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    Tommy TuTone
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    02/07 919² and a pile of parts...

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  1. ReconRat

    Cheap AR build kit

    Dunno... but this one looks like a winner if you've got a spare lower sitting around: $299.00 PSA 16" 5.56 NATO M4 Carbine Classic Rifle Kit, Olive Drab Green - 516446411 https://palmettostatearmory.com/media/catalog/product/cache/1/image/370x370/9df78eab33525d08d6e5fb8d27136e95/5/1/516446411_2.jpg
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    Sena SMH-10 for Bell Mag-9

    https://www.amazon.com/Sena-BT0003006-Motorcycle-Bluetooth-Intercom/dp/B00NBSI4MY Bought this bluetooth rig before the helmets changed up and parts dried up. Works great, took a while to set up and pair bluetooth and learn the controls. Was able to hear incoming phone calls and the Waze navigation app and stuff ok. Heard the sound isn't real good with the stock speakers, but sounds great to me and plenty loud enough (using both volume controls). I bet some people put the speakers in backwards. Tested with various sound check sample tracks. My old phone doesn't have enough space for storing music. I need a new phone I guess. Wasn't sure if using phone or an mp3 player would be better. Mostly an issue of battery life and recharging time. Best option might be the ability to do either as required. The old phone streaming Pandora uses up the battery quite quick, and heard the battery in the Sena comm unit might not last too long either. So plugging in an mp3 player would have been a nice option, but the 3.5 input jack isn't there. Apparently the correct helmet kit doesn't come with that mic and phones unit. If buying individual parts, there is a different unit that has the 3.5 input jack. BUT, then I read reviews that that 3.5 jack breaks way too easy anyway. So for an extra 35 bucks, maybe, maybe not worth it. Tried my passive (not active) noise suppression earbuds for the mp3 under the helmet with the new speakers in place, and seemed like no difference in fit and comfort. It should be ok to have both in place if I want to. The Bell Mag-9 is the quietest helmet I've ever had. I can use it without stuff plugged in my ears and it's quiet enough. But when earbuds or earplugs are in place, it lets in a little more noise at higher freeway speeds. You never know till you try... edit: comm unit wouldn't charge using an old worn usb cable. Bad connection. Had to use a fresh usb charging cable. edit again: out going phone calls with voice control didn't work. The phone can hear me, but it goofs up what I tell it. Phones fault, I guess. Again, I need a new phone.
  3. ReconRat

    New Hybrid Engine

    New inventions are fascinating. Here's an aircraft engine that is fuel and electric and is modular so more cylinder pairs can be added. Basic 2 cylinder is 170 hp and 4 cylinder is 350. The electric module is 80 hp. Optional turbo charged.
  4. ReconRat

    When will the hypocrites in Columbus...

    Keep calm and carry on. After years of being told there is no difference, we're now told the difference is real. Pretty much an example of insanity in action. Basically, don't drink the cool-aid.
  5. ReconRat

    Hillary Just a Thought.

    Dunno, it's all been a circus. Nationally embarrassing. To me, it appeared it all played a game of maneuver, leading up to a grand "send it to the FBI again!". And it did appear that a different result was expected from the FBI. That failed, unexpectedly so. The FBI did not cooperate. Lots of worthy quotes in the media and opinions. Go read them all. This one quote sort of sums it all up: "Yes, both parties are now more united and energized. But one did so by enticing the recalcitrant back into the fold; the other, by warning them to join the revolution or be guillotined."
  6. ReconRat

    Getting marks off a matte finish.

    I used to use isopropyl alcohol and ethyl alcohol (aggressive to some plastics) to clean up plastics for electronics. And I've used both on helmets. Internet has a list of stuff to try: To remove permanent marker from hard plastics, follow these simple steps. Color over the permanent marker you wish to remove with a dry-erase marker. Wipe over the area with a rag, and the permanent marker should come right off along with the dry-erase marker. Repeat if any permanent marker remains. This process works so well because the rubbing alcohol in the dry-erase marker eats through the permanent marker, while the tip of the marker acts as a little scrub brush, lifting and removing the marks. Other Household Products for Cleaning. Vinegar, baking soda, hydrogen peroxide. Even sunscreen is an option, it has alcohol in it. WD-40 is worth a try. edit: you know, it looks like the yellow ink on the bag came off and stuck to the helmet. Printer's clean ink with Stoddard solvent.
  7. It's a multi bore rifle, it's a shotgun! Pretty out of the box radical, whatever it is. Army might have found its new rifle in Colorado Springs garage
  8. ReconRat

    What i did in guns.

    It's difficult to find what will not go right through walls. The only thing I can think of is air marshals carry low penetration 44 special. Shotguns probably penetrate more than you think. I've seen the aftermath of a drunken accidental shotgun discharge in a basic apartment. Shot didn't stop till it hit a cinder block wall, and cratered that. It held a tight pattern through the drywall and a solid wooden headboard. Didn't even think about slowing down. 12 feet from the muzzle to the first wall - Winchester 2 3/4″, #1 Buck, 16 pellets - penetrated 6 sheets of drywall and bounced off the 7th + https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H6clay9pFaw
  9. ReconRat

    I think I lost my passion for riding

    I quit riding at age 35 to 45 or something. I still kept two motorcycles around just in case. I thought the urban roads had gotten too risky. I pretty much assumed I'd ride again someday. When older I realized motorcycles are fun and I was missing out on that. Being older may or may not lower the risks, but you certainly take less risks.
  10. ReconRat

    Ammo Deals.

    Never had much of a problem with old or surplus ammo. Works better than some store bought reloads I've tried. Less misfires or low power shots than with my early attempts at reloading, heh. I will say that back in the 90s, we avoided Pakistani surplus 30-06. Like never. A lot of it was over charged with powder or wrong type powder, and sold as surplus. One thing you should do, is not fire any cartridge brass that is badly corroded. If nothing else, they like to get stuck in the chamber of the barrel.
  11. ReconRat

    What i did in guns.

    I thought about printing the part in water soluble, to make a mold, to make a casting in epoxy-carbon fiber. That would be strong enough. Could also go up one notch and make slurry casting molds and pour aluminum. Back yard stuff, it's going to be about the same as a kit to build a black powder rifle, soon enough. People just get smarter and more talented over time.
  12. ReconRat

    What i did in guns.

    That is indeed part of the current political argument. you can also print the receiver/frame of a weapon that normally has the serial number on it and all that. But unless you own a printer that prints metal instead of plastic, they just won't take the punishment of actual usage. edit: it would be also rather stupid to have a barrel made of plastic.... edit again: I should admit that there are decent plastic lower receivers for AR-15 available. Cast and machined, and really not the same as something that got printed at home.
  13. ReconRat

    What i did in guns.

    Anyone can make their own gun from scratch. It's always been that way. ATF rules. Standard limits of ownership apply. Even some one not allowed to buy one in a store, although that gets questionable, since then they would then be in possession of a firearm, which is not allowed for some. You don't have to put mark or serial number on it, unless you want to sell or transfer it. If you make several that all look alike, it would be wise to serial number them. If you make big batches with intent to sell, then you fall under firearm manufacturer rules, which apply to reloaded ammo sales also. 3D printed firearms... ok, expensive, difficult, fragile, not dependable, and require fitting and adjustment nearly worthy of a gunsmith. Most people probably wouldn't be able to figure out how to assembly the parts. Once completed, you have a firearm that might fire a maximum of 500 times before breaking in some way that might be hazardous. But if you want to print a grip or hand guard or a copy of some nice flip up sights, that's where this is at right now. The media believes it's load the software, hit the print button, grab the gun and go bang right now. Doesn't work that way. Except for the US Army, who are really really into getting this technology forward in the battle zone.
  14. ReconRat

    What i did in guns.

    Eight of the DefCAD firearms files for 3D printing were available for a few days before the new release. Injunction shut the site down for now. I'm guessing these were newest updated files. If your google talents are good, you'll find at least two mirror sites that have the new files.
  15. ReconRat

    What i did in guns.

    Dang it. I had one of those. Saved up my pennies to buy it. I think my parents didn't like it and threw it out eventually. It fired little plastic snap in bullets on springs in cartridge cases. Sort of dawn of airsoft stuff. Probably worth a lot now as a collectable. So sad.