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Getting into 3D printing

We have had a few readers ask more about 3D printing. I had figured that there is so much info out there that you really wouldn’t want to read about it here, but I guess I was wrong.

Like most activities, 3D printing is a hobby of its’ own. If you are just interested in printing off some parts and nothing else, it would probably be just cheaper to order some stuff online. You need to consider the cost of the printer, the cost of the filament, then time and effort you put into it.

Another major question is if you know CAD. If you already know how to do 3D design, once you understand the capabilities and limitations of 3D Printers, you can easily design your own parts and projects. If you don’t know CAD and you don’t intend to learn it, you will be limited to only printing what other people have designed and put online. This will greatly limit what you can do.

3D Printing is popular due to the low cost of entry. You can get an ok printer in the $200 range. Some printers are available almost completely assembled and set up allowing you to get into printing quickly.

That said, some printers are easier to use and work better than others. Back when I got my first printer, people said “Get a Prusa”. I looked at the costs, the feature set, and ended up buying a Tevo Tarantula instead.

Building the Tarantula taught me a great deal about 3d printing. I had to work out all sorts of issues an I spent a fair bit of time upgrading that printer. Eventually I decided I was going to upgrade to a new printer, and people said, “Buy a Prusa”, and instead I bought a Tevo Tornado. That printer has treated me well, after I did the Ikea mirror upgrade. Still, I’ve never quite got the quality of bridging I want.

So I broke down and ordered a Prusa i3MK3S. I got the kit to save a few bucks. When I get it, I’ll write about assembling it and using it.

You don’t have to have an expensive printer to get excellent results, but it is much harder to get good results with a cheap printer.

Limited Edition – Micro T-2™ Vickers Tactical® Red Dot Reflex Sight

Aimpoint, in collaboration with Larry Vickers, has released a limited edition Micro T-2 red dot reflex sight. This limited edition sight is product #200714 on the Aimpoint USA website (see link at the bottom of this post). This offer is exclusive to the Aimpoint USA website. The Aimpoint.us price on a standard AR-15 ready T-2 is $910.00. The price for the Larry Vickers Limited Edition is $949.00. Not too bad of a difference.

  • 2 MOA red dot for fast target acquisition
  • 50,000 hours (over 5 years) of constant operation on one battery
  • 12 intensity settings for use in daylight and low light conditions
  • Weight 3.0 oz (sight only)
  • Submersible to 80 Feet (25 meters)
Items Included In the LAV Limited Edition T-2

INCLUDES: Special numbered sight with Vickers Tactical logo, Scalarworks 1.57’” Quick Detach LEAP Mount, Aimpoint case, Scalarworks Lenspen & T10 Driver Bit, Vickers Tactical Decal, CR2032 battery, Micro tool

You can see the product details at the link below:

https://aimpoint.us/limited-edition-aimpoint-micro-t-2-vickers-tactical-red-dot-reflex-sight/?showHidden=true&utm_campaign=201122_Vickers%20Tactical_VIP-early-access%20%282020-11-22%29&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Klaviyo&_ke=eyJrbF9lbWFpbCI6ICJtaW51dGVtYW4xNjM2QGhvdG1haWwuY29tIiwgImtsX2NvbXBhbnlfaWQiOiAiTGtid3JoIn0%3D

The Aimpoint T-2 Specification Data Sheet is available at this link:

aimpoint-micro-t-2_productsheet

Black Rifle Coffee Company Cucks Out To Twitter Outrage

BRCC was called out on Twitter:

And bent the knee:

Good luck with your business!

LINK TO FULL STATEMENT

https://www.blackriflecoffee.com/pages/official-statement-kenosha

UPDATE 2237hrs: BRCC has also canceled their adverts on BlazeTV:

Utah coffee company cancels Blaze Media podcast deal after a photo ties its logo to alleged Kenosha shooter

Compiled by B-ARFCOM member 1787.

Panic And Desperation Sweep Across America As Fears Of A “Dark Winter” Continue To Rise

Authored by Michael Snyder via The Economic Collapse blog,

Do you remember earlier this year when consumers were feverishly hoarding toilet paper and we were seeing colossal lines at food banks all over the nation during the initial stages of the COVID pandemic?  Well, it is happening again.  Now that the vote on November 3rd is behind us, the pandemic has once again become the primary focus of the mainstream media, and a lot of people are completely freaking out.  Just like earlier this year, store shelves across the country are being emptied because Americans don’t want to be stuck at home without enough toilet paper and hand sanitizer.  Each new restriction that gets announced adds to the frenzy, and it has gotten to the point where new restrictions are literally being announced around the nation on a daily basis now.  And if the case numbers that we are being given continue to rise, it is inevitable that this new wave of lockdowns will get even tighter.

Over the last several months, Joe Biden has repeatedly told us that we have a “dark winter” ahead.  Here is just one example

“There is a need for bold action to fight this pandemic,” Biden said in Delaware. “We’re still facing a very dark winter.”

Biden, whose campaign against President Donald Trump made the coronavirus a main focus, pledged to “spare no effort to turn this pandemic around once we’re sworn in on Jan. 20.”

Technically, winter doesn’t start until a little over a month from now, but the panic shopping has already begun.

In California, supplies of toilet paper are being voraciously gobbled up by fearful consumers…

Shoppers in Temecula had already emptied the paper and cleaning aisle in a local Walmart by Wednesday morning. Other storefronts, such as Trader Joes in the Silverlake neighborhood of Los Angeles and Ralphs on West 9th Street, were simply running low on such supplies.

A worker at a Costco in Los Angeles, who wished to remain anonymous, said the store was selling out of toilet paper every day, among other supplies, but also said that this could be attributed to the Thanksgiving holiday coming up next week.

Similar panic buying appears to be happening over in Spokane, Washington

In a tweet on Sunday afternoon, KREM photojournalist Roger Hatcher said Target in Spokane Valley was “pretty quiet” but its toilet paper shelves were bare.

In fact, shortages are being reported all over the nation at this point.

I don’t know why there is such a focus on toilet paper.  To me, having enough food to eat for an extended period of time is much more of a priority, but when people get fearful they don’t necessarily think rationally.

And certainly there is a bit of psychology to all of this.  When people are told that there is a “shortage” of something, many of them inevitably feel motivated to run out and buy some too while they still can.  The panic buying has reached such a frenzy that many large chains are once again starting to put purchase limits on certain items.  The following comes from CNN

At Kroger (KR), customers can purchase a maximum of two items when it comes to products like bath tissue, paper towels, disinfecting wipes and hand soap. Giant, a grocery chain in the Northeast, recently put a limit of one on purchases of larger toilet paper and paper towel sizes and four on smaller toilet paper and paper towel sizes.

H-E-B in Texas has implemented similar policies in recent weeks. Some H-E-B stores have instituted limits of two on purchases of disinfecting and antibacterial sprays, while other stores have limited toilet paper and paper towels to two.

This is just one of the reasons why I have always encouraged my readers to get prepared in advance.

If you have a large family, how long is two packages of toilet paper going to last you?

You could try to stretch out your supplies by limiting family members to a certain number of squares per defecation, but you will still run out very quickly.

When you try to prepare for any emergency at the last minute, you are almost certainly going to fall short.  One or two trips to the grocery store is not going to cut it, and anyone that thinks otherwise is simply being delusional.

Meanwhile, the decline in economic activity around the nation that is being caused by this new round of lockdowns is creating a renewed surge in economic desperation.

Just the other day I wrote about how some people were waiting in line for up to 12 hours to get handouts from a food bank in Texas, and on Wednesday it was being reported that “hundreds of cars” were lined up to get food in Miami…

Huge lines have been forming at a Florida food bank ahead of Thanksgiving and as the coronavirus pandemic worsened across the United States.

Hundreds of cars were spotted queuing for food boxes at Miami’s Gwen Cherry Park on Wednesday.

The boxes were being distributed by the Miami Marlins Foundation amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic that has forced thousands of Floridians out of work.

Sadly, the truth is that this is happening all over the nation, and this new round of lockdowns will continue to make things even worse as we head into 2021.

In so many instances, the people waiting in line at these food banks are wearing very nice clothes and are driving very nice vehicles.  This severe economic downturn has come upon them very “suddenly”, but those that have been reading my books were warned in advance that this exact scenario was coming.

Even if this pandemic disappeared tomorrow, I would still believe that we have a “very dark winter” in front of us.  If you have not prepared for the extremely challenging times that lie ahead, I would very strongly urge you to do so.

So far this year we have been hit by one major crisis after another, and the “perfect storm” that started in 2020 is only going to intensify during the coming months.