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The Flattery & Affliction Affair

While 2009 ended at somewhat of a lull in relation to my U.N.C.L.E. Special Project, completion in 2010 appears not only promising, but coming soon.

The Some Folks Have All The Luck Affair

Call me a glutton for punishment—or even a perfectionist. So far, my efforts to successfully apply Allumahyde II to Paul and Eric's contemporary U.N.C.L.E. Carbine barrel has proved quite a challenge. With the help of my co-worker John, I'm currently researching various paint manufacturers in the hope of finding a primer that will adhere to both aluminum and titanium.

The Solution-B Affair

The victories and pitfalls I've experienced over the past two years while attempting to construct a functional U.N.C.L.E. Special has provided excellent exercise in non-linear thinking.

The Poised For Completion Affair

While I'm sure my gunsmith has grown tried of my whimpering at this late stage of my project to produce a live-ammo-firing variant of the U.N.C.L.E. Special, I can't help it.

Making a Pistol Fit for a Tennis Bum or a Spy

Whether you remember him as the mild-mannered "tennis-bum"/secret agent Kelly Robinson from "I Spy," or the the FBI agent with a gunny sergeant disposition Bill Maxwell, the late Robert Culp not only brought interesting characters to the screen—as firearm enthusiast, he made it a point to outfit his characters with some interesting guns along the way.

The Full-Auto Fiasco Affair

The firearm that came to be associated with the '60s T.V. show "Man From U.N.C.L.E." proved to be a challenge to make both from a mechanical, as well as a legal standpoint.

The Friend From U.N.C.L.E. Affair

Having the proper firearm and the correct parts will merely get you a replica of the U.N.C.L.E. Special. Thankfully, in the process of scrounging for parts I met someone who not only helped me source the parts, he helped me figure out how to make everything function properly.

The Parts, Parts Who's Got The Parts Affair

Advice from a fellow fan of "Man From U.N.C.L.E." helped me learn more about the iconic show prop and find sources for the various components needed to make a filly functional firearm.

The Cage And Threaded Skirt Affair

More than an aesthetic component—the U.N.C.L.E. Special's flash hider served a dual purpose. Slight modifications made the one I found fit my needs even better.

The Finicky Spring Affair

Having an aesthetically correct U.N.C.L.E. Special is one thing, if it is incapable of reliably sending rounds downrange each time the trigger is pulled—well, then you're left a cool-looking paperweight.

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