Sten suppressor model for Sten MkIIs or MkVs

Add-on kits, Products, Sten, Sub Machine-guns, Suppressed, WWII

A chap on the British WWII airsoft forum asked if anyone had made a suppressor for their Sten, so I obliged to do a post on my prototype silencer!

As with all my Sten kits (released and in development), I wanted to make this a temporary attachment that could be removed when not wanted.

So, how did I make this?

One piece of 40mm OD (Outside Diameter) mild steel pipe makes up the body of the suppressor, nothing fancy about this at all! Inside this prototype there are two square pieces of plywood with holes through the centre.

These slide over the outer barrel of the Sten and fit very snugly indeed. This makes for a very solid silencer as it has all of the strength of the inner barrel to support it.

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The end cap is a piece of ash, cut to rough shape. I heated a spare section of 40mm tube and used it to cauterise the rough cut cap into shape. Now I have the lathe of course I’d just turn it on that! A little epoxy will secure it in place.

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As the weight of the suppressor is taken by the outer barrel, all that is needed to keep it in place is a retaining screw. I used the screw hole that the heat guard uses on the standard ASG Sten.

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A small piece of brass flat bar bridges the gap, obviously this could also be steel.

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Once the canvas heat cover is on, it camouflages this admittedly unsightly joint!

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On this prototype I’ve just stitched the buttonholes roughly, I’ll be putting in some brass eyelets when I have bought a punching kit!

One thing to bear in mind with this conversion, it is aesthetic ONLY. In no way will this quieten your AEG down as most of the sound is created in the motor and doesn’t really travel down the barrel.

The finish is a combination of enamel paint and matte lacquer so that the metal and wood parts match up.

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The production version of this will differ in a few ways:

1. The end cap will be entirely turned on a lathe for shaping

2. The barrel supports will either be plastic or turned round so that they fill the entirety of the barrel

3. The heat shield will have brass eyelets instead of sewn ones

Production versions will be around £50, a post will be forthcoming on completion of the first model! If you fancy a version of this, do drop us a line on: enquiries.vintageairsoft@gmail.com!

Sten loop stock prototype

Add-on kits, Products, Sten, Sub Machine-guns, Weapons, WWII

I got a chance to test my loop stock prototype at the WWII game at Combat South this month, I needed something a bit more comfortable than the T-stock (and frankly better looking!). I took some photos before I had chance to clean the gun after use.

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This prototype is made of flat bar mild steel, I’m working on a way to source and bend some C/U section steel but if it isn’t possible the flat steel doesn’t look bad and is easily stiff enough for use.

As ever, skirmishability comes tied with authenticity on the priority scale. I have provided a plastic brown clip to take the standard stick battery which is concealed in a canvas ‘sock’.

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Although painting the connectors black makes the battery arrangement less visible, I plan to conceal the wires/connectors a bit better in a production version as they are a little unsightly. The problem is that the battery wires are actually a little too long but I will find a solution!

For production I will probably leave the canvas sock plain and allow people to colour them to match webbing or uniform as desired.

As ever, if this post has given you an idea for a project do drop me (Dom) a line on the usual email address: enquiries.vintageairsoft@gmail.com.

MG08/15-initial designs

Custom builds, Machine-Guns, MG08/15, Weapons, WWI, WWII

For this project, I acquired a Classic Army M249 as I knew the gearbox was ideal for the build both dimensionally and for the heavy-duty fire-support role of the gun. Another advantage that cropped up was the incredibly easy to adjust hop, controlled by a wheel that was very easy to access. This will allow the user to adjust hop in the field without having to open up the gun, allowing for longer or closer range work.

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First job: to strip out the parts I need:

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Having drawn out the rough layouts on paper, it was quickly obvious that this apparently simple shape was actually going to be quite complicated to cut out. The sheer quantity of sheet steel required for this gun requires a different take to my usual old-fashioned ‘everything by hand’ approach, drawing out components on paper and modelling them in card was all very well but something would have to give for the manufacture of the gun itself.

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Taking the time to roughly model everything in card, I had my solution. CAD/CAM, or Computer Aided Design/Manufacture allows a designer to create an digital representation of an object and manufacture it on a suitable piece of machinery. Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) lathes, routers, milling machines, laser cutters and water jet cutters are but a few of the machines available. In this case I am investigating laser and water-jet cutting options.

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Once I have all the components cut, parts can be riveted, bolted or welded together as appropriate. Some parts will still have to be made by hand, small details like the sighting system will be cut out and stamped by hand.

Having spent so much time designing on a computer, I can’t wait to get the parts cut and get to work making things properly!

For some background history on this project, see here.

 

As ever, if you are interested in our builds and want to know more or have a project in mind, do let us know! You can email us at enquiries.vintageairsoft@gmail.com.

The MG08/15

Custom builds, Machine-Guns, MG08/15, WWII

In the deadlock of trench warfare that epitomised the Western Front in Europe, all sides tried their hardest to develop a tactic or weapon that would allow them to break the stalemate.

The British developed the most successful weapon, the tank. This mobile fortress allowed men to push forward under solid cover which could also lay down suppressing fire. The Germans didn’t really catch on to the tank until later on (Blitzkrieg, anyone?) but they did appreciate the value of lightweight, well-equipped shock troops.

The trouble was that the weapons of the era were not well suited to this sort of combat: small units attacking well-defended, confined spaces. Rifles were too long, swords and bayonets unwieldy, handguns had a limited magazine capacity and range. What their Stormtroops needed was something to suppress enemy positions and quickly re-enforce their footholds.

The ideal would be to have a machine-gun that could be moved forward with the first wave of soldiers, but at the time even the lightest of machine-guns such as the British Lewis Gun was too heavy for long walks across no-man’s land. The Germans found their answer in the Maxim gun that they already used as their standard machine gun.

The Germans took the Maxim MG08 and effectively cut off everything they could. Gone was the empty space in the receiver, the water jacket was made smaller and most importantly, the spade grips and thumb trigger were taken off and replaced with a buttstock, the trigger being moved down to a pistol grip at the bottom of the receiver.

The result of this was a machine gun that could be advanced with the front line of troops, indeed it was supposed to be fired from the hip in a tactic known as ‘walking fire’ (the BAR was designed on similar grounds). This is the singularly worst tactic ever invented-I recommend you do not try this at home-if you are being shot at.

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The Germans also added a 100 round belt magazine that slid onto a carrier on the right side of the gun, though the gun could also be operated from the 250round boxes used for the standard MG08.

The shortage of machine-guns in the lead-up to WWII meant that the MG08/15 saw active service right up to 1945, meaning that it is a perfectly legitimate weapon for many WWII scenarios. In the coming weeks I will be posting regular updates on the progress of an Airsoft MG08/15 for a client in South Africa.

What’s in store for 2015?

Add-on kits, Products, Rifles, Sub Machine-guns, WWII

Having ‘opened shop’ about a month ago, we’ve had a great deal of interest in our products, it’s quite exciting! The first kit for a customer is due to be dispatched this week, one of the Sten MkVs.

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The production version of this kit (see the prototype here) is a little different from the prototype we showed earlier. There are a couple of external differences: we have added a (real steel) sling swivel to the top of the buttstock and the pistol grip has changed shape slightly to more accurately reflect the original.

Inside we have made some changes too. Due to a request from the customer we have tweaked the battery compartment so that it can accept a LiPo battery. We also made space for the stick battery in case he ever needs to use them.

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Due to the upgrades, this version will be a little more expensive than the prototype at £145 as it does cost more to buy in parts and a bit longer to make.

So, what is in store for 2015? We have a few Sten kits due for release in the first two months as well as two custom projects in the pipeline.

Dom really wants to build some realistic bolt-action rifles with the magazines in the correct place: something seriously lacking in affordable period rifles, he has the design, just not the funds!

Dave is developing an AEG version of a very popular series of carbines that is currently only available in a gas version (unless you count the horrendous plastic ones).

If you are interested in sponsoring a build project or a kit or have your own custom build in mind, do let us know! enquiries.vintageairsoft@gmail.com

 

Merry Christmas from us here at Vintage Airsoft!

Introducing the Sten MkV

Add-on kits, Products, Sten, Sub Machine-guns, WWII

I am pleased to present the Sten MkV conversion kit, designed to be used on the ASG/AGM Sten MKII. Shown in this video is the prototype, the production version will feature some minor variations.

This kit allows the user to have a Sten MkV when it suits them, while allowing for them to swap back to the more widespread MKII for games where this kit would not be suitable (such as certain WWII games). Bearing this in mind, this kit allows for use of the same type of stick batteries used in the T-stocks that come as standard, meaning that there is no need to buy an entirely new battery setup in order to run the LiPos that most purpose-made MkVs require. The battery compartment is also easily accessible from the rear unlike on most airsoft Stens, allowing for a quick and simple battery change in the field.

Metal parts of this are steel, except for the fore-grip band, which is copper. Metal finishes are a mixture of black enamel/metal lacquer and oil blacking. This guarantees a finish that closely resembles the standard finish on the rest of the Sten where the surfaces are next to one-another. Oil blacking is used on surfaces that are subject to high tolerances and high levels of contact, such as the buttplate which would otherwise be rubbed shiny in no time at all.

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Price as of December 2014 is £120.

Kits are made to order, so there will be a slight delay between order and dispatch, which you will be advised of upon ordering. If you have any specific requests/alternative finishes please do let us know. All products are Made in England.

For orders and questions:

enquiries.vintageairsoft@gmail.com

Hello and Welcome

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Hello there, welcome to Vintage Airsoft!

We are a group of airsofters who have a special interest in more unusual firearms that are not always available or affordable for airsoft. As well as developing kits for airsoft guns already made by other manufacturers, we are looking for opportunities to collaborate with individuals who want something a little bit special. Whether it’s anti-tank or something lightweight we would love to hear from you to help us develop something new.

On this blog we will be showing off our newest products, show a little of the process that goes into designing and building them and hopefully some skirmish reviews in the longer run.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Dom and Dave

 

We can be contacted at:

enquiries.vintageairsoft@gmail.com