Take a look at this cool video! www.youtube.com/watch?v=jN4lvZbAe04
Here are a couple of short vids of the .308 version firing ammo out of a M1A mag. :http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NyQ9xVYC_7k and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C9LQ5RTBzNQ&list=UUx_82n4MtZMg13c_n0-Lt6A&index=2&feature=plcp
This rifle can also be made Ca. legal by making the mag release to be below flush of the mag well with a small hole requiring a pin for operation. This we will do for free if the buyer resides there.
The only downside to this “California” version is that since the end of the mag catch is what holds the doors closed they will remain open all the time.
For this reason if anyone from that state gets on our list for a future FG42 rifle and does not wish to have the mag doors or hinges period – since they serve no purpose – then we will deduct 250.00 from the basic cost of the rifle.
We are making a list for those interested in buying the FG42 in .308 and if you want to be on that list please write us at email@example.com. The price is the same for the 8mm rifle – $4,995.00.
A little more info…..
The mags used are M1A mags with a different mag catch/notch cut and using the slightly narrowed (in the front only) G3 follower and spring to get away from the bolt stop on the follower that the original M1A mag has. This sounds like a big deal but G3 mags are cheap and it is the best thing we have come up with yet that works 100% over and over again. The stock M1A mag will work simply by cutting the new mag catch but once the bolt has driven it down into the mag body after the last round a few times it starts to cause feed issues.
We have shot the .308 rifle enough without any issues that we will be building that rifle using the M1A mag with the re-dimensioned mag adapter and mag doors.
Attached pics are of the .308 rifle sides as they are on a 8mm cut receiver with the .308 mag adapter and 8mm length ejection port. Dimensions on the .308 adapter will be tightened so things will look even cleaner so don’t worry – we know it is not perfect.
Ok, It’s official at this point. The lower trigger group housing will be from now on (unless we do something different later of course) be made from steel. Yes, machined from 2 solid halves and then TIGed together. Why? The reasons have to due with the cost/time/difficulty of making them from the one piece of aluminum and then trying to successfully get the part processed and painted to look “right”. We originally said we would never do them in steel but that was before we finally got the first run of aluminum ones finished.
Upside is that it will allow a choice of finishes as we can blue or parkerize the steel as well as painting over either of the two.Downside is it is going to add between 3 – 6 ounces to the rifle that we will try to trim elsewhere but no promises. And all parts will freely interchange between the steel and aluminum versions as well as the complete lower.
We put a lot of time and work into making the first ones out of aluminum and are proud of them. And I can say this has not turned out to be any kind of money saver for us or even a way to “speed things up” but this is our direction on this part at this time. Sorry but the aluminum version is not even an option right now due to the above factors.
And as always, let me know your thoughts
Pre production .308 rifle with scope but no mag doors yet utilizing M1A magazine with only mag catch modified – as compared to full production 8mm rifle.
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