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  1. Rob72

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    The concept of zen is not new, nor related strictly to West Asian philosophy. John 3:8 "The wind blows where it wishes and you hear the sound of it, but do not know where it comes from and where it is going; so is everyone who is born of the Spirit." Musashi: “The true science of martial arts means practicing them in such a way that they will be useful at any time, and to teach them in such a way that they will be useful in all things.” Seneca: “It is not that we have a short time to live, but that we waste a lot of it. Life is long enough, and a sufficiently generous amount has been given to us for the highest achievements if it were all well invested. But when it is wasted in heedless luxury and spent on no good activity, we are forced at last by death’s final constraint to realize that it has passed away before we knew it was passing. So it is: we are not given a short life but we make it short, and we are not ill-supplied but wasteful of it… Life is long if you know how to use it.”
  2. Advantage Arms and TacSol have sold the threaded barrels as "extras" since they started. No big deal. I'm curious if the frame and internals are straight G19. If so, buy the .22 at ~$100 less than the G19 MSRP, and spend another ~$225 for 9mm slide & barrel, and you have 2 pistols, still less than starting with a G19 base and adding a conversion upper.
  3. The most exciting matches I've seen were the Coors 3 gun, in rural Colorado, 30 some years ago. The most fun I've ever had with 3 guns was not a match, it was running the tire-wall shoot house with the local sheriffs, 20 some years ago. By the time I had the money to "play", nothing I saw was as practical (fun) as what I'd done with guys using "real" guns. I've dabble in local pistol and rifle matches over the years, never 3 gun, for this reason. Is it an excuse? Maybe. But I know that for $350, I can take a class from reputable trainers who will work me with my actual carry/home gear. It's a whole lot more like what I saw that turned me onto shooting. YMMV, IMO, etc..
  4. Walmart carburetor cleaner. $2/can. Spray it on the slide, and a shop rag, rub with vigor. If it's persistent, you can use a poly gun brush. If you REALLY need to, you can use a bronze brush.
  5. The 3/4" Dremel emery disc does a great job of giving a nice, even, radius.
  6. You're removing just under 1/2 the weight of the bolt assembly. Your receiver is going to take a hard beating, regardless of the spring, unless you build your own dual or telescoping recoil system. You can up the hammer spring and the main spring, but that is not a real solution to that much weight loss. If you want to play with the action change the springs first. If you're dedicated to cutting weight, get your 1/4" and 3/8" carbide bits out, order an extra weight, make a couple of holes, and go through the trial and error.
  7. The Vario has scallop cuts on the rear of the trigger bar, which is allowing the trigger to pass under the GS.
  8. Maritime spring cups offer less drag, as they do not have full contact in the FP channel liner.
  9. Indeed! He did a multi-cal conversion on my SP101 cylinder a couple of years ago, and the work is fantastic!
  10. Tinnitis is the bugger-bear, not hearing loss. My stepdad's was keeping him from sleeping (brown water navy, Vietnam- pintle-mount .50 caliber & various .308, etc..). Mine is a low grade sinnngggg, that I hope does not worsen with age. That MZLMAX, with a BFD looks attractive. https://www.primaryarms.com/indian-creek-design-.5in-blast-forward-muzzle-device-w-thread-protector
  11. This^^. As your grip evolves, as noted, this may not fully resolve the issue, but it is a HUGE improvement.
  12. Melonite is basically the EPA approved, US version of the Tenifer finish. It makes the surface extremely hard. I had forgotten that- it would be muuuch easier to mill an aftermarket barrel. The tungesten weight is there to ensure that the bolt closes fully. If you can acquire an extra weight, you could weigh it on a postal scale, then start with 2 5/8" holes drilled through(carbide bit), and start seeing how much weight comes off. Shoot a box or two, and see what happens. I'd do less than you think you want, because the lighter mass block will slam fore and aft more quickly, and you have to start playing with spring weights, if you start short-stroking.
  13. You got me pondering... This is the barrel I have in my 10/22 TD : https://www.pikearms.com/catalog/product/04770 Pike's does 10/22 stuff, pretty exclusively, but I'd give them a call and see if either they would take a look at your barrel or know someone who would; or, see if you could have a Green Mountain barrel ( http://www.gmriflebarrel.com/9mm-blank-9mm-raw-blank-17-x-1-1-10/ ) cut to your desired specs. I know you can loose weight in the bolt, which is the main mass affecting recoil. I loooovve spending someone else's money!
  14. I would not have thought the front to be that much of an issue, but... Shrouding the barrel would (most likely) be best achieved by having a smith turn down the barrel to a nominal OD, creating a shoulder, just forward of the rear sight assembly, then placing an aluminum or CF sleeve on it, and using the muzzle threads to lock it down with a corresponding muzzle device/lock nut. Probably the most reasonable, cost-wise. I would be hesitant to suggest a "pencil" profile on a barrel that's already been fluted, as I ass-u-me that the engineers have already settled on a durable but lighter profile, but that's well beyond my tinkering level. Rugers are known for being meaty, after all. Edit to add: I say "pencil" in the context of a thinned, untensioned barrel.
  15. Your easiest, cheapest (custom) solution is to find a linear comp, in the caliber you want, with an OD of 3/4", and thread the outside. If you don't want the comp, you could bore it out with a hand drill & a vise. https://www.amazon.com/Special-Thread-Round-Speed-Steel/dp/B007PL33P6 I believe you can rent the large die handle from Autozone or O'Reilly's for free (with a refundable cc deposit). The Indian Creek Blast Forwarding Device is another option, depending on what you're wanting to do. ~$70 and will work with most any 1" or less OD brake.
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