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    Jan-Wouter Thijssen

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  1. I fell during my last match, but it was at the point of planting my feet to shoot through a window. As soon as my shoe hit the concrete it slid away and I landed on my backside. This way it was easy to keep the gun in a safe direction, get back up and proceed with the stage. A guy after me in the same squad stood at that same window, took his shots and proceeded to step back with his left foot to start running back and to the left.... His left foot slid away as soon as it hit the concrete and he fell flat on his face, and his safety glasses cut through his brow and forehead. The point I'm trying to make is, you might get lucky and fall in a 'controlable' manner, but if you're unlucky you break your fall with your forehead on the concrete...with no way of controlling your firearm.... I think it's really difficult to somehow practice this, as it's gonna be so unexpected, sudden and different everytime it happens.... I live in the Netherlands so almost all our matches are indoor, mostly on concrete floors. The summertime is a nightmare as the ranges usually consist of thick concrete walls, ceilings and floors and cool inside. As soon as we put on the ventilation system, warm outside air comes in and you end up with condensate on the floors, making it an ice rink.....
  2. of course, Yigal.... cows, wooden shoes, wind mills.... no one does it better than us!.... But we have a few gunsmiths in the Netherlands that are really good. They are practical shooters themselves and can do anything you want to the highest standards. This pistol was done by Langezaal Custom Works. This man can do magic with steel. He's a Long-time IPSC shooter and one of his former jobs was at Spyker where they built the super cars and he made all the pretty metal parts! He is a (very good) IPSC revolver shooter now and he has tuned almost all the revos used in competition in the Netherlands as well (yes... hard to believe, but we have quite an active group of IPSC revo shooters in the Netherlands! ) including my S&W 627.. (look at the skeletonized hammer he did, below...) Double Alpha doesn't do any work on firearms, as far as I know.
  3. Hi guys, just wanted to share this with you. The old lady got the IonBond make-over. Slide and frame now have a 'stainless' look, including beavertail, hammer, slide stop, pins. The barrel is high polish 'burnt bronze' IonBond. The slide now has the classic 'stirrup cut'. Because of the short frame I thought that looked way better. And the slide is now opened up on top. Frame, beavertail and slide were not 'matching' at all... with raised edges and an ejector sticking out the back of the slide... This was 'smoothened out' and now it grips a little higher as well. Really happy with the result! Now this old lady can start her second youth... Last picture is with her baby brother (STI 9mm)
  4. Indeed, the Dawson Ice does not fit. I had to swap to the standard STI magwell as well. And baseplates are also an issue.....
  5. WFargo

    CHA-LEE's Tale

    Man, second place at 12% ... so many rounds and only 23 C's. Wow.... congratulations! Great video, as usual!
  6. Cool! Thanks for that! I've immediately saved it to my drive. I find it valuable to read through this thread from time to time to 'remind' me and get my head on straight. It's nice to have this slimmed down version of it.
  7. I do it as well with pliers. Very fast once you get the hang of it. Jerry did it as well in one of the first episodes of Hot Shots during revolver nationals I believe. You see him sitting and reloading his clips with pliers.
  8. I did it as well to my bastard STI / SVI...
  9. WFargo

    CHA-LEE's Tale

    Thanks, that sounds like a good plan!
  10. WFargo

    CHA-LEE's Tale

    Yes, I've actually purchased a grip strength device, and I've tested my grip strong and weak hand as you instructed in your video. I've been lifting weights for the past 20 years, so strength-wise I'm where I need to be, I believe. But I find it very difficult to maintain that grip during a stage. It sort of 'wanders' out of my mind when adrenaline kicks in. I do realise that I need to put in a lot of practice to engrain this into my system. During dry firing I can manage it, but during live fire, I tend to lose it. Ah well..... practicing is part of the fun, so we'll get there eventually, I'm sure.
  11. WFargo

    CHA-LEE's Tale

    This week was the first time for me shooting major ( just got my SVI 2011 in .40 S&W. ) I was shooting minor (9mm ) before that. It just amazes me how you are able to not let the pistol recoil.... Man, I've got some practice ahead of me... Anyway, I really appreciate and enjoy your Insta videos. They are inspiring to me.
  12. Got home during my lunch break, saw the Redding GRx push-thru laying on my table already! So tried about a 100 cases... man... some really needed some major pushing to get through the die! But, after getting them through, they go through the Lyman 10mm sizing die without any issues and without leaving any marks! And they all chamber-check easily with room to spare! So, problem solved. I'm a happy camper!
  13. I still had an old Lee size-die lying around which had a damaged carbide ring, but still good enough to test if this one also creates this strange 'step' in the cases. I 'selected' a few cases with the worst 'Glock-bellies' and the Lee size-die had no issues with them at all. There was no extra bulge, no 'ring', no 'step' in the cases after sizing. They even chamber-checked, but barely... A fellow shooter had a Redding GRX push-through die which he no longer uses as he shoots production now, and he was nice enough to sell it to me for next to nothing. So like you said, Furrly, the 10mm Lyman die-set, even though it looks quality, is simply not usable. Too bad. So hopefully, with a new sizing die from either Lee, RCBS or Dillon and the Redding GRX push-through die, I hope I'm good..... If not, then I will also have to get a Lee undersize die.....
  14. I was afraid it was going to be the Lyman die.... I use an RCBS Piggyback II progressive press (5-station) I should probably just by another die-set from Dillon..... But I'm wondering if buying a Redding GRX or Lee Bulge Buster might solve it as well... Because the picture above is the worst case scenario.... cases that haven't been shot out of a Glock do not have this 'step' as in the picture above, at all!
  15. Hi guys, I've just started with reloading .40 for my SVI 2011. I have an assortment of range brass and most of them have 'glock bulges'. I am reloading with a Lyman 10mm die-set and here comes the problem. The sizing die seems to be way too tight, pushing material down wards. Some cases are acceptable and will chamber check easily but most come out like below.... and then they hang up during chamber checking. Do I need to buy one of those Push Through dies to first get the cases back to 'normal' diameter before I size them with the Lyman die? Any other tips/ pointers? Thanks guys.
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