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  1. The best price probably depends on who's having a sale at any particular time. Obviously, they are spendy from Chip McCormick, but they can be had at Brownells and I'm sure a few other places. As far as getting the Dawson/Metalform mags to work, good luck is about all I have to say unless you want to spend a lot of time retraining yourself to lightly seat mags on slide-lock reloads. The Dan Wesson factory mags and the Wilson ETM's would both have this same failure in both of our guns. Basically, anything with a spacer in the back can be made to fail in this way. I found peace of mind was worth just running the McCormicks since they work all the time. My wife and I share 10 of them and they work all the time in both guns. Load the others up for practice when a stoppage doesn't matter as much or you're doing drills without reloads. Or sell them, lots of people seem to like them and I'm sure they work well for USPSA where slide forward reloads are most desirable.
  2. These are the mags I mentioned above: http://cmcmags.homestead.com/XP-9mm.html?_=1449872285528 Also, get the Dawson basepads for these. After repeated forceful seatings the rubber base pads will bend and allow over-insertion (experience speaking again). The Dawson basepads solve the problem. With these mags and Dawson pads we have had almost zero feeding issues in both of our guns.
  3. I had this exact issue when my PM-9 was new and I could induce it in my wife's Trojan when she got it. It cost me the WV IDPA state championship before I figured it out. The fix is Chip McCormick mags with the rib in the front. The rounds are seated at the back of the mag, so they don't have enough leverage to wedge themselves into the feed lips. The spacer up front and integral feed ramp ensure reliable feeding. I could induce your problem with any mag with the spacer in the back. I have never had the issue with McCormicks. I have no skin in the game with McCormick, I just know those mags solved this problem. The spring is a little tight, so if slide-forward reloads are tough, take a coil off the bottom of the spring. Hope that helps. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. Sorry, I should have said to get the same power factor it will take a few more tenths of a grain. Velocity will obviously be lower with the heavier bullet. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. Your 147 powder charge is probably a good place to START for the 122. The 147 has more inertia and a longer driving band, so it takes less powder to create the same pressure. To get the same velocity out of the 122s you're looking at an increase of at least a few tenths of a grain. Your 122 seating depth is very short, so work up slowly. The smaller space means you will build pressure faster with a small increase in powder. Take a look at your manuals and you'll notice that on average heavy bullets have lower powder charges than lighter bullets for the same powder. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. Welcome from the Keystone Cup MD! I'll be shooting IDPA at Wilkes barre Saturday and Guthsville Sunday. Don't forget about the IDPA classifier match at Keystone on May 21st. You'll need your classifier for the Keystone Cup if you don't have it yet. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. Subscribe to this calendar, has most of what you are looking for. https://sites.google.com/site/midatlanticshootingsports/ You should also check out Lower Providence Rod and Gun, a great range local to King of Prussia. http://lprgc.org Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. Screw your sizing die in a quarter turn past where it contacts the shell plate. That makes sure you get complete sizing and takes most of the slop out of the ram and shell plate. You should feel the handle cam over every time you cycle the press. Your OAL length will be slightly different from loading singles vs using the press in full progressive mode due to the full shell plate. In full progressive loading you will probably have rounds ~0.005" longer than if loaded by "single loading" with the same die settings. Hope that helps. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. The Keystone Cup presented by Gander Mountain June 17-19, 2016 IDPA Sanctioned Match - Tier 2 12 Stages Full Day Format $75 match fee, includes T-Shirt, lunch, and prize table Divisions: SSP, ESP, CDP, REV, CCP Side match for monetary prizes Shooting Relays Friday - Staff Shoot (limited slots for non-staff) Saturday - Registration 8AM, begin 9AM Sunday - Registration 9AM, begin 10AM Registration opens March 1, 2016 For more information, or to register, go to: https://sites.google.com/site/thekeystonecup/home
  10. I am the IDPA match director at Keystone Sportmen Assn. If you want to get on our email list for IDPA, steel challenge and 3 gun, send an email to KSA.IDPA@gmail.com. If you have any questions or want to check out the range just let me know. Today is steel challenge at 1:00 if you're not busy. Welcome to action shooting! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  11. Out of curiosity, what match? I'll be at the Liberty Match at Valley Forge on the 24th. And to answer your question, 130 PF is just fine. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  12. We are at Keystone Sportsmen Association in Muncy, PA. It is just barely north of Rt 80 close to Rt 180. If you would like to receive match announcements send an email to KSA.IDPA@gmail.com. You can also Google the club and find our website for info and the calendar. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. Where in PA are you located? I am an IDPA MD in central PA, and our club also runs Steel Challenge and FN 3gun. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  14. A good example of the growth of female competition was the all women 3gun competition held this year in Georgia. I know little about it other than they filled the match. A couple friends of mine shot it and had a great time. I'm sure someone else here has more feedback on that match. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  15. As the IDPA MD at my club I make it a point to try to welcome anyone regardless of demographic. In my experience, the same holds true for other MDs at my club and other local clubs (central PA). If you are safe and eager to learn we will teach, nothing else really matters. I have never heard of a woman being talked down to, and if I do at one of my matches it will be dealt with. We have a few women that shoot regularly, but they are typically spouses of other shooters. One of our friends actually started before her husband and they are now heavily involved in another local club and both SOs. My wife started competing because I did and is now the secretary of the pistol club and an SO. It is not her primary hobby, but she enjoys the sport. We start every new shooter (man or woman) we teach with a 22. It is the best tool for the job. To start competition I suggest steel challenge with a 22 to minimize movement, noise, and recoil (again, man or woman). Once they get comfortable with the timer and safety, then move to IDPA or USPSA with more rules and movement. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk