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    I also ride my motorcycle long distances and dance argentine tango.
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  1. A new job has finally brought me back to AZ. Temperature went over 110F this week in Tucson and I don't resent it at all. Our offer on a house was accepted and we're putting down roots with my young family. I previously lived about a decade in the Phoenix area and while I liked the state and being able to get out into the wilderness easily, I didn't really like the city. Tried living in Houston, Texas the last four years, and while the extra diversity of people was great, it was hard to get into nature. SE Texas is big and has space, but they don't really get the concept of public land. Too much is private property and there are fences everywhere. I think I'll miss hearing so much Tagalog at matches though. So I'm happy to be back and settling just north of Tucson. My wife, a native Texan from Houston, is beginning to fall in love with the desert too: we see a lot more wildlife here. Probably won't be making it to matches until late August, but I'm looking forward to reviving the hobby.
  2. I agree with everything @George16 is saying. I have also sold my fully upgrade 650 to go to an automated 1050/550 setup. With the case feeder and bullet feeder there isn't really a speed difference between the 1050 and 650. The 1050 stays set up for 9mm and I load smaller batches of anything else on the 550. Reloading on an auto indexing press is just necessary work to get to shoot more, but I actually enjoy the hands on craftsmanship and ergonomic efficiency of the 550 when I use it for 200 rounds here or there.
  3. I'm glad I can put a magnet back on my Production belt. It's a nice quality of life item and maybe 2% of the time helps with a mags on table start. I not too concerned about where the pouches and holsters are. I won't pretend that I shoot a level where it's the equipment holding me back. Though I'm also still hoping for a consolidated Lo-Cap division 8M/10m at some point in the future. It'd be nice to shoot a SS against more than 4 other guys on a good day.
  4. I didn't make the years comment but I think you're interpreting it back to front. The back order problem hasn't existed for years. Rather, at their historic production rate it would take years to clear the back orders they have. If the comment originated from inside Dillon, it was likely a comment on the size of the backlog, not an estimate of when orders would be filled. I suspect one of the longest backlogs is for carbide sizing rings for dies, as that's a pretty niche item. Any machine shop can turn a die body. It requires some specialized equipment to press, sinter, and polish the sizing rings, and a bit of experience and know-how to do it in reliably in spec at a decent price. This could be the part that is holding up die deliveries, which we already know to be slow. With respect the beginning of this thread, the 650 primer carousel body is die cast if I remember right. Those dies can be $20-30k, and it could be owned by Dillon or their supplier depending on how they chose to finance the initial capital expense. Their supplier could be overseas, which means it a pretty big task to move the dies to another caster and qualify their parts, all for legacy equipment which is negative margin now, and which might sour your relationship with your original parts supplier. In the 2008 shortages Dillon did expanding their frame casting supply chain to include other aluminum foundries. Some of us have slightly off-colored Dillon blue 550s or 650s from this era. But I think the frames are sand cast which is dead simple compared to die casting.
  5. I've used the Infinity one linked above, the XL Techwell, and the Dawson Ice. My SS guns all have Dawson magwells now as I liked it best of those three. If SS were my main game I would have the Stan Chen Gen2 Magwell installed on my pistols. I might have it installed on one this spring regardless. I think a SS magwell's principal advantage is not in adding width to the opening, but in straightening the magazine should it hit the opening at an off angle. To this end, I want a very deeply blended magwell more than one which is wider than the grips.
  6. Its actually on a whole dedicated press without a primer system. I like being able to dump either 40 or 9mm in the casefeeder and process without changing anything, though you can't process a mixed batch of 9 and 40 this way. And I say process, but it might be better described as expensive automatic decapper. The toolhead has four dies on it: Dillon universal decapping die Lee universal decapping die, with FFB RCBS pin conversion Dillon 40sw sizing die Lee 40sw U-die 9mm sizing and swaging are done while loading. It goes much more smoothly when I know all the brass is primer free. I load 40sw on a 650 or 550 and it takes no effort with the brass already resized.
  7. I use Metalform/Dawson in both an STI and SA single stack 9mm. I like them, but it took a little turning to drop free and it is very difficult to empty a full magazine by hand. They run fine though. I also have a cache of ETMs but haven't used them because it's too difficult to load 10 and I don't have a need to explore more options.
  8. I like a wide gun in spite of relatively short fingers. Having a lot of surface area to grip feels like I have more control. On the S2 I started with Lok Palm Swell Bogies, but had to shave down the right side grip a little so my trigger finger could comfortably reach. I've now switched all my CZs over to the SSI Scales 2.0. I especially like the flat sides more than the egg shape for a consistent index. The big pockets provide a lot of grip without being sharp.
  9. I have a loaded round from the mid 40's. It might be '43. A local guy was shooting it at a match last year and I asked to keep one as a collectable.
  10. If I were your RO at a local match I'd let it slide too, but I'd also warn you about having it for anything larger. I wish we could use a magnet for make ready and show clear in the lo-cap divisions, but the rules aren't written that way. I keep an extra sixth mag pouch at about 5 o'clock on my belt for the barney mag. It doubles as a hanger for my muffs.
  11. I like going places more than I like arriving. I have a couple years to figure out how to rig a side car before my wife and son can go motocamping with me.
  12. These scores used to be hosted by Rio Salado too, but it looks like they've rebuilt their website and I can no longer find an archive. I didn't know Area 2 hosted legacy scores until I used a very narrow Google search. I used to live in AZ so I knew where to look for my old scores.
  13. I started in the internet era, but before electronic scoring. It was paper sheets for each stage and clip boards. You'd turn in your score sheets at the end of the match and wait for the stats person to run the numbers and e-mail you or post the results to the website. Sometimes it was same-day service, but often you wouldn't see until the next day. There definitely wasn't an option of checking your standing mid-match. The results were just a big text file printout with different sections for division or stage breakdowns. This is the oldest archived score I could find of a match I've shot: http://uspsa2.org/match_results/RMAP/20100117/ It looks like the score display got a little more sophisticated in the next year: http://www.uspsa2.org/match_results/match_disp.php?match=20110528&club=HPP
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