Now, what you think you saw in the title picture was an MG42 and a British Bren light machine gun. However, what you are actually lovingly gazing at, are .22 LR rifles inserted into the parts kit of those guns, and indeed, are fully functional with their .22 LR magazines and actions (no belts here). The creator of these freakish things of beauty has another thirty or so conversions just like it, and just as similar to their true life counterparts. I stumbled across this gentleman on a Facebook group where he posted some pictures of his work. The guy lives in California, and as a way to buck against the absurd firearms laws, as a hobby, and as a present to his son (he started building them when his son was born), took it upon himself to buy either actual demilled parts kits, or the airsoft shooters modeled after iconic firearms, get either Marlin or 10/22 .22 LR rifles, completely gut out the internals, place the .22 LR receivers/barrels within the actions, and have them in working order. He has done this to an MG34, MG42, Bren, Tavor, H&K UMP, M240, M249, BAR, M14 EBR, and the list just goes on. From his own words-
I didn’t wait for manufacturers to do these so I found those airsoft conversions on customrifles.info. I did those and then took them to a new level with new builds before I was using a dermal and angle grinder to cut the metal each build would take 6-12 hours through trial and error there wasn’t a real guide on how to do them. After doing 2-3 conversions, it got easier for me to do these. I’ve done over 35 different builds in the past 6 years. Not all are airsoft bodies I use real parts kits and some aftermarket dress up kits like the archangel G36 and M1A to drop in a 10/22. I just epoxy glue the 10/22 mags to an airsoft mag. I use faux mags or they’re just hollowed mags just to complete the look. Inside it is usually ugly and covered up alot of epoxy putty, brackets, JB weld, etc when you see internals, its not as pretty because of the dermal cuts.
Much thanks to “Rey” for providing the pictures, info, videos, and permission to use all the above. Your creations are fascinating!