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  1. Agreed. Have both and the Alpha X is my favorite. Seems more sturdy and as the others have said, easier to adjust.
  2. I agree with Hi-Power Jack. Go ahead and get him a centerfire. My daughter is 10 and has shot a 22/45 in steel challenge for about 2 years. Recently I let her shoot a carry optics and an open gun. She is hooked now. Doesn't even want to talk about shooting the 22 anymore. We have set her up with a Sig P320 X5.
  3. Assuming these are 12V. What power supply are you guys using?
  4. My daughter shoots steel challenge with me. She is now 10 but started when she was 9. She shoots a Ruger MkIII 22/45 lite. The pistol fits her hands pretty well. One issue she originally had was not having the strength to rack the slide. I put a Tandemkross charging handle on it and it helped her a lot. Whatever way you go, my suggestion is to make it fun for him. When she first started I would staple small balloons to cardboard targets and let her shoot those. She liked that and also shooting clay pigeons that I placed on the berm. We usually go eat lunch or get a special treat (slurpee or ice cream) after matches and practice.
  5. I tried shooting the same open gun in USPSA (major) and SC (minor). The aggravating point was the change in point of impact between the minor and major loads. The minor load shot about 3 -4 inches to the left of the major load. Also, I would change recoil springs for each load: 9# recoil spring for major and a 7# for minor. I would have to make a special trip to the range to re-sight it in before the two different matches. I finally just bought an identical gun and set it up for minor loads only.
  6. Very nice lighting solutions. Just placed an order for a 550. Thank you.
  7. Brownells cotton tipped applicators
  8. Like Sarge and davsco, I like my race masters. I still have two of the magnetic ones. BUT, I like the alpha-x better. It just feels a little more solid and secure.
  9. Don't feel bad teddy. I joined almost 13 years ago and ...well you see my post count.
  10. My daughter shoots steel challenge with a 22/45 lite with a cmore. She is 10 and started when she was 9. In fact we are shooting in the US Steel Nationals tomorrow. Like you said focus on safety and gun handling. Aside from that, just encourage him and praise him; keep it fun. We usually have a contest at practice to see who can shoot the best smiley face on a piece of steel. Early on I would place clay pigeons in the berm and let her shoot at those. She liked seeing them bust when she hit them. Keep in mind that they get bored quickly. My daughter carries and iPad with her and plays on it between stages. She likes to paint the steel between shooters so I let her do that to keep her involved. I would just focus on safety and having fun. Try to do something special associated with it. We usually go to her favorite restaurant for lunch after the local matches.
  11. Well, just to follow up. After I changed the cmore, I started getting horizontal stringing on the target. Checked the grip and mount screws and all were tight. Looking closer I noticed a place on the front of the comp where it had been hit. I then noticed that the comp was really close to the slide. Not having feeler gauges with me, I used a lottery ticket. On my two other open guns, I could close the slide with the ticket between the slide and comp and the ticket would slide out easily. On the dropped gun it would clamp down on the ticket and tear it if I pulled. I decided to take the comp off. Surprisingly, as I was removing the two set screws on the comp, the comp was already loose. I think the gun hit on the comp and pushed it and maybe the threads back some. Long story short, i removed .005" off of the rear of the comp and reinstalled it. Lottery ticket now would slide out like other two guns. I took it to the range on Tuesday and was able to shoot approx. 2" groups at 25 yards. Put locktite on comp and set screws. Everything seems okay for now. Thanks for all the ideas.
  12. Great ideas. I think I may swap the mount from another gun. That would allow me to rule out the mount; or not. I did try three different loads (match, practice, and steel challenge) and they all shot the same. So I think I can rule out the load. What kind of clearance should I have between the comp and slide? I am not sure its not touching (need to get feeler gauges from my Dad).
  13. As the title states, I dropped my open gun. It was in a gun bag/rug, but it fell about four feet and landed upside down on the concrete floor. Took it to the range and could not keep bullets on an IPSC target at 25 yards. Shoot five and only have three on the target. And they would be six inches apart. Thinking it was just the cmore, I replaced it with one from another gun. Took it back to the range today to see if that fixed it. Nope. But it did shoot better. At 25 yards from a bag rest, all the bullets are the same height but will string out across the target about 6 to 8 inches left to right. I don't see any comp strikes and none of the bullets are tumbling. Before I send it off for repairs, do you guys know of anything else I can check? Thanks, Jerry
  14. I use the 38/40s as well. I shoot 9 major in two of my guns and 38SC in one of them. Don't have to change anything with the mags to switch back and forth.
  15. Same for me as well...Grams springs and followers.