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  1. I'm right handed and the wide thumb safety on my Limited digs into my support hand thumb knuckle while shooting. I already bobbed the front 90 degree corner of the safety to a 45, and generously beveled the entire sharp bottom edge of the safety with a needle file. It still digs into my knuckle while shooting with a good high support hand grip. I'd like to have my safety reshaped similar to the next few photos. This is Tony Pignato's Limited. He told me he did it on a grinder wheel. I don't trust myself to not slip or seriously botch the job on a grinder wheel. Could you guys recommend someone I could send my safety to, to have done? Would J&L gunsmithing be able to do this mod for me? Thanks. upload your photo
  2. That's exactly how mine was. You should be good to go then with the lead shot. I was able to fit it to the diameter of the hole and then shave the thickness of it so that it sat just below flush. I was then able to tap in the new Dawson sight right over the top of it with no interference.
  3. I haven't had a problem since I installed the little lead disc. The key is to have a little bit of metal on the bottom of the hole in the slide to support the lead disc. Did yours make a clean even hole, or do you still have some metal around the perimeter of the hole where the screw punched through? After flattening the lead BB, try to fit it to the hole as closely as possible. Best of luck.
  4. I use the 100 round Shockbottle case gauges. Recently I found a couple of completed rounds that were standing obviously proud of the rest. Upon closer inspection, both cases had strange looking cracks in the case web area. There was a visible ring all the way around the inside as well. I can almost guarantee that firing these rounds would have resulted in a rupture or case head separation had I not case gauged them an simply assumed they were good. That taught me a good lesson that the gauge can catch such anomalies. It also is great for those pesky .380 cases that sneak their way in my press from time to time.
  5. Henning makes thin aluminum grips specifically for those wanting to cover with grip tape: http://henningshop.com/products/tanfoglio-matchsteel-smooth-grip-special-deal
  6. My Elite Limited will "auto forward" the slide if I slam the mag in with authority. I can reproduce it 100% of the time which is kind of cool actually. If I seat the mag normally, the slide will not auto forward. I first noticed this when I changed from the factory 10lb recoil spring to a Wolff 8lb spring. Naturally it is easier to bump the slide off the slide stop notch when there is less tension holding it there from the recoil spring. My Beretta 92G Elite II also started auto forwarding when I switched to a Wolff 9lb recoil spring. It's nothing to be concerned about, and actually makes slide lock reloads more efficient.
  7. Nice pictures. I couldn't help but to notice that your new Stock 2 has the same abrasion mark under the beavertail as my Limited, straight out of the box. It kinda bugged me to see that on a brand new gun. Like how does such a mark even happen in that area?
  8. The Ceramic finish they mention on the Xtreme's...is it similar to an IonBond coating or is it more paint-like similar to Cerakote?
  9. Thanks very much for the feedback. The Double Alpha rest does look nice with its full adjustability, but I can see how the slide shield would get in your way when racking from the front. Probably best to use that one on an open gun only. I think I may try the IPSC AlexRest. Again, I appreciate the replies.
  10. What's your favorite thumb rest for your Limited? Does it make front cocking the gun difficult? So far I like the factory Gold Team thumb rest as it looks minimalist. The IPSC Alex rest looks very nice too. Please post pics if you can too, thanks.
  11. Just an update, but I shot around 200 rounds through mine yesterday with the new sight and it hasn't moved a bit. When I tapped the sight in with a rubber hammer, I noticed it shaved off a couple fine slivers of metal off each side of the sight as it went in. I wasn't even tapping on it all that hard either, but I bet that is helping the sight stay put that much more. It didn't seem to bother the dovetail in the slide one bit. I've read of similar experiences here from other members as well. The Dawson sight dovetail measured exactly the same as the factory Tanfoglio sight using my digital calipers, so I didn't think fitting would be necessary. Looks like just some minor sanding like IronArcher did is all that would be needed.
  12. How about that. When I was installing my sight I also noticed that the edges of the hole were slightly protruding into the interior of the slide as a result of the machining. Almost a burred edge. I was concerned about it scratching up the barrel, so I worked the area with 400-2000 grit on a dowel rod and oil until smooth. Fortunately it looks like it would not rub much due to the tapered cone barrel locking up at the very end of the slide's interior.
  13. I'm not questioning the truthfulness of this, but how do you know this? This is my first Tanfoglio, so I don't have much background knowledge. It could very well be why Dawson designed their sight the way they did. If it was just a dimple, then you should be able to put some Loctite on the sight and snug the tiny little set screw down no problem.
  14. Just wanted to follow up with how I ended up making this work. I used Bamboo's idea above (thanks again!). I took a #7 1/2 lead shot BB and flattened it down to an approximate size using a C-clamp. I then used a small diamond file to shape the edges and thin the small lead disk until it was a perfect fit in the slide's hole. I took a very small roll pin punch with a dimple on the end and lightly "staked" the disk into the hole with a small hammer. I then took a 1/16" drill bit, and by hand, made a small dimple in the lead for the new set screw to lock into. Lastly, I de-greased the dovetail and applied a thin layer of blue Loctite to the entire bottom of the sight and set screw threads. I tapped the new .160T x .100W Dawson Precision sight home with a rubber hammer, very gently snugged the set screw down, installed a new fiber optic rod, and it was a done deal!
  15. Thanks for the replies, I appreciate the input. That is a great idea about using a piece of lead shot to fill the hole, and Loctite in the dovetail, Bamboo. I think I may end up trying that. I run Dawson sights on all my pistols and they have always been great to me. I talked to Michael at DP today and explained the issue. They told me I could send them my slide and they would fit the sight and make it work free of charge, just pay shipping. But I was quoted about a 4 week turnaround time. I thought that was very nice of them to offer that. You guys think I should send the slide and have them do it? I'm thinking that maybe if they see the issue that several of us are dealing with, maybe they can come up with a better design. I wonder if we are having trouble because this DP sight is meant for a Match model. Does the Match have a smaller set screw than the rest of the Tanfo's?
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