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Posted: 12/28/2005 4:50:48 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/28/2005 5:14:38 PM EDT by WIZZO_ARAKM14]
I saw this battery compartment lever in Shotgun News a couple weeks ago from GG&G for the EOTechs and thought I could do the same thing for free.



Here's what it ended up looking like.




And here's the tools I used.



Hammer (I was too lazy to find the ballpeen hammer ), 1/8"Craftsman punch, Mini Maglite.

I punched the rollpin out and laid the lever over the Maglite. About 6 light whacks with the hammer and I saved myself about $20.

So, what do you think?



Thanks for looking,

WIZZO
Link Posted: 12/28/2005 4:52:49 PM EDT
I saw the same ad, and thought, "So?". I change the batteries in my EoTech every year or so, it's not exactly an urgent job.
Link Posted: 12/28/2005 4:56:53 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/28/2005 4:57:32 PM EDT by WIZZO_ARAKM14]
Eh, it was a pain in the ass to grab the lever as-is and it as free to fix, AND I saved myself $20 in the process.

Besides, now I don't have to wipe the smudge off the front lense that I always seem to put there with the straight lever.

WIZZO
Link Posted: 12/28/2005 5:04:03 PM EDT
I had to send my unit off for repairs a few months back and they actually put that on free of charge. Definitely helps. How much are they selling them for?
Link Posted: 12/28/2005 5:09:18 PM EDT
Cool, Things like this make this site worth every cent I paid to be a member. Quick thinking Wizzo and thanks for taking the time to post pics.
Link Posted: 12/28/2005 5:13:18 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/28/2005 5:13:39 PM EDT by WIZZO_ARAKM14]
GG&G wants $17.50 for it HERE and I'm pretty sure that doesn't include shipping.

Thanks for looking,

WIZZO
Link Posted: 12/28/2005 5:20:24 PM EDT
Nicely done, does it still work?



J/K, I like it.
Link Posted: 12/28/2005 5:30:21 PM EDT
Good Job, I like the do it yourself way, I'll be doing that mod in the am. Thanks WIZZO....
Link Posted: 12/28/2005 5:34:35 PM EDT
Nice do it yourself job as I sure as hell wouldn't pay $20 bucks for the GG&G latch!
Link Posted: 12/28/2005 6:03:56 PM EDT
No WIZZO, you get a special latch. J/K man


Link Posted: 12/28/2005 6:07:47 PM EDT
Very nice, dude.
Link Posted: 12/28/2005 6:09:13 PM EDT
OMFG. What will GG&G think of next?

Link Posted: 12/28/2005 6:13:15 PM EDT
Nice job! Mine came with a GG&G style "turned up" lever on it (Oct '05 manufacture).
Link Posted: 12/28/2005 6:15:00 PM EDT
Link Posted: 12/28/2005 6:32:57 PM EDT

Originally Posted By WIZZO_ARAKM14:
Eh, it was a pain in the ass to grab the lever as-is and it as free to fix, AND I saved myself $20 in the process.


Besides, now I don't have to wipe the smudge off the front lense that I always seem to put there with the straight lever.


WIZZO



I'm glad I am not the only one that gets finger smudges on the front lens while changing batteries.


Link Posted: 12/28/2005 6:38:28 PM EDT

Bench Master Gadget


Too easy to catch and accidently release in the real world.


Given how seldom you replace the batteries, why take the risk?
Link Posted: 12/28/2005 6:46:53 PM EDT

Originally Posted By fight4yourrights:
Bench Master Gadget


Too easy to catch and accidently release in the real world.


Given how seldom you replace the batteries, why take the risk?



I would think there are alot of other things on an AR that would catch before this would. The charging handle comes to mind and that doesn't seem to be giving anyone any problems.
Link Posted: 12/28/2005 6:49:32 PM EDT
FWIW my 512 came factory like that.
Link Posted: 12/28/2005 6:49:59 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/28/2005 6:50:21 PM EDT by AlCapone]
beautiful
Link Posted: 12/28/2005 7:02:25 PM EDT
I bought a new zipper from GG&G for each pair of jeans I own. The end is turned out so now I don't have to worry about one taking a nose dive and burying itself when I have an emergency!!!
Link Posted: 12/28/2005 7:19:16 PM EDT

Originally Posted By fight4yourrights:
Bench Master Gadget


Too easy to catch and accidently release in the real world.


Given how seldom you replace the batteries, why take the risk?



I don't think so, that's why I did it in the first place. I go hunting in pretty thick brush, so I wouldn't want anything reaching out and grabbing it as I go by, and I don't think I'll have a problem with this.

Besides, new production EOTech's (mine is from March of '05, IIRC, and it obviously didn't have one) come with them now, so it can't be too bad of an idea.

WIZZO
Link Posted: 12/28/2005 7:47:01 PM EDT

Originally Posted By WIZZO_ARAKM14:

Besides, new production EOTech's (mine is from March of '05, IIRC, and it obviously didn't have one) come with them now, so it can't be too bad of an idea.

WIZZO





Okay.


I'm not worried about brush, but slings, webgear, etc...
Link Posted: 12/29/2005 1:52:55 PM EDT
Single Bump for anyone that didn't see it last night.

WIZZO
Link Posted: 12/29/2005 1:58:40 PM EDT
I never had a problem opening my EOTechs battery cover.

But I’ll give ya a A+ for ingenuity!
Link Posted: 12/29/2005 2:10:45 PM EDT

Originally Posted By yfs200:
Nice job! Mine came with a GG&G style "turned up" lever on it (Oct '05 manufacture).



Link Posted: 12/29/2005 2:12:15 PM EDT

Originally Posted By QUIB:
I never had a problem opening my EOTechs battery cover.

But I’ll give ya a A+ for ingenuity!



Nor do I. BUT you never know. If it becomes a problem I'll find an old maglight to bang on.
Link Posted: 12/29/2005 3:19:13 PM EDT
Just did mine
Thanks Wizzo
Link Posted: 12/29/2005 3:42:19 PM EDT
looks like an awesome snag point.
Link Posted: 12/29/2005 3:44:13 PM EDT

Originally Posted By QUIB:
I never had a problem opening my EOTechs battery cover.

But I’ll give ya a A+ for ingenuity!



+1
I don't have a EOTech, but that is a cool home made mod.
Link Posted: 12/30/2005 10:07:53 AM EDT
Snag point? Are you f*cking serious? It would be hard to get something to come in from the top and front of the Eotech down into that area and then move back forward to snag it. I suppose you could have your weapon slung and then let some sort of webbing lie across that area but it's not going to get far enough back to snag and pull that out.

I'm sure Eotech had a room full of monkeys trying their hardest to snag that lever before they decided to change all Eotechs over to the GG&G lever...

Link Posted: 12/30/2005 3:04:27 PM EDT
Link Posted: 12/30/2005 3:50:12 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/30/2005 3:50:54 PM EDT by smk8er]
I have to agree with you on this it is a great do it yourself project and if anyone is worried about snagging something what about the EO itself? im sure if you tried hard enough you can snag that on something.
Link Posted: 12/30/2005 4:02:30 PM EDT
Link Posted: 12/30/2005 4:52:57 PM EDT

Originally Posted By bigbore:
I only change my batteries once a year, so I'm not concerned with the latch very much.



Same here...
Link Posted: 12/30/2005 5:32:46 PM EDT
This thing uses batteries?

No wonder I couldn't figure this out.

Thanks!
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