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"Gabriel" the Archangel Build

Postby Randalloc » Sun Sep 21, 2014 9:08 pm

Well thought I would share my "Gabriel" the Archangel build.. as I am close to getting her done... The goal/challenge which I tossed out there on one forum/group would be to take a AA stock and really do something with it.. modify it to something better. Originally I was never fond of the look of the AA stock.. especially the forearm and all those recessed areas, but I could see it did have some great elements to it. The solid composite material, the adjustable cheek piece and butt plate, the QD inserts, the adjustable tensioner, storage and the only 10 or 5 round workable magazine for the Mosin Nagant platform. I am not a smith and my metal skills and tools are limited so my rifle modifications were limited compared to others in this group but I can do a few things with ideas and composites and parts at least when it came to the stock side of the project. This was my first cut barrel and thread job(still have to see how that works.. lol) and scope mount which I am still in the middle of and the tapping is something I thinking of calling on a friend to help on since he's done it a million times and has good tools. ..

So the mods are this.. to take the AA stock to new direction use it as a platform to make it mine. So I had two main inspirations of stocks out there.. the JAE stocks and the B & C A5 both which I like and would someday like to have with a Rem 700 in them. The stock ideas borrow or take some inspiration from them. I took off the rear sight ground it down and epoxy filled it. painted the barrel with VHT flat black paint and then heated it to make it cure.. lets call it a poor mans's duracoat.. time will tell how well it holds up. The bolt was done by a local gent here in Ohio that is gonna help me tap that baby. Terry Thornsburry and he sells bolts on Ebay(tkthorn) mine was a special request, just the handle to hold a Surgeon knob with threads(in case I want to change the knob). The extra size cheek piece is basically kydex shaped how I wanted it and it works well attached right now with full length of velcro in case I need to get it off.

The forearms is built up with pieces of micarta I had around and was put on after I had built up and filled in most of the recessed areas of the sides of the stock with JB weld expoxy. Right now the paint is a textured Krylon I think and it sure grabs your hands feels good and hides any little imperfections in the stock. Time will tell if it works or not and if I like it or not... I almost put black webbing over it.. maybe later.. or not.

Epoxy time..
2014-05-27 20.19.57.jpg

Epoxy in with some touch up
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Forarm layout
2014-08-12 18.11.58.jpg

Forearm now on shaped up
2014-08-18 17.54.50.jpg

Early Mockup
2014-08-18 18.36.18.jpg
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Re: "Gabriel" the Archangel Build

Postby Randalloc » Sun Sep 21, 2014 9:15 pm

My first thread job...5/8 x 24..
2014-08-21 18.30.55.jpg

Brake mockup.. I like it..
2014-08-21 18.35.08.jpg

Mockup two with larger cheek piece prototype
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Kydex larger cheek piece mockup
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Kydex shaping on glass... works well.. I have the pattern need one?
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Re: "Gabriel" the Archangel Build

Postby Randalloc » Sun Sep 21, 2014 9:26 pm

Mockup and timing set for "Stalker" brake that I got to name.. lol.. he liked my name and gave me a brake.. before he has done any milling or drilling ports.
2014-08-29 20.42.56.jpg

Mockup for Tru Shot mount and new bolt
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Did the bolt with Terry Thornsberry marry a Surgeon knob to threaded handle so I can swap it out for new knob in the future if I want too
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Nothing like a plan coming together with a real craftsman at work
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Bolt works well with the Tru Shot mount and no in letting needed!
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Re: "Gabriel" the Archangel Build

Postby Marauder 1 » Sun Sep 21, 2014 9:34 pm

did you add a crush washer behind the brake? Everything looks pretty awesome so far, what color will the final rifle be???

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Re: "Gabriel" the Archangel Build

Postby Randalloc » Sun Sep 21, 2014 9:36 pm

Another mockup with the bipod and working through the front post and pica-tinny forearm rail locations.. She looks mean.. like a real Archangel.. lol
2014-09-10 21.42.51.jpg

So now to build a grip base along the lines of what the JAE has and other AA stocks.. to me it looks and works well with the mag and the stock. and you can see they borrowed some of thier "ideas" from the JAE stock no doubt.
2014-09-13 20.24.13.jpg

Prep of the base storage comp to work with the new base and still open.. a bit tricky
2014-09-13 20.24.40.jpg

Close to done shaping the grip base and figuring out how to attache it and still get it all working and open.
2014-09-13 21.16.29.jpg

Grip base on.. for now and yes it opens up..
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Re: "Gabriel" the Archangel Build

Postby Randalloc » Sun Sep 21, 2014 9:45 pm

Tru Shot scope mount prep with taking down the one side of the stripper clip housing.. around 1/16" .. it had to be done to work with the alum extrusion of the mount.. not ideal but you never see it when its all on and done.
2014-09-13 20.25.37.jpg

Front forearm post and rail install
2014-09-14 21.54.07.jpg

Drill time.. my first destruction of a perfectly good Mosin receiver..
2014-09-21 20.52.04.jpg

Grip base and rear monopod rail in place, she is shaping up and feels good
2014-09-14 21.54.14.jpg

Grip base and rear monopod rail in place
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Re: "Gabriel" the Archangel Build

Postby Randalloc » Sun Sep 21, 2014 9:58 pm

Close so close to wrapping her up...Looking like a real stock now.. and the paint job is done at least for now..
2014-09-21 20.51.17.jpg

Front forearm area with bipod installed
2014-09-21 20.51.26.jpg

The rear of the stock turned out pretty nice. feels great and gives me lots of options... the paint is very grippy
2014-09-21 20.51.35.jpg

Rear view.. the new cheek piece is on with full length run of velcro.. just in case I need to get her off...now gettin her off might be hard.. lol
A view from behind..
2014-09-21 20.51.46.jpg

Bolt done and looking good with no inletting required and mockup on mount before she is tapped
2014-09-21 22.12.23.jpg
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Re: "Gabriel" the Archangel Build

Postby Randalloc » Sun Sep 21, 2014 10:03 pm

Forearm looks tons better then the stock one imho and more practical
2014-09-21 22.12.55.jpg

The working end of the business ready to go
2014-09-21 22.12.33.jpg

Overall view of it with the Stalker brake on it and mount sitting in its place yet to be tapped and completed... almost done..
2014-09-21 22.11.08.jpg
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Re: "Gabriel" the Archangel Build

Postby Randalloc » Sun Sep 21, 2014 10:13 pm

Marauder 1 wrote:did you add a crush washer behind the brake? Everything looks pretty awesome so far, what color will the final rifle be???

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The two brakes I have were chosen for a straight on thread job(rifle barrel is cut at 24").. since I have no lathe and Shep is way over there.. I have no shoulder on the end and the Dark Warrior brake is a screw on and clamp on so it needs no shoulder and the Stalker brake I have timed to stop at the current threading but also have a jam nut if that doesnt work over time. (there is always blue loctite too..lol)
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Re: "Gabriel" the Archangel Build

Postby farmerboy78 » Mon Sep 22, 2014 8:34 am

I love this stock, wanna do another for me? Great job! :thumbup:
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