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Old Trooper Gunsmiths LLC

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Texas sand And a Blaster....

Posted on June 3, 2014 at 1:28 PM
 Well, that was interesting... 

       No, we have not been shut down, no, Am not in a reeducation camp....... yet.  Got back last week from Beautiful (Yep, surprise: sarcasm) Ft. Bliss Texas. I was once again reminded on how much I dislike the dessert. Got 60mph winds, snow,freezing temps, thunderstorms and 95 degrees in two weeks..  After Iraq, was never a fan. Thank you U.S. military for reminding me of my dislike for sand in every orifice concealable.. At the time of this writing I am still getting grit from my eyes,ears and under my .. well... Yeah.. many, many showers do not seem to help.. I will not go into the number it had done to all my high tec issued gear....  Got to play with sim munitions, that was about the neatest thing I did. For those of you that do not know, a sim munition is a specalized projectile that will go down a conventional rifle and pistol barrel. The barrel or bolt  has been modified with reduced power springs or a simplified blow back operation. The round itself is brilliant. It is a complicated multi piece affair that is all powered by a .22 lr blank and topped with a small .9mm or .22 sabotted paint pellet. Such a neat concept. A reduced cost training alternative.  Unfortunately, they hurt like hell when you get blasted with one...  Had to "go play" in full armor with an additional crotch peice, gloves and a neoprene wrap around face mask affair.. Like fighting with a codpiece and a gas mask...

In Texas...

In a village....

In a dessert...

Soooo... the coolness factor wore off rather quickly..

 So other than that, not to bad... Sort of..

Than there was the steady diet of army mess hall food and MRE's.. I will not go into an explanation on what that dose to you..  

     On the bright side, we got the company accountants birthday present done. An exact replica of a  Blast Tec E-11 blaster rifle. Yep one of the modified Sterling sub machine guns from star wars! As a few of you know already, most, if not all of the guns used in star wars were modifications of existing firearms. The storm trooper/ Leigha's blaster was no exception. The originals were made from a casting of the British sten SMG replacement: The Sterling 9mm sub machine gun. One of the best Gen 2 sub guns that had a very long life in commonwealth service. Sort of like out M3 grease gun. Some still in circulation in specialized rolls. 
      This was supposed to be an easy job. Find one of those semi auto replicas. Add an optic and mount. That easy.... 

      Well not so much.

     Turns out the semi's that flooded the market a few years ago have dried out. And the prices on the few remaining are quite high!Even the "could not give them away" pistol versions have all gone away, well for under $400...  So after a few weeks, well months of searching I cam away with only frustration.. So a firing model was out for the time being...
     Plan B: Make one from a parts kit. The torch cut Sterling SMG parts kits are still out there. That I was able to pick up. The problem is I have 3 ugly  torch cut pieces of metal that was at one time one of the best sub machine guns made.. And if I built up a metal receiver, I would have built me a felony...  So, built it over pvc pipe. Lots of fitting, lots of trial an error... So once it was mocked up, I now had to fill in the places where the metal was not... Bondo... Lots of flipping Bondo! I never realized how much I hate that stuff! There is a lot of bondo powder all over the shop to this day. despite vacuuming (yes dear, I vacuumed) twice!!! My jedi knight bondo skills are very wanting. small wonder why I do not do a whole lot of body work.. 
    So I have presented her a halfway passable replica of a E-11 blaster the day before I had to leave..  Why is it, no project is ever as easy as previously thought or hoped??  I am still not happy with it, that goop never sets up like I hoped so I can see every flaw. Not sure if she is happy wit hit or not..  It is neat, but now what to do with it?

 So.... back to gunbroker to see If I can get a deal on a firing one... 

 For me, back to work to dig out the shop...

  Untill next time,


 Old Troopers Actual,

 Out.

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