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Beautiful engraved AR-15.

Post  Mr. Tower on Thu Dec 27, 2012 1:04 pm

I've been wondering how I could possibly steampunk my assault rifle collection. This would seem to be the answer...if I could afford it.



More pics of this awesome gun here:

http://www.guns.com/2012/12/26/turnbull-tar-10-12-pics/
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Post  The Lady Branwyn on Sat Dec 29, 2012 11:04 pm

Beautiful! Any idea how that coloration was achieved?
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Re: Beautiful engraved AR-15.

Post  Mr. Tower on Sun Jan 06, 2013 6:22 am

Since the receiver on the AR is aluminum I suspect that the colors are not from actual case hardening but from some kind of chemical wash, but I have no idea how to actually pull it off.

One thing that I did not realize at first is that this is not the normal 5.56x45 caliber but the much larger 7.62x61 making this a full powered battle rifle.
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Post  Herkimer on Sun Jan 06, 2013 7:19 am


That certainly is attractive, but I would think it would be considered decorative finishing, or washing, rather than engraving.
I forget the specific website but there used to be a forum called "metal finishing" or something very similar, full of old career chemical engineers, and electroplating professionals that could readily identify that process. Unfortunately, what works with aluminum, often has a very different look on steel.


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Post  W. S. Marble on Sun Jan 06, 2013 12:17 pm

What a splendidly attractive weapon. I concur that 7.62mm makes it the best of all possible calibers. I do have one concern, and that would be the possible build up of heat on the barrel, which now appears to be fully encased in wood, versus the originally aerated aluminum and plastic (by Mattel!) handguards. The new, smaller magazine than normal probably does help out in this regard.

Thanks for posting this!
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Re: Beautiful engraved AR-15.

Post  Mr. Tower on Sun Jan 06, 2013 8:27 pm

If you look at the other side you can see that it is engraved as well at colored



As to the overheating issue, I don't know but I assume the wooden hand guard is hollow and does not touch the barrel itself in the same way that normal synthetic guards mount. It still would eventually overheat but all AR style guns have this problem. The total sustained rate of fire without overheat for an AR is only about 12 rounds per minute, about the same as a bolt action rifle.
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Post  W. S. Marble on Mon Jan 07, 2013 6:02 pm

Mr. Tower wrote:
As to the overheating issue, I don't know but I assume the wooden hand guard is hollow and does not touch the barrel itself in the same way that normal synthetic guards mount. It still would eventually overheat but all AR style guns have this problem. The total sustained rate of fire without overheat for an AR is only about 12 rounds per minute, about the same as a bolt action rifle.

My bad. I'm so used to M-16's that I forget the civilian ones are not full auto. The additional photos you posted look even better--that is a splendid finish which I'll bet looks even better in real life. Another masterpiece!
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Post  Mr. Tower on Mon Jan 07, 2013 9:00 pm

I'm so used to M-16's that I forget the civilian ones are not full auto.

Even so, overheating is still an issue. My Colt civy M4 barrel gets burning hot to the touch after only 30 rounds if fired rapidly. Their is a youtube video of the plastic forgrip catching on fire on one after about a hundred rounds fired over two minutes.
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Post  W. S. Marble on Mon Jan 07, 2013 10:15 pm

It would be a shame to drill into that beautifully finished woodwork just to vent the grip, unless there was a shape to the cut acceptable to you that does not detract from the metalwork and is more Victorian than the hideous, standard M-16 vents. What a conundrum!
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Post  Mr. Tower on Wed Jan 16, 2013 1:49 am

Turns out that this is an all steel gun and case hardened the old fashioned way with bone and coal, and it won this years SHOT show gun of the year award.

The base model with the wood grips and coloring but no engraving is $5k....ouch.

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How about an ak done like that?

Post  Dr. Hax on Sat Feb 02, 2013 9:17 pm

I've always wanted to do this to an AK. Ornate engravings metal finish it, make it beautiful. Despite the fact the ak is a symbol of fear in our western society (From soviet union to the terrorists that hide under every seat cushion!) it is a beautifully made weapon. Simple, clean ,effective, cheap. Yes its not the most accurate but it was designed for its task as an assault rifle. It was never made to be a sniper rifle, granted RPK have been modified into designated marksmen rifles with pretty impressive results. I have always wanted one, though I fear with how politics are going in the usa I will never have such a chance...

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Post  W. S. Marble on Sun Feb 03, 2013 11:43 am

It IS an aesthetic masterpiece to be certain, even in its cheapest government configuration. But if the politicians truly wanted effective gun control, they would make sure these stay readily available--they are hard as all get out to clean, and they jam at the drop of a hat. Plus, as you accurately mentioned, the effective range was never an intention. The intention was to hit someone at close range with a bullet not much larger than a cal .22, but that tumbles and tears upon making its entry wound, and not exiting. Ouch! Plus, as much as I prefered my M-14 to my M-16 in the army, the former was so much heavier, including the heavy ammunition. A simple, perfect, long-range, dependable....albeit heavy...M-14 is probably the deadliest rifle on earth. I would love to see one of THOSE punked somehow!
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Post  Mr. Tower on Sun Feb 03, 2013 8:17 pm

I have always wanted one, though I fear with how politics are going in the usa I will never have such a chance...


The day after everything went to hell in the 2A world I convinced my dad we should both go into town and buy AR's before they sold out, possible forever.

I was thinking about getting an AK and handled one in the store but it just didn't feel as nice as the Colt LE6920 M4 I ended up getting. I like the platform but the AR15 is pretty generic these days. I was actually saving up for a Sig 556 or FN 2000 but I decided that it was now or never politically, and if an AWB doesn't get passed I could always trade in the AR.

But now that I've had it for a few weeks I've decided I really like it. Say what you will about the 5.56 caliber but the penetration is astounding, it zips right through 3/8" steel at fifty yards.

That being said, if things calm down I may need to get an upper in .50 Beowulf.


Sadly my gun collection is very non steampunk aside from the hand cannon I built. Aesthetically I really do love black rifles even though they don't match any of my other stuff.

My long guns in front of the Bee Fortress.
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