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  1. I used to RO a guy who shot a 9x25 open gun back when pf was 175. Think his name as Steve Einman and gun was built by Marc Krebs. It was very unpleasant to say the least, even with double plugs.
  2. Not saying it can't be done. I have a couple that are hard chromed and after many thousands of rounds, are still in one piece and working just fine. I think the warning is because they don't know who's doing the plating or how it's being done, and don't want to be on the hook to replace parts that fail for reasons beyond their control.
  3. As the strength of steels increases, the fracture toughness decreases, so the likelihood that hydrogen embrittlement will lead to fracture increases. In high-strength steels, anything above a hardness of HRC 32 may be susceptible to early hydrogen cracking after plating processes that introduce hydrogen. They may also experience long-term failures anytime from weeks to decades after being placed in service due to accumulation of hydrogen over time from cathodic protection and other sources.
  4. No idea why someone would machine it like that. With a C/P barrel, I'd expect it's not going to last very long.
  5. Looks kinda like a W/N, but like you said, the VIS cut looks way deeper than normal. The sharp angle on the top isn't normal either. If the forward surface is flat, and they're using a C/P barrel, I'd guess they machined the frame so far back that the barrel is bottoming out on the top of the frame and not contacting the VIS at all.
  6. Regardless of what anyone claims, there isn't an ear plug on the planet that provides sufficient protection from the noise level of an open gun. Plugs certainly look cool and are comfortable. And maybe you don't notice hearing loss right now. But guess what? It's cumulative. And by the time you do notice it, you won't be able to do anything about it. Ask anyone who's shot an open gun over a number of years with just plugs and see what they have to say (if they can still hear you). Or ask someone who suffers from tinnitus what that's like. I know that's probably not going to convince some people, but I can guarantee you they'll regret it down the road.
  7. 1. Bevel the fps so it doesn't bind in the corners of the extractor notch per the instructions. 2. I use a pair of parallel jaw pliers to collapse the two springs and use both springs. Been doing it that way for probably 20+ years (ever since AFTECs came on the market) and works perfect every time. 3. Although the mfr doesn't recommend it, and it will void your warranty, I tune the extractor hook. Basically the same shape, etc. as for a standard extractor. And on 9/38, I don't have the hook contacting the extractor groove in the case. I know some people advocate that approach, but it's not necessary, and is actually detrimental to smooth, reliable feeding. Plus, it hacks up your brass. Again, I've been doing it that way for 20+ years and have never had a gun that didn't run 100%.
  8. I've never had to deepen the recoil lug recess on a Nowlin barrel and almost all end up requiring a number 4 link which gives more than adequate lockup. I'm also not sure how having a higher lockup increases longevity.
  9. Check your sized brass. It should be at least .002 smaller ID than your bullet OD. You need to have an interference fit to keep the bullet from moving back. Doesn't matter who made the die or what it cost. If it's not sizing the case adequately, it's not doing what it's supposed to, and you need to find one that does. Also, crimp should be just enough to remove the flare from the case mouth and maybe another .001 or .002. Adding more crimp won't prevent setback.
  10. Well, start changing the rules for Limited and Open and see how many people leave the sport and never come back. Guarantee you that number will be greater than the number of new shooters it attracts.
  11. Statistically, the Limited gun buying shooter cares not about 9mm. The fact that FBI chose a 9 doesn't mean that the people using those weapons would make the same choice. And FBI's choice is totally irrelevant to what anyone would choose for a competition gun.
  12. I wasn't advocating changing the rules. Just suggesting that having everyone shoot major would be better than changing the scoring. And if you can't tell the difference between 9 and 40 in a 2011, maybe you need to chrono your loads. As for a division most people want, sure. Most of the complaints are about too many divisions already and stupid rule changes. Kinda like what you're suggesting now.
  13. Yep, that's just what we need. Another division.
  14. Who cares that nobody at the top shoots minor. Means absolutely nothing to me or most other people who shoot Limited. And why does anything need to change? As you can see from many of the comments here, a lot of us like things just fine the way they are.
  15. Well, I'm not annoyed at all. I think those are all excellent points, although I'd be for bumping the PF up a bit to maybe 150. Federal 9mm +P+ 115g at 1300 fps = 149.5 and the 9mm +P 147g at 1050 fps = 154.4.
  16. I have 2011 guns in both 9 and 40. With minor power factor ammo, the 9 is significantly easier to handle and flatter and faster shooting than the .40. It's not even close. So, I'd say the scoring differential makes sense. Now, maybe if you compare major 9 to .40 in a Limited gun, it might be a different story. And really, if you want to change the rules, rather than jacking around with the scoring, I think it would make a lot more sense and be a lot better solution to just allow major 9 and score them both the same.
  17. With readers, you're going to have a hard time seeing targets at a distance. Much better to get prescription glasses with lenses that are near focus for dominant eye and distance focus for the other. I have them in transition lenses so I can use the same pair inside and outside. Works great once you get used to it.
  18. ltdmstr

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    So, you can DQ someone for unsafe gun handling in a safe area, clubhouse, parking lot, outhouse, or just about anywhere at the range when a match is taking place. But not in another bay that's specifically set aside for unsupervised live fire, because it's not designated as a match stage? Ok. Also, the bigger concern is the potential for legal liability. If they designate a bay for unsupervised live fire, and something bad happens, they're going to have a real problem regardless of whether they consider that part of the match or not.
  19. ltdmstr

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    The difference is, the individual is a competitor who's at the range for a match, and the unsupervised live fire is being done with the knowledge and consent of the match staff, who more than likely also have control over that portion of the range (as evidenced by the fact that they've designated it as a "function test bay"). I don't know that anyone's actually referred to me as liberal before, which I certainly am not. But, I live in the real world, and I can tell you any plaintiff's lawyer will take about 30 second to establish that the unsupervised live fire was "at the match" regardless of whether someone says it wasn't. I don't have any problem with a function test or warmup bay or anything like that. The problem is it's unsupervised with no RO and no rules.
  20. ltdmstr

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    10.5.1 and 10.5.13 seem pretty clear to me. Also, 3.3 prohibits local exemptions unless specifically authorized by HQ. I'm not aware of anything in the rules that allows for unsupervised gun handling and/or live fire. If you have a rule to cite, please do so. 10.5 Match Disqualification – Unsafe Gun Handling 10.5.1 - Handling a firearm at any time except when in a designated safety area or when under the supervision of, and in response to a direct command issued by, a Range Officer. This includes deliberately removing a flag from a PCC except under the conditions listed here. 10.5.13 - Having a loaded firearm other than when specifically ordered to by the Range Officer. - - - 3.3 Applicability of Rules 3.3 - Applicability of Rules. USPSA matches are governed by the rules applicable to the discipline. Host organizations may not enforce local rules except to comply with legislation or legal precedent in the applicable jurisdiction. Any voluntarily adopted rules that are not in compliance with these rules must not be applied to USPSA matches without the express written consent of the President of USPSA. All local rules allowed under these provisions will be documented at USPSA HQ.
  21. ltdmstr

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    1. I haven't been to the Nationals in a long time. Not sure how that's even relevant. But, I guess your point is that if they do it at the Nationals, and other places, then it's ok. That's an interesting position to take. So, should club level matches be allowed to deviate from the rules, or only L2 or L3 matches? And who gets to decide? And on what specific issues? 2. As for incidents I'm worried about, stuff happens all the time. Just last week I was shooting a club match and after I shot a stage was off to the side reloading my magazines. I turned around and a new(er) shooter with an open gun had dropped it and it was pointed dead center at my chest. There was also another thread on here just a couple of days ago where a shooter left the line, then came back later to shoot a stage and at the load and make ready when he racked the slide, a live round came out. So, yeah, stuff happens. And more than some people seem to realize or want to acknowledge. Do you really want that kind of stuff going on in a bay with no RO present? 3. The comment that USPSA shooters are grown up and don't do stupid stuff is pretty ridiculous. The two items mentioned above are good examples. And in all the years I've been doing this, pretty much every major match there is at least one DQ for a safety violation. Also, I'm not sure what legal jurisdictions you're familiar with, but in this country, that's not going to fly as a defense. If someone gets hurt you might as well just save the legal fees and hand over the keys. 4. Getting back to the point, I'm still waiting for someone to cite a rule that allows this. If there is one, I'd like to read and understand it. If there isn't one, just because some some people are ok with this and think it's ok doesn't make it so.
  22. ltdmstr

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    I guess I'm trying to understand how it's ok to have unsupervised shooters on a bay and that's ok under the rules just because it's referred to as "not part of the match. Just calling it "not part of the match" doesn't make it so if the shooters are competitors and competition is going on. Maybe if it's at a separate section of the range that's under the control of some other entity, that might be different. But if it's just an empty bay adjacent to the match or something like that, no way. If someone can cite a rule that allows this, that might help. But I'm not aware of any. Also, I can guarantee you if there's an incident and it turns into a legal hassle, it's 100% going to be considered "part of the match" if it involves a competitor. For that reason alone, it's a very bad idea.
  23. ltdmstr

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    Not sure how this is ok if competition is under way. Maybe with an RO present and for a specific reason. Like if a competitor has a gun issue and they're test firing for safety check after adjustment or repair. Or something like that. But just to warm up, try out someone else's gun, etc., no way.
  24. I'm not an open shooter, but have tried quite a few different open guns over the years. I'd say Akai, McClearn and SV were the best in terms of build quality, attention to detail, function, and feel. One of my friends had an SV that was probably the flattest shooting handgun I've ever shot. But what's right for you depends on a number of things. For example, the Akai guns are nice, but I'm not a fan of the cosmetics. Other people love them. And for SV, while there are a lot of options, some things they just won't do. Building an open gun isn't really that difficult, so what it comes down to is, who's willing to build what you want and stand behind the work if you do have problems.
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