Well, the glorious STUPID carbine project is, unfortunately, on hold. I am so close to being done, this just sucks. In order to cut threads for the muzzle brake, a special tool is required to turn down the OD of the muzzle and to ensure that it will be concentric. This is a Muzzle cutting tool found on Dinzagarms. It has been ordered but there is a 2-4 week processing time from these guys who seem to be a small Mom and Pop type business, which is great and I am glad to give them my business. I should have checked with my shop when I started this project to ensure they had ALL the tools necessary. In the meantime, here is a shot of all the removed material from the Type 53 so far:
I have decided my next project is going to be a new upper for my AR chambered in 5.45x39mm. Ammo is still cheap and all I really need is a barrel and a new bolt. I plan on using shop leftovers for the hand guards and FSB. I had thought it would be super cool to use the chopped off type 53 stock to go over the buffer tube when the 5.45 upper is on it.