Major Debugging Projects
Sometimes problems with guns aren't so much gunsmithing problems as design problems. And those problems are not always the fault of the original designer. In the case of the Bulgarian Contract Star B pistols, the primary problem was created by a truly amateur arsenal rebuild program the guns were put through in post-war communist Bulgaria, in combination with the fact that the guns were built to digest steel-case cartridges, while the US standard is brass case cartridges. Then there are the Western bureaucrats and fraidy cats, who write legislation which results in damaging and sometimes dangerous butchery of otherwise excellent guns. Such is the case with the Vz-58-type semi-auto rifles. In the photo above, you'll see a chunk of tool steel I'd just annealed to work into an improved sear for the Vz-58, in order to prevent the failure to fire problem known most commonly as "The Vz-58 Gremlin." Got a problem like this you'd like me to chew on? Let us know about it!