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  1. What distance are you going out to? If out to 500+ yards at majors, hard to beat the Vortex Spitfire AR with the BDC turret. Zero at 200yd. Hold 0-300, dial as needed for targets farther than that. First round hits after dialing are faster than a couple misses. Has etched reticle with a sharp dot. Been using it for a couple years. Leupold supposedly has a similar 1X sight but haven't used it and it costs more as I recall it. If you are just doing short range matches, the Vortex Huey is pretty awesome. Very fast, sharp small dot for precise stuff, picking up head shots on Czones at 100 or skinny Sammy targets at 100yds, no problem. Of course, other great true red dots for short/bay also are out there. Recommend something with a small dot though, i.e. 2moa
  2. I've attended one in Elite division. A friend local to me has finished 1st, 2nd, or 3rd in Elite at each that he's attended, and he gets asked quite often what he uses: Overall thoughts? - Get in shape. My two cents would be to focus on cardio more than strength stuff. Work on doing things at elevated heart rate for longer stretches of time at a pace you can keep, not blowing out full effort right off the bat. The shooting looks very boring on video but is more challenging than you'd think due to VERY elevated heart rate. The shooting is not the attraction. The physical challenge is very rewarding after you are done. You'll be hating life at certain points, but as soon as you are done, good times. The different events may vary in "loading" focus of shooting versus physical tests. Kind of like flavors of 3gun matches.......some will be more physically challenging with easier shooting, while others will be evenly split, etc. What plate carrier you running? - Used Shellback Banshee because I had it. No major complaints. The ballistic plates I had in it (again, just used what I had at the time) were heavier than needed, so that wasn't ideal. Any certain gear i should have and not have? - The "battles" are so long over the course of a weekend that little speed advantages here and there from gear are negated by NOT MISSING shots. Misses are huge penalties. Same with being able to breathe. Being able to load/unload/stow mags (cannot drop and leave them) in efficient manner is useful, so open top mag pouches with easy out/easy in are useful IMO. Some people use dump pouches, I haven't, as I didn't want that flopping around. Gun recommendations? - Definitely reference the rules. Used an 10.5" SBR with an Aero slim handguard. Worked well, but after playing with a few of my different uppers, I think I'd prefer a setup with a bit more weight as that smooths out muzzle movement for offhand shooting. 14.5" pinned or 16" with as long as possible gas system for that particular barrel length. I also used my 3gun 2011 pistol without issue with MBX mags, but it is a quality build that I fully trust to run from Hayes Custom.
  3. Rack Buddy work well. They are little 3D printed parts. Depending on the sacrificial mag, you cannot always rack the slide without catching the rack buddy. Probably due to jacked up feed lips. The DAA are cheaper than setting up dummy mags, unless you have a few old beat-up mags already to sacrifice. Otherwise, 3 DAA ready to go for the price of a stock STI mag.
  4. Have 3 for 2011. For reference, I've got a Hays custom guns 2011 in 9mm. The mags lock in place without any slop, and they go in easily and drop cleanly. I did not have to Dremel on them or modify them in any way. There's no issue with the magwell that is on the gun which is a Dawson ICE. They do feel like they are a little bit more slick than standard mags so the action to seat is smooth. Don't think it matters as much for releasing mags.
  5. XLR AR lite stock. Highly adjustable, very strong.
  6. They aren't shipping yet. Scheduled to start shipping 5/15 from a pop-up window I saw.
  7. For sure, they are stellar at quickly taking of customers, minimizing down time. Can't say the same for a couple other companies.
  8. Ok. Doesn't change the fact that QLS is meant for holsters and ELS is meant for other items. Others have run holsters on ELS also; it's been done and not new. Having shot some of the longest SG stages out there (RM3G with 40+ shell round count), haven't ever been hindered by not having shells where the holster would go. If that was a concern, one could throw an ELS on a QLS though and still have the retention/safety margin of having a QLS on a holster. Depends on your loading style, but quad-loading weakhand with the SG trapped against your side and SG angled down for smoothest, unrestricted movement blocks the grab of shells at the holster position anyway. In order to get to them, have to pull your shoulder up, adding more movements. Furthermore, depending on the holster choice, only two screws of the ELS will line up with it, thus not having a spaced-out mounting pattern and allowing the holster to flop around more.
  9. The QLS is meant for holsters. ELS is for other items. Yes, QLS will work for holsters. Example picture: QLS receiver plate mounted to belt, Invictus Practical holster hanger mounted to QLS hook/adapter/whatever it is called, Safariland GLS holster mounted to holster hanger. Can remove it from belt as needed. Then, there are ELS receiver plates mounted all around the belt for mag pouches, shell caddies, etc. If you didn't want a holster hanger, the QLS would mount right to the holster, but you'll most likely want a hanger for easier draw.
  10. I'm going to assume you were responding to me, and there is no way I'm considering the Scorpion for legit competition. Absolutely agree it is a fun gun, reliable truck/field gun, etc. I have one for SBR suppressed fun and have run it for fun at matches, but it is limited IMO. Still a good gun in general. Not for gaming though.
  11. I only buy ammo, don't reload. So probably not a heavy factor for me. Interesting info and useful. Thanks. As I recall it, Memphis was the fellow in here using a tuned Guard and putting a lot of weight on reliability and that he's got it flat? How many rounds have you thrown through the MPX and what is your take on his opinion there? Honestly, I'd have to be fair and look deeper into the newish MPX Competition, but I vaguely recall somewhat ignoring it based on the Gen1/2 MPX complaints/issues. I'll research the newish one more to see what was addressed. I'm not into USPSA heavily, so wouldn't be focused on PCC use there full-time, but would be using it for other 3gun, steel action, USPSA occasionally, etc. matches. That being said, I'm a buy once, cry once guy that wants minimal headache and heavy on reliability. On a sidenote, the cost of their mags is stupid, but I use to compete with HK pistols, so mag cost and lack of aftermarket support isn't foreign to me.
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