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    • Put this together. After a few too many Vietnam war movies, i decided i needed this. The lower is a ruger, since it is what was avalible. The upper assembly is brownells, just to save myself the headache.


      The furniture is surplus A1 stuff. The brownells stuff is ok, but doesn't feel quite right.


      The upper has a 1/7 twist, vs the standard 1/12, so it works better with heavier ammo. At 25 yards, i got about a 2 to 3 inch group, 50 yards was about 4, this was with 75gr ammo, 55gr was easily double that, and at 100, 55gr was all over the place, easily over 6 inches.


      It didn't help that I'm left eye dominant, and due to the lack of brass deflector, my cheek got cut up in short order with 55gr, which seemed to be rather inconsistent in ejection. 75 gr gold dot exited at 4 o'clock consistently.


      I shot about 200 rounds, including a mixture of brass and steel, and the gun ran fine, but an old usgi 30 round mag had an initial failure to feed, this corrected itself with a tap to the rear of the stock.


      Its a fun shooter, and at a little over 7lbs it's not too heavy. 


      Sorry for the lack of pictures, everythings a bit hectic right now, so ill get more soon20190717_131145.thumb.jpg.f83988e7ee1997251b396149cc99d910.jpg

    • Finally bought one. No longer the need to borrow. It's 6 years old but works as new. Even got the original owners manual.

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    • Cell phones in remote places with flaky power;

      If you use one of these20190706_212933sm.jpg.e0aef2a63e6fc2a6516f89c6db402e5d.jpg

      You probably lose your cell phones and internet the second the power fails.

      So this project. 20190706_212926sm.jpg.c5f9e10e7d1542028d0f698d9261ec07.jpg

      Yes it's just laying there, but that will run a cell booster for 8 hours and swapping out the 18650 cells from the spring battery holder is 8 hours more. This compares to 5 hours with a UPS and a truck battery.

      Now what it is;

      the small board with a green light ( full charge indicator ) is a combo battery charger and power booster. I feed the 4.5 volt supply straight into it and it charges the battery pack to 4.2 volts.

      The black supply is the original power supply for the booster, wired straight through, so when there is electricity it is supplying all the power to the cell booster ( about 5.1 volts ).

      Now the slight trick. The booster board puts out 5.3 volts, and so would be the power source all the time, and discharge the batteries, so I added a 3 amp fast recovery diode in series with the booster output as I am too lazy to tweak the regulator to exactly 5 volts. End result is 4.8 volts. Since everything has a rectifier output the only thing determining the power source is the relative voltages, and I tested the booster and it's happy over the supply range.

      So no drop outs, the supply is drawing apx. 1 amp from the 18650 pack which has 8 amp hours of storage, and this takes very little space.

      I have a similar circuit on the cordless phone base but just floating a single supply as it only draws 150 ma so the charger can handle both the load and charging the battery pack.

      A couple of charge - boost boards.



      depending on if one amp or two amp loads.

      The smaller is fine for a 5 volt cordless phone base ( or a 5.5 if you change a resistor on the regulator circuit, be aware it's surface mount, don't breath too hard ) . The booster is better with the 2 amp board.



      are a good idea too especially if left unmonitored. Battery protection for over charge, over discharge .. they suggest one per 18650 cell, but on a low demand circuit having one on a 4 cell 3.7 volt pack should be fine.

      Have fun.

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    • I saw a cat doing cord wraps on YouTube and I decided to apply them to my lighters.  It's not much, but it gives me about 7' - 8' of extra cordage.  With 3 lighters in most of my bigger kits, that's 21' of extra cordage.



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