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Can anyone recommend to me any book/ literature on firearms design and/ or weapons manufacture. For some bizarre reason i've got it into my head that i want to try designing a semi-automatic rifle, don't ask why, even i don't know the answer to that one! I'm quite technically minded so.....
 

maguire

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#2
why? you'll never improve on the S*R... ;)
 
#4
I think bullpup S*R with RIS rails, ambi controls and in 6.5/6.8 spc would work very well.
 
#6
Can anyone recommend to me any book/ literature on firearms design and/ or weapons manufacture. For some bizarre reason i've got it into my head that i want to try designing a semi-automatic rifle, don't ask why, even i don't know the answer to that one! I'm quite technically minded so.....

"Small Arms of the World" by WHB Smith/ Joseph E Smith (ISBN-13: 978-0880296014 )is a big old book thats been in print in various versions for about 40 years. Just about every gun hobbyist has had a copy and, unlike other firearms books, there sufficient copies in circulation that second-hand prices can be quite cheap.

Its one of the basic "encyclopaedias" of military small arms. Depending which version you find, it contains diagrams of most of the main types of firearms mechanisms.

Its bit out of date regarding modern assault rifles but, as you find that nearly everything in firearms was already invented 100 years ago, there is nothing really missing in terms of weapon operating systems.

Depending upon what type of firearm you are interested in, you can get into vastly greater detail in very expensive specialist books such as the "Collector Grade" series (Collector Grade Publications Gun Books - Online Gun Books Store). In these books you can find out, for example, the thirteen sharp edges that were radiussed on FN FAL in order to make it the world's greatest ever rifle in L1A1 guise...


Edit: the Collector Grade "The FAL Rifle
Deluxe Classic Edition, 1993" which includes the whole story of the British/Canadian/Australian L1A1 is actually a very good book if you really want to delve into the aspects of weapon design that make a rifle fit for military service - ie why rifles are selected, what parts break or fail in trials, how materials are selected, how parts are engineered for mass production, how tiny un-obvious details can make or break a design.
 
#7
Can anyone recommend to me any book/ literature on firearms design and/ or weapons manufacture. For some bizarre reason i've got it into my head that i want to try designing a semi-automatic rifle, don't ask why, even i don't know the answer to that one! I'm quite technically minded so.....
To kick you off online:

Silencer Talk There is more than enough information on this site to allow the design of effective silencers for most calibres. Some of the designers from a couple or three top silencer companies hang around bestowing wisdom and knowledge upon us mere plebes.

Weaponeer.net Building kits, designing, blueprints and drawings.

Blueprint Downloads Blueprints.

CNCGUNSMITHING - www.cncguns.com - Home of the AR45 Bits and pieces.

http://static.hkpro.com/straightgrain/docs/MP5FlatBuildnew.pdf This is interesting, tempting too.

Hope they give you something to look at.
 
#8
Thankyou very much guys, i've started my work by analysing what could be done to improve the L85A2 into a better weapon.
So here are my ideas-

Bullpup
ambi controls similar to the AR series
bigger caliber ie 6.5/6.8 possibly even 7.62
RIS forend
interchangable barrels of different lengths like the ACR
polymer body
continuous top RIS rail
changeable ejection port, similar to the one on the Steyr Aug
changeable cocking handle similar to that of the ACR
free floating barrel

So as you can see there are numerous sources of inspiration and a lot of work ahead!
If anyone can see any other areas that need tweaking please contribute.
 

rampant

LE
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Book Reviewer
#9
Thankyou very much guys, i've started my work by analysing what could be done to improve the L85A2 into a better weapon.
So here are my ideas-

Bullpup
ambi controls similar to the AR series
bigger caliber ie 6.5/6.8 possibly even 7.62
RIS forend
interchangable barrels of different lengths like the ACR
polymer body
continuous top RIS rail
changeable ejection port, similar to the one on the Steyr Aug
changeable cocking handle similar to that of the ACR
free floating barrel

So as you can see there are numerous sources of inspiration and a lot of work ahead!
If anyone can see any other areas that need tweaking please contribute.
Scrub that and look at the system on the Beretta ARX 160

Look at what the Poles have been doing with the Radom MSBS 5.56
 
#10
The radom system looks very interesting, almost like a bullpup ACR, which i suppose is what im interested in.
 
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