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    Limited Ready Glock17

    TTI pads get 20 rounds of .40, but only 19 reloadable in my experience
  2. I have a friend who does this, and he swears by it.
  3. My irony meter is off the charts with this thread
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    PCC Power Factors at Nationals

    I don't know who J. Beck is, but his PF is as baller as it gets: 125.01
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    Rolling 1911s into Production.

    Around my region, only BOCs shoot stack. There. I said it.
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    replacing 550c?

    I've loaded over 20k rounds this year on a 550B. It is definitely slower than a 650/1050 but it depends on how long you load in one session. I typically load a few hundred rounds here and there, never more than 500 in one sitting. For that, I don't really see the issue. If I were loading thousands at a time I would likely feel much differently. Full disclosure, I am still considering a 650 with case and bullet feeders. It has more to do with my personal situation (recent child birth) than the fact that the 550 doesn't do what I need it to do. Less time in the garage equals more time with the little one.
  7. I just put the outer belt on, without any velcro inner belt. It's not 100% ideal compared to my full rig, but works well enough for my purposes. I would not want a separate belt just for dryfire unless it was an exact copy of my match rig. That would negate the point of having one, though
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    Maintenance schedule for a Glock

    What makes this imperative? Lighter trigger pull? Reliability? Something else? I haven't found any issue running the stock striker spring with a lighter recoil spring. Plus, the stock weight striker spring should last longer
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    Maintenance schedule for a Glock

    Yes, I run a 13lb recoil with stock striker springs. No issue at all in over 5k rounds (probably closer to 10k)
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    ACME 147 vs 145

    Have shot about 15k ACME 147 FP coated pills in the last 12 months. Have nothing but good things to say, except that rarely... I mean rarely... the coating seems a little thin on the nose
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    The Journey of TrackCage

    Well I've been a little slow on the updates here. Life has been in the way with the new baby girl, so I have only shot a couple of matches in the last few months. I missed an update after my 8/12 match, so I'll just focus on the most recent, 9/9 match. Showing the stages in the order they were shot, the first stage of the day was thrown out for steel too close. There were also three hits required on each paper. I didn't do fantastic, but I did have a pretty decent showing so I was bummed that the stage was tossed. I also shot it in a little different order than most which yielded a higher hit factor. Probably the reason I was bummed. Movement was also not as crisp as I would have liked. The second stage was a train wreck. I did not give as much attention as needed to the steel popper in the first array. I then kept shooting and moving past the steel toward the next target until I had damn near emptied a mag on it. This threw off my plan by causing me to run to slide lock one round sooner than needed. I then moved into position 2 where I could still engage that target and threw another round at it (missed). That target was delta mike, which killed. The rest of the stage was ok (movement still bad), but there was no way to outrun that. Bad stage, move on. The third stage was a fun one because there were a number of ways to plan it out. I did something a little different by engaging an entire array from the back position. None of the other ten-round guys did this for two reasons: there was a half-size metric from a decent distance away, and you needed to find another spot to engage one of the three front array targets. I was pleased with how this worked out for me, and I was able to shoot that front array target on the move going into the last position. I slowed down too much to get those shots on paper on the move, as I'm still really not comfortable shooting on the move like I should. The forth stage was the classifier 'Six.' It's been a while since I've had a strong classifier so I was pleased with this performance. All alphas in 3.6 seconds. A little slow to first shot, but a decent score none the less. In the same bay, there was a second, mini stage where I felt I had a strong run, but just too many charlies. The final stage of the day was another where I shot too many charlies, although this time on classic targets - which I practice significantly less. I also almost slipped and fell which slowed me down a bit. The day was long and I was tired by this point. Overall, I feel like I am getting to the point in the sport where I find more to critique about my runs than I have generally good things to say. I think this is a good thing and will help me get better, although it can be frustrating when you're almost never happy with a run. I seriously need to work on my movement, shooting on the move, shooting at a position more quickly, and general movement related gains. I don't think that faster splits or a draw are where I'm loosing as much as where I am with movement (at least RIGHT NOW). I struggle hard to dry fire, which has only gotten worse with the birth of my daughter. I have no excuse, but I haven't been practicing. I did finish 2nd in production, but considering who was there I feel I could have (should have) won the division. https://practiscore.com/results/new/1cefec80-c1da-44b7-9887-5194438426ad?q_division=6
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    The Journey of TrackCage

    Thanks for the comments, guys. I'm just seeing them now but the feedback is appreciated (and justified).
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    124 vs 135 Acme Rn, help me choose

    Slightly off topic: although the difference in feel isn't much between 124 and 135, is it different enough between 124 and 147 to warrant using the larger pills? At what weight does the heavy for caliber feeling begin to shine?
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    The Journey of TrackCage

    This past week I made a commitment to dry fire and increasing my gun handling skills with the new platform. Except for one day, I dry fired every day during the work week. I went into Saturday's short, four stage match with four goals: 1. 80% Alphas, 2. 'A' class classifier score, 3. Beat all other 'A' class production shooters and at least one 'M', 4. Within 10 seconds of production winner. As it turned out, competition was a bit light for this match meaning that goals 3 & 4 weren't very difficult to attain. There were two masters there - one who won the division and another that I can beat semi-regularly. There was also only one other 'A' class guy who is good at shooting classifiers, but not 'A' class level when it comes to field courses. I'll touch more on it later, but I was not happy with my overall performance. Stage 2: Very slow to begin shooting in the first position, I missed my spot and had to keep leaning a bit instead of shooting quickly. Way to lax on movement across the shooting area to position 2. Through the door I shot the three targets out of order for some reason. Up on the steps I should be shooting faster and target focus at that distance. Normally I compare my times and hits to the division winner just for context, but he had a pretty bad day so I'll skip that this time. Stage 3: Terrible plate rack. If there was a positive for me here it's that on the last array I switched from sight focus for the two longer targets to target focus for the close two. This is something I need to do more of when the targets are at that distance. Stage 4: If there was a saving grace for the day it's that I had a decent classifier run. Had it not been for the recent HHF update, this would have been my first ever master score. As it stands now it was only a 75%, but it will drag my average up a bit so I'm happy with that. String one I hit my spot perfect and had a good run with good hits. String two the buzzer goes off and I don't move my feet. Still an OK run but I had to move and lean for the last target which cost me a little bit. Stage 1: Start position was not part of the shooting area so you needed to run in immediately without engaging any targets. I felt in array two and three that I should have been hosing those targets quicker. I had a mike on one that was shot on the move (my movement sucks!). A little slow at the end but finished the day with a nice performance on the plate rack. Overall: I finished 2nd in Production, 11th Overall. The master class production shooter was having an off day and if there was an opening for me to beat him, it was today. I was bummed that I seemed to make small mistakes each stage which kept me out of reach. Also, my hits were terrible overall. I finished with only 65% of my hits being Alphas. Definitely not helping my cause. I finally had an epiphany, that perhaps I should have had long ago. I need more practice. As much as I like to shoot matches, I'm at a point now where I'm frustrated with my performances and the only way to do that is to practice more. Given where I'm at in my life, this may mean shooting less matches to be able to practice more. For a while this is what is going to have to happen. I'm back on the dry fire bandwagon but I know I'll need to confirm what I'm seeing with some live practice. Movement and shooting on the move seem to be the lowest hanging fruit which of course cannot be practiced at a static range. While I have access to action ranges, the driving distance is also a factor with how often I can get out there. https://practiscore.com/results/new/61914?q_division=5
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    The Journey of TrackCage

    Leading up to this match, I was able to dry fire three times. I’m still learning the new (to me) Tanfo platform, so this was some much-needed time behind the gun. As I had made A class after the last match I shot and feeling as though I was at the A class level even before I classed-up, I went into this match with the goal to beat all other A class shooters. This was a lofty goal, but I felt it was doable. For the record, this is also the best local match with the most Production heat. Although further away, it is likely my favorite match to attend for this reason. Stage 1, A little slow out of the start box after clearing the steel. I know I am at a level where I should be shooting at the open target coming into the shooting area before the port. I still lack a little confidence here, so I opted to take that target while retreating towards the next port/position. If this was not my first stage back after a long break, I feel I would have taken the shots moving in. At the last position, I took too long to engage a wide open, point-blank target, then finished with a leaning shot rather than get low for the port. That worked OK being left-handed. Most others opted to shoot through the port. Overall, not a bad first stage back. I felt good, got my hits. I was 3 seconds slower than the Prod winner, with one more Charlie than he had. Stage 2, A little long to get the gun up in position two. I need to work on being ready to shoot as soon as the target presents itself, or in this case, as soon as I am in the box. Felt good about the speed of my reload moving right to left into the last position. I was less than a second off the pace here and one additional Charlie. Stage 3, Total meltdown here. The stage was an unloaded start with three shots per target. I fumbled the initial load, dropping my mag. I was looking up to get shooting instead of looking my reload all the way into the frame. I then lost my plan a bit and engaged the wrong target, leaving me forced to make a standing reload before getting too far past a target. I lost over 5 seconds here and had one additional Charlie than the Prod winner. One shining piece here is that the setup of this stage got me shooting while moving, something I also struggle to do. Bad stage, but no penalties, move on. Stage 4, This one went OK, but I have some things to work on. Because I was only moving a couple steps at a time, my movement looks (is) slow. Need more explosion here. I also missed my spot slightly causing some dead time, most notably at the end of the stage where I needed to move an extra step to see the last mini popper. I did have a no-shoot here, but also got the hit. I was not too far off the pace here – about a second and a half, and one more Charlie than the winner (in addition to a no-shoot). Stage 5, Baseball Standards. On the one-handed strings, I noticed my shots are going a little low. I don’t think it’s a sighting issue, I’m sure it’s something I am doing. Need more one-hand practice, especially DA first shot with weak hand. Many of my shots were deliberate, but that was ok as it’s a fixed time course. On the 3-reload-3 string, I was slow out of the holster, causing me to only get 5 of the 6 shots off in time. Weak handed I was on target, but basically just slinging lead at the target to make my shots in time. Not ideal. I received a ~64% which is too low to count. Overall, I was pleased with the match. I finished 5th in Production and 38th Overall. I did lose to one A class Prod shooter, who I know I am capable of besting, but beat several M class guys in the process. Given my lack of matches, practice, and dry fire since May, I felt good about this performance. I only had 69% of my hits as Alphas (terrible), although I think Baseball Standards throws that off a little bit. Removing that stage, 79% of my hits were A’s which is something I can live with. I will not use the ‘just came back’ excuse again so it’s time to get back at it and on a practice regimen. I also just bought Ben’s skills and drills reloaded book and have begun to read. https://practiscore.com/results/new/93b09656-bc21-4847-b5e6-33754fdb0f51?q_division=6
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