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  1. It is worse than the OBAMA years, that was a long dry spell 8 years of get it when you can. Small pistol, I shot magnum rifle, match rifle, all brands, what ever I could find except Tula.
  2. One of the omitted things in dot technical discussion I discovered after a 4 year break in shooting. I took old faithful to a match, at the safe table I pulled her out and couldn't find the dot without the dance. I then changed up the method I focused on a rock on the berm, drew the gun, BAM got dot every time I focused on some object. When I focused on the glass to find the dot it was a no go, but focusing on an object dot every time. The moral here is focus on the target bring the gun into the line of sight. In weak had we tend to look at you guessed it the gun and not the
  3. I have 8 mag pouches on my single stack rig. I use the reloading rule "If your feet move reload". Uncle Mike's, I got them on sale. The Barney Mag goes in the last one toward the back. Pony up with 9. Way more important than the mag holder is the mag, lots of different ones, Tripp is the best of the bunch with the aluminum base pads. You can drop a 2011 mag in the dirt a couple times and it still works, single stack mags have to be cleaned every time. My gun hates round nose, loves Semi Wad Cutters, 200 gr over 4.3 gr of Clays.
  4. Looks like my stimulus is going to be in 9 mm, P320 max. Thanks for the input, doing my part to stimulate the economy.
  5. According to my search of the rules it is a fat boy and won't pass the weigh in. Maybe it could make it with out the mag well that needs to be removed to be legal. I'm considering giving up Open and moving to carry optics, at $1599 it seems to be pretty darn cheap with the 4 21rd mags. But no sense buying it if I can't shoot it in a match. Does anyone know if it is legal or is in the process of being approved?
  6. If it was at 50 yards in a pistol rest, its good, if not it is what we call a Blind Hog Shot in Texas.
  7. The classic question is did the hammer cock? If it did it could be the ejector, and the slide just shoved it back in. I have one gun that does that if I try to run minor, but then I just rack it out, the front of the AFTEC is slanted in combination with a 9#or10# recoil it recaptures the rim. (my Minor is about 145-150pf) The ultimate solution is the AFTEC extractor. If you want a real stuck spent round, load up one of those looks like brass but steel cases, the AFTEC tore the rim but the non-brass had to be driven out with a hammer and a rod. I check all 9 mm cases with a magne
  8. I haven't owned the CZ open gun, but love my Shadow for production. I started shooting open with Tanfo, went to STI and have missed that Tanfo ever since. What I liked about it was the weight and the solid feel but it didn't fit my hand. In my fleet of STI Open Guns I have Bull and Cone guns, when it comes to steel challenge I prefer the lighter weight of the Cone Comp gun and in USPSA I prefer the heavier Bull Barrel gun. This is all subjective if I really wanted to have a lighter gun I would shoot my Glock Open Gun, which I only shoot when I am suffering from over confidence, aka the s
  9. Steel Challenge sounds like a good choice to start because the skill set is limited, mostly just the shooting. You have a 22 pistol and I'd suggest starting with that, it eliminates the draw from surrender. You will need 5 magazines that work, take 200 rounds to the match. The trick to the mags is to smooth the surface the button rides on inside and outside the mag and keep it clean. If you have issues with the gun running Volquartson firing pin, extractor, and you might as well do the trigger, but try it first. What to expect. At my first steel match I had my rear handed
  10. Just to clarify a loose barrel bushing (aka when the gun is locked up and the barrel wiggles in the end of the slide) if it is enough you can feel it you need to have a smith check it out and correct if he/she/it recommends it. Lock up is evaluated with the gun closed (locked up) push down on the barrel hood if it moves it needs to be fixed. Slide slop isn't that important until it is, meaning it can be loose but when it gets too loose then its a problem. If the barrel bushing is tight and the hood doesn't move it should be accurate enough to shoot in matches. I had one that shot
  11. Barrel lock up causes accuracy issues, but the there are two other things that are much worse. 1. Bullets colliding with the comp, if this is happening you will see a shiny spot on the edges of the bore holes in the comp. However I usually shoot the next no shoot in the array when this happens. 2. Barrel to slide, or if cone comp the cone to slide fit, any slack here and you will be spraying a wide path. Loads and bullets as someone said don't make a lot of difference, well I'll say this ain't horse shoes. Tite Group is my least favorite powder for 9 mm, but I happen to lov
  12. I just scored a few thousand Armscor 9 mm 115g FMJ. I've shot them before but they were blemished. The verdict is that in major velocity they leave deposits of lead in the comp, and their accuracy at 50 yards isn't very good, that said in minor for steel they work very well, ringing the gong at 35 yards no problem.. My minor steel loads are 5.5gr of Auto comp, half way between minor and major.
  13. No love for TiteGroup from me, too snappy, too hot, too dirty. Just about anything works better, my favorite is N320 then WST (because 8# jugs are cheap), for minor I've used AutoComp and I like it. SR7625, HP-38, Red Dot, Solo1000 to name a few. These days like the Obama days you load what you can get.
  14. Get the Redding GRX, I use to run them all thru it but after a while I just put the rejects thru it. Yeah Yeah putting a loaded round thru it might be dangerous but I don't have any holes in the roof, don't stand over it. I have a case pro, and I roll loaded rounds thru it as well, when they fail the plunker. Primers are too scarce for rejects.
  15. Another vote for the Precision 180gr bullets my all time favorite, and 2nd place is Bayou. I load them with WST 4.7gr 1.185. Care needs to be take not to cut the coating, so a little more flare than jacketed. PF runs 172 in hot weather. I also shot a lot of 200gr Zeros over 4.3 gr of TiteGroup, a little less recoil but too many case failures. The trick to loading 40 is the GRX push thru case sizer, other wise you run into a lot of rejects. I roll them in my case pro. My friend and 7 time world shoot winner put me on the precision bullets. (Ted Bonnet).
  16. Its all in the plastic. Get a metal gun. Now that I've had my fun, I'm a B class, but I've played the game a lot longer than some. You can't stop the bounce any more than you can stop the wind. That said the most important aspect is that it returns basically to the same spot. If you have to adjust the position that costs time, if you are moving to the next target it doesn't matter. You could take a job as a diesel mechanic for a couple years to strengthen your wrist or try some different recoil springs. There is one assumption here, and that is that you have shot enough that you are obl
  17. Make sure you are practicing the technique properly. Doing it wrong 10,000 times will not be a happy ending. You can use a mirror or cell phone camera on a tripod. Maybe you are doing the dirty harry thing. When I do practice this I take it all the way to breaking the shot, don't train yourself to draw and not shoot. (talking dry fire here), but it is also good to do wet fire practice. If you are close to either side of 1.5 seconds to break shot, move on to more important skills like movement and positioning, there is way more time you can cut in those skills. Practice other starts,
  18. It takes a lot of dry fire practice to get that gun to come up in front of the dominate eye. You need to do this dry fire in all of the common positions until it becomes natural. It is a lot of work but once done it sticks and it is the best solution, not the easiest or fastest. The kicker is the dry fire helps your shooting as well.
  19. Set up a target at 25 yards if you can hit the a zone 4 out of 5 shots that gun will work, set up a target at 50 yards, that is about as long as we shoot put an 8" pie plate on it and if you can keep the shots on the plate you are good to go. Most new shooters ignore the most import thing in shooting, the platform, if you don't have a good platform the rest doesn't matter. Movement skills, it isn't how fast you get to the next box it is how fast you get there ready to shoot, work on those skills, positioning is huge a few inches left or right will save seconds. My first match I got my as
  20. Another vote for C-More slide ride. I have 5 of them, don't waste your money on the click. When I shoot I finely adjust mine the same way I do the throttle on my BMW wide open. Battery life not an issue on at Make Ready, off at Unload and Show Clear. All but one are on 9 major guns, no ejection issues, get an AFTEC problem solved.
  21. Over the years I've seen lots of different guns come and go in popularity. No doubt if you wanna be the envy of the crowd get a Limcat, nothing looks like one, or if you are driving a Lambo then get yourself an Infinity. But when it comes to the test of time, and an absolutely reliable tool for shooting open I'd recommend Triangle Shooting sports, Benny Hill. The question itself says I'm new to open, if that is true you aren't ready for a custom gun because you don't know what works for you, a custom builder could approximate what works for most but in the end it might not be what works
  22. I run 7.3gr of Sil with a 124gr. 9 maj at 1.165. This load has made major up to temps of 105F, however one cold morning down at the Gator Classic the chrono hit 184 pf. It was a beast that day till it warmed up. I shot mostly STI 2011 but I do have a Glock (keep this on the down low), it runs well with the same load. I've tried about every powder, and Silhouette is my favorite. I've even done 9 maj with Accurate 7, 10gr w/125gr 1.165.
  23. I have a Bedell Comp on one of my guns, and I load it up around 175 pf, just to tame the beast. Titanium, have had to ream it 4 times, over the years. I also added two poopel holes to make it softer. The same gun, different barrel and comp (Dawson's Todd Jarrett) shoots softer @170 pf. No holes.
  24. I think the answer is it dependents on how serious are you? I wouldn't go to the Nationals with a load of kanker brass, nor for that matter the Gator Classic or any other major match. But back to the original question. Yes I would shoot twice minor loaded brass 9m. When it comes to 9 major I let the brass vultures have mine, but I'll pick their brass up if they abandon it. The first step in brass prep it to go over it with a magnet, some of them are not brass, a steel case will jam up the gun to the point it has to be hammered out with a rod. Next to the tumbler,
  25. Nice old school gun. Load up some115gr with 11 gr accurate 7. That comp wants lots of gas. That pro point way more accurate than c-more. Cure the rattle with Accurail. Thigter tha dick’s hat band.
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