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Old 04-20-2013, 08:11 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Blackrain's Mock Suppressor sock

I haven't seen anyone as of yet make these, so thought I would post this up and help a few folks out. So if anyone steals this idea and makes a few million bucks on it, please pass a little cash my way


Mom made the MISTAKE of asking if there was anything she could do to help me get ready for Super Game 45.

Yep big mistake, she can sew.

I needed barrel socks for my Mock Suppressors.

NOTE:

Before we get started, this sock was built around the LAPCO MOCK SUPPRESSOR. It fits very well on it and my RHYNO TACTICAL MOCK SUPPRESSOR. Iam not sure on the external Diameter of other Mock Supressors on the paintball market. I did however leave enought room on the side measurement to adjust when sewing. Some people like their sock snug some like it loose.

My sock is built for inbetween fit.



With a little ABU Tiger Stripe 1000D, 1-1/2" webbing, and some shock cord, Mom sets out on her task

Measurements:

These should be clear enough for everyone to read. Simple and straight forward.




Supplies:

What you need.

13-1/2" 1000D Cordura, 7" of 1-1/2" webbing, 28" of shock cord. Lighter, Sewing machine, thread and a competent person on a sewing machine





Finished Product:

Yep I'm showing this first.

Fits just fine for me. Just enough room. No I donot use a Mock Suppressor on my ENVY/VIBE mutt. I had both items laying around, so I am using it as an example.








Putting it all together:

I am not writting up another complete "HOW TO" guide. Just follow the reprinted guide below. If your MOM, Sister, Wife, Girlfriend, Lover know how to sew, they can figure out how to box the ends and take off the sides.
If not, take Home Economics in Summer school or find someone to bribe or find a taylor shop

Just follow the below reprinted guide. Hope you enjoy.

Later,
Blackrain



Barrel Sock version 1/2

Next to Googles, this is probably the most important item in paintball. Yep you got it, they both protect your eye from getting shot out.
I've always wanted to make one of these. We will be using ACU 1000D Cordura. I figured since I have 3 yards of the stuff laying around, might as well use it.

3/16 Shock cord and ACU


cord lock


1-1/2 or 2" webbing


sewing machine


Layout the pattern. It's not hard to make. This is why I'll be using a "one piece" Design. This picture you see is the pattern for what will be made here. Any other drawings you see in this "HOW TO" are useless. I changed up the design after I had taken the picture. Also the word "SEAM" actually meams "HEM". So this picture is the actual pattern that is used.

The pattern:
I have never figured out why companies that produce soft goods have to use more then one piece on something that is so simple. I would imagine it makes them more money due to labor cost in third world countries. However I'm a simple person who has a simple design. Don't let all the measurments spook you. Just look at each one and it will all work out. As mention above,ignor all the other pattern pictures in this thread, this is the one you will use:


The fabric:
NOTE:
While making this,make sure the fabric is inside out. Always sew from the inside.

Nothing complicated about it. This is just a scrap piece of 1000D ACU I had laying around after another project. Never waste your project scraps, they can be used for something else.
Place the pattern on the fabric. Pin down and cut out.



Fold the fabric:
Next fold the fabric in half. This will help you find center.


Then fold the 1-1/2" webbing in half. This will also help you find center. Then lay in place on the fabric.


Pin down:
Pin down the webbing in place. It should be center and have 1-1/4" on each side of long end only. See pattern for more info.


Sew webbing:
Nothing hard about this. Just sew down the webbing. Like everything we sew,it is double sewn.


Hem:
On each end of the fabric,sew a 1/4" hem. Not only will this help the barrel go in better,but it cleans it up real nice and prevents future fraying or wearing of fabric.


Shock cord and cord lock:
I bought the shock cord and cord lock from DIY Tactical.


Cut 28" of shock cord:


Sew it together and sew in the shock cord:
Fold the barrel condom in half. Slide the shock cord thru the top of the two hems and out thru the side. See picture for more info.


Sew the two halfs together using a 1/4" seam (this is the only time we use the word seam. A hem is folded over. I know I wrote hem on the pattern instead of seam). We double sewed the sides. Make sure you get the shock cord real good.


At this point the project is done. For those who want to continue to make a nicer one, follow the rest of the instructions. For those who are done, turn your sock right side out and go play.

Boxed ends:
This will give you barrel sock a better appearance. From the bottom of the sock measure up 1-1/4". From the top of the measurement, draw a line to the corner of the lower webbing. Sew along that line. Make sure to double or triple sew this line.
Then cut away any excess that is left. Not to close to what you just sewed. Do this on both sides.


Once the box end is completed turn it right side out.


Now put it on your gun and go play.



Made up a few. 1000D cordura Multicam.

Version 2 note that these are not coffin shaped.







Hope everyone enjoyed this. Comments are welcomed.
Later,
Blackrain

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Love the DIY tip. My only suggestion would be that while camo goes with the uniform, a neon color would be better at indicating an eliminated player.
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Love the DIY tip. My only suggestion would be that while camo goes with the uniform, a neon color would be better at indicating an eliminated player.
This is just a guide. Tiger Stripe was the first thing I saw laying around As far as neon colors. I don't own any Cordura in bright colors

I wish someone would make one of these in another color so I could see what they look like

That way I know someone reads these

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Those are nice. I have been making them for years....... Been sewing since I was a little kid.

The webbing is really smart and much needed. May I suggest going with the 2" you mentioned as it will reinforce the edges so the edge of the barrel doesn't wear out the fabric.

Some of them I have made were done with what ever cool looking fabric I had laying about and then I lined them in Kevlar. Kevlar is easier to sew than the webbing and even tougher. Cutting Kevlar can be difficult though.

Anyone who can make these can also make some pretty cool tank covers.

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Back in the day when barrel blockers were first introduced and plugs were not yet readily available we made a batch of barrel socks and neglected the webbing. They worked well for the first couple of months before they wore out. The webbing is a great addition.
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Nicely done.

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Where did you source your fabric from if you don't mind me asking? Cheers.
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Thank you all.

Jaccen here you go. If you just need a little for a few barrel socks, let me know, we can probably work some thing out.

Rockywoods Outdoor Fabrics

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Thank you, Blackrain's mom!

I guess it's straight stitch all the way.
Now, I really need a (new) sewing machine....
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I guess it's straight stitch all the way.
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