Project SA80 L85A2
Working out of town all week had me chomping at the bit with this project. I was digging up pictures on the net and making crude drawings in my note book.
These were from a guy on Facebook that goes by the name The SA80 Man. A message has been sent his way and hope he can help me with this project.
Some screen caps from Ian at Forgotten Weapons
Does anyone else get bored when I’m traveling by plane? I have taken to putting my thoughts down on paper.
I was feeling confident and all was well and fine till I got home and hit upon my first major snag.
I had to work out the relationships between the magazine, hammer, and barrel exiting the front of the receiver. In order for all those things to line up I realized that the 180B bolt carrier is not going to work. It places the guide rods too low ( The receiver is upside down in the above pic) and they will not allow room for ejection. Several thoughts crossed my mind at this stage like cutting out and lowering the ejection port or raising all of the components to work with the existing port. I believe the first is still on the table but the second most definitely is not. The amount of work that would be required is considerable, including raising the barrel. Do that and the hand guards would no longer fit.
I think the simplest solution is to make a new bolt carrier. The SA80 bolt carrier guide rods are spaced further away from the bolt centerline and as a result, would solve all my problems. I am not sure how I would go about cutting the cam pin slot. I envision myself drilling a few well placed holes and finishing it off with hours of hand filing and fitting. Oh goody. Nobody said this would be easy.
The other option is to find more original parts.