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  1. You'll likely have to have them ship the replacement to an FFL, who will want their usual transfer fee.
  2. I had a crack in a Match several years ago in a similar location. I sent it in. They sent me a new gun.
  3. I shoot Limited and have relatively little interest in Production. However, Production is clearly a raging success from a competition and participation perspective. Rules changes regarding it should be approached very cautiously, and cavalier notions about largely tearing up Appendix D.4 should be treated as presumptively impulsive and ill-advised.
  4. Everyone says this and few believe it. Particularly at smaller matches.
  5. That's been my experience with the 20lb recoil spring in my 10mm Match Elites, too. I've never even contemplated going to a 22lb. Remember that the spring doesn't just soften the blow at the end of the rearward travel... it also imparts a blow as the slide closes. Note, too, that Tanfo's have very long ejectors because the frame is designed to work with 9mm/40 short cartridges. They're always going to throw 10mm a long way unless you re-shape/shorten the ejector.
  6. What is better about these than the previous Mecgar-made factory mags?
  7. D'oh, Match to Limited.
  8. I went from a Match to a Limited (in USPSA major). Here's what I got out of the upgrade: A magwell, and one that can be readily improved with at least one aftermarket option Better front and backstrap checkering Longer sight radius A much heavier nose with full dust-cover and cone/bull barrel (the cone-fit barrel is accurate, but so was the straight barrel in the Match) Ability to add a thumb-rest, which I like Wider variety of race-holster options If you're mainly a 3 gunner and want a plastic gun bucket holster, the thumb rest and race holster probably don't enter into it for you. If you're shooting 9 minor, you may already have essentially complete recoil control already, so the heavier nose may not be of any use. The extra sight radius is pretty small... maybe helpful on 30+ yard minipoppers and headshots, but a small addition. For your purposes, I'd guess it's really about the magwell and the grip checkering. I think the only previous manufacturer of a magwell for the non-square-guard Tanfos no longer offers them. Unless you've got a line on an old, non-installed one, I think you'll shell out for the square trigger guard to get a magwell. If you don't care about that, the Match is actually quite a nice gun. I still have mine; it's currently in my bedside safe as a home defense gun, in part because it was very reliable and accurate when I was gaming with it.
  9. That's exactly how I feel.
  10. The ball business sounds crazy, but I love the idea of a stomp-pad - probably at least a couple of steps out of the way to make activating it something of a time-eater - making some subsequent shots easier! Neat idea.
  11. I think stages that offer shooters choices about how to run the stage are the most interesting. What is the most interesting/memorable choice you've ever seen a stage present? Or, among the more common types of choices, what is your favorite?
  12. No, don't do this. As someone who has switched loads a few times, generally trying to move towards a softer-shooting round that still makes PF, I can tell you that the transition is jarring. Yes, the softer recoil feels super, extra, very soft by comparison, but I have "double clutched" during those ammo changeovers pretty much every time. If you're expecting a bang and get only a bang, then your brain takes a second to figure out what's up... while staring at sights sitting completely static on the A-zone. If you want to condition yourself to heavier recoil, my suggestion would be to play with a completely different gun in a different caliber. Go shoot a 44 magnum revolver or something. Everything USPSA will feel soft by comparison, but the differences in the gun will be so obvious that even your subconscious won't wonder what's up.
  13. We use 2x2 or 1.5x1.5 lumber as the frame. 4' x 8', with a single vertical brace at the midpoint, and small triangular braces at the corners made from thin plywood. Ours have seen weekly use for many years. Periodically we have to replace elements that get shot up, but they last approximately forever. They are stiff enough that we can also hang them from one end from rails to create a 4' wide slanted wall with no discernible curvature. We staple the material to the frame. That gets replaced every few years, but the same staple guns that we use to hang targets work well. For hanging, we use velcro straps with clamps to grab the rails.
  14. I ruined a pin, actually, hammering it fairly hard. Seriously, one of my particular guns/factory triggers was just not reasonably re-assemblable regardless of technique.
  15. The ease of the slave-pin assembly depends greatly on the manufacturing tolerances of the specific frame and factory trigger components. I have had a Tanfo where it wasn't a big deal, one where it was fairly difficult, and one where I did it one time (taking many evenings of work due to frustration-based walk-away) and promptly bought a Henning trigger.