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  1. This may have been said already, but remember not to compare your reloads directly to cheap, brass-cased ammo from the large manufacturers. In my opinion, the ammo I load for my open gun is comparable in quality and consistency to very good factory ammo that costs much more than the cheap stuff. Therefore you’re not comparing 15c reloaded to say 25c bought from a store, you’re comparing your reloads which work perfectly in your gun to high-end high-precision factory ammo. When you start to compare apples to apples with reloaded ammo the amount you save starts to become greater, with the added benefit of tuning a load to your specific gun.
  2. I had an open Glock in .40, fully tricked out. It was fun to shoot but I think that, at the end of the day, if you’re going to shoot in a division as competitive and equipment-driven as open, relatively small differences can make or break your setup. You can spend a lot of time and money on a Glock trigger and still not approach the usability and advantages of a 2011 trigger. I also struggled with load development that would actually work the comp, YMMV. Not to say that there isn’t a place for open Glocks, but I think shooting a Glock in limited makes a lot more sense. Just my .02
  3. As others have said, take it slow and be safe. One other thing I wish someone had told me as I was starting was how key it is to practice your draw. Although making a great time isn’t that important when you’re first starting out, practicing your draw helps you to be faster as well as safer. Good luck, it’s an addictive sport!
  4. Started in limited because I wanted an excuse to modify my Glocks. Shot that for a while until I came across a deal I couldn’t pass up for an open 2011, haven’t looked back since!
  5. Hi there, I'm pretty new to the sport as well but am in DFW and can chime in. As many will undoubtedly suggest, run what you have. Grab some cheap mag pouches and perhaps a cheap belt setup, make sure you have enough magazines and ask for help from folks at matches. North Texas Multigun is a great place to start. Everyone has been super friendly and helpful to me so far. Also, if you aren't familiar with shotguns or don't have a semi-auto shotgun yet, try shooting 2-gun for a match or two to get used to how it works, it's a nice way to ease into the sport. Good luck with getting started, it's an absolute blast!!
  6. Gotcha, that would make sense. I may have misspoken in calling it a cone comp. All I know is that it is permanently attached and fits around the barrel with a sleeve. Will look into a cheap bead blasting setup, thanks!
  7. Thank you! Used a mallet to gently knock the barrel bit by bit back into the proper place and that freed the guide rod assembly. Turned out it's a 2 piece and I just didn't look carefully enough to see it needed to be unscrewed. Appreciate the help very much!
  8. Hello Benoverse, I have just recently purchased my first 2011 and fired it for the first time today. After attempting to disassemble it for the first time I removed the slide and was in the process of figuring out the guide rod assembly when something went wrong. I pushed the guide rod assembly towards the front of the slide and it just stuck. The guide rod assembly is stuck forwards and the barrel is tilted out of battery slightly. It's stuck quite tightly and I cannot figure out how to loosen it so that I can remove the guid rod assembly. It's quite possible that I'm just not applying force in the right area since I don't want to break anything. I am new to 2011's and not a 1911 aficionado. It is an STI lower with an SVI upper. Pics attached for clarity, all help is very much appreciated.
  9. Any suggestions on cleaning a comp that is permanently attached to your barrel? New to the open game and am shooting hard cast lead. My comp is soldered on to the end of my barrel since it's one of the cone-style comps. Appreciate any input, thanks!
  10. That's the truth! Just went to my first steel match at NTMG this last weekend and steel may now be my favorite of the shooting disciplines I've tried. The feedback and quick-reaction-time stages are an absolute blast!
  11. Thanks for the welcome! Right now I'm using a custom side-charger AR since I'm a lefty, a Winchester SX3 for shotgun and a Zev Glock 34. I'm on the hunt for a 2011 right now since I'm starting to get into USPSA and just started reloading.
  12. Hello All, I usually lurk in most forums but this is such a great place for discussion and info that I'm getting involved. New to competitive shooting, starting in 3-gun and USPSA and having a blast. Glad to be here! Thanks!
  13. That makes sense, sounds like it's better to focus on one and optimize for it than to straddle the fence to try to do both. Thanks for the quick replies, appreciate it!
  14. Hello All, Been lurking for a bit and recently joined, love the community here. I'm new to USPSA and 3-gun and I'm looking for my first 2011. I'm weighing a few different options and have what may be a stupid question: If one buys an open gun to have the option of shooting open-class, is there any reason you couldn't remove the compensator, assuming it is not attached permanently, and the other go-fast bits such as the racker and optic mount and 170mm mags and then use that pistol in Limited? I ask because there are a number of great deals for used open guns and it seems like if this were an option it would open up the possibility of using one gun for both to try out the different classes. Appreciate any info!
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