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ArtemisArtemis MemberPosts: 124 Member
Just joined the forum today so I thought I'd stick my head round the door by way of a hello.
Quick rundown on myself. I am UK based ( check out my IP for exact location ) but spend a fair bit of my time travelling Europe with the day job - warranty work on superyachts and other 'tupperware class' boats. My downtime is spent nurturing the Ltd company I have just set up with my wife in the hope it will generate more money than the day job. We specialise in R&D work on sporting firearms and are in the process of trying to get our latest creation to the manufacturing stage; we are hoping to set up a strategic partnership with an existing manufacturer to add to their product range.
I shoot regularly but not as much as I'd like too.
As I am aware of the forum rules I felt I should enter into the spirit of things and post up a picture of one of my rifles this one is the 'Sawfly' designed and built by myself

Sorry about the size of this pic. This is the prototype of the rifle; it is a .22lr bullpup and draws its influence from fairly obvious sources, the donor rifle started out as an Anschutz model 520 before I reworked it.
I know bullpups are not everyone's bag, so feel free to rip into it if you wish (actually I would welcome the unvarnished truth if it is regarded as crap - I call it real world market analysis.....)
Who I am and What I do - artemissawfly.wordpress.com
Where to find me - https://www.facebook.com/artemisengineering.uk
What I'm doing right now on Indiegogo.com - Artemis Sawfly Sporting Rifle
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  • PFDPFD Senior Member Posts: 1,726 Senior Member
    Welcome!

    I'd like to see your work but the link/attachment didn't work for me?

    One of our mods is heading your way. Maybe you can show him your wares in real time.
    That's all I got.

    Paul
  • AiredaleAiredale Banned Posts: 624 Senior Member
    Welcome!
    Give us some first hand info on firearm possesion in the UK.
  • ArtemisArtemis Member Posts: 124 Member
    PFD wrote: »
    Welcome!

    I'd like to see your work but the link/attachment didn't work for me?

    One of our mods is heading your way. Maybe you can show him your wares in real time.
    Sorry the attachment didn't work for you; I just tried it again and it did open. Hopefully this will be a mod resolvable thing.
    Who I am and What I do - artemissawfly.wordpress.com
    Where to find me - https://www.facebook.com/artemisengineering.uk
    What I'm doing right now on Indiegogo.com - Artemis Sawfly Sporting Rifle
  • bhl2506bhl2506 Senior Member Posts: 2,027 Senior Member
    Welcome!
    Refusing to conform to the left wing mantra of political correctness by insisting on telling the truth does not make you a loud mouth.
  • ArtemisArtemis Member Posts: 124 Member
    Airedale wrote: »
    Welcome!
    Give us some first hand info on firearm possession in the UK.
    What would you like to know. There are so many area specific variations to contend with.
    We are limited to certain calibres and types of firearm, quantities and types of ammunition held, not to mention where we can and cannot shoot...in a small country with a population of 70 million this can be a problem.
    Basically you have to have a licence before you go gun shopping and then you can only purchase the calibre firearm that is listed on the 'ticket'. If you want something else then you have to apply to the police for a variation...wait for them to say yes....then go shopping again. Basically the legislation is there to seemingly make people give up because of the convoluted hassle they have to endure, just to pursue their chosen sport.
    When I applied for my first licence after living abroad for some years, I requested every calibre possible, the maximum amount of ammunition allocations and included moderators for all the calibres applied for; I expected to have to justify all this but never in my wildest dreams did I expect the Police to say "Yes, that's fine by us", I guess being a former armourer in the British Army does carry some weight after all.
    My ticket is now classed as 'open' which means that I can with permission shoot on private land other than at approved ranges. Each 'permission' has to be applied for individually and also has to be inspected by the police to see if it was suitable for the type of gun to be used on it - so on a flat five acre field without a suitable backstop, there's not a chance in hell that it would be approved for a .308, but a .22lr would be ok. My .308 Parker Hale, currently is only able to be used abroad or on our local ranges.
    Anything else, just ask. If I don't have the answer I'll find out for you and respond.
    Who I am and What I do - artemissawfly.wordpress.com
    Where to find me - https://www.facebook.com/artemisengineering.uk
    What I'm doing right now on Indiegogo.com - Artemis Sawfly Sporting Rifle
  • 5280 shooter II5280 shooter II Senior Member Posts: 3,923 Senior Member
    Welcome aboard, glad to have you here.
    God show's mercy on drunks and dumb animals.........two outa three ain't a bad score!
  • ArtemisArtemis Member Posts: 124 Member
    Welcome aboard, glad to have you here.
    Thanks. But don't be thinking I'm an expert as most of my knowledge is relevant to military small arms (and I left the mob back in 1999, so it's probably redundant by now as well). In fact compared to you fellas I probably know fook all....but I'm up for a knowledge upgrade anyway!
    Who I am and What I do - artemissawfly.wordpress.com
    Where to find me - https://www.facebook.com/artemisengineering.uk
    What I'm doing right now on Indiegogo.com - Artemis Sawfly Sporting Rifle
  • timctimc Senior Member Posts: 6,684 Senior Member
    Welcome, pull up a chair, pour youself a pint and join in the fun. Lots of experience here; I can say I have learned more here than anywhere else. New knowledge is always welcome!
    timc - formerly known as timc on the last G&A forum and timc on the G&A forum before that and the G&A forum before that.....
    AKA: Former Founding Member
  • 5280 shooter II5280 shooter II Senior Member Posts: 3,923 Senior Member
    Artemis wrote: »
    Thanks. But don't be thinking I'm an expert as most of my knowledge is relevant to military small arms (and I left the mob back in 1999, so it's probably redundant by now as well). In fact compared to you fellas I probably know fook all....but I'm up for a knowledge upgrade anyway!

    No worries, plenty here to learn ya something new. Former Armorer myself, divorced the American Army in '97.
    God show's mercy on drunks and dumb animals.........two outa three ain't a bad score!
  • ArtemisArtemis Member Posts: 124 Member
    Has anyone been able to open the attachment/link yet? I was hoping that someone could tell if it is a problem at my end or elsewhere. I am not I.T. savvy and nearly bent myself out of shape trying to upload the picture. I'll give it another go.

    Who I am and What I do - artemissawfly.wordpress.com
    Where to find me - https://www.facebook.com/artemisengineering.uk
    What I'm doing right now on Indiegogo.com - Artemis Sawfly Sporting Rifle
  • ArtemisArtemis Member Posts: 124 Member
    Well stone me, it worked, there you go fellas.
    Who I am and What I do - artemissawfly.wordpress.com
    Where to find me - https://www.facebook.com/artemisengineering.uk
    What I'm doing right now on Indiegogo.com - Artemis Sawfly Sporting Rifle
  • tigman.uktigman.uk Member Posts: 332 Member
    hey another Brit -

    nice rifle, what part of the UK you in
  • ArtemisArtemis Member Posts: 124 Member
    tigman.uk wrote: »
    hey another Brit -

    nice rifle, what part of the UK you in
    Roughly 90 miles North of you just inside the land of the Leek.
    Who I am and What I do - artemissawfly.wordpress.com
    Where to find me - https://www.facebook.com/artemisengineering.uk
    What I'm doing right now on Indiegogo.com - Artemis Sawfly Sporting Rifle
  • TeachTeach Senior Member Posts: 18,428 Senior Member
    Hi, and welcome! I'm in the process of finish-machining a few Parker-Hale Mauser receiver castings, making new, unfired Mausers from them. A distributor here has the last few remaining P-H castings at a good price, and I'm buying them up as fast as the old retirement checks will allow. I see your rifle is following in the footsteps of the venerable old SMLE- - - -so butt-ugly it kills by looks alone- - - -no ammo necessaary!

    Just yanking your chain a little- - - -it looks like a handy, very versatile rifle. Good luck with your business!
    Jerry
  • tigman.uktigman.uk Member Posts: 332 Member
    Artemis wrote: »
    Roughly 90 miles North of you just inside the land of the Leek.

    BAAAAA
  • ArtemisArtemis Member Posts: 124 Member
    tigman.uk wrote: »
    BAAAAA
    They all say that......thank goodness for wellies!
    Who I am and What I do - artemissawfly.wordpress.com
    Where to find me - https://www.facebook.com/artemisengineering.uk
    What I'm doing right now on Indiegogo.com - Artemis Sawfly Sporting Rifle
  • ArtemisArtemis Member Posts: 124 Member
    Teach wrote: »
    Hi, and welcome! I'm in the process of finish-machining a few Parker-Hale Mauser receiver castings, making new, unfired Mausers from them. A distributor here has the last few remaining P-H castings at a good price, and I'm buying them up as fast as the old retirement checks will allow. I see your rifle is following in the footsteps of the venerable old SMLE- - - -so butt-ugly it kills by looks alone- - - -no ammo necessaary!

    Just yanking your chain a little- - - -it looks like a handy, very versatile rifle. Good luck with your business!
    Jerry
    Cheers. I just have to see if it's the sort of thing I could that would sell in the US.....well, after I've modified the design to use a 16.25" barrel, red tape and regulations and all that......:cuss:
    I agree it is probably for a niche market...within a niche market.
    Who I am and What I do - artemissawfly.wordpress.com
    Where to find me - https://www.facebook.com/artemisengineering.uk
    What I'm doing right now on Indiegogo.com - Artemis Sawfly Sporting Rifle
  • tigman.uktigman.uk Member Posts: 332 Member
    Welcome tigman!


    dude been a member for many many years - across the various locations of the forum
  • ArtemisArtemis Member Posts: 124 Member
    Welcome tigman!
    Hi TrueTone911, I'm the newbie, but thanks for the welcome by proxy. Good to be here!
    Who I am and What I do - artemissawfly.wordpress.com
    Where to find me - https://www.facebook.com/artemisengineering.uk
    What I'm doing right now on Indiegogo.com - Artemis Sawfly Sporting Rifle
  • JLDickmonJLDickmon Senior Member Posts: 1,726 Senior Member
    Welcome!

    do you like gladiator movies?
    Never laugh at your wife's choices.
    You are one of them.
  • ArtemisArtemis Member Posts: 124 Member
    JLDickmon wrote: »
    Welcome!

    do you like gladiator movies?
    Er, no...... and I haven't spent time in a Turkish prison, nor do I have anything to do with 'AlteredChrome' either, before you ask.
    I did get to handle a Kriss Vector at the IWA-show earlier this month and TBH I don't rate them very highly, they handle like an unbalanced briefcase and look like an unfinished lawmower part. ( I wouldn't accept one as a gift )
    Who I am and What I do - artemissawfly.wordpress.com
    Where to find me - https://www.facebook.com/artemisengineering.uk
    What I'm doing right now on Indiegogo.com - Artemis Sawfly Sporting Rifle
  • Ernie BishopErnie Bishop Senior Member Posts: 8,496 Senior Member
    Welcome and nice rig. Always impressed by those who can build guns.
    Ernie

    "The Un-Tactical"
  • 5280 shooter II5280 shooter II Senior Member Posts: 3,923 Senior Member
    Artemis wrote: »
    Er, no...... and I haven't spent time in a Turkish prison, nor do I have anything to do with 'AlteredChrome' either, before you ask.

    Ok, you've done your lurking, and being in the Army, that answers the "Grown Man Nekkid" question.....since you're a Metric Misfit, I'll leave out the .270 query.......and being a Brit, it's not fair to ask "Marlin or Winchester".........That leaves the touchiest of questions...........Cats! Friend or foe?
    God show's mercy on drunks and dumb animals.........two outa three ain't a bad score!
  • jaywaptijaywapti Senior Member Posts: 5,032 Senior Member
    Welcome to the forum,

    I've always had an interest in bullpups, a 270, 280, or 30-06 with a 26" bbl would be a great hunting rifle, but i've never built one. One of these days, maybe.

    JAY
    THE DEFINITION OF GUN CONTROL IS HITTING THE TARGET WITH YOUR FIRST SHOT
  • ArtemisArtemis Member Posts: 124 Member
    Ok, you've done your lurking, and being in the Army, that answers the "Grown Man Nekkid" question.....since you're a Metric Misfit, I'll leave out the .270 query.......and being a Brit, it's not fair to ask "Marlin or Winchester".........That leaves the touchiest of questions...........Cats! Friend or foe?
    I love cats







    They're especially tasty when pan fried and served with a cranberry jus, on a bed of spinach. Although if we're talking P***y then the answer is still YES!
    I'm more of a dog person - 2 Lab Collie cross's, retired working dogs.
    Who I am and What I do - artemissawfly.wordpress.com
    Where to find me - https://www.facebook.com/artemisengineering.uk
    What I'm doing right now on Indiegogo.com - Artemis Sawfly Sporting Rifle
  • 5280 shooter II5280 shooter II Senior Member Posts: 3,923 Senior Member
    You is be awesome! :up:
    God show's mercy on drunks and dumb animals.........two outa three ain't a bad score!
  • ArtemisArtemis Member Posts: 124 Member
    '5280 shooter II', it was the Alteredchrome thread that popped up during a Google mooch, It got my interest so I started reading it and then I got so absorbed that I had no option but to join the forum. TBH, for me, Altered chrome gave himself away as a fraud the moment he refused to post a picture of his entire collection; coupled with the way he worded his answers. OK he got his comeuppance but boy did he generate an entertaining thread:wink:
    I am interested also in the .270 question........come on, it was curiosity that killed the cat..............Damn!(unintentional pun alert) I suppose you are going to tell me that you're a devout moggy lover and I've upset everyone by being a dog person!!!!!!!!!!!
    Who I am and What I do - artemissawfly.wordpress.com
    Where to find me - https://www.facebook.com/artemisengineering.uk
    What I'm doing right now on Indiegogo.com - Artemis Sawfly Sporting Rifle
  • ArtemisArtemis Member Posts: 124 Member
    Found some more 'Sawfly' pics on the laptop. These were taken earlier but show the details a bit better.


    Hadn't put in the safety lever at that point, so used a cardboard template to gauge proportions.

    (hope these upload ok, I'm working with a PMS prone laptop and a typically British internet connection.)
    Who I am and What I do - artemissawfly.wordpress.com
    Where to find me - https://www.facebook.com/artemisengineering.uk
    What I'm doing right now on Indiegogo.com - Artemis Sawfly Sporting Rifle
  • CHIRO1989CHIRO1989 Senior Member Posts: 14,206 Senior Member
    Artemis wrote: »
    '5280 shooter II', it was the Alteredchrome thread that popped up during a Google mooch, It got my interest so I started reading it and then I got so absorbed that I had no option but to join the forum. TBH, for me, Altered chrome gave himself away as a fraud the moment he refused to post a picture of his entire collection; coupled with the way he worded his answers. OK he got his comeuppance but boy did he generate an entertaining thread:wink:
    I am interested also in the .270 question........come on, it was curiosity that killed the cat..............Damn!(unintentional pun alert) I suppose you are going to tell me that you're a devout moggy lover and I've upset everyone by being a dog person!!!!!!!!!!!

    Well crap, I went back and read that drivel AGAIN.

    Welcome Artemis, are you up in the land of the Welsh?
    I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn away from their ways and live. Eze 33:11
  • ArtemisArtemis Member Posts: 124 Member
    CHIRO1989 wrote: »
    Well crap, I went back and read that drivel AGAIN.

    Welcome Artemis, are you up in the land of the Welsh?
    Hi, and yes I am, at least until there's no more sheep to annoy. If it is any consolation I went back and read that drivel again too. Ok I admit I was at a loose end.
    Who I am and What I do - artemissawfly.wordpress.com
    Where to find me - https://www.facebook.com/artemisengineering.uk
    What I'm doing right now on Indiegogo.com - Artemis Sawfly Sporting Rifle
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