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  1. Start here to learn how to work on a double action Tanfo. Then swap parts when the time comes to put it back together. Search youtube for “Tanfoglio Tuning” and you’ll find all 4 videos in this series.
  2. They’re quite easy to convert to single action if you’re comfortable doing some disassembly and very basic gunsmithing.
  3. Roll the gun 30-45 degrees or so toward the weak hand to present the slide. Pinch the slide between the base of the thumb and the index finger. Deep in the crotch where you’ll find a surprising amount of strength - don’t use your fingertips. Easy peasy. As @waktasz said, most of us pick it up eventually. The main benefit to this is how much faster it is on unloaded starts; on a conventional overhand rack, your hand comes off the back of the gun. With this technique you roll the gun back upright and your weak hand pretty much falls into place. @waktasz: No-talent A class over here.
  4. It’s an entirely valid technique, as you just saw. Yet someone slower and worse than him is still preaching there’s a better way that everyone should use. I love this place.
  5. Garran uses a hybrid technique but the hand does come up from underneath. Anytime someone tells you there’s only one correct way to to do something, a multi-division GM is waiting to prove them wrong… https://www.instagram.com/p/CE9J9m_pmIR/?utm_medium=copy_link
  6. A perfect return to zero requires the shooter’s stance, the ammo’s PF, and the recoil spring to be well matched. With some testing and tuning on all three you will get it there. in general, I find delayed-blowback 9mm guns like hotter ammo. I shoot 140pf 115s in my CMMG franeknstein rifle and it’s dead flat.
  7. Sprinco guide rod system with the white recoil spring.
  8. A cerakoted gun doesn’t have any coating on the rails or the barrel’s locking lugs or any other fitment-related component. This is for a variety of reasons, the most prominent of which being that the cerakote would get stripped off such heavily loaded components in short order. (I’m a fairly experienced cerakote applicator who has done most of his own weapons, and a few for family members.) You’ll have no issues with the gun being sloppier than it is now.
  9. Anything at all… Except for wet wood. Unannounced ice skating sessions with a loaded gun in your hand and all of your friends behind you is not a great time. Can verify. (This is why you want to bring a second pair of rubber soled shoes to a major if you prefer to shoot in hard cleats, just in case.)
  10. People shoot minor primarily because most matches have several stages that suck a little bit for 10 round guns, but suck a lot for 8 round guns. They’d happliy take Major 10 over Minor 10, but since that is not an option? The decision to choose capacity over power factor is made due to poor stage design factors alone. Ammo cost and felt recoil aren’t really factors in the decision, they’re just secondary benefits. The stages they encounter will almost always be won by a 10+1 gun, so that’s what they shoot. Personally I find I wind up building really good stages if I have just 4-6 required shots in each position. The remaining targets which might cause you to fire 8 to 12 shots when you arrive somewhere? They’re positioned so they are available from several positions, or on the move, etc. These generally tend to be fun stages to break down, every division is pretty happy… and you get to see all of the top guys running different plans.
  11. I do not. My 147gr loads are noticeably softer recoiling than my 124s. With both at ~130-133 power factor, they are both subsonic. It’s a function of HOW you go about reaching that amount of power. This oversimplifies/exaggerates it, but think about sliding your refrigerator across the kitchen to run into somebody’s shin at 3 mph, versus hitting that shin on the corner of the light little coffee table at a full sprint. The same amount of force might be involved in both events, but I’ll take the guy who doesn’t know how to parallel park his fridge. Coffee tables suck.
  12. Yikes. I bought my press in 2007 and the casefeeder on my 1050 will comfortably handle 500+ 9mm cases before the clutch slips.
  13. @rowdyb has it right. Bill drills at 15+ yards will give you the answer that will give you the best results on match day when shooting fast. (With my gun, that was also the setup that produced the least dot movement, which you’d expect.) How softly the gun shoots should be the last thing you care about, even though tons of guys talk about that first.
  14. Nobody shooting Production minds reloading 3 to 4 times per stage. In fact, we’re all about that life. We loathe when lazy stage designers make us do two of those reloads flat-footed in a high hit-factor stage because they only think with a 23-round mindset. Typically it would only require someone to move 1 or 2 targets to turn such a stage into something fantastic for *all* divisions to shoot. In fact, that often results in the SS & Production guys having 2 or 3 ways to attack things, which should be any stage designer’s goal. When I’m shooting Carry Optics, I’m just as disappointed in a stage that has 18 rounds visible from one location. It just comes from a different direction.
  15. and in Production, sadly. Yes.
  16. The die @AHI linked you to will both seat and crimp. Despite being named a “seating die” it performs both tasks.
  17. Most newer people that struggle with this tend to keep themselves comfortable. Set yourself up on a hard lean around a corner in your home. Lean like normal, and you’ll notice you’ve basically got no weight on the counter-balancing foot. Often, shooters will come up on their toe as they lean over the opposite leg, while keeping both knees pretty much straight. Instead, go down deep into a squat on the side you’re leaning toward so that your thigh is on fire while you shoot. It’s faster to get into and get out of because you’re lower. It’s also much more stable and you can keep more weight on the back leg; it’s pretty easy to keep that whole foot flat. If you’re comfortable, you’re up too tall and tipsy. Someone low and stable is always going to beat you.
  18. Go shoot them to see how they group. All coated bullets and most plated do this through my 650 and 1050; the die seats using the ogive and you measure to the bullet tip, so tolerances in bullet profile and case neck tension stack quickly. But ammo with an OAL variation of .008” - .010” would often have a standard deviation of six or less in it’s velocity, and shoot a crazy tight group. I’ve learned not to rely on OAL too much. As long as it feeds.
  19. Not terribly uncommon; how was that mag set up? I’m assuming either PCC or carry optics? Let’s assume it was a glock mag. Take a brand new razor blade. Carve a bevel in the polymer around the bottom the body. Finish by smoothing with one of the wife’s nail files. Basically turn it into a tiny magwell so there’s nothing square for the follower to hang on as it slides back up into the tube. Common practice on glock mags. If the parts are steel? Do something similar but use a sanding drum on a dremel, if possible. I also sand/file a bevel on the bottom corners of my followers to make it easier to push them into the extension while loading... but the ability to smoothly empty the mag during a stage is somewhat more important.
  20. Just leave the primers and powder in the press. I used to be obsessive about emptying it out. Now? After routinely letting it sit in a very humid garage for 3+ months, then finding zero difference in how my ammo runs through a chrono? It sits perpetually full and ready.
  21. At distance having the corners clipped off the rear sight is more helpful than you’d think at seeing the targets you’ll transition to next. I hated this type of rear at first but grew to like them. https://warrentactical.com/product/glock-warren-tactical-fiber-optic-set-plain-rear-sight-and-fiber-optic-front-sight/ (I haven’t shot Glock in a decade, but still prefer such rear sight profiles on the guns I’ve switched to.)
  22. We see a guy with an Open gun, we know to double up on hearing protection. Even over the interent.
  23. JJ states he had multiple shots register at 1020ish, then one read 990. The next four did not register. They proceeded to repair/replace the chronograph and he shot another 1020ish. I doubt he’d be brave enough to make up such a story. Not when several people who were present for his chono experience will inevitably hear about it via social media.
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