Sunday, January 28, 2018


On most prepper boards you find a dichotomy when it comes to reloading ammunition. You have the die hard, have to do it, may not be able to buy it group and the don’t need it, buy preloaded, better quality in store bought group. I tend to side with the need it group. We are only one or two elections away from a democrat run house, senate and president which would be tough on ammo.

I see the way they will make guns useless is to run up the taxes and regulations on ammo. Maybe I just need to tighten my tin foil hat but trusting politicians with something as critical as the defense of my family is not in my nature.

I was finally able to get my reloading bench setup out in the shed today. Of course it has been a while since I reloaded so I will have to take it slow and careful the first couple of batches until I can get back in the rhythm. I usually load 9mm, 40cal and .38 special. I don’t shoot enough 7.62x39 or .223 or 5.56 to make it worthwhile but I do have the needed dies should I wish to do so. I also have dies for 7.62x59 and 8mm Mauser along with the needed size primers, bullets and type powder

Anyway, I will take some shots (with a camera)when I do some reloading and put out a how-to when I get back into it. Keep your powder dry!

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Creating a Ghost Glock

My most recent project was to create a Ghost Glock17 from a Polymer80-80% lower, a lower parts kit, a slide. slide kit, barrel and recoil assembly. Now why would you want a Ghost Gun? Good question.

Ghost guns are "off-the-books" weapons, they don't have to be registered in most states and you build them yourself. My interest in hobby gun smithing was one reason for wanting to build a Glock from the ground up, heaven knows I have enough pistols as my wife will tell you, without adding another. With the up and down nature of gun registration, gun confiscation, gun control and the plethora of other threats to gun ownership, having a few Ghost Weapons stashed can be attractive. Let me tell you, you generally won't save a ton of money with a Ghost Gun unless you already have all the needed tools and expertise to build one.

I have modified Mausers and AK47's and done a few trigger jobs on various guns as well as done cold bluing, action bedding, scope mounting and assembled many AR15s some of them from 80% lowers. So I have many of the tools needed. The nice thing about the Ghost Glock is that the machining is minimal and it is done on polymer strengthened with fiberglass so no fancy CNC machines are required.

I have put together an overview of the entire project in Power Point and converted that to a PDF and you will find the link on the website The major lessons learned were:

1. It is better to machine less than more than you need
2. Q-bond repairs polymer nicely
3. The slide stop goes with the slot at the top facing backwards
4. Align the nub on the firing pin channel liner with the slot on the firing pin channel
5. Use a liner insertion tool
6. The connector goes inside the trigger bar on the trigger assembly
7. Many videos harp on polishing the front plastic slide rail area, when properly done, the slide actually rarely if ever contacts this area. Polishing the metal slides and properly routing out and finishing the rear slides is more important.
8. Be careful if you need to tap the trigger assembly into place, if the connector gets bent the slide will jam in place.

So, go ahead and look at the presentation and try to build your own.