New weekend project anyone?

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    New weekend project anyone?

    I searched and didn't really find this here so I apologize if it's a duplicate. I thought you guys might find this one interesting given it's home-brew nature:
    http://forum.defcon.org/showthread.php?t=8132

    Basically these enterprising folks built a software controlled airsoft sentry for next to nothing($$). I'm halfway tempted to modify the instructions they provide and substitute my little P22(the real one, not the airsoft) for giggles and grins. Might take me a bit(read months) to get it right, but might be a worthwhile weekend project as money becomes available. Any thoughts?
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    That is really cool. The airsoft gun would be for me. I can't think of a place on my property that I would feel comfortable having a computer fire a real gun though. That would seem dangerous to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by morintp View Post
    That is really cool. The airsoft gun would be for me. I can't think of a place on my property that I would feel comfortable having a computer fire a real gun though. That would seem dangerous to me.
    I don't think this one is totally computer controlled. It looks like they have some sort of manual switch in it. Besides with a limited range of motion and a video camera to keep an eye on what you're shooting I'm not too concerned.

    My issue is with one part of the design itself. It looks like he uses 2 servos for motion and one for firing. The problem is that he's not acutally pulling the trigger. The 3rd servo is flipping a switch to fire the airsoft electrically. So I'd have to rig up a system to pull the trigger. I'm still trying to figure out why he used a 16 servo controller though when the same company makes a smaller 8 servo one with generally the same specs just less controls for about $25 as opposed to the 16 one for $80.
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    I think thats good fun. Wish I could think of a valid (legal) use for a remote firearm platform. I might make one for SHTF, but it'll be a longgun probably on a mobile platform. That is sometime in the future. 2 or 3 completely separate safeties is a must (meaning 2 seperate transmitters have to each unlock their own safeties)
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    Quote Originally Posted by packinnova View Post
    I don't think this one is totally computer controlled. It looks like they have some sort of manual switch in it. Besides with a limited range of motion and a video camera to keep an eye on what you're shooting I'm not too concerned.

    My issue is with one part of the design itself. It looks like he uses 2 servos for motion and one for firing. The problem is that he's not acutally pulling the trigger. The 3rd servo is flipping a switch to fire the airsoft electrically. So I'd have to rig up a system to pull the trigger. I'm still trying to figure out why he used a 16 servo controller though when the same company makes a smaller 8 servo one with generally the same specs just less controls for about $25 as opposed to the 16 one for $80.
    Oh, phew. I thought it was a target acquisition and automatic firing setup. Yeah, someone controlling it remotely would definitely work.

    As far as pulling a trigger, you could set up the 3 servo to run an actuator that would squeeze the trigger.

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    Quote Originally Posted by morintp View Post
    Oh, phew. I thought it was a target acquisition and automatic firing setup. Yeah, someone controlling it remotely would definitely work.

    As far as pulling a trigger, you could set up the 3 servo to run an actuator that would squeeze the trigger.
    Yeah I found one where a college kid and his little brother built a really detailed unit that did it's own target acquisition etc.... He ended up starting his own company to work on the project full time.
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    Now if you could mount this on top of a Rhumba vacuum, you might have something - a clean floor AND a p.o.ed cat!
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    Quote Originally Posted by swiftyjuan View Post
    Now if you could mount this on top of a Rhumba vacuum, you might have something - a clean floor AND a p.o.ed cat!
    Yeah...you probably shouldn't have told me that. My sister has a couple of annoying furballs. Hmmm....
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    Somehow, I think this would meet the criteria for "entrapment" .... it would definitely be a cool project, though. I used to have a little device that would fire a blank 12g shell when a trip wire was pulled - used it for a driveway alarm, lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pete Zaria View Post
    Somehow, I think this would meet the criteria for "entrapment" .... it would definitely be a cool project, though. I used to have a little device that would fire a blank 12g shell when a trip wire was pulled - used it for a driveway alarm, lol.

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    remind me again what this has to do with entrapment?

    Entrapment: A legal defense term used to demonstrate that the police induced an otherwise unwilling person to commit a crime.
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