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  1. Depends on the model, but (on paper) the STS2 C-More is similar in size to the Deltapoint (which is good).
  2. I've noticed an ongoing trend, and comparing an RMR recently at a store to a Burris Fastfire 3 I own brought up the issue again. What good is a larger red dot front window if the view from the rear is obstructed anyway? Trijicon SRS, MRO, and yes, even the RMR I'm looking at you. Red dots have an eyebox. The eyebox is where you can place your eye and see the dot against the target. You can see through the window glass of a red dot from a many angles, but the dot can only be seen if your eye is within the parallel lines at the edges of the optic window. For simplicity, I'll describe this eyebox as a rectangle, viewed from above, with the sides of the rectangle being parallel to the direction of aim, and the width of the rectangle being decided by the /smallest/ of the optic's one or two windows. If the limits of the eyebox are truly parallel depends on if the dot is actually projected at infinity or if its projected closer, at say, 100y or 50y or something. The differences are minor however, so lets assume infinity for simplicity. Note: I don't actually believe most manufacturers claims that the dots are 'parallax free', only that they're mostly parallax free. Anyway, I digress. So what's the benefit of having a larger front aperture than the rear if the eyebox is decided by the smallest aperture? I'd say there is no benefit, other than the very slight quality of life from having a bit less optic housing obscuring your dominant eye, but when shooting with two eyes open, this seems pretty insignificant. So IMHO the SRS and the MRO's larger front apertures are snake-oil. They offer an eyebox only as large as the smallest of their two windows. And the RMR, which has a glass window which is 0.56" high and 0.87" wide on paper sure seems visibly shorter than a Burris Fastfire (not a durable optic BTW), despite the FF3's window being nearly equivalent at 0.58" high x 0.82" wide. Looking through both, the Trijicon RMR seems significantly shorter, despite the nearly identical technical specs. Taking a closer look, the rear of the RMR protrudes above the bottom of the glass by about 10%-14% of the height of the glass, which eliminates that bottom part of the glass from the eyebox. That part of the glass is useless, you'll never see the dot in the bottom portion of the glass, no matter how you align it with your eye. So this was long, but I wanted to highlight some B.S. that's going on in the red dot market. Don't fall for it. Front window size doesn't matter on red dots if the view is constrained behind it, by a smaller rear aperture, or part of the rear housing in the case of the RMR.
  3. My Pro model just came in today, so that tells me the April batch is now here! Mine doesn’t seem to have the extreme magazine side to side play on initial inspection, but its also still a virgin. Will get some rounds downrange with it tomorrow. TTI +5 baseplates just barely fit with the Pro magwell (on a PPQ M2 mag body and follower for 20 total).
  4. I really appreciate the info on this forum. I already put money down on a SF, so naturally I'm very interested in this issue as it seems like it could be a serious design defect. So how many FTEs are we talking about here? Anybody have significant numbers of rounds downrange with NO failures? I'm seeing echos of this on the Walther forums now, and with only 2-300 guns out there now, that's not good for the next batch of 2,000 due in a few weeks here. I'm not in a rush to get a new competition gun, the new SF just seemed like exactly what the doctor ordered, but I won't accept a gun that malfunctions once a match. I've been using a Walther P99 AS for literally 10 years now, and I can't remember how many years its been since I saw a failure of any kind. Side to side play on the magazine measures ~0.065" or 1.6mm and there is really no way for the magazine to contact the slide at either extreme. Its not good news that Walther took one gun back and decided it couldn't reproduce the issue. That tells me they may be in denial or completely unaware as of yet there there is an issue. Should I refuse to accept the gun that I paid for from the dealer when it shows up?
  5. I play a ton of MW3. Its great fun, but unfortunately, outside of the occasional sight picture, I don't think it translates at all to actual practical shooting.
  6. I've noticed that I also tend to flinch more when shooting static. In that sense, practical (rapid) shooting is helping to teach my slow-fire.
  7. A sparring stance is a good start for general purpose dynamic movement, but its not optimized for the same duties and tasks as a stationary shooting stance. For one thing, movement in martial arts is quite different from movement in a stage (skipping versus even heel-toe talking). Tai chi walking is probably the most similar, but its more optimized for uncommitted steps and hand to hand combat. Sparring stance vs shooting stance: Similarities - keeping the knees bent, upper body slightly forward, weight on the balls of your feet. Differences - aggressive recoil management = more aggressive forward lean. perpendicular to target (isosceles stance) for balanced grip. Sticking to what you're comfortable with won't let you grow to your full potential. Since often you're on the move anyway, what the lower body is doing is probably less critical than what the upper body is doing.
  8. It depends on your style, but most people load them into the sidesaddle from the bottom, w/ primers facing down. This should be fastest for refilling the mag tube. I also keep a couple inverted in the side saddle for over the top loads directly into the chamber.
  9. AVTAC-style two-point sling can be uses as a brace to push out against. I find this mode of sling use to be quite helpful in carbine and 3G matches, besides just for transitioning to a pistol. Its a simpler and more practical way to stabilize the gun than an arm-cuff or hasty sling, yet still more restrictive than no sling at all. YMMV Im an old 3-position shooter too
  10. Check out TexasTactical.net for Austin area IDPA too.
  11. Early morning (6am). My body isn't awake for the first 20 minutes, so its sort of brutal. I do it mainly for the 1) schedule and 2) discipline. However, my body and mind are more energetic and willing in the early evening. I have not found any higher rate of injury between people who train in the morning or in the evening, but then we usually warm up for 10-20 minutes before getting into anything serious.
  12. My instructor recommends a little protein before a workout and carbs immediately afterwards. Immediately after a workout your body will absorb and replace nutrients the fastest, with a quick falloff after that. I work out pretty intensively in the mornings before work, and if I get some food immediately afterwards, it dramatically helps my energy level for the rest of the day (as compared to waiting two hours and eating a meal). Before I figured this out my post-workout periods were miserable. Nutrients are important to recovery as well. You probably want to bump up the veggies and nutrient rich foods for your meals too.
  13. P38s are supposed to be pretty nice. I've got a P99 AS in 9mm Actually my buddy shot his WWII Luger at our local IDPA a few weeks ago. (not a walther, but still a predecessor to the P38). You don't see to many toggle-lock guns out there on match day
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