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45 Raven

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    Ken Watkins

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  1. Your new classifier for each division is the one you just earned in ESP. There are no classifier times shown in the other divisions because you have not shot a classifier in those divisions. However . . . this is all going to change on January 20, 2020. IDPA has announced that they are abandoning the "Universal Classification" system on that date. The following information is from the IDPA "Down Zero Blog" from April 2019: IDPA Classification Updates Announced As IDPA has continued to add divisions based on member requests, we recognized the need to simplify our Classification rules for the benefit of our Area Coordinators, International Points of Contact, Match Directors and members. You, our members, have told us that Universal classification has put many shooters at a disadvantage by forcing them to shoot in a higher class than their skill level warrants. Effective Jan. 1, 2020, Universal classifications will be removed from all member records. After that time, a member who has not obtained the classification of Master or Distinguished Master in that specific division who cares to compete in a sanctioned match, will be required to have shot a classifier during the previous 12-month timeframe. This information must be in their official profile online, for the same division they are competing in before being eligible to shoot the match. As of 1/1/2020, members must have a classifier or match bump based classification in the division in which they wish to shoot in order to compete in a sanctioned event. Between now and Jan. 1, 2020, the Universal Classification system will continue to be used. Members are encouraged to shoot classifiers in the divisions they will compete in during 2020. Equity promotion rules will remain in effect. That is, when a shooter shoots a classifier at a level, then other divisions can be at most one level lower. Match bumps will still only affect that single division. If a shooter is an Expert in SSP, he will be considered at least a Sharpshooter in all other semi-auto divisions, including CO. REV, BUG and PCC do not use equity promotions. In order to compete in sanctioned matches, the shooter must have a current classification in the division in which he is shooting. With this announcement and effective immediately, like BUG division, PCC will be official but as an optional division. While no longer provisional, PCC is not a required division and may be offered at the discretion of the Match Director. Our newest division, Carry Optics (CO) is required to be offered at all matches just like the other semi-auto divisions. Also effective immediately, equity promotions will affect and be affected by Carry Optics (CO). Additionally, the Classification rules will be moved from the IDPA Rulebook to the Match Administration Guide. Printed rulebooks from Headquarters will include a notation that Section 9 has been superseded by the updates in the Match Administration Guide on the IDPA website. The current Rulebook, Match Administration Guide and classification brackets can be found on the website at www.idpa.com. These changes will allow our shooters to compete at the appropriate level and enjoy a rulebook that is simplified and easier to understand. If you have questions about these changes, please contact your Area Coordinator or your International Point of Contact.
  2. I have come to the conclusion that the problems I have experienced with plated bullets are velocity-related. Any 9mm plated bullets I have used that produce much more than 1100 FPS MV show signs of tumbling as ranges increase to 20 yards and beyond. I have never experienced tumbling plated bullets with any .45 ACP when MV's are in the 750-870 FPS range, or with 9mm plated bullets when velocities are kept to about 1000 FPS. Tumbling has been significantly more apparent with Glock pistols in 9mm and .45 ACP caliber when compared o STI 2011 pistols in 9mm caliber and 1911 pistols in either 9mm or .45 ACP caliber. I shoot a lot of CZ's now, and have moved on from plated bullets, so I don't know if they would show any different results from those in the above mentioned pistols.
  3. Thanks very much for this information.
  4. Do you mind sharing your load and PF on the hand loads that helped the reliability of your MPX PCC?
  5. The Stock OEM mag catch always worked best for me on a Gen3 G34.
  6. If you don't mind sharing, what work did you have done to your DW ECO?
  7. I'm not opposed to removing Series 80 safety parts from a pistol, as long as some of the precautions listed in earlier posts in this thread are kept in mind. I only own two 1911's that are Series 80 pistols. I bought them both used and both of them had extensive custom gunsmithing work done to them back in the early 90's when they were new. All the original safety parts were left in the pistols when they were tuned and modified. Both have excellent triggers, and I have never felt the need to modify them any further.
  8. TeedOff has provided some good advice. I had plantar fasciitis a few years ago. I was prescribed stretching exercises, rollers, night-time braces, use of a tennis ball, shoe insoles, and cortisone shots. Tried every single one of the suggested approaches. Then I had surgery. Surgery took about 15 minutes, recovery was fairly quick, and I haven't had a problem since. This was in just one foot. Should I ever develop the problem again (in either foot), I will opt for the surgery as quickly as it can be scheduled.
  9. Send your business to Dawson Precision. It's what they do. And It costs about $4 to $5 for a rod that is one foot long. It is not expensive. You can also get it in two colors, in various lengths, different diameters, and even made with a bulb already on one end for different width sights.
  10. 45 Raven

    Aguila 124 FMJ

    I have shot it extensively in a couple of Shadow 1's, a Shadow 2, a non-Shadow SP-01, Glock G19, G17, G34, Wilson Combat 1911, and a Dan Wesson Guardian. Absolutely zero issues with this ammo in any of those pistols. plenty accurate. Not the cleanest shooting ammo, but good stuff.
  11. The Hornady VMax 55 gr. bullets have worked very well on coyotes for me. Same for the 50 gr. bullets from an SSK/TC Contender.
  12. You might try KS Custom Guns (Kent Singletary) in Glendale, AZ
  13. Oftentimes, the cautionary advice discussed on that sign becomes self-correcting when ignored.
  14. I haven't had any problem, with polarized lens and fiber optic front sights using my Ray-Ban prescription lens sunglasses.
  15. Not certain how important the Dawson base pads are to you, but the magazines from Ed Brown include two base pads (a thin one and a thick one) as well as the scews to attach them. The magazine floor plates are pre-drilled. If you already knew that and I am just stating the obvious, disregard.
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