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  1. Ok now I get it, there is no such thing as a 140 para/ria mag (akin to the 126/140.170 mags from STI)-. Its just a normal mag with extended baseplate and matching spring for expanded capacity. That's why I was so confused. I found RIA/Para mags in spades, just didn't realize that was what I needed as a base. (Thinking like STI 140 + SNL Dawson = 20 rounds 40, so I need a 140 RIA mag + Baseplate= Full capacity). Its just 'Normal" Mag + extended plate to add capacity Sometimes you guy's and your crazy limited/open world confuses us simple prod folk. For future readers. Para Mags "P14" do work. I have both types. the MGP144514AFC or the P-14B-45-14 Arcmscor 54171. The MGP has an extra coating for $2 more. http://gregcotellc.com/cart/armscorrock-island1911-actmag-c-152/rock-island-1911-a2-45-acp-14-rd-or-para-p14-54171-p-1331.html http://gregcotellc.com/cart/armscorrock-island1911-actmag-c-152/rock-island-armory-1911-a2-45-acp-14-rd-wide-body-mgp144514afc-p-1282.html I've only started but about 1000 rounds, no malf for either.
  2. On a whim, I got a 45 Double Stack RIA. Overall I have been impressed. Now obviously this is sort of an 'outlaw' gun, but should I decide to take up a true limited or 3-gun, where does one procure the 140 mm mags for these things. Using STI mags seems to be hit or miss, so why not just start with factory 140mm mags--but where the heck are they?-have google both on the site and web with no success. I was able to procure 'Full Size' 14 rounders for my 45 through Greg Cote (highly recommend btw), but tbh if the idea is to go with MBX mags, I'd rather just stick with my STI (yeah I'm a cheapskate, sue me). I have no issues tuning mags or minor smithing, just need to find something to start with. Yes I realize its a 45, and I should shoot 40 for major--we have a couple of outlaw steel matches that I want to use this for--its my "fun/mad money" gun. What can I say, I love a big *** 45.
  3. ARISE NECRO THREAD. For all the whining and complaining people do, it is proper to notice when a Company does things right/nice. I received a fully repaired VersaMax earlier this week. No charge. They even included both chokes (new). Entire cost to me was buying a box to ship to Rem Remington did this one right by me. Now about those clays......
  4. RO class upcoming. I am an older more seasoned dood, but my shooting is very poor (I'm just slow and more of a thinker). HOWEVER, whenever I go to matches they are always short on ROs. There is an upcoming RO class nearby. Any reason NOT to become certified?
  5. I must plead a slight senior moment--it appears I had forgotten how many I own. You know how it is, they just keep a multiplyin in that safe! It wasn't Yogi Bera, but a nice Gun related Yogism I shall leave you with: Q: How many guns do you own? A: More than I need, not as many as I'd like
  6. Companies come and go. While they have been around a long time, I do not see anything unique they bring that would be missed in the current market. Yes it is debt restructure, but Remington needs to up their game to develop a quality product. I would MAYBE recommend an 870 to someone, but after that, even the 700 series is outmatched by others. I think they have an opportunity with Para re-launch/re-brand but it will require a lot of work AND its a niche market. They need to up their game in the wide market of handguns, shotguns AND rifles--they have 0 competitive products right now (again except for the 870, maybe the versa max, I'm a little jaded on that as mine blew up, full disclosure). I'd look at a Rem 700 rifle on reputation alone and that is fading fast. And for full disclosure, I own no less than 5 Remington firearms. 3 shotguns, 3 rifles (2 of them are being held for a youth-- from his grandfather) IIRC--all of which run solid except that versa max incident. Not so coincidently, it was the last one bought....(2015).
  7. That's the sad part. Today everything is marketed to the 'tactical' crowd meaning lighter and smaller (Just look at the trends in product release). Glock/S&W/Walther/Colt could make a KILLING (no pun intended) in the shooting world. (notice COULD) Kinda like STI in limited. (Para could have but dropped ball). Hell even STI is going Tacticool.
  8. I've learned that lesson the hard way! Fortunately it was not a firearm (I f up in other more creative means).
  9. If I need to fit something like a CZ Safety, what are the proper tools to use. I know very little of files/sanding/etc. For instance I needed to take something from .085 inches to 0.80 inches (measured with caliper) in width. Sanding job or file/stone? And then the follow up which type of sand paper/file/stone...
  10. what kind of file does one use? I was sanding and it was not working at all. I'll be honest, I feel like I have 10 thumbs every time I work on a pistol. I thought there was a lifter spring in the cage assembly as well (at least their was in the video I was watching). That sear spring was a major PITA, would not stay up out of the groove and then eventualy the tail broke. Gun still functions, but man it give me willies about mucking with it again.
  11. yup. It looks like enough is left for the gun to function, but it does need to be replaced. Moron question--i can just slide the sear pin out part way to replace the sear spring--no need for total disassembly (sorry the other spring looks like a PITA to get in and given my track records...) $2.00 is a small learning experience. And I hate that sear spring...
  12. Thanks,I did get it in--its a bit tight but then again, i rarely use the safety (which is why I wanted the wide safety to start with) Still worried about the sear cage spring
  13. So I tried to get a tac sport safety on my shadow 2. Turns out the tac sport safety was too wide be about 5 thousanths and my best efforts to sand had no effect. ANyway putting the S2 back together and for the life of me I cannot get the right hand safety in without disloding the right safety detent. And then of course, the sear cage won;t go in. To top it all off the sear cage spring broke and no longer long enough to hold the safety in place. (Just sigh--even though the safety stays put) I went over Prof Atlas pics, and for the life on me cannot figure out how to get the right hand safety+detent together correctly. I have the detent in like this picture: but no matter how I shimmy in the safety either the front or the back of the detent is forced out of flush with the slot it sits in... I finally gave up and just assembled the stupid thing so my right safety is out 2mm Very Frustrated that once again my attempts to do basic gunsmith end in epic failure.
  14. So the press is on its way (650) plus Lee Classic Cast because I want to do some rifle (and brownells had free shipping). For starting out what is a good set of powders to begin with? Will be primarily loading for 40 (lim major for an STI), but may dabble in 9 and 45 along with 308. I read up and people say to go whole hog on powders to avoid hazmat fees, but I am a bit uncomfortable with that as I have no clue which powders will be my 'go-to' in the long run. Starting with 9/40 or 40/45 is there a powder that works well for both? 9mm would prob be behind 147s or similar and beginning I was thinking 180gr in 40s. Is there any bullet mfg to avoid? (It seems like everyone has their favs). Same thing for stocking up on primers? Basically before you go on bulk buys, how did you find what you liked?
  15. My goal is 3-gun, but normally I guess we are doing trap (I don't know the difference between clays and trap tbh--basically we have throwers at the public range that throw a target straight away from you).
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