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Old March 23, 2012, 11:26   #1
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Making a home made barrel link for a Star BM

What steel would/should I use. I have a good floor drill press and, I can get whatever drills and reamers I need and, the damaged original for pattern.

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Old March 23, 2012, 11:50   #2
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I like O-1 tool steel. It is available from most steel supply stores and Brownell's, and is simple to heat treat and temper after machining.
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I like O-1 tool steel. It is available from most steel supply stores and Brownell's, and is simple to heat treat and temper after machining.
I agree with this post. 4140 is also a good choice.
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Old March 24, 2012, 18:50   #4
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Thank you both. I appreciate the info. There are a number of tool and die/machine shops as well as supply houses in town.

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I made one for my B from a 1911 link.
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Old March 24, 2012, 22:34   #6
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I made one for my B from a 1911 link.

I already checked that with a new standard length 1911 link that I had and, no go. The 1911 is too long for a BM.
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Old March 25, 2012, 11:24   #7
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There is a guy on the trader section of Gunboards that sells original parts if you don't feel the absolute need to make it. Goes by "STAR"
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There is a guy on the trader section of Gunboards that sells original parts if you don't feel the absolute need to make it. Goes by "STAR"
Yes, I've contacted him and, the link is $50 + $20 for over seas shipping.

Being the "frugle" bastid that I am, I just can't see it, being it's for a $200 pistol. I think I'll have no problem making a usable link though, I may have some trial and error.

Thanks for the suggestion.
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Well, if you have the old for dimensions, get a piece of steel and go for it. It should not be too hard. Good luck.

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Old March 26, 2012, 11:14   #10
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Well, if you have the old for dimensions, get a piece of steel and go for it. It should not be too hard. Good luck.

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Thank you sir! I feel up to the challenge and, am inspired by mountain mans sig line that goes "Can't afford it? Make it!" or something like that.
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1911 links come in different sizes measure the holes center to center and order one the right length.

I had to ream one of the holes a couple of thousands and mill down the thickness a bit and reduce the radius of the barrel end.

Of coarse when I say mill down I mean a home made jig, file, sandpaper up to 400 grit and a lot of elbow grease but you'd be surprised what you can do with persistence and hand tools.

It is definitely easier than starting with a piece of flat steel.

We probably have two or three hundred rounds through it since the repair and it works great.

If there is an Achilles heel in John Brownings design it's the barrel link.
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...a lot of elbow grease but you'd be surprised what you can do with persistence and hand tools.

No, I wouldn't. Check with Bama Steve about the concept of the NPW (New Palestinian Workshop). Heh.
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If so, would the new link be a "Kyber Pass" link?!!

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1911 links come in different sizes measure the holes center to center and order one the right length.

I had to ream one of the holes a couple of thousands and mill down the thickness a bit and reduce the radius of the barrel end.

Of coarse when I say mill down I mean a home made jig, file, sandpaper up to 400 grit and a lot of elbow grease but you'd be surprised what you can do with persistence and hand tools.

It is definitely easier than starting with a piece of flat steel.

We probably have two or three hundred rounds through it since the repair and it works great.

If there is an Achilles heel in John Brownings design it's the barrel link.
That all did cross my mind but, the closest c/c 1911 link was still off by about .010"-.012"

I've made many a homemade jig/tool for whatever too so, no, I won't be surprised. I keep elbow grease by 55 gal drum.

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If so, would the new link be a "Kyber Pass" link?!!

Leland
Yeah! I like that one too. Maybe a flatlander special. I can tell I'm gonna need some pics for this project!

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Yes, I've contacted him and, the link is $50 + $20 for over seas shipping.

Being the "frugle" bastid that I am, I just can't see it, being it's for a $200 pistol. I think I'll have no problem making a usable link though, I may have some trial and error.

Thanks for the suggestion.
EEEEk! I'd gnaw one out with my teeth before paying that. I do like my pistol though!
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EEEEk! I'd gnaw one out with my teeth before paying that. I do like my pistol though!

Yup, me to. That's why the project. I really like my pistola too and, is a good, comfortable piece for CCW.
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