TheIdahoanShow

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Electronic Muzzleloader: Initial Scoping Test

I was thinking about building an “Arc-Lock Rifle,” or electrically ignited muzzleloader. However, it turns out that gunpowder is surprisingly insensitive to electrical sparks, as demonstrated by the initial scoping experiment that I documented in this video. TheIdahoanShowIdaho was one of the last continental US states to be settled and, more so than some parts […]
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09:11

Designs for UTAH pistol Published

I recently published a short book about my Universal Testing Apparatus Handgun, or UTAH. I am publishing it mostly as a historical reference, kind of like publishing a pioneer’s personal journal, except that in this case it’s a collection of machining sketches and testing notes rather than expeditionary journal entries. It’s not a tutorial on […]
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10:13

Early Prototype of Futuristic Gunsight

This is a video I made describing my vision of the future of gunsights and presenting an initial proof-of-concept prototype that I put together. TheIdahoanShowIdaho was one of the last continental US states to be settled and, more so than some parts of the US, the culture of Idaho still retains a frontier spirit of […]
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07:39

Leaf Spring Targets: A Cheap Alternative to AR500

This video documents my testing of a leaf-spring target. This is just one data point, but so far it looks like leaf springs may actually compare favorably to AR500 for small, general-purpose steel targets. TheIdahoanShowIdaho was one of the last continental US states to be settled and, more so than some parts of the US, […]
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07:35

Beta Pattern Muzzleloader “Tacticool” build

This is another video I made about finishing out a beta-pattern muzzleloader, but this time I took a very different approach. Instead of blueing the steel and making a hardwood stock I powder-coated the metal and made a stock out of tubing wrapped with paracord. TheIdahoanShowIdaho was one of the last continental US states to […]
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09:34

Beta Pattern Muzzleloader kit build demo

In this video, I demonstrate one method of building a finished muzzleloader using the Beta-pattern “90% kit” from Atomic Rifling and Creative Operations LLC. TheIdahoanShowIdaho was one of the last continental US states to be settled and, more so than some parts of the US, the culture of Idaho still retains a frontier spirit of […]
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13:43

The Beta-Pattern Muzzleloader

This is an overview video that I made about my “Beta-Pattern” muzzleloaders, a few of which are now for sale through Dollarhide Mercantile (https://dollarhidemercantile-com.3dcartstores.com) TheIdahoanShowIdaho was one of the last continental US states to be settled and, more so than some parts of the US, the culture of Idaho still retains a frontier spirit of […]
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05:07

Rifle (Muzzleloader) Packaging Experiment

This video documents my testing of a packaging design for shipping muzzleloaders. The packaging consisted of one layer of bubble wrap wrapped around the rifle, which I then sealed inside a very long poly bag. I placed it in a cardboard box padded with shopping bags that I had partially filled with sawdust to act […]
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Homemade Case Trimmer

This video is an overview of how I machined a case trimmer. The design is not much different than most of the conventional case trimmers on the market, but it works. TheIdahoanShowIdaho was one of the last continental US states to be settled and, more so than some parts of the US, the culture of […]
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04:53

Powder Coating an AR-15 Lower using WD-40 Method

This video shows how I powder coated an AR-15 lower that I made from an in-th-white <80% receiver. TheIdahoanShowIdaho was one of the last continental US states to be settled and, more so than some parts of the US, the culture of Idaho still retains a frontier spirit of self-reliance.  As host of TheIdahoanShow on […]
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Testing the Bullet-Resistance of Steel-Toe Boots

I had some worn-out ANSI-approved Steel-toed work boots that I decided to try shooting before I threw them away. This video documents the test and the results. TheIdahoanShowIdaho was one of the last continental US states to be settled and, more so than some parts of the US, the culture of Idaho still retains a […]
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13:13

Exploring the 350 Legend

This video is an account of my experiences with the .350 Legend cartridge, from first picking up a Stoner upper chambered for it to the point of finally getting handloads to run reliably, which proved to be a more difficult undertaking than I expected. That said, I still think this cartridge has a lot of […]
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07:55

7mm Mag vs. 3/8 AR500 Plate

This video documents an experiment I conducted to determine if a 3/8″ thick AR500 steel target was up to stopping 7mm Rem mag rounds. TheIdahoanShowIdaho was one of the last continental US states to be settled and, more so than some parts of the US, the culture of Idaho still retains a frontier spirit of […]
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09:06

Mud Testing Revolvers

I’ve seen a lot of other people mud-test various semi-autos, which usually results in serious malfunctions. In this video, I mud-tested a couple of revolvers to see if they would be any less susceptible to dirt than automatics. TheIdahoanShowIdaho was one of the last continental US states to be settled and, more so than some […]
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Gun Review: Armalite M15A4TN

Here is my review of an Armalite AR-15 or “M-15″ as they called it at the time, A4 pattern, TN model (20” stainless target barrel). I’ve had this gun for over ten years and have put a lot of rounds through it, so I have a good basis of experience to review it, although I’m […]
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22:45

Muzzleloader Development Project Debriefing

This video is from a project debriefing discussing development of the “Standard Pattern” muzzleloader by Atomic Rifling & Creative Operations LLC. It provides some “insider” perspective on certain features of the design, as well as on the general process of developing a new rifle. TheIdahoanShowIdaho was one of the last continental US states to be […]
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02:22

Making Flat Springs

Flat springs are frequently required in gunsmithing and gun-building projects. While this short video doesn’t get into the specific gunsmithing applications, it does provide an overview of one method of making custom flat springs out of readily-available steel strapping. TheIdahoanShowIdaho was one of the last continental US states to be settled and, more so than […]
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06:25

Cavalry Muzzleloader

This is a video I made about a prototype muzzleloader that I designed to answer the historically significant question of how a muzzleloader could be optimized for cavalry service. TheIdahoanShowIdaho was one of the last continental US states to be settled and, more so than some parts of the US, the culture of Idaho still […]
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DIY Steel Targets

In this video, I present the two styles of homemade steel targets that I have used, and talk about how I built them and how they worked. TheIdahoanShowIdaho was one of the last continental US states to be settled and, more so than some parts of the US, the culture of Idaho still retains a […]
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The Physics of Ricochets

This is an educational video that I made about ricochets and spalling and the science behind these phenomena. TheIdahoanShowIdaho was one of the last continental US states to be settled and, more so than some parts of the US, the culture of Idaho still retains a frontier spirit of self-reliance.  As host of TheIdahoanShow on […]
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05:22

Muzzleloader Accuracy Comparison

This was a test I filmed a while back, comparing the accuracy of one of my home-built muzzleloaders with a Knight inline muzzleloader. Admittedly, I just selected a load at random for this test, so as a measure of accuracy for the two rifles it is not necessarily comprehensive. However, the results were still rather […]
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04:45

Experimental Cruciform Shotgun Choke

As a follow-up to my oval-choke experiment, I tried making a shotgun barrel that tapers from a circular cross-section to a cross-shaped bore at the muzzle, as documented in this video. It didn’t end up working very well, but it was still an interesting experiment. TheIdahoanShowIdaho was one of the last continental US states to […]