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  1. I loaded some 115gr bullets over Autocomp thinking that the additional gas would make the compensator of my 16" rifle work for something other that a hood-ornament and I felt no difference. However, it made a positive difference on an AR-9 pistol I own though the recoil was much more noticeable. I quickly went back to using Titegroup. Sent from my Nexus 6P using Tapatalk
  2. It certainly does! Thus far, I have had good luck with CMC triggers in a couple of AR-9's but I have heard that plenty of people have had triggers break on them. I am not sure if I have only been lucky or if I have not yet experienced a trigger breakage because of my bolt/buffer combination. I will certainly keep the KE Arms trigger in mind for when the time comes to replace my current setup.
  3. That is what I was thinking about. It seems that triggers and trigger pins (in addition to firing pins) are some of the first things to bite the dust.
  4. I understand that the reason why shooters remove the bolt weight of their AR-9's is to reduce the weight of the reciprocating mass, therefore, reducing the felt recoil. However, by doing so, are you not also putting more stress on the firearm and hence increasing the risk of damaging it (or, at the very least, breaking parts more often)?
  5. I am not saying that this is an overstatement but what I will say is that 2" groups at 25yds are better than what many finely-tuned 1911's are capable of and almost unheard of out of most polymer pistols.
  6. I do not believe the break was caused by dry fire as I seldom drop the hammer when I do. The broken firing pin was a product of live fire. I don't know exactly how many rounds fired but, if I had to guess, I would say that it was about 1,500 rounds. Sent from my Nexus 7 using Tapatalk
  7. Brownell's shows them on their webpage but they are currently out of stock. I don't know if this is true or internet rumor but I I have read that Colt, CCMG and Wilson firing pins are all manufactured by the same company.
  8. By the looks of it, that is a "standard" 9mm firing pin. Colt, CMMG & Wilson 9mm rifle firing pins will all work in that bolt.
  9. JP Firing Pins seem to be made of quality materials. Nonetheless, it appears to only work with their bolt and not other brands.
  10. Perusing through the forum brings to light that the black New Frontier firing pins (which I believe are no longer being offered) are the most prone to breakage. I have heard that the standard colt-pattern 9mm PCC firing pins like those made by CMMG and Wilson will last longer though, they too will eventually break. Then there are those firing pins that look different from the "standard" colt-pattern: i.e. Kaw Valley (https://www.kawvalleyprecision.com/Spare-KVP-Gen2-9mm-BCG-Firing-Pin-p/kvp-gen2-9mm-pin.htm) and Taccom (https://taccom3g.com/product/9mm-firing-pin/) but, then again, those do not seem to work with some brands of bolts. Is there really a difference in the quality of 9mm PCC Firing Pins or do we have to live to live with the fact that, eventually, they all end breaking? FWIW, what I have right now is a New Frontier Modular Bolt (https://www.joeboboutfitters.com/New-Frontier-Armory-AR-9-Modular-9mm-Bolt-Carrier-p/nfa-ar9-modular-bcg.htm) (which, BTW, NFA is not currently showing on their webpage) with an aftermarket firing pin (I think it was a CMMG but I am not sure). After a few thousand rounds, said pin finally broke. I know I need to have a spare but, if I am going to order a couple, I might as well get the best that the current market has to offer. So, what do you say... In your opinion, what is the best 9mm PCC firing pin in the market right now?
  11. I normally reload for my PCC but, the other day, I was feeling lazy and picked up some 9mm 115gr PMC to practice with. The accuracy was excellent and the recoil impulse was nearly non-existent. The only problem was that the rifle felt "sluggish" but, as an "oh shoot I forgot to reload and now I gotta pick up some ammo at Walmart before the match" it was not a bad choice. However, this got me thinking... Is the sluggish recoil impulse typical when shooting slow-burning powders in a PCC? I ask because this was a far departure from what I am used to when loading with Titegroup. I have never used a slow-burning powder when loading for PCC but I would have expected it to produce more recoil; a sensation of a "long push" instead of the quick "snap" that I get with TG.
  12. The original springs that came with my TF basepads worked well for a year or so but it is time to replace them. Are there any other companies (in addition to TF) that offer these long magazine springs? Are there differences in the quality of one brand of springs vs another?
  13. I have tried 2.8gr to 4.1gr of Titegroup with several 115gr and 124gr bullets out of two different 16" barrels. The results out of both barrels (velocity and accuracy) were nearly identical. I ended up settling on 3.3gr of Titegroup and 124gr X-Treme plated RN bullets (OAL of 1.155" and Crimped at 0.377"). What I learned was that 115gr bullets (in general) were more accurate; this required 3.8gr of TG. This load produces a sharper recoil impulse and, even though the dot movement was not "severe", it was still more noticeable than using the 3.3gr of TG with 124gr bullets that I use now. Yes, this means that I have to give up a bit of accuracy but this load still produces acceptable results out to 50yds. I will, however, add that if I was shooting an outlaw match that required shooting targets past 50yds, I would switch to shooting 115gr MG JHP which were (in my case) the most accurate bullets I tested. Bellow is a rested 10-shot group at 50yds using the 115gr MG & 3.8gr TG load. The taped shots were with PMC ammo. ...and this is the 124gr X-Treme with 3.3gr of TG but only at 30yds.
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