropped it off, he said "It's my brother's gun and I want to get it fixed for him. He's Delta" . No kidding, those were the words that came out of his mouth.

So there you go. I am here making sure the guns of the Combat Applications Group are in working order.
You sure that's not the Delta frat house?
 
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