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  1. Odd question, but how is the cell signal at vir? My wife is pregnant and 3 weeks from her due date. I would hate to miss an important call!
  2. Great match despite my performance and equipment problems! Other match directors should take notes...rifle targets that require a rifle (not pistol targets to be shot with a rifle), shotgun reloads didn't decide the match, and a good mix of challenging stages with all three guns. Charles and crew did an excellent job as usual!
  3. This problem has been discussed on here before, it would be worth searching it. I fought this problem for a long time with a good customer and friend of mine. It is incredibly frustrating when the gunsmith can't replicate the problem. As others have mentioned, it usually occurs with good shooters who are capable of very fast splits AND who spent a lot of time shooting Glocks. The "find the reset point" style of shooting is really the root cause. This is tough to try to explain to a GM level guy who feels like his trigger technique is what has gotten him to that level in the first place! If the trigger is returned to just the right position as the gun cycles, I think you can get a funny bounce of the disconnector when it tries to rise and the sear gets tripped in the process (just my theory). I have talked to a lot of well known gunsmiths regarding this matter, but have never gotten a "magic bullet" type of answer...just ideas of what to try. For the previously mentioned case, the fix was to increase sear engagement considerably and increase overtravel. I think the overtravel portion only helped because it made it a little more difficult for him to find the exact reset point. Other shooters with this predicament have had to go to much heavier pull weights.
  4. For those not aware of the Gunsmithing program that we have at Montgomery Community College in Troy NC...we have a 2-year Associate Degree available in Gunsmithing. In addition to our regular curriculum program, we offer one and two week long seminar type classes. This is our "NRA Program". These classes take place between April and October every year, and are taught by guest instructors from around the country on a variety of subjects. We try to get really good specialists to teach the skills that they are good at. This is a great opportunity for folks who can't drop everything for two years to enroll in our regular program. Students in our NRA program range from novices to professional gunsmiths who have shops of their own. The classes have traditionally been announced on the first Monday in Feb. This year, we changed the beginning of registration to Nov. 1st. That means that classes are now enrolling. The popular classes do tend to fill up very quickly. As a matter of fact, a couple are already full. Below is a link to the list of offerings on the school's website. Contact info for the Con-Ed dept. is on the web page. For technical questions about specific classes, my contact email is below the link. http://www.montgomery.edu/nra-courses.html dyem@montgomery.edu
  5. Everybody be sure to thank Linda for all her hard work. I have attended many matches in which she did the stats, and this is the first time I have ever seen a problem of this magnitude. Linda is probably the best stats/organizer in the sport. I am sure she went far above and beyond the call of duty to get the scores out. Thanks Linda!
  6. Like most on here, I have been primarily a pistol/rifle guy for years. I am recently on a quest to broaden my horizons. I have always been told that shotgun fit is very important since your eye is essentially the rear sight. Despite the importance of fit to proper shotgun shooting, it doesn't seem like a lot of people are actually good at it. It seems like mostly hearsay and voodoo. Length of pull seems easy enough, but drops and casts make it a little more complicated. To make it harder still, I also hear that it is very hard to fit a shotgun to anyone who is not already a pretty good shotgun shooter, since a newbie will never mount the gun the same way twice. Yesterday, I picked up a bunch of shotguns and did the "closed eye test" for drop. I assumed my shooting stance, picked out a distant object, closed my eyes and mounted the gun. When I opened my eyes, I found that with most guns I am looking at the back of the receiver. Out of the whole lot, only one seemed to come up with me looking straight down the rib. It was an older Winchester 101. That particular gun has less drop than any other gun that I tried. It has a bit of a monte carlo cut with a drop at the comb of 1 9/16 and a drop at the mid-point of 1 5/8. After the step down of the cheekpiece, the drop at the heel is 2 3/8. Does this sound reasonable? I am a pretty average 5'09 and 175 lbs with reasonably short arms and neck, and a thin face. I also tend to really weld my face to the stock. Is it possible that I push my face into the stock too hard? Is there anything else that I could be doing that would give me a false reading? Mark
  7. For years, I thought the "beware the man who has only one gun" theory was golden. I wanted to learn one gun to the point that it became an extension of my arm, and not "mess myself up" by practicing with something else. I still think this idea has a lot of value in the beginning...while you are learning the basic skill set that you will need to compete in practical shooting. That way you can focus your attention on calling shots, transitions, etc. without having to spend all your time trying to remember all the ways this gun is different from your others. As you progress, I think this mindset is less valid. As your grasp of the fundamentals of practical shooting improves, your ability to adjust to new equipment will improve as well. In fact, I find that I now perform better if I spend a little time training with several different guns. For example: for years, I shunned open guns as a crutch for people who weren't "man enough" to shoot iron sights. I couldn't have been more wrong. When I finally began shooting Open occasionally, it completely changed the way I shoot and see targets...for the better. I didn't want to shoot Glocks because they "point funny". Now, I can adjust to one with about ten minutes of dry fire drills. If you take a look at the top shooters, many of them may have a different gun in their hand for any given match. Jerry M is a good example. One week he will be shooting Open in a 3-gun match, the next he will be shooting a revolver in an ICORE event, and the next he might be shooting an M&P for a S&W demo. The cool thing is that at his level, none of these detracts from the other. I guess the crux of my argument is that shooting one gun exclusively is a great way to learn the fundamentals of shooting, but it can also leave you "pigeon holed" and eventually limit your progression. Further, I feel like I have also limited my progression by focusing largely on one type of shooting. My new training plan is including a lot of cross-training in other shooting sports. I think shooting some other games from time to time may be able to add new ideas and dimensions to my game in USPSA. But...I could have it all wrong!!! Mark
  8. Ok, I have been playing with handguns all these years, and am a little behind the curve on shotgun tech. I know that the old benelli guns could be ghost loaded...leaving a round on the follower. I am told that the new ones can be readily modified to do this as well...something about welding a groove on the bolt. Does anyone have pics of this? Also, does anyone have good pics of a benelli carrier that has been welded to not pinch the crap out of your thumb during loading?
  9. Years ago, I did some .22 bullseye postal matches through the US Revolver Assoc. I thought it might be a good way to get some trigger squeezing practice this winter. Are they still around? Their website doesn't come up, leading me to think they might be defunct. If they still exist, does anyone know how to contact them? The NRA does .22 conventional pistol postals, but only as an individual match. I was hoping to find a team match.
  10. Ok, so this is a weird request. I have a hair-brained idea for a new type of red dot sight, and I'd like to play with prototyping it. Does anyone out there in the enosphere know where one could purchase some of the emitter diodes without having to disassemble perfectly good sights to rob them? The ones I am looking for are less like the dot modules in a C-more, and more like the ones in a J-point. I am sure some Japanese electronics company probably sells just what I need, I just haven't been able to locate them so far. Mark
  11. Someone handed me some 1911 trigger components (hammer, sear, disconnector) made by a company called BC Engineering in TN. The parts looked to be of reasonably good quality. It surprised me that someone was making gun stuff an hour from me without me hearing about it. Has anyone on here know anything about the company or ever used any of their parts? Mark
  12. While all guns are different, here is something that fixed the same symptom on a couple of 9mm major guns that I've built: the ejector needs to be as wide toward the center of the breech face as the cutout in the slide will allow. I had to weld on the side of a few ejectors to get them as wide as possible (only a few thousandths clearance in the slide cutout). It seems that on a lot of the 9mm guns, the ejector only hits the case rim with a glancing blow rather than solidly. This sends the case up into the scope mount rather than out of the port. Proper extractor tension also plays a significant role in getting the case headed out of the gun in the right direction. Mark
  13. I am going to go on a fishing trip in Alaska in August. I want to take my .44 mag Bisley Blackhawk to scare away any problem bears. I really like the looks of the Mernickle CCW type holsters that is sold in Blue Press, and on the Mernickle website. I would prefer to have a kydex holster as opposed to a leather one since it will certainly get wet. I need to find a kydex holster guy who would be willing to copy this holster for a reasonable price, and could deliver by mid-summer. Mark
  14. If the forward end of your factory sight ends in a rounded tang, the sight should work on your gun. If it has a square tang and a small diameter front hole then...no. We do have plans to make some sights for the older model guns in the future though. Mark Dye
  15. As a faithful employee at Bowen, I have tried to get a lot of revo guys to try our sights. Jerry M has been using them for several years now. They are a little more expensive than some of the other sights on the market, but are a lot nicer and tougher. One of the nice features is that the rear blades are fully interchangable...if you want a bo-mar face, white outline, v-notch, custom blade, or some combination, we have them all in several heights. Check out the link below. http://www.bowenclassicarms.com/Parts_SW_Rough_Country_Rear.htm
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