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  1. Leonard Johnson (USPSA FY55178), a long-time shooter and volunteer with Griffin Gun Club and the South Atlanta Practical Shooting Club passed away on 14 Feb 2020. He had been in the hospital for approximately 3 weeks. Leonard always made himself available to help with setup and other maintenance at both clubs. Despite being in his upper-70s, he seemed tireless. He and his wife Mary volunteered for many years at Camp Perry for the National Championships and at Ft. Benning for the NRA Collegiate Championships. The Georgia Gang will certainly miss him.... A memorial service is planned for Saturday, 28 March 2020 at 2 p.m. at the Griffin Gun Club clubhouse.
  2. If Steel Challenge is on your radar, March 6/7 is the Georgia State Steel Match held at Griffin Gun Club. https://www.practiscore.com/georgia-state-steel-match-2020/register
  3. You'll be shocked at the cost (if Pelican hasn't re-vamped their pricing structure). When I re-built one of their cases a few years ago, the foam was like 100 bucks....
  4. I know this topic was mainly about sensors, but I'd like to chime on one portion of the OP: I would not use one of the "off-loading" funnel/hose/5-gallon bucket combos, for this reason: If you get about three quarters of the way into a bucket and something goes wrong, that is a huge "lot" of ammo that is now questionable. (Yeah, I know... the sensors are there to alert you to "something going wrong", but I believe in Murphy.) I still use the Akro-bins. I will let it fill about one-third to one-half full, then I pause just for a second and check everything out. If it all seems normal, I'll dump that bit into the tub to await gauging on the Hundo. This way, if something is amiss or even the slightest bit suspicious, I only have a couple hundred rounds that have to go into the "practice only" bucket. Everything else can be used for anything from practice to the Nationals to re-sale (Yeah, I am a Type 06/07 FFL, so it's legal.) Those things don't happen much, but when they do, it's a painful lesson to learn.
  5. The Spring Retainer is supposed to be on the new 1100. That may be one of the "going back to the original" things that the guy at DP was talking about.
  6. I have been studying all of the issues that others have had (and also assume that some technical changes were made) during the past couple of years on this Forum. Despite already owning four chronos and due to the LabRadar "pre-Black Friday"/"holiday" sale, I decided to bite the bullet and get one. It came in last Monday (three days after I ordered it). I un-boxed, did the basic set-up as described in the Manual, and incorporated some of y'all's "Lessons Learned". I was shooting and recording velocities inside of 10 minutes. When I finished, I left it on the tabletop mount and just put it up on a shelf. A couple of days later, I had to chrono some loads that I was developing. Setup then only took (at the most) two minutes. This is a lot faster than my other chrono, which I leave set-up on the tripod, but I have to drag it out of the storage room, plug it in and plug the skyscreen wires into the box. I am really digging this thing. I might convert to using these for my Match Chronograph work, but I have heard issues with getting PCC's to trigger it. I will drag my PCC out to learn its idiosyncrasies. This sure beats the heck out of dragging a "chrono coffin" all over the Southeast.... The only thing that I am not liking is the long time between shots that you must give it. I usually do "bam, bam, bam" over the chrono to reduce the effect of heat on the ammo and the barrel. With Doppler, I have to give it a couple of seconds between shots for the radar to realize that it is no longer tracking a bullet. Thanks to the Forum members for accumulating this Knowledge Base over the past few years.
  7. You're using that in a Gen5 with the Marksman barrel? I would've bet good money that the long fat bullet would stick in the very short throat of that barrel. I've seen 135 Hornady FlexLocks stick in Gen5's....
  8. Braxton1

    downside to MOS?

    The top photo illustrates the cause of MANY failures of the MOS (and any other design that uses interchangeable plates to mount the optic). Look just aft of the plate-mounting screwholes and you'll see where the optic-mounting screws have projected through the plate so far that they're bottoming out against the slide. No plate can take that kind of stress for long.... Thanks for posting that pic. It illustrates a point I've wanted to make for a minute.
  9. Where are you located? There may be someone relatively local to you....
  10. I generally shoot a 35 when I dabble in Limited. I have found that the reputed velocity advantage to the 24 isn't true in mine. It's counter-intuitive, but my KKM-barreled 35 will run 4-7 PF higher than the OEM-barreled 24. I will often carry both to a match. If it is a close-up match, the 35 wins all day long. If there's a lot of hard cover, no-shoots, or distance, I feel that the 24 is easier to shoot precisely. The dis-advantage to the 24 (at least for me) is that I will shoot it slower, still attempting to see a perfect sight picture before each shot. With the 24, if the front sight is anywhere in the same ZIP code as the rear sight, the shot will be there on most targets. You don't need to waste the time refining the alignment. I admit that my insistence on doing that is my problem....
  11. If anyone could completely figure this stuff out, they'd be elevated to a God by reloaders and practical shooters everywhere. It doesn't take much to mess up the program when you're stepping away from the "conventional wisdom"-type loads that are in loading manuals. If you were trying to load a 147 grainer at 930 fps, you're right where everyone else wants to play, so there is enough wisdom out there to say "Use this powder and load to this length". If you're loading a heavy .380 bullet in 9mm and trying to run it a little faster than a .380 guy would, failing wouldn't surprise me. As a matter of fact, I'd be pleasantly surprised if it DID work well on the first attempt. Any change in powder, OAL, or crimp could be the difference between and . You've got to be willing to experiment a lot. When I'm doing load development, all of my friends hate me for a little while, because I am bumming different powders and bullets just so I can try EVERYTHING. I'll tell you why I like the Berry's 100 gr. HBRN: The hollow base, combined with a more rounded nose, puts more weight up front and make the Center of Mass move forward. If you do this, the bullet acts more like a shuttlecock in flight and is more stable than a bullet whose CoM is a bit further back. I think that this makes this particular bullet a little more-forgiving of the other variables that we introduce when thinking outside the box.
  12. Duane Keith Tallman, age 80, of Jonesboro, GA passed away on Wednesday, January 30, 2019. He was born on July 7, 1938 in Cambridge, VT. He was a veteran of the US Air Force as an Airman. He was employed with National Cash Register (NCR) for more than 30 years and he also formerly owned his own business making bullets for the Dayton, OH police force. From an early age, he was an avid photographer, woodworker, and a model train enthusiast who modeled the Central Vermont Railroad. He was also active in the shooting sports. He shared all of his skills with his family, and friends, through both scouting and shooting organizations, as an instructor and leader. He served as a volunteer for the shooting events during the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, GA. Subsequently, he served as a Range Master and Instructor at the Wolf Creek Olympic Shooting Center in the Atlanta area. He also worked with the Atlanta Area Boy Scout Council, and even helped in the development of Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) programs that are still ongoing. He was also an International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) Licensed Judge. The ISSF awarded its Bronze Medal of Distinction to Duane for his service during the Olympic Games. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, February 2, 2019 at Carmichael-Hemperley Funeral Home in Peachtree City, GA at 4:00pm with Gary Anderson officiating. A visitation will be held from 3:00pm-4:00pm and, the family will also visit after the service. Interment will be held in Vermont at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Boy Scouts of America or to the Civilian Marksmanship Program in his memory.
  13. The firing pin nose on the 40s is slightly longer than the 9's. Otherwise, they're structurally the same. I wouldn't put a 40 in a 9 for anything other than the emergency "get me through the end of this match", as you may have a pierced primer or two. The way to tell on current production pins for the Gen 1/2/3/4's is counting rings on the forward portion of the firing pin: there's one for 9, two for .40. Older pins were unmarked on the 9's and had ".40" stamped on the firing pin lug. Like JBP55 said, 5's are a completely different animal. As a side note, just about everybody who builds aftermarket firing pins uses the 9mm dimensions and folks put those dimensioned Lightning Strikes, Jagers, Zevs, et. al. in a ton of 40's.
  14. Seen a couple do that.... Being a cast part, there is a certain amount of porosity in the metal. Let a couple of those "porosities" occur close together and you have a bubble, which is a weak spot. The Trigger Pin broke and the Locking Block Pin bent exactly where I'd expect them to. Like others have said, .40 is a pretty hot round, although I have seen this happen in 9s also. If you don't want the hassle of shipping the gun back-and-forth, PM me and I will send you some parts for shipping costs.
  15. Because I use Glocks at work (and also enjoy shooting them competitively), I had to make some changes when switching back-and-forth between platforms. I identified the issue from the opposite side: When I picked up a 1911/2011, the front sight was very low. I do a lot of things by feel, so I changed the backstrap on my 1911/2011s to an ARCHED mainspring housing to bring the sight up. That way, the back of all my guns feels sorta-kinda the same.
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