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Lane

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  1. Same here; @mrraley "blemished" sale was easily museum quality.
  2. How do you clean bore snakes? Do you ever clean a bore snake? All the way? I'm not here to argue; but I've always cleaned patch at a time. Patch cleaning is not finished until they are come out clean (twice?). We can wax ecstatic about how a bit of grit is useful; but I'm curious about real purity.... How clean is your bore snake? Can I lick it? Eat off of it?!
  3. Not wrong at all here; I was simply trying to explain the absurd nuances of the terribly written NYS laws; as well as the practices beyond. I firmly believe our laws were supposed to be a copy of California; but in the haste to craft and pass them much was lost. I hope no other states try to copy this mess. So; as a drop in replacement with an existing gas system in place; not sure the KaliKey is totally legal with any evil features installed. Probably fine to take to the range; but not going to be a good situation to be in if one is subject to search or confiscation. This is also a grey area for the same reason. Probably fine at the range; but if a search of your possessions turns up a gas tube that fits, might have an assault weapon charge with any other feature involved. Now; one might ask, what are the odd of having a problem at home? Typically I would say very small, but the police stopped by here a few weeks ago at 11:30PM because a neighbor called them. They come up here to see if I knew anything about a car parked down the road (which I didn't). I'm quite sure they were trying to avoid paperwork in the matter, and were quite friendly. On the other hand (hypothetically speaking); what if they stopped by at 11:30AM when I was setting up to shoot these through a chrono? Reasonably sure they wouldn't be able to help themselves with all these evil pistol grips showing. Sure it wasn't the intent of their visit; but you know they have to ask once they see them... I'm sure as hell not about to invite scrutiny just to find out what happens. So; all in all, the KaliKey is a nice drop in option for some people; in some places. I think the cost was the biggest turn off when I first saw these; but also the removal of staked gas keys. I spent less than $10 making the charging handle mold for custom modifications. With a dozen waxes I can make any number of modified grips for these hard to remove cases. You can see excess gating on the grip and the tip of the handle; those remain to connect to the sprue system. The waxes are deliberately oversize so they can be trimmed down slightly as wax or metal. My preference here would be working in the metal for this project (a little hammer work adds strength). Since my scopes already stick out the back, my early modifications stress a rear extension of the handle grips as well as increased width. This crucible and my existing 1,000 Watt induction heater should be plenty to pour even modified handles. Excuse the extra white fluff; ceramic insulation makes the heating process much faster and more efficient.
  4. I saw pictures of the KaliKey a while back, and was turned off by the idea of removing a staked gas key on a BCG. It was actually a part of the motivation to cast my own charging handles for straight pull specific builds (no intention of certifying them for semi-auto use though). Waxes are ready for casting; but I got sidetracked and excited by an induction furnace in the mean time. Now there is a high power unit on the way that will allow me to pour those with even less effort; since they are so small in volume. I was kind of shocked again when I ran the numbers just now. Even with a little gating on the wax it's only (15 grams of wax); a mere 1 cubic inch of metal to pour. I actually have a crucible right here that's plenty large for a few at that volume. That said; the KaliKey may not pass the muster of NYS law given the arbitrary nature of prosecution here (especially following some high profile gun related incidents). Take for example the Andreychenko case being charged in Springfield, WI; a lawyer is quoted in many of the news articles saying "if he went to Wal-Mart before the El Paso incident happened, it's likely he wouldn't have been charged". Unfortunately the NY State Police refuse to clarify the details of the SAFE Act here; the word is "err on the side of caution, and: if you're not breaking the law, you have nothing to worry about". For reference; the bullet button is not legal here in NY either (and never has been); due to the loose wording/lack of clarification with our laws. The legal problem I see with the KaliKey is the removal of the gas key while retaining a gas system. The firearms examiner is allowed to disassemble and reassemble the parts they receive in any way they see fit (a sort of constructive possession approach). This makes sense when you consider a gun that may have jammed in a shootout with police. In that situation; the gun as received may not be capable of firing without disassembling and putting back together. The inspector is allowed to clear the jam, and return the firearm to working order to enable all appropriate charges to move forward in the case. That all makes sense from a legal and judicial perspective. In the case of the KaliKey though; if a gas key is recovered (or perhaps found unused in another build), it could be installed and would make a gun with a gas system (and other features) become an assault rifle. My current position is to avoid that type of confusion by not having a gas port drilled in the barrel (since the firearms examiner isn't allowed to do any gunsmithing work). From a legal perspective I could even own or install gas blocks and gas tubes in that case; even drill bits. Were a gun to have a functioning gas system and no gas key; it could also give the appearance of trying to skirt the law, or make a mockery thereof (best avoided). Quite frankly, it's sad that we have to think this hard about poorly written gun laws to begin with. California has a nice flowchart explaining what is legal and what is not. The rule of law (and prosecution thereof) is completely arbitrary in the state of New York. Did one meet a police officer who believes all citizens should be disarmed? Did one get noticed on a day following some panic inducing gun related tragedy? Does the DA or other interested party wish to tout how well the strict NYS gun laws are working? Are there other ways to run afoul with those laws? Yes; absolutely. All I can do is hedge my bets in the most logical way possible, and hope I never need to hire a lawyer to fix things for me. I recently read somewhere; "The New York State motto: Not breaking the law? We'll keep changing it (quietly, in the middle of the night) until you are". Sad way way of life around here... I should probably prepare to burn out a mold so I can pour these new (gas key compatible) handles sooner rather than later.
  5. I had a part of a message typed out here (but it disappeared); I've been quietly experimenting with the problems on this site. Not sure I know much yet; but there were some good tips posted about how to work around the no-pictures issue. Got some new shot timer hardware (though not the flagship model) yesterday. I'm quite happy with the build quality and features. There are a few minor code changes to support these other boards due to on-board peripherals using pins I had assigned to other functions. Simple enough to create a define tree at the top of my source code to allow hardware variations. I already do it for breadboard vs. prototype builds that use different display driver chips. This will add at least two more hardware options to that existing list These newer dev boards are actually marketed as WiFi Deauth devices; but honestly, I can't come up with even joke-like ways to have fun with that. Piss off some Starbucks customers, or people trying to "work" in a bookstore; who cares? One can also find some listed as "Weather Stations"; another use case for small WiFi connected computers. What that kind of use based development created though; was a whole array of new development boards with built in controls, peripherals, electronic hardware, and cases. Some of them have battery connectors now so I can remove the DC/DC converter, LiPo charger, etc.; almost all the internal wiring in the prototype. On board controls, real time clock, and soon a digital microphone too? I'm still trying to catch up with everything that happened in six months time. Reviewing all of this has given me some perspective on where I need to go next with this project. There are a few upgrades that will need to trickle backwards into prototype units when I work with the code base again. Another advantage of having this array of hardware is being able to test things round-robin without blowing away previous iterations. Being able to test side-by-side should speed up development on the few last things I had on my list. The yellow board with built in controls has a lot of extra LEDs; it would be ideal for visual cues in conjunction with (or alternative to) the standard audible indicator. I'll withhold the smaller and cheaper flagship design pictures until I can prove code on that model of hardware (might not be soon). Called RCBS about the chrono issues and it was agreed, that I need to test the unit at high noon in full sunlight. It's not (apparently) going to work in the shade of a building, under a tent, or after the sun drops behind the mountain in early evening. Why this is not an editable software parameter; or sensitivity adjustable with screw type potentiometers is beyond my comprehension, other than knowing it's straight Chinese hardware design from an American build spec. Built to a price point in every way possible; it just barely works, but the profit margins should be enormous if they didn't spend too much on R&D. Support also mentioned that there are other types of chronos that don't require light to function (thanks for the tip). Need to get all my images ready to post during the short window of time I'm allowed editing privileges. It's a hack; but it does work for posting files in reply messages. Here's a graph of grain weight in processed new LC18 brass -> 300 Blackout. The flatter parts (smallest slope) are ideal in terms of consistency. I still need to measure water volumes; but my expectation is reasonable continuity. I'll post up the fired brass soon; I want chrono data, and targets to match up with for that to matter to me personally. The rest are shot timer boards, and the mass of wiring I can mostly remove from future builds; those LEDs can be very bright... Hopefully not seizure inducing in operation.
  6. This made me laugh. Breaking a real anvil isn't impossible. Though; a well made anvil has a welded steel face. One could break off the horn, shatter a foot, a corner of the heel, etc... I guess that would make on an "edgecrusher". But break the core of the anvil by hand? So far as I'm aware; that's only possible if there were a serious flaw in manufacturing. Also; if you're good enough, that anvil can still be repaired in a day with the right tools at hand. Forge weld that B.... back together again!
  7. A Not at all sure if one could break any kind of anvil with bare hands; especially considering the tools at hand, or varied construction. Fabrication of the anvil could be well evaluated with it's age? A fist or sledge hammer might break only the weakest of anvils on the shelf...
  8. Forcing an anvil is hard if you want to do it right. Maintaining an anvil is only easier if you have plenty of anvils (plural)...
  9. How do you wish to break your anvil in the sandpit? You are birthing a new anvil?? What is a made of? Does it have a special top surface?
  10. I see "*PAPERCLIP* Loading..." in the area where I should be able to drag images. It just doesn't work at the moment... I suppose I could host them elsewhere and inline the content? Can't post a screen shot; because, it's broken...
  11. Went out and tested the chrono again with sunshades and still got nothing. Two days of rain; but the one last test I want to do is placing it in full sun, at high noon and see if it makes any difference. If that doesn't work; I'll have to find the receipt and call about warranty support/replacement. Kind of a bummer; but my fault for waiting this long to test it. I did look closer at the unit (and the manual) and think it uses CdS light sensors. Unfortunately testing each of the modules on a meter didn't give me any kind of reasonable result. It's not just a CdS light sensor (I might guess RC circuit?). I did order a selection of shot timer replacement boards; and the first one that showed up the other day is fully compatible with my original design. I can replace the broken board at the very least! I also found something very interesting recently; a unit with a built in microphone, display, and IMU for $10. It's only lacking the rotary encoder (easy enough to add); so that might be the ultimate design (even has built in battery, color screen, Bluetooth, WiFi, functional case, buttons, etc.). Being a newer board it will require a code update; but I've already fixed most of the compile issues for that newer chip. I also secured both color and greyscale 1.5" OLED displays for second generation prototype builds. That extra screen size/resolution will certainly be nice. Don't care much about re-writing code for the color display anytime soon; but it's nice to know it's available at a similar price-point (finally). Even the 1.5" OLED hardware is less than $30 total. Last week was the first time I successfully programmed a shot timer from my new laptop; so everything is back up to speed in that department. Drivers were of course an issue, but so were numerous bad USB cables wasting hours of my troubleshooting time. Getting ready to start soldering electronics and begin reloading again. It's been a very busy summer in terms of work... The fall and winter are far more relaxing in terms of free time. Looks like I'll be able to build about 12 shot timers in one form or another with everything on the way. This new hardware just came out of nowhere though... A $10 bill?! Not sure if I should open source my code when it runs on that platform or not... I had some more updates in terms of 300 Blackout cases; in both graphs, and images of fired brass... But I can't seem to post pictures the past few days. So this will just be a wall of text for now.
  12. Today was a great day to break these in, and adjust the scopes the best I could. Unfortunately the chrono was mounted such that I couldn't sit down or get comfortable for shooting; so the targets aren't much to look at. First and foremost; both guns failed to close on the GO gauge. Having already replaced my questionable BCG from the 24" build with an Aero Precision BCG (and repurposed the other); I didn't have much to swap around. I read about the issue briefly and decided to take it slow and easy. Check that the bolt is closed on every round, and make sure the brass doesn't look too bad. Then I tested each gun with dummies. Except I forgot one of my dummies was designed to have a friction fit (thick neck wall). It's been so long since I made up these different test cartridges that it wasn't my first thought at the time. It wasn't until I was unable to extract the third dummy from the chamber that I started to think about why. Very much food for thought moving forward; though, that was always a parameter that stood out in that Houston Warehouse tome (neck sizing to friction fit). Unfortunately; once I did start shooting, I noticed the chrono didn't register anything. I didn't want to mess around with it, but shooting over it was obnoxious due to the minimum height of the tripod. I'll have to find another option once I get moving with this project. Read a few reports that dawn and dusk might be problematic for optical chronos; but I couldn't make it registers anything at all, so it might just be broken. I looked at it with two different CCD cameras and didn't see any IR light at all... So; they are both roughly sighted in with 110 grain projectiles. The heavier projectiles didn't quite match up; and 220 grains dropped off the target entirely with both guns. Next up is a good cleaning; then on to testing out the accelerometers once I get the chrono working (or replaced). In the mean time; I'm off to play some golf, or is it tennis that's more fun... It had been quiet here all day; until I started sighting in. Then no less than a dozen others' shots rang out from around the mountain. Just a bunch of friendly replies of course; nobody around these parts is going to complain...
  13. You all make me laugh in this thread; I can't even quote one or two... A car or vehicle is a joke in comparison to the gun cleaning debate. But; how do you define what is clean or dirty? How clean is clean?
  14. Lane

    Gilroy

    Let's be honest about those facts. An SKS is the cheapest possible buy; and he lived in NV as a resident. Even if it was an AK; he simply needed to change out the pistol grip for a fin to be legal in CA. I can't find hard facts on this either, the media coverage is pretty disgusting.
  15. Thank you for the perspective; we have nasty handgun laws in NY. I remember that time, but only just barely. NYC had a terrible crime problem and I got to see that first hand before the first cleanup. I haven't been back there in a long time though... Any kind of history you want to talk about helps us all.
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