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No, but I couldn’t resist.

Recently saw a version of Jesse James’s SCR-like-thing done very nicely with a full length handguard and wood stock to have some Sten/PPSH 41 kind of style. I kinda resent that guy from back in the chopper days, but whatever. I’m glad I’m not stuck in the middle of whatever patent infringement BS goes down between him and FightLite.

That shit aside, I saw potential to do something with the FightLite SCR lower that I could get excited about. I’m still working through the details and this is just a rough mock-up. Lots of work left to do.

Here’s my 50 state legal AR platform rifle inspired by the M1918 BAR and the 1941 Johnson LMG. Front sight/muzzle extension and forend tube with wood grip are both built from scratch. The stock is Remington 870, from the milk crate full of junk stocks at the LGS.

Since he probably has a intern name-searching him, I half expect to see something like this built with 10x the budget and some genuine vintage Johnson parts available from Mr James some time soon.
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The front sight is awe inspiring. Did you buy it or make it?
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Made. Thanks
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I have never made anything out of steel except rust.

I am humbled.

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Nice work. 👍 Looks slightly Steam-punk inspired. What happened to the spring-tubey thingy off the back? (Not an AR guy... can you tell?)

How’s that shark-fin front sight post staying in place? I don’t see any weld marks. Can’t tell from the pic if there is a bevel cut holding it tight.

Is that a piece of carpet you stole from the dog to keep the hands cool during war? 😎

Oh, or is it shaped wood? -Niiice.
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Right now it's a dab of glue holding it in its milled slot. Will be silver brazed shortly.

Also trying to figure out whether I'm getting parts parkerized or a fake-park colored paint like duracoat, since I can't park the aluminum anyway.
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No like the shiny?
- I do.
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Shiny is nice, but it'll rust if left alone it's steel.
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Holy shit that is awesome.

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My respect for your design and work just ratcheted up.

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Wonderful work! And sublimely cool.
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Nice work!
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I get all tingly thinking about a collaboration between you and Klown, but then I start having nightmares.
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apart from the holes in the sheetmetal handguard i'm not seeing it. what am i missing?

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Front sight is there too (Johnson LMG not rifle), but you’re right it’s not anything like a copy. Just riffing off shapes and styles of the period.
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nothing wrong with that. i'm kinda surprised someone with your skills doesn't just design and build your own guns, guess it's harder than it looks?

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Sweet!!

However, when you said "fake Johnson" I may have been expecting something a liiiiiiitttle different.... :)
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Marlene wrote:
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Made. Thanks
You've invented the Shark-Fin Front Sight. I know what I want on my next rifle.

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lurker wrote:
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nothing wrong with that. i'm kinda surprised someone with your skills doesn't just design and build your own guns, guess it's harder than it looks?
Mostly time availability stopping me. The forend and front sight parts on this are the better part of a three day weekend. These are the quick and lazy versions of the ideas I had initially. I lowered my sights so as to get it done before I lost enthusiasm for it. I’ve got piles of sketches for things I’ll never build for one reason or another.

Bang, I didn’t invent it. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M1941_Johnson_machine_gun
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Fake park so it all matches, with some distressing would be my vote.

Also, Bisbee- That's a fightlite lower- intended to be for states where evil features are a no-go. So the part that goes sproing goes into the stock instead of having a regular buffer tube- uses regular AR mags but the buffer and trigger are different than an AR
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I like it. Glue, sure for temp. I picture you with your own post apocalyptic gun smith hovel off the beaten path with a Mad Max truck out front...

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OK, the shark fin is magnificent. Some day when I win the big lotto, I am going to pay you an obscene amount of money to build something for me that will rock. my. world!!!
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That handguard looks amazing. If only you could make/get a side fed, side eject upper to go with it

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Nice, Marlene! I have a SCR and really enjoy it. It's amazing what some people have done with them. I especially like the wood stock.

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Nice Marlene! That stock is begging for some truck bed liner spray.
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