Updated (7/25/17) at end of post.
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.
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.
I waited 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 DIY store (Lowes) 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.
Update (7/25/17) – Well, a week and a half remain in the contest (the contest was extended until August 5th). I need to get my ass in gear. Here’s a pic of what I have thus far for the gun. (The tubes along the edge of the bench.) Unseen is the handle and shoulder stock. The wooden portion of the shoulder stock can be seen to the right of the lime green drill. The circles are cut in the stock.
Overall, I have things figured out and know how I’m going to make them, but I still have no idea about how to dress up the receiver and how to attach the scope. Also, I’m not convinced the gun will be strong enough. A 1/2″ threaded rod will hold the barrel pieces together, but it won’t go any further than the receiver so the handle and shoulder stock will be fairly weak. Of course, that is where the strength needs to be so a solution is needed and quick!
The scope is mocked up and requires a little more work. I’m not sure if I like it or not. The mock up is shown here, but the magnifying glasses are not shown. The diagram is generally how I envision the scope. As can be seen, a real scope is hidden within the scope allowing four times (4x) magnification. To complete the project, I’ll have to remove the scope’s eye piece to put on the smaller bellows. Also, I will be placing a rod to either side of the scope that will hold everything together and straight. At the moment, the scope rings will remain mid-center of the scope and be used to mount the scope to the rifle. The tall, metal, fork “Sights” on the gun make mounting a challenge. However. the shoulder stock sits quite high so using the scope should be relatively comfortable. People should not have to stretch their neck to use it.
I made the bellows using Popsicle sticks and black hockey tape. My plan was to wrap over the tape with black leather, but that seems a bit over designed. The cloth will add an additional texture to help break up the hardness of the oak. I have some watch crystals that I’ll be using to cover some of the drilled holes. Aside from any dust, they should not effect the use of the scope. The magnifying lenses are just for looks and will prevent the scope from being used if placed in line of sight.
The “eye piece” on the far right will be more like that of my range finder project. The square box, might be used for some other purpose.
The following pic shows one of many of the inspiring scope designs. I like the absurdity of having so many optics on one gun. If time remains, I might involve a laser and/or flash light.
As always, thanks for looking.