A complicated fantasy firearm, moving parts and lots of metal in a small apartment? What could go wrong?
Step 1: The Concept
As mentioned in my previous Instructable, this was a non-firing replica of a weapon that never was; the heroic and dangerous 45mm double-barreled break-open grenade launcher carried by 1930's pulp adventurer Mr. Fury.
The original concept was to make use of the growing technology of 3d printing; to model the complete weapon in 3d and print out the parts that linked several military surplus parts that looked cool for the project.
It ended up with me doing serious metal working in my apartment, with inadequate tools. The biggest tool I had was a budget, bench top drill press from Harbor Freight. Most of the serious cutting was done with a hacksaw!
I also made some serious errors, such as being misled by my experiences with welding steel to think I could braze multiple brass parts together in the same way. In the end, the thing was as much epoxy and other glues as it was metal, and in hindsight we really could have printed more of it, done a lot less metal work, and saved ourselves much time and money.