How Bathtubs Are Made

How Bathtubs Are Made

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South African bathroom fixture company Ceramic Industries takes us inside of their Betta Baths factory for a look at the production process for its bathtubs. Each one starts out as a flat sheet of acrylic, which is then heated and formed using vacuum molds, covered with a fiberglass and resin spray, then baked.

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June 1, 2020 at 06:01PM

Killhouse Rules.

Killhouse Rules.

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Today I was introduced to a set of rules that are too damned true. We all know them in one way or another or at least have the concepts, but it is good to see them formatted.

Enjoy!

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June 1, 2020 at 03:27PM

Perfectly Preserved 1,700-Year-Old Roman Mosaic Floor Found Under Vineyard in Italy

Perfectly Preserved 1,700-Year-Old Roman Mosaic Floor Found Under Vineyard in Italy

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Officials in Negrar di Valpolicella, an Italian village midway between Milan and Venice, have made a startling discovery several meters below a vineyard: A perfectly preserved mosaic floor dating back to the 3rd Century A.D.

In 1922, hints of a Roman villa had been discovered on the site, but no successful excavations had been performed until now. "After countless decades of failed attempts," the municipality writes on their Facebook page, "part of the flooring and foundations of the Roman Villa have been located."

Uncovering the floor completely "will not come soon," the municipality writes, pointing out that "significant resources will be needed." They are also working "to identify the most suitable ways to make this archaeological treasure available and open and visible under our feet."

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June 1, 2020 at 10:11AM

Learn How to Make Pretzels from Auntie Anne Herself on Facebook Live

Learn How to Make Pretzels from Auntie Anne Herself on Facebook Live

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Whether you got your Auntie Anne’s pretzel fix at the mall or the airport (do they exist anywhere else?), you may be missing those salty, buttery treats now that we’re not spending much time in either place. If this is the case, mark your calendar for Sunday, May 31 at 4 p.m. EST, when THE Auntie Anne herself (the chain’s founder Anne Beiler) will be doing a Facebook Live pretzel-making tutorial. The virtual class will take place at the home of the company’s current president, Heather Neary, but don’t worry: Auntie Anne herself will be there and doing the rolling.

The Auntie Anne’s pretzel recipe

Technically, they want you to order their DIY At-Home Pretzel Kit for the event, which, for $20, comes with most of what you need to make 10 pretzels, either in their original or cinnamon sugar flavor. Butter—a key component of these pretzels—is not included in the kit.

But if you don’t have time to order a kit, or want to save some money, there are several Auntie Anne pretzel copycat recipes out there, including these from Food.com, The Spruce Eats and Once Upon a Chef. The main thing you’ll be learning from Auntie Anne during the tutorial is how to actually form the pretzels, so making your own dough shouldn’t be an issue.

Back by popular demand

The DIY At-Home Pretzel Kits were initially a limited-time special for National Pretzel Day, but ended up being so popular, the company brought them back. “We heard from our guests loud and clear that they are missing our hand-rolled, golden brown pretzel snacks, and quite frankly, we’re missing our guests, too!” Neary said in a statement. “The DIY At-Home Pretzel Kit is not only a great way to satisfy those pretzel cravings, but also creates a fun activity for families to enjoy together while remaining at home.”

Even if you aren’t able to join the Facebook Live demonstration, the video will remain up on the Auntie Anne’s page after that for a quick tutorial whenever you have the time. Now every day can be Pretzel Day!

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May 30, 2020 at 02:08PM

Laravel Packages I never wanna miss again

Laravel Packages I never wanna miss again

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Let’s talk about my favorite topic: Laravel.

In Laravel, I often had the situation that I started building something where a package is already there out in the wild. Since I recognized that also for not so common topics packages are existing but also for niche problems, I check google out first before I start programming things. Best example:

I started building my own tax list for my first Product smartdb.io, where I have Stripe implemented for the billing. While researching for the way of writing the reverse charge on the receipt, I found the package from Marcel Pociot which is solving my problems totally: Vat Calculator

But now my list of Packages which I never wanna lose again:

Livewire

Writing reactive UIs is not so intuitive with vue. Ok, you can get it on your plate fast what you have to do, and packages like Interia.js are adorable, but this is nothing compared to livewire. With vue and laravel, you have to create a REST API first and then fire queries and requests to it. Or use Inertia.js, of course, this is making your life easier. With livewire, you can write everything directly in PHP, no need for big JS things. If you want to create something minimal but reactive like the burger-menu on your page, you can use alpine.js. Alpine.js is minimal and functional like tailwind, just check it out.

Horizon

Horizon is a package for managing your queues. It’s so lovely how easy it is to manage multiple, autoscaling queues with it. You can define what queues should run, how much throughput they can have and also what for timeouts etc. they have. Also, the failed jobs are visible in the UI, that’s so good!

Nova

If you didn’t buy Laravel Nova yet, go for it! It’s such a good admin-tool for all your apps, and you can just pay for it if you go live with your app because the license is not limited at your local machine, only for production apps. I also build whole management apps with nova. For example, our Community “Bitkom”: We made a management System for online orders with it, and just with it and mailgun.

Laravel Gravatar

No need for explanation: Never build an upload for an avatar in your MVP again. Here is the package: thomaswelton/laravel-gravatar

Telescope

Debugging your laravel web-application never was more comfortable than with telescope. It’s so pleasant for development purposes. GitHub

socialite

With Laravel socialite, the Social authentification is so secure and comfortable. You want your users to login with GitHub, Facebook, Google, or others? With socialite, it’s done in under 5 minutes. Get it

Cashier

If you start your own SaaS or Shop with laravel, you’ll have the moment to collect money from your users. With cashier and Stripe, it’s easy. Cashier link

Sushi

Sushi was a sponsor package from Caleb Porzio, which is creating Eloquent Models from an array instead of a database connection. Now it’s free to get here: GitHub. I can describe my use-case of this package at best with “better ENUM”. I use it for long lists of countries, specs, or others that are more or less static, for example, taxes, AWS region mappings to AMIs, and such things.

Laravel Debugbar

You all should know it. I use it for years, and I love it. I’ll not explain it too much, but you can debug your MySQL queries, Gates, views, and all other things you need to debug with it. You see how many Queries are executed, you see which views got rendered and all these goodies. Get it

To be honest, I think this list is not complete. Maybe I’ll add a second list and a third and so on. But for now, these are the packages I don’t want to miss.

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May 29, 2020 at 10:06AM

Fisher Space Pen Short Video & Pen Review

Fisher Space Pen Short Video & Pen Review

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Fisher Space Pen — the only pen that writes frozen, under water, and in zero gravity — will be heading back to space with NASA astronauts tomorrow, if all goes according to plan. And that’s what didn’t happen a couple days ago, when the SpaceX launch was delayed.

Here’s a short video about that and about the company’s past & current contributions to the writing industry; the only ballpoint pen that’s been on every manned American space mission since Apollo 7, and a newer all-brass pen with antimicrobial properties (popular lately due to the COVID-19 coronavirus scare).

At the 2020 SHOT Show Range Day this past January, I was the happy recipient of a Tradesman Yellow Cap-O-Matic Space Pen, which I immediately put to work.

Two views of my Tradesman Yellow Space Pen (Photo © Russ Chastain)
Two views of my Tradesman Yellow Space Pen
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The SHOT Show is a busy time, with dozens of meetings and new products each day. While I keep extensive notes electronically on my phone, there’s no substitute for jotting down a quick handwritten note on a business card or pamphlet to remind you of that moment in time once you get back to your room — and eventually back home. After a whirlwind like the SHOT Show, that stack of business cards you amassed won’t mean much without those scribbles telling to to send email, write up a new product, or contact the company for a review sample.

My usual drill is to pick up free pens here & there on the Show floor, and find out which ones are useful via “trial by fire.” Different pens “like” different surfaces, and not every one will write on every business card or slick printed brochure.

This time, I used my Space Pen almost exclusively for all of that work, with no letdowns. My only “iffy” note was on a very shiny business card, on which most pens won’t write well. The Fisher pen wrote well, but the slick surface didn’t allow the ink to soak in at all, and some of the ink was wiped off with handling before it dried.

In other words: the Fisher Space Pen is the best pen I’ve ever owned.

The two parts of the pen body are threaded together, with the pressurized ink cartridge inside. (Photo © Russ Chastain)
The two parts of the pen body are threaded together, with the pressurized ink cartridge inside.
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It’s the Cap-O-Matic model, which is a click-to-retract style of pen… but instead of a button at the back end of the pen, you “click” the entire rear cap portion (the part with the clip). The entire mechanism is contained in that cap; the lower part is a painted brass tube containing the ink cartridge.

I do a lot of workshop work, which is tough on my things… things like clothes, phone cases, and pens. After 4 months of tough service, my Tradesman pen is doing just fine, with the only casualty being a little lost paint & exposed brass.

My pen has lost a little paint during 4 months of hard use. (Photo © Russ Chastain)
My pen has lost a little paint during 4 months of hard use.
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Perhaps best of all, it’s easy to spot and easy to identify; there’s very little chance anyone can pick it up and walk away with your pen, thinking it’s theirs — and if you leave it lying on a workbench or desk, it’s easy to spot among the clutter. The Tradesman bright yellow finish is glossy and covers every exterior surface of the pen, including the inside of the clip.

All Fisher Space Pens are lifetime guaranteed for quality against all manufacturing defects.

Company longevity is always a concern when you read the words “lifetime guarantee,” but when a company has been making good on their Space Pen products for more than helf a century, you can have confidence in their staying power.

After the Show, I ordered two more Cap-O-Matics; one in TrueTimber Strata Camouflage and one in the Firefighter motif.

Cap-O-Matic Space Pens in Firefighter (top), TrueTimber, and Tradesman Yellow (bottom). (Photo © Russ Chastain)
Cap-O-Matic Space Pens in Firefighter (top), TrueTimber, and Tradesman Yellow (bottom).
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The TrueTimber version is a wrap, which means there’s no camo below the clip. It has a slightly-textured finish, which is nice for gripping the pen. This is the pen I can see hunters carrying to fill out their hunting licenses or tags, often with shaking (and possibly bloody) hands. There’s no doubt it’ll do this job better than most, and should have no problem writing on your tags.

Firefighter version of Fisher Cap-O-Matic Space Pen. (Photo © Russ Chastain)
Firefighter version of Fisher Cap-O-Matic Space Pen.
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The Firefighter model has an all-over matte black finish enhanced by red lines on the pen clip and the lower body of the pen. It writes like a champ, and for every one sold, Fisher will make a donation to help injured firefighters and their families.

Each Cap-O-Matic Space Pen comes in this attractive "shuttle gift box." (Photo © Russ Chastain)
Each Cap-O-Matic Space Pen comes in this attractive “shuttle gift box.”
(Photo © Russ Chastain)

Engraving is available on some models, including the Red Line Firefighter and Blue Line Police models, with the first line free (up to 30 characters/spaces per line). Up to two more lines can be added at $4 per additional line, for a maximum of 3 30-character lines.

Some people don’t carry a pen. That’s cool; no worries. But I have long been one to carry a pen most of the time. Need to fill out a form or sign a receipt? Use your own pen, not some grubby cheapo that’s been handled by every snot-wiping nose-picker who came before you. Need to endorse a check or fill out a deposit form at the bank? Same thing.

Although I don’t worry about my current Fishers wearing out, I can’t help but drool a little over the original AG7 Astronaut Pen or maybe even the black Titanium Nitride version. Decisions, decisions…

And if you’re going to carry a pen, you might as well make it a good one with a lifetime guarantee. That’d be Fisher Space Pen of Boulder City, Nevada, USA.

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May 29, 2020 at 01:40PM

How to filter a list using Laravel query builder and checkboxes

How to filter a list using Laravel query builder and checkboxes

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Let’s set the stage…

We have a list of products that we need to filter. For example, we have a storefront that sells sporting apparel. Each product has a brand (Nike, Adidas etc.) and a category (t-shirts, shoes etc.). We’ll show brands and categories as a list of checkboxes. The user should be able to click on the desired brand and/or category (one or more), then click filter, which will refresh the page showing the filtered results.

Packages

The only package we’ll be using is Spatie’s Laravel query builder. It extends Laravel’s default Eloquent builder by making filtering through large lists easier. Check it out on Github or on Spatie docs. I’ve started using it recently and it has a very fluent API.

Schemas

These models have typical one-to-one relationships, product-to-brand and product-to-category.

I’ve kept the columns to a bare minimum. Product table looks something like this:

$table->text('id'); $table->text('name'); $table->text('description'); $table->text('category_id'); $table->text('brand_id'); $table->text('thumbnail')->nullable(); $table->text('large_preview')->nullable(); 

Category table:

$table->text('id'); $table->text('name'); 

Brand table:

$table->text('id'); $table->text('name'); 

Layout

To get a feel of what this looks like on the front end, we have a column on the left side which lists brands and categories. Each item has a checkbox. The user can check the desired checkbox items and click the filter button.

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Below is the snippet for the left panel blade partial. I’ll skip the styling.

<p>Brands</p> @foreach ($brands as $brand) <label class="m-checkbox"> <input name="brand" type="checkbox" value="" @if (in_array($brand->id, explode(',', request()->input('filter.brand')))) checked @endif >  </label> @endforeach <p>Categories</p> @foreach ($categories as $category) <label> <input name="category" type="checkbox" value="" @if (in_array($category->id, explode(',', request()->input('filter.category')))) checked @endif >  </label> @endforeach <button type="button" id="filter">Filter</button> 

Everything is pretty straight forward. The @if conditional is there so once the form is submitted, we can catch the selected id’s through request() object and use them to tick the checkboxes.

Product list renders something like this, again skipping the styles.

@foreach ($products as $product) <p></p> <p></p> <button>Add to Cart</button> <hr> @endforeach 

Javascript

Laravel query builder can filter models based on URL parameters. We’ll use javascript to refresh the page with selected brands and categories. We’re trying to stay away from submitting forms with arrays as names. I have not really found a good way to submit form arrays without swapping brackets with URL safe characters. The query string doesn’t looking appealing when you swap it out. JS method will keep the URL pretty. This also keeps the request() object variable clean, plus it opens the door to other ideas, like submitting through Ajax or Livewire.

<script> function getIds(checkboxName) { let checkBoxes = document.getElementsByName(checkboxName); let ids = Array.prototype.slice.call(checkBoxes) .filter(ch => ch.checked==true) .map(ch => ch.value); return ids; } function filterResults () { let brandIds = getIds("brand"); let catagoryIds = getIds("catagory"); let href = 'products?'; if(brandIds.length) { href += 'filter[brand]=' + brandIds; } if(catagoryIds.length) { href += '&filter[category]=' + catagoryIds; } document.location.href=href; } document.getElementById("filter").addEventListener("click", filterResults); </script> 

When the filter button is clicked, you can collect all the id’s for brand and category. Internally, the getIds function collects all the checkboxes with brand or category names, then filters through, collecting the values of checked checkboxes.

document.location.href=href refreshes the page with the url containing the brand and categories to filter.

document.getElementById("filter").addEventListener("click", filterResults); adds the click event to the filter button.

Controller

The index controller below, without URL parameters, will show all the products. When url parameters are supplied, products will be filtered. Check out Spatie docs for more options.

public function index() { $categories = Category::all(); $brands = Brand::all(); $products = QueryBuilder::for(Product::class) ->allowedFilters([ AllowedFilter::exact('brand', 'brand_id') AllowedFilter::exact('category', 'category_id'), ]) ->get(); return view('products.index', compact('products', 'brands', 'categories')); } 

I hope this helps in your filtering with Laravel project. If you have a question, drop a comment and I’ll be sure to get back to you.

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May 28, 2020 at 10:06AM

A History of Perfection: TFB’s Definitive Guide to all Glock Generations

A History of Perfection: TFB’s Definitive Guide to all Glock Generations

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The popular phrase “there’s always room for improvement” rings true no matter what industry you’re in. Even for venerated manufacturers such as Smith & Wesson, SIG Sauer, and Glock, there are always tiny steps here and there that are taken to improve their product. Today we’ll be taking a look at the various Glock generations and explore what improvements (or setbacks) were made to the popular line of polymer Austrian pistols over the years.

A History of Perfection: TFB's Definitive Guide to all Glock Generations

A History of Perfection: TFB’s Definitive Guide to all Glock Generations

Glock Generation 1 – 1982

By 1984 Glock was still operating out of just a single building in Deutsch Wagram, Austria. Gaston Glock and 3 employees were hard at work making consumer goods and by the late 70’s even some military hardware. Specifically, the FM 78 Field Knife and machine-gun belt links were at the forefront of their product catalog by the 80s.

A History of Perfection: TFB's Definitive Guide to all Glock Pistol Generations

A History of Perfection: TFB’s Definitive Guide to all Glock Generations – The Original Glock Headquarters

The Glock 17 was the first pistol to come to market after nearly 3 years of development within Glock headquarters. The result of this design process was the semi-automatic polymer-framed Safe Action Glock 17 9mm pistol. The pistol was very bare-bones at this point but proved to be functional and reliable and these qualities gave it much favor with various military and police departments across the globe.

A History of Perfection: TFB's Definitive Guide to all Glock Pistol Generations

A History of Perfection: TFB’s Definitive Guide to all Glock Generations – Photo Credit: Glock

The design of the Glock 17 Gen 1 was simple. There was no accessory rail, the magazine release was minuscule and the grip texturing wrapped fully around the entire pistols grip. The grip pattern used on the Gen 1 pistol frames used a “pebble finish” and had no finger grooves.

Early Glock Gen1 pistols made use of a much thinner bore wall than later generations with the early barrels being referred to as “pencil barrels.” These pistols were produced between 1982 and 1986 and featured serial number prefixes “AF” through “AM”.

A History of Perfection: TFB's Definitive Guide to all Glock Pistol Generations

A History of Perfection: TFB’s Definitive Guide to all Glock Generations

The last notable feature about the Gen 1 Glock pistols was the pistol cases. Early Glock pistols were shipped in the iconic “Tupperware” boxes but Gen 1 Glocks produced and sold in Austria shipped with the case preformed for ammunition storage with these compartments later being removed for importation into the United States. The Generation 1 Glock pistols were produced until 1988 when the Gen 2 Glocks started to make their first appearance.

Glock Generation 2 – 1988

Up until 1988 Glock produced only the Glock 17 model. With the 2nd generation of pistols making their debut in 1988, Glock also released the new Glock 19 – a pistol that would go on to be arguably the most iconic product of the brand. In fact, Hop over on TFBTV argues that the Glock 19 Gen 2 is the greatest generation of Glock to have ever existed.

Gen 2 Glocks saw only minor improvements, some of which were only prompted by pressure from the ATF. For example, Glock had to include a steel serial number plate in order to comply with the BATFE’s regulations (Subpart C—FIREARMS TITLE 27). Other improvements were made to the magazine floorplate and magazine follower spring for improved performance. Glock Gen 2 also holds a special place in my heart as being the pistol heavily featured in the Half-Life series of first-person shooter games.

A History of Perfection: TFB's Definitive Guide to all Glock Pistol Generations

By 1991 Glock had also made revisions to the grip texturing by adding a checkering pattern to the front and rear instead of just on the sides as they had first been released in 1988. These grip modifications gave the user more purchase on the gun in all conditions. In addition to modifications to the grip design, Glock also introduced several calibers including .40 S&W, 10mm Auto, .380 ACP, and .45 ACP.

A History of Perfection: TFB's Definitive Guide to all Glock Pistol Generations

A History of Perfection: TFB’s Definitive Guide to all Glock Generations

In 1995 Glock also introduced the Glock 26 and Glock 27 – the first subcompact pistols made by Glock. These could be considered the first guns that targeted the consumer market rather than the police and military markets.

Glock Generation 3 – 1998

Glock Gen 3 pistols remain to this day some of the most popular handguns on the market. They have been in production for 20 years and are still being produced today and are available for sale. Gen 3 saw the addition of two new calibers (.45 GAP and .357 SIG) and a new feature – an accessory rail. The Universal Glock Rail allowed wielders of the pistols to mount lights and lasers to the gun for added utility.

A History of Perfection: TFB's Definitive Guide to all Glock Pistol Generations

A History of Perfection: TFB’s Definitive Guide to all Glock Generations

Other improvements were the addition of a thumb shelf on both sides of the pistol to accommodate both left and right-handed shooters. By far the most contentious addition to the Gen 3 Glocks were the finger grooves. Many people, myself included, disliked the finger groves. For me, they gave the otherwise smooth lined pistol an odd feeling and awkwardly spaced out your fingers if they didn’t fit exactly inside the groves. However, not everyone disliked them and I supposed that is why the pistols are still being made to this day – someone is buying them.

A History of Perfection: TFB's Definitive Guide to all Glock Pistol Generations

The raised extractor indicating the chamber has a round in it.

Gen 3 also added a life-extending cross pin to the rear of the trigger pin which reduced the stress encountered by the locking block when firing the pistol – this improvement leads to longer service life for the pistol. The last major functional improvement to the Gen 3 Glocks was the addition of an extractor which also served as a loaded chamber indicator. When the pistol had a round in the chamber, the extractor would stick up slightly from the frame giving you a visual indicator that the pistol was hot.

A History of Perfection: TFB's Definitive Guide to all Glock Pistol Generations

Before the start of Glock Gen 4 the Glock 22, 21, 31, 32, and 19 were all being offered in Glock’s new RTF2 (Rough Textured Finish) which had fish-scale style rear slide serrations and a new stippling pattern. These pistols were only offered for a limited time and are no longer being produced.

Glock Generation 4 – 2010

Gen 4 Glocks saw the first dimensional differences to the pistol which to date had been largely identical across generations. The addition of user-serviceable backstraps allowed the user to change both the beavertail and grip of the frame by swapping out Glock Modular Backstraps. The new frames’ base grips were also slightly smaller than previous generations

A History of Perfection: TFB's Definitive Guide to all Glock Pistol Generations

A History of Perfection: TFB’s Definitive Guide to all Glock Generations

A welcome improvement to Generation 4 was the larger magazine catch/release which was nearly tripled in size and was now reversible for both left and right-handed shooters. There was a minor drawback when it was first introduced as the current generation magazines had issues when the magazine catch was moved to the right side (for left-handed shooting). This problem was later corrected with the introduction of a new generation of magazines designed to circumvent this problem.

A History of Perfection: TFB's Definitive Guide to all Glock Pistol Generations

A History of Perfection: TFB’s Definitive Guide to all Glock Generations – A Glock Slimline G42 Pistol

The Generation 4 Glocks featured a new dual recoil spring which reduced the recoil felt when shooting and also had the benefit of reducing wear and tear on the gun. Alongside these improvements, two new single-stack “Slimline” pistols were introduced as part of generation 4 in 2014 and 2015. The Glock 42 .380 ACP pistol and the much favored Glock 43 9mm pistol were introduced as subcompact single stack pistols.

Glock Generation 5 – 2017

The newest numbered generation of Glocks made its debut at SHOT Show 2017 and to date has only released a handful of pistols. The current lineup includes only the 17, 19, 26, 34 MOS, 17 MOS, and 19 MOS pistols. The MOS pistols share a unique optics mounting plate for the addition of a micro red dot – something that spilled its way over into the United States Military Modular Handgun System competition.

A History of Perfection: TFB's Definitive Guide to all Glock Pistol Generations

A History of Perfection: TFB’s Definitive Guide to all Glock Generations

Both the Glock 47 and 45 have since been added to the list of offerings with both being used by United States Customs and Border Patrol agents as their new duty weapon. However, more than just combinations of the already existing slide and frame sized were being added. Gen 5 also saw the addition of a flared magazine well, trigger guard relief cuts for a higher grip as well the first major changes to the internal components.

A History of Perfection: TFB's Definitive Guide to all Glock Generations

A History of Perfection: TFB’s Definitive Guide to all Glock Generations

The internal workings of Glock pistols had more or less remained unchanged since the Gen 1 Glock was introduced, however, the Gen 5 saw the removal of the cross pin that would normally be above the trigger guard. Glock also replaced the standard barrel with a Glock Marksman barrel for all Gen 5 Glocks and lastly, the outer coating is a newer nDLC coating. I’m not personally a fan of this newer coating as I much prefer the Tennifer ferritic nitrocarburizing that has been around and lasted throughout the decades on previous generations of Glocks.

A History of Perfection: TFB’s Definitive Guide to all Glock Generations – The flared magazine well of a Glock Gen 5

Glock Sliver Slimline Era – 2019

The Slimline series of Glocks were released in early 2019 and made waves when they were revealed to the public. The Glock 48 and 43X were both single-stack 10 round capacity pistols using the Glock Slim 01 magazines. Not quite a Glock 19 but also not a Glock 43 and having features from the last three generations of Glocks makes these pistols almost a generation of their own.

A History of Perfection: TFB's Definitive Guide to all Glock Generations

A History of Perfection: TFB’s Definitive Guide to all Glock Generations

One thing that sets the 43X and 48 (as well as the 43 and 42) is the unique firing pin and striker. All four of the pistols share the same striker and firing pin and these components are not compatible with any other generation of Glock pistol. Furthermore, the Slimline pistols nixed the finger groves from the Gen 3’s as well as the modular backstraps from Gen 4 and Gen 5 but at the same time add their own flair with an increase single-stack magazine capacity, a silver PVD finish and forward slide serrations.

A History of Perfection: TFB's Definitive Guide to all Glock Pistol Generations

A History of Perfection: TFB’s Definitive Guide to all Glock Generations

Regardless of where these Silver Slimline pistols fit they are no longer being produced as they have been replaced by the more traditional all-black models which carry the same features but lack the non-reflective PVD coating. By far these Slimline Glocks have to be my favorite generation of pistols.

More to Come?

Glock continues to make improvements to their long line of pistols and is even branching out into new territory with the recently released Glock 44 22LR pistol. I would expect Generation 5 Glocks to continue for quite a while until we start seeing any signs of Gen 6 Glocks and by then who knows what we will see happen to the popular polymer pistol brand. What is your favorite generation and model of Glock and why? Let us know down in the comments!

A History of Perfection: TFB's Definitive Guide to all Glock Pistol Generations

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May 27, 2020 at 08:01PM

He’s Been Generating Free Power for 16 Years Using a Water Wheel

He’s Been Generating Free Power for 16 Years Using a Water Wheel

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Way back in ancient times, or maybe about 4 years ago, I posted here about a homemade water wheel power generator built by a guy in Kentucky. He used a vehicle alternator, some bicycle parts, and some old vehicle batteries to generate power to help him run things off-grid. Pretty cool… but not quite as cool as a guy who repurposed an old washing machine and uses it to power his home and workshop!

Here’s what he says about it:

I’ve been living off grid for the past 16 years, I make my own electricity using an old washing machine I found at the dump.

I rewired the smart-drive washing machine motor to generate electricity, the generator is rotated via a water-driven Pelton Wheel (Hydro Turbine).

Water goes into the intake, creates pressure due to the difference in height between intake and outlet nozzle. Water comes out of the nozzle at 60 psi and spins the pelton wheel which is attached to the modified washing machine motor (now a generator).

The generator puts out 3 phase AC voltage which is passed through a 3 phase diode block rectifier to change it into DC, it is then fed directly into a 24v DC battery bank. A 24-240v AC inverter is connected to the battery bank, 240v AC travels up the power lines to my house. I can now power all my 240v AC household appliances from the inverter.

It makes enough power to heat my water and run all the appliances in my energy-efficient house as well as most of the tools in my shed.

Occasionally I have issues with it and need to go down to the stream to problem-solve, a small price to pay to avoid paying a power bill.

His title says “16 years,” but early in the video he says — twice — that he built this generator 6 years ago. Turns out he’s been generating his own power for 16 years, but this particular setup has only been in operation for 6. Late in the video, he shows some of his earlier attempts at power generation.

Warning: the camera work isn’t great and some viewers may find it nauseating.

In the video, he says he’s doing a yearly checkup on the system, having gotten a low-voltage alarm at his house. The system was only putting out 300 of the usual 600 watts. After a quick check at the unit, he strolls up the creek to check the intake.

He stops along the way to chat about some old trees, but finally makes it to his water intake, where he starts digging in the stony creek bed without any explanation. Afterward, he explains his crude-but-effective water filtration system.

He got all his pipe second-hand for about $400, and the most expensive part of his system was the wire to run power from the generator to his house; he said that ran him about $2,000 — but it would have cost $14,000 for him to connect to a power grid and start paying a monthly power bill, so he definitely made the better choice.

As far as maintenance, this filter cleaning is usually only needed about once a year and he says the motor that’s acting as a generator needs new bearings every 2 years.

Pretty sweet setup, all things considered.

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May 26, 2020 at 03:33PM