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  1. Thanks Adamj, I appreciate the thoughts and advice. I think I will start with 3 17's with the Taylor Freelance +6, 2 33's with Goliath's, and one spare 33. After years of STI mags for 38sc these Glock mags seem fairly cheap.
  2. Just got the tracking info on the new GMR-15. I don't own a Glock, so I need to order some magazines. I will be using the gun for USPSA and steel, mostly outlaw steel. I would appreciate any thoughts on mags to start with. Looking at the current USPSA classifiers I'm thinking I should have at least 2 17 round mag's? Wondering if it wouldn't make sense to get 2 17 rounders and add Taran Tactical +6 basepads to them for a little extra capacity and weight for dropping? How do the stock +2 type basepads on the Glock 33 rounders hold up? I was thinking 2 of those, and wondering if 1 shouldn't have something like an oversize Dawson basepad that would cost the +2, but would be more durable? I'm thinking 1 33 round with the Taylor Freelance Goliath +20 to use as my big stick for most non classifier stages. Any thoughts and advice would be appreciated.
  3. Thank you for all of the great information, I genuinely appreciate it. I've been bouncing back and forth on the Holosun vs Cmore. I've used Cmore's for so long that it's a bit hard to get away from using another one. I've read and watched a lot of reviews of the Holosun, and have no doubt it's a great sight, but like TeedOff I've had really good luck with Cmores. The ability to change dot size is also nice. I will use this gun for steel as well, and most of the time I like a 6moa dot for most steel matches. egd5, thanks for the load info. Having a starting point is extremely valuable. Philmadxx, have you replaced two of the steel weights with 2 tungsten weights? I don't see the weights available separately on the JP website. I will have to call them. I can see that having a few to fine tune things would be nice.
  4. After reading everything I could find in this forum and talking with owners of MPX's and GMR-15's, I ended up ordering a GMR-15 today. Arnzen Arms in Minnesota already had one with the short stroke, 5 steel buffer system and extended mag release, and made me a very good deal. I know I would have been happy with an MPX as well, but the easy availability of parts and support from JP helped make the decision for me. I have a lot of Montana Gold 124 CMJ's on hand. I've used them in a 38SC open 2011 as well as for a 9mm open steel gun and 9mm production gun. I like how little they foul comps, and have always been happy with them. I also have a lot of Autocomp and WSF on hand, so will probably try working up some loads using those for now. If I can't come up with something I like I will try 320 and Titegroup. I have quite a few guns with Cmore's on them, but I think I may try a Holosun on this rifle. Any thoughts? I don't like the lack of options with regard to dot size like you have with Cmore. How do folks like using the circle and dot reticle opposed to just the dot on PCC's?
  5. My son was interested in USPSA and we started shooting some local matches, as well as traveling a couple times per month when he was about 9 years old. He was always the youngest shooter at any matches we attended, and he received a lot of compliments on his gun handling and safety. After a few years he started playing football, at QB, and that took up most of our spare time. We started shooting Steel Challenge in the football off season, and then a couple clubs in our area started shooting ISSA speed steel. We both shot some state championships and placed well. We liked ISSA even better than SC because of the stage variety. I ran our local steel match for a bit over a year and we usually traveled to 1 or 2 other steel matches a month. We each have a variety of steel guns and enjoy mixing up the classes we shoot. A busy school schedule for my son kept us from shooting any matches the last couple of years, though we still shoot frequently. The PCC class has me interested in USPSA again, and my son is interested and can make time for some matches. I have a lot of free time, and an RV, so traveling to some matches and making it a fun overnight with the wife sounds like fun. I think I'll renew my membership once this pandemic is over. One of the things I miss the most is the other like minded folks at matches. Especially when I was running our local steel match I got to know a lot of the other shooters and always enjoyed the conversations.
  6. Thanks for this. I have a lot of WSF on hand and will give this a try.
  7. Thanks for the info everyone, it's really appreciated. I will try some different powders, I have some 320. As for comps, I'm extremely familiar with them as I have them on several firearms.
  8. I'm planning on buying a JP GMR-15 with the 14.5" barrel with pinned/welded comp. Are many folks loading Winchester Autocomp for PCC? I have quite a bit of that on hand from loading for my open pistols. I also have quite a bit of WSF. Both are pretty gassy powders that have worked well for me on comped pistols. I plan to start with MG 124 JHP's. Any thoughts or experience would be appreciated.
  9. This is a great point. It is truly amazing how a relatively small move can really change your perspective on the plates and shorten the actual distance you have to move the gun to transition between them.
  10. The distance to the first target and the size make a big difference. As an RO I often take a look at what the time to the first shot was, if the first shot was a hit. With the variety of ISSA stages the distances are more varies than SC but I rarely see any of the better shooters slower than a 1.4 and that's typically on relatively challenging first shots. On easier/closer stages 1.2 or less is the norm with the better shooters.
  11. I shot SC for quite a few years and now shoot, and am the MD for a ISSA steel shoot. I am fortunate that our home range has 13 very good sized bays, with some of them being absolutely huge. An advantage of ISSA is there isn't a set list of stages and it offers more flexibility for a wider variety of ranges to be able to hold matches. The ISSA has guidelines for maximum distances for common plate sizes. You do lose the ability to compare your times to folks all over the country for set, standard stages and I know that is a big deal for some folks. For our club, and the couple other clubs in our area that quite holding SC matches and switched to ISSA, the shooters are really enjoying the wide variety of stages. Instead of getting grooved on the mechanics of 8 stages it introduces a little more problem solving with having to decide the probable fastest way to shoot a stage you have never shot before. We are seeing more crossover from USPSA, Cowboy and 3-Gun shooters than we did with SC.
  12. Springer Precision sells the tools and spares you need. A roll pin starter is handy to have. We have several XDm's and keep spare pins and roll pins on hand. The one you broke is a common one to break and is easily replaced. Hope your gunsmith didn't charge you too much for that simple repair.
  13. My son and I have built and shot speed steel competitions with a variety of rifles. So far our favorite barrel is the ultralight VQ barrel.
  14. What has worked well for my son and I for a variety of disciplines, including USPSA, Steel Challenge, ISSA, etc. is to practice draws to one target, and transitions. We will set up a single target and practice drawing and getting one hit as quickly as possible. We will set up first target in a variety of locations and at a variety of distances. You can pick up quite a bit of time if you practice and figure out the best way for you to get that first hit. Try different indexing positions and see what works best for you. We will also set up two or more targets and work on transition times. We usually start with two targets and then add more. Something a lot of folks don't give consideration to, especially in steel matches where you are typically standing in one box, is their body/index position relative to the targets. On a stage with the targets spread fairly widely some folks shoot it fastest if they are indexed somewhere towards the middle of the targets. Others shoot it faster if they are indexed more towards their first target for a fast draw and first hit. Others may prefer to be indexed more towards the stop plate, especially if it's a distant or challenging target. For Steel Challenge it's fairly easy since you know the stages. You can figure out your best positioning for each stage.
  15. It's going to depend largely on the shooter and their skill and recoil control. Shooting ISSA matches we have a lot of 5 target stages where the fast times are under 2 seconds and some where they are under 1 second. Being an ISSA match director I have set those stages up and shot them with and without a comp. Some times there is something to be said for not having the added length and a weight of a comp. For those of us that have shot open centerfire, controlling the very minor 22 recoil impulse is probably easier because we have already had to work on a proper grip and stance for recoil management.
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