I'd really like to get my hands on a piece of steel from an Iraqi weapon taken during the war in Iraq - the receiver or barrel from an AK would do well, but pretty much any piece of steel from any pistol or rifle will do. It needs to be enough metal to make a large ring out of - so a firing pin won't work.
The purpose of this is, I want to forge a ring from the steel, and send it to my good friend who is a veteran of the war in Iraq, and is now stationed in Djibouti - the whole idea for the ring dates back a long time into history, when the Anglo-Saxons were invading the Celtic peoples of Britain - after a battle, the Britons would forge iron warrior rings out of the axes and swords of their enemies - each man who survived would get a ring. If you met a man with many iron rings - like one or more on each finger, and many woven into his beard and hair - you'd know he was a total badass and not to mess with him.
So, in the Celtic tradition (my buddy's Irish, so he'll appreciate it), I plan to forge a ring from a weapon of his fallen enemy and give it to him as a token of appreciation, respect, and luck.
...any ideas on how the hell I'm going to FIND something like this???