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Old 04-18-2013, 11:13 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Has anyone had one made for their Duck, Redux, Boxgun or similar type where the whole body slides?

There is a guy local to me that makes them, just worried about the heat involved in the process. He said he needs to tape it, heat it up to 350c and it will be under pressure.

Will this process wreck the anno? Affect the gun at all?

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Old 04-19-2013, 12:59 AM   #2 (permalink)
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That wouldn't do anything to your paintball gun.

Pulling it in and out of the holster would eventually wear the anodizing. AKA...holster wear.

If you wanna be extra careful, remove the valve assembly so the seals don't get too hot. I'm pretty sure the trunk of your car gets over 350 degrees though.
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If you wanna be extra careful, remove the valve assembly so the seals don't get too hot. I'm pretty sure the trunk of your car gets over 350 degrees though.

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Pulling it in and out of the holster would eventually wear the anodizing. AKA...holster wear.

This is what I would worry about in general, especially on a custom marker. You could line it, but then you would have to keep the lining clean.

A soft washable holster might be better (?). Holster wear looks good on Tippmanns and Tiberius markers, but sad on a custom.

On the other hand, 350 C is pretty flippin' hot for a marker. I think the ano baking craze was something like 450 F for an hour. 660+F for a very short time may be fine though. The seals will be dead if they get over about 400F, but you could take them out.

Maybe get him to make you a mag-lite holster first.
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I see no reason for the gun to be heated up at all aside from incidental contact with the Kydex.

You heat the Kydex in an oven, pull that out and slap it on top of a gun sitting on a vacuum former.

He must be doing something particularly special if he needs to heat the whole damn thing.



I do think it will be pretty hilarious to see a pretty, custom gun all scuffed up from riding around in a holster though.
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I think the fancy vacuum former setups have the heater integrated in the vacuum chamber. That would require cooking the marker thoroughly (bad).

If he can toss a hot sheet of kydex on top and pressure it up, that might not be so bad.

Still, I wouldn't start with a nice marker.

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Nah, I wouldn't do it. Just because you run a guinea pig through it, doesn't tell you anything about the ano dye used on your good marker. Just because a dye is consistent and even UV resistant doesn't mean it is good at high temperatures and won't fade.
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Yeah my bad Goatboy..I was way off about car temps.

See how long it needs to be in the heat..and maybe find someone that uses the more caveman methods not involving a vacuum. A lot of guys just use little ovens and then press the kydex around the object so the object is only subjected to the heat from the plastic which will easily dissipate rather than being baked for however long.

But maybe it will only be in the hot vacuum for a few seconds in that case I bet itd be fine.
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Has anyone had one made for their Duck, Redux, Boxgun or similar type where the whole body slides?

There is a guy local to me that makes them, just worried about the heat involved in the process. He said he needs to tape it, heat it up to 350c and it will be under pressure.

Will this process wreck the anno? Affect the gun at all?

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If you are doing this, why don't you just cut a prototype out of wood or similar material? That way the guy can use it to form the holster without touching your duck?

See the wood duck for an example.
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I wouldn't use a Kydex holster with a Dux unless it was getting a felt lining or something. It might take a while but it is going to murder your anno. The Kydex alone will rub on it, and that's one thing, but any spec of dirt or grime that gets in between the gun and the Kydex is going to be even worse.
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