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  1. firewood

    Funeral for the Glock

    OK now that I have said that I have an inquiry that sort of goes along with what is being discussed here. I have an XDM 4.5 new never fired yet and a total of 6 magazines. I'm trying to find a competition use for it. I realize I will need to put some money in it but don't want to get carried away. Other guns I have in competition service now are a G17 for carry optics and a G34 for production, both have upgrades especially the G17. For both of those I also have a production holster/belt for USPSA and an IDPA rig but I do very little IDPA. So, I'm thinking about using the XDM for Steel Challenge open division Since there is no power factor in steel challenge and no need to do reloads on the clock I can dispense with compensators, mag wells and charging handle. I think but do not know for sure if the 4.5 barrel will be a hold back but with an optic I don't think so. I would handload for a soft shooting round that will be dependable and accurate. What I'm mulling over is a trigger kit, a frame mount for a dot and of course the dot itself which would probably be a C-MORE slide ride. I would also need a race belt/holster, prolly a DAA Racer holster and a DAA 2 pc belt. So I would be looking at spending about $500 maybe a little bit more to achieve this. Allow me to say that as far as competition is concerned I'm not trying to achieve GM in open pistol as I already have enough good guns to shoot OSR, ISR, RFPO, RFRO and decent hardware for CO and Stock. I don't really have enough time to shoot all of the guns I already have to be honest. Does this make sense or is it a waste of time/money? Has anyone mounted a frame mount optic on this gun? If so what did they use and is it effective? Thanks in advance.
  2. firewood

    Funeral for the Glock

    On numerous occasions I have replaced the battery in my dot during a match. I have also replaced firing pins in my revolver at the safe table. For that matter I have had fiber optic front sight inserts fall out and have replaced them in the field.
  3. firewood

    CFE and FMJ/Coated

    Thank you very interesting. I will look into this in detail.
  4. firewood

    CFE and FMJ/Coated

    Thank you for your contributions on this thread. Can you recommend a resource for further reading? In particular loading for above/below the sound barrier. Is this somehow tied into conversations that I see sometimes on finding "nodes" when handloading? I have generally avoided this aspect of cartridge development. Thanks again. ON EDIT: One other thing. I know that using a light bullet requires a bigger load to make a particular bullet speed compared to a heavy bullet. In my case I have some (about 12 pounds) of CFE pistol that I don't know what to do with. I'm interested in 9mm minor only and was going to experiment this spring with a load that might work and I know results depends on other factors but do you think this is a fools errand and I should stick with faster powders? Not trying to be lazy, really, but I'm getting the impression that from this and others things I have read elsewhere that getting minor pf with slow powders is not easy. Thanks and sorry for rambling on.
  5. firewood

    Am I too old?

    Hi Baldwin I'm 60 have all of the issues you have plus a few more. I started shooting handguns about 5 years ago, shooting auto loaders in 9mm. I had a few mishaps that were a bitter experience. But I worked through them and like you I'm a competitive person. My first two years of shooting I really did terrible. Two years ago I hit the reset button. Switched guns to revolver, started shooting Steel Challenge. My first match April 2017 was classified D at 36%. 18 months later I'm at 80% in optical sight revolver, I have a very good chance of making Master in 2019. In fact this is my goal for the year. Regardless of the actual game you decide on or the division you shoot, you can be a good shooter and do well in competitions if you put in the time and keep at it. You will need to practice, do dry fire practice and hit the range often for meaningful practice sessions. Also while you will need to accept that at first you will be a the bottom, a positive attitude is absolutely essential. You do not want to lose the match before you even shoot it. Don't gage your progress by what others say or do. Set goals and work diligently to meet them. Don't waste time on making excuses, instead put your energy into improving your skills. I think Steel Challenge is a great way to get going. Rimfire guns (rifle and pistol), especially in the open classes, in steel challenge are easier to get started in but the young kids have speed that is hard for us to overcome. Centerfire guns are in my opinion the way to go. If you are shooting 9mm auto loaders look into carry optics division. Two words: Do It.
  6. firewood

    SC Level II match membership requirement

    For your future sad panda stories perhaps you might try to describe your friends as total beginners instead of guys with enough experience to know that they are not wasting their time on measly tier 1 matches.
  7. firewood

    SC Level II match membership requirement

    We bring thousands of dollars worth of tackle and years of shooting experience to these matches and some poor soul, friend of Thomas H can only watch from the sidelines while Thomas H himself laments the demise of the sport. Because friends don't want to pay 30 or 40 dollars a year so they will miss out on the experience. Makes me wonder what they will do to fill the void in their lives, it musts to be something that is just 1 click north of free. Skipping rocks down at the river bank? A spirited game of checkers over at Druckers General Store?
  8. Very well said. Also Steel Shooting is hard on the plates, you will be replacing or repairing them more often then you might think. You will need sticks and paint, a lot of paint. Some match directors have a system where they use rope to place the targets in the correct location. Place your targets in the correct position then use make a rope template. Put on a spool for the next match. I've never taken the position of match director but I know that it is a lot of work. Once you get a system set up it becomes easier but the time it takes to run a match will cut into your practice time. So if you want to be really good at this and need to run matches make sure you have plenty of quality helpers.
  9. firewood

    SC Level II match membership requirement

    Actually they could do it it's really up to them. But I guess now they will have to find something else to enjoy.
  10. firewood

    First Steel Challenge

    For 929s I'm using the revolver supply store moons. One of my 929s is fine with .035 blacks steel moons, the other need plated .040 moons. The .040 is a little tight but with the .035 I get too many light strikes. It took a while for the .040s to "break in" they are tight. I also use only Winchester brass. I have a package of DAA moons .040 they are nice also. The thing is, using the BMT mooner tool which is fantastic but the TKs and DAA moon clips have a round center hole and the Revolver Supply moons are I think a 6 sided center hole. With the BMT tool using the Revolver Supply moons you need to use a magnetic adapter to accommodate the center hole. This adapter costs $10.00 and I think would be really easy to lose in the field so I leave the adapter on the tool and just use the Revolver Supply moons to avoid problems. But any of these moons, TK, DAA or Revolver Supply work for me. Others use Ranch Products never hear anything bad about any of them.
  11. firewood

    First Steel Challenge

    While I would have thought this impossible 5 years ago it is true for me today. This of course is not saying much but I think it is because I rarely shoot anything other than revolver these days. I want to start shooting more auto-loaders next year, I have a pile of 9mm pick-up brass and 9mm components that will allow me to shoot at minimal cash outlay. But hands down the DA revolver is a harder gun to get under control. I also agree with you on the Revolver Supply Co moon clips.
  12. firewood

    SC Level II match membership requirement

    I get it now. I's ok for you to make assumptions about me but it isn't ok for me to make assumptions about you. In your OP you state: I'm confused, are you talking about brand new shooters that just happen to be not interested in unsanctioned matches, only sanctioned events or are we talking about shooters that have been there, done that and simply don't sully themselves with tier 1 nonsense?
  13. firewood

    First Steel Challenge

    I hope you are right!
  14. firewood

    SC Level II match membership requirement

    Thomas H You ask for thoughts, you get thoughts and you don't like those thoughts. And you make it kind of clear you don't appreciate thoughts that disagree with your thoughts. OK Probably due to the fact that I'm not a very nice individual or something but I'm really struggling to care if your friends don't participate. Most likely, I would imagine, the USPSA/SCSA needs to carry a fairly comprehensive liability insurance policy to protect itself in particular for sanctioned events. All it takes it one errant round by some casual shooter. If they are not requiring membership and/or not enforcing this then they should start right now.
  15. firewood

    First Steel Challenge

    Warning the revolver will take over your life and ruin your savings and retirement account. As far as the 4" vs. 5" holster I cannot comment because I have no experience. I do have a 686 with a 4" barrel, this is what I used my first year. I purchased a Safariland holster for it and that is what I use for IDPA which I hardly ever shoot. The Safariland holster is inexpensive less than $40.00 but this thing really puts a death grip on the gun. Every time I use it I spray the inside with silicone, I have stretched the holster for weeks at a time by putting the revo in a plastic bag then inserting into the holster and I have the adjustment screws as lose as possible and lock tite to keep from them getting lost and still it takes considerable effort to draw. I think the thing to do is shoot a few more matches with what you have and see where your interests go. Good luck have fun.
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