So for about the last 24 months, I've had her on a serious diet. Now I am happy to
report that she lost nearly 13 ounces and is feeling so much better. And let me
say one thing, when I pick her up with one hand now she is light as a feather.
Well, almost a feather.
Things I have done so far:
OEM main tube was lightened by me.
Barrel is OEM and trimmed down by me.
Main tube plug is made of Delrin by me.
Gas cap is aluminum, comes from HPA and bored out by me.
Hammer is made from Delrin by me with a modified 1701P striker.
Valve is an aluminum Disco rear end with a brass Pro-Top by Anthony.
Trigger grip frame is aluminum by Bluefork Design and then hogged out by Gregg.
Front barrel band is aluminum, made by Anthony, drilled by Rich and milled by me.
Extruding is exactly the correct term and it works ALMOST exactly like the Play Dough FunFactory. An aluminum billet approximately 6" in diameter 3' long is loaded into this big hydraulic press it is heated but not to melting... The die is inserted into the machine and it squirts out the desired shape... Investment casting usually involves making a mold, casting a positive of wax, inspecting wax positive for voids, defects, etc. And if all is good the positive is made into a mold and when the metal flows in the wax is melted out and the metal fills the void... It is also called 'lost wax' method... It is called investment casting because it is a sustantial time and effort to produce parts this way.. It is cheaper to cast a 'Bad Part' out of wax than metal.... Greg
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