type I FG42 Last update – 07-20-18 – ATF approved and finally back to work on this!
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Ok, it is approved and we are in the lets build them mode.
We will be sending out emails as soon as we can find some time to purchasers of the type II – based on the order of their purchase – to first offer it to them. After all the purchasers of the type II have had a first shot at purchase we will start a list of everyone else wanting to buy the rifle. Same things as before in that it will require a 100 non refundable deposit to have your name added to the list.
We are anticipating/hoping to ship the first rifles in approximately 6 months from now. This is of course provided we can get all of the parts and pieces made in that time frame. But the work has begun!
Geeze time flies when you are having fun – or even if you are not!
I know better but just couldn’t stand it anymore so about 3 weeks ago I scrounged around the shop and cobbled the remaining FCG parts so I could test function/design of said parts. This was done with material we knew we could not in house heat treat but it was all we had and I wanted to play so…..
All day later I put it together and with some minor tweeking it was operational….. Enough so that full well knowing better I decided I wanted to go to the next step – shoot it!
And shoot it I did – man it is a cool little rifle! Kick about the same as the type II but feels itty bitty in your hands – even smaller than the actual size difference suggests. And then……. Only about 100 rounds into the fun things started to not work. Why? Yes, the soft parts just couldn’t take it so now I had wasted more time. Sorta.
We have the new parts made and are going to heat treat in the next day or two so when we get them back test firing begins again and based on what I have seen already it will go to the ATF pretty quickly thereafter for their hoped for approval.
Thats all I have at the moment but I really think you will like the rifle!
Been a while, always busy building type II’s and trying to pay the bills, so the type I just sits.
So…… Yes we have shot it – but just barely – real test firing starts in another 30 days or so…… Look at the pictures and understand a few things please.
First we made the wood butt stock instead of sheet metal because we are prototyping and sheet metal stamping dies are EXPENSIVE.
Second we used the Shoei pistol grip, charging handle, and bipod legs in the pictures for the same reason stated above and because it makes it look more the part. AND since I have large hands and they get pinched in between the back between the grip and the receiver some, and I will be shooting this a lot, the rifle will be wrung out using a lower with a more traditional grip angle.
Third we realize there are things still missing, minor false cuts/oops’s here and there but it is a prototype that has survived being kicked around here for about a year now.
I will add more info later when it is more meaningful but I just wanted to let you see the direction we are going and where we are.The Shoei replica is in the last few pics to give a sense of scale/how it should look.
I have already taken a LOT of flack here about being premature in posting pics but man I really got excited at how it was looking and wanted to share.
Feel free to email me your thoughts/ideas/critiques/etc at email@example.com as all comments to this website are trapped into the spam folder and deleted. Here we go!
Well we finally have something to show. It’s not a lot but is at about the same stage as when we started posting pics of the type II project…… And we do realize it is ugly, missing things/cuts, has too many cuts/love marks etc etc etc. We will get there. This is just at the prototype stage and we only get to work on this when not working on things that pay. Ok, truth is we put this ahead of things that pay to get to this point but now we have to set it aside again for a while and build some type II’s to try to pay the bills.
Once it is ready for testing we will post some more pics/vid before it heads to ATF for the hoped for approval. Then, yes, the waiting list begins again! At least we hope there are enough wanting one to have a list.
The first option notice will go out to buyers of the type II in the order they were sold as a number of those folks have always expressed an interest in the type I so we thought this would be a fair approach. Also, had it not been for them having purchased enough type II’s from us there would be no chance of us attempting the type I project!
After that it will be offered to everyone else. Price? That we are working on but the hope is to be able to market it for the around the same as what we charge for the type II – time will tell.
And yes it is a bit rough and rugged looking but look back the type II’s start and hopefully you can see the possibilities….. Questions/comments/etc please fell free to write. Best place as always is at firstname.lastname@example.org
Rick & sons
Thats it for now but stay tuned and we will update when we can.
Bits and pieces……
Agreed they don’t look that much different but when measured they are like the rest of the rifle – almost totally different! Won’t be much interchangeable between the type I and type II……