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Old 10-23-2011, 11:25 PM   #31 (permalink)
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Pm6 to be exact
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Old 10-23-2011, 11:57 PM   #32 (permalink)
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Not really. But if you can post a picture I can still probably help. What I did was send in a harness to digikey and they shot me a price of $6 for an Angel LED harness, which was running for $110 at that time.

Let me see what you have.

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Old 10-24-2011, 03:18 PM   #33 (permalink)
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Its same as pmr.4 prong.microswitch and battery harness
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Old 10-24-2011, 09:38 PM   #34 (permalink)
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That's new to me. If you want to send it into digi key I'm sure they can match everything up for you. Give them a call or PM a tech. I couldn't tell you what a PMR even looks like inside,been a few yrs.

What exactly is wrong with the harness? I might know some one here who can fix it for you. let me see a picture.

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Old 05-20-2012, 09:23 PM   #35 (permalink)
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Vibe/Envy/SP1/G1 power button replacment


Yep sometimes we have to do this. Be it loosing one or getting shot in the power button,accidents do happen. These buttons don't cost very much and it's wise to keep these on hand at all times. Never know when you need them.

So as I listen to some Hank Williams Jr. and other assorted artist, I'll write up this down and dirty "How To".

So just recently my power button was shot and it was hit in such a manner that I could not even turn off the gun. So I take out the batter and take the gun apart. Remove the button and loose it soon after that. Not before I was able to inspect it.

It was shot and the impact made the button angle in the frame. The retainment tanges actually broke off. Oh well I put the gun away grabbed another and off I went to play.

Not everyone has the luxury of having 5-6 back ups with them like I do. To some their Vbe/Envy/SP1/G1 are the only gun they own. So if it goes down they are done for the day.

So when you have a little extra cash,instead of trying to buy that expensive barrel buy a few extra spare parts. They are worth every penny especially if this is your only gun. Spare parts are worth their weight in gold. I'd rather have the spares first before an upgrade:

power buttons
solenoids
stock board
batteries


Things like this are more important than replacing say a stock barrel (we'll cover the barrel in another "How To") or regulator. Everything on one of these guns work great right out of the box. But if you don't have spare parts, why even show up to the field.

As with all my write ups, if more pictures are need, please let me know and I'll add.



Let's get the gun, tools and parts ready:

We will only need allen wrenches for this operation.





Here we have the power button missing:

Missing from the field after I took it out. It was still functional with me using an allen wrench to turn it on, but why risk more damage. Which I really doubt, I've seen videos of this board submerged in water and come back out shooting with out a flaw





Remove the grip and battery:

Yep this involves taking one grip off, so let's get busy.





Remove the grip frame:

That's right we have to take out the two screws that hold in the frame.





Get spare power button:

Well worth the few extra bucks I paid for these. I need to order more. I'm down to 4 and like to keep these in stock. Never know, a fellow GoGer could need one at an event





Which side goes up and which side goes down in the grip frame:

If you noticed I have blackened a part of the power button. This portioned in the recessed portion. It is the top of the power button. This part will go to the top of the frame. See the drawing for better decription.

So many times I read and hear about players putting these buttons in upside down (I've done it myself and ruined the power switch on the board) and can be a costly mistake.

All it takes is to slide the button into the frame hole and keep it at a slight tilt. Make sure you put the battery cpa thru the frame first. Slide on the main body and push together. Button is now set in place. It's that simple.








Replace frame and battery:

Power Button installed and working:





Put on grip and screw down:

Have fun and go play. It's just that simple. You are looking at about a 5 min repair. Took me longer to write this up and take pictures.




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Old 08-08-2012, 07:30 PM   #36 (permalink)
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How To Fake Suppressor SP1:






Way back when paintball started, we were allowed to use Silencers. Now they are not an item we can use. Sure there are those out there that use them. I admit they were cool to use and did help some in the woods.

However we are not going to use a real paintball suppressor, we are going to use a fake one made by LAPCO. I picked this up real cheap from somewhere and figured why not use it on something. My first thought was to put it on my BT4 money pit rental, but then I remembered I had an SP1 laying around that I use and actually had a project going with one.







Well in this era of paintball, barrels suck. Everyone wants all the fancy milling and sections turned down. Nothing is completely round anymore and it’s very hard to find one that is.

The barrel:
So I hit the internet looking for cheap and round. I end up on MCB as usual looking. I run across a sale and find this SP8 barrel. Yea I know it’s to long, but I have a lathe.






The suppressor:
LAPCO made but will fit multi sizes of barrel OD. This was the reason I bought this Suppressor.






The Gun:
Smart Part’s SP1. I really like this gun. That’s probably why I own several of the SP1 and the VIBE. They just have a nice feel in my hand and are very simple to maintain. Nylon 66 and aluminum make a great combo.






So the first thing I have to do is screw in the barrel to the gun. Then mark where I need to cut.
I attach the suppressor. Note the length that remains. This is what will be cut off. Note the scribe mark on the barrel.








Let’s go chuck this up in the lathe and cut it off.

















Now that the portion of barrel is removed, we put it back on the gun and put back on the suppressor. Not really nice and flush. I couldn’t find my parting tool. Found it after I finished up.















So what about the forever flash light hole? Well since I made the suppressor flush to the body, I can’t put back in the plug.
I know “Now I can’t use my flash light”. Well get a flash light mount and buy a TAC switch for it. Then you won’t have to leave your flash light on all the time and you can turn it on when you want.

About that hole. I need to find some 1” aluminum in the shop. Chuck it up, turn it down and make a “Forever plug” for that hole.





So what do you do with the shiny barrel end. Well I cleaned it up with crocus cloth. You can either us a Black permanent marker, Paint or send it in for ano. Black marker cost less



What is left to do? Well I’m never finished when I start, I don’t know why. However this barrel is on it’s way to get a Freak Bore. I’m still not good at Freaking a barrel.

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Old 04-20-2013, 07:00 PM   #37 (permalink)
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Blackrain's Mock Suppressor sock:

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.

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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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Not complete. More pictures and words to follow.


How To Repair/Make a JT Gun pouch

Now that Iam feeling a little better and I'm moving around more, I have decided to write some. I'm behind on alot of reviews and such, so Iam going to start here.

I have been purchasing JT Packs like they were going out of style. To me they are one of the best things ever invented in paintball. They are great for Travel and packing for a day of paintball. Actually I break my packs down into certain guns and gear.

So my problem is, things are usually made cheap or they are discontinued, sometimes even both. I emailed JT/KEE awhile back asking for a replacment piece and even posted on their Face Book about bringing these back (I sure hope RAP4 comes out with their version soon).

I even got to the point where I asked for the pattern to be sent to me and I would make my own carry bags. Well no answer so why sit around hoping and waiting for something that will never happen.

Between Mom and I we hit the the sewing machine and Scissors. So sit back, this will be a while, As usual, pictures and rewrites will follow. This should be a simple project. Not really that hard to copy.

The Gun Bag:

Here we have what is left of the JT gun bag. I'm sure this has seen more than a few guns. It should have lasted. If it wasn't for the cheap fabric that was used, it could have been repairable. So off to my 1000D Cordura stack. Time to pick a Camo pattern or a solid color.

The Pattern:

Taking apart the old gun bag. I think we will make this mostly a one piece project. We are going to use the originol padding, but will be replacing the velcro,pockets and fabric type.


Making the pattern:

So I we lay out the old pattern on a piece of butcher paper and pin it. We will use this pattern again at a later date. I know I have a few more gun bags to make. Note how it's mostly a one piece design. I did this same type of pattern design with a Special Ops pouch.
Why waste time and fabric. Time is money


How to sew the pattern:

Follow pictures and explination. Remember ther is always adding and taking away from your sewing.


A few things we are doing different:

Mesh pockets are ok, but I like solid pokets. Who knows we might just keep the mesh style and add more pockets. This might even be a great opportunity to do some modifications.

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