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Buy the book, “Blood on the Talon”

Some viewers are emailing me asking how to find the book, “Blood on the Talon”. I’ll leave this as a sticky post for a while to help readers get there easier. Simply click on the book image and it will take you to the secure ordering site where you can use Paypal or buy from Amazon. The introductory price has ended due to the sales volume. The retail price of $44.95 is in effect.

Rebuilding a STEN Mk V, Semi Auto SBR: Part V

I finally ordered my parts kit for the STEN. I have a bit of research to do before I start again. Its been a while since I’ve worked on it so I need to get my current knowledge on the build back up to par.

Indiana Ordnance STEN Rebuild Kit.

Indiana Ordnance STEN Rebuild Kit.

Intelligence Info from 6th British Airborne Division

Here is a copy of a declassified document regarding the German Army disposition around the Wesel area for 24 march 1944.

 

BR 6th Airborne DIv Intel Summary

Photographing the Collection

I spent some time taking photographs of parts of my collection using live subjects. It took a while to get the lighting to an acceptable level. I use two different backgrounds, a white one and a dark one to provide ample contrast for removing the background later when using Corel Photo. The results are acceptable at this point, but more work is required to get it ready for publication of Volume II later. here is an early attempt at the process.

Awards and Decorations, 17th Airborne Division: 681st Glider Field Artillery Battalion

Enclosed is a listing of the awards and decorations for the 681st GFAB as compiled in the 17th Airborne Division official unit history published on 6 Dec 45.

681st GFAB, p1.

Rebuilding a STEN Mk V, Semi Auto SBR: Part IV

Finished all of the milling and drilling of the tube. All that remains to finish the tube is the filing. I have quite a few rough areas to refine. especially the access hole for the trigger parts. I’ve added a photo to illustrate the method in which I milled the discharge port in the tube. Once I finish refining the edges it will match as close to the original profile as possible. I also drilled three 3/16 inch holes in the forward part of the tube. Those will be weld filled to mate the barrel retention nut with the receiver tube. I will drill three similar holes through the rear head casing so that the rear portion of the tube can be welded to the trigger housing and casing. Final holes will be 2 in each of the trigger housing tabs to secure the trigger housing to the tube. Here is the working mock up with the furniture, tube, housing, barrel nut/shroud and the magazine housing in place. I need to buy another screw and washer for the pistol grip.

Awards and Decorations, 17th Airborne Division: 680th Glider Field Artillery Battalion

Enclosed is a listing of the awards and decorations for the 680th GFAB as compiled in the 17th Airborne Division official unit history published on 6 Dec 45.

680th GFAB, p.1

Awards and Decorations, 17th Airborne Division: 466th Parachute Field Artillery Battalion

Enclosed is a listing of the awards and decorations for the 466th PFAB as compiled in the 17th Airborne Division official unit history published on 6 Dec 45.

466th PFAB, p1.

Rebuilding a STEN Mk V, Semi Auto SBR: Part III

Here are images of my new tube, just received in the mail There is no slot for the pin on the back side. Since the pin mentioned in the last build post is already installed for the sight as on my head casing, I will need to mill a small slot at the 12 0′clock position to accommodate the pin which will correctly position the tube in the head casing.

 

 

Awards and Decorations, 17th Airborne Division: 464th Parachute Field Artillery Battalion

Enclosed is a listing of the awards and decorations for the 464th PFAB as compiled in the 17th Airborne Division official unit history published on 6 Dec 45.

464th PFAB, p1.

Rebuilding a STEN Mk V, Semi Auto SBR: Part II

Progress for Today on the recreation of a STEN Mk V as used by a member of the 139th AEB reconnaissance team.: Removed the torch cut receiver tube from the trigger housing. Since I tend to get impatient and my work suffers, I’ll stop at this point and use another day to clean up the trigger group. Here’s the round up:

I looked through a few web sites where others were building STEN III or V’s. I noticed on one of them, the man damaged the upper rim of the Head Casing when he removed the tube from the back. I suspect he did not fully remove the spot welds and when the tube was bent upward to remove from the Rear Head Casing, it took a chunk of metal with it. I wanted to prevent that, so I proceeded slowly.

Started by clamping the tube in the vise being careful not to clamp the tabs on the Case, Trigger Mechanism. The spot welds are fairly easy to see, but once the metal glitter flys, they get covered up. I started by marking the welds so I could grid easier.

I then began to grind using the TiN metal cutting bits from the Dremmel tool to eat away at the welds. As I made some progress I was able to get a small pry tool between the tube and the Head Casing Ring and pry the tube slowly away. This told me how my progress was going and let me see how deep my grinding was so that I did not cut into the Head Casing. Here you can see the progress as I gind the tube, being careful not to exceed the thickness of the tube and go into the Casing. You can also see the pieces being separated from the casing by light prying and bending.

It occurred to me that if I cut the back of the tube, from the weld cut to the back, I could begin to roll up the tube on the inside as I ate away the welds. This allowed me to grind away without goig too deep. In the next photo you can see where I took the hacksaw apart, turned the blade upside down and reconnected it to the hacksaw frame so I could say inside the tube. This worked real nice and I was able to cut through only the tube from the torch cut to the back of the tube.

 

 

 

The next step was to clamp the Trigger Case Mechanism using some leather to prevent marring the parts that I want to use. I began grinding with a ball grinder on the Dremmel. I was hoping to use my drill press and Ball Mills to grind away the welds and not damage the two tabs on the housing. As I began to grind the inside of the tube I realized i could cut the tube completely off in front of and behind the two tabs. I failed to photograph this step, but you can see in the next photo where the cuts were made. Just in front and behind the tabs there are small recesses that allow you to cut with a hack saw without touching the housing below. This left a small ring of metal only over the tabs, and as I ground away I was able to bend the tube back and away from the tabs without damaging them.

*****Wait to do this until you get most of the welds removed or you might bend/snap off the tabs.

All I have to do now is clean up the inside of the Rear Head Casing and the inside of the two tabs and the trigger mechanism housing will be ready for blasting. This step did two things for me:

1. Saved $200 by not having to buy a newly made mechanism,
2. Saved all of the valuable marks and Broad Arrows on the housing.