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by JBaum
Mon Jun 07, 2021 6:39 pm
Forum: Chatter
Topic: Knob Creek - Last shoot is Oct. 2021 - No more shoots
Replies: 1
Views: 18

Knob Creek - Last shoot is Oct. 2021 - No more shoots

Yup, it's almost over. The October 2021 Knob Creek MG shoot is the last one they'll have. No, I don't know why, but next October is the last.
by JBaum
Tue Jun 01, 2021 8:39 am
Forum: MG42 General Discussion
Topic: Pieced primers / primer flow
Replies: 6
Views: 151

Re: Pieced primers / primer flow

The plan drawing for making the firing pin protrusion gauge is at the bottom of page 20 of HDv 181/7

I'm not familiar with the semi setup, so I can't say how shortening the firing pin should be accomplished.
by JBaum
Mon May 31, 2021 9:11 am
Forum: MG42 General Discussion
Topic: Pieced primers / primer flow
Replies: 6
Views: 151

Re: Pieced primers / primer flow

According to the firing pin protrusion gauge drawing contained in the German MG42 armorer's repair manual (available for $28), the firing pin protrusion is to be between 1.35 (min) and 1.65 (max) millimeters.
by JBaum
Sun May 30, 2021 10:01 pm
Forum: MG42 General Discussion
Topic: Pieced primers / primer flow
Replies: 6
Views: 151

Re: Pieced primers / primer flow

If the firing pin protrusion is good, that leaves checking the headspace.
by JBaum
Thu May 06, 2021 9:12 pm
Forum: MG42 Accessories
Topic: A New Slings Thread For The Post-Crash Forum
Replies: 4
Views: 157

Re: A New Slings Thread For The Post-Crash Forum

He has a photo of an MG34 being carried as a "heavy submachine gun," with the sling around the soldiers neck. This couldn't possibly have been done with the MG34/42 Split Sling, so I wonder if the soldier just repurposed, for example, an ammo can sling. It's very comfortable to carry the 42 with th...
by JBaum
Sat Apr 24, 2021 1:10 pm
Forum: MG42 General Discussion
Topic: Which German factory built the nicest Mg42s
Replies: 6
Views: 1620

Re: Which German factory built the nicest Mg42s

Mine is CRA

For those who don't have Michael Heidler's German manufacturers code book (excellent source), here's a link to an older online listing.

https://oldmilitarymarkings.com/codes_full.html
by JBaum
Mon Apr 19, 2021 12:53 pm
Forum: MG42 General Discussion
Topic: New to MG42s and have questions
Replies: 13
Views: 903

Re: New to MG42s and have questions

Another big variable with different threads is the skill level of the builder. I've seen a guy weld that is seamless when it was done, and I've seen a few jobs that took two grinding wheels and a cut off blade to fix so that it could be rewelded. You needn't be a master of all the skills, but readin...
by JBaum
Sun Apr 18, 2021 6:28 pm
Forum: MG42 General Discussion
Topic: New to MG42s and have questions
Replies: 13
Views: 903

Re: New to MG42s and have questions

There is no "best" thread. Every thread is slightly different in its methods of accomplishment, and uses different techniques to solve the different problems that arise. If you're looking for the easiest way to do something to guarantee the finish product, buy one that's already done. There isn't a ...
by JBaum
Tue Apr 13, 2021 10:38 pm
Forum: MG42 General Discussion
Topic: New to MG42s and have questions
Replies: 13
Views: 903

Re: New to MG42s and have questions

What you buy and when you buy it is up to you. Someone else can't decide that. I've already given my advice on when to buy (see my last message above). People have built good looking and properly functioning guns with worse kits than yours. I'm just saying that someone who has assembled (not built) ...
by JBaum
Tue Apr 13, 2021 5:31 pm
Forum: MG42 General Discussion
Topic: New to MG42s and have questions
Replies: 13
Views: 903

Re: New to MG42s and have questions

Would it be economical to buy the semi parts as I can afford them and later assemble it or have it assembled? I don't know what you mean by "economical". If you're going to build it or have it built, getting the parts when they're readily available is better (cheaper) than hunting for them at the l...
by JBaum
Mon Apr 12, 2021 3:51 pm
Forum: MG42 General Discussion
Topic: New to MG42s and have questions
Replies: 13
Views: 903

Re: New to MG42s and have questions

Tons of people have built MG42s and M53s into semi guns, but to do it for someone else requires a manufacturer's license. That leave most people out. It's not a small job to reweld and make it work, so it's past the ability level of most people.
by JBaum
Sun Apr 11, 2021 8:42 pm
Forum: MG42 General Discussion
Topic: New to MG42s and have questions
Replies: 13
Views: 903

Re: New to MG42s and have questions

If you're not going to bulld it for yourself, you'll need to find someone with a manufacturer's license to do it for you.

www.Lewmanarms.com would be my suggestion. They won't be cheap (nobody is cheap anymore), but they've done some very nice work.
by JBaum
Sun Apr 11, 2021 1:34 pm
Forum: Chatter
Topic: Introductions (or one way to increase your post count).
Replies: 315
Views: 111299

Re: Introductions (or one way to increase your post count).

Three are lots of visitors here, but so many find everything they need in the existing message bases, that there aren't many new posts.

We're a friendly crowd. If you have questions, we'll be glad to help.

Welcome.
by JBaum
Sun Feb 28, 2021 8:08 pm
Forum: American
Topic: U.S. M1 .30 Cal Carbine full blueprints
Replies: 0
Views: 998

U.S. M1 .30 Cal Carbine full blueprints

See the Carbine Blueprints book review at: http://www.thegunmag.com/epic-compilation-of-m1-carbine-data-great-resource/ Larry Ruth (War Baby, War Baby comes home, and other Carbine books) provided all the blueprints and extras contained in this huge volume, and collaborated with me to produce this b...
by JBaum
Fri Feb 12, 2021 5:46 pm
Forum: MG42 Build It Yourself
Topic: New kit, is the front section repairable?
Replies: 3
Views: 313

Re: New kit, is the front section repairable?

Just making sure you saw this. If I wanted one and didn't have the time/skills/patience to do it, I'd buy from these guys:

viewtopic.php?f=9&t=14082
by JBaum
Fri Feb 05, 2021 10:10 am
Forum: MG42 Photos and Video
Topic: Some photos of mine Semi auto open bolt MG53
Replies: 6
Views: 1755

Re: Some photos of mine Semi auto open bolt MG53

The booster is not meant to be used as a gas pressure regulator. Using a nozzle with a larger opening is the standard thing to do. Nozzles come with a variety of sizes of holes, and are selected based on need.
by JBaum
Mon Feb 01, 2021 9:04 am
Forum: MG42 General Discussion
Topic: MG42 lubrication
Replies: 2
Views: 512

Re: MG42 lubrication

I lightly grease the rails (from front to back) on my 42 with a few pumps from a grease gun, well spread around, and a thin layer on the bolt surfaces that contact the rails. Extreme care not to miss a spot isn't necessary, since the bolt itself spreads it around. I put a squirt or two of oil in the...
by JBaum
Sat Jan 30, 2021 5:42 pm
Forum: German Firearms
Topic: Another great image!
Replies: 122
Views: 35855

Re: Another great image!

Been busy working on other stuff. I'll have to get back to the pictures and extract what I can from the backups. I don't know how I got ANYTHING done when I had a full time job. :)
by JBaum
Fri Jan 29, 2021 9:27 am
Forum: MG42 Build It Yourself
Topic: Home made mg42 reciever
Replies: 6
Views: 2735

Re: Home made mg42 reciever

I'm not a lawyer, and what I think about something is worth exactly what you pay for it (zero). Nowhere in ATFE regulations does it say anything about 80%. That percentage is not listed or defined by ATFE, therefore, there's no exact way to decide what 80% complete actually means. It's a term that i...
by JBaum
Thu Jan 28, 2021 10:27 am
Forum: MG42 Build It Yourself
Topic: Home made mg42 reciever
Replies: 6
Views: 2735

Re: Home made mg42 reciever

WaA509 wrote: Wed Jan 27, 2021 11:38 pm Would you be willing to make another?
He's not allowed to do that without having a manufacturer's license.