Just For Fun Project: “The Apache Pug” - NAA Homage to 19th Century Gangster Knuckleguns

rudukai13

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Don’t get me wrong, if I undertake any kind of project like this I want to make sure it’s built well and works as best as possible - but considering this is more of a fun detour away from my more serious defensive/fighting builds and is likely to spend its entire existence either at a range or in a display case as a quirky conversation piece, I don’t want to get overly complicated and technical (or ridiculously expensive) with it
 

rudukai13

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Billy’s getting closer to this project with his working partner, should be getting the final design finished up relatively soon. And I’ll be able to make it back to the range in the next week after some unexpected chaos the last couple weeks. More coming soon!
 

rudukai13

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Finally had a chance to get to the range again today. Most of my focus was on shaking down my completed EVO320 build, but I took breaks occasionally to run several cylinders through the Pug. Purchased some CCI MaxiMag FMJ from the range and fed that through in addition to the Gold Dot JHP for some variety, with no malfunctions to report. The little revolver remains 100% reliable thus far. I still have yet to do a “grab bag” ammo test with four or five different brands/loads mixed together just due to current ammo scarcity, but I get the sense it won’t have any issues regardless of the rounds in the cylinder. More news on the grip expected soon, more updates coming!
 

rudukai13

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Found a neat webpage while doing more research on the Delhaxhe pistol that includes several very good pictures and what appears to be the original patent filing on the design:

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Just a little more background info on the piece, figured I’d share for anyone interested!
 

rudukai13

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On a heavy note, plans for another big P320 range day with my brother for 3/20 day get thrown out the window pretty quickly when one has a stroke and brain surgery five days beforehand, so there’s that.

On a lighter note as soon as I get out of this ICU bed between #TrumpBux and #BidenBux this little slide project will have been 100% gubmint funded, so that’s something at least!
 

rudukai13

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Looking forward to seeing how this turns out.
Glad you're working your way out of the ICU, good luck with your recovery.

Thank you, very much appreciated! To my understanding unless something turns for the worse I’ll be headed home tomorrow morning. Probably be a few weeks of therapy at least before I deem myself safe to do any live-fire shooting again after that, but I’ll definitely keep this thread updated on any mechanical progress with the knuckle grip during that time
 

rudukai13

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Alright I think it’s time to give a bit more substantial update here about what’s been going on and the status of these project guns. For those of you who aren’t aware, on the morning of March 16th I was hospitalized with a stroke (PSA of the month, don’t crack your neck at home). I received brain surgery on the 17th to allow the tissue to swell and drain normally. I’ve been resting comfortably at home since the morning of the 22nd, with interspersed scheduling of doc and physical/visual therapy appointments. Although it had the potential to be much more severe, I seem to have gotten off lucky with the only lasting results being a bit of double vision and some very slight instability when I walk - both of which I’m assured can be resolved via said therapies.

Moving on from the pity party, how does this effect the gun projects I’ve currently got going? The answer is, quite simply, not much. While it will take some time before I personally feel comfortable with live fire again, it turns out that pistol sights - both red dots and irons - make for some pretty effective visual therapy practice, so I’ll be maintaining my safe dryfire schedule going forward. There are no outstanding components or work to be done on the P320s and the money I set aside for the Pug knuckle grip is unaffected by my medical woes. The maker I’ve contracted to create them is hammering out the design with his business partner and there should be more significant updates in the near future.

In the meantime I’ll continue lurking and engaging on these forums as I have previously. If anyone has any questions or just wants to chat you’re of course always welcome to post here or send me a PM any time. My apologies for the delay in updates over the last few weeks and the slightly off-topic nature of this expository post. I can assure everyone that I, and by direct extension these projects, aren’t going anywhere any time soon!
 

rudukai13

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Vision’s getting better even before starting proper visual therapy. The sights on my pistols (RDS and front sight) now appear to be one, relatively crisp dot as opposed to distinctly two different, very fuzzy points as they were when I first got home. Next range trip is scheduled for my brother’s birthday in two weeks and I plan to attend and shoot then. Early signs are good!
 
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