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Old 08-22-2011, 01:47 AM   #11
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I'm still waiting for the OP to respond from nearly 2 months ago. Should that happen, I'll throw my $.02 in.
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Old 09-04-2011, 05:09 PM   #12
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ive been machining for a few years and my father has been doing it as a career for 30 years. in order to be good enought to create something such as a firearm it takes quite a bit of skill and some talent that cannot be taught.

id also make sure you can legally make firearms in your area.

if you do decide to go through with this plan id get quality equipment, such as a bridgeport mill( the original designer and maker of milling machines). and you may also need a lathe if you plan to make barrels. and metal presses( for bending sheet metal and plate metal). also possible some sort of cutting torch. either oxy-acetylene or plasma arc would do the job along with a good quality bench grinder.

basically what im saying is youll probably have to drop more than 10k in just equipment, then add some training to that its a pretty expensive hobby.
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Old 09-04-2011, 05:24 PM   #13
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In most trades it takes an apprenticeship of about four years, at 40 hours a week, to become a skilled tradesman. I have worked with tools for 40 years and I wouldn't buy a milling machine and expect to crank out parts with tolerances around three decimal points necessary for firearms.

What I would like to pick up for a few bucks would be a CNC machine. While it still takes a lot of skill to operate them, I think some majic is also involved.
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