HKPRO Forums banner

1 - 20 of 45 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
7 Posts
Discussion Starter #1 (Edited)
After much searching, I recently acquired four wood HK-91 handguards, seen below, and was curious if any forumgoers were still shortening them to fit the HK-93 profile. Specifically, I'd like to have one (or all) fitted to a PTR-91 Scout Carbine.

Unfortunately, the nicest two have the notch near the front that make them less ideal for the job, but perhaps someone knows how to cut them from the rear to bypass that issue.

Thank you.



Edit:
In the very unlikely case that someone might have a finished one to sell, let me know and I'll grab my wallet! Hell, I'd trade two of your choice for a nice converted one.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,135 Posts
Contact jdowney he is a member here but not very active on this board. If you go to Militaryfirearm You can probably reach him by PM he is pretty active on that board. He has done many of these in the past. He also makes the wood HKG3 grips and the wood PSG1 grips sold on RTG. I have had him make custom G3 grips for me in the past he does excellent work.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
3,274 Posts
After much searching, I recently acquired four wood HK-91 handguards, seen below, and was curious if any forumgoers were still shortening them to fit the HK-93 profile. Specifically, I'd like to have one (or all) fitted to a PTR-91 Scout Carbine.
Yes, JDowney is the man. It has been my experience however, that lately he is not always willing to or in a position to take on new work. Here is a link to some good info and instructions if you are so inclined.

http://www.hkpro.com/forum/hk-long-gun-talk/196606-hk-93-wood-2.html
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
7 Posts
Discussion Starter #6
Appreciate the responses, guys.

Neat, I was curious about JDowney's status. Since this account has a low post count, I haven't been able to shoot PMs quite yet. Thanks.

And, aye, I had seen the diagram for making the cuts but, with these pieces being as difficult to find as they are, have been hesitant to do so. If nothing pans out, I'd definitely consider giving it a shot.

Speaking of panning out, it looks like I've a few PMs to reply to. Cheers.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
7 Posts
Discussion Starter #7
I definitely wasn't expecting to have this resolved within 24 hours. Someone took me up on the 2:1 trade. Thanks for the replies, everyone.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
122 Posts
I still do them now and then, but only when the customer can supply the handguard - I used up the ones I had on hand years ago.

Sounds like you got a deal worked out, so you may not be interested in how it's done. I wouldn't cut the cap off and dig the wood out though, like they said in the other thread. It's a pretty big PITA to get all the wood out. After removing the rivets I take a 3' hardwood dowel (3/4" diameter) and hold the HG at the top and pound the dowel down on the floor to drive the cap off, then cut the wood to length.

Rear cap is a bit easier to remove, but I like the look of ones shortened on the front end better.

(EDIT)
Yeah, it's a lot easier to reach me on militaryfirearm.com, I just happened to log in here to send a PM and saw the thread. Usually I miss them, but you can send me a PM here too and I'll log in to read it.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
28 Posts
My Z43 SBR that jdowney did the HG on, i have a few he did & can't say how pleased i am with his work ( i knew i would screw it up if i tried it & they are not 20 bucks any more)

 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
157 Posts
Here is one of two that I shortened myself. I did mine a little different, being picky I wanted them to look more like factory with no partial holes showing and the same hole count on both end. I did this by shortening from both ends and drilling more holes. I have also converted the wood handguard to accept a bi-pod and used a ball mill to cut reliefs for the legs to rest in.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,135 Posts
Here is one of two that I shortened myself. I did mine a little different, being picky I wanted them to look more like factory with no partial holes showing and the same hole count on both end. I did this by shortening from both ends and drilling more holes. I have also converted the wood handguard to accept a bi-pod and used a ball mill to cut reliefs for the legs to rest in.
That is absolutely awesome work! I really like the fine details. I think it is really cool that you adapted some of the wood forearms to accept the light bipod. I also really like the way you shorted the forearms from both ends. It does look very factory. If you get a chance would you please post some close up photos of the modifications for the bipod?
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
2,461 Posts
^ I'd like to see this as well.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
157 Posts
I'll search for the project photos. I have a huge photo collection on my computer, unfortunately, they are disorganized. Here a couple of the finished handguard and a rough presentation of the wood carry handle conversion too.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
157 Posts
I used rough surplus wide handguards to cut up. To remove the hollow rivets, large and small, I find a short fine thread bolt that is a little larger than the I.D. of the rivet, position it from the inside(thread end against rivet) and use a long flat end punch to fit through rivet on opposite side to bolt head and drive out. some are easier than others. BE CAREFUL not to break wood!! I use my armorer's puck I bought from Adam, to place under my handguard end. Once seperated you will have inner and outer steel pieces, from both the polymer and wood handguards, and also you will need the flat release piece from the polymer hg also. I use the inner piece from the polymer hg and the outside piece from the wood hg, and using my dremel tool with a cut off wheel make my cut for the bi-pod collar. The inner piece will have to be shortened and re-drilled for the rivets to go back in place. I also use a clear epoxy to the wood where both metal parts mate to help reinforce the end. any that oozes out can be trimmed off with an exacto blade. I sand the wood before re-assembling, and repaint and stain/clear coat after assembly by masking the wood first , then the metal.
Kind of trial and error on disassembling. I ruined a couple before I finally figured out some tricks to removing the rivets. The polymers are tough, but you aren't trying to save any plastic.Please forgive my writing skills, I am much better with a gun in hand than a keyboard.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
157 Posts
Thank you All for the compliments. I am working on 3 sets now, two sets in mid length and a set for my HK 53. I also think I have figured out how to use wood on the extended charging handles without the wood breaking up too.
 
1 - 20 of 45 Posts
Top