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    Sticky: Hi Mick, Yes, it's the 2hp model and yes, I...

    Hi Mick,

    Yes, it's the 2hp model and yes, I know what a Rong-Fu 45 is :) I suspect yours is from Machine Tools Warehouse?

    As for my sten, have to re-ping the lab this week. They are supposed...
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    Sticky: Mick is that one you are making?

    Mick is that one you are making?
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    Sticky: PS: What kind of mill you running? I changed out...

    PS: What kind of mill you running? I changed out mine recently to a Busy Bee knee mill - MUCH better than the Mill/Drill I had before.
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    Sticky: No, not exactly bored, just working on other...

    No, not exactly bored, just working on other projects at the moment. Iv'e built 3 in total, all MkII types. First two were SAS3's and sold on CGN, last one was open-bolt and I still have it, it...
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    Sticky: ok guys, ALL non-build-related chatter has...

    ok guys,

    ALL non-build-related chatter has been cleaned up to make this thread capable of being followed again by readers. Please keep any future posting relevant and on-topic.

    Thanks!
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    Sticky: When I spoke to George Fraser last week, he...

    When I spoke to George Fraser last week, he indicated there are NO OPEN BOLT SEMI-STEN DESIGNS APPROVED IN CANADA - (yet).

    So let's be clear - until a new FRT number is available indicating a...
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    Sticky: My open-bolt design is actually with the CFC and...

    My open-bolt design is actually with the CFC and RCMP labs right now for approval. It's actually been with them for almost 2 months now.

    Some key points are that in my version the sear pin and...
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    Sticky: Yes, I've seen the mausers in question ;) I kind...

    Yes, I've seen the mausers in question ;) I kind of know the smith who built them rather well...

    As for MIG welding, technique is a HUGE part of it. You need to build up an appropriately large...
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    Sticky: Mick, the trick with the MIG is to use it at very...

    Mick, the trick with the MIG is to use it at very high power. I have a dedicated 20A circuit for my machine and upgraded wiring to handle the extra impedance. To get good mag box welds, I crank up...
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    Sticky: Actually, for this latest build, I'm using a 120v...

    Actually, for this latest build, I'm using a 120v Lincoln Electric SP135. I think they discontinued that model last year, but some places still have it in stock. Mine is set up for both flux cored...
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    Sticky: here are some preliminary design decisions in my...

    here are some preliminary design decisions in my quest to devise an acceptable open bolt design. BE AWARE. These design changes ARE NOT YET REVIEWED BY THE RCMP AND MAY NOT GET APPROVED. You would...
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    Sticky: Here's another mag well build. This time I opted...

    Here's another mag well build. This time I opted for 4 pre-cut to size pieces of sheet steel plate:

    https://www.milsurps.com/images/imported/2008/11/PA202692-1.jpg...
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    Sticky: Time for a little Sten history. Some Sten guns...

    Time for a little Sten history. Some Sten guns suffered from "droopy mag" which was really a symptom of either a worn out mag well plunger or, more frequently, a barrel nut hole that had become...
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    Sticky: Once I have the innards cleaned up, I will...

    Once I have the innards cleaned up, I will probably tack weld the trigger pin in place so that the trip lever cannot be readily removed. That should help. I have now also welded in a guide block to...
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    Sticky: No problem Mick, I think you are referring to...

    No problem Mick, I think you are referring to someone welding material back onto the selector to make it function again, but you would also have to mill or file out the slot to allow transverse...
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    Sticky: I was thinking of plug welding blocks to either...

    I was thinking of plug welding blocks to either side of the mechanism casing to limit side-to-side travel as well. Will probably plug weld from the back side to ensure a solid bond. Pics to...
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    Sticky: Mick, the slot was cut narrow enough to keep the...

    Mick, the slot was cut narrow enough to keep the disconnector in position (in theory). If it doesn't function in practice, I'll put an unmodified selector into the gun and weld it permanently in...
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    Sticky: Some more progress on the new design. In this...

    Some more progress on the new design. In this design, I lathed the center of an original selector button completely out, so that no matter what position it is in, it cannot act against the...
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    Sticky: Now here are some additional pics of the next...

    Now here are some additional pics of the next build, as discussed above:

    The ejector MIG welded in, along with plug welds for the barrel collar:...
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    Sticky: Here are some pics of the one I finished (after...

    Here are some pics of the one I finished (after parkerizing):
    https://www.milsurps.com/images/imported/2008/10/PA092685-1.jpg
    https://www.milsurps.com/images/imported/2008/10/PA092683-1.jpg
    And...
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    Sticky: I have anothe build in progress, figured on...

    I have anothe build in progress, figured on filling in some "blanks" in the production process :)

    Here is the steady rest being used to counter-bore the tube for the barrel collar:...
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    Sticky: Allright, here's a short vid of it running as a...

    Allright, here's a short vid of it running as a repeater. It was still hanging up on feeding periodically, but maybe only 20% of the time. I now know this is because I had the cone angle wrong at...
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    Sticky: ok, here are the much-anticipated (yeah,...

    ok, here are the much-anticipated (yeah, right...) videos of yesterday's testing of the Sten.

    Video one started out with so much promise, only to end in disapointment. This is when we discovered...
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    Sticky: Update! :) This morning the gun got...

    Update! :)

    This morning the gun got parkerized. It looks nice except that some of the OA welds wouldn't park - guess I should have used a different rod? It's just a cosmetic thing tough. On the...
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    Sticky: Looking good :) That tube looks familar, by the...

    Looking good :) That tube looks familar, by the way... ;)

    My lathe will be back up and running next week (still waiting on a replacement drive pulley to complete my rebuilt of it), so I may be...
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