So last week I came to Eric needing some help on a new design I was working on. The idea had been brewing when CanOpener and I made a trade a while back.
That is, the notion that the way we currently shoot a dedicated side shooter in TTF with the index and thumb in a perfect line is incorrect. I'm not talking about designs which are trying a facilitate varying grips, rather, dedicated side shooters.
Here is the design I gave CanOpener to make me when he requested what I would like for our trade:
As you can see, the thumb is positioned slightly higher then the index finger.
I believe this is good because it imitates the natural position of the hand, and ensures it is straight! If we were to make a fist we can see this more clearly.
Even when the hand is splayed, there still exists an angle.
So the only way dedicated side shooters can avoid canting of forks is if the forearm internally rotates to compensate for the design.
Why do this? Why not not build the design around the way the body is naturally positioned?
So I contacted @Metropolicity as a needed help with the design. He really helped clean up the design for me and gave great input. He's seriously great to work with!
In the design, the index is positioned about 1/4" offset from the thumb. This leaves the top fork, slightly longer then the bottom fork. This design is meant to accommodate clamps, but what happens if we also wanted to use the wrap and tuck? A wrap and tuck would not work in this case, so he gave some alternate ideas to deal with the issue and the design really came to life! Now we didn't just need to rely on a clamping method to keep the bands in place!
He saw that the middle finger position was slightly off on my original design, so after an adjustment, the final revision had been made. Revision 6.
So he hit up his shop on the weekend and hammered out a few prototypes to test!!!! Soon one will be shipped and in my hand to play with.
This wouldn't have turned out as well as it did it it wasn't for Metro, so it's not "my" design as much as it is ours. Unless shit hits the fan and the design doesn't work... then this is just his design. Haha.
Truth is, this is what it all about for me, connecting with like minded individuals, to share ideas and grow!
Now the testing phase will begin!
Thanks for everything Metro,