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  1. Just watched an STI Staccato XL related YT video filmed at Shot Show (2020). Interesting, but in the many posted comments you can tell that the posters are not competition shooters. I doubt you will see any USPSA shooters pick up a $3400 Limited Minor pistol (nor the .40 version given they can get a custom 2011 for a bit more $). One of the selling points the STI rep was proclaiming was the new grip. What he didn't tell you was that you can buy a new grip and put it on your existing STI 2011 and still have a gun that is $1000 to $1200 less than the Staccato XL. I handled a S-XL at a LGS and it was nice, but not $3400 nice. I have an Edge (.40) and a Marauder (9mm). I like both and they were considerably less money. The new DW DWX will come in about half the price of the Staccato XL. The LGS rep told me they just got in the "Combat Master" and it sold immediately (costs even more). The John WIck "endorsement" will eventually wear off. I also think that STI is going after the "tactical" market now. Other companies will step in to fill the void in the competition market.
  2. Happened at my first USPSA match. I had put a Dawson mag release and button on my new STI. My holster just arrived two days before the match. First two stages, mag dropped because release button was pushing against holster. An experienced RO noticed it on the second stage and we went to the safe area after unloading all magazines and figured it out. Pocket knife temporary fix followed by Dremel after the match.
  3. Lots of good points made in this thread. The 50% drop out rate within two years statistic tends to match what I've experienced in several competitive hobbies over the years (and I would suggest that 50% or newbies drop out even earlier than that usually). "Fragile ego" is probably the key cause, but sometimes people are put off because some members of a group enjoy winning at a newbie's expense or some people just don't make people feel welcome. One point that I've noticed over the past years (I started with local "outlaw" competitive shooting, then IDPA, and followed by USPSA)) is that the overall level of shooting ability required to do well in a match has risen. There is more information available on the Web (including match video critiques by top-level shooters), better competitive pistol offerings (more "ready-out-of-the-box"), and an overall increase in skill level. Thus it takes longer and more practice to "get good." It also requires practice to stay up with the better shooters of the pack at local matches. One of our area groups became USPSA affiliated and now offers more classifiers at matches (entry cost of match increased and the focus is on the upper tier of shooters getting higher classified which makes for a more competitive atmosphere). But it also means that some people can't shoot certain pistols now, or they require more gear, or they have to join USPSA, and they have to pay more per match (and a couple of people that were bringing their kids can't justify the increased cost). I'm not sure that there is a "global" solution to the decline. One of the take-a-ways of the thread is that "things varies by locale." We had more people participating overall a few years ago in an area "outlaw" club where there were occasional two-gun matches, night shoots, and more people shooting mostly for fun. The competitive shooters could go to other area matches for USPSA. We had a good mix of IDPA, USPSA, , Cowboy Action, Bowling Pin league shooters, and non-affiliated shooters. Now there is IDPA or USPSA and few people that shoot both. The rifle shooters now have their own group and rarely do any of them show up to the pistol matches.
  4. Just enter IDPA Postal in Practiscore Results. https://practiscore.com/results/new/100217 You are 10th place overall out of 175 as of 1/12/2020 (and 4th place SSP).
  5. Legion trigger is at 4# on mine (stock) and is better than standard X5. No need to get a trigger upgrade for X5 Legion (although it appears that many do). We had a test fire each others' pistols after a match about three weeks ago and five people shot my Legion. The "Open" A shooter was shooting low and left, while the Single Stack A shooter put 10 rapid shots within a 2" group centered in A-Zone at about 30 feet. If you have a good grip the trigger on the Legion is good enough for you.
  6. I don't own a DVC (shot one a few months ago), but a Staccato XL 9mm was in stock at a local sporting goods store. It has a new style grip (still polymer), sub 3-pound trigger, and the fit of slide to frame seemed good. I have an Edge in .40. The Staccato slide cuts appeared relatively well-machined. But at $3400 it is overpriced to me. I know what I paid for my new Edge a few years ago and spending $1400 plus more for the Staccato XL is a no go (especially in 9mm). From what I can remember about the DVC, the Staccato has better fit and finish, but Uhmeebuh will have to give you the recent comparison details.
  7. Agreed. I still have my Edge. I would not pay $3400 for a Staccato. The Edge and Marauder were excellent offerings at a price that was reasonable compared to what is being offered these days.
  8. For those interested, she is one of the guests on the Shooter's Mindset Episode 269. She shows excerpts from the book. She mentions that movement is about "10%" of the equation. I guess if you are really good and need someone to help you make incremental improvements in areas such as movement that the book might help. Books like this remind me of "Karate" books when I was younger. You are not going to learn karate from books. The book is probably geared toward getting people into classes on movement. The book might then serve as "notes" to remember for later practice. Her comment that you can "read" it or look through it like a comic book was revealing (to me). I've watched many of Ben's match review videos and the main thing he emphasizes is "run as fast as you can" to the next position, have the gun up and ready to shoot, prepare a plan for where you are going to shoot (in your stage planning) and keep the plan simple, etc. Most shooters need to just keep practicing fundamentals of shooting (grip, trigger, transitions, etc.) in order to get good. I've watched Matt Hopkins shoot, and given his girth, he beats a lot of faster and agile shooters. I guess to sell a book you gotta find "an angle" to sell.
  9. I disagree with that claim. It is an overgeneralization based on perhaps just one sample. I've shot five different X5 Legions. Two of them had slightly "mushier" triggers than the others. I dropped $900 for a pistol that only needed, for me, a $17 Talon grip, to be competitive. Trigger is fine as is. As you noted most other striker-fired pistols have triggers that are not as good (sole exception in my experience is the Walther PPQ M2). You gotta love all the options available for the X5, but the Legion X5 trigger is good to go out of the box unless you are an M or GM that thinks they need 1% more advantage vis-à-vis the rest of the pack in order to win.
  10. Stock X5 Legion trigger is plenty good to go. Maybe support hand grip enhancement training would be less expensive for some of y'alls. The only thing my X5 Legion needed was Talon grips.
  11. 124 grain runs well in X5 Legion. Change to the 12# spring. Mine runs flawlessly with the 12# spring. Snap caps not necessary. Get Talon grips if you want more traction.
  12. I just read this thread. For those that have not, the following dialog from Monty Python and the Holy Grail is more entertaining and gets to the point quicker. [wind] [clop clop] ARTHUR: Whoa there! [clop clop] GUARD #1: Halt! Who goes there? ARTHUR: It is I, Arthur, son of Uther Pendragon, from the castle of Camelot. King of the Britons, defeator of the Saxons, sovereign of all England! GUARD #1: Pull the other one! ARTHUR: I am. And this my trusty servant Patsy. We have ridden the length and breadth of the land in search of knights who will join me in my court of Camelot. I must speak with your lord and master. GUARD #1: What, ridden on a horse? ARTHUR: Yes! GUARD #1: You're using coconuts! ARTHUR: What? GUARD #1: You've got two empty halves of coconut and you're bangin' 'em together. ARTHUR: So? We have ridden since the snows of winter covered this land, through the kingdom of Mercea, through-- GUARD #1: Where'd you get the coconut? ARTHUR: We found them. GUARD #1: Found them? In Mercea? The coconut's tropical! ARTHUR: What do you mean? GUARD #1: Well, this is a temperate zone. ARTHUR: The swallow may fly south with the sun or the house martin or the plumber may seek warmer climes in winter yet these are not strangers to our land. GUARD #1: Are you suggesting coconuts migrate? ARTHUR: Not at all, they could be carried. GUARD #1: What -- a swallow carrying a coconut? ARTHUR: It could grip it by the husk! GUARD #1: It's not a question of where he grips it! It's a simple question of weight ratios! A five ounce bird could not carry a 1 pound coconut. ARTHUR: Well, it doesn't matter. Will you go and tell your master that Arthur from the Court of Camelot is here. GUARD #1: Listen, in order to maintain air-speed velocity, a swallow needs to beat its wings 43 times every second, right? ARTHUR: Please! GUARD #1: Am I right? ARTHUR: I'm not interested! GUARD #2: It could be carried by an African swallow! GUARD #1: Oh, yeah, an African swallow maybe, but not a European swallow, that's my point. GUARD #2: Oh, yeah, I agree with that... ARTHUR: Will you ask your master if he wants to join my court at Camelot?! GUARD #1: But then of course African swallows are not migratory. GUARD #2: Oh, yeah... GUARD #1: So they couldn't bring a coconut back anyway... [clop clop] GUARD #2: Wait a minute -- supposing two swallows carried it together? GUARD #1: No, they'd have to have it on a line. GUARD #2: Well, simple! They'd just use a standard creeper! GUARD #1: What, held under the dorsal guiding feathers? GUARD #2: Well, why not?
  13. Does not affect me either. Must be individually unique.
  14. Here is video from same match (he transferred the X5 Legion grip module to regular X5, shooting CO). His hat cam is more "straight on" and you can get a different perspective of the muzzle. Doesn't appear any flatter shooting than a Shadow 2 or Stock 2 to me.
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