Hi all! I just got my login confirmed here! I've read many threads on here, but had never registered until now! I'm a machinist during the day and a paramedic by night. Hopefully some of my machining experience can at least help some of you out there. I'm looking to contribute as much as gather information about one of the best weapon platforms ever created. I love firearms in general and love to soak in as much firearms knowledge as humanly possible!
Now that that's out of the way, here's the lowdown on my current project.
I bought a m53 kit about a year ago because I've built AK's, AR's, stens....all kinds of magazine fed weapons, but never a belt-fed. I also think that 1919s are too common and look too easy(I wanted a challenge, and I got one with the m53/42). I would love to build a PKM as well, but the kits are outrageously expensive.
Anyway, I have bought a wiselite gen2 m53 receiver. I know a lot of people do not like these receivers because of their qc issues and such. Honestly, being a first time 53/42 builder, to me it looks very nice. Of course some fitting is involved, but it looks very well machined and welded.
(I also have a brp rear halves and m53 shroud that came with the kit that is welded crooked at the front section. What can I say, I'm a machinist, not a welder.)
I have installed some of the internal parts, machined my own bolt extension, and made sure the bolt glides nice and smooth down the rails. I'm having some issues with it. But that's why I joined, to get the best knowledge from the best folks
I know it was long winded, but that's my story fellas, I'm looking forward to getting to meet you all!