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About BallisticianX

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    Sees Sights
  • Birthday 02/03/1981

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    Saugerties, NY
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    Pistol, Rifle, Shotgun, Traditional Muzzleloading Precision Reloading, Archery, Firefighting, Chess, Hold 'em Poker
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    Auguste VanEtten
  1. 2011 open hammer not falling when the slide is on

    All the brand triggers are a bit different in dimensions. The vario triggers are usually larger than most in bow height and shoe size. So adjustment and "tweaks" are more labor intensive on the vario. But vario trigger bows are better material and flex a lot less and make things more crisp. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  2. X-Vario Trigger in open DVC Mods

    The only issues with the vario I've seen is A: The shoe is dimensionally larger than STI and SV triggers and requires more fitting. B: I found the bow itself is larger in height. That caused it to rub in the bottom edge in the forward pocket area of the grip frame where the bow curves to meet the shoe. I've not encountered the spot weld for the shoe contacting the mag. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  3. Steel open gun bouncy

    As mentioned the load should be tweaked as well as the recoil spring. When using a fast powder the comp is almost not even part of the equation. Fast powders have less volume and muzzle pressure to work the comp to any great degree as compared to slower powders a comp thrives on. So with fast powders it's all recoil spring doing the work and to therefore tune to change the feel. Slower powders will work the comp and then change how the gun tracks. But even with a slower powder the recoil spring should be experimented with to fine tune. Either way the recoil spring weight matters; Too light of a spring will unlock too soon giving you more perceived muzzle jump, to heavy of a spring will give you a muzzle dip. So you got some experimenting to do. Personally I've found a stiff minor load 145-150 pf of slower powders and a 8 lb spring is a good starting point. The theory of ultra light bullets and fast powder in an open style pistol for steel is useless...needs to light of a spring and gets to damn sluggish and clunky. I think you said it was a 9mm? If so HS-6 at 6 grains will make a good load to start with and work it from there. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. Nelson .22 Conversion Wide Body Mag Problem

    I've tried to reduce spring tension by way of trimming a coil at a time. No change. I'm not sure what you mean by taking the spring plug out? The plug acts as the base base plate retainer....not sure if I'm visualizing what you mean. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. 2011 open hammer not falling when the slide is on

    Make sure the disconnector pads are not slipping below the sear feet and hanging the disconnector from upward movement. If this is the case the disconnector nose that contacts the slide needs to be shortened. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. Nelson .22 Conversion Wide Body Mag Problem

    Brownells and GSG only make 1911 conversion magazines (single stack), they do not offer 2011 magazines (wide body). Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. Nelson .22 Conversion Wide Body Mag Problem

    I have a 2011 I'm trying to use this on. There is no higher shelf mag catch available for the 2011. I also built this 2011 frame specifically for this conversion so there is no ejector installed on the frame in order to eliminate any problems thereof. The feed issue seems to occur with 10 rounds in the magazines, especially if inserting a mag with one in the chamber (10+1). I have experienced it with a 9+1 condition as well. Does seem to go away with 9 in a mag from slide lock or 8+1. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. Nelson .22 Conversion Wide Body Mag Problem

    Well the Advantage Arms mags do not work with the Nelson unit. They sit too low for the Nelson and the slide will close and slide over the round. So my next question is has anyone tried the TacSol wide body mags in the Nelson? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. Ruger 10-22 trigger job

    The culprit of heavy 10-22 factory trigger pull is the hammer, or more specifically the geometry of the hooks. The hooks are way to tall and the angle to the sear face is way to negative. I do 10-22 triggers with factory parts to a crisp 2.25lbs just by adjusting hammer hook height and correcting sear engagement angle to a slight negative engagement. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. Nelson .22 Conversion Wide Body Mag Problem

    I've talked to Larry, very nice guy. I have had this problem with this unit on two 2011 frames. The second frame I actually built specifically for the conversion. That way I could tweak it to work and not worry about disrupting adjustment to cause problems with a primary slide like my race gun frame. The mags are just touching the units extractor so seat height should be fine. No dragging of the slide to the frame, and no difference with ammo brand. I'm convinced the mags are too finicky with their geometry. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  11. RTS2 insufficient elevation

    The RTS2 has been a good sight for me and my father has had good luck with both of his as a slide ride on a 1911 45 and M&P9 . As far as the differences in adjustment range, it must be a change between the versions or QC is off. The RTS2 and STS2 are both manufactured in Japan under contract for C-more (Ultra-dot maybe) and its possible glass or base plate angles changed with upgraded versions. C-more would be the one to confirm that. I am surprised to hear your running out of "up" adjustment. My experience with cheely mounts for the RTS2 or DP pro end up running out of down adjustment on most guns, just experienced this recently actually. His mounts have at least 1 degree of angle machined into the mount. That adds additional downward cant to the already 1 degree of downward cant most custom builders (and even STI the last I knew) drill and tap the frame holes at. This usually ends up being at the extreme end of "down" adjustment or just out of it leaving a high POI. But CK arms may not drill and tap at an angle because they do it in the mount. Full size C-mores have enough adjustment to make up for varying mount angles that limit the mini dots. That being said if you cant work this out get a full size C-more as they are more reliable and durable than most mini's with heavy vibrating open pistols.
  12. I have a Nelson Custom .22 Lr conversion on a 2011 frame. I am also using Nelson's 2011 wide body mags. After finishing the 2011 lower frame build specifically for this Nelson conversion I am having a feeding issue. The bullet nose jams into the 12 0'clock edge of the chamber causing a stoppage. This problem was happening regularly as well as rounds nose diving into the mag bodies front edge and hanging on a sharp corner. I determined the bullet nose hitting the mag body either hung it up or if it did roll over caused the round to snap up to high thus jamming the bullet into the 12 0'clock chamber edge and sometimes higher than that. I then put a radius to that edge on the front mag body and it eliminated the nose dive stoppage in the magazine. It did not completely eliminate the bullet nose jamming in the chambers top edge, just lessened the frequency. Im sure this is still a magazine issue as the height the mag is held in the gun is per nelson spec. There are no rub or resistance points slowing slide motion down etc etc. Rather than to continue modification to the Nelson mags that I have my doubts about I am looking into other mags to see if this issue persists or gets cured. Before I waste more coin on this project I am interested in hearing if anyone has tried the Advantage Arms wide body mags with a Nelson and if its better or worse etc. Any previous experience with Nelson "feed issues" from anyone will be appreciated.
  13. 2011 Hammer Doesn't Always Drop - Sear Spring Issue?

    No problem. Always nice when you can solve a frustrating issue. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  14. Most dependable Open Gun?

    I had a Tanfo Gold Team.....that's why I now have a 2011. They have short throats and poorly engineered extractors that are short in length and too small of a face to adjust for tuning the brass kick. They consistently fail to clear brass of the chamber. Their extractors are weak, broke 2 in a year. I had a 9mm which is more problematic than the 38 Super. But I've been squadded with 3 38 super tanfo shooters so far this year and they all had issues. I will compliment Tanfo Gold Team owners as they are the most proficient at handling malfunctions on the clock! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  15. Most dependable Open Gun?

    There are a lot of good open gun builders out there. I say builders because in my opinion having one built minimizes the problems you have a greater chance to encounter with assembly line semi-custom guns. Mainly because a reputable builder test fires their builds in order to make adjustments during the build process. Whereas assembly lines slap things together, QC visually inspects and shoots a few through it to make sure it wont blow up and that it!. I have a "new to open" friend who bought a CK (dont recall the model) and it is a nice gun but it had some super stiff lockup, yanking it open on an empty chamber was harsh! The barrel lucks showed shearing/peening from a way to tight fit. Then my Dad's STI trubor was apparently made on a Friday after a company cocktail party as he had it completely re-worked. STI USPSA Single Stack had a barrel replaced twice with a new slide that second time as it was inaccurate. My STI Trojan had hammer follow in 500 rounds etc etc.That's examples of what potential shortcomings you run the risk of getting with semi-custom production. So if its reliability you want have one built and minimize the bells and whistles to keep the cost down. I personally have a Bedell Custom 38 Super Comp and it has been flawless without one hiccup since I got it. It is also tack driving accurate. As you said spend once and cry once...GO FULL CUSTOM OPEN!