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  1. Agreed, I was hoping that was the answer!
  2. Will these be a drop-in or is fitting required?
  3. The 92X looks pretty legit, very cool to see Beretta stepping up with a dedicated competition pistol!
  4. The Xtreme does already have the good 1-piece sear in it, so that's a plus, it's worth $120. The trigger bar is also slick, but no slicker than you can make a standard trigger bar, so no real value there. And if you like the flatter Xtreme trigger, that's a plus too. Personally, I didn't like the extra reach so I swapped it out for a standard curved trigger. I think if you can get a deal on the Xtreme it's worth considering, all of the "just get a standard Stock 2" calls are purely based upon price. The Xtreme IS better, it's just a matter of what that is worth to you.
  5. This I will say, if you're willing to do the work on your gun yourself, and do it correctly and with great attention to detail, there's no better way to get the smoothest function. Better than ANY gunsmith is going to do for you, since you'll be able to spend a lot more time on it than they can. The box-stock Xtreme is definitely a LOT better than the box-stock Stock 2, but it's nowhere near as good as a worked-over Stock 2. There's a lot of great resources out here to get you started, and @MemphisMechanic made a great series of YouTube videos on it a couple years ago, I'd say watch those and see if it looks like something you want to tackle. I don't remember exactly, but if I recall the stock trigger pull weights on my Xtreme were something like 3-4 lb. SA and 7-8 lb. DA, and the Stock 2 was 4-5 lb SA and 10 lb. DA. After reworking and a lot of shooting, the Xtreme (which is my match gun) is now 1.7 lb. SA and 4.8 lb. DA. And it's not just spring weights that are lighter, all of the polishing makes a HUGE difference. The trigger pull weight does make it easier to shoot, but IMO the smooth function is even more important, both for ease of shooting as well as reliability. You can do exactly the same thing to a standard Stock 2 and get the same function, there's nothing in the Xtreme that you can't duplicate or improve upon with a standard Stock 2, it just won't look as cool as the Xtreme. And it DOES look cool, mine has been a conversation piece at matches ever since I got it, whereas when I shoot my standard Stock 2 at some practice matches it's just another nickel-plated sissy pistol! If you're NOT willing to do the work yourself, then have a competent gunsmith do it. Patriot Defense does a great job and makes aftermarket parts. If you have someone in your area who is shooting Tanfos, ask around, you might find someone locally who can do it or even better, help you do it.
  6. Not in my experience. I've been rocking the Xtreme for a couple years now, and a LOT more than a few 100 draws, and the finish is pristine and still looks like new. Unless you're running a stainless steel holster, wear on the pistol finish is not an issue. The cerakote on the Xtreme is top notch.
  7. Some like the super-narrow front (.090, .100) for distant targets especially, such as the 25yd plates that you're talking about since it covers up less of the target. I've been running the .100 and while I do think there's an advantage along those lines on distant targets, I don't necessarily like it overall for function when shooting USPSA stages. It's more difficult to pick up the sight in fast transitions compared to the wider .115 I was using previously, and I may go back at some point. If all I was shooting was 25 yard plates, then I'd stick with the narrow one.
  8. Yup that happened on mine a while back, case got stuck and when I unstuck it the remnant of the spring flew off and a small broken piece was left in the holder. i just took the broken piece out and reinstalled the rest of the spring and it's still working fine now even with a slightly shorter spring.
  9. Mark 7 has a new updated powder adjustment lock fitting which in my experience is 100% effective. I've loaded 20,000+ rounds without it ever coming loose since I got the updated one. Since you don't have it, you probably also don't have the latest upgrades to your powder measure either, so you might want to call MK7 support and get a ticket going to send your measure in and have it upgraded.
  10. The sensor itself doesn't work stand-alone with a manual press. MK7 announced at Shot Show that they were going to be releasing a new Control Box to allow sensors to be ran on the manual Evo press, you'll need one of those after they come out if you really want to run the press manually. Personally, I think that's silly, just hook up the Autodrive, you can use the Single Cycle function or run the press on slow 1000 rph speed if you want to keep a very close eye on what it's doing. But if you hook that up, you'll be able to use the Powder Check sensor now and catch any no charge/double charge conditions.
  11. Here's another tip, applicable to: If you've ever had an issue with the case feeder shuttle not getting cases seated correctly in the shell plate occasionally. The symptom you may have noticed is that either 1) You have an index that occurs with no case loaded in the shell plate during rotation, and Station #2 is inexplicably empty. or 2) You have a case that either flips completely off the shell plate or gets stuck sideways against the case feed shuttle housing. How to tell if you have the issue: Inspect the movement of a case inside the case feeder shuttle arm by manually activating it with your finger, and watch how it slides onto the shell plate. If it's not a perfectly smooth transition onto the shell plate, and the case catches on the edge lip of the shell plate slightly, then it's likely that at high speed this will cause instability and at least occasional improper seating of the case into the shell plate. On mine, I noticed that the shell plate was slightly higher than the case feeder shuttle platform (see photo). The fix: Loosen the two bolts holding the case feeder shuttle housing to the side of the press, and put pressure on the housing in the direction that it needs to move, while tightening the bolts. On mine it resulted in a perfectly smooth transition for the cases feeding into the shell plate and now 2000 rounds tested with zero case feed issues. Previously, every few hundred rounds I'd have a case either missed during index, or once in a while have it get wedged and either flipped completely out of the shell plate or caught on the edge of the housing.
  12. I have been running my Evo Pro at 2200 rph loading 9mm with once-fired brass and loading primers with an RF-100, and have had no problems like you're describing. The decap sensor catches any decap failures, the swage sensor would catch any "ringers" (which I've never had), the digital clutch catches any significant case problems during resizing (I'm running the clutch on 3), .380 and 9 Makarov cases are caught at the case-feeding station so that's not an issue, and the only issue I've had at all with the priming station is maybe every 2000-3000 rounds I'll have a case that comes through without getting a primer in it (which will be caught by the new Primer Orientation Sensor that is forthcoming shortly). I already pre-ordered a primer collator a while ago, and am looking forward to using it to eliminate the 100-round manual intervention required now, I'd like to run 300 rounds at a pop and dry-fire a few steps away while it's running.
  13. CZ really wants to start winning something, they've lined up a lot of top talent now to make it happen.
  14. Well, not necessarily, if you're having a hard time rolling the gun in your hand due to having aggressive palms swell grips as he stated, then it might be an actual "better" setup. I flipped the gun effectively for a couple years, and then after the new rules allowed me to install the extended mag release at the same time I switched to the palm swell grips, I'll never go back, even though I COULD make it work the other way. For me it's definitely better, faster and less likely to fumble with the extended release. The only downside I've found is you have to be really careful on table starts to make sure you don't push down on the gun and trip the mag release. Also for a couple other people I know, they had issues accidentally pressing it while shooting due to where their grip puts their support hand, but that has been no issue for me at all.
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