Model: SRS99D-S2 AM (Halo 3)
Original owner: Kris
Current owner: Kris
Notes: I started off this build using a combination of screen shots, CAD blueprints from "wizardofflight" on 405th.com, and hand-drawn blueprints from "Spartan-II" on 405th.com. I had to battle discrepancies starting with just the basic length of this sucker. The longest internet length found is way too long, and the shortest length, is, well, too short. I ended up scaling this with various figures and their given sizes. Some people tried to be helpful and provide all sorts of measurements, but the either did not add up their own results, or had typos, as their own single overall length was way shorter than the totalled individual lengths.
Anyway, I designed the build with numerous materials in mind, given the limited tools I have, and complete lack of support from the prop-building community, and friends. Namely, anyone with a lathe. Anyway, as usual, I found a way around all my obstacles.
Half-way through the initial cutting stage, I decided two things: make the clip removable, and that the "handle" just in front of the clip, would have to be made from a material other than pin. The "handle" had a major weak point in the direction of the wood grain. So I re-engineered the handle out of 3 layers of 6mm sintra laminated together. Much stronger, though with enough force in just the wrong direction, it may break. Maybe.
The main body is a core of 3/4" pine, laminated with 1/2" MDF board. The barrel is an expensive curtain rod from one of those fancy Bedroom and Bathroom decorating stores. Scope "ridge" details are triangle strips of balsa wood from a hobby shop. The funnel shapes around the barrel 'bulge' are modified economy shower heads (spare parts from building "hardware" lightsabers).
The upper "handle" I shaped out of solid brass rod. The scope is solid, but I would love to (and intend to) build a new scope with working camera and LCD display. But that is way down the road, unless I find a "perfect" item for an unbeatable price sooner.