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  1. Hi all. I just recently switched CDP with a Glock 41 this year, and I'm looking for a holster. I wanted a Safariland, but unfortunately they don't offer the 5197 or 5198 for the G41, which left me looking at an almost identical holster with the ALS retention system. Has anyone had any experience permanently disabling the ALS on a Safariland? I should also mention that I tried the gun in all my G34 holsters and although the slide fit because the two guns' slides are the same dimensions the grip was a little too meaty and got wouldn't go all the way into my 5198. Thanks ahead of time for any responses. -Parker
  2. If you are looking to simply enjoy something that you miss I'd think you'd want to minimize the weight of the gun and minimize recoil. Making manipulations easier is probably also a plus. I'm no expert, but i would think an open polymer gun would be the way to go. Again, if you're only looking to have fun, a limited-style GLOCK with a compensator would be a good gun for the open division. You would cut down on weight without a red dot or milling out the slide, you could run whatever holster and pouches you want, oversize the controls for easier manipulation, and add a good comp with down-loaded 9mm and light RSA to get light recoil. You may not be competitive, but you would have a fun time. If you wanted to go competitive adding a red dot may not add too much weight. That's just my two cents. Kudos to you for getting back out there and giving it a try. I hope everything works out for you.
  3. I have one in my TRP Operator, and I love it. Makes disassembly incredibly easy and seems like a no brainer looking back. No issues.
  4. If I fit a standard barrel and bushing, which I don't have a problem doing (I'd rather save the money), I can still put the bull barrel in right? I won't ruin the fit of the bull barrel will I?
  5. Thanks. So that's another question, what is the recoil difference between .40 and .45 in a 1911 for Single Stack? With my glock 34 I have almost no Muzzle flip and so tracking sights is easy. Is .40 snappier with more flip, and .45 is more of a heave?
  6. .38 super can only be minor PF right? Is it worth giving up a point per hit? I'm a pretty competitive IDPA with my GLOCK but I'm just starting USPSA, and I know a lot of people shoot .40 so they can shoot major. The 1911 is more of a hobby.
  7. Thanks, I'll definitely check that out. Brownells is out of stock but amazon almost never disappoints.
  8. Hi all, I have an interesting question (I think...) I normally shoot GLOCK, but I have a romantic attraction to the 1911 that I'm sure many of us have felt at some point. Recently I acquired a Springfield Armory TRP Operator with a Bull Barrel and full-length guide rod. My problem is that although I am a GLOCK Certified Armorer (that's not saying much) I have never known anything but the striker-fired, plastic anti-1911. I plan on getting another 1911 (not yet determined) to shoot USPSA Single Stack with, and I will also be using the Operator in L-10 occasionally at a local match. But like I said, Ive never dealt with a gun that had a hammer before. I'm not completely in the dark but need to learn about the 1911 platform in general. I'd like to have a healthy education from years of experience but I'd also like to get as much of a head start by reading first. Can anyone recommend a good book(s), DVD(s), or YouTube video(s)? I have looked around myself and found some of the "1911 Build" videos to be a little useful but not too much. Thanks guys.
  9. First, thanks for the help! Secondly, all has worked out. I have goals, all challenging, but attainable. I have read Lanny Bassham's book as well as Thinking Practical Shooting by Saul Kirsch (Bob Vogel recommended them on the internet so I had too) prior to starting this thread and I think those have definitely helped my shooting overall (maybe had to do a little review). I had to break some bad habits first and I'm still working on it but I'm getting there. I had to turn the shooting burner on low for a few weeks and give everything the appropriate amount of attention (still a lot). Now that I've overcome inertia on a few projects they will be a lot easier to keep going. Unfortunately I had to make a call and shooting wasn't prioritized for a little while. At least it was in the off-season. I know the hard work will pay off eventually, and for what it's worth, I look forward to when I can reap the rewards of the work I've been putting in while I didn't do much shooting. I'm back behind the gun (more) now and going to the gym more. Just getting up and going even though I didn't want to helped. Thanks again for all the help, keep shooting guys.
  10. To answer your first question, aim at the center of the target. Glock should be POA = POI at handgun ranges. Second, as others have mentioned, dry fire is one of the most important things you can do, when you work fundamentals use it to practice perfect trigger control and sight alignment. Also, dry fire is meant to be a supplement to live fire. Live fire is just as important. The two best pieces of advise I have ever received in regard to training is 1) Practice is just going to the range and throwing lead, but what did you learn? Every round you fire should be focused on a specific goal. Be it time to first shot, split times, etc., training is how you get better. Practice is just repetitive. The second piece of advice came from a USAMU shooter at an Action Shooting Clinic. We were running drills and I had all my hits in the A zone, and that was wrong. I didn't get any data from that that would help me learn my limits or how to improve. I only knew that the speed I always shot, that always got a zone or 0 down hits still worked. The key to proper training is to push yourself. I asked my instructor how hard to push myself, how much is too much? He told me to go ape****. Shoot further than you're comfortable when you train, shoot faster than what you're comfortable with, until you see your groups open up, then try to hold that. When you train, push hard; when you compete, relax. Mentally and technically relaxation is the key to competing. If you push hard during training, you will naturally fall back on level close to your all-a-zone limit. Good luck and have fun shooting!
  11. In a sentence, can I lower my extrinsic motivation to not train or do I need to suck it up and go, and hopefully that lowers the extrinsic motivation?
  12. That's my fault, I think I explained this poorly. I'm not overloaded with stress, it's maybe a little more than usual but I'm fine in that respect. The leadership roles I'm coming into will be fine once I get those things going, it's just a lot right now. I'm still meeting all my deadlines, it's just taking more work. I have a lot of prep for finals but I'm not pulling my hair out worried, I could pass without taking any of these classes. Studying is just another thing that I have to do. What I think is happening is that my intrinsic motivation to train is still there, and hasn't changed, but the shear volume of work that I have to do has tired me to a point that my extrinsic motivation to NOT train has overcome the intrinsic motivation to train, which is normally very strong. In order to fix this I've done some thinking and reading and I think the answer isn't mental, but physical. I think the answer I either exercise first, which will help sleep (sleep is stopping me from exercising) or sleep first (which is difficult because I'm doing a lot of work). My focus is fine, my reactions times are normal, I have no issues staying awake during tedious exercises in boring classes, and my memory is normal. I think this is because of the way sleep affects me. I am not mental impaired but physically exhausted. If I need to use strength I can, will, and have use it at normal levels, but I really, really don't want to. This is somewhat unique and I haven't quite experienced this before.
  13. Hi all, I've been having some issues lately and couldn't find another posts with the right info so I'm starting this one. I think this is the correct place for it; I'm still new to the forum. Anyway, I have had a lot going on recently. I missed a LOT of school being out of town for a wedding and have to make up all that work in addition to prepping for midterms and finals next week, I'm trying to start several endeavors inside and outside of school that require my attention from a leadership standpoint, I'm doing a lot of research for several projects, and not to mention technical training for the competitive season is picking up. I have a classifier in 2 weeks from Saturday that I'm worried about, even though I will shoot a Master level classifier. I shoot at the Master level all the time. I love to shoot really well. I'm a really good shooter. I shoot well all the time. You get the picture… I'm not sleeping a lot and I'm doing a lot of work which is making me really tired. I need to train physically more, but I don't have the energy for it. Normally, exercise helps when I don't have a lot of energy, but I'm not sure now if it'll help. I don't really know if I'm tired or just doing so much that I don't want to train. Now, I don't think I'm burned out. I want to train. I want to dry-fire. I want to go to the range. But, at the same time, I don't want to do those things because I'm tired. I also am not sure how to stop the cycle. Should I catch up on sleep first? Exercise first? If anyone else has been in a similar situation I'd appreciate on advice on how to get better. Now, this is a mental problem I think, physical training is just one of the possible solutions that I've thought of. Thanks.
  14. Hi, I started shooting last October, and started getting in to competition this past March. I shoot IDPA and GSSF mainly. I have worked very hard and have had lots of great opportunities in such a short time shooting. I am very fortunate to have met so many nice people who have not hesitated to help out a new junior like myself. I have advanced in skill significantly and quickly, but I do not want to stop. I have shot three IDPA sanctioned matches, one of them being the Carolina Cup, and would like to shoot more and make something out of myself. The next logical place to go seems to be USPSA. I have shot one local match and have not joined, but I am shooting another local match this weekend and will join shortly. I missed the points cut off for IDPA nats this year because of the my late start (I had exactly 0 points at the time) and am looking at the Indoor Nats in February. Lately I've seen a lot about the IPSC World Shoot. Now, I want to go there. I believe that if I keep working as hard as I have been I can make it skill wise. I know that the process for getting to the World Shoot may change, but for now, how do I get to USPSA nats? I'm having trouble discerning what the USPSA Slot Policy says, could anyone shed any light on the subject? While we're at it, any advice for a "beginner" shooter starting USPSA (I mean how to find matches and that sort of things, not what equipment I need or what to expect at a match)? Thanks for any advice, it is GREATLY appreciated!
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