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  1. My trip into open was with a 40 s&w M&P CORE with a Fastfire3 3moa MRDS. I also added a threaded barrel with a Carver 4 port comp. This was absolutely the wrong way to go. I had my hat handed to me at every match. What it did teach me was how to find the dot on my gun. I now own an STI DVC Open. I will say that open is fun but EXTREMELY EXPENSIVE. Reloading is a challenge until you find a load that works well for your gun. Then it is just practice. My cost to get into open so far is around $7500.00. This includes two guns, a progressive reloading press with dies and supplies (powder, bullets,primers, etc.) Other than that you need a place to work on reloading. I am sure others will add to my assessment. So you see, it is expensive but for most guys it is a labor of love. Good luck no matter what you decide. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
  2. Brazos customs Slipstream. I have the standard mount you will need the wide body mount. Mine sits directly over the center of the barrel/slide. I have an RTS2. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk Pro
  3. There are two versions of the mount. One is the standard frame where the slide sits just over the frame and the wide version for the model where the frame and slide are the same width. Contact Brazos and they will help you. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
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    Viper or Venom?

    I have the 3moa venom on mine. Never used a viper. I use an 8moa CMore RTS2 on my major open gun. I use the bullet size as a dictator for the dot size. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
  5. Agreed you need a host of skills to be a gunsmith. Which is why I will only ever be an armorer. I can replace and fit parts but I will never be skilled enough to make parts from scratch. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
  6. Sorry I got you all worked up. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
  7. Seems that one would want a full sized lathe and mill and you almost need an out building for space and to keep the smells out of the house. I thought I understood how to be a gunsmith until I met a real gunsmith. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk Pro
  8. I spoke to a real gunsmith recently and he recommended taking a course in using precision tools, a lathe, then a course in using a milling machine. These are the basic skills that you need to become a true gunsmith. Then you need quality machine tools large enough to do any job and the space to set up shop. Without these skills you are an armorer not a gunsmith (my opinion). I was shocked at the amount of knowledge in machine skills is required to be a skilled gunsmith. Whatever you decide, good luck! Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk Pro
  9. Thanks for the guidance. I have seen the buffer but couldn’t determine where it went. I originally thought it went behind the guide rod so it could cause a gun to not go into battery. The photo makes it very clear where it belongs. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
  10. I have never used a buffer. Where is it installed? Can someone post a photo of where it sits in the gun please? Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk Pro
  11. I replaced my slide ride with an RTS 2 since that is what STI sells the DVC Open with at this time. I didn’t like a few things about the side mount. The looks, the balance, the sight picture and the interference with the slide rocker and thumb rest. All of these made me move to the RTS2. I sold the mount and CMore slide ride to offset the RTS2 cost. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk Pro
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    DVC open

    I went with the STI DVC Open due to the availability of spare parts and the ease of warranty service with STI. Cost was a wash on the two guns. I am very happy with my STI in 9mm major. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk Pro
  13. I was shooting 40 Open for a short time. I had a 4 port comp and could not produce enough gas to operate this comp. was looking at a 3 port but made the move to 9 major instead of working up 40 equipment and loads. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk Pro
  14. Wolff 10lb in my STI DVC Open so far. Looking at a lighter spring test to control the dot tracking. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk Pro
  15. For open loads I always stand 10ft from the chrono. I destroyed one by shooting open loads too close, looked like I had shot it but had lots of powder burns on it. At one point I think it was on fire [emoji91] oops! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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