New Products!

A sample of new products will be ready for shipping during the week of 20, July 2017. Items that have been “on the drawing board” for many weeks are finally finishing the heat-treatment process. Using a new heat-treating works added a few weeks since we each have documentation to approve, but the cost savings are there.

The receiver drilling fixtures are expensive, I know, and beyond the wishes of most hobbyists. I hope some of the people who purchase these will do so with the intent of renting them. I think it easy that the rental fees alone will pay for the fixture after five (05) or so rentals.

The magazine catch pliers are meant more for the 07 shop who needs to quickly service magazine catches, but of course anyone can use them. The bolt servicing tool base is a bit of an oddity for handy for those shops who must service a lot of bolts.

So, what’s coming after this? The mother of all riveting fixtures. Imagine making a perfect rivet every time without tweaking and shimming – that’s the goal.

Knob Creek Weekend!

On 07, 08, and 09, April 2017 the twice-annual Knob Creek Machinegun Shoot will take place at West Point, Kentucky. I plan to be there Saturday 08, April 2017 and I hope to find a few rare parts for a decent price. We’ll see…


Spring Is Here – What’s New At The Engineering Works?

The engineering works has a few ideas in motion – actually a bit further along than that since designs are through final edit and stamp and parts are being machined.

What’s coming? A couple of things. First; the ONLY receiver drilling jig that CORRECTLY locates the holes from the top rail and face of the receiver. This one is designed for milled and stamped receivers as well as bulged stamped receivers. Simply change a couple of parts and the jig adjusts itself for the longer milled receiver of the M76. No way! Way!

And for the time-conscious Type 07 shop a, armorer’s bolt servicing tool is ready for heat-treating. I’ll add photographs when these items go up for sale.

More things are coming – just read the blog and watch the main page.

The Pending ITAR Mess…

For a few years I have designed and sold tools for the safe disassembly and assembly of Kalashnikova variants. The first tool designed was the GS-0001 and it came into existence as I (angrily) attempted to safely disassemble a batch of AK74 rifle kits I purchased. These had torch-cut barrels that are commonplace now and I could not improvise a safe way to disassemble them. I made a photograph of my work and sold twelve (12) of these during the next twenty-four (24) hours.

On 22, July 2016 the U.S. Department of State’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls aka DDTC made additions to the International Trafficking (In) Arms Regulations aka ITAR. These additions were perhaps written as a “clarification” of what activity is covered by ITAR but they are anything but that. ITAR has been around a long time per an executive order written many years ago. It’s intent is good – to regulate the trafficking of arms from the USA to other lands but changes over the years have caused it to be applied to entities and persons who make only domestic sales.

The new language is simple and short yet all-encompassing in regards to everyone who manufactures or modifies any part of an arm. That’s right – there is no specific language to indicate that the proposed regulations are aimed solely at 07 FFL’s or for that matter 01 FFL’s, and neither is other industry singled out – industry that has never required a FFL for operation. So, what does that mean for me?

This becomes enforceable on 31, December 2016 unless it is walked back. Several members of the U.S. Congress have signed on to a letter directing the U.S. Secretary of State to rescind this new language. Additionally, some funding has been threatened. But so far, there is not a published solution. For me, (in my opinion) it means that I cannot “make” or “touch” any parts after 30, December 2016 unless I am declared “exempt” by the DDTC or choose to register and pay the annual tax. Personally I await an outcome from the efforts by industry professionals as well as our Congress and I will keep the website updated.