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Posted: 9/16/2022 4:29:53 AM EDT
The anniversary of my dad's death is coming up next month and I was feeling very reflective so I'm posting this .

This rifle started out as an idea. I found the front stub at a machine gun shoot and it was obliterated.  Everyone told me it was a paperweight but call me stubborn but I didn't believe them. I contacted John Brace who helped me do the reconstruction.  The factory demil stub was mated to an 80% rear.

I tried to make it reflective of when my dad was in Vietnam (late 1967 through early 1968) everything except the fcg and the lower are 100% Colt.

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Link Posted: 9/16/2022 4:32:36 AM EDT
[#1]
That's awesome op
Link Posted: 9/16/2022 4:32:37 AM EDT
[#2]
I take it that had to be brazed and that's some amazing brazing!
Link Posted: 9/16/2022 4:36:24 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By JGFreeman:
I take it that had to be brazed and that's some amazing brazing!
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Oh it was a mess. The mag well was cracked from being crushed. The gunsmith I took it to for refinishing used a high temp aircraft epoxy to help fill in the holes before it was painted.

It functioned fine it was just ugly.
Link Posted: 9/16/2022 5:42:53 AM EDT
[#4]
Very nice OP!
Link Posted: 9/16/2022 5:45:42 AM EDT
[#5]
Very nice OP!
Link Posted: 9/16/2022 6:29:53 AM EDT
[#6]
I'm a retro whore and that is flat-out gorgeous!!!!!!
Link Posted: 9/16/2022 6:53:04 AM EDT
[#7]
Neat
Link Posted: 9/16/2022 6:53:36 AM EDT
[#8]
Man that's awesome! Your dad would be proud
Link Posted: 9/16/2022 6:59:44 AM EDT
[#9]
That’s amazing!

Years ago I bought a couple crushed receivers with the idea of doing this. Made them into keychains instead.
Link Posted: 9/16/2022 7:08:10 AM EDT
[#10]
That’s awesome! Got any before pics?
Link Posted: 9/16/2022 7:08:32 AM EDT
[#11]
Top notch job, sir. Bravo!
Link Posted: 9/16/2022 7:16:05 AM EDT
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Link Posted: 9/16/2022 7:18:54 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By steviesterno16:
That’s awesome! Got any before pics?
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Link Posted: 9/16/2022 7:28:06 AM EDT
[#14]
Awesome. You should share this in the retro forum.
Link Posted: 9/16/2022 7:32:33 AM EDT
[#15]
That’s beautiful, reminds me of the rifle I was issued back in 1988.
Link Posted: 9/16/2022 7:33:30 AM EDT
[#16]
Hell yeah, that’s awesome!
Link Posted: 9/16/2022 7:54:07 AM EDT
[#17]
Sorry about the loss of your dad.

Do you have any "before" pics?
Link Posted: 9/16/2022 7:57:06 AM EDT
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Link Posted: 9/16/2022 8:03:52 AM EDT
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Bravo!!! Looks amazing. I too eventually need to finish the clone build of my dads rifle one day here soon.
Link Posted: 9/16/2022 8:16:10 AM EDT
[#20]
Dad would be proud.
Link Posted: 9/16/2022 9:05:06 AM EDT
[#21]
Well done man.
Link Posted: 9/16/2022 9:12:24 AM EDT
[#22]
Outstanding!
Link Posted: 9/23/2022 4:06:45 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By ENGCPT:
Sorry about the loss of your dad.

Do you have any "before" pics?
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I posted it in the retro section ages ago. I'll see if I can't dig it up.
Link Posted: 9/23/2022 4:11:52 AM EDT
[#24]
How old was your dad?
Link Posted: 9/23/2022 4:32:17 AM EDT
[#25]
Outstanding!
Link Posted: 9/23/2022 4:57:37 AM EDT
[#26]
Simply amazing!
Link Posted: 9/23/2022 5:23:24 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By Wobblin-Goblin:
How old was your dad?
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My dad passed at 66.


Link Posted: 9/23/2022 5:24:45 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By saigamanTX:
My dad passed at 66.
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Originally Posted By saigamanTX:
Originally Posted By Wobblin-Goblin:
How old was your dad?
My dad passed at 66.

Thanks for responding. My dad was in Vietnam in '66-'67. He's 76 now. Sorry that your dad isn't here anymore.
Link Posted: 9/23/2022 5:26:03 AM EDT
[#29]
nice work, thank you to your father for his service.
Link Posted: 9/23/2022 5:36:59 AM EDT
[#30]
Outstanding job, OP!  Fantastic looking rifle!
Link Posted: 9/23/2022 5:47:49 AM EDT
[#31]
Someone get this man a colt FCG this is awesome OP.
Link Posted: 9/23/2022 5:54:04 AM EDT
[#32]
That’s outstanding.
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