Review: Darkiron Massage Gun

Last year I used a Hypervolt massage gun at my friend’s house and thought it was pretty cool. I wasn’t going to pay $300+, for what is essentially a fancy jig saw, though. Theragun also makes really nice ones, but those can even run up to $600! A couple of weeks ago I saw a thread on Reddit with a link to some more afordable options. I clicked on one and saw really good reviews. It looked nearly identical to the Hypervolt with more speed settings and a lot of attachments. After an Amazon Prime discount, $10 coupon, and tax it came to $95.39. That’s a price tag I could feel okay about spending on a device I might not use much. It’s the Darkiron Massage Gun and here’s an Amazon link to it.

When I opened the box there was even a little card with an offer to get a free battery after submitting a review. Could be why their reviews are so good. 😉  After a little use I submitted an Amazon review, emailed the company, and received a spare battery within a week.

This thing is pretty quiet and runs for 90 minutes on a single charge. As you can see it comes with a bunch of attachments, though I’ve only used the soft ball so far. The case is nice too. I’m really happy with my purchase and it’s a gun I can recommend for the price.

RBT 1911 Pull Back

I’ve always wanted a rubberband gun, so when I saw awesome kits by Rubberband Tech at Maker Faire Detroit I had to get one. I could have a sweet gun and build it myself. The 1911 immediately got my attention because of the slide action and the functional clip. The hardwood version (I picked zebrawood) of the kit was an extra $10 to make it $30 and a big bag of extra rubberbands was $5.

The build, spread over several days, took about 7 or 8 hours, which was much longer and harder than expected. A lot of difficulties were from the instructions being short on details. They tell you to sand several pieces but don’t get into how much sanding is required (A lot and then a lot more!), especially to get the trigger mechanism working properly.

I tried to video the entire process, ending up with over 140 GB of footage! On a first pass through iMovie at 20x fast forward the video was way too long, so I exported and ran it back through at 8x more. At the end of the video is a demo at normal speed showing the gun in action.

The stain I used on the zebrawood pieces was called Espresso and the one I used on the rest of the gun was an English Chestnut. I finished it off with 2 coats of a finishing wax. As mentioned in the video, I’m not happy with the end result of the staining. I wish I had done a second coat of the espresso stain on the hardwood pieces, or gotten a little lighter stain for the rest of the gun, or even both.

Now I need to make some targets. I have some ideas involving electronics for timing and scoring.

Shooting With Dad

One of the things I remember most about my childhood was going out to the woods with my Dad. These trips were to scout deer, work on a blind, or sometimes probably just to get out of Rogers City and walk around. We’d always stop at the gas station and Dad would buy me a candy bar and a pop.

Sometimes on our jaunts off to the woods, we’d bring his .22 revolver and a box of ammo. The pop bottles came in handy as targets after we guzzled them down, but we’d also find old rusted beer cans and various other things to shoot at. It was just me and Dad having fun, with no one else within miles.

I hunted deer and rabbits with Dad in high school, but stopped when I left home for college and took up other interests. I never lost the desire to shoot, but stopped making time for it.

For the last couple of years I’ve been thinking about buying a gun, but never pulled the trigger to proceed with the idea. Then a few months ago, I went to shoot some pistols with a couple of friends. We had a lot of fun and I started thinking about picking up a gun again.

I mentioned it to Dad and asked if he’d help me find a .22 long rifle. He was more than happy to help and was able to find a H&K 416 D145RS .22 LR at a small little shop in Alpena. I did a little research on the gun and couldn’t believe they had one there. I told him to go buy it ASAP! Since I was out in Phoenix for the winter it would be awhile before I’d get to shoot it, but that didn’t matter since finding magazines and ammo for the gun proved to be quite difficult.

I came up to Rogers City for Mother’s Day weekend and finally got to shoot today. The gun is really accurate with the stock sites and shoots great. It was so much fun! Dad brought along his muzzleloader to try some new loads.

We didn’t kill anyone and nobody got hurt. There is no need to take away our guns.

H&K 416 D145RS .22 LR

My Dad found this beauty (more info) in Alpena, MI and picked it up for me today. It’s going to be a long wait until April when I get to shoot it. Hopefully the Zombies don’t attack before I get my hands on it.