Martian Long Gun

I’ve recently joined the Steampunk Gun Club on Facebook.  They are currently having an “all metal” competition that would have been perfect for my Satchel Gun, but work can not have begun before the contest was announced.

Me being the honest Abe that I am decided to dredge up an older idea and use it.  My style is to use a little bit of all materials available during the Steampunk years (circa 1800s).  Although the original contest idea was an all metal build, they did say it was alright to use wood for stocks and grips.  As I’ve mentioned, my build will include other materials as well, however, they will be primarily used as non-critical elements and accessories.

Here is an idea of what the gun will look like without the intended rifle scope added.

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As you can see, it is still a design in progress.  As an extra twist, the contest states the gun’s trigger must be operational in such a way that it operates light, sound, or some other similar effect.

Anyways, the contest ends in mid-July leaving me with about 4 weeks remaining.

After waiting for a pivotal piece that connected the stock to the rifle.  This is shown in the lower rifle example.  However, I was disappointed to find they mailed me the wrong part.  I visited the local Lowes store and found the potential solution using the smaller but available sized 1″ copper pipe tubing of which the gun is primarily made.  The forked uprights are shifting forks from some motor cycle or other.  I only have three at the moment, but have made an effort twice now to buy the correct size (shaft rod).

Wood will be wrapped around the front barrel shrouds.  Another piece will have circles cut into it and extended back near the shoulder.  An upper and lower rod will protrude from the upper and lower edge of the wood stock allowing leather to be wrapped around the end piece for use as the shoulder rest portion of the rear stock.

As always, thanks for looking.

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STEAMPUNK SUBMACHINE GUN (SATCHEL GUN)

WORK IN PROGRESS

(Updated 05/08/17)

 Storied Background

“The idea behind the gun was to create a firearm capable of being carried in a small satchel and provide deterring firepower until an escape can be made. During last minute design, the requirement was added for an attachable shoulder stock and bayonet. The order for a bayonet was ignored and the stock was given a design borrowed from a popular carbine of the age.”

Design

I wanted to make something like the guns used by lackies in the movie League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. Also, I wanted something compact so the original idea was to follow the Magpul FMG9 folding sub-machine gun. The prop is designed for display and perhaps light handling during LARPing.

Aside from the removable magazine and folding foregrip, the gun has no other moving parts. I did not want to complicate the design as I always do. I chose to save the complexity for my next projects.

The upper portion of the gun is only one inch wide with the thickest (hand grips) area being only one and a half inches thick.

Sight design proved difficult as a simple, yet interesting, design was needed. In the end, I kept it simple and tossed on a short scope remeniscent of modern firearms modifications.

I took pictures of the work in progress, but not until later in the build.  Here are a few ideas I jotted down to guide myself. As you can see, the stock was quite baffling. PWB M1-07 Notes

I’m looking forward to utilizing what I learned in my next gun project. I want to make a gun that uses a locking lug system such as the Luger pistol or the Pederson rifle. I definitely want it to incorporate moving parts.

Construction

The design has no actual firearm parts using only stock metal and wood from the local DIY store along with a few found items. I used only common hand and power tools. A cordless drill for light work and a proper corded drill for most of the labor. I cheated a bit by using a grinding wheel which speeds things up, but is nothing that cannot be completed manually. In actuallity, the wheel actually caused me to use the hand files more than once to correct some overzelous grinding so going quick is not always the best route.

When building, I constructed all the metal pieces before fitting the wood.

I quickly ran into trouble making the stock both folding and steampunky. In the end, I chose ‘punk over function. The handle is split into two pieces. The upper half is attacked to the reciever while the lower half remains with the ammunition magazine.

In addition, the stock is attached to the magazine handle allowing easy addition or removal. Of course, one loses the use of the stock when reloading. For this reason, the Satchel Gun was issues with a second, stockless magazine allowing the gunner to respond to any close range enemy advancements until the stocked magazine was loaded. The stocked was then swapped with the extra magazine allowing more accurate engaugement with the enemy. Thus, the short magazine was intended for defense until the stocked magazine was avaialble for offensive fire.

At this time, I do not have a short (w/o stock) magazine available. However, since I like the result and the construction is relatively simple, I suspect I will be using the magazine for future builds as well.

A folding foregrip/handle is placed just below the muzzle and theoretically acts as both foregrip and charging handle. However, on this prop, the handle only folds and unfolds. Although, it is sturdy enough to be used.

Well, I had to file off all the paint and some of the corners, but after a generous amount of wax, the handle and magazine fit together nice and snug. This means I should not need to bolt them together as I feared earlier.  The copper tube used for the barrel is nearly lost in the shadows.  It will also be painted black and the shoulder stock will have additional length added.  Trigger, sights, scope and interior parts are also in the works.  

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Update (05/06/17) follows — I revisited the shoulder stock.  I attempted to ‘punk it up.  I added the foregrip furniture and folding handle.  The furniture is only test pieces.  The actual grips will be oak to match the shoulder stock.  They are only held by rubber bands at the moment, but I like the idea of something more than attaching them with screws.  The folding grip is only held in place by friction at the moment.  I might work out a spring system?  I need to work out the scope/sights on the top of the gun.  ALso, the hand grips need to be added (somehow).

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Update:  the spring idea for the folding handle failed.  I’ve moved onto assembling and installing the interior works.  Since this is a display only, the internals are held in place by a nail head.

 Update:  (Photo follows) Added a sling which required extensive testing.  Glad I did because I don’t want to remake a new stock.  I replaced the copper tube barrel with a piece of black gas pipe.  I is thicker and looks more like a real barrel.  The foregrip is only a mock-up.  The folding handle is down, but blends in  with the background.  Thankfully it does not interfere with the front swivel.  I also worked out the scope and its mount, but have not attached it here.  The scope will be capable of flipping to the side.  However, there will not be any iron sights to use in lieu of the scope.  The trigger and trigger guard are still needed.

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Update (05/08/17) [No pics] — I added a trigger and trigger guard tonight.  I’ve also decided how to attach the grips to the handle.  I want a way to easily separate the mag from the handle, but at the moment the only solution is to screw them together or use some sort of pin.  The only other thing before painting is making and fitting the hand grips and fore grips.

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Nyarlathotep Bloody Tongue Avatar

DSCN0499 - CopyHere’s my first attempt at tooling soapstone.  Overall it came out well.  The praying hands are a bit off.  It is inspired by Bruce Attley’s Nyarlathotep (Crawling Chaos) statue.

I hope to sculpt a few more (with much better photographs).  This took about two months of spare time so doing an Azathoth, Shub-Niggurath, and Yog-Sothoth sculpt seems possible.

Thanks for looking.

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Gun Rack

I’ve been on somewhat of a buying spree with antique firearms lately.  I’m a low end collector and these are relatively cheap and impractical since ammunition needs to be made from scratch as they are all 1860’s through 1898 in age.  (I wouldn’t be surprised if a few became props in my steampunk projects.)

Here’s the gun rack I’ve needed for quite some time to get my firearms out of the closet/basement.  It is pine with a “gunstock” colored stain which gives it a red hue like cherry wood.  I was trying to match the television stand, but need at least one more coat.  dscn0483I skipped the obligatory black or red felt and went with a black quilted cloth instead which I believe enhances the design.  The lower right pic shows the quilting, but the color is slightly distorted by my Edison bulb lighting.

It is 5 feet by 2 feet in size to accommodate the longer barrels of the period.  It has brass brackets placed closer together to fit short carbines.   I also used peg board for the backboard so I have the option to hang items in various locations If needed. The contact cement used to bond the cloth to the backboard still fills the house.  I threw it together using pocket hole screws (the Kreg system).  Build time was about 12 hours with an intermittent overnight wait for the stain to dry.

I actually cut the wood for a second, identical gun rack, but only had the room to work on one at a time.  The second can wait until I absolutely need it.

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A Sketchy Weekend

Here’s this past weekend’s project.  It’s a work in progress so I’m only about half finished.  It’ll be used as a city map for a Dungeons and Dragons game.  I’m pretty happy with the results since I’ve only ever attempted the isometric village scene once before.  A few structures and techniques I borrowed from a pic off the internet.  pic 5 I’ll expand a bit to the northwest and much to the northeast.  I was saving the space along the right edge and southeast for the legend and number description.  I’ll be numbering it, but probably on a non-numbered photocopy so i can switch things around in the future.  I’ll probably just print and tape the descriptions and legend onto the page just before photocopying.  Again, this will allow me to make changes in the future.

Updated (8/11/16) – I’ve decided to include canals by expanding onto a new poster board to the right.  I’m not certain I like the results thus far.  The legend (seen here under the ruler) will be added during photocopying so I will have space.  It contains the businesses in both numeric and alphabetical order for quicker discovery. pic 9

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Kings of War (KoW) Goblin Horde

Although I’ve been working on the Steampunk Sentry project this evening, I realized I forgot to post this picture.  It’s a little diorama on a Kings of War horde sized base.

DSCN0448   I ran out of torsos so I used bits of sprue and covered them with shields.  To the upper left, one goblin is taking a punch in the face.  About midway the banner bearer has surrounded himself with shields.  Dead goblins litter the front line.  The leader is at the center with a sword over head.

I need to make up some bowmen next, but can’t find the models in my house (neither GW nor KoW).  THey are here somewhere.

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Gun Cabinet Finished (Sort of)

This is the cabinet portion of the Steampunk heavy machine gun.  I need to work on the gun sights, plumbing, legs/stand, and other details before I take the final photographs.

Steampunk Heavy Machine Gun Cabinet

Here’s the step by step progress:  STEP-BY-STEP  or https://fleetinginterests.wordpress.com/steampunk-heavy-machine-gun-sentry/

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