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  1. I put a Vortex Sparc11 mounted on the factory rail on my PCC and have no issues with the comb height. What's the advantage of the RMR style sights that seem to mount higher? Take Care Bob
  2. I load all my 124/125 gr bullets to an OAL of 1.10. I have never had any issues with any of my 9MM pistols or carbines. My Ruger PCC has only about 200 rounds through it shooting 124 - 147 gr hand loads and factory with no issues. I think at 1.135 you are really loading a very long bullet. Any reason why? Take Care Bob
  3. robertbank

    CZ Shadow 2

    I think you are right. To get the best result you do have to read the stage and figure out the best plan for you to shoot the stage. Up until now, IDPA was more drafted. The stage procedure did not allow for really any variance on how the stage was shot. The thinking was if everyone shoots the stage the same way the winner will be the best shooter. Lately, this type of thinking has lost favour among some who prefer the USPSA/IPSC concept you describe. Both work I enjoy both, though for personal reasons I shoot more IDPA. In my opinion I think it is nice to have both. It gives us all choices. Over the past few years IDPA has moved a lot closer to IPSC style shooting. Some like this change others not so much. Right now the scoring method is the most significant difference between the sports. With the 1 point/1 second time penalty now used in IDPA the sport really does favour accuracy. IDPA stages are shorter and take less time to shoot so you can ill afford to add seconds to your score. IPSC requires accuracy and speed. If you are fast enough you can afford to take the odd Charlie and still do well. IDPA not so much. MsDV8 overstates the issue she runs into a bit. We don't often run stages where the amount of shots required changes during the stage. If there is a change it virtually always occurs at the start of the stage. I would be the first to admit I do not shoot IPSC well. I seem to have settled into the idea you start on the left and you move to the right shooting as you go. This works sometimes but most of the time there are better ways and I admire those who can read stages as well as they do. It takes skill. Take Care Bob
  4. Yes you can replace internal parts in IDPA with facotory parts from other factory guns which is your plan and your gun would be fine for SSP or ESP. I would guess more competitive in SSP. From observation, all the part swaps and mods allowed in ESP that you cannot do in SSP have little to no effect on shooters scoring. One only has to look at the scores at the US Nationals and the difference in results if any between SSP and ESP. They do make us all feel good and I am as much of a gun whore as the next guy. At the end of the day I amafraid it is still the same shooter. jI had a 1988 CZ 85 Combat that has a zillion rounds through it. It had the nicest trigger I have ever pulled. Sweet as it was it also had the round cut dovetail adjustable rear sight and I could not find a replacement so I sold it. Not the smartest thing I have done but it is what it is. Take care Bob ps I have a relatively new Shadow in the safe and it has one of the worst triggers I have pulled. CZ has thrown all their efforts on the 2. The Shadow I have not is not the one I had several years ago.
  5. robertbank

    CZ Shadow 2

    The last time a stock gun won anything in IPSC Production was when Bob Vogel took on the CZ Factory and won Production Division with a stock Glock 17. Well he did change the sights. For the CZ wannabees , no he did not do any internal work on the gun. I am told the gun was went over with a fine tooth comb after he won., not that CZ would have ensured such an inspection took place! Talent wins, period. My experience falls from IDPA mostly. It has been my observation that most folks would be better off spending their hard earned money on practice ammo and quality instruction then the latest and greatest spring set up or sears from various other models of essentially the same gun. But alas Alpha males are not so inclined....btw I hear the new steel PPQ is on it's way to Canada. Nothing like time and the absence of $2,000 Cdn to keep me away from becoming a Master. Well anything is possible....right Rob? Take Care Bob
  6. Well if nothing else you could always use the gun in ESP. in IDPA. That said, the CZ75 Transitional frame is not identical to the Shadow frame. The gun you created by marrying the two would be fine for ESP but miss the mark for SSP as it is not a gun made by CZ. My take anyway. There are lots of Shadows floating around up here used. I get the US market is different and Shadows might be a bit harder to find. Take care Bob
  7. Different size Production Box keeps the 34/35 out. Barrel is to long I believe. Take Care Bob
  8. After playing with bottom feeders for the past two years I have decided to get back to revolvers next year. My 4.2" GP-100 and my 105.14MM 686 will be my two guns of choice. I shoot a bit better with the Ruger but the Smith is my heart gun. The gun is just .14 MM legal up here based on current stupid gun laws so it deserves more work than I have been giving it. IDPA is a different sport using revolvers and a bit more challenging. We shall see how it all works out. Take Care Bob
  9. Well for home defense etc I would go with the 200 gr LSWC. For competition I shoot 230 gr at 165 power factor primarily to reduce recoil. Commercial 200 gr bullets will be less than 230 gr. Take Care Bob
  10. The rule is quite simple! If you are behind the fault line and not over it you are using cover by rule and there is no penalty. The first thing you have to do before reading the rules on fault lines is forget any and all ideas you have about using cover or the old cover rules, They DON"T apply now. Is the shooter behind the fault line, defined as not stepping on the other side of the fault line. eg You can step on a 2 x 2 as long as your toe does not touch the ground on the other side of the fault line you are good to go. A clarification now has been issued to ensure match directors don't go stupid and have the fault lines set so you have to twist yourself into a pretzel to get at targets, We traded so called subjective cover calls for subjective placement of fault lines. What HQ seems to want are shoot able stages designed so all shooters can manage to shoot the targets. IDPA set this whole issue up by 1) Moving from calling cover from the leading edge of a target to calling cover from the middle of the exposed Down Zero of the target. The latter beyond about five yards was virtually impossible without the use of a transit. 2) The resulting outrage from some shooters led to HQ going to fault lines rather than asking themselves what caused the outrage in the first place. Calling cover from the leading edge a target was easy and effective. This is not the only rule that has gone be the wayside the same way. We used to have a rule that said you could not leave cover with an empty gun. Simple enough. Well it was until we decided to allow leaving cover when entering a hallway after shooting available targets and then applied the thinking to rooms, provided the room was actually built out. Well the resulting confusion as when and how to apply the rule led HQ to throw the rule out. Heck reload anytime anywhere just like USPSA/IPSC, Rather than put their hand up and rescind the hallway/room rules HQ just dropped the rule against leaving cover with an empty gun. Now I have not been in any two way bullet exchanges but the notion I would leave the safety of cover with an empty gun is beyond the pale. Sorry but I wouldn't do it and I am not so sure anyone else would do so either. Folks we don;t use cover like the sport called for five years ago. In fact we don;t use cover at all. We use fault lines to show you where you can shoot just like USPSA and IPSC, Just my opinion. It is what it is. I still enjoy the sport; it just isn't what it once was. Take Care Bob
  11. Given your location you must be talking about Black Bears. 45acp would not be my first choice but it will do. You want hardball ammunition for penetration. If you can find them 200 gr Hard Cast SWC would be my first choice followed by 230 gr hardball (FMJ not plated). If you have time, go for a hip shot to stop a charge, followed by lung or if real close and personal a head shot. Contrary to what you may read the bear skull is not made of steel. Turning the electricity off ends the fight pretty much instantly. Not sure how big your Black Bears are where you live. Up here they run 325lbs or so mostly. I carry a 1911 up here loaded with 45-08 cartridges which is a wildcat that is enough for even the largest of bears. A short shotgun is a whole lot better with slugs but not nearly as convenient. Blacks are pretty timid and will avoid you if at all possible. Making lots of noise to let them know you are around works well. If on the other hand the bear is old or just hungry Blacks are worse than Grizzlies and won't stop attacking until they are fed. They do like to protect their children so getting between mom and the kids is not a winning strategy either. Take Care Bob
  12. I use my M&P 40 cal occasionally in IDPA ESP division shooting 175 gr lead bullets and found no falling off of accuracy at 130PF. I would not think your jacketed bullets shot at the same PF would be less accurate either. Sorry I have no loads for jacketed 40 cal at that PF to share with you. I use Titegroup under my lead bullets. 3 grains under the Lyman TC lead bullet does it in my M&P PRO 5". Take Care Bob
  13. robertbank

    Fault Lines

    What has happened is we have traded questionable subjective cover calls made by inexperienced SO's for questionable fault line placements by inexperienced Match Directors. It all started with the 2013/15 RB and the requirement to call cover from the center of the exposed Down Zero followed by the notion cover extends to infinity; a notion for the ages if there ever was one. The answer to questionable cover calls made by inexperienced SO's was better training for SO's and better monitoring the the rules and how they were applied. Instead we got a reference point that most could not determine at distances and a concept that allowed shooters to back off POC making it even more difficult to make cover calls. The answer to all of this is the current fault line screw up. Remember the fault lines originally were to be pointed at each target in the array, Changed when members pointed out how unworkable that idea was. The fact it got be the, " I have idea stage" is scary. Some say IDPA is IPSC Litet now. Take Care Bob
  14. I think the decision was made before a lot of thought went into it. The new Classifier is going to provide some interesting results. In ASI we went with 1 second per point down to make it easier to score and to focus on accuracy but ASI is not for the truly competitive shooter. The sport is aimed at folks who just want to shoot and improve their basic firearm skills. IDPA has made several rule changes that has caused a more run and gun situation that distracts from the sport IMHO. Run & Gun can be had in USPSA now, we don't need a 2md sport where the only real difference is the amount of rounds shot in a stage, You allow: Reloading anywhere you can't see an un-engaged target Allow target re-engagement from different shooting positions other than set out in the CoF if safe to do so Allow Vision Barriers (We now have shooters charging targets - now that is real world defensive shooting.) Virtually eliminate cover calling Then want to slow the sport down by making each point down worth one second? Seems to me they might of thought out the affects of some of the rule changes BEFORE they allowed the pet ideas of some to make it through to the rule book. Watch what happens to folks Classifications with the new RB.
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