For the gun of the month, and since it seems TexasT has taken on the role of running it (?) and since this thread seems to already be getting all over the place, might I suggest those that want to enter their gun or nominate someone else's gun for gun of the month, then email the name and or picture of the gun or other persons gun to TexasT and then she can post the entries and we can decide from there?
That method would then prevent too many entires (maybe limit them to 25 guns a month?) and it would also prevent the thread from going all willy nilly?
Just a thought/suggestion...
__________________ "No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms" - Thomas Jefferson
Here is how it sat before. It had the hitch pin going through the stock in place of the bolt buffer to fix the receiver in the stock. I used a slightly longer screw in replace of the take-down screw so that it would touch the barrel when tightened down. I drilled a "dimple" into the bottom of the barrel in that spot so the screw would securely hold the barrel in place without the use of the v-block. The sling would allow the weapon to either sit across my chest or swing around to the side or against my lower back, but also be steadily shouldered without removing it. The red-dot is a Millet 3moa, parallax-free job. Very happy with it.
I wanted the quick mag-change capability of two magazines taped together, but without the bad risk of stuffing the open end of the magazines into mud and sand. Thus, I came up with that solution. With the feed lips just under the trigger guard, it is much more protected than if it were upside down. Each pair of magazines has a piece of 1/8" steel (about 2"x4" rectangle) under the tape, which sticks firmly to one of a few 100lb-capacity magnets on my belt. The magazines do not come off easily and must, in a sense, be pried off my belt using the length of the magazine as a lever. However, the most important aspect was that it allowed quick mag changes without dropping any empty mags (if I drop my mags while running away, what am I going to shoot later on?). Just slap the empty pair onto one of the magnets before grabbing a charged set, and it's good to go.
As a side note, also in that pic is my PT92 (now my "primary" weapon, FWIW, with the red-dot scope on it - I didn't realize how accurate I could be with it), and the spear I made. The handle of that spear / sword is 1" tube with 1/8" walls about 20" long. The blade is 1/8" steel and is 2" wide by about 14" long. I hardened it by heating it up with my welding torch and quenching it. It surely doesn't have the quality of hardness of a professionally-made one (or even a dedicated hobbyist), but its stiffness did go up significantly after the process (its "ping" is higher pitched and lasts much longer - a trick I learned in one of my Engineering classes).
Here it is taken down. As I mentioned, simply loosing the finger-grabbable take-down screw a couple turns would allow the barrel to slide out of the receiver. The 16.25" barrel was thus the longest part, so the entire weapon setup could easily fit into a satchel or an average backpack. Given that my apartment doesn't allow guns (*sigh*), this was a nice feature. Walking around with a gun case (my actual gun case is a relatively short "tactical" case, but Im sure a good chunk of people know what it is unless they believe when I tell them its a violin) makes me kinda nervous, heh.
Here is how it sits now. During some testing I found that at 10 yards, the POI changed about half an inch over several rounds of shooting and removing / reinstalling the barrel. This translates to at least 5" variation at 100 yards, which was not acceptable for a weapon that requires accuracy to be effective.
Thus, I reattached the barrel with the v-block, and went back to the dragunov stock so I could use the bipod (since the foreend of the folder was attached to the barrel, I felt it would negatively affect accuracy with a bipod). Since it isn't my "primary" weapon anymore, it does not necessarily need to "go anywhere" as before. Also I went back to the scope since the "close range" niche is better filled with my pistol. In this configuration it will shoot under 2" at 100 yards with all ammo I've tried.