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  1. You will absolutely blow your gun up and probably find your hand in the next bay at the range. Titegroup is a powder that very quickly ramps up pressure past minor power factor loads. So even going a little over minor can be unsafe. Hope your trolling.
  2. It's really impossible to know. Open guns are like race cars. Every part is a consumable. So things are going to break. How often is a mystery. Depending on if the metal had any flaws to begin with. How well it was fitted. How the slide cuts and tri topping were done. What load you shoot. And on and on. You could have a slide crack at 5,000 rounds. Or it could go 50,000 rounds. But eventually things will break and need to be replaced. This is just a cost of open, should be budgeted for and shouldn't be looked at as a bad thing. Things can break and 100% not be the builders fault. Even if it breaks with low round count. This is a reason that most large gun builders get out of building open guns eventually when they can. They are just a huge percentage of their warranty claims. Even when it's past warranty and your paying to fix it. Its time consuming. So the only answer I can give you is IDK. My current plan is to buy a new gun every year and sell my old one. So I never have a gun with a ton of rounds on it. This makes it less likely to have a huge failure at a major. Plus a gun with low wear and round count will fetch the best price. Yes. I am probably paying the cost of a slide replacement every year. But at least I can plan for it. It's not a surprise. Your guess of 100,000-200,000 rounds is likley pretty high. Some people say .38sc guns last a bit longer. Not sure how much I buy that. But If I were budgeting. I would budget for a slide replacement every 30k rounds just to be on the safe side.
  3. Available spots could just be people that haven't squaded. No way of telling if or when you might get in. Without knowing how far down the wait-list you are. I know of people getting accepted a couple days before the match.
  4. SS, PROD, REV are taking a big hit. Def not as big for open.
  5. I use a thumb rest and I really like it. I really like the RPG2 Thumbrest. Check it out. It has a great angle. Grippy but also comfortable.
  6. I highly recommend Pat Rafferty. Rafferty custom guns. I have my 2nd gun coming from him any day. Venom is great as well. Any builder worth buying from seems to be backlogged many months. So ordering now would put you into next season probably. There seems to be quite a few quality custom used guns on the market if you want to get going now. I think Pat might have one of his older guns for sale.
  7. Buy once cry once. Save up and buy a quality 2011. You won't be sorry. I would also recommend Rafferty. You will be hard pressed to find better quality at that price point. Very reasonable.
  8. You might have a hard time fitting enough powder in a 9mm with 3n38. I would recommend HS6 or Shooters World Major Pistol
  9. I've been to other matches where that's happened. For instance last year at the Magnus Cup there was a huge rain storm and they moved us to a different zone. Ideally you walk all the stages prior to the match starting. Then freshen up before you shoot that section.
  10. It may not be installed correctly or could be tightened down too much. I had this exact issue. This is what fixed it. Sent from my Pixel 4 using Tapatalk
  11. It's probably the blue tip at the bottom of the primer tube. It's a consumable part that needs replaced every so often. Sent from my Pixel 4 using Tapatalk
  12. A Shadow 2 with a dot is a great pistol. Great option. It won't hold a candle to a 2011 open gun but if your on a budget it's a great way to go. You could always mill your slide and shoot it for a while while you save up for a 2011. Sent from my Pixel 4 using Tapatalk
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