8mm FAL.I will
eventually fill in details on this rifle,
but for now here are
the high points.
In October 2006 I had a crazy
idea, can a FAL shoot 8mm Ammunition?
At the time 8mm was cheap,
about a nickel a round, so I figured it would be cool to use
that ammo in my favorite MBR. Wasn't easy, but here is
MG13 mag fitting test
Pic of mag
fit with original ejector block removed. Note that the
feed lips of the mags have
yet to be
reprofiled to match the FAL receiver. The mags must also
have additional material welded on and profiled at the
magcatch on the front and have part of the ribbing
removed on the right side in order to work
Headspacing the Mauser bbl
I did this on a cheap Chinese lathe I got pretty
cheap and fixed up, I have since upgraded to a 13"
Barreled upper with mag
This original bbl was turned to simply index onto
the FAL receiver.
The current design uses a different used Mauser
barrel that was turned with the FAL receiver threads all the
way out past the breech and uses a barrel nut to tighten the
bbl to the receiver. The bbl nut is also the mount for
the handguards at the rear.
Version 1 ejector block installed.This failed
testing. I drilled and tapped the pillar you see at
bottom right for a removable ejector, it worked...for about 5
Version 2 ejector block, success!
This ejector block was milled out from a single
piece, trickier to make, but has held up
Random progress pic
V2 ejector block detail
Bad pic, but shows the ejector.
Here's a video of all the things I needed to do to make the 8mm FAL work.
7.62x25 AR upper
Fuzzy pic of initial mag block
You can kinda see the split line where the two
It is a PPS43
From the side
Yes, it is a custom receiver I made a few years
ago, I have retired these due to the aluminum deforming, but
they were fun exercises. I may mill the innards out to
use ths all-in-one trigger packs.
The barreled and headspaced upper
This was my first rechambering experience, and it
was far simpler than I expected with all the mumbo-jumbo out
there about it.
Mag block fixed into receiver with
You can see the hole I drilled to secure the
adapter just below the mag catch. I'll be adding a
custom mag catch part that willl let me use the normal AR mag
release with the PPS43 magazines.
And with the upper on
Here's a video of all of the details for this build.
Lathe thread stop for my 13"
I made this from a T-slot nut.
It gets a modified bolt with a joining nut on it
attached and inserted into the channel on the taper
attachement as shown below.
Then all you do is turn it 90
degrees and it bumps into the housing for the taper
clamp. For inside threading I just put it on the other
side of the taper clamp.
Here is a shot of my
AR74. I do not have progress pics for this one
yet. It has a modified AR bolt
to use 5.45x39 ammo, and uses an AK-74 bbl which is chrome
lined. I did have to Make some
sleeves to make up the difference between the ID of the AR
front sight and the OD of the AK bbl. Also, the mags do
not feed well unless the polymer coated rounds are a little
Ceremonial cannon I
made for my boss
This does not shoot ammo and
was not intended to...it just makes noise. I made
everything but the wheels from scratch.
Just your basic carriage
Saiga 12 build and
Here's a basic shot of the
'stimpcatch' showing it's purpose in helping to load Saiga
Pic showing some simple mods
to make loading mags easier.
Steady rest I made
for my lathe from MLA casting kit
Basic shape after truing the
Complete steady with adapter
Follower rest I
made for my lathe
I made this after getting
aggravated with Ebay pricing for these things for the 13"
for my UZI
Pic of tube and
The stack as it
22LR Suppressor for
Stack as it is in
308 suppressor I
Latest form1 can
The rear end cap and the
primary blast baffle are both connected via the spacer for the
primary blast chamber. This hopefully keeps some of the
stresses of the primary blast baffle off the rest of the
You can also see the smaller
than full tube diameter spacers used to keep the baffles
apart, using the smaller tubing reduces the weight.
Here is a shot of the rear
end cap, note the slot for a ratcheting device I have not