Although the weapons have gotten more complex, it seems we have remained anchored to generational evolutions of the classic rod and patch tools spawned from the days of black powder. While there have been some helpful accessories and chemicals to help ensure gun owners can keep their tools up and running, we have always been limited with limited visual confirmation of the tight chambers, rifled barrels, and dark crevasses that make up a firearm’s critical internal mechanics. To attain a more in-depth visual assessment, it has always been difficult and expensive to inspect a rifle barrel’s lands and grooves for rifling wear and possible damages such as bulges and cracks. Thankfully, I came upon an online ad for a product a few months ago called the EndoSnake. This device puts a relatively inexpensive tool in the hands of firearm owners that offers a more thorough and helpful point of view.
This product is an endoscopic camera system (relax and unclench people, it’s for guns, not you!) that is 3.9 mm in diameter powered by a USB source, much like your battery packs or laptops. These products are offered in 3 ft, 6 ft and 12 ft lengths to fit in a handgun, long arms, cannons or even drains and pipes. The product is marketed as water and weatherproof as well as able to withstand most cleaning agents and clogged pipes in your home. The tool is equipped with a pinhole full-color camera, which can be used to take still photos and videos. The camera is surrounded by six tiny little LED lights to illuminate even the darks of corners for the live feed video to provide essential details. After seeing the videos and promos online, I had to order one.
ENDOSNAKE IN ACTION
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