10/26/13

Purchase Your Body Armor from Reputable Sources

Purchasing bad, fake and expired body armor can get you killed. With a big ole capital K. Body armor depending on what you do, why you need or want and the industry you work in can be a necessity. Unfortunately an expensive one, but it is worth while to purchase from a reputable dealer. You trust your life to it. Remember you get what you pay for and ever if it is expensive research the vender first.

Let this recent story about fake body armor being sold in Florida serve as a lesson to you. Three Florida men were arrested for manufacturing fake body armor with Point Blank branding. The fake armor provided no ballistic protection whatsoever and was being peddled at gun shows.

 

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10/25/13

“Must haves” for new AR-15 shooters

from http://bearingarms.com/

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We’re going to be looking at this basic rifle, used in it’s most common role as a target range plinker from 0-300 yards, serving a secondary role as a self-defense weapon.

The very first thing you must know, without exception, is whether your rifle is chambered in .223 Remington or 5.56 NATO, or one of several hybrids chambers.

Despite the claims of keyboard commandos to the contrary, these chambers are not identical, and the 5.56 NATO round generates much higher chamber pressures. This can be dangerous, so do not fire 5.56 NATO rounds in a rifle chambered for .223 Remington. Read your owner’s manual, and if you do not have one, get one from the manufacturer. Fire only what they have designed the rifle to fire.

Now, on to the “must haves.”

The first and most obvious addition we need to make to the rifle above is the addition of a rear sight or optic. There are three basic choices to make.

  • non-magnifying optics
  • magnifying scopes
  • iron sights

While being in the middle of building an AR-15 I am frequently researching various things from gas systems to optics. This Article from bearingarms.com sheds some like on a few basic things to consider. Your mileage may vary but give it a go. For the full article find the link at the top of this post.

10/25/13

Introducing the Shapeoko 2

from hackaday.com

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For all the 3D printers that hit the Hackaday tip line, it’s surprising we don’t see more CNC routers. They’re arguably more useful tools, and with the ability to mill wood, plastic, and non-ferrous metals, open up the door to a whole bunch more potential builds. One of the most popular – and certainly one of the least expensive – CNC routers out there, the Shapeoko, just received a huge update that makes this minimal machine even more capable.

The new Shapeoko 2 keeps the same V wheel on an aluminium extrusion design withMakerslide, but fixes a few problems that limited the original Shapeoko. There’s a larger work area on this version, and the Y axes feature dual stepper motors. The biggest feature, we think, is the ability to handle materials larger than the machine itself thanks to its open front and back.

The Shapeoko 2 is available in two versions, a $300 mechanical kit that requires you to go out and get some motors, a power supply, and a grblShield, the full version, for $650, includes everything you’ll need to start routing wood metal and plastic at home.

10/22/13

This Visual Guide Outlines How Men’s Suits Should Fit

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Men’s suits can be tricky things, and if you don’t have a reason to wear one often, you may not be sure how it’s supposed to look once you pull one on. This visual guide from Real Men Real Style will help you make sure your suit fits perfectly, from collar to cuffs.

If you don’t wear a suit often, you might just assume that if you can close the buttons and pull it on comfortably, you’re all set. That’s not quite true—while you definitely need to get into it, you don’t want your suit to be so tight you can barely move around, or it looks like you’re wearing something obviously too small for you, and you don’t want the opposite effect either: like a schoolkid swimming in their father’s suit that’s obviously too big for them.

The guide below will get you squared away, and covers everything from trouser break (where the cuffs of your pants should rest) to the line of your shoulders, all the way to where the cuffs of your shirt and jacket should be. Scroll down to check it out, or hit the link below to see it with a tutorial video that offers a bit more explanation.

How A Man’s Suit Should Fit – Visual Suit Fit Guide | Real Men Real Style

10/20/13

Dewalt 12V Radar Scanner

This repost from ToolGuyd.com

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Update: The 12V radar scanner is finally available, but according to the 6 reviews already up on Amazon, which all rate it poorly, there might be something wrong with the scanner’s design, construction, or performance quality.

We were disinvited from the media event where the scanner was introduced and have not received a test unit, and so we cannot validate or refute the negative early reviews we’ve read.

Dewalt has come out with a new addition to their 12V Max cordless platform – a hand-held radar scanner. Other recent test and measurement additions to Dewalt’s 12V lineup include a sub-$1000 thermal imaging camera and new smaller diameter cables for their inspection camera.

The new radar scanner, model DCT418, utilizes radar sensing technology to detect AND identify wood, ferrous metal, non-ferrous metal, live electric wires, and PVC. Its power is not limitless, but it can sense and identify these materials behind drywall, plywood, concrete, marble, and ceramic tile up to 3-inches thick.

Although designed as a wall scanner, the DCT418 can probably be used on floors and ceilings as well as long as users keep in mind the 3-inch maximum sensing depth.

The scanner has a pre-scan mapping mode that reduces setup time by eliminating the need for calibration and manual setting changes.

Dewalt DCT418 Radar Wall Scanner Detecting AC Wires

It also features a tracking bar that counts the number of objects detected in a 9.8-foot section, and a confidence meter that corresponds to signal strength.

MSRP is $299 for the bare tool (DCT418), and the kit (DCT418S1) will be priced a little higher (possibly $399, maybe less).

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This post was originally published on Jan 30th, 2013, and republished on Oct 18th, 2013, with minor updates.

10/20/13

Command & Control

Via: Uncrate

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If you’ve ever wondered about the lengths our government goes to keep us safe from the stockpile of nuclear weapons at its disposal, you owe it to yourself to check out Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety ($17). This hard-hitting bit of well-researched investigative journalism delves into the secretive world of America’s nuclear arsenal, exploring the risks of nuclear weapons, and the near miss of one almost-catastrophic accident. It reads like a taut political thriller, exploring the delicate balance between the use of these weapons of mass destruction to keep us safe, and the inherent conflict that arises from their very existence.

10/19/13

One Day Builds: Adam Savage Makes Something Wonderful from Scratch

I’ve never been a BladeRunner fan or even watched the movie the entire way through but I really enjoyed this build of Adam’s. It is a gun case built from a finish plywood, brass hardware, paper covering similar that you would see on a guitar amplifier and green felt. From start to finish 7 hrs he states in the video. I envy his workshop and tool selection. Not to mention the amazing parts he keeps in stock.

I have a cigar humidor I have turned into a storage container for my Everyday Carry, EDC, tools and such. I would love to improve it a little and line it with a nice green felt. To me that seems very manly. This video kind of reignites to project, and gives me a few tips for the build and ideas on how to build it up. Watch it!

Watch Adam build, from start to finish, a stylized box to carry and display his Blade Runner Blaster prop replica. The entire project took less than one day to complete, and Adam narrates this video with commentary about his design and construction methods.

Find photos of this build and the completed box at http://www.tested.com

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