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  1. One thing to keep in mind, especially in our section, is that the competition level (and number of shooters) in CO is going to be far greater than you are accustomed to in Revolver over the past year, but then you probably already know that from having participated in local matches in both Limited and Revolver. Plus, the number of people shooting CO is growing steadily and will only continue to do so. If it looks attractive to you, keep in mind that it does to others as well. Guess my advice is to pick a division and stick with it until you run out the string on you skill level, whether it is Limited, Revolver, or Carry Optics.
  2. It is, provided you cut it off/mill it, to be flush with the heel of the grip/gun and you do not exceed the maximum weight (unlikely with a Glock). The USPSA rule book clarifies flush as extending no more than 0.10" below the heel of the gun. This is in the CO appendix D7, Section 22.2 External Plugs. This section clearly states that plugs extending below the heel of the gun are not allowed, so you would have to mill off portion of the Seattle Slug that extends below the heel (+ the allowed 0.10") to be legal in CO.
  3. BarSto and Briley currently make Glock barrels that are specified as full gunsmith fit. Both are 1:16 twist rate. BarSto even calls their non-gunsmith fit Glock barrel "semi-fit" because depending on the individual Glock it may still require some fitting on the hood and lower lugs. Even KKM used to make gunsmith fit barrels for Glocks but ceased production on those a few years ago because as I was told by the owner (Kevin at the time), too many unqualified people tried to fit them, screwed them up, and sent them back to KKM demanding money back saying it was the company's fault. I still have a new gunsmith fit KKM barrel for a Gen 3 Glock 34 in my parts bin that I never got around to having my gunsmith fit. And yes, it can be worth it depending on how much accuracy you demand and need. I have two Glocks with gunsmith fit barrels that will hold inch to sub inch 5 shot groups at 25 yards with my handloads. My gunsmith (Open GM) shot a 5 shot group at 25 yards with my handloads (125 Zero JHP bullets with VV powder) that measured .625 inch when testing after fitting the KKM barrel in a Glock 17 open gun. He sent a photo of the group to me with a caption that read "so much for Glocks not be accurate"! And the gun is reliable. Your results may vary. That kind of accuracy demands a little luck with just the right Glock, good barrel fitting, a good barrel to start with, and a really good load!!!
  4. Load it to the sticking point. Press down on the top round with one thumb while grasping the mag and slap the bottom of the mag into your other palm. This should allow the follower to jump down past the transition point into the basepad. Then load it on up. You should be able to get 41, maybe 42 rounds. After a couple of times the follower should no longer stick and transition easily. Worked for me on three different 31 round Glock mags with TTI +10's and I did not even round corners on the follower or mag tube. That is the advice that Taran has been giving and that appeared in another thread a while back.
  5. I just found a notice that came with my RTS2 Cheely frame mount for my open gun. The notice says that the factory rail mount that comes with the RTS2 uses metric button or domed screws, which from the above answer are M4 x .7 threads. It goes on to say that the RTS2 also should come with a separate bag of 8-32 socket head cap screws that are to be used with the Cheely mount. We (my gunsmith) used the 8-32 screws with the Cheely 2011 frame mount. I don't know if this is still the case, but it was a few years ago.
  6. And the club deserved to lose the USPSA sanction of the matches for this local rule. Note that this club has continued to run "practical" pistol matches using mostly USPSA rules and targets, save for the no muzzle over the berm, which has caused many shooters to not even bother going there anymore. It is very difficult to shoot and reload with that rule at the one club and then shoot without it at the other clubs. It all depends on the RO whether you get a warning or a DQ for the offense, so not consistent. Oh, and the no muzzle over the berm has been deemed to not apply to revolvers when reloading, so even that rule application is inconsistent. In my opinion, it is a slippery slope with local rules like no muzzle over the berm. I do not think it worth the trade-off to gain this club back, but then once burned, twice shy.
  7. I have 4 of the old style SV 38/9 140 mags with Grams springs and followers and Grams 11 mm base pads for my 9 major open gun. I get 25 rounds to start in them if I use the regular 11 coil Grams spring and 24 rounds reloadable, if I use a longer Grams 13 coil spring. The 11 coil springs have been reliable, but the 13 coil springs give an extra measure of feeding force in that regard, although down a round. I have the 13 coil springs installed now and down the one round has not made much difference in my experience.
  8. It was only 85 yards but who's counting. Factor in that the popper was 85 yards away in the bottom of an old quarry/pit - also significantly lower in elevation than the shooting position. Combined with the distance, that elevation change made for a very interesting shot (or shots)! But, who's counting?
  9. I have used the extended 140mm springs from Arredondo successfully with the +5 Dawson base pads and also the springs for +5/+6 basepads from Taylor Freelance. Both Arredondo and TF clearly state on their websites that the mag springs are custom made for them (to their specs) by Wolff. I would be willing to bet the springs Dawson sends are likely made for them by Wolff or maybe ISMI - not a lot of choices in that regard. I have also used the extended springs by ISMI with the Dawson pads with success. All three work with my 140 mm Dawson basepads, as well as with my Arredondo and TF base pads. I have not really noticed a big difference in how long they last. Shooter's Connection sells Arredondo and ISMI springs in the 140 mm variety and they are readily available elsewhere, including directly from Arredondo, TF, and ISMI. Pick your poison. You can get the Arredondo in 5 and 10 packs of springs at SC. I checked the Wolff Springs website and they do not sell the extended 140 mm springs even though they make them for others.
  10. As I remember it, that was probably my good friend, Bob H., who hit it on his first shot with his Para .45, and then treated us to blowing the smoke off his index finger afterward, as well as crowing mightily at lunch after the match. As I recall, took me three shots because my dot was a couple of inches off to to the right at that distance - finally figured that out and aimed just on the left edge of the popper and got it. That's what I get for sighting in at 15 yards and calling it good!
  11. The two Gen 1's I have both have "dog ear cuts" for the nubs on the mags, as do the the two Gen 2's I have. No difference that I can see in Gen 1 v. Gen 2 in the cuts, nor any difference in assembly, disassembly, that I can see and no modification of the mag itself was necessary with my Gen 1's. I bought the two Gen 1's in early September, so perhaps something changed from earlier ones. Unless we are talking about two different things, I don't see it.
  12. And (as Columbo used to say), just one more thing. The retaining pin in the Gen 2's is much shorter and just located in the top portion of the basepad above the contour.
  13. Yes, the contoured base is what I can see as the difference between Gen 1 and Gen 2, and (maybe, just maybe) a slightly bigger bevel on the top rear. BTW - I paid $26.59 each with the then 30% discount directly from TTI (+ shipping) for what was supposed to be two Gen 1 +10 base pads. That was during a 3-day sale TTI had around New Year's. As I said above, I ordered and paid for two Gen 1's during the sale and TTI actually ended up sending me two of the Gen 2's for that amount. Who am I to turn down the more expensive Gen 2's?
  14. I ordered two more Gen 1's to go with the two I already had when Taran had his big 30% off sale a few weeks ago because they were significantly less expensive than the Gen 2's. It took a while to ship and when they arrived, lo and behold, they sent me two Gen 2's for the price of the Gen 1's. My speculation is that they ran out of the color I wanted in the Gen 1's (coyote bronze). The color is a slightly lighter shade on the Gen 2's and they are lighter in weight (not a lot), but I am not sure how much you would notice that in the real world when they are fully loaded with 41 rounds of 9mm ammo and in the gun. I haven't used them yet, just installed the Gen 2's on two mags and loaded them up with ammo to check number of rounds and function. My initial take is that there is not a big difference and probably not worth the extra $$ if the Gen 1's are still supposed to be available.
  15. What Homie said. Put your thumb on the top round, apply some pressure, and give the bottom of the mag a smack with the palm of your other hand. That should allow the back bottom edge of the follower to transition into the basepad. Then load the rest of your rounds. I have four of the +10's on Glock 31 round mags, two Gen 1's and two Gen 2's, and did this with each initially to help that transition into the basepad. That is the advice Taran gives. All four mags will hold 42 rounds tight with the mag spring as is. Don't mess with cutting coils off the spring. It is the appropriate length already and cutting coils may only hurt reliability because it lessens the upward pressure on feeding rounds. If you can't insert the mag on a closed bolt without forcing it, try backing off by a round or two in the mag to allow some give in that top round.
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