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  1. 11 minutes ago, ChuckS said:

    Not really. A new spring will take a set the first (few) time(s) you use it.Then it will wear from cycles of use. This is what I have seen over the years and has been explained to me by a guy who makes magazine springs and an automotive engineer who designed compression springs.


    I don't know what you mean by "not really" we seem to be saying the same thing. If you prefer the spring to shorten through normal use rather than attempt to condition it statically that is fine, I just prefer to minimize how much the spring performance changes during use.  


    Can't find it at the moment but one of the spring manufacturers suggests testing their springs against competitors by placing one of each in a vice overnight and measuring shrink the next morning, then repeating the next night & etc, according to their add hype there is significant variation in how long it takes springs to reach a 'final' length and how far that is from the initial length. 

  2. On 7/24/2020 at 7:44 PM, ChuckS said:

    And if you are worried about springs, they wear from mechanical cycles, not sitting under static loads.


    If you do not consider taking a set and shortening to be wear.


    I tend to leave new springs at maximum (loaded mag, retracted slide, hammer back) for a few days in order to minimize how much they change during the shooting season. 

  3. 4 minutes ago, stick said:

    News to me!  Would it even be possible to have a smaller case capacity if the case is the same size?  Unless the brass is thicker, a sized sig case and a sized starline case should be the same length.  Or am I missing something?


    You are missing looking inside the brass, with 9mm there is variation in how the case is hollowed out. 

  4. 2 hours ago, motosapiens said:


    wait, wut? how do you measure 'personal best' if you are only measuring against other people who don't practice enough to move up?  My personal best is defined either by percentage of the winner, or as a raw score (classifiers, steel challenge). It makes zero difference how many other people who don't practice show up.


    Very easy actually, you have seen yourself shoot :). I have never needed to look at the results in order to know how I shot. The score is handy in telling me which of the folks at my skill level also had a good or bad day and who earned bragging rights this time. 

    If you are young and ambitious enough that practice is still taking you forward rather than either holding you on a plateau or mitigating the rate of your decline due to aging, great. 

  5. 5 minutes ago, IVC said:

    Separation based on gender and age is different and it makes sense in sports that depend on physical strength and agility, but I'll maintain that the separation based on "skill level" is meaningless because the very concept of winning is about being better than the class one is winning against, which would make winning either sandbagging (intentional) or competing in the wrong class (time to move up). 


    Parity is important in team sports where neither party will enjoy the game if there is a large skill mismatch, but USPSA is an individual sport without an opponent so the final ranking is simply the ordering of performance of each competitor. You can pick and choose which competitors to "count" as beating you, but you can't change the ranking...


    We can agree to disagree here. I think the overwhelming majority know they will never be in the top 20, and really do not care, but it is fun to attempt your personal best against people with the same skill level. 

  6. On 7/23/2020 at 9:47 PM, IVC said:

    That's the problem with the concept of classes as anything but a good monitor of one's own progress or a quick way to get a rough idea about the level of a shooter you haven't seen shoot before.


    Classes - handicaps - divisions for young and old , man or woman- etc, greatly add to the enjoyment of the masses. It is fun to try and win "x" class with a good performance and most of us have enjoyed watching young folks progress and take a lot of pride from winning B class at a match or whatever. 

  7. 4 hours ago, Phoenix1977 said:

    Years ago, some unfortunate fellow during a IPSC match holstered his Tribrid (remember those?) in 38 super. Holstered way to fast, without looking. Gun went off, putting that major load through his upper leg and exiting just above the knee, luckily only a flesh wound. Guy went into shock and fell to the ground , passing out.

    We stabilized him and adressed his wound until the proffesionals took over.

    Made quite an impression on all of us.

    Luckily the poor guy recovered.


    I have dq'd two friends for holstering before they remembered to flick the thumb safety on, both took it gratefully as it is a spooky dq. I assume that is what this poor fellow did and then he somehow managed to bump the trigger?


    It is a good thing to watch out for when you have the timer. 

  8. 3 minutes ago, ysrracer said:

    Check the front side plate screw that holds the crane in place BEFORE every match. Mine comes loose.




    I have replaced the oem spring loaded plunger beneath the crane screw on my 929 with a fitted solid plunger. I am wondering if this will make it less likely that screw will want to walk out. Time will tell I suppose. 

  9. 8 hours ago, matteekay said:

    Light marring in the plating is fine. The main thing is testing the load for accuracy; if it groups well, you're not over-crimping.


    Seemed to me that with over crimped coated the bullets flew well until out past about 15 yards and then opened up. Did not know I had an issue until exploring what happened at a match with some 35 yard targets. FWIW. 


    Any routine preparation tips particular to wheel guns? Check that all loaded moon clips drop free before heading to the match, brush cylinder bores every xxx shots, check screws every xxx shots, that kind of thing?


    Good thread I think. 

  10. On 7/10/2020 at 2:28 PM, revoman said:

    If you ever use or have to break red loctite use some bees wax. I have used this numerous times and is an old machinists trick. You will be amazed and just enough heat to melt the wax. 


    Interesting. How are you using the wax? Melting it on top of the screw that you want to remove?

  11. On 7/17/2020 at 10:06 AM, Stafford said:

    For competition where you go to slide lock (IDPA), it’s a good feature. If you shoot a lot of make-up shots in Production, Limited 10, SS, and always reload on the move, it’s a good feature for USPSA


    I'd recommend timing yourself, shot on target - reload - shot on target.

    When the slide goes forward immediately, instead on as you are getting your grip it looks fast, for me it was not any faster. 

  12. 11 hours ago, egd5 said:

    I understand about the price. I'm usually a cheap sob. But lately I've decided that at my age maybe I would invest in some nicer things if they make life easier.



    After a career spent working around molten metal and large industrial furnaces, cotton is fine for me. Seen too many pictures of the synthetic materials melted onto/into peoples skin (unlikely accident in our sport, just something drilled into my head) and regardless of undies & etc, if it is hot then it is hot. 

  13. 3 hours ago, pyrrhic3gun said:

    What thickness of moon clips are you using?  Get the .040 if you don't have them.


    I'm finding the 0.40 with Win to be a pain in the butt. Too stiff to use with the BMT mooner and if you are using once fired brass extractor marring around the rim prevents some of the brass from being as pristine as required to allow the bullets to be held straight.


    Other factors may outweigh these nuisance things, particularly for the shooter who is very competitive and happy to go to a little extra trouble, but I think many might want to play a bit before buying enough clips to feel committed. 

  14. Somewhere there is a thread where Memphismechanic tweaked a gun for consistent and reliable auto forward. 

    As I recall it was a Tanfo but the principals should be the same.


    For a right handed shooter (easy to hit slide release) the auto forward makes things look faster but did not aid my shot to shot time. If you have to go through any gyrations, slam mag - hold the gun a certain way, that interfere with a smooth reload it is likely slower.

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