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NavyShooter

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I'm sure a few of you guys are also 'gun' people...I'm a gun guy. Hence the "NavyShooter" handle.

So, my first real project on the new 1030 is a tripod extension leg for my 1919A4 Browning.

What does it do? Well, look the his picture:

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You can see how low to the ground the tripod is. On a wet day, that means you're getting down and wet too...and it also means that you can't shoot the gun at the local indoor range (that is certified for fullbore rifles.)

So...I saw an AA Tripod extension for a 1917A1 Browning once...on E-pay, and it was about $400 US, plus shipping, and coming from overseas....so I figured I'd make one myself instead.

Bill of materials:

2.5" x4" round brass stock
4"x6" round 1018 Steel
2.25" seamless tube (0.25" wall) 28" long (max I can fit with the 3-jaw chuck on the 30" bed)

Cost of materials: $102 Canadian.

Build time so far - 6-7 hours.

Turns out that I needed 3.5" steel, not 4", so it took a while to turn that down...

Here's some pictures:

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28" length - just barely enough space to turn it and do the facing.
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Spinning the brass for the top.

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Fits perfectly in the steel tube.

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Turning my first taper with the 1030. Works well! Perfect fit!
 

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1919A4 Browning ... indoor range? Explain this to me... How do you keep from getting nose bleeds?

Ray
 

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It's only a semi-auto.

Alas, my pockets are not that deep.
 

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Very nice! Good 'first project'. :)
 

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The chips flew this afternoon.

I'm done the main parts.

The gun is in 7.62mm.

Next steps are some holes to bolt the two ends on, then a latch bolt.

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Nice Job, Show us the Browning!
 

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OK, ends are secured with some 1/4-20 socket head cap screws, and I turned one of them down to act as a latch-bolt.

You want pictures? Ok.

Here's what the gun looks like on the ground mount:

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And here's what it looks like with the extension inserted!

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I'm quite pleased. I note that the idea of an 'upper arm' to steady it while loading will be unnecessary because it's resting on the mount/swivel, so that's the highest it can point.

I am still considering the insertion of a short recoil transmitting arm back from the rear of the extension to the cross-bar on the back of the tripod (holding the legs apart. Proper name of this part is the traversing bar...)

I think I'll take it out this week and try it first though.

What are your thoughts gents?
 

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Fine looking piece of shoot'n iron, by all means try'er out and post more picts!
 

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Very nice. The first pic brought back memories of the BMG I fired when in the Corps. The big brother to yours. :)
 
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