So, as Ive mentioned in this thread, Ive been working for over a year now on a custom gun camera setup. My intention is to record the shots I take with my First Strike gun (started with the T9.1 and now with the FN303). My initial gun camera (Standard Definition bullet camera and digital recorder) didnt work out as well as I hoped as it was bulky, heavy, and required too many steps to get it recording. I only got one good game video with this setup:
I gave up on that approach and I set about acquiring all of the components for my next approach:
- GoPro Hero2
- Ragecams 50mm lens
- Custom Lens Protective Shroud
- 2 Offset Picatinny Rail (to allow the GoPro to clear my optics) and...
I took this to Living Legends but, a bump to the lens shroud (and its added leverage) tilted the camera down just enough to cause me to catch nothing but the ground about 10yards ahead of me. This is purely operator error and if I had checked it at any point, Id have found it. The mount cant really do anything about this on its own- if you make the camera immobile, youre more likely to break the case with a hard knock.
Well, I had an extra mount for my pistols and I got to thinking: What if I could convert it to a brace / shock absorber and ultimately that lead to:
One Dano 1/2 (3/4" O.D. from Home Depot) flat washer (rubber), in each of the mount's slots, opening up the washer holes a little bit, and trimming some off their tops (10:00 position in the above photo) allows the camera to line up perfectly with my optics point of aim. It will absorb a little shock if theres a hard impact and, the camera's knocked backwards, I can quickly tap it back down to the washer for easy realignment.
Overall, Im very impressed by the diminutive size and light weight of these mounts. Its one of those ideas that really shouldve come long ago in the GoPros history. The 1913 easily clamps to all of the various picatinny rails in my house save one: My real steel FS2000 (Tactical). For that one, I need to tear down the gun beyond fieldstripping only because the front and rear ends of the top rail are occluded by the rest of the gun, preventing me from sliding anything onto the rail. The XL version clamps to both my 9mm and .40 XDm (4.5 barrel-models).
I hope to have some paintball footage recorded in the next month (my day job has had me quite busy over the past couple months). I'll make sure to post links to any new content here.