Last summer I recorded this breakdown of a .62 caliber Sniper 1 and after finishing some CCI videos last night I quickly edited it.
I’ve heard various stories about the .62 caliber bodies and while talking to Bud last week he explained that these “62” prefix serial number bodies were CNC blems that were too far out of spec to use.
From mid 1987 to summer 1988, Bud was machining his Sniper 1 bodies himself and welding on the feednecks but looking for other ways to produce them. Bud remembers, “another guy said he could make [the bodies] but his fixture slipped.” According to Bud, “over the run of 150-200 bodies” the fixture for the feedneck slowly moved backwards, basically ruining this batch of bodies.
Bud also mentioned he made some reversible bodies off these blems but I think he ended up using a majority of the blemished bodies around spring of 1989. During this time, WGP fitted these blem bodies for 62 caliber kits. To get these working with .62 caliber these bodies would each need their own custom drilled barrels (to line up with the feed and air inlet). Bud said, “Anything with “62” [stamped] on were the screw up bodies.”
These bodies appeared in APG in the August 1989 issue (which would have been prepared 3 months earlier, so May to June.
Here is the APG that contains the WGP .62 caliber Sniper 1 and 62 caliber Line SI Bushmasters:
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Thanks to Bud for the information and thanks to Peter Salgado for the 62 Caliber Sniper 1.