1 biggun My friend has a wire feed he does not feel comfortable welding the thin metal of the blank and I do not blame him. If it worked ten years ago using rivets than what do you care? I asked if any one did it and folks do. It is not taking the easy way out it is doing it with our worrying about messing up the blank. I did not buy the jigs my friend did and if he wants to build them this way who am I to argue he has the most money in it and he is helping me build the gun. You like welding an can do it fine. I have welded before so I know what it involves. I also know some times welding thin metal can really be a pain. I think as does my friends the rivets are the safe way to go and it is our projects as long as we are happy with the results that is what matters. I thank the other folks that are going or went the rivet route.
OK you do not need the jigs from what I have read it has helped a lot of folks do it right the first time with our messing up the holes with templates that may have not been right. We gave it some thought and felt that would be the best route to go. If you do not use them fine does not mean that it is not a good decision or that rivets do not work.
Thank you for your input