The title should have piqued your interest: yes, that's what I do best, building guns. Frankly, I just don't have the money to buy "real" guns, even though I want an m14 sooo bad. So, I pick up my saw, drill, and glue, and get to work. So far, I have made three weapons of varying success, with more plans on the way. Mortar Mark I Earlier this year, New Year's eve to be exact, Mortar Mark I made its battle debut. This 5 ft long LAW rocket looking thing took about three weeks and 30 bucks to make. It consisted of a 2in by 3ft barrel linearly attached to a 3in by 2ft chamber. It fired using a generous amount of hairspray, a grill lighter, and some prayer. The thing was intimidating, if not very useful. It only fired about 1 in 3 tries, but had a colossal explosion. Sadly, it had all bark and no bite. It took about a minute to load, wasn't very effective, was stark white, cause I had no time to paint it, and was fairly bulky and heavy. Overall: very awesome, but not effective. Enter Mortar Mark II. This contraption was inspired by my genius friend Chris. It came from the idea that compressed air had a much better reliability rate, and would produce more measurable results. So, the brainstorming began! I starting working on the actual body when a local Ace Hardware went out of business and I got some sweet deals. First, I cut all the PVC into my needed parts, and glued them together. The shape resembles an over-sized battle axe with curved blades. Basically, I used 90 degree elbows to make the chamber wrap around the barrel on both sides. This way, I can get more chamber space, without making the thing too long. Then, I attached a PVC ball valve, with threaded ends for attaching different barrels on, to the chamber and screwed in the barrel. Then, thanks to some good advice, I camo Duck-taped the whole thing. I actually almost lost the thing during a night game, that's how well the camo does its job!!! It saw its first action in April, and didn't have enough time to live up to expectations. I also want to point out that my group plays a "hit-your-out" rule, therefore I have to hit them with pellets for it to kill. So, it hasn't made a lasting impression yet, but I plan to create a shell with a co2 cartridge inside to create a much better spread of fire. Overall: very cool looking, works well, fires easily, hasn't done much yet. Also, I am working on an M16A1 custom; really custom... For my last game, in late June, I started to seriously consider an idea I had. What if I took an old spring M16A1 rifle, and connected it to a HPA (High pressured air) tank, regulated it accordingly, and fired a blast of air through the existing chamber?? Basically, the rifle already contains the internals needed to cock the gun (BTW, this is a "bolt" action gun, not auto) and has a chamber through which the air from the piston already flows. Therefore, I took out the piston, which opens the chamber to the air, and connected an air hose to the inside of the chamber. Also, I did a TON of knife work to the inside of the gun for the trigger (a blow valve for an air compressor, which works just like a trigger) to fit into the casing. This enabled the user to just pull the blow valve, which already looks like a trigger, and let air through the chamber, firing the BB. Then, I connected the blow valve to the regulator (cheapo from Northern Tool) and bored out my stock to accommodate my 1/4 in. to HPA tank adapter hose. This allows me to either use the HPA tank as a stock, or remote coil it to the back of my tactical vest, and use the stock as is. Now, this isn't finished yet, so there are some good and bad things: Bad: Leaks through the trigger. The thing was rated at 200 psi, and I was only putting 120 into it, so either the trigger is bad, or the regulator isn't working properly. Isn't too awesome. I thought it would have more power, however that might come with the trigger/reg fix. Good: Fires!!! It actually fired, but not awesomely. Cocking mech is really easy. You only have the pull the lever a 1/2in back, so it reloads REALLY fast. Uses what I already have. Since I used all the reloading mech from the original gun, I have a bunch of old clips which work perfectly, so I don't have to gunsmith any of them. Overall: I like how it is turning out, but needs to be adjusted before combat ready. So, that concludes the "done-ish" portion, here a few things I am already working on: Grenades. Really cheap way to have really effective grenades. They use those Crosman co2 canisters to create the blast. Auto Turret. Check out here: Autonomous Paintball Sentry Gun This is the basic idea, though I will be modding a few things to make it work better. This is going to be REALLY AWESOME!!! Possible super turret. Useable on my project Jeep, when finished, it would track you eyes (yeah) and point a mounted machine gun/mortar/unsure yet toward the point you are looking at. (Kudos to the afore mentioned Chris for this one). So, there you have it: my first blog post!! As you can see, I love games and competition,a as well as using my hands to build. Airsoft is such a perfect place to display both!!!!