Update: I work at a gun store now. I won’t go into much detail, but I’m learning more and more day by day. With the tools available, I might be able to convince my boss to let me come in on an off day and churn something out. We’ll see.
So, I forgot to take into account the part where the guy introducing the “ghost guns” bill is a bit of a moron. If the bill dies, the TOFYJ project is back on track. Though given the work I’ve been doing in the meantime (designing guns that aren’t made out of steel tubing) I’ll likely be changing the caliber to 9mm. With the good news out of the way, the bad news is that I’m about to be without a home for a while, so I won’t be updating this much, and can’t work on my design stuff beyond pencil and paper.
Until next time, folks.
So, here’s where things are at right now.
I’ve got my parts, I’ve got most of my tools- what I don’t have is the proper environment. With the laws that are trying to get passed right now in this state, I’m in no place to start the construction of this prototype. Right now I’m devoting my time to a blank-firing model of a more complicated design of mine (Don’t get me wrong, I like the TOFYJ, but I’m gonna need something more impressive than a tubing garage gun to tack to my resume) while looking for work. I’ve got some leads on a few gunsmithing programs, and in the meantime I’m going to keep working on my own stuff, but this project is not dead. I will see this done, but now is not the time and I am not in the place to do it. I’m gonna talk to the CAD people a bit further down the line, but as of right now this is the way it’s gonna have to be. I will keep things going on here with occasional progress on my current project.
Magazines are en route, and progress should resume shortly. Happy upcoming holiday season, everybody.
So, progress is still being made- still waiting on a magazine to arrive, but then progress should be pretty fast, just about everything else is all lined up. I’ve got a couple things in the way on a personal front (impending need of both a new home and a new job) but no matter what happens, the show will go on. The prototype is still on track to be finished by the new year, and I’ll try to make more frequent progress updates.
So, I realized I’ve never really done much in the way of a comprehensive post for this project.
A couple of months ago, I found out that the man who got me into mechanical design many years ago passed away. This is my goodbye gift to him, the TOFYJ-30/12. It’s a multi-caliber (.308, 7.62x54R, and 12 gauge, depending on barrel and extractor) straight-pull bolt-action garage gun that uses heavy gauge tubing as a receiver. At a bare minimum, it requires no milling or welding (I’m building the prototype exclusively using hand tools) and parts readily bought online. In accordance with the mannerisms of the man this project is devoted to, the blueprints will be available for free. Once the blueprints are made available, I’ll be encouraging the community to add to the number of parts- new magwells, new bolt designs- I’m sure a semi-auto one could be built. I want this project to grow. I want this to be a collective thanks to a great man.
Unfortunately, I cannot do this alone.
I’ve been working on this for a while now- I’ve got the basic design all patterned out, and most of the parts for the prototype either on order or already owned. I am, however, lacking in the long run- in terms of testing the prototype, I have about a box and a half of blanks, but I’m going to need low-pressure short-range training ammunition which runs about 100 dollars per case. I’ve got a small assortment of hand tools that may suffice for the most barebones of prototype builds, but that’s as far as they’ll get me. If anyone out there has Solidworks experience, a miter box, or a bench vise they don’t need any more, please send me an email at email@example.com. For those who’d like to contribute but aren’t familiar with CAD or able to help with the tools, I’ve got a Bitcoin wallet set up (13w7mHkV84eP56F7kkgR5RxhiSuLnGhiEe) and would be very grateful for any donations made- they go a long way.
If anyone has any questions, please do send me an ask.
Getting ready to hibernate for the next few days- the receiver blanks are set to arrive on Monday, so I’m likely gonna be cooped up gaining weight from all the Biscoff spread, marathoning Samurai Jack. Have a tiny good news update, though- the initial blueprint pack will be going from one receiver pattern, two trunnion sets, and four magwells to two receivers, three trunnion sets, and five magwells- listed as follows.
Traditional layout receiver pattern
MG layout receiver pattern
.308 trunnion set (Remington 700 barrel)
7.62x54R trunnion set (Mosin Nagant barrel)
12 Gauge trunnion set (3/4” pipe)
Saiga 12 magwell
I assume in the initial batch of updated parts, there will be patterns for different sizes of receiver for the use of different cartridges- I’m wagering 5.56x45, 7.62x39, 5.45x39, 9x19, .45 ACP, and .30 Carbine will be the first to crop up.
When the receiver blanks show up, I’ll be starting work on the prototype .308 bolt immediately. If I manage to not screw up the first blank, I’ll be using the second one for a 12 gauge model, because I think it’d be hilarious to use this thing on a bipod to shoot trap.
Spent over 60 dollars on tools the other day. I now have all the drill bits I’ll need for this project- I think I might have everything I need for a rough prototype- the only things I’m lacking for a good build are a miter box and a 1 inch tap bit, which is gonna be like 20 dollars. Not looking forward to that. I’ve still got about a week or so to wait for the receiver blanks, and then I can actually get started. Still working on a solution to my lack of G3 magazines.