Falling Block Rifle Plans

For many years a dream of mine was to design and build a non-bolt action single shot rifle I could call all my own. That dream was slow in being fulfilled and 1 kept telling myself I had good reasons for putting it off. Anyway, my dream action had to be different from all others and it had to be of simple design and construction, but most of all it had to be one I could make in my modestly equipped home workshop. It was the late John Amber, who edited my book Single Shot Rifles and Actions, who...

Scope Mounts For The Fm Vault Lock Rifle

Shortest Lever Action Rifle

The FM VAULT LOCK rifle is not well adapted for use with open sights. However, if you wish to use the rifle with open sights we suggest the use of the Williams Guide rear sight and a front sight mounted on a Williams ramp base. To use open sights the stock will require a lower comb line than we have shown in the drawings. Any target scope can be mounted on the FM VAULT LOCK rifle using appropriate target scope bases to match the contour of the barrel. The target mount bases made for the Model...

Chicopee Action Specifications

Chicopee Rifle Plans

Rear, side and top views of rotary lock release lever. Also see Figs. 4-1, 4-2 and 4-4. Side and end views of rotary lock. Also see Figs. 4-1, 4-2 and 4-4. Side and end views of the rotary lock spring, plus a view showing the starting step in forming the spring. Also see Figs. 4-1 and 4-2. This is a mid-section drawing of the slock used on our CH1COPKE R.F. rifle. The dotted lines show the areas to be routed or sawed out when making laminated stocks as explained in the text. Instructions and...

Hammer Design For Falling Block Rifle

The hammer of the No. 1 VAULT LOCK is readily cocked with either the thumb or forefinger. If the hammer is cocked by the thumb it is best done by starting the cocking action with the side of the thumb and once you become adept at it, it can be done in one motion without difficulty although you may want to roll your thumb so that at the end of the swing the tip of your thumb pad does the final cocking. Some shooters using this rifle prefer to use the index finger to cock the hammer. In any case...

Bolt Action Rifle Plans

Fig. 5-15 TANG AND STOCK BOLT Views of the tang and stock bolt. Exact size outline drawing of the stock and forearm of the F.D.H. CH1COPEE As described in the text, this photo shows the drillpress setup to grind the radius surface on the rear of the breech block sides. This shows the drillpress set-up to grind the support shoulders. See text for further details. Instructions and Sequence of Operations for Making the F.D.H. CHICOPEE C.F. Action As you may already have noticed if you have...

Vault Lock Rifle Action

On closing the No. 2 VAULT LOCK action, the hammer is left cocked and on SAFE as shown here and to fire the rifle the safety must first be pulled back. One of the author's FM No. 2 VAULT LOCK rifles. It has a stock and forearm made of myrtlewood, a Bushnell scope in Buehler mounts and an engraved receiver, engraving done by Neil Hartliep. Close-up of the engraved action on the rifle shown in Fig. 3-H. It is shown here opened. Wfr ' gt - Amateur gunsmith Ronald Van't Hof made this fine FM No. 2...

Single Shot Rifle Plans

Single Shot Rifle Chicopee

The hammer of the CHICOPEE R.F. action. Further details are given in the instructions. Also see Figs. 4-1, 4-2 and 4-3 . Rear, side and top views of the extractor. The extractor fits between the bottom of the receiver ring and the top of the breech block extensions. The top view shows the notch provided for the plunger which activates the extractor rearward upon opening the action. Also see Figs. 4-1, 4-2 and 4-4 . The hammer of the CHICOPEE R.F. action. Further details are given in the...