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April 19, 2012, 11:32 AM
hey everyone... these last few weeks, ive been converting different sets of blueprints into 3D so that i can study the way each component reacts with eachother, how the different actions work and so forth... and at one point i felt pretty confident i could come up with my own design for a semi-automatic... sure, no harm in designing full auto in 3D.. however, im just not an advocate of it, i see it as a waste of ammo for the most part, so im focusing on semi auto only action...
so my question to everyone here is... what would you build if you could take any features, from any rifle and combine them into your idea of what the perfect rifle would be, or perhaps ideas of your own action?...
which action would you use?
gas operated, either long stroke piston (more reliable) or short stroke piston (less felt recoil usually)... also tilting bolt, or rotating bolt
recoil operated, long-action like a browning auto 5 shotgun, or short recoil action like that of a handgun, or the 1941 johnson rifle
blowback operated, either normal blowback like many low-caliber pistols and sub-guns, or delayed blowback like the G3/MP5 or french FAMAS?
blow forward, instead of the bolt being thrown back, the barrel is pulled forward by the bullet, off the empty cartridge and onto a new one
i dont think i have the months it would take me to list all of the options here.. so really, anythings possible
box magazines, would you make it accept a pre-existing magazine? if so, which ones?
rotary magazines, these seem to be rather reliable, simple magazines but tend to take up more volume than box magazines
helical magazine, which works like a spinning screw with the cartridges between the threads
enbloc, like the garand uses, which is like a clip that is fed into the internal magazine and ejects itself upon firing the last round
would you go with a common layout with a magazine in front of the stock, which tend to be more reliable, with less muzzle raise when firing, a bullpup layout which is more compact and easier to maneuver, or something entirely different?
would you have a seperate forearm, stock, and grip, or would you go with a full one-piece stock?
anyway.. these are a few options that i can think of right now to point out some things available to anyone who might read this topic and not be entirely familiar with gunsmithing or engineering, but im confident most of you can ignore that part
so... my question is, what features would you choose if you could design your dream rifle, and why?
April 19, 2012, 11:36 AM
btw.. if anyone has any blueprints they would like someone to convert into a 3D format that can be viewed in 3D on a computer, and dimensions pulled from any piece, i could help, and distributors of 3D CAD/solid modeling software offer free viewers for these parts
April 19, 2012, 11:50 AM
I have always build or customized my rifles to/for a specific hunting purpose. Would need to you describe the purpose first.
April 19, 2012, 12:44 PM
for whatever purpose you want, and i dont mean assembling one from parts, but a design from scratch... this is a topic on theory more than anything else
April 19, 2012, 06:23 PM
I very much like the CZ "short mauser" bolt action, except for the ugly magazine sticking out of the bottom. So there's a place to start.
April 19, 2012, 07:41 PM
FNH PS90 that shoots .22 magnums
... must retain the same design and operating principles:
-top - mount longitudinal magazine
April 20, 2012, 07:56 AM
anyone got an idea for anything more in depth than a conversion?
April 20, 2012, 02:46 PM
Not a semi auto, but sort of on topic. I created an aluminum v-block on AutoCAD Mechanical and Inventor Fusion that accepted the Lawton 8000 action and AR15 style pistor grips. After I got that to spec I added a barrel shroud and some other accessories. In the end it looks like a clone of the Cheytac M200, but would be way cheaper to build when doing your own mill and lathe work.
April 20, 2012, 05:41 PM
Why bother designing a rifle after John Garand achieved perfection?:p
It even bites people you don’t want messing with it:D
Seriously, off the top of my head … gas op. long stroke, box mag., conventional layout, kevlar stock with inlaid T6 mounting blocks for receiver and bipod (made with the bipod integral to the stock so that stock is smooth when bipod is folded), receiver able to accept top mount scope, a sight (preferably peep) that could be used with scope attached .308 … deer hunting
April 20, 2012, 11:05 PM
i thought about using a round piece of tube steel for an upper receiver, so that i could use an extended portion, vented out and used as a handguard/shroud.... the way i set up the recoil spring stop was a plug in the end, pull, twist, release and the spring and carrier comes out...adding a lower receiver for the fire control group, and a wooden stock and it came out looking like a russian PPSH
i also have the idea of taking a .223 round, chopping it before the shoulder and use as rimless 357 magnum brass... necking it down (or leaving it straightwall) i would fit it with a pointed rifle bullet so out of the rifle, it would have more range/power than .223, while still being a pistol round (for logistics purposes of only having to buy one type of ammo)
some other ideas i had, just for the added simplicity was to go with a rolled delayed blowback system like the HK family of rifles because i wanted the recoil to be in-line with the barrel and stock, to reduce the overall felt recoil and muzzle flip... ive thought about ways to make a gas piston in-line with the barrel by using a cylinder shaped piston that would fit over, and ride on the barrel with a few smaller gas ports around the barrel rather than one bigger one...
those are just some of the ideas i had... you cant really design anything in this detail on a bolt action anymore, because anything you could have designed is already out there and in production, theres just no more territory left.. and i decide on semi automatic, because i just fail to see any practical use for fully even for military use (unless its belt fed).... so straight up semi for my design... never hurt the garand any
April 20, 2012, 11:19 PM
hhunter318... i use autodesk inventor for all of my designs. i love it
April 21, 2012, 12:56 AM
Dunno if I’m picturing your design correctly, but a one piece receiver/ barrel shroud sounds like a real mother to machine. Also, if the "shroud" serves as the gas tube for the center-bored cylindrical gas piston, it might create heat issues in the receiver as well as defeat the purpose of a shroud. Your gas piston also has far greater wear surfaces than a traditional piston. The bore of the gas piston alone would at least equal the the outer diameter of a traditional piston and that would be added to the much greater outer diameter of your piston . It might still work well, but tolerances might be a real headache.
On your cartridge : you might want to look up the "338-223 Straight", an obsolete (never was?) wildcat
Maximum for it was a 200gr spire point bullet at 1820 fps. And that would be HOT!, tho I have no idea what the actual c.u.p. was. This is about as big as you can get for a cut down .223 case. IMO, it would be under-powered for a deer and fall right into the category of "intermediate power"
The .357 bullet is larger diameter than the outer diameter of the .223 case at the shoulder (.354")
April 21, 2012, 01:33 AM
found a link for 338-223 Straight and mentions headspace issues
I think the ME for the 1820 fps load is wrong. Unless I've forgotten how to compute it over the years, it should read 1470 foot pounds for ME it looked funny, and I'm a bit anal:o (embarassed, but on the ther hand, being anal is one reason I'm still alive:) )
A discussion about rebarreling an AR in 338-223 and mentions .338 Spectre
.338 Spectre based on 10 mm case and headspaces on shoulder (funky lookin thing, but pretty neat cartridge for a variety of reasons)
April 21, 2012, 01:41 AM
see... the upper receiver would just be cut from a single piece of tube steel... the cylindrical receiver just extends in front of the barrel trunnion to form a handguard/shroud, like a sten crossed with a PPSH, the cost of manufacturing on a large scale would be fairly inexpensive...
but the problems raised with the piston ring over the barrel ive already noticed... delayed-roller blowback such as that on the G3 rifles, or CZ-52 pistol would be best, and maintain the simplicity of the design which, even though blowback does foul faster, would still be an incredibly reliable, simple design
another idea i had was to have a moving chamber that fits inside the trunnion... upon firing, the breach plug flies backwards from the energy, but never completely out of the trunnion, so no gasses get into the receiver, it hits a stop before that happens, and the momentum from this all, combined with a cam unlocks the bolt, and allows it to eject and chamber a new round... since ive never seen any firearm operate this way, its really hard to predict how it would work
April 21, 2012, 02:25 AM
I don't know about the engineering aspect of it, but I'd like to see a semi automatic big bore carbine. I'm thinking M1 Carbine/Mini-14 size platform, doublestack stick mags. Chamber it in all of the big bore rounds from the 45 Win Mag up to and including the 50 GI, and the 50 AE. It must be button rifled so to be cast boolit friendly.
What a great hog gun this would make. Or brush gun. It would be a thumper and totally blow the heavy bullet ARs out of the water in usefulness. I want a 5 rnd mag for hunting and some 20 round mags. Iron sights, and not express sights, receiver mounted peep. 18.5" bbl., and don't forget the flash hider.
April 21, 2012, 03:09 AM
hmm ok, I normally think of receivers as screwed solid as bloody hell to the barrel. What you’re talking about is pinning or welding the assy if cost and mass production is a factor ?
dunno if you could expect much inherent accuracy unless you go to a lot of trouble with an interference fit.
I don’t understand why you would want the chamber to move as that would increase bolt travel and it moving relative to the barrel would (I think) create nightmare gas issues. Maybe I’m missing something.
The only gun I can think of at the moment … that isn’t itty bitty and moves the chamber … is the Model 1911 Winchester shotgun. In it, the chamber is stationary with respect to the barrel … the entire barrel assy moves back upon firing and then rebounds forward … leaving the bolt at the rear and uncovering the empty shell as it moves forward for ejection and feeding the next one. … a simple recoil action, roughly the same bolt travel … and the barrel isn’t moving forward until gas is expended. The force of the gas pushing the barrel back delays the ejection.
You might say it’s a gas-dampened recoil-operation. The need for a delay in the action comes when you want to pull the empty from the chamber after the barrel pressures subside (that the 1911 provides with the movable barrel). The delay mechanism is the connection to the force exerted by the gas.
Sorry if I’m being thick here, but I can’t picture what you’re trying to do. Good luck with it.
April 21, 2012, 05:53 AM
ive been trying to think of smaller rifle cartidges based on handgun cartridges.. like 357 mag or 10mm necked down to take a 30 caliber bullet... a high enough pressure load with the right powder would come VERY close to .223 performance in a much shorter, lighter action, lighter rifle, and would be so much easier to carry large amounts of it on you, since it wuold just be a scaled down rifle cartridge
April 21, 2012, 06:41 AM
The Winchester Model 50/59 shotgun has a floating chamber, recoil operated. Seems a complicated setup to me.
As is the H&K roller locking system. Jeff Cooper said of the P9S, what money they saved with sheet metal and plastic construction, they plowed back into an elaborate barrel extension and bolt head. OK if you are tooled up for mass production, but I bet the prototyping was a bear.
For a rimless .357 magnum, look at the 9mm Winchester Magnum, the Wildey caliber they did not build guns for. It is a 9x29.
There was an outfit in Atlanta that built a nice bolt action with one-piece barrel and receiver. Savage built a bunch of them in small calibers. An auto would be tougher.
April 21, 2012, 08:11 AM
well jim watson.. i had absolutely no knowledge on the winchester 50/59, so i found a diagram for it... and it uses exactly what i mentioned.. though a bit over-engineered and too complicated, the moving breech was exactly what i had imagined, and the breech only goes back 1/10th of an inch, so the gases dont excape...
my idea though was to have a cam on the bolt unlock it from the breechplug section, similar to how a short-recoil operation works with a pistol
April 21, 2012, 08:46 AM
I'm always thinking about designing or modifying a rifle.
An example, going back in time, back to Vietnam, I'd liked the M16a1, and think for jungle warfare the way we worked I'd take the M16a1 in the same weight and configuration, EXCEPT, a 1:7 twist barrel and the rear sights of the A2. My ideal of the perfect battle rifle for Light Infantry.
For long range (hunting or target) a Model 70 Winchester in 270 but a barrel with fast enough twist for the 165-175 grn bullet. With the BC of that pencil bullet it would shoot like a laser.
Another ideal, Re-Barreling an M1 and chambering it for the 270 Win. of course you'd have to have the adjustable gas system.
I have a lot of dumb ideals, I could go on forever.
April 21, 2012, 09:05 AM
its so hard for me to think of a garand in anything but a .30-06 though... i have a 3D CAD program on my computer i use for engineering different things... ive designed musical instruments, fishing reels, furniture, and various mechanical devices... ive converted a 1500s era wheellock rifle into 3D, fixing some of the miscalculated dimensions here and there to improve the fit and finish of it... and ive also converted blueprints for firearms before....
so, ive actually designed a couple rifles with this thing... my first design was a long-stroke gas system with a rotating bolt, in this design i made the extractor and ejector components level with the bolt carrier itself, so that the bolt could be removed, flipped upside down, and reinserted into the carrier, causing it to eject out of the left side rather than the right, making my design ambidextrous and left-hand friends, with a closable guard over the ejection port on either side and for low cost and simplicity, availability of parts i designed it to take the AR-15s semi-auto trigger group
for my next design id like to go with a delayed blowback system, and try to achieve 1000-1400ft/lbs of energy from the muzzle using a rimless, necked down .357 mag (made from .223 brass)
heres one thing to remember about kinetic energy, which translates into ballistics too... if you double the weight of a bullet, you double the kinetic energy, however, if you double the velocity, you quadruple the kinetic energy, so by necking down the rimless .357 i was hoping to gain back the energy lost by the case capacity lost from necking it down and using a short, 110 or so grain .308 bullet with enough energy and accuracy to take a deer 200-300 yards out, essentially allowing me to replace a .223 in a shorter, lighter package... but of course, i have no test bed for this i would feel safe firing it from, so i may take a barrel blank, ream it for this round, then have a simple screw on breech i can use to test the round without actually putting it into a functional rifle (yet)
April 21, 2012, 11:44 AM
Are you in/were you in Mechanical Engineering? And if so, where, if you don't mind me asking.
April 21, 2012, 12:03 PM
out of highschool i did go for mechanical engineering... but i had some serious medical problems that took me a long time to finally get past...that was 7-8 years ago, ive stayed close to engineering since though, reading test books, running experiments and projects of my own, why do you ask?
April 21, 2012, 01:18 PM
I'm a mechanical engineering student from Mississippi State and I was just curious. I don't state it much though, being this young some people tend to question your real experience with firearms. I've been tinkering with guns since my parents would let me, so.. Ya know. But, my question was just out of curiosity.
April 21, 2012, 01:24 PM
On your cartridge again … a .357 bullet will not fit in a .223 Rem case. The case would have to be expanded at the end rather than necked down. A..338 bullet gives you a more-or-less straight case that would have to headspace on the case mouth … bad juju that gets worse the more power you try to squeeze out of it (and oddly enough also bad juju in very low loadings with heavy bullets, but that’s another subject).
If you want a necked cartridge to solve the headspace problem, you need a bullet diameter smaller than .338, or a case with larger diameter than the .223
Also, when you start packing powder behind a heavy bullet, the pressure curve can skyrocket if you’re not careful. Selection of powder and and other factors can become critical.
If you want a .357, a starting point might be to look into the .357 Herrett. If I remember correctly, it’s in the power range you’re looking for. Anyway, if it is, note its case capacity (with the bullet seated) and then find a rimless case large enough to neck down, cut down, whatever… so that the case capacity of your rimless cartridge is at least as much as the Herrett. A little extra case capacity is usually better … safety for you ;)….
And a playground for handloaders:D
Your flip-over bolt sounds like a neat idea. :)
April 21, 2012, 01:31 PM
Cool hhunter ! I was a EE major at MS State years ago(early ‘80s). Had to quit to take care of my family so I never finished.
Best wishes for you completing your degree.:)
April 21, 2012, 01:57 PM
Thanks for that, Animal.
I'm in my junior year so I have about another year or maybe year and a half to go. After graduating I don't plan to stray far from the firearm and ammunition industry. It's an exciting adventure to say the least.
Well, I'm off to the State vs. Tennessee baseball game then the Maroon and White spring football game. Take it easy and shoot straight.
April 21, 2012, 02:15 PM
animal, my idea for the .223 case was to chop it off behind the shoulder, neck it down to .308 with an overall cartridge length of about 40mm.. thats my idea for the cartridge, you can find more .308 bullets than anything else it seems, so having that variety should help fine-tune a suitable load for it... meanwhile that 40mm overall length is still short enough to be used in a handgun... to use it in a handgun though someone would have to stretch the 1911 design about 6mm, and i believe 36,000 PSI would be your limit... but im focusing on a rifle right now.. perhaps a converted .30 carbine to fire this
April 21, 2012, 02:20 PM
hunter, for my firearms experience, ive been around firearms since i was about 3... shot my first gun when i was so young, all i can remember from the experience was being thrown backwards (it was a 12 gauge).... but my love for firearms, and love for engineering go hand-in-hand pretty closely, and the interest in the various mechanical mechanisms inside them lead me to begin collecting them many years ago (im 27 now)...
when you see most machines they serve a specific purpose well, and there arent too many restraints on them, but when you look at firearms they have to be reliable, durable, accurate, all while fitting into a package thats comfortable to hold, and atleast survivable to shoot... its a tall order that leads me to great admiration for the early designers of the modern firearm world, like john browning for example
April 21, 2012, 02:26 PM
Nicely stated. I concur with everything as you put it in the previous post. I was just stating that I don't say much about being a college student when posting on the forum.. There aren't alot, but there are the Nay-Sayers that will jump up and call you out stating that you don't have the experience to give a good opinion. As far as those people go, I don't let them worry me.
April 21, 2012, 02:47 PM
Sorry, I was confused on the cartridge. Now it’s sounding like a reduced-powered 7.62 x 39. Why not just use it ?
Not sure that there would be enough neck with a 7.62 bullet in a .223 case. There is (or was) the 7mm TCU that might fit your idea.
April 21, 2012, 03:06 PM
another cartridge for a suitable conversion is the 10mm, neck that down to 30 cal and you might have something... shorter case, but wider base diameter... the 224 boz for example (10mm necked down to .223) has around 900ft/lbs of energy at the muzzle... with the right powder, and a longer barrel you could possibly see 1200ft/lbs plus
April 21, 2012, 03:07 PM
I’ll be damned … there is such thing as a .30 TCU and the little sucker is bad to the bone !
Sorry, the link above is to .30 TC ... made from shortening a .308 Win case
Couldn't find .30 TCU ...assuming the cartridge was never actually produced. Maybe someone more knowledgeable can enlighten us here.
April 22, 2012, 03:57 AM
hmm, more powerful than a .308, and a decent amount shorter too, sounds like a nice little cartridge to get behind in a new rifle design... but its still an odd ball cartridge, and doesnt seem like it would be worth replacing a .308 with due to availability of the .308... but hey, if you could chop .30-06 cartridges and make it then your ammo is as available as 30-06
id like to find out what the absolute best performance you can get out of an M1 carbine sized rifle though
April 22, 2012, 04:05 AM
oh.. if anyone reloads for .308, im curious to know the overall projectile length for grain sizes under 140 grains if anyone can measure
April 22, 2012, 12:03 PM
I’m a 30-06/.308 nut. Dunno if any of the following is useful to you or not, but here goes. …
A .308 Winchester is basically a shortened 30-06.
In metric, They could be called 7.62x51mm and 7.62x63mm respectively.
Additionally, the .308 has the same outer dimensions and neck thickness as the 7.62x51mm NATO. Case thickness is different in the head and part of the wall, so the NATO version has less case capacity. Pressure ratings are also different: the NATO version having less pressure than the upper limits of those allowable in the commercial .308 Win. From the outside, they are the same and are (for the most part) interchangeable. Usually the difference is not a problem unless you’re reloading or wanting to use heavier bullets in military semi-autos(that weren’t designed to handle the higher pressures of some commercial loads).
Some commercial loadings in 30-06 more pressure (or the wrong pressure curve) than the military loadings of 30-06.
Basically, you can’t feed a Garand a diet of heavy bullets without tearing it up and the same goes for military semi autos "chambered in .308". There are similar differences between the .223 Remmington and its military sister, the 5.56x45mm NATO. What matters here is not only the peak pressure, but the pressure at the time the bullet reaches the gas ports.
The .30 TC is another step in decreasing the case size in the family of cartridges based upon the 30-06 case.
What’s happened over the years is that improvements in propellant technology have allowed the case to be smaller.
The .30 TCU is different, and based on the .223 family of cases. I had never heard of it or the .30 TC until this discussion.
To measure case capacities, I pour known volumes of sand (or powder) into the case. The "measure, mark, measure" method for deciding where to cut one.
April 22, 2012, 01:37 PM
the .30TC is less than 1/10th shorter than a .308 with the same base diameter, or so this article im reading says... is it worth the pain in the rear of finding rifles to fire this, finding ammo for it, for less than 1/10th of an inch shorter case?...nothing went into the .30TC that cant just as easily be used in a .308 and give the .308 even more power still simply by using a different powder
April 22, 2012, 01:54 PM
Well, yes and no.
Part of the reason for a "new case" is to prevent people from ruining their rifles. Theoretically, you could use a new powder to soup up the .308 beyond the 30-06. Prbably be fine in most bolt guns, but any of those loadings would tear the hell out of a M1-A and many other semi-autos out there … not just the heavy bullet loads.
April 22, 2012, 01:55 PM
Standard Military loading for .30 M-1 Carbine yielded 110gr bullet @1975 fps, ME= 955.. In an old notes, I found 100gr @ 2170 (using 2400 powder), ME would be 1050.
I seem to remember that the military had stability problems with bullets over 110gr when developing this round, but dunno for sure.
Since it headspaces on the case mouth, it might cause problems if you tried to soup it up, especially in a semi-auto.
Never liked this round or gun personally. It seemed like one that was kinda between uses… What it was powerful enough for, it wasn’t accurate enough … and vice-versa. … Works good on feral dogs /coyote sized stuff, but I never trusted it beyond 100 - 150 yds.
April 22, 2012, 02:22 PM
hmm.. 10mm has a significantly larger case capacity than 30 carbine and shorter overall length, and as much power from a pistol as the carbine produces out of the barrel... with the right powder that 10mm would absolutely dominate a .30 carbine
April 22, 2012, 02:32 PM
You might want to look at the previously mentioned .338 Spectre and other wildcats based on the 10mm case. There's a good chance that what you want, might already be made.
April 22, 2012, 03:08 PM
the overall length of that .338 round is the same as a .223 with less power... so would rather take a .223 over that.. i wish the 6.8 SPC had gained more popularity, thats a nice round, as is the version of it necked up to .30 cal... but, i think the .300 AAC blackout would be a nice selection for a new rifle
April 22, 2012, 04:58 PM
I would design a mechanism that allows the operator to choose between open- and closed-bolt operation, that way you can decide between a open-bolt for lower chance of overheating, or closed bolt for harsh enviroments where clogging is a problem. Short-stroke gas piston system similar to the M6A2 PSD
Either 6.8mm or 7.62mm NATO Caliber, If a 6.8 it would feed from a 30 round box or 100 round Beta C-mag, if in 7.62mm NATO, it would feed from a 20 round box or 80 round drum.
The gun would probably be a IAR(Ifantry Automatic Rifle) With one of those foregrips that doubles as a bipod. M-16 pistol grip with Magpul stock and Quad-rail handguard. 1.5x Red Dot sight and a two-position gas valve regulator, choice between 600 rpm or 900 rpm.
April 22, 2012, 05:05 PM
Jason, your design parameters seem to be fluctuating?
Sorry, I just can’t seem to nail down the idea of what you’re looking for, at least not enough to be of any help. I thought it was .30 or above bullet dia. in a small diameter case and of intermediate power. Oh well, I guess I'm still confused?
ME, while extremely important, isn’t the be all and end all of performance. Bullet diameter, shape, and weight also play a huge part in determining how well a particular job is done by the bullet. Design concept is always done in reverse; whether you are attempting to copy an existing piece of technology, or figuring out how to achieve a specific goal. Decide upon a goal(what the bullet needs to do). Reverse time in your mind, using your goal as the anchoring point, rather than trying to build something from scratch using the beginning of the prototype as your anchor. The thought process of creation, involves reversing the thermodynamic arrow of time, imo... from end all the way to the beginning. Creation is the beginning and end. All else is engineering in reverse (done in your mind), and engineering foreward (done by hand).
Without the military adopting the 6.8 SPC, it was doomed to failure in the civilian market. Aside from a very narrow niche. (and other, already established, civilian rounds are in production that fill the niche quite nicely), anything it can do, either the .308 or .223 can do better. I suspect that the military came to pretty much the same conclusion due to practical concerns.
April 23, 2012, 04:02 AM
animal, i was just discussing multiple ideas.. it seems the best youd get with a 357 mag or .30 carbine would be whatevers possible with leverevolution bullets
gunnut17s idea of a mag-fed LMG is pretty good, and designing something that could operate from a closed or open bolt doesnt seem too difficult either
April 23, 2012, 04:09 AM
gunnut17s idea of a mag-fed LMG is pretty good, and designing something that could operate from a closed or open bolt doesnt seem too difficult either
Actually, Mag- fed light machine guns(I assume that's what you meant by LMG) are actually quite common: The BAR, Bren light machine gun, HK M27 IAR, and LWRC M6A4 are all magazine-fed.
April 23, 2012, 05:11 AM
you forgot MG36, russian RPKs, and so forth... thats not uncommon, just the open/closed bolt is, and wouldnt be particularly hard to do either
April 23, 2012, 08:53 AM
My father designed a lot of guns.
There is a calculator in one hand and a telephone with a US representative or US senator in the other.
You walk into Rock Island Arsenal with the greatest gun design ever, and you will be greeted with, "So, what else is new?"
The way it works is, you receive an RFQ [request for quotation].
What does is all mean?
You can't sell your own idea of a gun.
You must design per what some mediocre bureaucrat defines.
And to win the proposal, it matters in which state you reside.
April 23, 2012, 08:57 AM
There have been several designs of autorifle/LMG built to fire closed bolt semi, open bolt full. The Johnson LMG did. I gather that it was concluded that the feature was not worth the mechanical complication because there was seldom a use for slow semiauto fire from a LMG. Kind of like the magazine disconnector on a 1903 Springfield, built to an obsolete doctrine of preventing dumb soldiers from "wasting ammunition."
April 23, 2012, 09:53 AM
oops. Man am I embarrassed ! ... brought a design hat to a brainstorm ... sorry about that, chief !:o
here’s my weirdest idea so you guys can laugh ...:D
sabot encased projectiles are scooped up and aligned with the barrel by a cam (no cartridge). The firing chamber behind the cam has electronically controlled injectors to meter a liquid solution of hydrazine and other, more nasty stuff. Firing is by a high voltage spark. This was from musings in 1980 or so. . . for a deck mounted machine gun. :rolleyes::o
April 23, 2012, 11:45 AM
the greatest gun design doesnt exist.. if it did then there wouldnt be any fun in collecting anymore, there would be no variety, so i hope the greatest design is never found.. until then i enjoy seeing all the different designs and ideas out there
April 23, 2012, 11:50 AM
i seem to come up with a lot of good ideas... problem is they seem to be thought up first.. the floating chamber, even considered a rack and pinion for a lever action, then upon further study of a browning BLR found someone whos already done it.... maybe i shouldnt look to make something new, but possibly recapture something old, but different in some way
April 23, 2012, 12:03 PM
My Dad had the same problem, every time he had a good idea for a product, it already was created.
April 23, 2012, 12:42 PM
Whatever you want, dude. That’s kinda the beauty of it. Whether you use old ideas in an innovative way, come up with a new combination, or something entirely new; your contribution to progress is still yours.
Never get discouraged. In the middle of thousands of mistakes, you might find one gem that makes it all worthwhile; or the fun of trying can be its own reward. It might sound sappy, but its also true.
April 25, 2012, 01:04 AM
You gotta get off the World Wide Web of Misinformation and start bending metal. Light bulb over the head inspiration and total innovation aren't required, function is.
May 1, 2012, 06:40 PM
while its not a rifle, i would like to see a rather large handgun, six shooter chambered for 45 long colt. old school break down style with case ejectors. the gun fires [I]on the bottom chamber on the cylinder[I] at the 6 oclock position with a square counter weight running the length of an 8 inch barrel. for pics, just google the images for trigun. used to watch that show a few years ago. would love to own one of those.
May 3, 2012, 12:22 PM
OP started same thread in General Rifles
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