It does run- the other day I burned through 300 rounds as fast as I could reload and pull the trigger. The only failure was a bad Bulgarian primer that refused to do its duty.
I was also surprised that it did not need the tube to keep the carrier in alignment, but another reason for the long buffer is that the piston never exits the rear sight base. The carrier runs pretty straight and a slight chamfer on the front of the piston is all that seems to be needed to keep things running smoothly.
I don't have any problem with split cases, bulges, or even dings (except of course for the Bulgarian and Polish surplus, which was thoughtfully pre-split for us). Cutting the chamber is a critical operation, as you know, particularly when your trying to close down the gap between bolt face and breach as much as possible without compromising extraction reliability. I also found that I needed to throat the chamber slighty- I noticed that sometimes when I tried to extract live Bulgarian rounds, the bullet would stick in the throat, and with those split necks, the bullet would be pulled out of the case and be left in the throat of the chamber-messy...
Your internals design looks nice! I built my 45 winmag linkage on a push type, based on the Groza trigger design. Mine doesn't have adjustability in it, so it still has a little bit of slack... that R/C adjustment linkage you mentioned would sure be welcome on mine! I am going to rebuild part of my linkage "now that it works" to take up some of that slack and improve the pull.
Did you ream your own barrel? Interesting that your throat doubled as a bullet puller That would be a stinker to have that happen at the range!
The "original" Boltcutter Rivet Squeezers:
Project Pink - the Pink and Blue AK-74:
Yes, it was irritating to have to use a cleaning rod to clear the gun. I did ream the chamber- in fact the barrel is actually off of one of the old $99 Tapco G1s. It had a bad crown, but the bore vas very nice, so I cut it off, contoured, crowned, sleeved, and reamed a chamber.
Very nice Bullpup, with some very good ideas. It makes me wish I had come back sooner to check it out.
Be aware that this does require basic machine shop access-lathe and mill at the minimum, or at least access to a machinist who would do the necessary work. Ability to press and pin ak barrels is going to be a benefiet as well.
WHY IS THIS THE LAST POST I CAN READ ON THIS THREAD????????? THERE IS A COMPUTER PROBLEM HERE ANY ONE ELSE HAVING ISSUES?????????????? I CANT READ AT LEAST THREE POSTS wtfYes, it was irritating to have to use a cleaning rod to clear the gun. I did ream the chamber- in fact the barrel is actually off of one of the old $99 Tapco G1s. It had a bad crown, but the bore vas very nice, so I cut it off, contoured, crowned, sleeved, and reamed a chamber.