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Re: My Mal Pistol Project

Postby GrimmLV » Thu Nov 07, 2013 3:02 am

Well, heck, I third the motion... Let's be bad guys!
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Re: My Mal Pistol Project

Postby Badger » Thu Nov 07, 2013 9:30 am

It's easily said.....

The Model 47 was done when there was no official licensee for a replica metal Mal pistol. The Model 47A was started and was well under way when QMx was announced as the licensee. I was contacted and asked to work for them (though not making Mal pistols). As part of my terms I was allowed to fill the orders for 47As.

QMx has threatened a metal Mal for a long time, and it hasn't shown, but they still hold the license. They will come down hard on anyone making a metal Mal.

Apologies for the derail.

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Re: My Mal Pistol Project

Postby Goodwolf » Thu Nov 07, 2013 3:14 pm

Which is kinda counter intuitive. The demand is there, but QMx can't or won't fulfill it. That's an interesting business model. I'm guessing they can't get the price to that magic point where there are enough people to justify it though, and who can blame them?

Personally, I'd like to see a Boo made to the same standards as my 47A.
May have been on the losin' side, still not convinced it was the wrong one.
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Re: My Mal Pistol Project

Postby Badger » Thu Nov 07, 2013 4:55 pm

I looked into Boo for QMx.
I approached Pietta in Italy, who made the LeMat which was converted for Boo, and asked them to produce a metal replica.

Another story, for another day....

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Re: My Mal Pistol Project

Postby GrimmLV » Thu Nov 07, 2013 7:20 pm

So QMx *IS* trying to kill me...?! ;)
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Re: My Mal Pistol Project

Postby mandio222 » Thu Nov 07, 2013 11:02 pm

Yes, we can blame QMX... They dont do it and dont let anyone else do it...
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Re: My Mal Pistol Project

Postby Alkali Jones » Sun Nov 10, 2013 5:32 pm

Badger wrote:I looked into Boo for QMx.
I approached Pietta in Italy, who made the LeMat which was converted for Boo, and asked them to produce a metal replica.

Another story, for another day....

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Com'on Badger, you tell such good stories! Maybe a different thread- but do tell! ;)

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Re: My Mal Pistol Project

Postby Badger » Sun Nov 10, 2013 5:41 pm

Snowed under, right now.

I'll tell one day :)

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Re: My Mal Pistol Project

Postby drewsmith007 » Sat Nov 16, 2013 4:38 am

Finally, some real progress.

I built an electric furnace to melt the brass. Havn't melted anything yet, but did get a large drill bit up to probably 800 degrees celsius. I have to get to about 1100c, and I think I can get there. Here's a shot of the first firing with the correct heating element material.

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And here's the first test part. I'll have to figure a shrink ratio, so I'm using the plastic part directly instead of making a wax copy first. Hopefully the wax won't shrink too much.

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Re: My Mal Pistol Project

Postby Badger » Sat Nov 16, 2013 4:43 am

Good progress!

the wax will shrink, and the brass will shrink as well. The compound shrinkage can be alarming....
We had 15 to 20% in the worst cases of the early tests.

Also, the wax and metal will shrink varying amounts depending on section thickness and volume, wax pouring temp, wax cooling and metal cooling rates and a bunch of other stuff.

Great work so far.

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