Winchester 1894AE .357/.38 Billet machined lifter

…and here it is, the Shooting SHED Winchester 1894AE .357/.38 Lifter machined from EN26T –  I have marked this this one SHED 0001 so I know it is the hard prototype. All future versions will be rumble de-burred and will have something to denote they are from the SHED on them. I cannot do the rumbling in house although I guess I could always bung then in my old tumbler although I doubt Walnut medium would do much in less than a week or two, alternatively I could use the ceramic media that is reserved for Moly and HBN coating however I also doubt they are a match made in heaven, so I will outsource this operation and the plan is to ship end of the week give or take a couple of days.

This is a really bad video of the lifter in action, the lighting was poor, the Viking was holding my iFone, there was no stock or barrel attached, erm… Do I need more excuses? Anyway you should get the idea.

I am pleased with the result and it has taken more hours than I should count, cutters have been burnt out, tweaks added, soft parts machined which were so soft they scuffed up and all the other issues you see when prototyping something for the first time. There will be an initial run of 25 units and after that I will have a think. Everything is set up now and the process learnt and I did say I would never do another run of F/TRbipods and that was two builds/upgrades ago 🙂

I must admit I like doing small runs of items and then moving on, I would hate to think I was tied into a single product or a very limited product range.

On the subject of videos here is one of our 2P comparators.

To use the comparators I push the two ends together first then insert them loosely into the calliper jaws, close the jaws so the comparators are pushed firmly together and then nip the grub screws up. The grub screws are fully backed out to start with and are only thereto make very minor adjustments to alignment if the calliper jaws are slightly bowed. The thumbscrew are then nipped up and the display set to zero. If you look carefully there is a slight gap between the major diameters when fully closed, this is intentional as it enables the comparator to measure from the faces.

I should have kept the display in the picture so the return to zero could have been seen. These comparators always return to zero and once set-up simply insert a built, loaded round or cartridge case dependant on what you want to check or batch and off you go.

This does make me wonder if I should start a series of videos to better explain our products, I always like to think the operation is self explanatory however I do design them so I have a head start over most people. We do include instructions for the majority of products if that helps any 🙂

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