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    Working on my double dovetail MKI

    Finally getting some play time and work done on my Bren double dovetail MK1. I opted to grab a BRP center section which cuts down the built time ( for me) quite a bit. Cut the gas cylinder section to length and milled both the center section and cylinder and welded them together.

    Rear receiver heel was cut a little wide and thru the take down hole. Its welded and needs cosmetic clean up but I focused on the internal section.
    The bolt and carrier do the "tilt test" and travel freely by its own weight. I built my DPM and RPD the same and they run super smooth.



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    Some repair work in process~

















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    Great looking welds !! What type of welder are you using ? Mig / Tig etc. ?

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    Nice work cal50. Another piece of history being brought back from the scrap heap.

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    Cleaned up some welds , making firing pin transfer bar...........
    Will make it really pretty after its test fired and running 100%























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    Getting the parts together..............




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    Nice woodwork.
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    Test fire day tomorrow !

    I wrapped up making my "Lime" flavored striker group per print.
    Striker is made from 4140 heat treated to 50Rc C , guide rod is 0-1 and tubes are stainless steel.

    My MKI was a partial parts set missing a lot of small items and the farther I got the more parts I found out were missing but I think I got all of them now.


    When I put firing group together and racked the slide and dry fired it I really thought the striker was weak and not going to snap a primer. To make sure I pulled a Wolf .303 round and chambered it and gave the wife and grand kid in the other room a heads up. It want "BANG" with a nice primer strike.
    I had a big smile and they looked confused / condition normal.

    The impact force and spring rate is deceiving and will find out tomorrow if it cycles.
    Turkey day is coming up and I need to vacate my favorite work spot.

    Pile of striker parts~




    Test fired primer hit , very robust~




    If it runs then I make it pretty~


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