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LHshooter

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  1. That's the decision I'm grappling with. I'm on the fence.
  2. Thanks for that info. I checked out their website and right now they don't offer a plate option for my optic but they say they will be adding more options. I'll call them to see if the Venom is on their bucket list. If not, maybe I'll have an excuse for the wife why I need to buy another optic.
  3. Thanks, I did some research on those plates before deciding on milling. Seems they make the optic sit too high off the slide for my liking.
  4. I looked into Lone Wolf when I bought their slide for my G17. Almost positive their G34 slides are only for Gen 3, not Gen 4 or 5. I'll have to call them to verify.
  5. I am thinking of putting my Vortex Venom on my Glock 34 Gen 4 but not sure if what I want to do makes sense in terms of preserving the stock gun. My preferred option was to buy a stripped MOS slide, so I could maintain my factory pistol, but the asking prices are insane, almost as much as a pistol. Even the non-MOS G34 slides have crazy prices. So, I am now thinking of having my factory slide milled for my Venom. I did this for my G17 but was able to buy an aftermarket slide for the red dot, preserving my original slide. The issue is, if I have the slide milled, I will lose the rear dovetail so the slide could no longer have iron sights. I could have a new dovetail milled in front of the optic, but to me that looks stupid having the sight 2 inches farther forward from the back of the slide. I don't plan on ever selling my pistol, but you never know. Is milling the slide and losing the dovetail a dumb thing to do? I guess I could always hope that in the future slide prices will come down to reality or reasonably priced aftermarket G34 slides will be for sale. Anyone with an opinion please chime in, especially if you did something similar or thought about it. Thanks
  6. For competition use here is my opinion. I recently put a Vortex Venom with the 6 MOA dot on my Glock 17. Since I wasn't sure I would like it and didn't want to screw around with my gun, I bought an aftermarket slide from Lone Wolf (about $180) and had the slide milled specifically for the Venom by Battlewerx ($75). I like it so much I am going to put it on my Glock 34. The Venom cost me around $219. I am impressed with the Venom so far.
  7. Is there anything new in this book that is not included in Ben's earlier books? I have Practical Pistol, Skills and Drills, and Dry Fire Training and am wondering if his latest book is trluy "new" information or if it just takes info from prior books and assembles it into a new release. It's only about $16, but based on the table of contents it looks very similar to what I have already read from Ben.
  8. I have Brian's book. Also 3 books by Ben Stoeger - Practical Shooting, Skills & Drills, and Dry Fire Training. Ben's books do a great job of giving both live and dry fire drills along with goals it takes to make GM. I also have a book by Saul Kirsch - Perfect Practice, that does a real good job. All are recommended. I have the first dry fire book by Steve Anderson, but I like Ben's books better.
  9. I'm 60 and I've been shooting local IDPA and USPSA matches for a couple years (SS in ESP, SSP, BUG; C Class in Limited and CO). I'm accurate (90%+ points in matches) but slow. I've finally decided to get serious about improving and shooting faster and am now implementing a dry fire program I hope I will stick with, (I know, what has taken me so long), and getting some live fire practice drills that make sense. I got out Brian's book again, and more of it makes more sense now than when I first read it when I started shooting matches. In the Development section I started with Exercise 1 where you line up the sights on a wall, lower your hands, close your eyes, and remount the gun to see if the sights are still aligned. Usually the front sight is a little low and a little left (at the bottom of the notch or just slightly below, and at the left side of the notch). I've spent a lot of time adjusting my feet, relaxing my arms, fine tuning my grip, etc, but it comes up the same. Nothing I seem to do makes any difference and it's very frustrating. Brian said he can't tell how long it will take to master each exercise, but I'm not sure I'll ever get off Exercise 1. He says not to move on to the others until you master each preceding exercise, but after a while I couldn't resist. I do Exercise 2 as well as 1 and I can keep my index pretty damn good when I rotate left or right with my eyes closed. But, I want to proceed in the right order but can't seem to correct my front sight to where it is lined up in the notch almost perfectly every time. How long did it take you to perfect this Exercise? Did you anything specific to correct your misalignment? It sucks getting old and being frustrated.
  10. After a few half-ass attempts, I've finally decided to get serious about a dry fire routine. I bought the dry fire books, made spread sheets to track my progress and then never kept up with it. Now, I realize I have to get serious about dry fire if I want to progress. The room I have to practice can handle up to 7 1/2 yds with full size targets that I placed at 5 feet high at the shoulders. I can handle up to 15 yds with 1/2 scale targets and 25 yds with 1/3 scale targets, but my question is how high do I place the scaled targets - clearly not 5 ft high at the shoulder. How high up should I place 1/2 and 1/3 targets to simulate distances? Also, should the width between targets change for the scaled targets as well? Thanks, I appreciate any insights.
  11. I found this training tip last week while searching for help on the forums. I shoot IDPA and USPSA and am very accurate but slow, especially on transitions. Ran 6 of these strings at the range the other day to establish a baseline. I am going to do it one more time since the first was after a local match and I was "warmed up" and want to do it cold. Then it's on to part 2. I'm hoping this will help get this 60 year old shooting faster.
  12. Brian,s book was the first I bought, followed by Ben,s 3 books and all taught me something imp ortant. I really like that Ben explains in detail the training, live and dry fire, he did to make GM. Another book I found really helpful is the one by Saul Kirsch. Now, if I only practiced more! That is my resolution for this year.
  13. LHshooter

    Sig Sights

    X2 on the plug for Dawson - excellent products, excellent service and very reasonable prices.
  14. LHshooter

    P320 X5 Thread

    I just found out that Sig has instituted a voluntary recall over the "drop safety" issue, that includes the X5. Details are on the Sig homepage. Is anyone going to bother with this since It appears the X5 is less prone to firing when dropped? They say it will take 4 to 6 weeks before the pistol is returned. Don't know if it is worth the hassle and long wait.
  15. LHshooter

    P320 X5 Thread

    A couple posters on this board have posted photos of how they trimmed their red dots to fit the X5 slide without the need for an adapter plate. Check back to like page 30 or 31 if I remember correctly. One guy did it for a Viper for sure, another I don't remember which sight it was.
  16. LHshooter

    P320 X5 Thread

    Even though your front sight appears centered on the slide, you may want to consider drifting it a little to bring the rear a little to the left so you have adjustment in either direction. If you are not a fan of that narrow sight, this would be a good excuse to get a wider front sight from Dawson and then see if your existing sight is flawed by how well the new sight zeroes. Something to consider
  17. LHshooter

    P320 X5 Thread

    It may just be the angle of the photo, but it likes as though the rear sight is shifted quite a bit to the right. But, if that is what it takes to get the shot centered...
  18. LHshooter

    P320 X5 Thread

    I've only put about 500 rnds through my X5 so far, but after zeroing, I've found it to be very accurate. I can easily shoot 2" dots at 7 yards and essentially rip one large hole in the paper with 6 rounds in each dot. I'm going to start moving back to 10 yards to see how well I do. I'll point out I have added a slightly wider front sight but still have the factory recoil guide rod and spring although I plan on changing those soon.
  19. LHshooter

    P320 X5 Thread

    As ltdmstr stated in his post, it sounds as though you have to move your front sight in order to get your windage zeroed. Since you are shooting LEFT, you have to move your front sight to the LEFT (this will move your groups to the right) in order to get centered. Before you move the sight, see if you can visually tell if the front sight is not centered on the slide. If you have a pair of calipers, you should be able to get a measurement from each side of the front sight to see if they are equal.
  20. LHshooter

    P320 X5 Thread

    Yes, you push the front sight out with a drift (brass or something soft) and push the new sight in. I replaced my factory front sight because it was too narrow for my liking and replaced it with a Dawson that is 0.100 wide and .230 tall. Would have liked a 0.105, but they do not off that width at this time. FWIW, the little tool that Dawson provides to push out the front sight was of no use to me. It is made of soft aluminum and got mangled long before I was able to push out the sight. Just try to get the front sight aligned in the center as best you can, otherwise you'll have to use the windage adjustment on the rear to get it zeroed.
  21. LHshooter

    P320 X5 Thread

    I've been reading the recent posts re lower weight recoil springs with great interest, and have delayed purchasing a heavier guide rod and lower weight springs until I see more feedback from other people. But, all these posts have raised a probably silly question in my head that I am hoping someone can address, but maybe it's just dumb or naive of me to even raise it. The X5 is a competition pistol, I would bet virtually everyone buying it is using it in competition, unlike a lot of other pistols that are purchased for multiple reasons. Then one of the first things people are doing is lowering the recoil spring weight to get less muzzle rise and a flatter shooting pistol. Surely Sig knows people are buying the X5 for competition, and they sponsor shooters for competition that are no doubt experimenting with lower spring weights as well. So why didn't Sig, with their engineers and gunsmiths, release the X5 with an optimized recoil spring weight for flat shooting. Surely they would know what spring is optimal. Is this a liability, reliability or product lifespan issue? At the very least why not say "the X5 comes with a XX lb recoil spring, but for optimal use in competition you might want to consider using a YY lb spring"? What am I missing, or am I just off even raising this question? Any thoughts?
  22. LHshooter

    P320 X5 Thread

    Looking for some recommendations on which lighter recoil spring to use. I am getting ready to order a heavy recoil rod and lighter recoil spring from Springer Precision. A while back, someone posted that Springer recommends a 14 lb spring, but several recent posters have said they are using 13 lb springs. Does the 13 lb make a bigger difference over the 14 lb and has anyone experienced any problems with using the 13 lb? Any feedback would be appreciated. thx
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