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  1. Well, I've ran about 8K rounds through it. Figured it was due. I would appreciate yours and anyone else's opinion on that as well! Thanks in advance!
  2. It’s time for me to fully disassemble (not merely field strip!) my Colt Competition 1911. I’ve never done it before. I’d like to know what you use to thoroughly clean everything once disassembled, and advice on lubricants and lubricating during reassembly. THANKS!
  3. I think that if I were using my 686 competitively I’d definitely have looked at the VZs because there’d seem for sure no grip slip while running and gunning. I’ve tried the Hogue bigbutts and really liked them (I’ve got some freakishly big paws), and my friends’s gun that I tried them on is an active competition gun, and I know he has never had slippage. Given your complaint of the bigbutts and thumb rub, I would imagine the VZ could form a serious blister depending on how high the grip sits. I suppose you just need to visit some gun shops to see if anyone has them on a comparable revolver.
  4. Thanks! I love them, just not the price. I found some beautiful rosewood grips on EBay.
  5. I love the VZ grips on my Colt Competition 45. I ended up finding a set of wood grips on EBay and love them — much more than the Hogue monogrip. The Hogue Big Butt grips are sweet, but more $$ than I wanted to shell out.
  6. I'd like to put a set of wood, conversion (round to square butt) grips on my S&W 686. I'm well versed on the Hogue ones retailing for $150. . .just not looking to make that big of a financial commitment. Does anyone know if S&W or anyone else manufactures them? I presently have (and hate) the rubber, Hogue mono-grip, and am looking for the more "old school" bigger, checkered, wood grip. Thanks for the feedback!
  7. Thanks RePete! This experience was a good reminder that not all Youtube videos are necessarily helpful tutorials. I think the big difference between my Colt mags and the unnamed ones the guy drilled on Youtube is that his had thinner/lighter base plates which easily accepted the self-tapping screws, whereas Colt mags are thicker, welded stainless. So, my flaw was in not tapping the holes. I actually ended up remounted them using contact cement...so far so good. Thanks again!
  8. Thanks RePete! This experience was a good reminder that not all Youtube videos are necessarily helpful tutorials. I think the big difference between my Colt mags and the unnamed ones the guy drilled on Youtube is that his had thinner/lighter base plates which easily accepted the self-tapping screws, whereas Colt mags are thicker, welded stainless. So, my flaw was in not tapping the holes. I actually ended up remounted them using contact cement...so far so good. Thanks again!
  9. Anyone have issues mounting Ed Brown magazine bumper pads to Colt your 1911 magazines? I can NOT get the self-tapping screws that came with the pads to "grab" in the holes I pre-drilled without stripping out, and they're not very long to begin with. I'm afraid to making larger holes because a larger screw will not fit down into the base pad recess. I bought sheet metal screws with a slightly larger thread and still no good. Thoughts?
  10. So...just how badly does 45 brass typically get beaten up through battery and ejection? When picking my brass up today I found some of my empties to be dented on sides or bent at the crimp area when I hadn't even stepped on them. Thoughts? For those wondering, shooting a new Colt Competition 1911, and using Wilson Combat 8-round magazines.
  11. The advice I'd offer, as it was offered to me, is to start out shooting 9mm --especially if just getting started in competitive handgun shooting and you're on a tight budget. You're going to need to practice A LOT, and they're cheaper rounds...especially if you plan to buy factory loads vs reloading. If there's any disadvantage to shooting production minor in USPSA, that being 9mm, (I did it for three years and liked it just fine) it's the difference in scoring -- point scoring is higher if shooting major. I recently moving to single stack division major (.45 ACP) and really like the 1911 style pistol much better (especially the crispness of the trigger), and the recoil is also much different than that of a 9mm. I somehow feel that I can stay on my front sight easier through the recoil of a .45 than as compared to the the snappiness of the muzzle of my 9mm. I'm guessing .40 would be comparably snappy (or worse) to the 9mm, though I've never fired one. If money's no object or you consider the cost difference insignificant, don't both starting out with 9mm, just buy a 45. Go to an indoor range where you can try before you buy, and see for yourself which style pistol you like better. Hope this helped!
  12. Besides the Dot Torture drill, what other indoor range drills do you shoot and why?
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