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JackandBlood

Member Since 06 Apr 2010
Offline Last Active Nov 27 2010 07:11 AM
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Engraving Sans laser BM2K

31 October 2010 - 02:44 PM

I did it freeform, no particular theme besides the Whiskey brand. Surprisingly similar to pencil sketching with a sufficiently sharp carbide tool.
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AcidCustom's carbon fiber goodness

10 September 2010 - 05:18 AM

A few months ago John from Acid Customs posted on a forum about his carbon fiber triggers. What caught my attention was that he seemed to be wanting to expand his product line to other markers and also that he makes the triggers in small batches, truly ďcustomĒ in every sense of the word. Small batches also means he can do prototyping for far cheaper than larger operations. Iíve been working with 3d CAD modeling programs mainly for fun, but I saw this as an opportunity to actually get something I design made. John and I negotiated an agreement, I would do all the measurements of the stock Etek3 trigger as far as the trigger interface with the marker and draw it up for him. This would allow him to adapt one of his many custom shapes to fit etek3 markers. In exchange I requested that he make for me my own custom design. I call the shape Savage and modeled it with Solidworks 2006.

I will be reviewing my own Savage design and how well AcidCustom was able to execute the design into an actual part. The whole thing went off beautifully. I donít believe John even had access to an Etek3 marker during the entire process so I was very pleased that my measurements and drawings were accurate and his manufacturing process was precise that the trigger fit perfect without any issue.

Basically the trigger was made via e-mail correspondence and that it fit perfectly was I think pretty damn impressive on both our parts. Johnís work is excellent. The part follows the all the design goals and the fit and finish is of the highest quality. As far as execution, John did perfect. The one issue that his carbon fiber triggers will have is the set screws are not the stock size. They are a slightly smaller (Update: 4x40 stainless steel grub screws and use a 0.050" hex key), so the Planet Eclipse allen keys wont work with it. I have a full allen key set including some very small ones, and I found one that worked.

The Savage design is an exaggerated ďScytheĒ-type shape. The skeletonizing cuts are mostly for aesthetics. Compared to the stock Etek3 trigger shape, Savage is drastically pulled out in the middle finger portion. For me this is a significant improvement as I tend to pull more with my middle finger. The extra leverage means I donít have to walk the trigger to shoot fast in semi, or to engage ramping. I find that I have more control over the marker in aim and snap shooting reflex when I pull rather than walk the trigger. The fully radius front face feels great to the touch and allows me to have consistent contact area, finger to trigger, even when shooting from odd positions or when almost pulling the trigger from angles other straight. Now I donít really buy into the exotic materials hype of carbon fiber paintball products, but this trigger, skeletonized as it is, is so light weight (John told me ~3 grams), I donít need to use a return magnet. I have the featherlite switch in there, a 25 gram lever switch. The lever switch is enough to give the ludicrously lightweight trigger a nice crisp and responsive feel. John offers his designs with repelling magnet return (as opposed to the stock attracting magnets) per request. The thing could have been made from aluminum and probably be just as good but CF is cool. Its like putting nice cherrywood grip panels on your 1911.
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Overall the project and the collaboration was a success, and Im pretty stoaked about having the first Savage trigger in my Etek3. Its also kindof a milestone for me as its my first CAD design made into a product. Prototyping stuff or making things in very small batches costs a fortune, so I have John to thank for making one of my designs a reality. John engraved JWU, my initials, so it will be known as the original. Acidcustoms now can make triggers in any of the shapes shown below, including Savage, for the Etek3 and for the other markers he already works with (ego 10, SLS, past versions Egos, etc, I donít know have a complete list, he will have to elaborate on that).

His is a small operation, making product in small batches, so you really get to talk to him one-on-one to discuss what you want made.

Acidcustom.com. There is no online ordering or carts and whatnot, its true custom.


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Airing out paintballs

28 July 2010 - 11:28 AM

Well I remember BVDave posting in a thread I can no longer find about airing out paintballs; taking them out of the bag and exposing them to the indoor climate. I believe the results were: More round and less dimpled paint. Increase in diameter. This last batch of RPS Premium I bought, which is inferior to the prior batch in fill thickness/brightness and is idk the term "pearled up" (akin to a dust finish on a marker) has a diameter so small every ball rolls through a barrel setup: 0.680 Lapco sizer - 0.685 CP barrel back - CP barrel front. Every ball rolls through even at a modest angle of ~ 10-15 degrees off horizontal. I'm going to try the airing out approach to increase ball diameter. I'll check on its progress until I use the paint on Friday.

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GXG Camo Chest protector/bounce pad

21 July 2010 - 10:44 PM

Brand new condition. Used once. I found it kindof stiff and uncomfortable and too small for me (5'11" 180 lbs). Will be freshly washed. Looking $15.80 shipped continental USA. Elsewhere shipping negotiate. I wore these over a shirt and under my jersey, no paint stains at all. I would recommend however that you wear it as the top layer, it seems to be meant for that. Trades or price offers welcomed.
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Custom rail forward for old Crossfire regs

21 July 2010 - 10:35 PM

Note: In all pictures only the modified Function rail and the KAPP chrome ASA are for sale.

This is a Function brand rail modded by having some of the rail removed (then finished to a matte silver) to allow old style long Crossfire tank regs to move forward an extra ~0.40 inch. $14.80 gets you the rail and kapp chrome ASA shipped. Condition is 7.5/10, all cosmetic damage. Nicks here and there and the ASA has pitting from screw mounting. Works perfectly and is probably the most compact setup you can get for old style Crossfire presets. Continental USA, or shipping will have to be negotiated. Mounting screws included. No macroline fitting included.
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