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  1. 4 months is a fantastic lead time...I just waited that long just to have my slide replaced...
  2. I think you'd wind up with a bunch of money invested, when for a little bit more, you can buy one of the Parrots in the classifieds and have something born an Open gun. Just my $.02
  3. Same situation for me. Bought a used gun from a guy with huge hands, where mine are smaller. Wound up changing out the arched mainspring housing and magwell to make the gun fit my grip better. Also shortened the long trigger. Swap it out is my vote.
  4. STI offered them, last time I had blasters built.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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...
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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'.
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