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So close yet so far, missed small detail on build

timctimc Senior MemberPosts: 6,684 Senior Member
edited May 2019 in General Firearms #1
Got excited the parts for my polymer80 Glock 26 build showed up. I had the lower milled and ready. I sat down turned on a YouTube video and started putting everything together, I was almost done when I realized neither the slide kit or the lower kit came with the recoil spring and guide rod assembly. Oh well, one will be here Monday or Tuesday. I guess I’ll survive. This means I’ll have to wait until next weekend to test fire.this was a fun project that really didn’t take much effort. I can say I now know everything about the internals of a Glock!
pics to follow when she’s complete.
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

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  • LinefinderLinefinder Moderator Posts: 7,762 Senior Member
    edited May 2019 #2
    Well, that's a supply chain malfunction, which you can't really blame on yourself. But, here's one I hope you don't encounter....

    Spend 3 days making a tiny 420 SST part with multiple features, heat-treat it, surface grind it to spec, then discover you missed milling a tiny radius in the bottom of a blind hole that's critical to the part working as advertised, according to a young engineer whose qualifications consist of his diploma and his pride.

    Yes, I could have fixed it in 2-3 hours with a polishing stone. But that wasn't good enough.

    Start over, while other jobs backlogged.

    Been there, done that. And that hurts.

    I'd love to do this for funsies once in a while. Doing it for a living to FDA specs takes a lot of the fun out of it.

    I have more common sense than patience, occasionally.

    Mike




    "Walking away seems to be a lost art form."
    N454casull
  • timctimc Senior Member Posts: 6,684 Senior Member
    Well, that's a supply chain malfunction, which you can't really blame on yourself. But, here's one I hope you don't encounter....

    Spend 3 days making a tiny 420 SST part with multiple features, heat-treat it, surface grind it to spec, then discover you missed milling a tiny radius in the bottom of a blind hole that's critical to the part working as advertised, according to a young engineer whose qualifications consist of his diploma and his pride.

    Yes, I could have fixed it in 2-3 hours with a polishing stone. But that wasn't good enough.

    Start over, while other jobs backlogged.

    Been there, done that. And that hurts.

    I'd love to do this for funsies once in a while. Doing it for a living to FDA specs takes a lot of the fun out of it.

    I have more common sense than patience, occasionally.

    Mike




    The real test will be with the other slide I have coming. This is the one I plan on cutting some openings and serration. My fist true test....
    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
  • tennmiketennmike Senior Member Posts: 27,457 Senior Member
    Have fun with the cutting of openings and serration. Plan your work, work your plan, and go slow and deliberately..................and it will turn out good!
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  • timctimc Senior Member Posts: 6,684 Senior Member
    tennmike said:
    Have fun with the cutting of openings and serration. Plan your work, work your plan, and go slow and deliberately..................and it will turn out good!
    Thanks, I’m feeling more comfortable with the mill now, cutting the lower built up confidence even though it was only polymer but it came out nice and clean. 
    Ive been practicing learning speeds and what I can get away with on my machine. 
    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
  • CHIRO1989CHIRO1989 Senior Member Posts: 14,286 Senior Member
    edited May 2019 #6
    How long did the milling the part take? Do you have to put on some sort of serial # on your part? I am assuming this started as an 80% lower.
    I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn away from their ways and live. Eze 33:11
  • timctimc Senior Member Posts: 6,684 Senior Member
    CHIRO1989 said:
    How long did the milling the part take? Do you have to put on some sort of serial # on your part? I am assuming this started as an 80% lower.
    The milling took me about 20-30 minutes, longer moving the jig around and setting up than cutting. I also went very slow since this was my first time at it. It was all really easy, I was just being super careful. 
    No S/N required in my state but I cannot sell it or give it away, of course I don’t know how anyone would know. I just wanted to build one to get me started. I didn’t really save any money over buying a new gun but I did upgrade several parts over factory. The downside is I now have a gun I can never get rid of, I don’t think I would want too many like that.
    not quite finished yet. This is what it looks like with slide 1. I’ll post more pics when completed.


    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
  • Diver43Diver43 Senior Member Posts: 12,188 Senior Member
    Those missing parts are kind of impotant.

    Looking good so far
    Logistics cannot win a war, but its absence or inadequacy can cause defeat. FM100-5
  • timctimc Senior Member Posts: 6,684 Senior Member
    edited May 2019 #9
    Diver43 said:
    Those missing parts are kind of impotant.

    Looking good so far
    They are, just a little...Everything else is working smoothly, I just need to finish it up and make sure it makes noise.
    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
  • timctimc Senior Member Posts: 6,684 Senior Member
    Get her done today, last part came in and she is complete. Fired an empty case with a primer only to make sure she will go bang, cycles rounds out of the mag with no issues, extractor works fine. I think it’s time for a range trip...
    The only Glock OEM parts on this build are the mags.
    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
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