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I aspire to create videos that collectively immortalize the enduring pioneer spirit of rural Idaho by providing a snapshot of the life that I lead here.
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April 16, 2021 Update: This week was another video editing catch-up session.  I finished editing the video about my truck's heater core (the funniest automotive malfunction I've experienced to date), an informational video on "what every consumer should know about engineering quality control," a video about mounting a red dot on a pistol that's not designed for it, an update video on my Legend project, and my paraphrase of Psalm 46.  Aside from video editing, this week I've  been working on my root cellar, cutting up some old leaf springs to make more targets, and slowly making progress on building a website for the Idahoan Show.  Anyway, this weekend I think I will upload a video I made a while back about making a magazine spring.
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April 9, 2021 Update: My major project this week has been mounting a red-dot sight on a pistol.  Normally, that wouldn't be a major project, but the pistol I wanted to mount it on didn't have an optics cut, and the slide was too narrow to machine a standard optics cut into it.  Thus, I ended up making a custom adapter plate and welding it to the slide, except that I machined the dovetail slightly too thin, such that the sight was loose, so then I had to make a special shim that would give me the right amount of material to clamp to.  Thus, I ended up filming a video about the best way NOT to mount a red dot sight on a pistol, although in the end I think I did get it mounted securely enough to be functional.
Anyway, this weekend I plan to upload a video about experimental shotgun slugs.  Its actually an experiment that I did quite a while ago, and I held off on posting it because I was planning to do a follow-up experiment, but at this point I'm still not sure when I'll find time to follow up on it, so I figure I'll just post it, and post the follow-up experiment whenever I get around to doing it.
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March 27, 2021 Update: Well, this has been a busy week.  I've started a temporary side-job counting sage grouse, which is kind of fun, but makes for some early mornings since the animals are most active just before dawn.  This week I also made a trip to the big city to pick up a trailer-load of angle iron and sheet steel, with which I intend to build a root cellar.  That project will probably keep me pretty busy for the next few months, although it should be a nice addition to the homestead once it's finished.  I'll probably make a video about the root cellar and maybe one about counting grouse as well.
I finished the initial CAD model of the Ghost Eagle (picture attached).  Next comes some design checking and then preparing the machining sketches, after which I can start building it.  However, most of that will probably have to wait until I finish the root cellar.  I want to get it put in this spring, while the ground is soft enough for easy digging.  By late summer, the ground dries out and gets awfully hard.  
This weekend I plan to upload the video about my DIY CNC mini-router.  Then, next Thursday (April 1st) I will be uploading a special comedic video, which will probably take the place of next weekend's regular post.
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March 20, 2021 Update: This week I divided my time between Project Ghost Eagle, sabot development, and video editing.  I got caught up on video editing, I think I've finally got a sabot design that is capable of feeding reliably, and I am getting really close to finishing the initial design of the Ghost Eagle - all that is left is to put a few finishing touches on the grips.  Anyway, this weekend I plan to complete my bullet swaging trilogy by uploading a video about an experimental .45 ACP duplex load.
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March 13, 2021 Update: Slowly but surely I am making progress on the Ghost Eagle design.  The CAD model is starting to look close to complete: I think all I have left to design is the extractor, trigger guard, grip, and a cocking knob that also holds part of the toggle linkage together.  I also did some more filming at the range this week, although I'm falling behind a little on video editing.  Anyway, this weekend I think I will upload the next bullet swaging video.
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March 6, 2021 Update: The weather was quite pleasant this week--it is starting to feel like spring--so I filmed several shooting-drills episodes out at the range.  I also made a little bit of progress on the Ghost Eagle design.  This weekend I think I will upload the video about my first attempt at making swaged bullets.
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February 26, 2021 Update: Troubleshooting the 3D printer continued this week.  I've finally got it printing reasonably well again, or at least as well as I think I can get it to with this filament.  However, I would be hesitant to buy another spool of "SunLu" brand PETG.  Maybe by the time I use this one up, Hatchbox PETG will be back in stock, as that seemed to print very well.  Anyway, on the subject of 3D printing, I have continued my experiments with sabot rounds, and with a few iterative refinements to the load parameters and the sabot design I have greatly improved the feeding reliability.  I am hoping that with a little more refinement I will be able to get them to feed and function as reliably as factory FMJ rounds.  Meanwhile, I am still working on CAD design for project Ghost Eagle.
This week, Forgotten Weapons posted a video announcing that they are holding their international "Finnish Brutality" match remotely this year: to enter, you just set up the prescribed stage at any range that you have available, record a video of yourself running the stage, and upload the video.  Thus, I plan to participate in the remote match.  The stage that they described required a "kettle bell" weight, which I didn't have, but I made something similar out of a large rock and some scrap metal, so now I think I have everything that I need for the match.  I plan to run the stage tomorrow morning if the weather isn't too inclement, and then I'll upload that video as soon as I can get it edited.  
Speaking of video editing, I'm about caught up on my backlog of videos again: the new holster-making video is done, as are the duplex and sabot round testing videos.  For my regular upload this weekend, though, I think I will upload my tongue-in-cheek "taxonomy of trolls."
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February 20, 2021 Update: Between working on my taxes, troubleshooting my 3D printer (I had recently bought a spool of SunLu PETG filament; it turns out it had air bubbles in the filament, which was causing voids and print defects) and starting a new side job doing some tech writing, I didn't have a lot of discretionary time this week.  Thus, Project Ghost-Eagle continues to advance rather slowly.  I did manage to finish editing a couple more videos about experimental .45 ACP rounds though, including the one with saboted bullets and the one about duplex rounds.  This weekend I think I will upload a quick but hopefully entertaining video I made a while back about shooting a "flying saucer" squash that we had left over from fall decor.
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February 12, 2021 Update: The weather was actually really nice outside several days this week, so I took advantage of the clement weather to get some testing done outside.  Specifically, I did another experiment with bullet swaging, this time obtaining the enigmatic result that the swaged bullets were clearly unstable (most of them were key-holing) and yet the accuracy was still remarkably good.  Then I began experimenting with 3D-printed plastic sabots.  I have recorded enough material for two videos about these tests, but I haven't gotten around to editing it yet.  However, before filming these new tests I did get through my backlog of video editing from previous weeks, so the video about my first swaging experiment is done, as is the one about working with agates and the follow-up to the first practical accuracy video.  Also, I have been meaning to make a couple more holsters for a while now, and I finally got around to doing that toward the end of the week.  One of my first-ever videos was about making leather holsters, but I think I can improve upon the video quality of that early episode, so I filmed my most recent holster-making endeavor, and plan to make a new video about it.  Between all of that, I didn't get much done on Project Ghost Eagle this week, but that is still a high priority.  Anyway, this week I think I'll upload the video about the 3D printed primer inversion tray.
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February 5, 2021 Update: Project Ghost Eagle continues to be my focus.  This week I made good progress on design of the fire control group.  I also filmed a quick video following up on my study of practical accuracy and beginning to look specifically at the effect of optics on practical accuracy, and I recorded some footage for a video I plan to make about working with agates and other semi-precious rocks that I frequently find here in Idaho.  However, I'm still working on filming the agate study, and then I'll have raw video for about three episodes that I need to get around to editing.  Anyway, this weekend I think I will upload the video I made about building a solar dehydrator.
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January 30, 2021 Update: Well, aside from making an announcement video about the release of my audio book (which you've probably all seen by now) I spent most of my available time this week working on Project Ghost Eagle.  It is proving to be a challenging design project, but I guess that is to be expected.  I think I finally have the toggle designed the way I want it, and now I am turning my attention to the fire control group.  However, this weekend I think I will upload the video I made about my "Idahoan longrifle" bullpup muzzleloader.
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January 22, 2021 Update: This week I spent a lot of time studying html and css code, with the intent to finally create a website for TheIdahoanShow.  I also made some progress on the Ghost Eagle project, although the initial design process is sort of iterative: as the design progresses, I recognize mechanical interferences or other problems that have to be corrected, and so I go back and modify components I had already designed.  I have tentatively decided to go with a toggle-delayed blowback operating system, and have taken the toggle mechanism through a couple of iterations, but still have at least one more iteration to go.  I did manage to film a video about testing my first home-swaged bullets this week, but haven't gotten around to editing it yet.  This weekend I plan to upload my "Illustrated Expeditionary Journals of an Idahoan" account of my hike up Lower Cedar Creek last spring.
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January 15, 2020 Update: The weather was not very conducive to filming outside this week, so I didn't get around to making videos about my 125-grain 45 ACP load experiments.  I did make some progress on Project Ghost-Eagle.  Lately, I've also been feeling the need for a dedicated website for the Idahoan Show, to provide a centralized location for information on where to find my episodes, supplemental information, links to the books I've published, etc, so I spent a lot of time this week studying tutorials in HTML coding.  Hopefully within the next few weeks, I'll learn enough HTML and CSS to build a high-quality website.  I did record narration for the first of my "Illustrated Expeditionary Journals" videos, but I still need to compile the narration with the pictures into a complete slide-show video.  Anyway, this weekend I expect to upload a video I made about another experimental shotgun slug that I thought would work but didn't.
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January 9, 2021 Update: This week I officially started "Project Ghost-Eagle," the goal of which is to design a semi-automatic pistol chambered for .50 action express.  I am still in the very early stages of design, but I have had an idea for this design turning over in my head for a while now, so it is good to finally start putting it down on paper (or the digital equivalent).  I also spent some time this week scoping out the feasibility of hand loading .45 ACP shells with 125-grain bullets, either using a very short "button" bullet, or using a saboted .38 caliber projectile.  I'm not sure yet if either approach will work well enough to be useful for practical purposes, but I think both will probably work well enough to make an entertaining video about the experiment, so I hope to start filming that video next week.  This weekend, though, I plan to upload a video about the "universal R&D bullet mold" concept that I came up with a while ago.
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December 26, 2020 Update: This week I conducted an experiment in which I attempted to quantify the practical  accuracy of a number of different types of firearms.  Naturally, I recorded video of the test, although I haven't gotten around to editing the video yet.  I also experimented some with 3D printing magazines for .350 Legend.  I was able to come up with a design that worked, but these plastic magazines proved quite fragile; I repeatedly had problems with the feed lips breaking, so I don't think this will be a good long term solution to the .350 magazine problem.  At long last, I finished the rough draft of my allegorical western novel.  Of course, it will have to go through several rounds of editing before I can get it ready for publication, but completing the rough draft is still a major milestone in the publication of a book.  Finally, this week I edited down some video that I took of some dynamic shooting drills that I had set up earlier this fall.  I think I may post that video this weekend.
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December 18, 2020 Update: Some time ago, I uploaded a video about my method for making flat springs out of high-carbon steel strapping material.  This week, I experimented with making a zigzag flat spring from a scrap of steel strapping that could be used as a replacement for an AR15 magazine spring.  My homemade spring took up a little more space in the magazine than the original wire spring, reducing the capacity slightly, but the magazine functioned well with the homemade spring, and I have finished editing the video about the experiment.  That was probably the highlight of my week.  However, I also spent some time working on the draft of my allegorical western novel.  This weekend, though, I think I will upload a video I made a while back about a trick for easily loading double-stack, single-feed magazines without any special tools.
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December 12, 2020 Update: This week, at long last, I finished my CNC mini-router!  The spindle motor is a little under-powered, and the machine is not as rigid as I would have hoped, so its actual usefulness is going to be rather limited, but it actually works!  Really, the point of this project was mostly just to see if I could build a CNC machine from scratch, so in that regard it was a success.  I also managed to edit the video about the CNC router today, so that accounted for most of what I did this week.  This weekend, though, I think I will upload a video I made a while back about an interesting shotgun slug that I attempted to make.
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December 4, 2020 Update: I spent most of this week working on my CNC mini-router project, and I think I'm getting close to finishing it.  This weekend I expect I will upload a video I made about some initial feasibility scoping with regards to building an electrically-ignited muzzleloader.  It turns out black powder is surprisingly difficult to ignite by means of an electrical arc.
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November 28, 2020 Update: This week I was able to film and edit the video about my "Idahoan Long Rifle" bullpup muzzleloader.  I also finished editing the video about my solar dehydrator and made a comedy video in which I attempted to develop a biological taxonomy for classifying cyber trolls.  Next week, I hope to shift my attention to finishing up my CNC mini-router.  This weekend, though, I think I will upload the video announcement about the publication of the UTAH design.
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November 21, 2020 Update: Well, with a storm system coming through this week, so far I haven't been able to film the video about the bullpup muzzle loader, although I'm still holding out hope I might be able to do that today.  However, I did make some progress on my writing projects--both on the allegory and on the improvised ammo study.  Anyway, a while back I had filmed my attempt to run a course of steel targets using odds and ends of old ammo that I had lying around in my reverse-cycle shotgun.  It was a fun way to clean out my 12-ga ammo bin, although in hind sight the video may not be as exciting as it was doing it in person.  However, for what little it is worth I think I will upload that video this weekend.
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November 14, 2020 Update:This week I finished building my experimental bullpup muzzleloader.  Now I just need to film a video about it, so that will be a priority next week if the weather cooperates.  This week I also published my original design sketches and testing notes from the UTAH project in the form of a short book:
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This book had been in final editing for a while now, so this was a good week for finishing things.  This weekend I think I will upload a short video about how I knurl metal surfaces on the mill using a fly-cutter.
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November 7, 2020 Update: This week I made a lot of progress on my bullpup muzzleloader project.  However, it looks like I may have to modify or redesign the fire control mechanism.  In the past, my trigger mechanisms have usually been excessively stiff, so I tried to design this one for a lighter trigger pull, and I may have gone too far the other way.  On full-cock, I'd guess the trigger pull is about an ounce, and if you put it on half-cock and pull the trigger it will slip out of half-cock.  I'm also having issues with light strikes on the percussion cap.  However, it is fun seeing it come together, even though I clearly have some bugs to work out of the design.  On a completely different note, I think this weekend I will upload the video about my glass-filled PETG filament idea.
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October 30, 2020 Update: This week my focus was again on writing projects.  I am slowly making progress both on my story about ammunition self-sufficiency and also on another novel.  I am also working on final editing of the first volume of my "Illustrated Expeditionary Journals of an Idahoan."  However, I also filmed a couple of videos about my perspective on gun safety and selecting a defensive firearm, and I am almost caught up on video editing.  Finally, I did make a couple of parts for my bullpup muzzleloader prototype, so that project is still progressing, albeit slowly.
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October 23, 2020 Update: This week I spent most of my time working on my book about ammunition self-sufficiency.  I also managed to film a short video about magazine loading techniques, although I haven't gotten around to editing the footage yet.  However, at long last, this weekend I plan to upload my video about the modular digital sighting system and the future of gun sights.

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