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    Steve Thomer

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  1. Yes, but not scientific. A couple of weeks ago a GM PCC shooter ran the course and the timing RO swore he did not pick up the last shot. He did, but could not believe a time of 10.0 seconds. He required a reshoot. We whipped out an AMG and found we could pick up all the shots from 20 yards away. BTW, he reshot the course in 9.8 seconds. At yesterday's match I was running a PCC shooter on a course where I could not be in the best position to pick up all the shots. The CED7000 timer provided only caught 10 of 20 shots. I got my AMG and ran him again. It picked up every mouse fart shot. Sensitivity was set on 5 out of 10.
  2. Every thing is checked at chrono, and they are not gentle about it. If any safety feature fails, the gun is out.
  3. You need the half cock to work. That is checked at the chrono station. I believe your new trigger bow is a bit too long, or you set the pre-travel arms out too far. Did you get the tri-glide or the regular? The last time that happened to me with a new trigger, I left it in the gun, placed a punch on the rear of the bow and gave it a moderate tap. That pushed the rear of the bow towards the front of the gun and the half cock worked again.
  4. I can't help you with what is legal for 3-gun. For USPSA ans SCSA I can. A 6" slide is a bad idea for an Open gun because it weighs so much. Use a 5" slide. In 9mm major you have a choice. You can get the gun to run soft, or flat, but not both unless you are willing to live with a lot of spilled powder on the press when the shell plate indexes. Comps make the gun shoot softer as long as there is enough gas to 'work' it. Poppels make the gun shoot flatter, rob gas from the comp and hit your hand harder. You can add more powder to compensate up to a point. My guns work the best with a 3-chamber/pot comp and two 3/16" poppels. I run a 115 JHP at 168PF.
  5. I posted earlier about reloading 9mm because I didn't have a choice. If I was shooting Limiter minor 9MM, or shortly my 5.5" barreled PCC for SCSA, there is no way in the world I would reload. I can now buy really good 9mm for 16 cents each shipped to my door. I don't have to worry about mixed HS, different OALs, etc. I shoot 9000+ 9mm major and 4500+ 9mm minor through comp'd guns a year. I'll be shooting 4500+ 9mm factory in my new PCC next year. Not having to load them will give me more time to load 40 and 45. If I had an automated 1050, I'd think differently.
  6. The difference between a 17 and 19 lb. mainspring is not noticeable on trigger pull, but is in slide recoil. Difference between an 8 and 10 lb. recoil spring depends on slide weight. With an 11 oz. slide, 9 or 10 feels best to me. With a 10 you risk short stroking. With a 10.5 oz. slide and 168PF ammo I prefer an 8 lb. spring. With minor I use a 7 lb. spring. My SDs are good (4.9) so I don't have to go hotter. If I went up to 172PF I think the 9 would feel better. It has in the past. Another variable is how your firing pin stop is cut. I cut mine with a radius right up to the FP hole. BTW, I don't care for the feel of the variable rate springs, so I use standard.
  7. I'll explain exactly how I think a sponsor donated merchandise prize table should work. Exactly as done at the East Coast Steel Championship prize table. You register for the event and are given a token of some kind. You walk into the prize shed, present your token and drawn a numbered something from the bin/board/etc. You present what you drew and they search for the bag with that number on it. When they find it they give it to you. Done. At the last four Championships I've drawn a bag full of swabs and cleaning supplies, a back pack I can't use, a two rifle case that I will shortly be able to use and an XD-9 4" (one of nine guns Springfield donated). My luck is getting better. Winners of the various Divisions get big money prizes. That's why they show up. At a match with no payouts for winners, nary a one of the really good shooters show up. This year, because of special circumstances, the MD asked if I would shoot on Friday morning. I did. The notion that I should have to wait until 6PM on Sunday (another 3.5 hour round trip) to draw form the prize table is just daft.
  8. I use a very thin bladed screw driver. Slip it into the cutout on the bottom of the ejector and pry up. Once you get it started you can pull it all the way out with your fingers. I've never heard of red Loctiting the ejector. Why? If installed correctly, the pin prevents removal, or even lifting.
  9. That's just silly. Also, I simply cannot get over the notion that some of you think you deserve better prizes just because you shoot well. That is also silly.
  10. Absolutely correct. The greedy better shooters should remember that. Without a lot of people like me, you get squat. That is precisely why the prize table should be luck of the draw. Everybody has an even chance. Winners get cash from the payouts. There is no need to try and hog everything. I also think there should be a random prize table for the ROs. They work really hard for basically no money, except the waived match fee. I've said previously I'd prefer lower match fees and lower payouts. High payouts are often self defeating. I'll list one annual 6-stage match with a high match fee. The stages are boring, but 2/3 of the fees are returned as payouts to the winning shooters. Participation is declining year after year. They feel like me. Why should I pay 3 or 4 times a local match fee for 6 boring speed stage, when I can shoot a challenging local 6-stage match. I'm a high B shooter with a C classification, so I'm not going to win anything. If you want me to register for an expensive shoot, you have to make it worth my while.
  11. For 9mm, your single stage press will have you giving up in frustration in no time. Since you want to develop skills and start a new hobby, make life easy on yourself. Buy a Dillon SDB or a 550 with dies, a powder scale, primer flipper, vibratory cleaner and a media separator. I started with a SDB in 45, because I was not loading large quantities. 4000 a year was tops. The SDB comes already set up for the caliber you ordered. All you have to do is readjust the expander setting and the powder drop. It is a simple to use, easy to understand, progressive machine that will let you crank out 400 rounds and hour. You can sell the 9mm dies you bought, because the SDB uses special dies. Or buy a 550 and use the dies you already bought.
  12. I think your rational for starting to reload is faulty. 9mm practice ammo is cheap. You can easily find a factory round that matches the ballistics of your HST rounds. 147gr @ 1000fps is a very, very common factory load.
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