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45 Raven

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  • Birthday 12/13/1947

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    Mesa, Arizona
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  1. Similar results as AHI 2011's: 1.165 Glock, CZ, 1911's: 1.140
  2. It doesn't meet your criteria of 15 round capacity or being optic ready, but I'll just mention it for the sake of discussion: I have a CZ RAMI. It is the safety model. Gun built by Cajun Gun Works (Pro Package). They milled the slide and installed a Holosun 507K X2 red dot optic. I haven't had it that long, but I really like it so far. Chunky, but not too heavy, and the pistol just seems to shoot more accurately than I ever expected. The optic has been trouble free. I also compete with CZ Shadow pistols. I also have a CZ Shadowline Compact, which, other than not being already milled to accept optics comes even closer to your described criteria. Those particular pistols are pretty rare, and so far I can't bring myself to machining the slide. But as I grow older, I may have to do it anyway so I can mount an optic on it.
  3. You have the correct attitude. Been there, (doing) that. 73 1/2 years old, and in the past four years: Plantar fasciatis surgery Cataract surgery Open heart surgery Double pneumonia Spine surgery Sleep apnea Cancer Still shooting an average of six matches per month. Against the wind, brother. Against the wind.
  4. I also cut the stuff off all the powder measures I use on both my 550's and use the springs. Probably not the case today, but about 4-5 years ago I was in the Dillon store in Scottsdale, AZ and asked the employee behind the counter how I might find some spare springs. He opened a drawer below the counter and handed me three or four of them and told me they were "on the house". As I said, it's pretty likely those days are far gone.
  5. I carry a CZ RAMI with a Holosun 507K. Work done by Cajun Gun Works. Have only carried it a couple of months now, but I have had zero issues with it to date.
  6. Well, I wasn't aware I needed to be vigilant about "leaving openings" when trying to help someone. I made an attempt to provide an example of the wide variability in available CZ pistols when I recommended to the OP to provide more specifics. Silly me . . . . I thought it would help him. Little did I realize that there would be Forum Members (including members of admin) looking for opportunities to "drive trucks though openings" in their eagerness to call someone out that was well-intentioned. Mission accomplished, I guess. I made the post. You saw an opening and drove a truck through it, and followed up by warning me that it could likely happen again. Not real sure what that accomplished on behalf of the OP, though.
  7. Nobody, hopefully. I thought it was obvious I was pointing out to the OP that simply asking for help in determining which CZ to buy, it made it difficult to offer help without further information. If he was looking for an EDC gun, it narrows down the list of options that might be suggested. And if he was looking for a competition gun, it offers another suite of selections, depending on the sport and the division. OP: Which CZ should I buy? Forum Member: Buy a Checkmate, because it is a cool gun! OP: This is for EDC, will one of those fit in an IWB holster? OP: Which CZ should I buy? Forum Member: Buy a RAMI, because they really shoot well. OP: Is that gun legal in Limited Division? Because I'm using it for competition. Get my drift, now?
  8. What is the intended purpose of the pistol you wish to purchase? That will help narrow down your selection process considerably. For example, there's a significant difference in available features (and cost) between a CZ Checkmate and a CZ P-10C. If you're looking for an EDC gun, the Checkmate probably be the pistol to buy, and if you want to shoot competition in USPSA matches in Open Division, I wouldn't recommend the P-10C!
  9. For competition, I would recommend the Trijicon SRO. For EDC, the Trijicon RMR might be a better choice.
  10. I can't . . . . sorry.
  11. I live in AZ. I wouldn't (and don't) wear ANY vest on the street. But when required in the course description I wear my 10 year-old 5.11 vest. I shoot a CZ Shadow I with a Trijicon SRO optic on it. And I download the 18-round magazines to ten as required by the IDPA rules. I don't do that on the street, either. But they have divisions in IDPA that allow a competitor to carry a more street-pertinent pistol, and anyone can shoot from a concealment garment of their choice (such as a tee shirt) as long as the garment fits the rule criteria. It's true that when interpreted literally, some of these changes in IDPA might "go against" Founding Concepts. But CO (Carry Optics) is the fastest growing division in IDPA today, so a lot of folks seem to be okay that the Founding Concepts have been "adjusted". I won't even bring up PCC (Pistol Caliber Carbine) division!!
  12. And the referenced vests are sold by IDPA on the IDPA website.
  13. What gun? What is the intended purpose of the firearm to receive the red dot optic?
  14. Very sorry to hear this. We are diminished.
  15. It gets plenty hot here in AZ. During those months when it is hottest, everyone at our IDPA matches does exactly like described by RePete. As for vests being stiff and "standing on their own" . . . . that's an advantage when drawing from concealment. The Armadillo vests (and some others) are perfect for shooting IDPA, but that's about the only practical use for them. I've had my 5.11 vest for ten years, and the ONLY thing it has been used for is IDPA shooting on stages requiring a cover garment. Put the vest on when you are "on deck", shoot the stage, and take it off after you unload and show clear.
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