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  1. Sig Max if you can find one. Quality internals, front strap checkering, good sights. Just tune it and go. Unless you can't abide the funky slide and external extractor.
  2. Don't think you'll get the spacers out without damaging the magazine, and those dimples that hold the spacers in place will still be there causing you issues if you do. Probably easier to sell those and just buy new mags.
  3. EGW has a higher mag catch that made a huge difference in my home built Kimber conversion. It'll feed any length ammo now. Tripp mags and various others (Metalform, Checkmate or .45 mags). Used to have the same first round feeding problem, not feeds smooth and reliably.
  4. It's because California has what they call the "frosted of Approved Handguns", which no manufacturer can get a semi-auto on unless it has microstamping ability. Which none do. So cops and others who are exempt from said roster bring in two and sell one for twice price, making their gun free. I'll be out of the state in less than a year. Pity, geographically and climate-wise there's no better place in the world, but politically it sucks.
  5. TTI & Arrendondo hold 23 + 1 reloadable reliably (or will when the spring takes a set). Taylor Freelance brass mag extension holds 22 + 1, reloadable. Dawson Precision holds 23 + 1 reloadable, but it's tighter than the Arredondo and TTI. All are super durable. I've never had one break or fly off. Dawson bases can be found at very reasonable prices on Brownell's. The rest are in the $30.00-$40.00 range. As stated by Eric, Arredondo are easiest to get off with the little tool they provide, and don't stress the spring. I like the Arredondo extensioins for Glock. Their M&P extensions blow. 22 + 1, and the retention part binds on the spring, locking the follower at the bottom of the magazine at the worst possible time. They're cheap, but they suck.
  6. No, I've done two M&Ps, just the new PC backstraps and I did nothing but clean them with alcohol. They've held up over several thousand rounds, and only lost a minimal amount of grippyness. The grit is still there, 100%. Zero issues. I would not waste time sanding unless you were looking for a reduction in grip girth.
  7. It's a fair deal. Nobody's getting the better of anyone in that deal, which is how they should be. Here in California, the Shadow 2 is $2,300.00 or so, the Trojan $1,500.00. But in the free world, they're probably comparably priced.
  8. My NFA clone lower, side charging upper, Holosun 510c dot and huge Brian Miller magwell works fine. I strap it down when in the scabbard, cause I don't want it falling out, but I'd close my gun bag if I went the standard bag route, so I don't see that as a negative. 45 degree mount might make it difficult cause it's on the opposite side of the side charger.
  9. Thats great for the guy who gets the gun he blew up through negligence fixed for free, but that's why Springfield Armory sells $600.00 guns for $1,000.00. Great that they have the CS reputation, but sad that their QC makes it necessary so often.
  10. Interesting article on springs, specifically gun springs. http://www.thinklikeacop.org/springfatigue.html
  11. I like the Dawson IPSC magwell for one reason, you don't have to buy basepads. And it's aluminum, so it's light. GI guide rod. Just looks better. My Springfield Loaded 9mm needed a bunch of other stuff (all internals, barrel, bushing, controls, etc), it was a joke how much it cost and how much was needed to make it right. But it's nice now. I like Kimber ambi safety, low profile, but not so low my thumb slips off it. I like how the off side lever (I'm left handed) is retained by the hammer pin, similar to EGW, but not as robust or costly. Have them on all of my 1911s for years and have yet to have one fail. I think the only Springfield parts left are the frame, slide, rear sight, firing pin and FP spring, extractor, pins, plunger tube, and BTGS. While it was a rattly, loose, and over-priced gun, it was never unreliable. Now it's not rattly or loose anymore. Metalform mags have been great, and affordable. If I was doing it again, I'd get a Sig Max. Comes with all the good parts, just needs tuning.
  12. Since you already have the magwell, it's probably cheaper for you to buy some Dawson basepads and keep the Ice magwell. Starting from scratch, the IPSC is the way to go, saves you the cost of basepads (about $13.00 each). Gets scratched up with use, but so what? And remember to factor the weight of those basepads into your gun. They're aluminum, so heavier than the plastic that most mags come with.
  13. I like Sig at that price point for one reason; they give you a checkered frontstrap. Nobody else does that on a gun they sell for less than a grand. Funky slide, blah, blah, blah. Buy a holster, even factoring in that $60.00 you're still ahead of the game.
  14. CA has an odd mix, mostly due to the Roster of Approved Handguns which limits what we can buy. No .40 S&W guns, only two 9mm (Kimber and SA) and a bunch of .45s.and a few 10mms. Sad state of affairs here.
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