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  1. 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?
  2. Does not affect me either. Must be individually unique.
  3. 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.
  4. I bought a Q5 Match SF two weeks ago. Shot it at one match so far and have about 500 rounds through it. I also was at an area gun store today and was able to handle and dry fire the X5 Legion. The store also had another Q5 Match SF in stock so I was able to compare both. I could have purchased the X5 Legion (they had two in stock), but decided not to do so. I'll try to share my impressions for you in detail. I like "grippier" grips. The texture on the X5 Legion would require grip tape at a minimum to suit my tastes. The trigger on the Legion X5 is just under 4 pounds, but it feels "mushy" to me. The trigger on the Walther is around 5 pounds, but just feels and breaks better (granted I've fired 500 rounds through mine). I dry fired both guns with a "normal support hand grip" (not a crushing support hand grip). I watched the front fiber optic sight while pointing at an off-white wall. In the X5 Legion I noticed that unless I used more support hand grip pressure that the front sight did move subtly to the left when I pulled the trigger back with a constant rolling (not jerky) trigger press. The front sight on the Walther did not budge at all. I preferred the Walther trigger. I would note that in a match if you grip it hard it probably would be fine, but that is one of the ways that I check out triggers. The Walther seemed to fit in my hand better (subjective, but it just "felt better in my hand"). I like the Walther front strap serrations and grip texture. The Walther grip can be replaced (LOK just came out with a boogie grip for it I believe). The X5 Legion is a "tad" heavier and they are balanced a bit differently, but both felt "okay" in that respect (no preference for one or the other based on weight). I did notice a little "wiggle" when testing the slide to frame fit, but it was not bad (I've read a couple of comments in the Sig forum about people noticing lots of play in the slide). In examining both guns together, dry-firing, and racking the slides, etc., the Walther does just seem to be engineered at a higher level. Granted the Walther is $600 more than the Legion (and I did buy one). I told the guy showing me the gun that I would go eat lunch, think about it, and return and let him know (very helpful chap that let me try some standard 17 round Sig magazines in it (did not insert enough to go to slide lock when racking the slide--would have to change out the base plates)). I returned, held the X5 Legion again and said, "thanks for all the help, but I'm going to pass on it." I do not have any buyer's remorse about the Walther Q5 Steel Frame and I will be shooting it in USPSA Production and some IDPA. I may eventually try an optic (that was one of the reasons I was looking at the Walther SF or X5 Legion). I did watch a few of the recent video "reviews" of the X5 Legion and think that some of them are "hyped" to a degree (one noting "Hall of Fame Worthy?" after just a few rounds down range). It is the "new kid on the block" right now and a tendency to hype the gun a bit is probably to be expected.
  5. I just bought one yesterday at my LGS. I have a CZ Shadow 2 and PPQM2 5" (polymer). I was likewise thinking that the hype would not live up to expectations. As soon as I handled it I also felt that it was a natural pointer. I agree that no further changes really need to be made to it. I took it to an outdoor range and shot 50 rounds of 115 gr., 50 rounds of 124 gr. and 50 rounds of synthetic 150 gr. I really liked the way it pointed and handled. I shot some fast double-taps (target was about 11 yards) and all shots were in the A-zone (a few of the second shots were down about 4-5" but still in the A-zone--so I will have to acclimate/practice more with it). The trigger (5#) is quite good for a striker-fired gun out of the box. I have a holster coming for it and will take it to a match soon. I fired 25 rounds at a one-foot diameter steel plate at 25 yards at a constant pace (firing again when the front sight returned) and hit 24 out of 25 (one miss went a few inches high and was because I got impatient toward the end of the sequence). I like the sights. My "gut instinct" so far is that I like the way it handles and that I need to get my ass in gear and start practicing with it. All my PPQM2 mags (15 and 17-rounders) work perfectly with it.
  6. I'm diggin that! Thanks for posting. P.S. For you Millennials, that means I'm groovin what I'm seeing. If I have some spare bread I may get it. P.P.S. The other day I used the expression "You can't beat that with a stick" in a my local gun shop and a Millennial started to laugh and joked about what the hell does that old timer crap mean.
  7. I have palm swell bogies and like them a lot. Bogies are the most aggressive grip. Have not use the checkered, but like and will stick with bogies.
  8. Thanks for the heads up. Just ordered. Been waiting a while for them. The PD plastic grips just were not to my liking (not grippy enough). I love the LOK palm swells on my CZ Shadow 2.
  9. Well at least you didn't have to fit the Unica flat safety (that was a lot of nuf [that is fun spelled backwards]).
  10. They fit my hands well, but are not grippy enough for me. I stippled them until some G10 palm swell grips with grippy texturing are released by PD, Lok, or VZ. They are "plastic."
  11. Good to hear that you did not have to fit it! I put one on my Stock 2 and had to fit it. Definitely better than the stock safety.
  12. If you are referring to STI brand new generation mags--I noticed the same thing on my Marauder. The original gen mags go to slide lock, but the new gen STI mags (140mm length) tend not to (there is one new gen mag that will go to slide lock but if you "breathe" on the slide it will go forward). For IDPA I use 126 mm MBX mags designed to go to slide lock. I don't use the Marauder for USPSA since getting an Edge in .40 (Lim Major).
  13. Well I just installed a Unica flat safety on a Stock II and it required fitting. In the thread I started about getting it installed there tended to be a common theme of having to do some fitting often on the Tanfos. I would prepare for that eventuality and not expect the parts to just "drop in and work."
  14. The level of the competition will most likely be different from what you are used to. Just show up to learn, be safe, and have fun at your first USPSA match. Do not get discouraged if some of the shooters appear to be "way faster" than you are used to seeing. It will take some "getting used to." Make sure to get on a squad with people willing to help you learn. You will have to get used to figuring out how to shoot a stage without being given the choreographed/specified sequence typical in IDPA.
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