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  1. The barrel bushing is just one component of many that can affect accuracy. They are also not "Drop In" if you want it fit properly. If there is slop in the barrel lockup at the chamber side, tightening up the bushing will likely not make much of any difference in accuracy.
  2. To each their own obviously. I am glad that it has worked out for you. What I can tell you is that I have lost count of the STI built guns I have seen with questionable workmanship on major components (Frame/Slide/Barrel Fit). If I am spending near custom gun level $$$ on a 2011 there is no way I am going to do that on a "Spiffed Up" 2011 that is mass produced.
  3. The major difference between the Brazos Edge and other custom builds like Cheely or Atlas is that the Edge is built by STI and then Brazos does some minor tweaks to it. The Frame/Slide/Barrel fit on the Brozos Edge is 100% done by STI which in the past was pretty inconsistent. STI has supposedly put more focus on their build quality lately so maybe that isn't a problem anymore? Simply put, when you order a full custom gun from any builder everything is precision fit by that builder. On the Brazos Edge, they are not building it from the ground up so you are left with however Good/Bad that thing was built at STI. For me, that is too big of a gamble for the amount of $$$ you would spend. Just get a custom gun built right from the ground up by your preferred gunsmith.
  4. Over the years in my USPSA Match attendance of 60+ club matches and 12+ majors each year, including the nationals, there are ALWAYS stages that have targets "Visible" beyond the 180. Several of those major matches with DNROI serving as the Range Master and Rule 2.1.4 is still violated. Should proper stage design eliminate the chance of seeing targets just beyond the 180 in common stationary shooting positions? Absolutely. If a target is 5+ yards behind you, but still visible, and you choose to point back at it during the stage run then you obviously have much more significant safety problems than worrying about where the targets are placed. This is a big kid game with big kid rules. If you CHOOSE to run past a target then point up range to engage it you fully deserve the DQ that will be issued. We can't put a seat belt, helmet, warning label or air bag on everything to keep stupid people from doing stupid stuff. Making stupid choices should have the appropriate level of penalty or the lesson will never be learned.
  5. Just because someone has taken and passed the RO certification course/test doesn't make them a "Good" RO. ROing effectively is a practiced skill no different than shooting. You also need to understand that just like shooting, no matter how much someone "Wants" to get better, without the proper effort and dedication to actually get better you will still suck. RO's also need to accept the fact that they are expected to do the job competently and if they are not willing to do that then they shouldn't volunteer to do the job. Luckily I have only run into totally incompetent RO's a few times while attending major matches. In the first instance I made them call the Range Master, then explained the incompetence scenario to the RM and requested replacement RO's to be assigned to the stage. In that scenario the RM took over running the stage as the CRO while working with the existing RO's to not only show them the proper way of doing the job but also observe their issues first hand. The RO's for this stage were replaced later in the match. I can only assume that was done because they didn't "Get it" when the RM was babysitting them. In the second instance when the RM got to the stage and after explaining the situation he stated that there were no more RO's to replace the ones we already had. I told him that I was a certified CRO and asked if I could RO the remainder of the squad to show the RO's how it should be done. He agreed and it worked out for the rest of our squad and hopefully it was a good learning experience for the RO's. I am not sure what happened with that stage after my squad left but I was at least trying to be part of a solution to the problem instead of doing nothing but whining about it.
  6. I do add a little oil here and there when it needs it but its usually not more than a single drop in key locations like the barrel hood, frame rails and guide rod. Through the years I have found the best lubrication package being a mixture of BE Slide Glide and Lucas Extreme Duty Oil. After I do a detailed clean on the gun and everything is dry I will put Slide Glide Standard on everything except for the trigger components. I will use Lucas Extreme Duty oil on the trigger components. Once I have everything put back together with only Slide Glide on the major components I will rack it a bunch of times to get it spread around really good. Then I will add a few drops of Lucas Extreme Duty oil to the frame rails, barrel hood, barrel and guide rod. Adding the oil to these areas eliminates the slight "Gummy" feeling of the slide glide and makes it feel like it only has oil on it when racking it. But this combination of slide glide and oil helps everything stay put and produce very good lubrication for much longer than oil alone. The slide glide also serves as a physical barrier on all of the internal metal surfaces to keep the burnt powder from building up excessively. When I clean my guns I use a plastic safe electronics component aerosol spray that easily and quickly breaks down the oil and slide glide along with cleaning off all of the burned powder. No excessive scrubbing needed. I never do "Field Strip" cleans on my guns for a partial cleaning/lubing. To me that is a waste of time. Any time I clean my gun I do a full detailed disassembly, cleaning, inspection, and relube. I can usually hammer that out in less than 20 Minutes which is not much of a time investment if you are shooting 1500 - 2000 rounds between cleans. The longest I ever went between cleans on one of my 2011 Limited guns was 10,000 rounds. During that time all I did was add a few drops of oil when needed and kept shooting it. Even at 10,000 rounds it was still functioning with 100% reliability. When I cleaned it up most everything looked good without excessive wear. The extractor tunnel was packed with crap though and I am not sure how much longer it would have run before I would have started having extraction issues. From my experience with 2011's the number one component that is sensitive to being dirty or contaminated is the extractor tunnel. That is usually the first thing to cause problems when you shoot a bunch of ammo through a gun between cleans. How "Dirty" your powder is also plays a big roll in how long you can go between cleans.
  7. On Saturday I busted my hump putting on the HPPS match. This was our second match of the year due to the last two getting cancelled because of sucky winter weather. The weather for this month’s match was AWESOME!!! It was in the mid 70’s with very little wind and clear skies. It was great to have summer time weather for a match for once. I was super busy in the morning getting everything wrangled and didn’t get a chance to look at the stages from a competition perspective. Lucky for me most of the stages had pretty straight forward stage plans without being too complex. A few of the stages had some different options in how to shoot them. Since I had to figure out the stages then shoot them soon after my squad got there I defaulted my stage plans to make them as simple to remember as possible. I know that I probably gave away some time on a couple of stages by not having the best plan, but there simply wasn’t enough time to program the more complex plans. This is the donation I have to make when running the match. This match had a good mixture of shot difficulty and if you were not willing to aim hard when needed you would be punished appropriately. I was able to get all of my hits through the whole match with only 2 D zone hits. We had 67 shooters attend the match and only 8 were able to shoot it clean including myself. For this match I tested out some new bungie style locking laces on my shoes. These function like the cinch style laces on the Salomon Speedcross shoes but have a stretchy lace. The stretchiness of the laces required them to be pulled much tighter than normal laces to keep my foot from squirming around within the shoe. When I tightened down the bungie style laces enough to stop the squirming they felt really tight on my feet. I rolled with it for this match and my feet were hurting pretty bad by the end of the day. The bungie style laces are a fail for what I need so I took them off and put the standard shoe laces back on. I used the same shoes with the standard laces the next day for practice and the shoes didn’t hurt my feet at all. On Sunday the Weld County match got canceled due to potential rain so I decided to go out to practice instead. The forecast called for rain to start at 3PM at the BLGC range and we are usually done practicing by then anyway. The weather was really nice that day and we got all the practice done and everything put away just before the skies opened up and started to rain which was awesome. For the Sunday practice we setup a large field course that had two difficult swingers, some hard running, and a good mixture of shot difficulty. Since the Magnus Cup match at the start of May has a moving target on just about every stage we wanted to get some more practice on those. We also didn’t want to make the movers easy either so we put no shoots on both swingers. This forced you to aim hard and track the moving targets while engaging it or pay the price in poor or no hits. The first swinger was an over the top only presentation at about 15 yards with a no shoot blocking much of the body on the target. The second swinger had two shoot targets side by side with a no shoot in between that was only visible to the left and you couldn’t engage either target in a lull of movement. This double target swinger was very difficult as your tracking window of opportunity was much narrower than the single swinger. All of us struggled to get our hits on the double swinger but by the end of the practice we could generate more consistent hits while avoiding the no shoot. The type of swingers we put in this practice stage would be down right evil to put in a match. The average shooter that attends the matches at HPPS would get destroyed by these swingers. As an MD there is no way I would put these in a match as it would only punish people. But that isn’t going to keep me from practicing this difficult stuff on my own. It was a good practice session and I was glad to have the opportunity to work on some difficult movers. My Atlas Titan Operator Limited gun has about 1500 rounds on it since the last cleaning and it’s still running like a champ. It’s good to know that it will run a long while between cleanings. That being said I will be doing a full tear down, clean, inspection and relube this week to get it ready for the Texas Open match this coming weekend. I am looking forward to attending my second major match of the 2019 season. I am also hosting a class right after the match on Sun/Mon so that will be a lot of fun too. This match kicks off my rapid fire major match and training schedule for 2019. It’s going to be a busy season for sure but I am feeling ready for it and looking forward to seeing how it all turns out.
  8. I did a review of this on my Range Diary Thread. I have listed it below............. During this practice session I also gave the new AMG Commander shot timer a good workout. I got this shot timer on Thursday after waiting 60 days to get it on the Pre-Order. The menu is pretty intuitive and its easy to make setting changes or review strings of fire. While using it for this practice session we had a good mix of different loudness guns to see how it worked on different guns. We had a couple of Limited Major, Carry Optics in 9 Minor and a PCC in 9 minor. To get the shots picked up on all of these different guns we had to turn the sensitivity up to level 8 out of a maximum of 9. This was also with it being able to pick up shots while still being about 5 – 7 yards away from the shooter. We could probably use a lower sensitivity setting if we pointed the microphone on the front towards the shooter and also stayed physically closer to the shooter. Overall the Commander shot timer worked without issue. It is supposed to have a Blue Tooth connectivity function to be able to pull times directly into your phone via Practiscore. But I haven’t played with that function yet. I wanted to see if it would work as a basic timer first before I got distracted by other fancy features. From a personal use perspective I don’t find this AMG Commander timer as user friendly as my Pocket Pro II. When the Commander is clipped onto your pocket the screen is facing directly outwards so you can’t see it when looking down. You have to unclip it from your pocket and rotate the screen towards your face to see the output. The Pocket Pro II has the screen on the top edge so it is facing up towards you. This eliminates the need to remove the timer from its location to see the times or review the shots. The screen location on the Commander also makes ROing others more challenging because it prefers the mic to be pointed at the shooter to pick up the shots. The mic is on the front just below the screen so you can’t see the screen if the mic is pointed at the shooter. The solution for this is to jack up the sensitivity to the max so the screen/mic can face the RO but still pick up the shots. But this can lead to missed shots if you are not right on top of the shooter or invalid “Shots” being heard because of accidental bumps on the timer being picked up because the sensitivity is super high. I reverted to holding the shot timer in a manner that had the screen pointing straight up and that seemed to work the best all be it an awkward manner of holding the timer. The cool thing that I like about the AMG Commander is that it has a Multi-Par Time function as well as the ability to change the volume of the Beep. These two features are awesome for dry fire use. I still need to do some testing with it in dry fire to see how it works out from an ergonomics perspective. I still need to do a lot more testing with the new AMG Commander shot timer to see how it works in all of its functionality. But so far, I don’t see anything on it that would make me replace my trusty Pocket Pro II.
  9. I have both the AMG and Pocket Pro II. I still prefer the Pocket Pro II for my personal Dry and Live fire training.
  10. With 13 total posts to your name at the time your reply you don't have much "Lawn" to get off of. How about adding some value to the forum before expecting everyone else to cater to you.
  11. So you forgot about the below thread that you also started which also covers the same thing?
  12. This same topic has been covered at least 987453487345784875 times on this forum. Did you search the forum for your answer before starting a new thread? There is a mountain of good information already defined in existing threads about this exact topic. Use it.
  13. Wait a minute.......... Look at the verbiage in your WSB. It has contradictory information. The first line says "Unloaded" then you quote Rules 8.1.1 & 8.1.2 which define the LOADED and holstered gun requirements. For unloaded starts, if you are going to list the associated Rule it should be 8.1.3 which defines what the UNLOADED gun ready condition requirements are. I can totally see someone scanning through the WSB seeing rules 8.1.1 & 8.1.2 and using that to justify a Loaded start. You can't put conflicting or inaccurate information in the WSB and expect people to do what you "intended" them to do. You also can't cherry pick portions of rules that you want to enforce but ignore the things you don't want. This goes back to what I said before about limiting the opportunity for people to screw stuff up.
  14. As an MD and Competitor I like to say "Every Stage provides the opportunity to make the wrong decision". As an MD we need to do our best to minimize the opportunities for people to make the wrong decision by providing as much proactive support as possible. For your specific scenario this means that WSB's need to be written solidly leaving nothing to interpretation. We need to communicate abnormal start positions or procedures to the masses multiple times. Once during the shooters meeting and yet again when the RO/CRO reads the WSB to the squad. Each squad must be seeded with at least 1 shooter that can serve as the CRO and "Go To" person for basic questions as well as ensure that the squad is adhering to the WSB and officiating is accurate. If you do all of that and people still screw it up, then you have to accept that you can't fix stupid. These idiots need to be dealt with on a one on one basis. This isn't a fun thing to deal with but its also part of the job as being the MD. Every time I have had to deal with these types of shooters the recommendation is simple. Get with the program or don't RO. We can't afford to have people like that derail matches due to their incompetence. Just because its a volunteer sport doesn't justify an RO doing a half ass job. Either do the job right or don't do it.
  15. I have lost count of how many "My stuff blew up and the front half of the case is stuck in the chamber" threads that have been created so far. They ALL end up being due to stepped brass. How do people reloading 9mm not already know about this stuff????
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