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  1. STI offered them, last time I had blasters built.
  2. What is this mag spring replacement you people are speaking of? Shot a .40 limited for five years and a Pro Sx for another five, never once changed the mag springs in either gun and never had a spring related issue. ~10k rounds / year out of each. Admittedly, it was a matter of ignorance, that I didn't proactively replace springs, but there are some real world results. My behavior now, is different, but not radically. The only mag springs I've replaced, because they were causing issues, were in rather old single stack mags. Not enough force to push rounds up far enough to slide up the feedramp.
  3. The best way to think about it is you're not crimping, but straightening the case walls back to their original position. I like a little bit of bevel at the mouth, but not so much as to impact other dimensions.
  4. At the time of the build, Bob was using STI slides and checking hardness, dimensions, etc. Every one that came to him. I was surprised at the % he said he rejected. I would say the parts were as good as they could be.
  5. I will say I'm grateful for catching the crack before something worse could happen. The last slide I saw cracked in that location was actually half a slide...the half that impacted the jaw of the shooter at the 2008 Area 8. So, there's that...
  6. As a quick update, the gun was returned to Bob, who's going to fit a new slide. On the bright side, I'll get one of his new bespoke slides. The not so bright side is being out the cash (this wasn't an issue I expected to be absorbed by Bob, under the circumstances that I won't share publicly). Even worse, because the coater has been flaky on lead times, I probably won't see the gun until August, when the number of matches per month tapers off here. So, I'm climbing the walls a bit. Were this 'the old days', I would have had a backup, a limited gun, and a few other choices. Having divested all of that hardware, the only gun I could potentially shoot in a match is a single stack and I'm too old and out of practice for that level of work. I'd toyed with grabbing a CO gun, for interim use, but by the time I got good with it, developed loads, etc., I'd have my Pro Sx back. So much for the low cost of entry, low key return to the sport.
  7. If I have to orient the cases before loading into the cases (can't watch the video at work, but that's what looks to be the case), I don't see much benefit. If you load enough ammo on the 550, you reach a point where you can place the case, bullet, and index without conscious thought. As others have mentioned, I'd go back to a 650 to increase output.
  8. Competition - Open class 2011 Carry - Full size 1911, 1911 w/ Officers frame and commander slide, Kahr PM9, Keltec P32 - Choice comes down to what I can effectively conceal. Full size 1911 in winter, P32 in the heat of summer
  9. The club at which I began shooting USPSA required new shooters to attend a safety / general orientation class before shooting their first match. It was offered free two or three times per year. I wound up becoming the instructor for a few years.
  10. Loads shouldn't be the issue. Previous owner said he only shot 125g Zero's over VV N105. I've been either 124g MG or 125g Zero JHP on top of either 8.8g of 4756 (had old ammo to use up) or 10.2-10.4g of N105. Same loads I put thousands of rounds through my previous Pro Sx's. All 38 Super. Not sure when the gun was built; just that it was used for a year and a half by the GM previous owner. My first Pro Sx was used and I never had an issue with it. My first Open gun was a home built mess that I sent back to the seller. I think a lot depends on how close the gun is to when it left the smith and who that smith is. If some guy changed out the barrel using his father's awesome set of tools (being a TV repairman), then it doesn't matter who built it in the first place.
  11. We'll see what Bob has to say on the matter, but in my experience, he stands behind his work, even for those who aren't the original owners of a gun. With 56k rounds through it, I can't say I expect a complete no cost swap. Regardless, I'll still have some cash outlay, since this would be a good time to throw a new barrel in it 'while you're in there'.
  12. Or at least my slide is. Found this little gem, while cleaning my Pro Sx tonight. The gun had 55k rounds on it before it reached me and I've only put ~1k or so through it since. So much for my relatively low cost of (re) entry. Of course, this could have been avoided, had I just not cleaned my gun. Another helpful tip to share with your friends.
  13. Pro Grip will leave white residue on your gun. Difficulty in removing it depends a lot on the grip itself. My limited gun was both not very grippy and impossible to remove the Pro Grip from; I forget who did the texturing. My first Pro Sx with a Bob grip, was a lot easier to clean. You have to ask yourself whether you care about residue, so long as the solution works for you. The only way I recall the ease of residue removal is from when I put them up for sale and wanted them to look purdy.
  14. Ran into the same thing, so the machine is on the lower shelf of my bench. Unfortunately, I can't use the setup inline, because I tumble my loaded rounds with mineral spirits, to remove the case lube. The mineral spirits also do an outstanding job of removing permanent marker. Sooo, the marking becomes a secondary operation. You can knock out a hundred rounds in no time, so it's not a huge deal. That method also allows you to adjust the markers, should they require some fettling. Honestly, the only way I'd use it inline is with my earbuds in and turned up, because the machine makes a nasty racket. The machine isn't perfect, but it doe work well. Perfect would command a much higher price point, so this one is right where it needs to be. It's money well spent, because not recovering 38 Super brass gets expensive!
  15. When it comes to your local monthly club matches, who decides what stages are included? Does the match director make the decisions, followed by a group setup or do a few volunteers take each shooting bay and design what they want? My previous experience has always been with the former, but the club at which I'm shooting now does it the other way. There are pros and cons to each approach. One puts more burden on the match director. On the flip side, when each stage is left to the two or three volunteers, they almost seem to want to out do each other. So, it's easy to wind up with six mind bending 32 round field courses, chock full of hard cover and no shoots, plus a classifier. I'm curious what everyone else sees in their monthly club matches.
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