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  1. Yes. That is the Manny Mini Dot front sight that Brazos sells. The front post has a 0.040 hole drilled in it then you put the fiber through the back posts. This way than you look at thr front edge of the sight the fiber "dot" is always 0.040 in size regardless of how big the bulb is behind it. Its way more consistent than trying to melt a bulb to the exact same size every time you replace or switch the fiber rod.
  2. Rick did a super speedy Cerakote turn around on the slide so I was able to get it back and put it all back together. I took a picture of the blaster and listed it below. The slide cuts are a lot different than what I have gotten in the past and I think it looks cool. One of my friends commented that it looked like a “Bone Saw” before it was coated and I think that is a good name for this style of slide lightening cuts. We are still forecast to get hit with a bunch of snow this evening and into Saturday so I may not be able to give this bad boy a go this weekend. The forecast is calling for a high of 46 on Sunday without any Rain or Snow. So I might be able to venture out to do some live fire practice if the range isn’t too muddy. All I can do at this point is cross my fingers and hope that this storm does not end up being as bad as they are predicting.
  3. Are you sure that the sear pin simply isn't engaging the right side safety? Some sear pin's are setup that way where the right side safety engages the end of the pin. Check that out before you bust out the power tools to "fix" something that isn't broken.
  4. Rick was able to take half an ounce out of the front of the #3 slide. This brings the overall slide weight down to the same as the #1 slide. I got a chance to do some live fire testing at the indoor range today with the #3 and #1 blasters to compare them. With the exact same spring setup on both guns, the #3 still had a more harsh felt recoil. I did quite a bit of recoil and hammer spring testing on the #3 to try to get the felt recoil and sight tracking the same as the #1. I ended up switching from 17lb hammer and 10lb recoil spring over to a 24lb and 9lb. This spring setup made the recoil feel very close to the #1. I did some slow motion video on both guns to see how the slide velocity was affecting the recoil process and found that the #1 also needed a heavier hammer spring. I switch to a 21lb hammer spring in the #1 and it also improved the felt recoil and reduced the overall muzzle flip because of the reduced slide velocity. Shooting these two guns back to back produced very similar felt recoils with the #3 being only slightly more harsh feeling. I am not sure if the 9lb recoil spring will negatively impact the accuracy as it does in the #1 and #2 blasters. I tried shooting groups but the lighting was too dark in the range to keep the sights aimed in a specific location on the target. That is the bane of the indoor range for me. I will need to double check the accuracy on the #3 the next time I do some live fire practice outdoors. Since the #3 blaster is running reliably and the spring testing is now complete I am going to strip the sights off of it so it can get Cerakoted black. This will force me to sight it in again anyway so I don’t want to waste much time double checking the accuracy now. Once the slide is coated and the final accuracy testing is done then I can do some real back to back testing during some practice stage runs to see how the #3 compares to the #1. The weather forecast is looking pretty horrible this coming weekend so I am sure that all outdoor matches will be a bust. I had some training classes scheduled for this weekend but I think those are going to cancel as well due to the poor weather. I don’t mind going out to the range when the weather isn’t optimal, but it’s a totally different story when you try to present a training class in crappy weather. These classes will probably need to be pushed out to the next weekend.
  5. No matches for me this weekend. The match on Saturday was canceled due to rainy weather. I decided to head out to the BLGC range in the afternoon to do some live fire practice and test out the #3 blaster. I had Rick mill off a .75oz chunk from the back of the slide on the #3 gun. This made it feel a little closer to my #1 blaster but it still felt like there was too much weight snapping back forward when the slide would slam forward. I think that I need to take some weight out of the front of the slide to get the felt recoil similar to the #1 gun. I don’t think that taking any more weight out of the back of the slide is going to fix the slamming forward muzzle bounce that is currently happening. More slide weight hacking and testing is needed. The good news is that the #3 gun isn’t having any more feeding issues or trigger issues, so I believe I have those issues resolved. On Sunday I presented another Competition Pistol training class. It was a long day of training but the weather was cooperating and a lot of learned by everyone. I have a couple more classes scheduled for the end of this month. Hopefully the weather continues to cooperate so we can get these classes done. The forecast is looking sketchy at this point, but we are still too far out to really know what the weather will be like next weekend. I am keeping my fingers crossed that it will work out because it’s no fun when you have to cancel a training class and then have to wrangle everyone up again for a different date.
  6. If a club is trying to run the whole thing with only 2 - 3 people then they are doing it wrong. There is no reason why a local club can't have 5 - 8 people on the match staff to help setup and run the match. With that many staff you can easily put one staff per squad to keep the knuckleheads from doing stupid shit. Here in Colorado the majority of the local clubs have 6 - 8 match staff. 1 MD/RM, 1 Stats, and 4 - 6 Stage Designer/Builders. Doing it this way spreads the workload around so its manageable and dramatically reduces burn out. This also allows for seeding each squad with members of the match staff to keep the hooligans in line.
  7. I started a thread on this several years ago......... The Search Function is your friend.
  8. And this is why the Match Staff needs to be embedded on each squad during club matches.
  9. That is true with .45, but not so much with .40 or 9mm. On .40 and 9mm extractors I have always set them up to have the tip of the extractor hook engage the inner ring of the case rim. Using this method of extractor to case rim engagement for .40 and 9mm I have enjoyed 100% extraction reliability on all of my guns as well as every single one that I have tuned for other people. Tuning an AFTEC is quite a bit different than a standard extractor simply because the AFTEC does not bend to function. It instead pivots where it engages the firing pin stop. I have seen a lot of incorrectly installed AFTEC's because the installer does not understand that the firing pin stop needs to be tuned to allow for unbinding movement of the extractor through its whole travel. The best way to test this is to take the springs out and cap off the AFTEC then install it in the gun with the firing pin stop installed. In this condition you should be able move the tip of the extractor hook towards and away from the breach face with zero resistance. It should literally flop back and forth if you shake the slide sideways. If it does not, then you need to fix the AFTEC to Firing Pin stop engagement so it can move freely. This adjustment is critical and can be screwed up because you can take off too much material on the firing pin stop and it will allow the AFTEC to rotate or Clock within the tunnel. You can also screw it up by making the firing pin stop fit too loose and the whole extractor can shift forward and back within the tunnel. You need to get this extractor to firing pin stop fit setup correctly BEFORE you even start to work on tuning the extractor hook.
  10. I am not grinding the flat area under the hook. I am grinding the tip of the hook where it engages the inner ring of the brass. Your Second picture is a good example of showing the tip of the hook engaging the inner rim of the brass.
  11. Switching from a sideways C-More to an upright DPP is just enough bore to sight offset difference to cause indexing issues. You have to mount the DPP setup in a different location in front of your face or you are not going to see the dot in the glass. Relearning the proper mounting position of the gun is going to take a metric shit ton of dry fire to fix. I am running into our same issue of not seeing the dot in the glass on the draw when I switch from Limited to Open using the DPP due to this different gun mounting position. When I am shooting Open I have found that I need to smooth out and slow down the final portion of the draw in order to present the gun in a way that has the dot is somewhere within the glass. The funky thing about this for me is that this issue only happens on the draw. Once I mount the gun and find the dot I don't have any problems with keeping it in the glass during shooting, wide transitions or even when dismounting / remounting the gun while running between positions. Granted, I had zero dot hunting issues when I was using a sideways C-More because the offset was very similar to a Limited Iron Sight setup. But there was a SIGNIFICANT disadvantage when it came to making right to left transitions because the C-More was blocking the next target to the left. I know for a fact that once I find the dot on the DPP setup I can shoot it better than the sideways C-More simply because the sight its self does not obstruct my view of targets. You are going to fix this indexing thing in Dry Fire primarily. One really good way to test your bodies natural tenancy in mounting the gun in a specific position is to draw to a target with your eyes closed then open them after the gun is mounted to see if the dot is in the glass or not. This type of testing isn't going to "Fix" your mounting position issue, but it will at least allow you to assess if the issue is in fact fixed.
  12. The lead in shape of the extractor hook is the bottom portion that the rim of the case initially engages as the brass is pushed upwards on the breach face as the round is chambered. This bottom corner usually needs to be rounded and releaved so that the rim can get under the hook smoothly without binding when the brass is at an upward angle. When the round is stripped from the magazine and climbs the barrels feed ramp the rim of the case is engaging the bottom of the extractor hook at a fairly steep angle. The tip of the extractor hook usually engages the inner ring on the rim of the case and the outer portion of the rim doesn't touch the extractor. You can change the depth of the extractor hook so that it engages deeper into the case rim. This setting is more about increasing or decreasing the "pinch" tension the extractor hook has on the rim of the case. You are usually not changing this to increase or decrease the actual extractor to rim engagement depth.
  13. This weekend I hosted the local HPPS Match. As always it was a bunch of work setting up and running it but the match turned out to be a very fun and challenging. I didn’t get a chance to check out any of the stages beforehand from a competitive shooting perspective so I had to figure them all out as we got to each bay during the match. Lucky for me the stage plans were fairly easy to figure out. The challenging part for this match as a shot difficulty on some paper targets and there was a boat load of steel. I told myself to aim hard for all of the steel and it worked out great except for one stage where it got overcast. Up until the overcast stage I was shooting the steel 1 for 1 the majority of the time with only a few make up shots needed. When the overcast lighting came all I could see was the fiber in the front sight and that proved to be not enough refinement to hit some small plates on the second to last stage. I needed 4 shots to take down one plate which was painful. For the match I had two misses on paper. The first was on a no shoot partial which I tried engaging weak hand only while hanging on of a wall to avoid a really awkward lean. I called the shot marginal high on the target and it ended up being a miss. The second was on the overcast stage run while engaging a hard cover partial which I called slightly high and it ended up being a miss. It sucks to have misses like this, but the good thing is that I at least called them marginal. I still need more shooting with the Manny Mini Dot setup to refine my shot calling skills to understand that these marginal called shots are in fact misses on these type of partial shots. The really good thing for the match is that I was doing a great job of staying visually patient to shoot the steel one for one. I used my #1 Limited blaster for the match with the newly replaced barrel bushing and it was functioning as it should. I was able to shoot a second gun on the classifier using my Open gun and shot a 100% on it. Or that is at least what the classifier calculator says, which may be wrong. I will have to wait until tomorrow to see what it comes up as on the USPSA website. This should be my third GM classifier in Open, so I still need three more to get my GM classification. I want to get the GM classification in Open before I start shooting it full time so people don’t call me a sandbagger with a Master classification. On Sunday we had a work party day to get the HPPS props reworked and build some new shelves to store the props better in our barn. We got a crap load of work done that day even though we only spent about 3 hours on it. It’s amazing how much work we can get done when there are 8 people working hard on getting stuff done. After the work party, since I was already at the range, I was able to do some live fire practice. I brought all three of my Limited guns to test out. Since the #1 Limited gun is my Primary I used that as a baseline of performance and accuracy for the other two. I started with some group shooting using all three guns to verify their accuracy. The #3 needed a little tweaking as expected to get the point of impact just right. I was able to produce all rounds touching groups with all three guns. I then dry and live fired a practice stage several times as I alternated between all three guns. The #1 & #2 are in very similar physical configurations and they both felt the same while shooting. The only difference is that the #2 is using a trimmed down width Dawson front sight because it needs a .160 tall to produce the same POI. This Dawson front sight has the fiber down from the top just a little bit more than the Manny sight so I can see more of the “iron” above the fiber. This obviously makes the sight picture look a little different but it didn’t seem to affect my ability to call my shots effectively. The #2 Limited blaster is the one with the new full weight slide. The feeding and hammer follow issues are now resolved and it was running flawlessly. The heavier slide did produce a different felt recoil than the other two. The recoil impulse actually felt duller than the lighter slide guns, which is to be expected. But the additional mass made it muzzle flip more and caused more muzzle bounce as the slide slammed forward. I could shoot this gun almost as good as the #1 & #2 but the muzzle bounce post shot was really distracting. This slide is 1oz heavier than my other Limited blasters so I am going to remove 1oz from it to make it the same weight. The only difference is that I am going to take the weight out of the back of the slide instead of the front. This may be a failed project but I know that I really liked taking weight out of the back of the slide on my EAA/Tanfo guns when I was shooting those. It’s worth experimenting with it on these 2011’s. The good news is that all three of my Limited blasters are pretty much back in action. Sure the #3 still needs some slide weight reduction fiddling and eventual coating but it’s still fully functional. That and I can throw the old slide/barrel back on it anytime I want.
  14. I am an avid AFTEC user. I use them in all of my 2011's and am yet to have one fail or wear out. The one thing that people assume is that they are drop in with no tuning needed. I have had to tune the extractor hook lead in shape and depth of the hook on every single one of them. This tuning isn't due to inconsistent manufacture of the AFTEC. It is due to slight variations in the slides they are installed in. I also want to point out that if you can only get an AFTEC to function with only 1 spring installed then it's not tuned properly. The AFTEC is designed to use both springs.
  15. Sounds like a good question to ask and figure out when you run the test on your own. Good luck.