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#1 Hiller

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Posted 12 November 2020 - 05:00 PM


Recently got my form 4 appoved for a m1918a2 royal typewriter bar. The weapon is in pieces, completely stripped apart. I've never put one together. I have built m14's, garands, m1 carbines, 1903a3's. ect. I've got multiple barrel/action wrenches. headspace guages, BAR books, ect... So I feel confident I can build this one. I thought I'd check here on the possibility some one here might have some experience with the BAR and offer their wisdom.





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Posted 13 November 2020 - 05:18 AM

Buy or download a GI manual.


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Posted 13 November 2020 - 07:02 AM

"Buy or download a GI manual."

 

That I do have.  Wanted to make sure there wasn't something odd about these builds that I might screw up and wanted to check first.

 

 

 

 

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Posted 13 November 2020 - 05:58 PM

The main thing you need to avoid doing without the proper tools is install the barrel to the receiver if it has been removed.  Doing so without the proper tools can lead to damaging the receiver.  It is also not a job for the average gunsmith, few have any experience with a BAR.


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Posted 13 November 2020 - 10:31 PM

Google up BAR and scan videos of the assembly procedure.

Not very difficult. 


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Posted 14 November 2020 - 10:42 AM

I'm curious why someone would keep a transferable Royal Typewriter BAR unassembled? Did the previous registered owner provide any insight as to his or her thinking?


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#7 Hiller

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Posted 15 November 2020 - 06:07 AM


The main thing you need to avoid doing without the proper tools is install the barrel to the receiver if it has been removed.  Doing so without the proper tools can lead to damaging the receiver.  It is also not a job for the average gunsmith, few have any experience with a BAR.

I dont plan on using a monkey wrench and hammer for the job. Got a barrel vise fabricated. Working on a receiver wrench as we speak. Although depot repair manual calls for a big open ended wrench for the receiver. I believe its similar to other usgi barrel of installations. Align the draw marks while keeping in mind the ft. Sight keyway alignment. Make sure Barrel draw is not too much or too little. Like the m14 barrel. I do have a lathe to adjust the barrel shoulder if needed as well as a finish reamer in -06. If I get time this weekend Im going to try threading the barrel in by hand to see how close the draw marks are. Hopefully they are close and no machine work will be needed.





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#8 Hiller

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Posted 15 November 2020 - 08:31 AM

Google up BAR and scan videos of the assembly procedure.
Not very difficult. 


I did the google. Found some good resources. Just looking around for experience from others so I make sure I dont do anything stupid. I did get a phone number from a fellow with bar knowledge. Looking forward to a quick chat with them maybe next week.



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#9 Hiller

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Posted 15 November 2020 - 08:34 AM

I'm curious why someone would keep a transferable Royal Typewriter BAR unassembled? Did the previous registered owner provide any insight as to his or her thinking?


Story is it was taken apart for the purpose of reverse engineering project. Then never reassembled.




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#10 Hiller

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Posted 22 November 2020 - 05:38 AM

Made a receiver wrench and it worked great. Got the Barrel indexed properly.

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Posted 24 November 2020 - 09:37 PM

If headspace is tight you can remove a little metal off the locking surface of the bolt. If loose, try different bolts. I did weld one up and recut to fix loose headspace.
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