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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Prototype Titanium Tailcap Button

Hey all, this is one of those accessories I've been planning to do from the beginning but never have the time to work on. It looks pretty simple but this is my 4th prototype. The button is designed to be a direct replacement in all Alpha's manufactured to date.

Stay classy my friend
Right now I'm still trying to find a return spring with the right force. The button has an o-ring around it which needs to fit tight enough to keep out water, but a spring is needed to push the button back into the "out" position. The tighter the seal the firmer the spring needs to be and the harder the button gets to push. It's been a little tricky to balance...BUT IT LOOKS AWESOME!


  1. ohh nice let us know when this is an option. id love to get the mod done to my alpha

  2. This would be a great addition!

  3. This is pretty sweet. Reminds me of the awesome piston drive look.

    Trits in the cap anyone? I'm dying for a triangle (maybe a hex ;) ) in green.