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Specialist 04-04-2013 09:33 PM

Colt Canada C7/C8 Build Thread
 
Nearing competition, so I figured I should start a build thread for those interested (some from Facebook have been pestering me).

Pictures will speak for themselves for the time being, I will do a full write up this weekend, time permitting.

Thus far, ALL work has been done by hand. Hand files, hacksaws, etc. I live in an apartment, and don't work in a shop anymore, so no fancy milling machines anymore!
Everything is measured with a yardstick (really), eye balled twenty times, and working slow, you can do anything!


Enjoy and feel free to ask any questions!

March 20, 2013
Started project, bought a A5 off a member here, already had M4 charging handle mod done, I will be revising it later in the project.
Ordered furniture.

April 2, 2013
Parts arrive, basic mock-up (note nothing is fitted yet)

http://i962.photobucket.com/albums/a...psf5ba8c10.jpg


April 2, 2013
Work begins on A2 Solid Stock
The inside of the stock had "rails" for the lower receiver, I used those as guides and support onto the basic A5 CAR stock buffer tube.
Used Dremel to cut channels and file to modify stock.

http://i962.photobucket.com/albums/a...psf46d8e8d.jpg
http://i962.photobucket.com/albums/a...ps1a600f8b.jpg
http://i962.photobucket.com/albums/a...ps109f9ae4.jpg
http://i962.photobucket.com/albums/a...ps464eb363.jpg

Trial and error, about 2 hours of work out on my cold deck

http://i962.photobucket.com/albums/a...psbc3a64bf.jpg

Still has a slight gap, 30min of hand filing:

http://i962.photobucket.com/albums/a...ps745aebed.jpg


April 3, 2013
Work begins on C7 handguard. A5 body needed a serious (scary) diet. All work done by hand with a file. Took about 4 hours, but if you're going to do this, you may as well do it right!

http://i962.photobucket.com/albums/a...ps4c2d6aa2.jpg
http://i962.photobucket.com/albums/a...psd2110591.jpg
http://i962.photobucket.com/albums/a...psed01910c.jpg
http://i962.photobucket.com/albums/a...ps0e00090e.jpg

Delta Ring mock-up

http://i962.photobucket.com/albums/a...ps6292a8f1.jpg
http://i962.photobucket.com/albums/a...ps9393e04c.jpg


Works like the real steel counterpart! (Minus the spring and collar, close enough for me!)

http://i962.photobucket.com/albums/a...ps5ba7348b.jpg
http://i962.photobucket.com/albums/a...ps7418c78e.jpg

End cap holds everything together!

http://i962.photobucket.com/albums/a...ps925d3927.jpg

Strong enough to hold entire marker by it!

http://i962.photobucket.com/albums/a...ps99f685fe.jpg


Details:

http://i962.photobucket.com/albums/a...ps32a89b08.jpg
http://i962.photobucket.com/albums/a...ps9f1ede53.jpg
http://i962.photobucket.com/albums/a...ps0ce8fe0d.jpg



April 4, 2013

Modded handguard to accept Cyclone. Probably the most unpleasant and time consuming part of this project.

http://i962.photobucket.com/albums/a...ps2e72aaba.jpg
http://i962.photobucket.com/albums/a...ps2dfcff71.jpg
http://i962.photobucket.com/albums/a...psae4eb611.jpg



April 9, 2013

Work begins on the charging handle! I gave up with the Dremel, so I am heading to a local machine shop to get some real work done.
Here is the prep work:

"X's" are areas to be removed further by the mill, using a hand file on a deck railing isn't accurate enough...

http://i962.photobucket.com/albums/a...ps3b63d968.jpg
http://i962.photobucket.com/albums/a...ps6dc54074.jpg
http://i962.photobucket.com/albums/a...psb1ecd0d2.jpg


Underside of the Tacamo AK rail. JB Welded over my failed work with the Dremel, so that I have a mostly clean slate for the mill. Also filled the massive void for the stock rear A5 sight.

http://i962.photobucket.com/albums/a...pse2919f4d.jpg
http://i962.photobucket.com/albums/a...ps184edd3e.jpg

Also cut the rail to the proper length:

http://i962.photobucket.com/albums/a...ps7a673472.jpg

Here is about how low the rail now sits. It will be about 1/8" lower after the A5 is milled. I've lowered it about 1/4" already, so I'm pretty happy how it sits now.

http://i962.photobucket.com/albums/a...ps5cc67017.jpg
http://i962.photobucket.com/albums/a...ps97ec1ca5.jpg


More pictures after I'm done at the machine shop!

Stilgar 04-04-2013 09:58 PM

Nice!

cirkle68 04-05-2013 12:59 AM

at first glance i thought it was real.. had to go look at the initial pic after seeing how you did it... congrats! that is awesome looking.

Specialist 04-06-2013 01:08 AM

Update April 4, 2013.

wetfootwilley 04-06-2013 08:27 AM

Too cool!

DashHopes 04-06-2013 08:35 AM

Very nice

Biscuits798 04-07-2013 07:09 PM

wow

A Dormant Cheese 04-07-2013 08:31 PM

Subscribed. Will you be filling the name plate area?

Specialist 04-07-2013 08:49 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by A Dormant Cheese (Post 2677548)
Subscribed. Will you be filling the name plate area?


Most likely near the end of the project!

Specialist 04-09-2013 09:45 PM

Updated


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