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  1. 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
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Another +1 for the gel cups. They are super comfortable. I've used the Howard Leight Impact Sports for a while but found them uncomfortable for extended periods and wanted to try something different. The Impact Sports electronics would always cut off so I had trouble with conversations with them on. The electronics on the MSA are better and I can carry a conversation with them. I've shot my open gun with them outdoors but would still double up indoors though. The only complaint is wearing them in the summer. It's just too hot and I wear electronic inserts during the summer. FWIW, they make gel inserts for other headsets now so if you are looking for comfort and own other over the head hearing protection, you can try that but the electronics are better with the MSA compared to the Impact Sport or the Peltor Tactical 100.
  8. Stuart is awesome to deal with. It says something when you call CZ Custom and it says press 1 for sales, 2 for Stuart... He got me an Accu Shadow when they were near impossible to get back then. He also got my Shadow slide milled with their multi optic cut a few weeks earlier than what was quoted.
  9. From my experience, you do not need different springs or followers if you go with the extended basepads unless you want to get maximum capacity. I went with the Taran basepads on my Mecgar mags. There are other options such as CZC and Springer Precision that would give you the additional capacity.
  10. vtecpaoche

    Shadow Sp-01 Grips

    I've tried the stock rubber grips, the thin aluminum grip tape, Lok bogies palm swell and Lok bogies thin. I've also tried the SSI Scales 1.0 on a friend's gun but did not like that one at all. I've have not tried the 2.0 version yet though. Thanks to Rowdy's post, I picked up the Hennings. They are by far my favorite and I have no regrets moving from the Lok grips. I'm pretty certain every CZ owner has a whole stack of grips they've bought and tried. The best bet is to see if you can find another shooter with different grips than yours and ask if you can try them.
  11. I went the route of just replacing the hammer with an Apex hammer. According to Apex, all non-performance center parts are MIM and performance center revolvers after Jan 2012 are also MIM. I know a local guy who does revolver work. He has bobbed the MIM hammers before. The .400 or .500 should refer to the hammer spur width. If you are bobbing it, it shouldn't matter.
  12. Jabuie is an authorized agent for Ionbond. Jabuie does not do the actual coating. When I reached out to Ionbond, they informed me that they do not offer direct retail sales to individuals. The other recommended agent was Evolution Armory. Pricing seems to be better at Jabuie.
  13. It’s a prototype thumb safety. It has a wider and longer paddle to rest your thumb. Ergonomically, it felt better although that could also be in combination with the Cheely grip. I would reach out to Atlas to inquire directly as I did not see anything on their site or FB page.
  14. I also use ProGrip from the bottle. The annoying thing about it is that it leaves white stuff everywhere but I feel like every grip enhancer will do that.
  15. I flattened the springs on mine as well. Thanks for raising the issue and thanks all for coming up with a solution.
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