13
Mar
2015

Is it Cheaper to Buy or Build an AK47

posted Friday, March 13th 2015 at 9:56 AM by

Cost of Building an AK47

The topic of home-building AK47 rifles comes up every now and then on various firearms boards, which usually leads to questions about the tools involved and the price to build.

The great question, however, is it cheaper to build an AK47 or just buy one off the shelf? I've been home-building firearms for a few years and the answer is simple, it depends...

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  • choices
    Choices
    Sunday, June 7th 2015 at 2:43 AM

    Great Job Adam!
    Thanks for a very detailed explanation of the
    comparative cost choices building an AK.

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  • jay
    Jay
    Monday, October 19th 2015 at 7:20 PM

    Thanks for doing this write-up. The parts kits are overpriced for what you're getting!

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  • dns
    DNS
    Monday, November 30th 2015 at 1:39 PM

    You didn't figure cost of your time. We build AK types to sell as a manufacturing FFL. We have all the tools for press builds you mentioned plus other specialty tools, jigs, kiln for heat treatment etc. And all the tools for custom finishing. To take the typical cut up AK parts kit in a bag to a fully finished ready to sell rifle has at least 30 man hours. I estimate that to be our average start to finish. There is no way we can sell rifles for the same or less than what it costs to buy. However there are people who want something different than what you can find in a store and will pay.

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    • Adam Konieska
      AK
      Monday, November 30th 2015 at 6:30 PM

      Good point. The article was geared toward hobbyists. Typically they're more concerned with their own craftsmanship and personal satisfaction than they are with time.

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  • lance d.
    Lance D.
    Wednesday, March 9th 2016 at 9:52 AM

    First off, your costs to build your own ak are a joke! If a person has any mechanical ability he can figure out how to build the project without all of the way over priced tools on the market! Doesn't take a genius to build your own "toth" barrel install and removal tool with scrap metal readily available from scrap yards or job sights everywhere. Allthread you can buy or I can bring it home from work in construction. Rivets can be set by hand with a ball peen hammer and patience. You just have to be willing to cut and drill and file or whatever it takes to make your own tools. They don't have to be store bought and they don't have to be pretty, just have to work. When I looked up some of the build tools online I had to laugh at the prices, sorry but I'll make my own and save my money. Common sense and know-how can save you a ton of money if you're willing to get dirty, most people aren't.

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  • greg
    Greg
    Friday, May 6th 2016 at 11:46 PM

    Great article, thanks.

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9
Mar
2015

Lead Time VS Lag Time

posted Monday, March 9th 2015 at 9:19 AM by

Lead Time VS Lag Time

Lead and lag time are common scheduling processes used when planning and executing a project. This post aims to clarify the distinctions between the two.

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23
Feb
2015

Tags for the Memories!

posted Monday, February 23rd 2015 at 8:17 AM by

So I realized I had all these posts tagged into different categories. I even added descriptions at one point, but I forgot to do one important thing. I never added a page with any of that info!

The long wait is over...

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20
Feb
2015

Generate bit.ly Short URLs with PHP

posted Friday, February 20th 2015 at 8:40 AM by

Generate bit.ly Short URLs with PHP

Need to shorten URLs automatically for your website (or automated Twitter feed)? No problem, bit.ly has a neat API that you can connect to via PHP!

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  • kirk ward
    Kirk Ward
    Monday, May 18th 2015 at 6:47 PM

    I'm trying to use the bitly.php as described, using the function and the example URL inside a Wordpress page. All goes well until I try to echo the bit.ly shortened link. The message I get is "Array."

    You can see my result at http://practicebuilderpublishing.com/code-test

    The URL above the bitly.php output is the typical dynamic URL I want to shorten, using bit.ly and bitly.php.

    Can you advise me as to where I have an error?

    Or, has bit.ly changed their api since the post was written?

    Many thanks
    Kirk Ward

    P.S. Are you the developer? (I have a hard time figuring simple things like this out. I'm starting to use age as an excuse.)

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    • Adam Konieska
      AK
      Wednesday, May 20th 2015 at 3:12 PM

      Hey Kirk! The first thing I'd check would be the API keys and the bit.ly account.... but it looks like you've already got it working from our email exchange. Nice job! If you need anything else, just drop me a line!

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      • huw
        Huw
        Tuesday, May 30th 2017 at 8:09 AM

        Hi Adam - it looks like the bitly.php file has changed https://github.com/Falicon/BitlyPHP can you update the tutorial on how we should edit the file to include our authentication etc

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  • ramon michael
    Ramon Michael
    Thursday, December 17th 2015 at 11:44 AM

    Thanks for the very helpful tutorials Adam, this one as well as the auto posting to Twitter one. Both are very well explained with nice screenshots.

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16
Feb
2015

Post to Twitter Via API Using Codebird-PHP

posted Monday, February 16th 2015 at 8:57 AM by

Auto Tweet Using PHP

Do you have a website with frequent updates? Maybe you're driving traffic to those updates via Twitter? Push those updates directly to Twitter via the API and PHP!

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  • rendy
    Rendy
    Monday, June 29th 2015 at 1:41 AM

    It's working with my localhost, but when i upload to my website, why it doesn't working. Thanks, please reply to my email.

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    • Adam Konieska
      AK
      Monday, June 29th 2015 at 10:13 AM

      Aww shoot. I'll send you an email and hopefully we can troubleshoot it!

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      • test
        Test
        Wednesday, November 4th 2015 at 6:56 AM

        Nice Post

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  • james
    James
    Sunday, July 12th 2015 at 9:29 AM

    "You'll need these for the next step in configuring Codebird." - What next step? I seem to be missing something, which may be causing the following problem:

    When I run the tweet() function above it displays codebird.php as a webpage.

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    • james
      James
      Sunday, July 12th 2015 at 10:21 AM

      Never mind! :)

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  • anders
    Anders
    Saturday, September 12th 2015 at 10:05 AM

    Cool! Works perfectly. How do you tweet like this with a image? :-) Thanks!

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    • anders
      Anders
      Saturday, September 12th 2015 at 2:28 PM

      Nevermind, found your other post that describes tweeting with image :)

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      • Adam Konieska
        AK
        Saturday, September 12th 2015 at 2:55 PM

        Awesome Anders, glad you found it. Here's the link if anyone else is also looking: http://www.adamkonieska.com/archives/tweet-images-via-api-using-codebird-php/

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  • gary
    Gary
    Wednesday, November 11th 2015 at 9:25 PM

    THANK YOU! I've been trying for a while to find a script that does this easily. Yours works like a charm!!

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    • Adam Konieska
      AK
      Thursday, November 12th 2015 at 8:24 AM

      Thanks Gary! That's awesome to hear.

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  • david
    David
    Thursday, March 3rd 2016 at 1:02 PM

    I got codebird.php to work but it's sending posts automatically without me having to create a cron job. Where in the code can I change the time of the auto posting?

    Thanks.

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    • Adam Konieska
      AK
      Thursday, March 3rd 2016 at 5:40 PM

      Hey David. The code (as shown here) wouldn't run on its own. The code would do a tweet every time the tweet() function is executed - so if someone is accessing a URL that causes the script to run, it would post. If you wanted to set something to post at a specific time you could do it using a cron job.

      Hope that helps!

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  • malik
    Malik
    Friday, August 5th 2016 at 7:37 AM

    I want to post a tweet on behalf of my website users. They have already give me auth_token and auth_token_secret but the obove code is not working for it. and the Error is HTTP_CODE is 401.

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    • Adam Konieska
      AK
      Friday, August 5th 2016 at 1:58 PM

      Hey Malik, the 401 status code is a pretty good indicator that there is a problem with your auth credentials. More details on the 401 status code.

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14
Feb
2015

Happy VD 2015!

posted Saturday, February 14th 2015 at 11:43 AM by

We're like hot chocolate and marshmallows.  You're hot and I want to be on top of you. Cross Stitch

Happy Valentines Day ya'll! Here's a cross stitch I made for that special day.

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10
Feb
2015

The Daily Stand Up Meeting

posted Tuesday, February 10th 2015 at 8:56 AM by

Stand Up Meeting

The daily Stand Up Meeting, also called a Scrum Meeting, is a cornerstone of Agile Software Development.

But it also has its place outside of software circles, many projects can benefit from the short, focused meeting that is "The Stand Up." This article defines what a Stand Up Meeting is, and includes tips on how to get the most from it.

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2
Feb
2015

Tips to Improve Your Meetings

posted Monday, February 2nd 2015 at 8:48 AM by

Meetings are where minutes are kept and hours are lost.

Tips to Improve Meetings

Building on the earlier post regarding Communication with Large Groups, meetings are a necessary evil when it comes to communication. So how can we effectively facilitate meetings, keeping the discussion productive and being mindful of the timeline? Let's take a look at a few tips.

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31
Jan
2015

Puma Ferrari Shoes

posted Saturday, January 31st 2015 at 1:21 PM by

Puma Ferrari Shoes

So, apparently this is a thing. Puma makes Ferrari branded shoes.

How awesome is that? Well, they seemed like...

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29
Jan
2015

Lines of Communication Formula For Project Management

posted Thursday, January 29th 2015 at 9:30 AM by

The problem with most relationships (including working relationships) is communication. Way too much communication.

It may sound funny, but its a common problem in most work places. So how do you communicate effectively anyway?

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  • brian hart
    Brian Hart
    Wednesday, July 15th 2015 at 6:09 AM

    Great article. It reinforces Brook's Law which states "adding manpower to a late software project makes it later". -Fred Brooks from his 1975 book The Mythical Man-Month.

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    • Adam Konieska
      AK
      Wednesday, July 15th 2015 at 9:38 AM

      Thanks. Mythical Man Month was a great read too!

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