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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.

The Bob Or Not To Bob Affair

From its grip to its barrel, the U.N.C.L.E. Special's components are well documented—all except one.

The Metamorphose Affair

Completing of the pistol portion of my U.N.C.L.E. Special brought with it a sense of having reached the half-way point of a long journey—a year-long one—but then again time does fly when you're having fun, especially when both the research and results are so rewarding. But, celebration was premature since there was more work to be done.

The High-capacity Affair

In its carbine configuration, the U.N.C.L.E. Special boasts a higher-capacity magazine that extends generously past its grip. Fortunately, they weren't hard to find.

The Potential Problem Affair

A picture is worth 1000 words, but it's also the source of at least one potential problem—or is it? Perhaps so, on the other hand perhaps not. Allow me to explain.

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