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  1. Another locked-breech option is the HK roller-locks like the MP5. Local guy did pretty well at PCC Nationals with one a few years ago and they do recoil less than blowback guns. More reliable than the early MPX's too. IDK about the later MPX.
  2. Yeah, the IPSC objection for Production Optics is that the dot isn't on the reciprocating parts. The USPSA language is similar in that the dot must be mounted directly to the slide. The single-action-only horse is well out of the barn-- XD, Walther, SIG, etc. The Alien happens to be a hammer-fired single-action, rather than a striker-fired single-action but because the hammer can't be seen, I guess IPSC powers-that-be decided it was OK.
  3. Note that its not approved for Production Optics in IPSC in that configuration because the dot is not mounted to the slide. USPSA hasn't weighed in yet to my knowledge, but the letter of the CO rules says the dot has to be mounted directly to the slide too.
  4. Is it a regular STI except with 'TRI' on the grip and engraving? If so it's one of the ones produced in the early 1990s (The very first ones have a Chip McCormick 'CMC' brand on them as he put in some seed money as rumor has it) before they became STI. Otherwise identical to older Austin, TX address STIs although less common, most were sold as frames. You can dig through the Front Sight archives around 1991-1992 and find ads for them.
  5. Everybody loves to shoot steel and a huge number of them have no idea what happens to bullets after they go through a paper target, let alone hit (or edge) a steel plate. We were able to get steel allowed if and only if it is good steel, right up against the back berm, and to shoot it any closer than about 20 yards you have to either take a 15-minute "don't be a dumbass" class or be certified as a USPSA or IDPA RO. It's not perfect but better than no steel. As I mentioned, old-guy clubs love certifications and maybe you can convince them to allow steel for practice by properly certified and qualified people... assuming it doesn't turn into a 'monkey-see, monkey-doo' situation with everybody else, they may allow it.
  6. The walls get shot a lot in 19-04. Also IIRC length of the start mark/stick is pretty important (at least we all started as far to one end as the RO would let us at at least one Nats) and mentioned nowhere in the web copy.
  7. I found making a little shade roof for the dot module on the SRO using a paster worked to eliminate the dot-doubling unless I was shooting right at the sun. In the SRO case the extra dot comes from a reflection off the emitter-window which may be whats going on with the others and why old-school C-mores don't have it.
  8. shred

    Zero distance

    Used to be a top-of-the-dot zero at 18 yards was the magic number that would keep shots within an 8-min C-more dot from ~12 to 50 yards. That was determined when we all shot vertical C-more Serendipitys and 50 yards was a thing you could expect at matches, so maybe it's changed a bit, but it's still a pretty good place to start.
  9. Square firing pin stops were a thing in the days of 175PF Major. Turned out they tended to egg-out the hammer pin hole in the frame if you ran them like that too long, so something to watch for. "Stroking" 1911s was originally invented to increase reliability in STI guns to give the big stick more time to lift the stack and get the next round into place before the slide started trying to feed it. Since then it's like CBD in as many things as it gets credit for improving.
  10. A lot has changed since Brian shot, but the basic mechanics haven't--- hold the gun on the target until the bullet leaves the barrel.
  11. Being on the board of a similar range, it's a long process. Think 'getting a homeowners association to change their bylaws'. Getting sympathetic people on the board is critical. Yeah, it's not anywhere near top of the list for any action dudes, but it needs to be done. Otherwise the old-timers slightly-less-old buddies follow them along and nothing changes. There are two ways an old-fudd club is going to allow action matches-- enough BOD dudes want it, or they need money badly enough to grudgingly allow them. They are often set in their ways and hyper-concerned about liability and getting the range (which is a big part of their life) shut down. For individuals, if you can convince them you're enough of a 'good guy', you can sometimes get a special exception if you just want a practice-place-- The next thing is morons abound at ranges. Some of them probably are BOD themselves, but they see and hear of them all the time either way, so they think "that dude nearly shot his own foot off, clearly holster unsafe and must be banned" or "dude mag dumped rounds everywhere. rapid fire scary, so banned". You need to convince them you are capable and competent, except demoing that in their presence won't do it. Really. They'll just be ego-hurt. Don't do that. Old fudds love the NRA and they love certifications. So, get certified as an instructor by the NRA. Get instructor insurance. Shoot an NRA Action Pistol match and get classified in that if you can find one. Get a USPSA RO certification. If you can get a classification like 'Master' in IDPA or USPSA, get that too. Bro up to some of the BOD if you can--- do volunteer work days and whatnot so they know you as a person. Come in to the board with that pile of certifications and ask for a rules exception for you, because you're qualified and you need to train for national and international matches. Prepare to return more times and put up with goofy things like a sign with your name on it that says "can practice, because qualified" or no steel under 20 yards or whatever.
  12. I shot a revo on pins for a few years. It was either that or do a reload with a semi-auto as they had them handcapped. The revo won every time as long as you got 'em with 6.
  13. I also use a trigger-finger release. It's a tiny bit slower, but in the grand scheme of things, not enough to stop me making GM on classifiers that include reloads.
  14. https://brianenos.com/the-neutral-grip/
  15. Heads up for anyone in the US planning to shoot overseas in the near future-- the ITAR changes coming down the line and becoming official around mid-March may change how things are done with firearms at US Customs. No official specifics yet, but it seems they're going with something more or less what Customs has been doing the past few years rather than the official ITAR/AES process (which I tried once.... major PITA that), but there will probably be some changes here and there. Foreign shooters coming into the US will still need to get ATF forms and whatnot I believe.
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