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  1. I thought my Volks UL was light at 16 ozs. until this post.
  2. I build one on a G17 Gen 3 frame. It has a Zev Dragonfly slide cut for a DPP. The Striker and Safety are also Zev. It has a Glock "-" connector. The trigger is a reworked factory unit. I have a Zev trigger, but I haven't "tuned" it to work with the Zev slide. It runs the factory G17 barrel. The mag release is a spare one from a 34. It has an 11 lbs spring on a tungsten guide rod. With the tungsten rod and a modified Seattle Slug, it weighs 24.5 oz. My steel load is a 115 MGB at 1000 +/- fps. My production load with 125's was real snappy with the light slide, so a run 147's at about a 129-130 PF. I undercut the trigger guard to fit my hands. It's fun to run at USPSA and SCSA matches as well as the occasional knock down steel match.
  3. I bought two, blue SA RO's used. One was tri-topped and had front serrations added. It's my SCSA Limited gun and is still USPSA SS legal. The other was turned into a SS Open gun for SCSA. Both got Brazos ignition kits and run great. The Open gun took a little to find a load it liked. The Limited gun runs 95 and 115 grain 110 PF loads as well as 130 PF 125 and 147 grain loads. The DW PM9 are great guns. I went the cheap route ($500-$550 used) knowing I was going to have work done and do some more work myself.
  4. I'm on the 1911 band wagon too. I bought a used SA RO for $500 shipped. I had a smith in Charleston, SC tri-top it and add front serrations (just because) and added a Brazos fire control kit. It will probably get EGW thumb and grip safeties this winter. The fit my hand better than the stock ones from SA. The reasons are two fold for me: 1911's fit my hand better and expense. The gun was cheaper. Mags are cheaper and need little to no tuning. Shooting a Prod legal gun/rig or a SS legal gun/rig also give you the option of shooting the same gun twice at a match. Shoot it Prod/SS and Limited.
  5. The OP safety concern is valid. I spoke with the MD as a match last weekend concerning the boxes on OL. That club's boxes are all PVC, and they don't glue the pipe so they can break the boxes down for storage. This isn't an issue except for the boxes for OL. He agreed that gluing the boxes for OL was a good idea to prevent the trip hazard that occurs when the box comes apart. The match the OP walked about is a unique situation. I understand the need for speed to get everyone done before dark. Maybe a shovel and a rake left on the bay would let shooters groom the stand trap between competitors. As for eliminating OL, leave the stages alone. I'm 53 with birth defects in both lower legs and trashed knees from power lifting. If can shoot it, most can. As for juniors and new shooters not being able to shoot it, I see them do it, without issue, 2-3 matches a month. Racinready said it better than I can, the stage adds to the challenge of shooting SCSA, Charles A20840
  6. I bought a Seattle Slug and cut it to match the profile of the plastic "plugs" that are Prod/CO legal. With a Dremal tool, a file and some sand paper, you can add 2+ ozs in 10 minutes. And, the only reason I did this was I couldn't find an alternative that was turn key.
  7. Sorry, not the barrel, the complete rifle with new barrel and forearm.
  8. Has JP published a weight? I couldn't find one on their site. Thanks.
  9. 7.5 MOA (it had the board replaced prior to being mounted on a G17) Running 4K plus (minor and sub-minor) Zev Dragonfly milled for DPP.
  10. I can't speak for that manufacturer/model, but I've bought two, used Springfield RO's for similar prices. One had some slide work done and is being shot in Limited. The other is at JPL in WA getting converted to a SS Open gun. Both have great fit (barrel, slide and frame), and like most, are more accurate than I can shoot.
  11. Some might disagree, but a lightened striker is almost mandatory with a lighter than stock striker spring. I've used Lightning Strike (steel and Ti) and Zev with Win and CCI primers without light strikes. My CO gun, a Gen 3 17, was primarily built for SCSA. It has a Zev Dragonfly slide cut for the DPP. The slide fully assembled with the DPP is 11 oz. The slide is 8.5 oz stripped. It was violent with my 130 PF, 125 gr load. I switched to a tungsten guide rod from a steel one and cut a Seattle Slug down to make it legal. This got the total weight up to 24.5 oz from 21.6. My SCSA load is pleasant, 115 at 1000 fps. It's awesome. I switched back to a 147 at 910 +/- for USPSA. Both loads use a 11 lbs spring.
  12. Take a can of "canned" air, turn it upside down, and spray the case with liquid CO2. It freezes the case and makes it shrink enough that it either falls out or can be pulled out with a bore brush one size bigger (.40 has worked for me). This doesn't work every time, but it's awesome when it does.
  13. I use CCI Mini Mag solids in both my RFPO and RFRO (Ruger MKIII with some Volks stuff & a Ruger 10/22 Target Lite w/Aviom stock). The rifle won't run CCI SV consistently, but my pistol will. I actually like SV better, but I've had QC issues with the first case I purchased. They all fire, but from the sound only, not chrono data, some rounds have less powder. The typically will fail to extract. This mainly happens on cold days. I'm about to try a couple of the Eley SV loads for functionality. I know the accuracy will be more than good enough. FYI, I have comps on both guns, so I'm not worried about timers picking up the report.
  14. My first one, a year and a half ago, lasted 3-4 months frame mounted to a 9mm major gun. It started turning itself off. Leupold replaced it with a new one. I traded it, a 2.5 MOA, for a 7.5 triangle. The 7.5 only lasted 4-5 months, 5-6K rounds, on the same gun, but most of the ammo this time was for SCSA or Pro-Am knock down steel matches (125 - 150 PF). This time it started flickering. Leupold replaced the board with an upgraded board. While it was in for warranty repair, I worked thru the extraction/ejection issues and put a C-More back on my Open gun. When the 7.5 came back I put in on a G17 CO gun. I was guessing it would be dead in a 1000 rounds. I was wrong. It's now on a Zev slide cut the the DP. I'm well over 8K rounds between the two slides, and it still works. Maybe the new board fixed the issues of the older versions.
  15. Before selling the gun, I had 3, Gen 1 140's and 3, Gen 2 140's (all 9mm). Both sets ran, but the Gen 1 required a lot more tuning. They weren't square and the feed lip dimension weren't close to Dawson's recommendations. I had to use Dawson 9mm base pads in the Gen 1's for the SS spacers to be in the correct location (they would slip down into the base pad with TTI pads cause FTF's for the last 2-4 rounds). The Gen 2's were square. The feed lip dims were close enough that I could have run them as they came out of the packaging. I set them to the Dawson number just to be consistent. I used TTI followers and base pads. They ran great. As JCC7X7 stated above, the Gen 2's are the only thing I'd buy from STI right now. One broken slide and a four month warranty wait later, I sold the gun and mags and haven't looked back.
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