Friday, January 31, 2014

The fat, disgusting slob that is my roommate

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have Gabe Newell as a roommate?  I haven’t, but now I have a pretty good idea.  My fat Marine roommate is the most disgusting slob I’ve ever metHe’s a cook and I suspect he eats a lot of the food from the chow hall.  This motherfucker leaves half-filled bottles of dip everywhere.  He stays in his room all the time, watching dvds, usually Southpark reruns, but sometimes movies from Redbox.  And he’ll rewatch it about two or three times in a row.

He never leaves the barracks room.  He goes into the bathroom every hour or so and spends about thirty minutes to an hour in there with his cellphone blaring out loud music, usually movie trailer music or some kind of pop music.  I know what he does in there; the music is just a cover.  Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but this motherfucker spends at least five hours a day there that his ass stench is baked into the bathroom.

The first night I came back from Christmas leave, this guy was passed out on his bed with some really loud porn blasting out of his cellphone.  Dirty laundry and empty bags of cheesepuffs were strewn about the floor.  I dropped my bags to the ground and made loud noises as I unpacked so that maybe this sloth would wakeup and cleanup or at least have the decency to turn down his phone, but to no avail.  I left to go to Subway with the luggage left in plain view so maybe he would notice.  When I came back the lights were out so he must have got up and realized I had returned, but otherwise the room was still disgusting.

All my food was gone from the fridge.  I didn’t notice this until he brought it up, but he reimbursed me so I cant complain if he wants to pay me to eat old food.  It was a box of corndogs that I never ate, some icecream which I use as cream for my coffee (it lasts longer than milk which is why I use it), and some Hot Pockets.  Truth be told, the corndogs were my old roommate’s who left and I took the box with me when I moved to the new barracks.  But seriously, how do you eat a whole 20-pack of corndogs and large box of icecream in less than two weeks?

This fat fuck is always eating too.  I woke up on the second night to the sound of munching Cheetos and the sound of the microwave whirring.  The nauseous smell of deep-fried microwave food filled the room.  It must have been the last of the corndogs or more hotpockets.

Worst of all this motherfucker stinks.  He literally smells like the entire gym locker room.  Everytime he comes back from PT (which is rare, but 95 percent chance that it’s mandatory unit PT because I never see Slim voluntarily PT on his own free will or on a weekend) this guy smells like rancid asshole.  And he leaves his clothes and shit on the floor.

Right now he is in the bathroom rewatching a three-minute trailer for some kind of action movie.  It sounds like the theme song from Requiem for a Dream.  So far it has looped about 20 times.  This fatass has been fappin’ on the toilet for an hour.  I usually don’t wish any kind of negativity on anyone, but I seriously hope this jackass fails his physical readiness test and gets booted from the Corps.

...But with honors, because he’s actually a really nice guy.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Started work on 80% lower receivers

Finally got around to working on some 80% lower receivers.  In total, there were eight lower receivers waiting for me when I got home.  Four EP Armory lowers (pink, tan, black, and olive drab - all blemished discounts priced at $35), two Polymer80's which I did end up receiving after all (with one disposable jig, planned on doing the other by hand), one mystery reinforced polygonal lower bought off eBay, one HLF standard lower, and one old-style KT Ordnance lower, which was one of first 80% lowers on the market.  Not pictured are the two Jack Squat's AR15 flats.  They are a lot less than 80% so those don't really count, but I still think it's a neat idea.

Just as I suspected, all 80% lowers except the Polymer80s fit the CNC jig.  It's because of the reinforced siding above the axis pin holes that prevent the Polymer80 from fitting (I knew there was a conspiracy to force you to buy their specific jigs).  The only ones I had time to work on were one EP Lower and the mystery lower.  They both fit the jig perfectly.
The aluminum lower was a pain in the ass.  I used the CNC Machinery jig on my cheap $40 Harbor Freight drill press.  It was a lot harder than I thought it would be.  I used 1/8 drill bits to drill out the smaller holes, using machine oil to help keep things moving.  Then I used the larger drill bits, that was also easy.  The part where I started slowing down was milling out the extra crap between the drill bit holes.  After using a combination of dremel carbide bits and the provided milling bit I was finally able to mill out the FCG pocket.

Good enough for Century Arms
I did the whole thing by hand and it sucked.  A bunch of times the jig would shake violently and felt like it was gonna fly out.  Even if I carefully let the mill bit down into the jig it would start chattering heavily.  I've been told that use of a XY cross slide drill press vice would allow for more precision and stabilization.

Good enough for me!
That's probably the last aluminum one I'll do in a while, unless there's some new crazy Obama law that goes into effect and I need to create a bunch of ARs to help Governor Perry secede Texas from the Union.  The EPLower was a lot more easier to mill out.  I basically used the same method above and when you mill through the colored filler material you stop drilling.  At that point you can just use the milling bit with the jig and smooth out the inner walls.  After that you turn the jig on the side and drill out the axis pins with drill bits.

They both came out okay as long as you don't take it apart and peak inside.  Still not convinced the polymer will be able to handle .223.  I didn't assemble them or test fire them but I did drop in the FCG and an A1 upper and did a function check and it seemed like it should work.  The EP Lowers seemed to be a little too tight on certain magazines and do not drop free.  I didn't bother drilling the safety.  Colonel Samuel Colt didn't need safeties on His weapons and neither do I.  Plus I think by not milling out that area it gives a little bit of extra strength.

The KT Ordnance receiver is neat.  I think I read somewhere that back in the day the ATF said it was okay to have 80% with the pocket already milled out as long as the axis holes remain undrilled, but then they changed their mind sometime later (funny that they have a history of doing this, ie Len Savage, Akins Accelerator, etc).  The catch here is that the buffer tube trunnion is not threaded and the takedown pin holes aren’t drilled so there’s no way to align it to the jig.  I suppose you could align the bolt catch slot with the slot on the jig.  As for the buffer trunnion, I find it difficult to thread holes using just a T-handle, so this will be a project for buffer-less build.

The Polymer 80 was interesting.  It seemed to be made of higher quality material than the EP Lower and have really nicer magwells than the EP Lowers.  The jig came with all the drill bits and mill ends.  The jig is supposed to be used only once and then thrown away.  I clamped the plastic jig around the lower and proceeded to drive in the screws.  The metal screws met some resistance and two of the heads broke off.  I don't know if that was intentional - was that some kind of precaution so that the builder wouldn't try to re-use the jig?  I'm telling you those bastards want to nickel and dime you for their stupid jig!

Well I used the drill bits, drilled to the proper depth and then got to the point where you are supposed to chop off the top jig and use the end mill.  I really didn’t feel like taking a dremel cutoff wheel and trying to cut through plastic.  It seemed like if it weren't for those broken screws I could have taken apart the jig and re-used it to drill out the other Polymer 80.  I think I can still pull it off by having the plastic jig held together with C-clamps.  That's probably another reason why I quit working on it.  I have enough AR15 lowers anyways so I'll save these for later.