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    Chris Martin

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  1. I wouldn't get in the habit of putting magazines in pouches if they aren't full. I learned that mistake the hard way once.
  2. Troupe, Thank you for taking the time to post this...very helpful. I am somewhat familiar with Clark Custom. Years ago a guy I shot with asked me to do some trigger work on his Clark Custom 1911. It was one of the nicest built 1911s I had ever seen, and I ended up not doing anything to it. Everything was perfect on the gun so I put it back together and gave the guy his gun back. After reading all the feedback on this thread, I think I'm going to see about getting the breech welded up. Thank you to everyone that helped me through this. Chris
  3. I appreciate this advice. Even though I'd never sell this 1911 because it is my first one, I don't like the idea of the plug coming loose. With tig welding, I'm not sure how the gunsmith is going smooth everything out. And I don't want him changing the hood to breech dimension. I have been struggling with this decision. If the gun didn't have sentimental value to me, I'd do this. This gun has put a lot of trophies on the wall (with some help from me), and I really want to keep it as original as possible. Plus this gun runs really well and I'm superstitious.
  4. They offered to reimburse me for the repairs. I have not done this, but when I do, I will likely go with Clark Custom to have the breech drilled out and have them install a hardened steel plug. Initially I was told they could not make the repair. Then a couple of weeks later, I received an e-mail from Justin Clark indicating that he believed he could get it repair. He said he would have to see it first which I think is reasonable. The other option is to have it micro-tig welded. Option three is to send the gun back to Les Baer to have another slide fit to the gun. The gun I built is going to get left alone. I spent 16 days with Bob Marvel building that gun over a course of 5 months. It's not going anywhere. I'm not letting anyone touch that pistol. The damage is minor so I think I will just live with it for now.
  5. Winchester has finally made right on their promise to take the primers back and reimburse me. After a 4+ month ordeal of numerous e-mails and phone calls, they sent me a check in November. I greatly appreciate those that helped me through this process. Chris
  6. You would be horrified to learn how difficult it can be to stop an arterial bleed without the right equipment. A boresnake is really bad idea.
  7. I agree with this. The erosion I saw happened on one day with two pistols. One of the pistols was one I had just finished building, and I have photos of the build. I am certain of the cause. Regardless of what Winchester is claiming, the primers they sold me caused this problem. I have used this round for over 15 years with multiple 1911s. The only problems I have had in the distant past were with my Les Baer. The pistol I built on a Nighthawk Custom platform had erosion after 43 rounds. The load I'm using is 4.6 grains of WST, OAL 1.25", .470 crimp and a 230g RN Zero bullet. Depending on the temperature, it makes 168,000 - 173,000 power factor. I doubt I'm having pressure issues with this load. The only variable I have not taken into consideration is using mixed brass. However, I have used other Winchester primers from a different lot without any problems.
  8. Thank you. I have been in contact with Winchester, and the lot number of my primers was not on their list (so they say). They are still agreeable to take them back.
  9. Every few years the American College of Surgeons comes out with a SESAP program for surgeons. This stands for Self Education Self-Assessment Program, and it an intensive course covering a multitude of topics encountered by a General Surgeon. The topic of tourniquets came up. This is from the American College of Surgeons: The purpose of the tourniquet is to stop arterial inflow and prevent ongoing hemorrhage. Inappropriately applied, tourniquets may actually increase bleeding due to inadequate arterial occlusion and increased venous congestion. A concern with the use of tourniquets is nerve and muscle injury. Appropriate application and removal of tourniquets is not associated with muscle and nerve damage but does reduce deaths from bleeding. The principles of the proper application of tourniquets include the following: · Only use tourniquets for potentially life-threatening extremity bleeding. · Set the tourniquet at the lowest possible pressure needed to effectively stop hemorrhage. · Place the tourniquet as close to the wound as possible. · Keep meticulous tourniquet time, because tourniquet time should be minimized, ideally not exceeding 2 hours. · Use side-by-side or wide tourniquets to minimize tissue damage and for large wounds. Once at the hospital, the tourniquet should be released only in a controlled setting such as an operating room. Tourniquet use is not associated with increased limb loss.
  10. I picked up a Frankford Arsenal case dryer for around 60 bucks from Brownells. Works just fine.
  11. That comment was uncalled for. He took the time to be helpful. What have you done?
  12. If you need to reach Winchester about any problems with gun damage, primer issues, etc., this is the name and number nobody at Winchster will tell you: Jake jchanks@olin.com 618.258.2738 (Direct Line) It took me three weeks to get this intel. They dodged me. Didn't return calls. Played dumb. Excuse after another. It was quite irritating but persistence paid off.
  13. 2008 S&W Winter Nationals. I shot a stage. As the SO and I headed to the right to score targets, people on my squad started pasting targets from the left before I could see my hits. I was told I had 5 misses on three targets. I never saw all the targets before they were pasted. The targets were close, and I won the accuracy title in 2007. I was shooting Master Class in CDP at the time, and I've never had 5 mikes on a stage. I got screwed over. It pissed me off so bad, I packed up my gear and left. I've never been back.
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