Saturday, May 12, 2012

ATI Scope Mount Reivew!

Mosin Nagants are popular cheap rifles. And the ATI scope mount available on several websites is the cheap popular mount available for it. I bought both, and here is my review.

It's pretty simple. A bar of aluminum that's been machined to sit on the top of the gun, bolted in place, and the scope rings tighten on to it. Sound's simple right? Wrong.

The problem we have here, is failure, to manufacture well. ha. The Mosin Nagant was a mass produced rifle in the times of war, so the objective was quantity, not quality. So when you look at the receiver of your rifle and where the mount is to attach on, it is no where near true to the bore of the rifle.

There are few hexagonal receiver Mosins out there, and the chances are the one you have is round, like mine. And when it comes to backyard machine work, a round, out of round, receiver does not lead to quality precision work. Trying to drill and tap this mount into place is beyond the skills of your average backyard machinist, and will not work well.

Once I had mine drilled and tapped into place and what I thought was straight and true, place the scope on it revealed otherwise. I was so far to the right that I had not enough adjustment in the scope to pull the cross hairs back to center. Even though the mount was flush on the receiver, it can't help the gun that it's sitting on.

Knowing that this was a one time deal, I had to come up with another angle of attack. I took off the ATI scope mount, and started from scratch.

I mounted the gun in my 4 way vice, mounted the vice on my drill press, and inserted a mill bit into the drill press. I turned my drill press into a milling machine, and milled a true flat spot on the side of the gun.

After this, I drilled and tapped one bolt into the angle, to the gun.

Then I re-machined the ATI mount, to make it a flat bar, removing the round hollow on the bottom of it.
I drilled and tapped the first hole in the ATI onto the top of the 90 degree aluminum angle. Then I attached my scope to the mount, centered the adjustments on the scope, and inserted the Laser Bore.

After lining up he scope to the little red dot, I drilled and tapped the second bolt into the side of the 90 degree angle. This fixed my vertical cross hairs. A quick realigning, and I took off the scope to drill and tap the second bolt through the ATI into the 90 degree angle, which fixed the horizontal cross hairs.

The scope was now 98% on target of the Laser Bore sighting.

So that's my review. Though the ATI seems like a simple drill and tap fix to your scope less Mosin, it is not, and money should be better spent on a better, newer gun.

Below are two videos, one showing my ATI scope, and one showing the refurbished ATI with 90 degree aluminum angle.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Chatroulette Fun!

Nothing like adding a camera effect, coming up with a few characters, and spending a hour or two sifting through the dicks to get some funny Chatroulette conversations. To me, it's some of my funniest work.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Small Copper Tube Bending

If you're want to work with small copper tubing for alcohol stoves, or RC construction, there's a few things you need to know.

As we all know, if you try and bend soft copper tubing by itself, it will collapse and become useless for carrying alcohol or wires through it.

Below is a short video of an alcohol stove I made using my technique, and a short demonstration of that technique.

Your best friend is a blow torch. Heating the copper tube up to nearly red hot will make it soft as butter. Using two pliers, slowly bend the tube into whatever shape you want.  The trick is to heat it well, and take your time while bending, and slightly stretch the tube as you bend.

Work in curves, not complete 90 degree angles.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

I tried something new. Acting! I planned out and acted my first video. It seems kinda silly when you put it all together. But check it out and let me know what you think!

I've also been working on a bit of lighting. I took a plain house lamp and made a soft light box kit thing for it, and that is what was helping light this video.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Rain Water Barrel Construction

With these simple steps, you too can start collecting your rain water gutter run off for other uses, and your gardens and wallets will love you for it!
Below are my videos showing a full tutorial, and the finished product with water flow!

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Thursday, January 19, 2012

Copper Coil Alcohol Stove

Going to be creating a few short videos about bending a copper tube by freezing water inside of it to keep it from crushing.

The usual poor-man method is stopping it up with sand, to keep it from collapsing, We'll see if water will do the  same.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Welcome Everybody!

Welcome to the blog everybody, and mainly people from Youtube. I'm going to start blogging some, to help me put down some ideas, and to keep you all updated with my life. Hope you all enjoy!