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  1. I have a Specialist Commander I've been shooting USPSA with. It makes weight with the stock magwell and no basepads, but it's a shorter gun, and drops my 135 PF load down to about 128-130 (147gr Blue w/ 3.1 N320 @ 1.10") which is getting a little close to the line for my comfort. One of the Brazos ignition kits dropped right in for a 2.25 lb crisp pull. Shoots real flat and accurate as well. The ball end mill cuts on the Specialist can make holster selection difficult. I have a Bladetech DOH for a railed commander that fits it just fine. I also have a Springfield loaded target 5" gun with trigger work that while also is nice, I suspect the chamber is out of spec or on the tighter end of things and I'm going to end up having some work done for reliability. I had to change my OAL to get one load that would run reliably for all my guns and the Springfield was the PITA. The fit and finish isn't as great, and from a satisfaction / time factor, I'd trade it in for a PM9 in a heartbeat.
  2. https://www.guns.com/news/2019/07/24/exclusive-u-s-marshals-special-operations-group-adopts-sti-2011-pistols
  3. I picked up a loaded in 9mm here used. It's an older model in stainless. The front slide serrations are great and I consider this a must have feature on slides now. The gun runs great, was tuned up quite a bit by the previous owner trigger wise, but the fit and finish is a bit below standards set by higher end guns, none of which bothers me much. I may start filing on the beavertail at some point and the slide to frame fit is just a little loose which is at the bottom of my care about list. You'll probably want a strip of grip tape to put on the front strap.
  4. I have two 9mm single stacks with different ramp types and haven't experienced any feeding issues with 10 round mags and 147 rn. One of these is an older bull barreled commander Rock Island that I consider a gem considering it was inexpensive and runs really well. Almost switched .40 bullets to a round nose when the other gun was given me fits but a good local smith got it all sorted out.
  5. It's a common problem more to do with the feeding geometry than any type of mag. Google around and you'll find better descriptions than I can muster here. I have a set of 10mm Tripp mags I use for a .40 that used to have this problem. I had a gunsmith recut the feed ramp and after a fresh spring the gun was running fine with 10 rnds and truncated nose bullets. EGW makes a raised mag catch that is another commonly suggested fix. Sent from my Moto G (5) Plus using Tapatalk
  6. Fwiw I just got back from chronoing 180 xtreme with the flat tip from a 5" 1911 with Titegroup. 4.2 was avg 841 fps 4.5 was avg 893 fps 4.6 was avg 923 fps which is close to 165 I'll end up settling around 4.7 most likely. My gun has a tighter chamber so I also used a slightly tighter crimp.
  7. There's a choice between two pains in life. The pain of discipline or the pain of regret.
  8. Clinton county farmers and sportsmen's in Wilmington also does a monthly 3 gun.
  9. ...No I didn't do it. I've been reading through load data on here, and there's some accepted loads then you get into the grey area where one guy/gal is shooting something that another guy says is unsafe. I'm OK with moving slightly and slowly outside of book max loads and looking for pressure signs, but I'm very curious as to what anecdotal or actually tested data where individuals have actually blown up guns (typical competition handguns, not magnum revolvers) from a strictly overpressure situations. Has anybody witnessed this happening or even heard about it happening unintentionally? Has anybody witnessed or heard about any controlled tests where guns were intentionally blown up?
  10. Thanks. I'll be checking this one out.
  11. Everything makes sense. I was mainly interested in figuring out how consistent the timers are and if there is an "industry standard" so to speak. I take away that there is a bit of an ad-hoc standard, but nothing formalized.
  12. Is the length of the beep generally consistent for all shot timers? Do they all begin counting at the start of the beep? Does USPSA have an official list of allowed timers?
  13. For me, the irony of this discussion is that a few years ago there was one or two Olympic shooters who were disqualified because they were using performance enhancing drugs: tranquilizers. It slowed their heartrate so they could shoot more accurately. This was probably the only time a shooter has ever been disqualified for performance enhancement, and it was for the opposite effect than what we're discussing!It's an interesting question. For the small bore events where you're trying to hold to an X ring the beta blockers or whatever they use may help. I think a modest dose of caffeine is probably not a bad choice for USPSA, but not at a dosage level that would trigger a failed test.Another interesting fact is that nicotine accelerates the rate that the body processes caffeine. I think it may even be an antidote for caffeine overdose.
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    Tite group

    I use 3.1 @ 1.14 with the 147gr extremes out of a 34. I did a pretty comprehensive search on here and this is what most were using.
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