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    Caleb Helton

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    Music in earmuff

    One of the local long time USPSA'er GM open guys here does it. And he has been a GM and competitive for a long time so it seems there is something to it. I've always been curious about it. I should ask him the next time I see him. What kind of music do you listen to? You know there is some new tech out exploring neuroscience. JJ Racaza, Shane Coley, and Max Michel are all using the product. It's used in headphone form. Here is that link. https://www.haloneuro.com/science It is an interesting topic for sure.
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    Grip Safety in STI Edge

    Yeah my Edge was pretty sharp from the factory. I used a JEM GS from EGW and infinity thumb safeties when I blended it. Very smooth now. I wish the JEM GS's would fit 1911 frames.
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    Brazos Manny Dot on a Springfield 1911?

    thanks for the info! I decided to order a dawson sight with .090 width.
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    Brazos Manny Dot on a Springfield 1911?

  6. Does the manny dot from brazos fit a springfield 1911 front sight cut? Of course it will need a little fitting if it does. However, I don't want it to be completely the wrong angle. I currently run a manny dot on my edge and love it. My dawson front sight currently is bent from a previous owner installing it improperly. I plan to use this gun for some USPSA, but mostly steel challenge. On a side note what is yalls opinion of a front sight that narrow for steel?? The manny dot is .070. Alternatively I could just order another dawson one that is .090. The current one is .100 and it is way too fat for my tastes. Thanks.
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    Best Range Backpack

    Alright cool. Is there any way to check if its still applied on my own? I might just be looking at items that dont qualify for the discount. I was thinking of the tactical GPS bag, not the handgunner. The tac and the shooters conn are the same price. I like how the GPS has exterior straps/molle to attach other items. And its prime shipping from amazon. Why should I get the shooters conn bag over the GPS tac?
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    Best Range Backpack

    Wish they still made that one. The nylon/cloth is solid from what I have seen and felt in person. I want to go with the shooters conn bag, but I am not paying $30 to ship it. That's just a principle thing for me. I have given a hard look at the GPS Handgunner, a friend has one and likes it, but doesnt use it hard. If I carried more junk I would get the small DAA.
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    Best Range Backpack

    Does Shooters Connection still offer discounts for forum members? Does it expire? It doesn't seem to be applied to my account anymore.
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    Shooter Induced Sear Bounce

    I think many shooters are doing their own trigger installation nowadays. I personally know a handful of shooters who have bought the kit from Brazos and loved it. If your frame is good the parts really don't require any fitting. That's what my friend has in his open gun that I shot last weekend, and it felt nice. EGW also sells a similar kit. Doing that or buying your own sear jig seems the way many go.
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    Shooter Induced Sear Bounce

    Exactly what I was thinking when my smith told me I was creating the issue. Yeah it was painful to spend all that time and money too. Especially for someone in my position (full time student, part time employee). Just about anyone can fit a single part to a 1911. But how it works with the other parts is the key and probably the most difficult part of the job. Also I wanted to add something I forgot. The 2nd smith even had a "well known" smith he is friends with come in and he couldn't figure out my problem either. I don't know how much time he spent looking at it, but technically 3 smiths at least looked at it. Wow.
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    Shooter Induced Sear Bounce

    Yeah the first guy is certified from the PA gunsmith school and worked with apprenticed under a retired AMU smith. I actually had a friend take the gun to him because of their connection. He fit my safeties and trigger group for $100 and had the gun back in just over 2wks. I felt it was all solid work. If I wanted a quick trigger job local I would probably go back to him. I didn't personally meet him so I can't comment on his bedside manner. His business is Moss Firearms, first name Brannen. The 2nd smith was another guy in the North GA area. He as a policy though where if you ask for an update he just ignores you. If you keep asking he will try and charge you $125 extra. The policy is clearly stated in his info. That wouldn't have been a problem except when he had the gun 3x longer than what was agreed upon and threatened the $125 after I had sent him a total of 3 emails in 3 months. In person he was not difficult to deal with at all. I actually shot a match with him before and enjoyed shooting with him. I did have him pin my grip safety and that work was fine. However, I don't think I will be returning to him because of his communication policies. I believe many smiths have a problem of too many clients and not enough resources to handle it. I am fine with an extended wait time, but to promise one thing and then refuse communication is bad business in my opinion. I will not post his info publicly. If you are that curious send me a PM about it. Yeah I have always ran an ISMI 17lb Mainspring. No problems thus far. I will keep that in mind though about trying a 19lb spring. Thanks for the help!
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    Shooter Induced Sear Bounce

    Tell me about it lol. Didn't know that about Dawson, will keep that in mind. Thank you. Yep. Got to be careful especially on the sides of the grip where the polymer is thin. For real. The first guy wasn't looking for it in his defense, but still. The 2nd guy was given the pistol with the express reason to fix the issue. Then proceeded to take 3months instead of the discussed 3-4wks... I won't be going back to a smith anytime soon. I would rather buy the tools and learn myself on these kind of issues anyway. Looks like I will have to wait until early next week. Sear won't be here until Monday. I have waited this long. I suppose I can wait a little bit more haha.
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    Shooter Induced Sear Bounce

    I believe I have found the cause of my problem! I started looking closer at the grip and found this.... (picture below). A small gap between the grip and frame at the back where they mate up (on both sides). It didn't seem like a big deal. Until I pulled down on the dust cover and the gap increased in size. Woops. I thought maybe the grip itself was bad, but it is not that old and I couldn't find any defects or cracks in it. Well I happened to have a CK arms grip bushing spare kit and decided to give it a try. I began installing that and could immediately tell they were a tighter fit and locked down much more snug. Sure enough the gap disappeared! Here is my reasoning of what was happening. Under heavy recoil , which occurs in rapid fire due to rapid cycling of the slide or whenever my grip was loose the grip was flexing away from the frame giving the sear just enough room to "bounce" off the hammer hooks, but not enough to miss the halfcock. Therefore, hammer falls to half cock. I fired about 15rds through it the other evening at a target 3yds away. I was able to shoot several .12 and .13 splits and no follow. I ordered another extreme sear to replace the one the last smith chopped trying to fix the problem. When I get it in the gun I will put 100 or more rounds through it and see if that was 100% the problem. It's a sick twist after spending all that time and money on smiths only for it to be a $15 fix that I NOTICED. Sometimes it's the small things. Thank you for all who posted with advice and suggestions. I will confirm after this weekend if that was the problem.
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    What sight widths are you using for competition?

    STI adjustable rear with a lightning rod Manny Dot from Brazos. Love the manny dot. .070 width. Took about 1-2 weeks of practice and a match to get used to it, but now I never want to go back to anything else. Might be hard for some people to see, but I have young eyes. Link to sight below. http://www.1911store.com/lightningrodmicrodotstisv-2.aspx