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Old 10-03-2017, 08:51 PM   #231 (permalink)
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A changer built into the stock's end would be nice. I wouldn't want to have anything on the top or bottom of the stock, as that precludes having a shell buttstock sleeve on it. However, a lever changer (theoretically) should be fairly easy to incorporate into the underside of the stock itself. Plenty of wood to work with down there for support, and lever changers are already common in paintball.
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Old 02-27-2018, 01:27 PM   #232 (permalink)
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Old 02-27-2018, 03:54 PM   #233 (permalink)
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Since you asked...

Basically right now, I'm in the "building the infrastructure" stage. I've been converting one of my lathes over to CNC, and putting together a Shapeoko 3 CNC router, with a full dust enclosure and water-cooled spindle, both in order to make parts for the Duke.

As well as other products, of course, but the primary driver right now is the lever gun.

I've also been working my hindquarters off in an effort to stack up some cash, and hopefully, by spring or so (that's my spring, not your Lower 48 spring ) I can sell off one or two pieces of my older equipment, and buy one of the Tormach CNC vertical mills.

I'll still likely have to farm a few pieces out, but the more I can make in-house, the lower I can keep the prices, as well as being able to "produce on demand" to a limited extent, plus being able to keep replacement parts or optional parts in stock.

Much as I'd like to be a lot further along on the project, that's the current story. If you'd like to help out in some way, you can always join my Patreon* at even just a buck a month (as they say, every little bit helps) or pick up something out of my store, which now also includes all seven of the recently-rereleased TWB Books!

I hate to make that sound kind of mercenary, but no matter what, whether I do this in-house or farm it out, it's gonna take a big chunk of change. And I'm not going to do a 'preorder'- this whole industry has a bad track record there - and I don't want to have to take out a loan or something.

I'd rather sell an honest product and use the proceeds to build more of the same. It just takes a little longer that way.

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Old 02-27-2018, 03:57 PM   #234 (permalink)
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Old 02-27-2018, 04:58 PM   #236 (permalink)
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Old 02-27-2018, 05:11 PM   #237 (permalink)
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So since funds are tight paying off wife's student loans I approve the current pace. Still excited to see the finished product.
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Old 03-01-2018, 05:50 AM   #238 (permalink)
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love it one thing though, the John Wayne Cancer Foundation may take exception to Duke even though you named it after something else. it would be cool to see it as an officially licensed JWF marker.
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Old 03-01-2018, 09:01 AM   #239 (permalink)
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love it one thing though, the John Wayne Cancer Foundation may take exception to Duke even though you named it after something else. it would be cool to see it as an officially licensed JWF marker.
John Wayne wouldn't call it a marker.
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Old 03-01-2018, 03:35 PM   #240 (permalink)
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Since I posted the reply above, several people have emailed or PM'ed me about things like CNC mills and/or the possible use of 3D printing for production.

I'm always thankful for the feedback, and several of you have given me some good ideas. I figured I'd put up a proper post to organize some thoughts.

I'm going with the small Tormach mill mainly due to cost and size. I'm still a one-man airsmith, and as many of you well know, that's not exactly the fast track to wealth and prosperity.

The Tormachs get good reviews, seem to have good customer service, are (barely) affordable, and the small ones are compact enough that with work, I can actually jam one into my already-overstuffed shop.

Yeah, I'd love to have a HAAS VM1- heck, I'd kill and help hide the body for a row of 'em. But I just don't have the room nor the budget, even for a used one. (Keep in mind it'd cost about half the value of the Tormach just to ship the HAAS up here.)

The 3D printing is something I'm already looking hard into. I'm hoping to get one of the new Prusas here very shortly, as they've gotten good reviews, and a local buddy has a MkII that he's really happy with.

I'd have picked one up already- I almost signed up for the MkIII prerelease- but I just have too damn many side projects going on right now. If I bought it today it'd be a month or two before I could do much more than just open the box.

But, I'm very definitely looking into it as a way to prototype parts, or even manufacture pieces of the gun- like a buttplate for the stock, a follower for the magazine, and so on.

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