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About BallisticianX

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  • 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 magazine won't "grab" 38 super comp?

    Well I'm glad the magazine problem was solved. I would like to add that it would be in your best interest to change that extractor. For super comp a 9mm extractor is what you want to get as much grab as possible. That extractor you have is tuned for the semi rimmed super and won't get that extra grab in super comp brass. Get a aftec extractor for 9mm, your dignity will thank you for it. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  2. Slow Motion Comp Testing

    Im not sure if its the video quality or if its actually the slide being lazy coming forward. Looks awful slow and almost stutter stopping when it strips of a round. Is your slide contacting the magazine, weak hand thumb riding the slide to hard, or is the spring weak/too light? What lb recoil spring is in that?
  3. What did I buy? A 2011 story.

    Thats a Bedell "Shorty" Gun with full length recoil system, no doubt. I have a hardchromed twin to it. Mine has a Shuemann barrel with 3 popples instead of a KKM. Its his old style 7 port comp. It runs an 8lb Wolff recoil spring. Dan always runs Wolff recoil springs at 8lbs in all his open builds whether short or long slides. Back then I believe he also used Wolff mainsprings but Im not sure what weight he used then. His newer guns run an ISMI 11lb mainspring. If you need any particular info on it give Dan a call, he will happily tell you.
  4. Help Needed 2011 Build

    It's hard to tell what you have going on without seeing it as there is some confusion with terminology and how it's being misunderstood. So the proper configuration of the MSH is to have an optimum 1/16" more movement to line up the housing to grip frame pin holes after the first contact of the strut to spring cup with the slide on and the hammer fully released to the fired position. When you have that and you pin the MSH in place when you cock and dry fire the gun (slide on!) to check for functionality the hammer should come to rest against the firing pin without the firing pin being compressed forward. In other words the firing pin return spring should overpower the minimal pressure applied to the hammer from the mainspring. If your hammer after dry firing comes to rest completely against the slide and therefore compressing the firing pin forward you got a problem. A dangerous one at that. Your culprits are too long of a strut, a too shallow concave on the mainspring cup, or a way over powered mainspring (possibly and incorrect spring). The other thing is sometimes a manufacturer designs the geometry of there parts (like your grip) to work as a system with their own components that our not a universal spec. SV has this tendency. Lastly check that your grip is sitting to the frame correctly. Most of the metal grips on the market don't play well with STI frames as STI doesn't keep a consistent tolerance between batches. If this problem persists get it to a gunsmith experienced with 2011 builds, hometown gunsmiths aren't always familiar with the unique circumstances of the 2011 design. Good luck! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. Help Needed 2011 Build

    I'm not sure how soon the mainspring cup is engaging the strut without seeing it. The strut should compress the mainspring a little bit before the housing is in the pinned position. Usually when the cup to strut contact is first made with the slide on and hammer down the housing should have between a 1/16" to an 1/8" more travel in order to line up the pin. With the slide off the strut an cup first make contact about the time the pin holes line up. Here is one of mine (slide on, hammer down) with the strut and cup just making contact with about a 1/16" more to go to line up the pin holes. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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