So, I realized I’ve never really done much in the way of a comprehensive post for this project.
A couple of months ago, I found out that the man who got me into mechanical design many years ago passed away. This is my goodbye gift to him, the TOFYJ-30/12. It’s a multi-caliber (.308, 7.62x54R, and 12 gauge, depending on barrel and extractor) straight-pull bolt-action garage gun that uses heavy gauge tubing as a receiver. At a bare minimum, it requires no milling or welding (I’m building the prototype exclusively using hand tools) and parts readily bought online. In accordance with the mannerisms of the man this project is devoted to, the blueprints will be available for free. Once the blueprints are made available, I’ll be encouraging the community to add to the number of parts- new magwells, new bolt designs- I’m sure a semi-auto one could be built. I want this project to grow. I want this to be a collective thanks to a great man.
Unfortunately, I cannot do this alone.
I’ve been working on this for a while now- I’ve got the basic design all patterned out, and most of the parts for the prototype either on order or already owned. I am, however, lacking in the long run- in terms of testing the prototype, I have about a box and a half of blanks, but I’m going to need low-pressure short-range training ammunition which runs about 100 dollars per case. I’ve got a small assortment of hand tools that may suffice for the most barebones of prototype builds, but that’s as far as they’ll get me. If anyone out there has Solidworks experience, a miter box, or a bench vise they don’t need any more, please send me an email at email@example.com. For those who’d like to contribute but aren’t familiar with CAD or able to help with the tools, I’ve got a Bitcoin wallet set up (13w7mHkV84eP56F7kkgR5RxhiSuLnGhiEe) and would be very grateful for any donations made- they go a long way.
If anyone has any questions, please do send me an ask.