This is a video I made about my latest homemade gun. 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 YouTube, I endeavor to produce videos capturing […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
This video provides an overview of how I rifled a smoothbore 12-gage barrel blank to make a rifled barrel for my shotgun and documents some initial testing of the new rifled barrel. TheIdahoanShowIdaho was one of the last continental US states to be settled and, more so than some parts of the US, the culture […]
The GEFRRSn is a successor to the UTAH that the Idahoan built for testing barrel designs. These videos introduce the GEFRRSn and provide an overview of its construction.
In this episode, the Idahoan machines and tests a .45 ACP barrel for his UTAH pistol.
In this video, the Idahoan demonstrates a jig that he made for his milling machine to facilitate cutting helical flutes in cylindrical workpieces, such as rifling buttons and reamers.
In this episode, the Idahoan demonstrates a somewhat crude but effective method of making a functional .40-caliber rifled pistol barrel, using only basic power tools and hand tools.
A couple videos about my Universal Testing Apparatus Handgun (UTAH).
In this episode, the Idahoan recalls his first attempts at building guns from scratch, and complements his narrative with original photographs and video clips.
In my last article, we reviewed a simple experiment I performed to evaluate the usefulness of hydrogen peroxide and bleach as additives for clarifying and preserving ballistic gel. While crude, this initial batch of testing quickly showed hydrogen peroxide works. In this article I'll be discussing a much larger series of tests I performed to determine the best concentration for clarity, as well as other ways to extend the shelf-life of this gel.
I've wanted to test a number of different ammunition types with ballistics gel to see how they performed, but the day that I pay between $150-$250 for Jello is the day I find another hobby. With that in mind, I spent an afternoon experimenting and was finally able to come up with a gel recipe that works.