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  1. DFW - Dallas/Ft. Worth. I wouldn't be interested in flying to a class, though the 5 day pistol or PCC camp at TPC in Utah is tempting. Driving 5-6 hours to North Texas, OK, West Arkansas, etc wouldn't be out of the question, though I'd of course prefer a local option. We have three national caliber ranges in DFW and dozens of smaller sites, and a huge action shooting customer base. Getting a dozen people to pay $400-$500 for a 2 day course would be as simple as announcing it. Racaza, Stoeger, etc. regularly sell out every course they do here. Teaching optimal movement is the thread topic and probably the biggest need.
  2. If it's not competition specific, then what's the point? I've checked out every carbine/rifle class in the DFW area, and called several. They're all about warfighting with a rifle. Concealing your position, engaging at range while using cover, covering teammates advances. I'm not taking any class where plate carriers are strongly recommended. This is a game of tenths or hundredths of a second. The top pistol instructors are examining your entry and exit from firing positions, your footwork, transition speed, stage planning, and a bunch of other factors that collectively will push you from also-ran to the next level up. These skills can certainly have applications in the real tactical environments the rile classes around here purport to teach, but unless you're going to the John Wick school of close combat they're certainly not going to be emphasized. There's a bunch of people out here yelling 'take my money'. Someone just needs to step up and take it.
  3. I've got ~11000 on my Gen 2. Extractor spring failed around ~7500 rounds... found out it's recommend to replace it at 5000, so my bad. They cost a buck each or so with the plastic insert from Taccom. Disconnector spring failed in the Hiperfire Eclipse at ~10,000. Replaced it with the unused spring in the OEM trigger. So far only around 600 rounds on the Gen 3. Broke it in & sighted it with 200 rounds, then shot it in the Silver Dollar match (12 stages, one day, no cleaning.) Ran perfectly. Not a high round count, of course, but there are numerous improvements in the design. My Gen 2 threw brass shavings into the upper and lower for the first 5000 rounds or so. Never an issue feeding, but it seems for many Gen 2 MPXs the left side feed ramp wasn't smooth or slightly misaligned. No such issue with the Gen 3. The new slide-in action of the spring assembly is really nice for cleaning. The new handguard is a dream, and the Timney is so close to the Hiperfire that I'm not switching it out. The extractor spring appears heavier duty with a thick O-Ring at the base. The only thing on the gen 3 that disappoints me is the charging handle. The tongue on the spring retainer keeps the upper from getting scuffed at the back, but doesn't do anything to keep the handle solidly in the grove and prevent binding. The NL spring retainer ($40) is at least required, and getting the whole package will get you much wider handles.
  4. This is an area where I really wish a few top instructors would get in the PCC class game. There are multiple opportunities here in DFW every year to take competition pistol classes from the best in the business, where you can really commit the time to figuring out (with an expert helping you) things like shooting positions, movement, stage approach, etc. I've taken one and it was worth every penny and then some (Ben Stoeger). A 2 day PCC class of the same quality as what Stoeger, Racaza, etc. offer for pistol would sell out in minutes here.
  5. It's a piston gas gun, so it loves heat. I run the cheapest factory ammo that SGAmmo.com happens to have that week by the case, usually Sellier & bellot 115s or Fiocchi. Never an issue. When I first got my first one (the Gen2) I ran my -P pistol loads through it - subsonic 147s that barely made PF. They would run if the gun was very clean, but the cycling action felt sluggish and after ~150 rounds it would FTF intermittently till cleaned. Hot factory 115s feel exactly the same in terms of recoil, but run perfectly. I don't reload, so I can't help there, but a ton on this forum with MPXs do. If you get a chance at the range, compare an MPX running factory with anyone else running an AR9 where they've spent the time tuning the load and buffer to get it as soft as possible. The MPX will still likely win in terms of perceived recoil. Mine does to me. There are half a dozen guys I've shot with for years that are all running neat looking Lead Star game guns, and they all feel like jack hammers to me after the MPX.
  6. Agreed with Startingover - ran a Taccom ULW for nearly a year in an MPX (USPSA/IDPA), and did pretty well with it, but double-tapping is harder. Switched back to a heavier 14.5" + comp and the second shots are automatic. Read the forums and you'll see the same comments come up: 1 - MPX shoots softer than a tuned AR9 with hot factory ammo 2 - This doesn't really matter for your split times Go with what you want. You can win with either. I find shooting friends AR9s jarring (I'm an MPX owner), but not any slower. If Lead Star would put soft-shooting gas piston actions in those beautiful skeletonized upper/lower frames I'd be all over it.
  7. Not ditching the Timney. Tied for fewest points down at the match (down 6). Didn't miss the Hiperfire at all, though it does break with slightly less pressure. I did notice the wider handguard the few times I switched back to the Gen 2... the Gen3 PCC handguard is a very nice piece of kit. ~250 rounds or so over 12 stages - perfect function (I shoot factory 115s). The only time I had to work the charging handle was during the unloaded start stages. Very happy with it.
  8. That's the PCC bug. Way lower after-beep stress levels, higher overall fun factor.
  9. My Eclipse in the Gen2 does break with slightly less pressure, but it's not enough to ditch the Timney just yet. It's not affecting my times or accuracy. Shooting Silver Dollar with it tomorrow, so we'll see how it does under an all day match. I'll have both rifles in the cart, and may switch between them just to see if I can tell any difference after the timer goes off. It's an IDPA match - I shoot those for fun and the wacky stages.
  10. Just got a new MPX PCC that will take over as primary - my Gen 2 will become the backup gun. While I love the Eclipse I have in the Gen 2, the Timney in the Gen 3 is really close... I'd strongly recommend shooting first before tossing one $250 trigger for another $250 trigger. It is a bit heavier, but it's not affecting my times or accuracy. The stock charging handle is still not all that great, though. This disappointed me. It seems to bind just as easy as the gen 2 did, and can still gouge the back of the upper despite the new tail on the spring retainer. The Next Level handle / spring retainer is massively smoother, plus has much wider latches. Handguard is amazing, and this is the first halfway decent folding stock I've seen. It has virtually no wobble at all. Sig is going to sell a lot of these.
  11. A new MPX PCC plus optic and doo-dads (magwell, extended mag release) is about the same cost as 10 cases of ammo. ...ok, I'm not sure where I was going with that, but there must be some way to use that when 'discussing' the situation with the wife. I got lucky and was able to use proceeds from selling a few older rifles I recently inherited to buy a second MPX. Trying to fix it at the safety table isn't any fun at all, and many part failures (extractors, disconnectors, recoil springs, firing pins, tappets, etc.) require a full breakdown. Much easier to just grab the backup rifle and fix the primary after the match.
  12. Gen 2 was fine, with a few early QC exceptions (feed ramp mis-alignment, etc.) You still will definitely want a Gen 3, though, until a new (or very lightly used) gen 2 drops down to a grand or less. You get a ton of stuff in the gen 3 that you'll pay extra for with a 2. Trigger, barrel with comp, better handguard, better stock, etc. I got an MPX pistol for $1100 new off Gunbroker early last year as that was the cheapest way to get into the gun, since I knew I'd replace virtually everything other than the upper and lower. After the hiperfire, ILWT barrel / guard, fixed tube & stock, it was still more than a new Gen 3 is now with all that stuff. You may still want a different tube/stock (I hate folders... they usually wobble a bit), but the rest is all good equipment. Here is a pretty in-depth review of the Gen 3 MPX PCC vs the earlier MPX Carbine by a competition shooter: http://thrumylens.org/featured/review-of-the-sig-mpx-pcc/
  13. This was sound advice, especially since the trigger hasn't been completely out of the gun since I put it in last March. There were shavings, extra sear grease, etc., but the most likely culprit appears in the image. In my wife's words (she's holding the assembly) that spring 'looks pretty jacked up.' There's very little tension on the disconnector... I can see how it would grab when hand cycling using the charging handle, but not have enough tension when the bolt is at speed. There's a pristine spring in the original trigger assembly, but I've no idea how to replace that, and a quick googling doesn't show any instructions. I'll buy a new one and let let Hiperfire deal with it, and use it for a backup once it's working.
  14. Oh, I'm not complaining (though I hope your fantastic ULW barrel lasts more than 10K... I've got 8K through it ), just trying to figure out the most likely fix before heading back to the range and maybe wasting a trip. Shooting a major next weekend and I really don't want to have to take the Tavor (love shooting it, but it's too slow), so I'll probably just order another ECL and send the first back to Hiperfire unless they just ship out parts. Triggers are wear parts, and from what I've read I'm lucky to get 10K. I'm very close to just buying an MPX gen 3 and use this gen 2 as backup and for steel challenge. We're spoiled here in DFW in that we can shoot 2 and occasionally 3 matches a week, every week, all year. Even without any live practice that really runs up the round count.
  15. Less then 200 rounds through for the piston since cleaning. I've gone 10 times that. The bolt is coming back... the spent round is ejected, and a new round is fed in. The trigger just doesn't reset. When hand cycling the bolt with the charging handle the trigger resets long before the empty round would be ejected. I suspect disconnector failure of some sort, though I'm puzzled why it would reset with manual cycling but not when it's being cycled by the piston. Emailed Hiperfire, so I'll see what they say.
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