Category Archives: PTR

Two Great Videos Explaining How Roller Delayed Blow Back Actions Work

I’m a fan of the Roller Delayed Blow Back firearms for a while and have had opportunities to own and shoot ones from HK, POF, and PTR. I knew the rollers were locking the bolt head in place but never really understood the details of the action. I’ve tracked down two great videos to help show you what is going on.

This is a PTR PDWR in .308 – basically a cut down HK-91 style pistol with a SB Tactical SOB Brace and a Vortex Optic.

Forgotten Weapons

In this short video, Ian @ Forgotten Weapons does a great job explaining just how this system works.

MouseGunner

This is one of MouseGunner’s cool x-ray renderings where he shows the MP5’s action at work. He’s done this for other weapons as well and watching the weapon operate really helps.


I hope this helps you out. Be sure to subscribe to both guys’ channels – Forgotten Weapons and MouseGunner.


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Great Deals On Pistol Braces and Pistols With Braces At PSA

When the ATF reversed the ruling about braces and enabled folks to use them however they saw fit, the demand and supply of pistol braces went into orbit. I have carpal tunnel and a hereditary tremor so for me, using a brace is the only way I can wield a heavy pistol – such as one based on an AR, AK or MP5 type of action.

Examples of Braced Pistols

SB Tactical’s PDW brace is great on AR pistols
IWI Galil Ace in 7.62×51 with a SB Tactical SBA4 adjustable brace
PTR PDWR .308 pistol with a SB Tactical folding mechanism and SB Tactical SOB brace

Palmetto State Armory (PSA)

PSA has come a long way. I’ve used them as my go-to AR parts supplier for years and now they have great deals on parts, kits, receivers, and firearms. They also offer some great deals on braces – by themselves as parts, as part of a kit offering or even on firearms.


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PTR PDWR In The Leaves

The lighting was right, the leaves were on the ground and it was a great chance to get some new photos of my PTR 105 PDWR pistol.  This big pistol is the interesting brain child of PTR.  It’s essentially a cut down HK 91.

The PTR 105 configuration has a PTR metal handguard installed.  After messing with it some, I decided to install an MP5 handguard as I like the angle on the MP5 handguard more.  This also means I should have just bought the PTR 110 that comes with that handguard.

Now, the only problem is that the MP5 handguard is not as rigid as I would like.  I’ll experiment some with different handguards in the future.

The PTR 195 and 110 are big pistols at 23.5″ overall, 8.5″ barrels and weigh about 8 pounds.  I wanted to install a brace but needed to be mindful of Michigan’s odd 26″ maximum pistol length law.  This isn’t legal advice, but my understanding is that the Michigan State Police say that a pistol with a brace is measured from one end to the other in the minimum operable condition.  So, by installing a side folder, I could have a brace for when I wanted to use it but also had the minimum operable length at 23″.  What you see in the photo is an SB Tactical BTFA folding mechanism, buffer tube and SOB stock.  When open, the weapon measures 32.5″. 

Thanks to the BTFA folding mechanism, I can swing the SOB brace to the left and it locks open.  This keeps the brace out of the way of the ejection port.  You can configure the BTFA to go either left or right.
It definitely has clean lines.
The PDWR definitely likes the PPU battle packs of .308 FMJBT 145 grain ammo.  It works great and is plenty accurate within 100 yards.  I’ll need to try and shoot the PDWR for accuracy some day and see what it can do.

As you can see, the brace is folded open and operating side of the PDWR is nice and clear of any obstructions.

Given the PDWR is chambered in .308 and uses 20 round HK G3 magazines, that is a lot of firepower in a small package.  Overkill?  Sure.  Fun at the range?  Absolutely.


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Listings from eBay

HK Rifle Trigger Housing

$59.00 (7 Bids)
End Date: Sunday Apr-5-2020 7:09:29 PDT
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HK Rifle Trigger Housing

$36.00 (3 Bids)
End Date: Monday Apr-6-2020 9:50:55 PDT
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HK G3 Do Everything Manual

$8.50
End Date: Friday Apr-17-2020 19:55:49 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $8.50
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HK G3/HK91 FACTORY REP VOLUME PURCHASER MANUAL COVER PLUS REPRO OF ORIGINAL CONT

$19.50
End Date: Sunday May-3-2020 22:45:25 PDT
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German Bundeswehr Military Surplus G3 PTR91 Double Magazine Pouch .308 7.62x51

$5.00
End Date: Friday Apr-24-2020 22:32:22 PDT
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HECKLER & KOCH HK 91 Selfloading RIFLE Owners Manual Cal .308

$5.49
End Date: Friday Apr-10-2020 0:10:08 PDT
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Condor Tactical Upgrade HK Rifle Hook Sling Conversion Adapter Set Kit US1070

$8.95
End Date: Monday Apr-27-2020 10:47:24 PDT
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Condor Tactical Upgrade HK Rifle Hook Sling Conversion Adapter Set Kit US1070

$8.95
End Date: Monday Apr-27-2020 10:47:24 PDT
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HECKLER KOCH Firearms Vinyl Decal Sticker HK Rifle Gun AR Pistol 12 Pack Lot

$5.99
End Date: Tuesday Apr-21-2020 14:11:04 PDT
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HK Rifle Heavy Butt Pad Rubber Factory Heckler & Koch

$119.00
End Date: Thursday Apr-16-2020 11:51:06 PDT
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Long Sleeve 7.62 NATO 308 Ammo Can T shirt ptr 91 308 Win h&k 91 FAL Sniper

$20.99
End Date: Monday May-4-2020 7:58:31 PDT
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German H&K 91 & G3 7.62mm x 51 Nato or .308 Rifle Book 54 Pages NEW

$13.95
End Date: Sunday Apr-5-2020 13:16:29 PDT
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Condor Tactical Upgrade HK Rifle Hook Sling Conversion Adapter Set Kit US1070

$8.95
End Date: Monday Apr-27-2020 10:47:24 PDT
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HK G3 Illustration, line, cutaway, full 12" x 18" print 007

$16.00
End Date: Wednesday Apr-29-2020 10:23:34 PDT
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Long Sleeve 7.62 NATO 308 Ammo Can T shirt ptr 91 308 Win h&k 91 FAL Sniper

$22.99
End Date: Monday May-4-2020 7:58:31 PDT
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Vintage 1964 G3 Factory Rheinmetall Aluminum

$14.99
End Date: Monday Apr-13-2020 15:08:59 PDT
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HK G3 cutaway German 1959 12" x 18" print 009

$16.00
End Date: Wednesday Apr-29-2020 10:44:53 PDT
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HK G3 illustration 12" x 18" print 006

$16.00
End Date: Wednesday Apr-8-2020 13:47:38 PDT
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Infantry Issue HK G3 Cleaning Kit

$30.00
End Date: Sunday Apr-26-2020 13:58:21 PDT
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HECKLER & KOCH HK G3 Repair and Maintenance + SCOPE Rifle Owners Manual H&K

$12.95
End Date: Saturday Apr-25-2020 17:14:07 PDT
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Tips on Finding Decent Gunsmithing Tools on eBay

One of the challenges when starting out working on guns is building your tool collection.  It’s hard to find cost effective tools so you wind up making do with stuff, creating tools ad hoc, etc.  Interestingly enough, this is where eBay just might help.  While I’m not happy with their anti-gun position, there are a lot of tools that pop up there – ranging from low-end Chinese stuff all the way to some beautiful vintage tools.

So, I want to show some example searches with 20 live feeds from each section:

Gunsmith and Gunsmithing Tools

The trick is in the searching.  For example, here are the top 20 matches for gunsmith tools or gunsmithing tools and you will probably see a mix:

Listings from eBay

Wheeler Fine Gunsmith Tools SAE/Metric/Hex/Torx P-Handle Driver Set - 1081957

$52.85
End Date: Saturday Apr-11-2020 12:10:52 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $52.85
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Gunsmithing Tools Gunsmith Hammer & Brass Punch Gun Smithing Tool Set Kit

$31.19
End Date: Wednesday Apr-29-2020 2:30:18 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $31.19
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Gunsmithing Tools Gunsmith Hammer & Brass Punch Gun Smithing Tool Set Kit

$29.14
End Date: Monday Apr-13-2020 15:28:37 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $29.14
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Real Avid+Wheeler Universal Bench Block Non-Marring Gunsmith Tools Kit Accessory

$21.96
End Date: Friday Apr-24-2020 20:45:39 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $21.96
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Universal Firearm Durable Bench Gun Block Gunsmith Wheeler Gunsmithing Tools New

$14.15
End Date: Sunday May-3-2020 10:16:12 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $14.15
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Real Avid+Wheeler Universal Bench Block Non-Slip Gunsmith Tools Gun Accessory

$21.58
End Date: Saturday Apr-11-2020 22:29:37 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $21.58
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Gunsmithing Tools Kit Firearm Screw Kit Gun Repair FIx Set Scopes 277 P Gunsmith

$53.48
End Date: Friday Apr-17-2020 11:54:09 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $53.48
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Real Avid+Wheeler Universal Bench Block Non-Marring Gunsmith Tools Kit Accessory

$21.25
End Date: Monday Apr-13-2020 1:36:18 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $21.25
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Wheeler Fine Gunsmith Tools SAE/Metric/Hex/Torx P-Handle Driver Set: 1081957

$58.94
End Date: Tuesday Apr-7-2020 12:49:44 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $58.94
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Gunsmith Tools 8 Brass Muzzle Laps-Rifle Or Pistol Crowning Kit - Lapping Crown

$43.47
End Date: Saturday May-2-2020 21:36:38 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $43.47
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Real Avid Smart Bench Block Non-Slip and Marring Universal Gunsmith Tools

$10.00
End Date: Thursday Apr-9-2020 0:16:28 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $10.00
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Gunsmith Gunsmithing Tools Firearm Screw Kit Hunting Gun Repair Fix Set Master

$70.99
End Date: Sunday Apr-26-2020 6:53:11 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $70.99
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Real Avid+Wheeler Universal Bench Block Non-Marring Gunsmith Tools Accessory Kit

$21.50
End Date: Friday Apr-24-2020 3:39:54 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $21.50
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Brass 7 pc Precision Roll Drift Pin Gunsmithing Tool Punch set Made in USA

$19.95
End Date: Saturday Apr-11-2020 21:06:09 PDT
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Real Avid Smart Bench Block Non-Slip & Marring Universal Gunsmith Tools

$10.38
End Date: Friday Apr-10-2020 19:09:19 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $10.38
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Gunsmithing tools-GUNSMITH’S BORESCOPE. USA MADE.

$46.00 (0 Bids)
End Date: Friday Apr-10-2020 10:28:02 PDT
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Gunsmith Tools-4 Brass Muzzle Laps-Rifle Or Pistol Crowning Kit - Lapping Crown

$25.20
End Date: Friday Apr-17-2020 17:22:06 PDT
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Real Avid+Wheeler Universal Bench Block Non-Marring Gunsmith Tools Accessory Kit

$21.99
End Date: Thursday Apr-16-2020 3:52:50 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $21.99
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Real Avid Smart Bench Block Non-Slip Gunsmith Tools Universal Gun Accessory

$10.25
End Date: Saturday Apr-11-2020 22:19:51 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $10.25
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Gunsmithing Tools Gunsmith Hammer and Brass Punch Gun Tool Set with Storage Box

$29.60
End Date: Monday May-4-2020 5:56:20 PDT
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Of course there are brands I will steer away from such as NCStar and others that I will look closer at such as Brownells, Lyman, Tipton, Weaver, etc.  I also read the ratings of the seller.  If a seller has a good rating and more than 30 sales, that’s a good sign.  Less than that and you are taking a gamble.

Vintage Gunsmith Tools

“Vintage” seems to be a popular term for “used”.  You tend to find a lot of unique stuff that was made by a gunsmith to fit a special need as well as high-quality tools that were made with care vs. mass produced.  Be careful though.  I’ll zoom into the photos as much as I can plus look at the seller’s description and the rating of the seller to try and decide if the tools are in good shape or beat to death.

Listings from eBay

VTG Lot of 25 Gunsmith Carving And Bedding Tools-

$25.00 (1 Bid)
End Date: Sunday Apr-5-2020 19:09:24 PDT
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VTG Lot of 20 Gunsmith Carving And Bedding Tools-

$25.00 (1 Bid)
End Date: Sunday Apr-5-2020 18:08:04 PDT
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LOT OF VINTAGE SMALL WOOD HANDLE SCREWDRIVERS / JEWELER-GUNSMITH

$14.99 (1 Bid)
End Date: Sunday Apr-5-2020 16:01:03 PDT
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a) Vintage small cross peen gunsmith or jeweler's hammer 4 oz

$20.00
End Date: Sunday May-3-2020 17:04:28 PDT
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Vintage Union Abbaye Metal File Gunsmith Jeweler Swiss Made

$4.95 (0 Bids)
End Date: Tuesday Apr-7-2020 14:47:55 PDT
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VINTAGE LOT OF GUNSMITH TOOLS

$68.00
End Date: Tuesday Apr-21-2020 8:34:54 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $68.00
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Vintage Gunline Tools Checkering Set - Spec C-55 Series Gunsmith Stock Making

$90.00
End Date: Wednesday Apr-29-2020 12:53:49 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $90.00
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Vintage Jewelers Gunsmith Tools Brass Steel Head Hammers Peer K&D

$9.95 (0 Bids)
End Date: Wednesday Apr-8-2020 13:53:38 PDT
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Vintage Lot 12 Grobet Vallorbe Jeweler Riffler Files Gunsmith Tools

$24.00
End Date: Friday May-1-2020 0:15:58 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $24.00
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DEM-BART GUNSMITH TOOLS, VINTAGE; (2-16 & F-1) IN ORIGINAL BOXES

$80.00
End Date: Friday Apr-24-2020 8:41:50 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $80.00
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VTG Gunsmith tools take down barrel 12GA 16 GA wrench COLT S&W M&P lathe tools

$60.00
End Date: Thursday Apr-16-2020 14:04:39 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $60.00
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vintage lot of 7 Stone Setting Engraving tools Gunsmith wood handles

$12.55
End Date: Thursday Apr-30-2020 21:33:01 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $12.55
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Vintage Type Gunsmith Hardwood Handle Screwdriver Gun Tool Hollow Ground Kit Set

$67.99
End Date: Sunday May-3-2020 20:22:51 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $67.99
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Vintage Gunsmithing Machinist Machine Tools, Reamers - Machine Shop Tooling

$85.50
End Date: Sunday Apr-19-2020 2:20:51 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $85.50
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c) Vintage Vise Gunsmith Metal Machinist Jewelry Hand Held Vise

$40.00
End Date: Saturday Apr-11-2020 15:20:34 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $40.00
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Vintage Mini Gunsmith Jewelers Craft Vise 2 1/8" Jaws 1" Clamp-On

$35.00
End Date: Tuesday Apr-7-2020 15:41:31 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $35.00
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Vintage Hand Held Jeweler's Gunsmith Watchmaker Vise Tool 1 3/8" Jaws Germany

$20.00
End Date: Thursday Apr-16-2020 14:42:29 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $20.00
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GUNSMITHS TOOLS TURN SCREW SCREWDRIVER VINTAGE, FROM THE UK 5.SHEFFIELD STEEL

$24.00
End Date: Wednesday Apr-15-2020 17:00:43 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $24.00
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Vintage Wood Handle Hand Held Jewelers Gunsmith Machinist Vise 6-1/2" LONG

$21.25
End Date: Saturday Apr-11-2020 10:13:21 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $21.25
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GUNSMITHS TOOLS TURN SCREW SCREWDRIVER VINTAGE, FLAT SIDED HANDLE, UK

$22.99
End Date: Thursday Apr-23-2020 18:13:40 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $22.99
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Antique 1885 Vise, Vintage Watchmakers Jewelers Gunsmiths SMALL VISE 2 1/2" Jaws

$33.99
End Date: Wednesday Apr-8-2020 15:15:45 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $33.99
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VINTAGE 7125 WINCHESTER 11-1/4 Flat SCREWDRIVER BLACK WOOD HANDLE GUN SMITH TOOL

$16.99
End Date: Friday May-1-2020 20:03:45 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $16.99
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Vintage Hand Vises Lot of 3 Jeweler Machinist Gunsmith Hobby USA Japan and ?

$74.99
End Date: Sunday May-3-2020 15:51:39 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $74.99
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VINTAGE UNKNOWN BRAND GUNSMITHS CARPENTERS VISE WITHOUT BASE

$149.99
End Date: Tuesday Apr-28-2020 19:33:45 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $149.99
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Vintage Hand held gunsmiths vise.

$28.01
End Date: Wednesday Apr-15-2020 11:05:07 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $28.01
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Used Gunsmith Tools

“Used” is still a popular term and is worth checking also.  Bear in mind the cautions I gave under vintage.

Listings from eBay

VTG Lot of 25 Gunsmith Carving And Bedding Tools-

$25.00 (1 Bid)
End Date: Sunday Apr-5-2020 19:09:24 PDT
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VTG Lot of 20 Gunsmith Carving And Bedding Tools-

$25.00 (1 Bid)
End Date: Sunday Apr-5-2020 18:08:04 PDT
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Large Long Size Reamer Gunsmith Tool Lot For Gunsmithing

$53.00 (11 Bids)
End Date: Sunday Apr-5-2020 11:20:02 PDT
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John Masen Gunsmith Hammer & Brass Punch Gun Smithing Tool Set Kit

$9.99 (0 Bids)
End Date: Sunday Apr-12-2020 18:41:44 PDT
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Vintage Gunline Tools Checkering Set - Spec C-55 Series Gunsmith Stock Making

$90.00
End Date: Wednesday Apr-29-2020 12:53:49 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $90.00
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250-3000 Reamer Gunsmith Tool Lot

$32.95
End Date: Thursday Apr-30-2020 6:35:11 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $32.95
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RCBS Trigger Pull Gauge Gunsmithing Tool

$10.50 (2 Bids)
End Date: Friday Apr-10-2020 9:27:41 PDT
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USED Rifle Shotgun Stock Checkering tool 16 lines per inch cutter for Gunsmith

$22.50
End Date: Tuesday Apr-28-2020 10:16:59 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $22.50
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Vintage Gunsmithing Machinist Machine Tools, Reamers - Machine Shop Tooling

$85.50
End Date: Sunday Apr-19-2020 2:20:51 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $85.50
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Lot of Assorted Bits & Tools from Gunsmith Estate

$9.99
End Date: Thursday Apr-16-2020 20:43:16 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $9.99
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Weaver gunsmith tool set

$35.00 (0 Bids)
End Date: Thursday Apr-9-2020 17:42:50 PDT
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VTG Gunsmith tools take down barrel 12GA 16 GA wrench COLT S&W M&P lathe tools

$60.00
End Date: Thursday Apr-16-2020 14:04:39 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $60.00
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H.S.S. 218 Bee Finisher Reamer Gunsmith Tool

$74.99
End Date: Sunday May-3-2020 12:30:18 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $74.99
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DEM-BART GUNSMITH TOOLS, VINTAGE; (2-16 & F-1) IN ORIGINAL BOXES

$80.00
End Date: Friday Apr-24-2020 8:41:50 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $80.00
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Lot of 15 MODIFIED Gunsmithing Tools by Nicholson, Disston, Grobet Vallorbe (J)

$12.99
End Date: Thursday Apr-30-2020 13:29:57 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $12.99
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H.S.S. 223 Remington Army Finisher Reamer Gunsmith Tool

$74.99
End Date: Sunday May-3-2020 12:25:16 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $74.99
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Manson 308 Winchester Finisher Reamer Gunsmith Tool

$74.99
End Date: Sunday May-3-2020 12:35:30 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $74.99
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1983 Brownell's Gun Accessories, Reloading, Gunsmithing Tool Catalog

$50.00
End Date: Tuesday Apr-7-2020 16:10:38 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $50.00
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300 H&H Reamer Gunsmith Tool Lot

$32.95
End Date: Thursday Apr-30-2020 6:35:11 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $32.95
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Vintage Lot 12 Grobet Vallorbe Jeweler Riffler Files Gunsmith Tools

$24.00
End Date: Friday May-1-2020 0:15:58 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $24.00
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Clymer 223 REM Remington Finisher Reamer Gunsmith Tool

$79.99
End Date: Sunday May-3-2020 13:48:13 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $79.99
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3.8oz Machined Steel Gunsmith Jewelers Tools Hammer Octagon Grip

$9.95 (0 Bids)
End Date: Friday Apr-10-2020 21:03:47 PDT
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218 Bee Finish Chamber Reamer Gunsmith Tool Barrel

$59.95
End Date: Wednesday Apr-15-2020 17:01:50 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $59.95
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H&M Tool H.S.S. 6mm Remington Rougher Reamer Gunsmith Tool

$74.99
End Date: Sunday May-3-2020 12:57:40 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $74.99
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40 pc. Antique Brass Machinist Gunsmith Roll Drift Pin Punch Hammer Chisel Set

$395.00
End Date: Monday Apr-27-2020 17:32:07 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $395.00
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M1 GARAND barrel/receiver alignment tools gunsmith

$38.00
End Date: Saturday May-2-2020 12:20:17 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $38.00
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GUNSMITH SUPPLIES 1955 Catalog Mittermeier NY Carving Tools Books Grips Furnaces

$58.00
End Date: Tuesday Apr-28-2020 11:38:39 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $58.00
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Brownells Gunsmith Tools

Brownells has been around a long time — they were founded in 1939 and have always been known for their quality tools, parts and supplies to gunsmiths.  Because they have been around for so long, you tend to see a fair amount of Brownells stuff hit eBay by name so that is worth searching.  Still look at the photos closely and the seller’s rating to play it safe.  By the way, if you have never read their Gunsmith Kinks books – be sure to pick them up.

Listings from eBay

COLT REPAIR TOOL MADE BY BROWNELLS GUNSMITH SUPPLIES, GUN PARTS

$5.95 (0 Bids)
End Date: Wednesday Apr-8-2020 19:15:01 PDT
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Brownells Gunsmith Kinks Vol I (1978 Print)

$8.25
End Date: Friday May-1-2020 4:30:10 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $8.25
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Brownells Gunsmith Kinks Vol 1 2 3 4 Complete set new sealed Free ship

$145.00
End Date: Thursday Apr-9-2020 11:41:25 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $145.00
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Brownells Gunsmith Repair Invoices(100 Pk)

$19.99
End Date: Sunday Apr-5-2020 17:39:54 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $19.99
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Bob Brownells Gunsmith Kinks

$9.99 (0 Bids)
End Date: Friday Apr-10-2020 18:05:17 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $19.99
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Antique Tools

What is “antique” really is up to the seller.  You’ll see stuff that ranges from a few years to over 50 years old.

Listings from eBay

1 OLD ANTIQUE CRAFTOOL & 1 HAND Held Vise Iron Clamp Jeweler Gunsmith Saw Vice

$35.00
End Date: Monday Apr-27-2020 13:20:35 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $35.00
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Antique Vintage Style Colt Firearms Gunsmith Bore Gage Key chain

$25.00
End Date: Saturday Apr-25-2020 18:43:36 PDT
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Switched to Super Lube Multi-Purpose Synthetic Grease For All of My Firearms

I’m always searching for better lubricants.  Many of the so-called specialty weapons lubes are just marketing hype with some bulk lubricant poured into their container.  In terms of greases, I’ve used quite a few over the years including wheel bearing grease and Tetra Gun Grease.  I wanted to find something effective, non-toxic and less expensive.

A name popped up when surfing – Super Lube.  To be honest, the first few times I totally dismissed the name because it sounds like some overly-hyped wonder lube that is sold in infomercials.  However, the name did keep popping up so I actually started reading up on it.

Super Lube products are made by Synco Chemical Corporation of Bohemia, NU, that was founded in 1980.  Their specialization is in the space of synthetic food grade lubricants and hold a number of patents.

There are a number of interesting characteristics about their grease that should be noted:

  1. It is designed to disperse very finely ground micron-sized PTFE (Polytetrafluoroethylene) which is a non-stick coating and lubricant.  You probably know it by the brand name of Teflon.  The approach they developed is one of their patents.
  2. It does not contain silicone
  3. It will work in a wide range of temperatures from -45 to +450 Farenheit
  4. It’s thickness is NLGI class 2, which means it’s about the same as vaseline or peanut butter.
  5. It’s non-toxic and food safe – here is the MSDS/SDS
  6. It will not melt or separate
  7. It will not dry out or get gummy
  8. It is waterproof
  9. It does not stain and is odorless – for you folks who do concealed carry or shoot a lot in uniform, you might want to take note of that.

Their website has a ton of information on Super Lube and also on lubrication in general if you want to spend some time reading.

I bought a 14.1oz tub of the Super Lube Multi-Purpose grease off Amazon for a whopping $11.50 and Prime shipping.  Very affordable to say the least.

To apply it, I use either a chip brush that I store in a zip loc bag to keep from getting dirty (as shown in the featured photo above) or a small flux / resin brush that I also keep in a baggy.

So, for the last few months I have been testing it.  When I cleaned one of my rifles or pistols, I would replace whatever I had been using as grease with the Super Lube Multi-Purpose grease.

I go by the old saying that if it rotates, oil it.  If it slides, grease it.  That is my rule of thumb so it goes on AK rails, bolt carriers, where the trigger hook grabs the hammer, etc.

It works great!  The weapons feel well lubricated after cleaning and they function great.  When I take them apart again for cleaning, the Super Lube shows no sign of breaking down, drying out, becoming gummy, etc.

If you are looking for an excellent affordable grease, check out Super Lube.  I’m definitely very happy with it.


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Shooting the PTR PDWR – So Cool!

Folks, the PTR PDWR is a fun gun!  Yeah, I said the “gun” word because it just fits.  After taking the time to lubricate and clean the pistol as I wrote in the last post, my two brother-in-laws and I took it out to the range.

Plain and simple, it ran like a top.  We did not have one single problem of any kind.  We were running surplus aluminum mags from Robert RTG.  The ammo was Prvi Partizan (PPU)  .308 M80 145gr FMJ.  I’ve had great luck with PPU ammo over the years and have run a variety of their calibers and loads.  This .308 ammo comes in a heavy plastic sealed “battle pack” that SGAmmo sells.  If you don’t know SG Ammo, they are a great ammo supplier that is a family run business.  I buy most of my ammo from them and have nothing but good things to say about them.

We sighted the Vortex 1-6×24 Strike Eagle scope in at at about 25 yards and then just had fun.  We weren’t shooting for accuracy but were having fun shooting “zombies” as we called them with the big Splatterburst 18×24 silhouette targets that I really like.

This time out, I was using my new Howard Leight electronic ear muffs.  These are cool because they have directional sound amplification for normal sounds – like talking with your friends.  When you shoot, they immediately cut the sound off and protect your ears.  This is a real nice feature for me as I can’t hear a thing when I wear ear muffs due to my hearing loss and have to take them off to talk to someone.  At any rate, these Howard Leights have a great reputation and I must say that I am very happy with them.

One of my brother-in-laws was wearing my new MPOW headphones and thought they did a really good job on cutting down the sound.  These are a bargain price at Amazon and work way better than my old cheap Silencios in terms of hearing protection.

Now we did have a funny lesson learned – see how short the barrel is relative to the Caldwell front bag?  Yeah, if you get the muzzle brake over that bag and fire, it will rain some kind of brown pebbles (corncob media maybe?) down on you as the muzzle blast shreds the top of the bag 🙂  I have to confess, I am the one who did it and had to use duct tape to seal the top up so we could use it the rest of the day.

The whole point of the range visit was for me any my two brother-in-laws to have fun and function test the PDWR.  It performed admirably – neither of them are shooters and, for Jamie, this was his first time shooting anything – I think he did great.

Not one single problem – no feed issues, no ejection issues – it just performed great through about 200 rounds.

At any rate, I did learn a few things:

  1. It upheld the good opinion I have of PTR firearms.
  2. The SOB brace can handle .308 recoil just fine and lines the eye up for the scope great.
  3. As expected, the Vortex scope was great.
  4. The weight of the PDWR absorbs quite a bit of recoil making it a pleasant shooter but there is still recoil that moves you off target with any kind of rapid fire.
  5. The muzzle brake does an okay job but I am going to check into alternatives to cut the recoil down further.  The bird cage design is okay but there are definitely better designs out there.  The PDWR has a 5/8″-24 TPI threading so there are definitely options.
  6. The PDWR handguard moves forward and backward more than I care for.  I am going to experiment on tightening it up or either moving to a DTAC handguard or back to the original PTR handguard.  Note – the PDWR uses a MP5-style handguard.

Bottom line, I am very happy with the PDWR and plan to work with it some more on the above plus see how it does as I work my way back to 100 yards.  Everything in this sessions was at 25 yards or less and I am curious how it performs as the distance grows.  I would recommend the PDWR to anyone looking for a short HK91/G3-type roller lock for short distance use.


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Lubricating the PTR PDWR and Cleaning the Barrel

The last step in preparation for my first trip to the range was to clean and lubricate the PTR PDWR.   One thing I learned with my for PTR was that proper lubrication makes a world of difference and I could tell in working the PDWR that it definitely need lubricating so here’s what I did.

If you have any questions about field stripping, watch this video:

Also, if you need any parts diagrams or more detailed questions, be sure to read the HK G3 Armorer’s Manual.

In general, you know you need to lubricate all moving parts of the firearm such as the trigger and bolt.  So let’s start with the trigger.

Lubricating the Trigger Pack:

I employ a very old rule of thumb – If it slides, grease it.  If it rotates, oil it.  That simple rule has helped me take care of a ton of rifles and pistols over the years and can help you too.  [Click here for more on lubricating a firearm in general]

I used a small squeeze bottle filled with Mobil 1 Full Synthetic 5W-30 to reach in and lubricate all places where a part rotated on a pin.  I then worked the various parts of the trigger pack to make sure the oil go to where it needed to go.I used Tetra Gun Grease to liberally coat the top of the hammer.

Lubricating the Bolt Assembly:

Now the HK bolt assembly is involved and the following is a diagram from the HK G3 Armorer’s Manual:

 

In short, I oiled all of the internals but did not fully disassemble the bolt.  I put the assembly into a non-marring vise, twisted the bolt head off and then reached in with the squeeze bottle to lubricate the rollers, locking piece, firing pin, etc.

After that I applied a thin coat of Tetra Grease to the bolt carrier body and put more on the bottom and sides of the bolt where it would be making contact with the receiver and riding over the hammer.

Cleaned the Barrel:

One thing I always do before heading to the range is to clean the barrel.  If you look down in most, you will see varying levels of crud ranging from oil to dust to stuff left over from machining.  In the case of the PDWR, the barrel looked pretty good but I still wanted to clean it.

Over the years I have tried all kinds of different approaches to cleaning barrels.  The fast and easy one I use now on non-precision firearms that just need a touch up is a bore snake.   These things are caliber specific and give you everything you need in an “all in one approach”.  I spray CLP on the snake and down the barrel then I drop the weighted cord down the barrel and pull the snake on through.  I repeat this until the bore is shiny bright.

Note, there are a ton of brands including cheap generic imports.  I’ve used Hoppes and Sage & Braker brands with no problems at all.

At this point the PDWR was ready for the range.  The action felt and sounded good.


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Fixing a Bent Sight and Cocking Lever Tube Bur On The PTR PDWR

Okay, when I received the PTR PDWR I did a quick inspection and noticed two small problems that needed fixing.  I’m a bit disappointed that PTR quality control did not catch these two items but they are small issues.

First, the front sight blade was bent sideways – to canted, bent.  I’m not sure how this happened but thankfully the HK-style hooded sight uses a sheet metal insert for the front post.  The following illustration is from the HK G3 Armorer’s Manual:

I figured the easiest thing to try was to simply reach in with pliers with padded jaws and see if I could simply bend it to the right to straighten it.  Out came my purple art pliers 🙂  I literally bought these things back in 2013 for some kind of work that required padded jaws.  I don’t recall what and as odd as they look, they have held up to light use.  My only complaint is that the nylon jaw covers can slide off under very much stress but that was not an issue here at all.

They actually fit perfectly and I was able to bend the sight post straight.  Plan B would be to take a pair of needle nose pliers and slide rubber fuel line hose over the jaws.  My one concern would be whether the relatively thin jaws could adequately support the post during bending.  The art pliers below fit and did the job perfectly.

Fixing a Bur on the Cocking Lever Tube

The second problem I needed to fix was a steel bur on the tip of the cocking handle catch.  It bugged me every time my hand hit it and should not have been there.  Here it is in the next photo – sharp and pointing out.

From years of experience, I knew the pistol needed to be field stripped first otherwise the resulting debris would be messing with the action.    The following is a good video on what to do:

In terms of the repair itself, first, I reached in with a Dremel using a small medium grit sanding drum and the tool on slow speed to knock down the sharp irregular edge from the inside.  Take your time – remove a little and look.  Your goal is always to remove as little material as possible.  As the old saying goes, it is easier to take more off than try and put it back on 🙂

In the next photo, you can see the “point” has been sanded down but there is still material on the surface:

Next, I used a 120 grit small flap sander in my bench mounted rotary tool to sand down that lip.  I could have used my Dremel but I use the little flap sander attachment so much that I routinely leave it in my bench tool.

Again, the trick is to go slow and take your time.  After that, I used compressed air to blow out the tube and receiver and then used carb cleaner spray to “wash out” anything that might have stuck and blew it out one last time.  The bur was gone and now it was on to lubricating the weapon.

(Note, that last photo above has the bolt back in when I was testing it later).


 

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Adding a Vortex 1-6×24 Strike Eagle Scope to the PTR PDWR

I really prefer an optic on my firearms at this point.  The PTR PDWR is a relative short range pistol so I figure post of my shots will be within 100 yards.  It could certainly shoot further but, based on what I have read so far, the accuracy goes down hill fast.

While some might consider a red dot, I opted for a true 1-6×24 Vortex Strike Eagle scope that has a 30mm tube.  Now, I have to admit that I have become a bit of a scope snob over the years.  I’ve destroyed cheap scopes, suffered with dark images, short eye relief and what not.  About four to five years ago I happened upon Vortex and they have been my go to brand ever since – not only is the quality there but they back it up with a no-nonsense warranty.

Folks, I’ve owned probably at least a dozen Vortex scopes and red dots.  I still have six that are on firearms that I plan to keep.  I have had zero problems – not one.  Not out of the box and not over time.   I probably will some day – stuff happens.  I’ve talked to other guys who broke their scopes (literally) or had problems and sent them in with Vortex taking care of them no questions asked.  That says a lot.

So, that brings us to the scope.  The Strike Eagle is a decent entry-level AR scope with an illuminated reticle.  I bought this scope about a year ago for a project that didn’t happen and it has been sitting on the shelf.  The good news is that Vortex now also has a 1-8×24 model.

Mounting the Scope

I used to use cheap import cantilever scope mounts but have since stopped due to screws stripping out and easily scratched finishes.  I now use Vortex mounts pretty much exclusively now as well.  I know I sound like a salesman but I really like their stuff.

You’ll notice the quality of the finish and that the parts are beefy.  You can go 18 inch/pounds on the rings and 65 inch/pounds on the rail attachment nuts.  You’ll notice that cheap scope mounts don’t publish torque specs usually because they can’t handle much consistently.

The ring caps are secured by screws that have heads for #8 Torx bits.  They go into steel threaded inserts for added strength – you will not find steel inserts in cheap mounts by the way.  At any rate, lets begin.

Safety First:  Make sure your weapon is unloaded!

As you can see in the above photo, I located the mount on the PDWR’s Picatinny optics rail a few grooves forward of the rear sight.  It was a bit of an arbitrary point.  I know I usually am near the rear plus on my past HK-style weapons I knew I might have to work around the rear sight.

I removed the ring caps using a #8 Torx bit from my Weaver screw driver set and put them in a magnetic parts tray.  I have lost little parts in the past so I am a bit paranoid now.  I use my DeWalt cordless screwdriver to do the removal work as the twisting motion of a screw driver really messes with my carpal tunnel.

Next, I place the scope on the rings and the very first thing I check is the clearance over the rear sight.  In this case you can see the scope clears it.  Years ago with my first rifle, a GSG-522, I scratched a scope by not checking that before I started screwing down the rings.

Next, I install the ring caps back on.  A time saver I do is to use the Dremel to run the screws in but there’s a trick.  Hold the screw driver lightly so it can run the screws in but the screw driver turns in your hand the second it bottoms out.  You don’t want to apply torque – just run the screws in.  I then back them off just a bit so I adjust the scope in the mount.  I also adjust them in or out slightly so I can get any gap between the ring cap and the base equal all the way around.

I then shoulder the rifle and move the scope forward and backward until I get the proper eye relief.  You want to be able to pull the weapon up quickly and see through the whole scope vs. having to move your head around to get a good sight picture.

Also, I true the scope left to right.  If I were doing a precision rifle, I would do it differently but with the PDWR, I eyeballed the reticle relative to the position of the rifle to level the scope and then tightened down the ring caps.  I like to carefully take them down snug all the way around and then set the torque at 18 inch pounds with a Wheeler Fat Wrench – note that Fat Wrench does not have a clear 18 in/lbs setting so I try to get it close.

Once you are set, you also need to torque down the mount’s rail attachment screws to 65 inch pounds.

I was taught to never store a torque wrench under load so once I was done, I then adjusted the Fat Wrench back to zero.

At that point you are done.  While setting up the optic and installing the brace, I noticed some tuning was needed and that will be the next blog post.

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Click here for the post about selecting and purchasing the PDWR


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Adding a Brace and Changing the Forearm on the PTR PDWR

In the last blog post, I talked about the specifications and ordering the PTR PDWR.   Even before it arrived, I knew I wanted to add a brace.  My plan was to use PTR railed handguard and I had a “wait and see” attitude towards the brake.

So, the first step was to remove the existing end cap.   In HK-type weapons is is held in place by two push pins that are simply pushed back out.  You’ll notice that one side is relatively flat:

The other side will be protruding and this is the side that you push on and will remove the pins from the other side:

You then wiggle the end cap and push it off the end of the stamped receiver.  It will look like this:

I then secure the end cap assembly in a vise to make working on it easier.

In the next photo you can see how the tube and sling really are like a small stub of an AR/M4 buffer tube complete with an indexed end plate to keep it from rotating and a castle nut.  The swivel is separate from the tube and is threaded into place so unscrew and remove it first.

In the next photo, you can see the lighter grey castle nut on the black tube.  The light grey surface you can see in the otherwise black cap is the plate you will need to fish out after you back off the castle nut.

To remove the tube itself, you do the exact something you would on an AR.  Use a castle nut wrench to loosen the castle nut and then thread it back out of the way.  Then pull the end plate out of the receiver so it can rotate and then turn the tube to remove the assembly.

In the next photo you see the castle nut wrench on the tube with the sling.  I realized shortly after this was taken that I probably needed to get the sling off before I could back out the tube – that is why I said remove the sling first.

As written above, you will need to pull the end plate out of receiver to be able to turn the tube.  With the plate pulled out from the receiver, the tube simple unscrews.  If it does not want to unscrew, make sure your plate is out of the way.  Also in the next photo, you can see the very secure mount that the sling screw threaded into.  That was well thought out.

Next, I wanted a folding mechanism to be inline between the receiver cap and the buffer tube.  SBTactical makes a very sturdy 6061 aluminum unit known as the “BTFA”.  To install it meant the tower that the sling swivel screwed into needed to be removed.  It adds about 1.1″ to the length when installed.

The tower is held in place by two screws inside the cap.  Mine were beat half to death – the assembler at PTR must have figured nobody would ever notice.  He/she was wrong and I was disappointed that they had installed the screws with an undersized blade screw driver and tore up the slots.

Once I removed the tower, I just inserted three #10 washers between each of the screws so the aluminum end cap and the sheet metal assembly would all come back together nice and snug.  If I wanted to take the time, which I didn’t have, I should have found some of the correct size button head socket screws and replaced the beat up countersunk originals.  So, what I had looked like this and the screws were a bear to get in (Yes, I did use the correct size screw driver to put them back in.)

Putting it Together

The BTFA install is very simply.  Use the supplied allen wrench to loosen the disc assembly that is the threaded plug that goes into the receiver.  Do not remove them all the way – you just want to loosen it up so you can screw in all the thread and adjust the folder to the direction you want.  I wanted the stock to swing to the left to lock out of the way of the ejection port.  You then tighten down the allen screws back down.

I installed an SB PDW tube and an SB SOB (love that acronym) brace.  Now, to install the tube, I reused the PDWR’s end plate to and a new castle nut that came with the tube.

To install the buffer brace on the tube, I spray silicone on the tube so it can slide on way easier plus it makes it easier to true up the brace if it needs to move a little bit one way or the other.

One comment about the end result, it is a solid folder but the combination of tube and folder is long.  I will investigate other options and post the results in the future.

The Handguard

Now, in terms of the handguard, I thought I was going to use the original PTR model you see in the photos above.  It’s a little small left-to right in my hands so I actually wound up changing to a US made wide tropical forearm.  It’s a tad looser than I would care for and will post updates about that later.  I may stick with the existing wide tropical unit or move to a DTAC like I have on my POF-5.

12/17/18 Update:  I’ve now tried three or four models of MP5 handguard and they all wiggle.  I’m either going back to the PTR unit or a DTAC.  The DTAC handguard on my POF-5 has been solid as a rock.

Next up is the optic.


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