I’m not saying it was, but it was.
Roughly 4 pound Bass.
I caught 3 Bass and one Pickerel(which bit the crap out of my thumb when I was trying to get the hook out) I was pretty happy because I am horrible at fishing.
I came back to work today after camping out of state in the woods for a few days and found the maintenance guy cleaning up a bunch of blood around the building(there were some big pools of it but he had already sprayed them down with bleach so I could not get a good picture but the blood trail went all the way around the building)
Guess someone got stabbed here yesterday.
(and yeah I am shooting a handgun with a bench rest haha, wanted to see if I could shoot more accurately, but as it turns out I shoot better standing unbraced)
Happy Independence Day Tumblr.
Sorry this is off by about 100 years(1600’s era clothing and gear) but close.
I could’t help myself hahaha
"Its summit must be inaccessible, but its base accessible to human beings as nature made them. It must be unique and it must exist geographically. The door to the invisible must be visible."
Time in the wilderness is time well spent.
Shooting my Daewoo K2 for the first time.
Handles pretty well. I did find out that with my small hands I need to get an elongated mag release and 90 degree selector switch(to replace the 180 degree one it came with)
I also think I will be changing out the flash hider for some sort of recoil compensating muzzle brake.
I started off this project by going to my local home depot and picking up a piece of 16ga unfinished steel.
I payed $6 and change for this piece of steel. if you plan on welding your heat shield to your gastube or bluing it as I did than it’s important to get unfinished steel. If that is not your intent then there are quite a few other metal options.
these were the tools I used to cut out the pattern of the heat shield. for the holes I simply put a dot at the intersection of every other square on the graph paper. To plot out the size of the heat shield take the paper and wrap it around where the heat shield will go on the gastube. This will give you a rough idea of how big the piece of metal will need to be but as I found it is only a rough idea and may need some extra cutting and grinding to get it to fit. Fitting was the hardest/most time consuming part of this process.
Depending on the type of AK pattern rifle you have, the size of the hand guard/heat shield will vary greatly. Yugoslavian/Serbian/Zastava pattern rifles have a much longer hand guard than Russian AKM pattern rifles. So I didn’t bother keeping any measurements(mine were sloppy anyway)
After my piece of metal was cut out to the rough size it needed to be, I then affixed the pattern for the holes to it with duct tape and proceeded to select a drill bit which would make a hole of the correct size.
This was the finished product after drilling out the holes and sanding it down a bit to clean up all of the spalling left by the drill. Don’t foget to use a bunch of lube when drilling metal.
I placed my heat shield into my vice and took a small one handed sledge hammer to it to make it roughly the appropriate shape.
I then put the heat shield over a piece of iron pipe and bashed it until it was nice and roundish. After that I ground it down a bit on a grinding wheel until it fit in place on my gastube. It might take a bit of finagling(is that a technical term?) to get it into place, especially if you use such a thick metal as I did. If you choose I thinner metal it might be easier to get into place but the finished product will be more flimsy.
I had a friend of mine who is a mechanic weld the heat shield onto the gas tube from the underside so that it could not move around. There are probably other ways to do this and I am sure one could make a spacer like the ones used on the wood hand guards which is springy and holds them in place. But welding was the method I choose to hold it in place.
After cleaning up the welds and sanding the whole heat shield down I then started the bluing process. I used Oxpho blue. I am sure there are really good guides to bluing out there so I won’t go into too much detail but I basically just followed the guide on the back of my container of Oxpho bluing agent.
Make sure you don’t get this stuff in your eyes or on your skin. It is an acid after all.
This is the finished product.
I am sure there are better ways to do this(and for those of you who do have a background in metal working I apologize, I am sure some of this is cringe worthy) but I personally don’t have any education or background in working with metal and this part simply isn’t being sold in the US or abroad online so my only option was to make one. And I must say, I do feel like I accomplished what I set out to do.