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  1. I'm using the grams followers and do not have this issue. Maybe that follower will help.
  2. That's weird. It works in the regular STI mags. Is there something different about the MBX mags? Maybe get a sacrificial STI mag for practice instead of the more expensive MBX. I'm just using a gen 1 STI mag for practice. I reckon maybe the version 2 would have an adjustable metal weights so you can tune it. It may not be 100% right but should be able to get close enough.
  3. These mags do not lock back according to the DAA website so that should solve your problem. I've always selected one mag as a dry fire mag. Those mags are usually beaten up that I would never use them in live fire. The weight of the 2011 mag was around 300g according to their video. I weighed my 140mm practice mag with dummies and it's 425g. My empty 140mm weighs 120g. It's not quite the same weight but it would be close enough for dry fire. I think it would be very difficult to get the exact weight down. If you are looking for a way to rack the slide on your magazines, you can use a rack buddy on top. I really like this for dry fire as my dummy rounds have a tendency of getting beaten up. Shooters Connection now carries the rack buddy.
  4. There are some display stands that you can buy to hold the 2011 upright. I think that can suit your needs. No need for a vise. I did a quick search and it seems you can get them for around $25 which is cheaper than a mag tube.
  5. Glad this was resolved but still concerning on the cause of this at 8k rounds. With regards to the recoil springs, Atlas does have a video on spring replacement for stroked Chaos. I came upon this by accident and it would've been nice if this was more clearly communicated. The recommended spring replacement as per their website is: Save a gun. Replace the recoil spring. Limited 9mm (Minor PF): Replace every 15k rounds* Limited 40SW (Major PF): Replace every 10k rounds* Open 9mm/38SC (Major PF): Replace every 8k rounds* *OR if they loose more than .5lb of pressure, (your spring that used to be 8lb is now 7.5lb), whichever comes first!
  6. Cbrussell, there's a Pilla dealer in Glenburnie. I would suggest taking a drive over to see what lens work for you. I ordered my glasses directly from Pilla using the recommendation above. Unfortunately, I have no nose bridge so the regular Panther X-7 didn't fit me well so I made the trek up to visit their corporate office. I tried on the Panther X-7 Post and this fit me much better. I also tried the Outlaw which actually fits very well as well. I also got to try a bunch of different lens and I swapped out the 48 RHC with a PC lens instead. In bright sunlight, the 18 CED is my favorite now although I did use the PC lens for a while. I have only tried the 80 HC at home but don't really shoot indoors so I have not really used it.
  7. vtecpaoche

    9 Major Brass

    Ordered a mixed 9 Major brass. Packaging is super secure. Brass is super shiny and all high quality brass for 9 Major loads.
  8. I noticed that sound. It definitely sounds different than any other hammer but you only really hear it during dry fire or when you hammer down on an empty chamber.
  9. I think the thickest grips I've seen are the ones from Patriot Defense. Lok Grips can do a customized grip for you if you reach out to them. The biggest issue with CZ is that you'll end with a pile of grips as you try different grip combinations. I think I have the right combination now but I have a whole pile of them as I was trying different grip panel combinations.
  10. I have the CZC adjustable rear sights on my Shadow 1s. I use it with a Dawson Front sight combo. The rear sights do tend to break though and one of my buddies had it break during Nationals. Fortunately, he had a backup slide. I have not had mine break so I guess I'm lucky. These are similar and fit the SP-01 although as the review states, the front sight is almost suppressor height level. https://czcustom.com/cz-parts-all/front-and-rear-sights/cz-rear-sights-all/cz-adjustable-rear-sight/zdl-75-adjust-rear-front-sight.html
  11. Give Mason a call at Harris & Son. He can give you advice on it. You have to gauge whether it is worth the extra dollars for the Bluetooth version. Are you using it for the convenience of picking up a phone call? Are you using it to stream music while you shoot? The Bluetooth version does use a bigger battery so you may make it through the day. You may just not be able to make it thru 2 days though. The perk of hearing aid batteries is that you can just swap them when you run out of batteries. I did keep them on after a match as I wanted to see if it got uncomfortable if I left them on for 12 hours. I would say I didn't even notice they were in my ears most of the time although when I was in the car, the music sounded a bit hollow though. I'm sure the electronics are not as good as what I would hear from quality speakers though so I was not surprised that music would not sound as good.
  12. I haven't tried the method of covering the air holes on the batteries back with the sticker it originally came with. I was told that this would extend the life significantly. I typically use them for the weekend. Sometimes I will only get one match a weekend but I think it's about 2 - 3 days if you leave the batteries exposed to air. I obviously do not wear them long enough to drain them. They are expensive but it came with a bunch of batteries. I have not used up the original batch that came with the ear plugs. When I shipped it back for repair, he sent me a new batch of batteries so I have not had to spend money on batteries yet. I did buy a pack of 48 batteries from Costco for $9. I figure that if I swapped batteries out every weekend, I would be spending about $20/year on batteries. That's not too bad.
  13. I have them and like them very much. They are pricey though but it is worth it for me. I like earplugs in the summer. I started with the Surefire EP3s and then moved on to Ear Inc Chameleon HearDefenders. The issue with the HearDefenders was that I could not hear conversations and had to pop them out to have a conversation. I was at a JJ class and he was using these. I decided to reach out to them to find out how much they were. After speaking with Mason there, I decided to move forward with these. It is a process to get it fitted as you need to go to an audiologist to get a mold and a hearing exam. You'll send them off to them and they come back with your hearing aids as my wife calls it. I have two different profiles configured on them, one for indoor and one for outdoor. I generally use the indoor setting as I feel that is sufficient. I've shot open guns with this without any issues. You can turn down the volume on these especially if you are using an open gun. I did have one of the electronics fail while I was at Nationals last year so I had to resort to using my MSA Sordins though. I reached out to Mason and it was quickly repaired but the timing wasn't ideal. I have had others tried electronic hearing from other places and it seems common that many of the electronic earplugs tend to fail though so I would always have a spare pair of hearing protection available though. One con is that it using hearing aid batteries so you need to keep these readily available. If you only occasionally shoot, this may not be viable as you'll spend quite a bit of money on batteries as the batteries only last a few days once you break the seal on the batteries. I was told that you can seal up the battery again after you are done but I have not tried this. Another con is if you shoot in the winter, they will not keep you warm. You may still want a pair of muffs for the winter. They are pricey and you can go with some cheaper options but I like the custom fit of these. There are some other companies that are in this range and possibly more expensive. I suppose I do not have the Bluetooth version. It would be pretty cool to be able to play music as you are shooting or take a phone call without taking your ears off but I can live without these features. If you don't need electronics, there are some other good options out there as well which are probably more reliable and some shooters prefer to block out all noise when shooting. The Ear Inc molds are pretty good for more basic fitted hearing protection. I just naturally block out all the noise in between beeps. The electronics on the Harris & Sons seem to be better than the MSA Sordins to me. The best plus is Mason at Harris & Sons is a good guy to work with.
  14. I went with a .180 tall x .100 wide sight. The width is subjective though and depends on your eyes and shooting style. If you previously had the .090 on your Shadow 2, I'd go with that. With the adjustable height rear sight, you should be able to adjust it enough that it should work with your bullet combination. Thumb safeties are a bit subjective as well. I went with the Wilson Combat ambi safety as they tend to sit higher. There are all sorts of shapes as well and ones with thumb shields so the slide does not rub your thumb. The Shadow 2 really offers a few options compared to what is available to a 1911. For the full length guide rod, you may want to check how much it weighs after you put everything on. It's really easy to go over the 43 oz weight limit. A 1911 in 9mm tends to be picky with mags. I've been running the Tripp Cobra mags although I've heard good reviews on the Dawson. If you have friends with a 1911 in 9mm, see if you can borrow the mags to see if they work. The best bet is to get your hands on a bunch of different 1911s to see what you like or do not like before you pour a ton of money into it.
  15. My solution was to stop using that batch of brass which I mentioned on Feb 12, 2017. I’m not sure if it was the case prep they used but I could not find any details on what they did different in the case prep as the person I purchased it from is no longer in business. For my range picked brass, I still have the occasional coating getting scraped off but it’s pretty minor. I’ve also since switched from loading 40s to loading 9s which I do not see this issue. I saw a really cool table using epoxy and shiny brass. I think I may go that route will all the shiny brass I could not use.
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