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    Tallahassee, Florida
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    Cmon, is there anything other than IPSC?
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    John Rasmussen

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  1. RAZZ

    VP9 at the GA State Match!

    Thanks, Jonathon! You shooting FL State or A6?
  2. I don't care if it's obsolete, or not as competitive as the AR-based platforms--I can't wait till my Form 1 comes back, and I can start shooting this in PCC!
  3. Well well. Look what came in. First impressions: The trigger is amazing, but there is a lot of take-up in the SA. I'll read the instructions and see if that's one of the things you can mess with. The front sight is a little thick for my liking, but it's fine. I wish they had used a Dawson style front sight so the fiber wasn't so big, but I can work around it. All of the machining is very well done, and it feels like an incredibly well built handgun. The 'droop' in the beavertail doesn't bother me as much as I thought it would--mostly because the front strap (area between the bottom of trigger guard and bottom of frame) is so short on a 92, that had they relieved the beavertail area any more, it would probably unnaturally point high. The grips are whatever. I thought they would be a stickier rubber compound, but they are a hard plastic, and while nicely 'pebbled' they are a little slick. I'm not worried about it. It's certainly heavy. I think the Brig. slide was the wrong choice, but in reality, I don't know how much slide weight would have been saved by a standard slide. The mag well is nicely beveled and all of the 'racy' parts like the slide stop and take down lever are nicely done. Anyway, can't wait to get to the range. I'll report back as soon as I do. ETA 1: Well, damn. I guess being an early adopter one would expect issues. Turns out the 'pre-travel' set screw is missing from the gun. Doesn't affect shooting it, it's just an annoyance. I called Beretta this morning, but they don't have manuals or parts for the gun yet, so it may take a while to get it. No worries, though, it will still shoot just fine. ETA 2: Update. Apparently the pre-travel screw is only for an SAO gun--not for a TDA gun. Which makes sense after looking at where the screw goes, and what it does. That's a little disappointing, as there is a good bit of pre-travel in single action, but the DA-to-SA reset is so short, once you get used to where it resets, it should be pretty easy to shoot fast splits.
  4. So who makes a decent kydex/plastic holster for this? The Brig slide with a rail is an odd combination, and most of the normal places I'd look for a kydex holster don't seem to have the model needed. I see Wilson Combat has a BladeTech for their 92G Brig Tac... I don't think the frame is identical, but it would probably work. ETA Disregard. Beretta has a nice one right on the website.
  5. RAZZ

    VP9 at the GA State Match!

    Completely stock, except for some rock tumbling media applied to the grips, and a set of Dawson sights. I've been using the long slide for 3-gun, and I shot L-10 with it at area 6 last year.
  6. Fun match, but dear Lord it was hot.
  7. I am curious (hoping) that Beretta will have a demo booth/bay at the Lo-Cap Nationals.
  8. So a number of my shooting buddies and myself signed up for this match weeks ago in PractiScore, but squadding has still not opened. I sent an e-mail, but have not heard back. Has anyone who has signed up received squadding authorization?
  9. I'm bummed that the L isn't USPSA Production Division legal yet, since they are only making top-ends, but I really wanted to shoot it at Area 6, so I said F it--and changed my division to Limited-10. As you all know, a striker-fired 9mm pistol is at a bit of a disadvantage in L-10, where most competitors are using a 2011 down-loaded to 10 rounds, but I did it anyway. I am more impressed every time I shoot it--love it! I may just change my division for the Georgia State match, and go all out shooting Limited Division. [url=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pllSE01YtqI]2019 Area 6 Championship[/url]
  10. I wouldn't be too concerned about the lack of Dawson sights--the ones that come on the L are really pretty good.
  11. So I got impatient waiting for CompTac to make us a long slide holster, so I broke out the heat gun. About 30 seconds later (which was about 10 seconds too long), and presto...The long slide fits perfectly. While the front sight hangs out of the holster juuuust barely, there is enough distance between it and the sight channel, that I don't think there is any way to snag it on the draw. I'll get a new L model CompTac when they come out, but for now this is fine.
  12. Hey everyone. I was able to get a good practice session in with the new long slide VP9, and wanted to offer my opinion. In one word: Awesome. http:// In a bunch more words: I put about 500 rounds of mixed ammo through the gun, while dodging rainstorms, in basically an average practice session. I was surprised that I had no, zero, malfunctions right out of the box, as the first 100 rounds or so was some of my light, sub-125 power factor 3-gun ammunition. This ammo barely runs in a G34 with a factory spring, so I assumed it wouldn't run at all in the VP9L, as it is pretty well known that the VP9 doesn't tolerate light ammo very well, especially when new. Well, I was wrong. It shot it just fine, without a hiccup. No issues with any of the other ammo--it shot everything just fine. As I expected, the L isn't noticeably more accurate than the standard VP9 up close, but as the distances get further, and the shots get more difficult, the sight radius of the L really shines. With most of my close-in drills (out to about 12 yards), there wasn't any difference between the 9 and the 9L speed and accuracy-wise, but drills where the targets were smaller or further--say where the drill incorporates a small piece of steel at 20 yards--I could tell a difference. The barrel-to-slide lock up is very tight. Very reminiscent of a USP Expert. Here's some off-hand shooting at 12 yards with two magazines of 10 rounds each--the top group is 147 grn Atlanta Arms, and the bottom is 115 grn Speer FMJ. The gun is more accurate than I am, for sure. http:// The front sight is a nice fiber optic, and the rear is a quality LPA adjustable. I really like the sights, however, I may swap the front out with a slightly thinner Dawson Precision sight, as the factory sight fills out the rear notch a little more than I would like, and I like a little more light visible on either side of the front sight. We'll see--I may just stick with it. http:// As far as holsters go, I found out long ago that a VP9 fits remarkably well in a GLOCK21 holster (Safariland, at least). With the L, I had to modify it a little bit, but it fits very well, and until some holsters become available for the L, I will just use the modified Safariland. Heck, it works so well, I may even use the Safariland after some others come out. http:// I was also able to modify a light-bearing G21 holster for use with a TLR-1 for matches where I need a gun-mounted light. http:// So all in all--it's a winner. Two thumbs up. Will buy again.
  13. LOL...I know. When I was looking at prices, in the back of mind I was already adding $250 for the cool internals. I did get the opportunity to shoot a couple of magazines through one at a match. But without shooting it side-by-side with mine, I really couldn't tell much of a difference.
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