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  1. When I was searching for my .22, I found that the Mark IV 22/45 has a different grip angle (~1911) than the Mark IV Standard.
  2. I've just gone through the same scenario are you are pondering... wanted to practice with .22 to save some money (though I reload and 22 ammo is more than 9mm reloads, but I'm running low on primers). I also am pondering doing SC and adding an optic for my aging eyes. It seems like there are lots of customizations that can be done, so I focused on checking how easy it was to access the controls with my hands. For me, the S&W Victory and Ruger 22/45 had the most comfortable grips with best access to all controls. Browning and the wooden grips on some of the Rugers just didn't fit my
  3. When I use mine outdoors, like I did today, I set it at 30 feet (we have target rails at 20 and 30 feet). I set the five measurement distances at 5, 10, 15, 20, 25 feet. If indoor, I set the target to 25 feet.
  4. Thanks for the clarification. With the laser, I try to focus on the front sight, and only look at the camera on my phone, after I'm done shooting 20 shots, to see how the shots look, whether high/low/left/strays/clusters/etc.
  5. Someone had mentioned that. The Q5 Match (my 9mm) has quite a different grip that the normal M2. Not sure about compared to the P22. Anyone use that? Any thoughts on ease of maintenance, acceptance of ammo brands?
  6. Good idea with the scaled down targets for the space I have. Any reason you're averse to the laser? I did get the Anderson book a little while back, but I'm more concerned that I'm making some fundamental mistakes, and didn't want to focus (right now) on trying to speed up my shooting (and just shooting poorly, only fast ). I do have more time to shoot now, so I can certainly do more drills - I just want to make sure I have fundamentals (trigger control, grip) worked out.
  7. I wear contact for distance. Lately, I've been using glasses that my optician made that were trifocals. Prescription bottom for reading (2.0 or 2.5x), middle for front sight (based on me trying readers at the store and looking at arms length, about 1.5x), and clear at top. The issue (not being an optician that understands shooting), is that to bring the middle section into focus for front sight, I have to tilt my head back a bit. It also doesn't work well with cases where I have to shoot around a barrel and my head is tilted. I did try, for years, with my optometrist adjusting one
  8. Hi, I've been shooting for about 4 years, mostly with a Walther Q5 SF in 9mm, and a small amount with S&W 1911 in .45 ACP. I also have a Walther PPQ M2 4" in 9mm that I first started with, but moved to the Q5 about a year ago. I like participating in Steel Challenges and USPSA, but am really a beginner, am am looking for a way to work on fundamentals to improve my skills. I dry fire about three times a week using an iTarget (laser) setup. Slow firing I do OK (not spectacular) - within a 2.5-3" diameter circle at seven yards - the most I can do indoors. I'm only gett
  9. Just from training, I was taught to lock the slide back and both physically and visually check that the chamber was empty, before handling off a handgun or when accepting one. when I take training classing, they often have students lock back slides, as instructors go down the line checking chambers are empty. When I compete, I tend to follow a similar process, locking back the slide and visually checking the chamber is empty and showing the open chamber to the RO. I don’t physically check the chamber during competition. I‘ve seen ROs, especially with newer shooters like myself, wanting to rea
  10. Yeah, I don't have a problem disengaging the lock - slight pull on slide works fine. For locking back, I've always been more comfortable locking the slide and actually physically checking that the chamber is empty (versus visually checking). Granted, I only plan on competing occasionally with this gun, as a way to get more practice time with it. Main role will be for CCW.
  11. Hi! New Hellcat owner. I love the (iron) sights, and grip on this gun, and am learning to shoot it better each time I go out (only have about 200 rounds so far - checking POA/POI). However, the only nit I have, which I sort of noticed when I was checking it out at the store, before buying, is that the fairly flush slide lock button is really hard for me to engage. I pull the slide back with my left hand, and try to push up with the thumb (the lock is right there at the joint), but can't seem to engage easily. The only way I can seem to do it, is with moving the fingers of my right
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