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  1. Oh, and the Chrono officer felt bad, so he gave me his ice cream ticket. Everything is made better with ice cream. Or bacon. But he didn't have a bacon ticket.
  2. I'll be the first to admit, it was very hard to accept the bump knowing that with a few ounces of pressure (just enough to take the slack out of the basepad/tube interface) it would pass. That little bit of slop offered no competitive benefit...it didn't allow an extra round to fit in the mag (and blah blah blah blah...all the shit you say when you're getting bumped and your brain wants to fight it). But at the end of the day, the Chrono officer was following the rules and I am responsible for my gear, so Open it was. The A8 MD was kind enough to send me his gauge so that I can tune/check my mags and I'm going to buy some new mags or at least new basepads anyway because these are pretty beat up after several years of being dropped in the rocks. I was really just looking for people's preferences on mags now that we have viable options with MBX in the mix.
  3. I don't know how to "adjust" a mag that's suddenly too long short of sanding material off the bottom of the basepad. I'm hesitant to replace the tubes this close to Nationals (I have two majors in September, NC state and nationals) because they work with my gun 100% of the time.
  4. At Area 8 last weekend I got bumped to open division because the magazine I provided at Chrono was maybe .5mm too long. Funny thing is, it's the exact same mag I've used at Chrono at every major for the last 2+ years and it's always passed. I'm told that after repeated drops, the Dawson basepads can deform enough that the slot the mag lips sit in loosens up and the spring pushes the whole basepad down, causing the OAL to increase. So time to either order new basepads or new mags. I've heard mixed reviews on the MBX mags, and I think I've heard that STI has a new magazine out. Curious to hear what people recommend based on their experience.
  5. Thanks JimmyBob. I ended up ordering this one: https://dawsonprecision.com/warren-tactical-s-w-m-p-fixed-competition-sevigny-sight-set-black-rear-fiber-optic-front/ Should be here tomorrow.
  6. I've been a Limited division guy for years. Shooting a little production this year, but my M&P9 has a worn out pair of night sights on it. I want to put a set of sights on it better suited to competition. What are people using these days? Dawson Precision competition? Found these: https://dawsonprecision.com/smith-and-wesson-m-p-22-competition-fixed-sight-set/ I'd greatly appreciate input from those shooting M&P's in competition. Thanks.
  7. Thanks! I'll post some pics when it comes back from being refinished, thumb rest and racker added. I can't wait!
  8. I would recommend pulling the firing pin and running a Q-tip with some Hoppes on it down that FP channel. That channel gets a LOT of carbon build up in it. I do this after every couple of matches.
  9. What troubleshooting have you done so far? What can you rule out? Troubleshooting is a process of elimination.
  10. Does the o-ring just go down at the shoulder of the threads?
  11. Thanks for all the input guys. Never heard back from Robar so I took it to a professional Cerakote applicator here in the area that does work directly for STI. He spent an hour with me showing me some of the work he's done on various guns and their work is impressive. Should have it back in a few weeks so I'll post pics when I get it back. Decided to go with a new color I think he said is called Midnight Bronze and he's going to distress it for effect. Should be interesting!
  12. Just kidding. I stripped this OLD STI Eagle 5.1 down to the very last screw, every pin, everything to send it in for refinishing. The original finish is almost gone and this gun (which is my backup to my Limcat) rusts every time I take to the range if it rains. It will literally have visible surface rust after one day. So here's the question I pose to the community... If you could get a very affordable cerakote job done by a Cerakote certified applicator, would you do that, or would you go with something like an NP3/NP3+ finish from Robar? I sent Robar an email (their site asks you NOT to call them...weird) and haven't heard back yet, but it looks like an NP3+ job would run me about $150-ish dollars more than a cerakote job. What do you guys think?
  13. I daily carry a regular M&P, so I'm just gonna shoot that. I may upgrade to a 2.0 at some point, but it won't be before BITB (and likely won't be on the Production list in time anyway).
  14. LOL....I load 3 or 4 thousand rounds at a time. I have no time to work up two different loads. Major or bust!!!
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