Absolutely beautiful build.
If you remember the Kohler commercial with the couple that brings a faucet to the architect and says “...build me a house around this”, that’s pretty much how this project started.
Back in 2013 I purchased a pretty unique heavy bipod.
The only rifle I’ve seen this on was the Harrington & Richardson marked HK rifle designated as the H&R T223.
Detailed pics of the HK G3 and T223 heavy bipods can be seen here.
I’m not going into detail about the T223, that information can be found on line. There’s also a couple pages in the book: Full Circle by R. Blake Stevens.
Here’s a link to the 1965 T223 manual.
In short, H&R submitted the T223 rifle to the US trials in the mid 60’s, obviously the M-16 won out.
I don’t know how many original T223 rifles are out there but I know Reed Knight has one in his collection and there was one on Gun Broker for sale in 2015. If I remember right the price on that was 45K.
So moving ahead ...I have this bipod, if I could find one of the early mags, this would make for a pretty cool project.
Luckily a WTB post I had out there turned up a magazine.
Thank goodness I didn’t start a build thread because this turned into a six-year endeavor, three of them were spent waiting for a new flat that was supposedly coming but never happened.
Along the way I’ve taken tons of photos and have uploaded them to IMGUR.
I’ll post the links below and if you have the time and want to check them out there’s plenty to see.
I’ll put a couple of images here to give you an idea where this started, a couple of in-betweens and how it ended.
Made the collar for the bipod and located a magazine.
Fill the SUO markings on a Malaysian housing. Laser engraving will re-mark with Safe, S.A., F.A. similar to the original.
- Project on hold between 2016 and 8/2019. -
Opted to go with a flat that is currently available.
I chose to send it out for engraving prior to bending, no FFL or additional information needed to be added.
I know I know, I engraved a company name on a gun that they didn’t make but it’s mine and it’s not for sale. If in the event it is ever sold it will not be put on the market as an original.
- No build pics here, please check the links. I have them posted in order. -
Just finished, here’s a couple of photos of how it turned out.
Images are shown in blocks of 10. When you get to the last image click the blue box to continue.
(1) Original T223, photos from the manual and my starting point.
(2) Flat bending and assembly fitment.
(3) Sight alignment, bipod collar #2, welding and prep for finish.
(4)Finished and assembled
Last edited by 21HK; Today at 03:04 PM. Reason: Wording correction
Absolutely beautiful build.
Masterful; could almost make me a roller lock guy...
"Just because you're paranoid doesn’t mean they're not after you!"
happy to see this done! Great job.
One day I suspect you will be able to also do the BHO in the pack?
Also what stamping markings were on the original barrels?
Thomas Jefferson -
"When government fears the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny."
"Those who hammer their guns into plowshares will plow for those who do not."
I understand the mechanics and how it operates but there’s some details that just aren’t present in the illustrations.
If by any chance Ian from Forgotten Weapons happens to see this post, find a T223 and do a video- please!
Sorry, no clue what markings are on the original barrels. If I were to guess it’s probably the same markings that would be on an HK33 barrel of that era.
Since your gun is SA you can repurpose space the trip lever once occupied. I have seen this done on a couple home builds. If you pm me your number we talk a bit about it.
Again great job!
Show them this thread and quality of your build and they might oblige.
This is a very cool build. Turned out well, congrats!