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  1. I'd like to try my hand at fitting a new firing pin stop onto one of my single stack guns. The factory part is MIM and fits rather loosely. ....and an oversized EGW part is only like $20 - so what have I got to lose? Having never tried something like this before, I'm wondering how you keep the firing pin hole "centered" when removing material from the left & right sides of the stop? Is it just a case of making sure you make an equal number of passes on each side when removing material? ....or are you using a mic to ensure each side is equal?
  2. I have a BUL single stack gun with about 5k rounds through it. I recently installed one of their adjustable triggers. Overall I'm pretty happy. I was able to minimize the travel / slack and now have a nice crisp 2.5# break.
  3. Thanks for this link. It's a great reference. I've booked marked it
  4. I have been in touch Gilbert @ GP Arms - the BUL distributor. He imports guns with bushing barrels for USPSA single stack competition. Although 95% of the BUL 1911 photos on the web show a bull barrel, bushing guns are available for the asking. Here's a screen cap of bushing trophy SAW ripped from Shooters Connection.
  5. wow - that Rouge is an interesting design!
  6. BUL Armory's 1911 pistols look very interesting. They certainly are unique. They are promoted as being an IPSC competition gun. but I guess their bull barrel's make them illegal in the USPSA single stack division. Would it fly in Limited 10 or another division?
  7. Did anyone have a chance to check out the new Safariland Model 015 competition holster at SHOT? Their website says that it should start shipping in March. [link]
  8. I fondled one at ShotShow and was impressed with the build quality. I liked the flat trigger, fit & finish were nice, trigger broke clean. I think the MSRP is a little silly. I'd buy one at the right price.
  9. There has been lots of great suggestions in this post for solid single-stack 9mm guns. I have 17,000 rounds through my 9mm Springfield Operator and I can backup McFoto's recommendation on Dawson magazines. I've tried Springfield magazines, Wilson Combat, Chip McCormick and Dawson. In my experiences, I've had the most reliable operation using Dawson magazines. ....so whatever 9mm pistol you land on, Dawson magazines will help set you up for success.
  10. I got an Avid pistol tool as a stocking-stuffer in December and I am thoroughly impressed with it. It has a 1911 bushing wrench, punch, and all of the "tool tips" you could want to detail strip your 2011. The best part is that they retail for about $40 Here's a link https://www.realavid.com/shop/the-pistol-tool
  11. That's actually one of the first things that I noticed about my STI. I found that a couple of my mags had scratches from impacting the ejector. I took my gun to a local gunsmith who competes in USPSA and services many of the top USPSA shooters in the area. He removed my ejector and reinstalled/repinned it correctly. Now it takes real caveman moves to get a mag to contact the ejector.
  12. I am not shooting IDPA, I'm shooting USPSA Limited minor (9mm naturally) ....I know slide lock reloads are a "bad thing" in USPSA. Coming from a 9mm single stack gun, I'm used to having a functioning slide lock. My magazines are 140mm STI "gen 2" stainless w/ Grams FKS-11 spring/follower kits. BTW - I've got one of those mag compression pliers/tools on order. I already have a micrometer. I'm planning to donate one mag tube to science and see if I can tweak one into submission.
  13. ...and another picture illustrating the way that the follower is aligned in the mag tube. It's easy to see how much higher left side is sitting and why it prematurely hits the slide stop.
  14. I'm still very new to the STI platform (~2 months in now) and learning more every day. I understand that lots of 2011 shooters have problems with the slide locking back with a single round left in the magazine. I've discovered this phenomena in my own gun and just about every magazine. I recently ditched the factory springs/followers in all five of my "gen 2" STI magazines. I use Grams springs/followers now. When I ask other shooters about this, they just tell me to dremmel the corner off my followers and learn to count shots. ....that is a solution, but I sure would like to figure out a way to get the slide lock function to operate "most" of the time. From what I've read, 100% operation is damn near impossible. So in the interests of understanding the problem I popped my slide off and loaded some snap caps and watched what was happening. It seems that the follower is "canted" in the mag tube and doesn't sit level. The left side of the follower rides higher than the right and is hitting the slide stop first. It's pretty easy to see when I pull the spring/follower out too. If the follower rode up the feed lips dead level, the slide stop wouldn't prematurely engage. I thought about removing 1mm of material from the corner of the follower that hits the slide stop. Bending the crap out of the spring looks like an option too, but common sense told me to stop. What steps do you guys recommend if I want to try and retain the slide lock function?
  15. ...great analogy; especially since I used to own a race car! If the springs were just a little different in length, I guess I wouldn't be concerned. I was surprised to see what looks like maybe 15-20% difference. I need to fabricate (redneck engineer) a spring testing rig to work with my trigger pull gauge. It would be nice to know for CERTAIN what weight a spring actually is when I go to put it in service.
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