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  1. Where are all these ranges that are closed? In SW OHIO all the ranges I know of are still open. Indoor ranges included. We just aren't holding any matches.
  2. I've used a Hiperfire 24C for 3+ years in mine with no issues thus far.
  3. I'll chime in. I've been running a Gen 2 MPX for over 3 years with nothing but plated 124 Rainier RN bullets & HS-6 powder. The only problems I've experienced were when I first bought my TTI extensions they were not shipping with XP springs and I was trying to use the factory 30 round springs. New XP springs fixed my Fail to Feed issues, and the gun has been running well ever since. Initially I thought a slower powder like HS6 with a good comp. was key to keeping the muzzle down. I blame 15+ years of shooting Open on that theory. But I recently tried shooting some TG loads that i worked up for my CO guns and the difference was amazing. I've only run about 100 rounds of that TG load through my MPX now but I plan on trying more of that very soon. So GregJ, the bottom line here is I'm not really sure if the Power Factor or the amount of gas is as much your issue as is the type of bullets you are using. Plated bullets have worked just fine for me.
  4. Keep in mind that not every mag is created equal. They aren't made with a CNC machine. They are stamped pieces of sheet metal, that get welded together and smoothed back out again. That's a pretty rough process. I'm sure they have a GO/NOGO gauge they have to pass, but theres still gonna be some give & take. Yes I think MBX is made better than some, but that doesn't mean every single mag they make is exactly the same. I ordered 3 MBX mags to go with my HONCHO and 2 of them wouldn't drop free. But you just have to learn how to figure out where they're contacting the gun, and then make a small change to the mag where it is hitting. Many times it's not where u think it would be. I've found SV mags that drag on the very top left part of the mag where it contacts the left side of the frame in front of the mag release button, but MBX has already removed that portion of material. It could also be another part that's being contacted, such as the magwell. I like to check how my mags fit in a gun without a magwell, then if they all drop nice and easy, put the magwell on and check again. Also check the feed lips to be sure you didn't get an anomaly. I know people say there's no tuning needed on certain brand mags, but it doesn't hurt to check just to be sure. It also teaches you how to maintain your equipment better. Open shooters still should try to do a certain level of maintenance every so often. I check my feed lips at least twice a year.... At the beginning of the season & midway through. Mainly because I shoot allot, and abuse my equipment, and shoot quite a bit indoors so the hard concrete isn't very favorable to my mags. Some years I forgot or neglected to do that and didn't realize until AFTER a match that my "gun issues" were actually my fault for not checking something, and learned the hard way. But if you take a simple pair of digital calipers and measure the distance between the feed lips, looking at the mag from the back (bullets forward) I check the distance in 3 places ... The very back, the middle, and as far forward as possible. The numbers should fall somewhere between .355 & .365. (for 9mm ... I think .40 should be around .380 but I haven't shot .40 in awhile, so don't quote me on that) And they should at least be equal, or get WIDER as they go forward. You don't want them to get narrower. That just sort of makes sense. Also I take a small "fine" or "extra fine" diamond file and take a few seconds to just go over them lightly again to remove any burrs, or sharp corners/edges. Then lastly if you have access to a buffer, I like to polish the feed lips, just as a final precaution. Nothing extensive, in fact it prob only takes 15 seconds on each mag to get good smooth shiny feed lips. It's just good insurance and ensures that the bullets come out Nice and easy. If you don't have the Dawson mag tuning kit, or at least the video that comes with that kit, look for that. There's also some really good videos out there on YouTube that explain how to keep your mags working 100%.
  5. Yes. HS6 & a 115 gr. PD JHP
  6. The truth is I've shot 38 Super & 38 Supercomp for roughly 12 years prior to trying a 9 major gun, so I've gotten used to a certain recoil impulse. And I obviously have all the equipment nessecery to load 38, so I've just been kinda easing into the 9 major setup. But yes the recoil is very similar. Is it exactly the same? That's up for debate. Allot of things go into the "feel" of recoil/impulse (bullet weight, powder type, spring setup, gun weight, shooter grip, etc.) But the way the HONCHO works with the linkless barrel makes it so soft, it almost doesn't even feel like it's truly 9 MAJOR, but it is. 38 Supercomp has a little snappier feel to it (could just be the fact I prefer 115 gr bullets) so it feels more like major, but again, the feel of any guns recoil is so subjective that could still just be me comparing that feel to my old 38 Supercomp Open guns. YMMV
  7. I like the KAK buffer tube adapter better. With the TTI adapter you have to remove the buffer tube to access the set screw if you wish to remove your stock at all. With the KAK adapter you simply remove the 2 or 3 thru-bolts and you can remove the whole stock assembly as one complete unit. It cost a couple dollars more than the TTI but it is a better design IMO. I'm not bashing TTI, as I love their other products, just not this one. YMMV
  8. Agreed. Maybe have a "Featured" list pinned to the top, but still list them chronologically down in the main list.
  9. I don't do it for skills training, although that's not a bad idea. Especially if you typically compete in a division with optics, but don't use an optic carry gun, etc. My carry gun has a laser grip, but since I don't normally compete with iron sights, I can see why shooting an iron.sight division once in a while could be good training. No I mostly just do it based on if I have enough ammo on hand to shoot whatever division, and how lazy I feel about loading more ammo that night before, or the morning of a local match. Sometimes I might have a gun at the gunsmith, or I haven't zerod my optic, then I'll revert to something else just for a change. But mainly ..... #AlwaysShootOpen
  10. And where does muscle memory come from? Practice!
  11. Best to contact PT directly with questions 1 & 2. They are very responsive with questions via email at info@ptrinity.com. And to your 3rd question, I've had good luck with all kinds of mags... I mainly use old style SV mags in mine, but MBX mags are a great choice too since they are readily available, and generally pre-tuned, although sometimes you need to double check the feed lips, and I always change the guts out for Grams springs/followers. But I've also been able to get STIs gen 2 style mags to work in mine, although I don't have extensive data with the later, just ran a couple mags worth of 9mm through so far. Bottom line is you won't be disappointed in the purchase. I would do it all over again. Yes, I'm a sponsored shooter, and got mine for free, but I may be the biggest fan of this gun. The ability to shoot multiple calibers/divisions is so much fun it's kinda addicting! Haha. I mainly shoot Open in USPSA, but I shoot allot of falling steel or PRO AM style matches where I can shoot 9mm minor, and I like to shoot 9MAJOR in local matches, and then 38 super comp at major matches, and I never have to re-zero my optic. I switch loads and it's always dead on. No other change other than the changing out the barrel between 9/38. It's not for everyone, but for me it's been a dream gun.
  12. Paragunner, I shot this 5 shot group from a rest tonite at practice @ 25 yards. Gun is zero'd @ 15 yards so it's hitting a little high at this distance. For pistol, I prefer a 15 yard zero because in USPSA we generally shoot anywhere from 5-25 yards, so 15 is kinda like a happy medium. For me anyways.
  13. Back to the original question, "what is so special about Honcho barrel system?" The linkless barrel is the key component that makes it so special. The patent pending design to the locking block/barrel is what dampens all the recoil. The barrel only has to drop down a tiny bit to allow the slide to cycle, and the design of the locking block itself makes that cycling action very smooth. Seriously, I've had people shoot the .40 & think it was 9mm. And folks who shoot the 9MAJOR barrel ask if it's really MAJOR? The most impressive part is all of that is accomplished without any popple holes in the barrel. Originally we we're going to add 2 holes in each of the Open barrels, but quickly realized that wasn't necessary. Any of you who already know me, will know that I've never been a fan of popple holes. I think they rob power from the comp, and they cause you to use extra powder in order to achieve the same power factor compared to a gun without holes. The Honcho really is that soft & easy to shoot. You'll just have to try one for yourself to find out what I'm really talking about.
  14. N105 is comparable, but only available in 1 pound cans, and sometimes hard to find, like all VV powders. I've tried AA7 and it's easy to find, cheap, and similar to 3n38. But it is a little dirtier.
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