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Bloodless
September 30, 2017, 14:54
Mark built this for me 15 years ago this month and I'm still in awe of the quality of workmanship. It's been a "safe queen" occasionally visiting the range.

https://photos.smugmug.com/Firearms/i-GDBcdVs/0/fb000e98/M/P9300004_DxO%20copy-M.jpg

https://photos.smugmug.com/Firearms/i-BwgDWvw/0/691fd401/M/P9300006_DxO%20copy-M.jpg

https://photos.smugmug.com/Firearms/i-jfgs5T3/0/25fbc4a2/M/P9300009_DxO%20copy-M.jpg

1911Ron
September 30, 2017, 16:19
:love::love: :bow::bow: A beautiful looking riFal!

meltblown
September 30, 2017, 16:27
Great looking furniture

Bloodless
September 30, 2017, 18:50
Great looking furniture

I only recall that the furniture set was called "European Hardwood" and it was fairly expensive. The "European" part made me nervous so I swapped out all of my mag baseplates for US made ones to ensure compliance.

MilsurpMonkey
September 30, 2017, 20:46
I only recall that the furniture set was called "European Hardwood" and it was fairly expensive. The "European" part made me nervous so I swapped out all of my mag baseplates for US made ones to ensure compliance.

The European sets were made in the Czech Republic and still fetch good money. Sold a full set with handguards last year for what I paid. I believe JonnyP has them on his son's .223 build. They were/are gorgeous and seldom seen anymore.

Bloodless
September 30, 2017, 20:52
The European sets were made in the Czech Republic and still fetch good money. Sold a full set with handguards last year for what I paid. I believe JonnyP has them on his son's .223 build. They were/are gorgeous and seldom seen anymore.

Sounds right. I was on a mission to find the best of everything back then. Just dug up receipts for a Krebs/Vepr conversion build. Yikes! It's a keeper like the FAL.

https://photos.smugmug.com/Firearms/i-g8GP5Gv/0/da7043a3/S/PA100461%20copy-S.jpg

gunplumber
September 30, 2017, 21:06
That was a really interesting time. I bought the land for my new house & shop in 2000. Put the house in, in early 2001. Built the shop in summer of 2001. But ATF would not allow me to get an FFL for the new address until the shop was finished, because they required secure storage (two sets of locks) and electricity. Electric was the last to go in, and I had all kinds of sparring with the electrical inspector. I could have as many 110v outlets as I wanted, but if I put in a 220v, I had to have a different inspection at $0.50/sq foot (1740 sq ft). I didn't have an extra $900 bribe - oops, I mean "inspection fee" - to spare. So I'd run two parallel 110s on different circuits, get the sign off, then change the dual 110 to a single 220. So stupid! But during this time, I had no money since I couldn't sell my old property, since it was still my licensed premise. So I had $100,000 sitting in limbo for a year. So yeah, 2002 guns would show Phoenix, even though the new shop was in Surprise.

That the inspector said he refused the new Walmart's FFL for the same reason (it wasn't electrically complete), was no consolation. So I couldn't sell the old property until the FFL was approved for the new property. So I had to finance the new shop and property by taking out HELOC on the old (paid off) property, for 6 months, then pay that off when it sold.

Last week I paid off the HELOC on this property, which I had maxed out on the EAI Purchase. So I am once again, completely debt free and slave to no bank or man. Thinking back to 1991, I came off my recall to active duty (the second time) $56k in dept and living out of my car, it kindof made me sob in relief - which is not something I do.

Seeing stuff like this only reminds me of what a long, hard road it was, and how relentless determination and the willingness to put in 70-80 hour weeks for years, eventually pays off. Oh yeah, and a reminder, that I can be an arrogant bastard, and kindof an asshole, as so long as I conduct my business always in a fair and equitable manner.

Building the new shop
https://www.arizonaresponsesystems.com/notes/notes-ars-shop-build/notes-ars-shop-build.html

Tour of the shop complete
|https://www.arizonaresponsesystems.com/notes/notes-ars-shop-tour/notes-ars-shop-tour.html

enbloc8
September 30, 2017, 21:26
Last week I paid off the HELOC on this property, which I had maxed out on the EAI Purchase. So I am once again, completely debt free and slave to no bank or man. Thinking back to 1991, I came off my recall to active duty (the second time) $56k in dept and living out of my car, it kindof made me sob in relief - which is not something I do.

Cheers on being debt free again. Your previous descriptions of what happened were a valuable lesson for me, and I'm sure many others here.

FALonious
October 01, 2017, 05:56
Nice looking stick you have there Bloodless. A timeless, functional work of art!

Fantastic job on becoming debt free again Mark....I was before 07'....and will be again someday Lord willing.

Blackmore
October 01, 2017, 08:36
I have an ARS build from that era, too.

http://www.hunt101.com/data/500/ARS_Build_Date.JPG

Thorack
October 01, 2017, 09:21
Wow,

Very nice rifle. I have a pair of Imbel twins from that period (2002). Consecutive numbers one a Para the other 50.00. TDW had new Imbel barrels new para lowers kits, new Imbel furniture, and new Imbel receivers for under $250, great time for build.

I think this was during GP's time of superior workmanship.;) Just kidding Ive had several GP builds since then and they have all been very nice. The last one with GP's trade marked Geckoflage is the BOMB!

Heres to many more years of GP turning out consistently great work. :beer:

Now if we could just get him to build and design his own rifle, and give Jon Browning a run for his money.:bow:

Thorack

Super B
October 16, 2017, 22:44
You built me a couple during that time period. One park, one Metacol. I still prize them.