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    Default VZ 0% compliance parts - some assembly required :)

    Here they are! They are a beaty aren't they? "some assembly required"

    http://pookieweb.dyndns.org:61129/vz/build/000_0075.JPG

    That's a 1.5" bar of 4340 steel waiting to be sliced into bite-sized chunks. After some angle cutter, dremel, and file work, I have gotten this far:

    http://pookieweb.dyndns.org:61129/vz/build/000_0077.JPG

    http://pookieweb.dyndns.org:61129/vz/build/000_0078.JPG

    I broke a bit drilling the trigger holes so I am going to get that bit out of there and finish grinding/filing them down. The sear ramp remains to be cut but other than that, they should be good to go! I'm going to heat them up to a nice cherry red to harden them so as to prevent wear from the peening they will receive and leave them "rough" around the edges... that should give anyone with cause to inspect them the clue that these aren't factory-built.

    The only other things I have left on my VZ build is to rivet the trigger guard in place, rivet the FCG retainer spring, and paint it. And repair one small weld spot I noticed yesterday.

    I am having a hard time matching the crappy-looking factory paint, but I want to make it look "factory". The pics I have of the more modern-looking VZ's all have it with a flat black, or possibly blued. The weld job just won't work with blueing, it will look like a zigzag camo pattern! I may head over to Sherwin-Williams to see if they can color match it in that Polane or whatever it is called.
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    Thanks - I hit a little snag in that my dremel seized up and got REAL hot. I guess I wore it out! Time for a replacement... that makes 2 dremels down and counting!
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    hcp I found out that the electronic speed controls on the dremels were burning out at a very accelerated pace due to the magnetized particles of steel would be attracted to the control unit, shorting it out. I have since found out that the black and decker rotary units use a old style rheostat that is practically invulnerable to metal particles. BTW, the new 400 series of dremels(their heavy duty unit) also use a rheostat speed control. So the only way to prevent metal particles from frying the bearings is to use one of the flexible extensions, saves wear and tear on the unit itself. K

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    Quote Originally Posted by hcpookie
    Thanks - I hit a little snag in that my dremel seized up and got REAL hot. I guess I wore it out! Time for a replacement... that makes 2 dremels down and counting!
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    Send it back to them.

    They'll send a new one, and higher quality.
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    Pook, I love it. You are a true craftsman.
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    Thanks! She dry fires! The disconnector does its job. It seems like it is a VERY heavy trigger pull. But it dry fires like you expect it should. Now to find some time at the range...
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    Let's see...three dremels just about equals a Foredom tool. I doubt you'll wear one of those out.

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    I bought one of those 1/8" air die grinders for $15 from HF and havent fired up the dremel or foredom grinder since.

    On the trigger pull make sure to cut one of the legs off the spring for a reasonable trigger pull

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    Quote Originally Posted by panaceabeachbum
    On the trigger pull make sure to cut one of the legs off the spring for a reasonable trigger pull
    Good call! I monkeyed around with it some yesterday but didn't go to the range. With any luck I'll be at the range with it sometime this week.

    I'm going to make one more mod - I'm going to alter my trigger slightly so the "SA-only" modifications are more obvious. They are there, but I'm going to weld more on The Block and thin my trigger some more for a wider margin of error if the rifle is ever inspected... Rbthntr64 pointed out that it would be preferable if the block is wider since my receiver sides are the normal thickness.
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