The next step is to make the new bolt action. This allows the bolt to be used without cutting out a section at the side of the receiver.
The front section locks the breech and operates the out of battery safety. The knob at the back keeps this in place and allows the user to grip the bolt to operate it.
The receiver of the donor rifle (a VSR clone) screws into the receiver of the rifle.
The top of the receiver is welded in place, as are the thick back parts of the barrel. These also support the weight and hold the position of the internal parts.
Slowly, I add on the rest of the barrel. To simulate the tapered barrel of the original I am stepping it down slightly along the length at opportune positions.
This thing is now huge. It is already longer than the G98, even without the buttstock attached!
The next job was to rough fit the woodwork. This is always very challenging, especially for the VSR rifles.
Apologies for the quality of the pictures here, my camera was out of action so resorted to the ‘phone!
This is important, the carry handle makes something like this just about portable.
I bent two pieces of steel to shape by hand, two screws hold them together at the top. I will temper the steel so that it is stiff enough to hold the weight of the gun.
And the buttstock is screwed into place. I will be modifying the top screw so that the stock can be folded and unfolded easily.
The next few steps are to shape and finish the woodwork, screw said woodwork into place and mount the bipod, foresight unit and buttstock lock.
In the meantime, I am looking forward to getting this finished, it’s making my gun rack look comically small!
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