I was looking into getting the new DD MK18 and doing research and found out that what I really wanted was a MK18 mod0 instead. The mod0 has a pinned front sight block and delta ring. I seem to gravitate to those older features.
Bought a parts kit and a “stealth” lower.
I found info on the different parts and specifications they have and found the roll mark. So I set up my 1940 Gorton pantograph and got to work.
I had to quickly whip up a jig to hold the lower.
Once I got everything leveled out and true (this took an hour alone) it was time to start making chips!
Note the centrifugal force on my orange belt!!! This bit was spinning at 11,000 rpms with a single flute 40degree bit.
Hard work pays off! I think it looked good.
3 coats of aluminum black worked nicely.
And some aluma-Hyde for character.
Due to the shorter barrel you will want a .070 gas port in your barrel, and a 5 coil with rubber ring for your extractor, and at least a H/H2 buffer weight. This is need due to the faster cycling rate of the short barrel.
You can see here on the left the upgrade 5 coil extractor spring, and on the right the normal spring.
On the real MK18 mod0 they went from the 3 gas rings to a single thicker gas ring. I honestly have 4-5 sets of gas rings so I will just be leaving my bolt with the 3 ring set up.
For buis I went with my trusted MATECH 200-600 yard sight. For optic I went with the primary arms ACSS-cyclops. This is a 1x scope with illumination and range finder from 200-400 yards.
I also installed a sure fire light and tape switch.
All in all I had a lot of fun with this build and I hope that it inspires others to build their dream firearm.
Remember be safe and have fun!