53' M38A1 M1919 Project.

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53' M38A1 M1919 Project.

Post by LukeM38A1 » Mon Feb 17, 2014 1:30 am

I have been wanting a show gun on my M38A1 for awhile now, With replicas reaching over $500+, why not make my own? So I did. Started about two months ago with the mount, got the swivel head on ebay for about $120. All and all the whole thing costed me about under $200 to make. I have got the plans if anybody wants them, If anyone has any questions ill be glad to answer. I know its not totally a realistic setup but Its pretty darn good for someone like me.
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Re: 53' M38A1 M1919 Project.

Post by ecurb_1160 » Mon Feb 17, 2014 5:40 am

Looks very nice!!!

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Post by wilfreeman » Mon Feb 17, 2014 7:27 am

That looks good! Any plans to add the support legs to it? I am in the same boat as you were - kinda. I have a semi 1919a4 that I built and an M38a1. All I want to do is shoot my gun while mounted in the Jeep! But, on the other hand, I'm kinda cheap! And $600 for an M31c + $375 for the yoke is beyond my "acceptable" spending range to do that! I saw the parts on eBay and emailed the guy about them, but he said they are cast and wouldn't hold up to the strain of live fire. I have seen the top bearing (or whatever you call it) for $100, but a real yoke is still $375 which would put me in the $600 range. This is almost acceptable.
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Post by Halsey » Mon Feb 17, 2014 9:55 am

That looks fantastic!!!

Love it!!

Not sure if I could do what you did, but would love to try!!


Would def be cool to have at the local car/truck show!!

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Post by LukeM38A1 » Mon Feb 17, 2014 4:37 pm

It probably would be more authentic with the legs, sadly I don't have the plans for them.
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Post by Halsey » Mon Feb 17, 2014 7:37 pm

Not sure if 9/10ths of the population would notice legs, or lack of legs. From what I can see, it looks pretty darn cool!!

I'll bet you don't get a lot of people driving too close to you either!! :wink:


I want one!! Haha!!


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Post by wilfreeman » Mon Feb 17, 2014 7:49 pm

Not sure if 9/10ths of the population would notice legs, or lack of legs.
Don't get me wrong, I'm not knocking your pedestal at all. I'm just thinking out loud about how to go about building one myself. I would think that for a live fire version that I would need the legs - or would they only be needed for full auto fire?
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Post by LukeM38A1 » Mon Feb 17, 2014 8:54 pm

That is true, 9/10 people wouldn't even know. It wouldn't be difficult to add the legs at all, with the live fire I would definitely go with the legs for support. I will eventually add the legs on, it does in fact sway a little when off roading. I know you aren't knocking it, I Thank you for bringing it up.
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Post by wilfreeman » Mon Feb 17, 2014 9:12 pm

I will eventually add the legs on, it does in fact sway a lot when off roading.
Interesting! Doesn't look like it would do that being mounted solidly to the frame.
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Re: 53' M38A1 M1919 Project.

Post by LukeM38A1 » Mon Feb 17, 2014 9:31 pm

It doesn't sway very much, but it does have a little bit of ply probably because there Is 3 or 4 coats of floor paint.
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