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  1. random_guy7531

    Hi-Power in competition?

    We have a local shooter who uses a HiPower for some of the IDPA and outlaw matches in the area. For hammer down, he's able to reach his middle finger up the mag well to activate the disconnect manually (so no empty magazine required) - you might test and see if you are able to accomplish the same.
  2. random_guy7531

    Laugo Arms Alien

    The addenda to appendix D4 #19 specifically only allows "Double Action, Double Action/Single Action, and Safe Action guns" in production. Note that 'safe action' is not a defined term anywhere within the current rule book, so what all constitutes such a firearm is open to interpretation. It's possible that the manufacturer intends to claim the alien is a 'safe action' gun given the trigger safety. Further mechanical elements such as a firing pin block might also be present that would make that argument easier, but I can neither prove nor falsify that claim. I'd like to point out this isn't strictly true. CO guns actually don't exclusively have to come off the production list - that's just what pretty much everyone says and claims. The CO rules also permit a manufacturer to submit a letter stating that 500 examples have been made available for sale to the general public and that their gun meets the *carry optics* rules requirements (note - it does not have to meet the *production* rules for this route to be effective). This is important because the addenda I mentioned previously that bans SAO firearms in production is *only* applicable to production - CO has no explicit ban on SA firearms in it other than the fact that (as far as I am aware), absolutely nobody goes the manufacturer-letter route. Conceivably, this means that something like an STI Edge (or other 2011 with sufficient production numbers) could be milled to accept a dot assuming it made weight/size/etc. and the manufacturer would be willing to send a letter to the DNROI. Regardless of all that, from what I can see, the Alien looks like it's dot is mounted to the bridge sights and not the slide. Such a setup would make it illegal for carry optics (or at least it would per my interpretation of D7-13).
  3. random_guy7531

    Nemo Monark Pistol

    That's a neat find, but I'm not going to lie - the ergonomics on it look like garbage. I'm also a bit surprised that they went through the trouble of making a metal frame, but didn't make it heavy enough to hit the 45 oz. weight limit for carry optics (or at least the 43 oz. weight limit for IDPA SSP). Everything about the gun makes me think they are aiming for the competition segment, and one obvious hole in that market is a striker/'safe-action' gun with a heavy frame to compete against the CZ/Tanfo's of the world. The Hudson H9 is another gun that I thought would have gone for that niche but didn't, so maybe there's something glaringly obvious I'm missing here.
  4. random_guy7531

    Picking my new CO gun

    So I shot all this season in carry optics with my Canik TP9SFX and generally had a pretty good year. However, there's a few nagging issues with the Canik that make me want to change to something else. Right now, getting a carry-optics version of the Shadow 2 from CZ Custom seems to be my best course of action - I already shoot one in multigun, and using it in USPSA and IDPA CO would help with manual of arms consistency (also, I already have mags/holsters etc. I'd only have to track down mag extensions). However, I wanted to take a quick poll (so to speak) of other folks and make sure there wasn't some other firearm out there that I should be looking at. If there's a cool new CO gun that all the cool kids are using, I want to at least give it a fair shake.
  5. random_guy7531

    'Safe Action' Definition

    That is pretty much what rule says, but that's orthogonal to the question of what the definition of 'safe action' guns are. Lets consider the following train of though: The production list prohibits the inclusion of firearms that aren't double action, selective action, or safe action The HK P7 is on the production list, and does not meet the definitions of double action or selective action The HK P7 must therefore be classified as 'safe action' The HK P7 ALSO meets the definition of 'single action' (per USPSA rule - as all passive safety mechanisms are triggered via the squeeze cocker lever instead of the trigger (at least per top-of-my-head. I will grab my example from the safe to confirm at some point) There must therefore be some minimal set of criteria then which separates 'safe action' and 'single action' which is not related to the number of actions caused solely by the trigger press. What I want to know is - what is that minimal set of criteria? To make matters more interesting, consider the series 80 1911 - which has a trigger activated firing pin block. The overwhelming majority of shooters would consider it to be a single action firearm - but does USPSA? If USPSA considers the series 80 to be a single action gun, what differentiates it from firearms which USPSA has already deemed as 'safe action' firearms which only contain a firing pin block as their passive safety (e.g. sig 320)?
  6. random_guy7531

    'Safe Action' Definition

    During a discussion amongst some friends and I regarding interesting guns that we could use for a carry optics build, we were unable to find what the definition of a 'safe action' gun is. During my search of the rule book, I see definitions for 'single action', 'double action', and 'selective action' (,, respectively), but none for 'safe action'. This is important as the addenda to appendix D4 #19 specifically only allows "Double Action, Double Action/Single Action, and Safe Action guns". As a particularly thorny example, the HK P7 fits all of the definitions of a 'Single Action' gun per, as the trigger itself only performs one action (that being the release of the striker), yet it clearly must be considered a 'safe action' gun by the NROI due to its inclusion in the production list. The trigger in the P7 doesn't have a safety dingus on it like most striker fired polymer guns, nor does it add energy to the striker, nor does it disengage a firing pin block at all. While it could be argued that the existence of the squeeze cocker makes the gun a 'safe action' gun, no definitive definition exists, and that doesn't necessarily preclude the gun from still fitting the 'single action' definition. Thus we arrive at a dilemma: what constitutes a 'safe action' gun? And what separates the existing single action only guns from it? If a CZ Tactical Sport had a firing pin block, would it be a 'safe action' gun? If a 2011 had a trigger dingus a la the Hudson H9, would it be a 'safe action' gun? What would need to be removed from a PPQ, XD, or p320 for it to no longer be a 'safe action' gun? (Considering the sig doesn't have a trigger dingus, and the PPQ and XD don't have partially cocked strikers) Has the NROI made any rulings on this issue and I just missed them? Is there anything in the main rule book that I am missing?
  7. random_guy7531

    PPQ Carry Optics build

    I will admit - I'll be interested to see how this turns out. I'm probably going to ditch my Canik in CO for the 2019 season, and either a Q5 or PPQ build seems to be the most likely route I'll end up taking. Are you going to look to add the lost ~1oz back via a guide rod or some other means?
  8. random_guy7531

    So I'm going to my first non-level 1 match. Any tips?

    So this is the first time that I've used a chrono, so its possible I messed up. However, the fact that I got as much consistency between strings led me to believe that things were generally okay. My notes from the session looked like this: String 1 4 shots 1223 high 1184 low 1207 average String 2 4 shots 1236 high 1143 low 1204 average String 3 5 shots 1224 high 1171 low 1205 average String 4 5 shots 1246 high 1146 low 1202 average Also FWIW, these weren't taken with the UMC green box I typically buy. My LGS didn't have much green box in stock, so I got a case of the Remington military/LE training rounds instead (like this https://www.midwayusa.com/product/1019417668/remington-military-law-enforcement-training-ammunition-9mm-luger-115-grain-full-metal-jacket). I naively assumed that UMC and the training ammo were identical, but I am often an idiot and could certainly be wrong. In either case, is there a factory brand that is generally available that most folks trust to make minor out of a 5" barrel? I'm certainly willing to go get a case of something else to ensure I won't go sub-minor during a big match. At the end of the day, its not like the stuff I have won't go to waste.
  9. random_guy7531

    So I'm going to my first non-level 1 match. Any tips?

    So good news! I managed to get a hold of our club's chrono today and do some testing. Got an average velocity of 1205 fps with a low of 1143 and a high of 1246. I think that should give me a fair bit of buffer in case the particular chrono setup at the match is slightly different than the one I used. I would be interested to see what my gun does with other ammo now though....
  10. random_guy7531

    So I'm going to my first non-level 1 match. Any tips?

    This is all really great advice. Thanks a bunch! In particular, I needed this one: I was rather explicitly planning on changing out my striker spring due to known problems with the stock one breaking strikers (Canik TP9SFX). I will instead *not* be doing that, and it will have to wait until after the match. So I have a few follow up questions: I always shoot factory ammo - I lack the apartment space for a reloading setup so I'm stuck with what I can buy. Because of this, I never put my gun on a chrono before. Is that worth doing? Or am I safe in assuming that factory ammo should make the chrono? I typically use Remington UMC 115 grain FWIW. A bunch of people have mentioned to bring a chair. Is there one that most people like? I only have a shoulder bag so Ill have to tote a chair around the old fashioned way - I didn't know if there was a compact style of chair people like in particular.
  11. random_guy7531

    Pick me a non-comp gun

    This might sound a bit silly, but you did mention that it might be used for carry, so I'd actually suggest the VP9 SK or the PPQ Subcompact ?. I have a VP9 SK that I use in a local outlaw BUG match (which really just allows anything with a <3.5" barrel). I've found that shooting short barreled/short sight radius/small grip guns to be and enjoyable break from my normal USPSA stuff. Additionally, both the VP9 and PPQ subcompact versions *should* be legal in either IDPA BUG or CCP divisions (no promises there though, I haven't verified).
  12. So I'm going to my first "large" match in a couple of weeks , and I wanted to just real quickly pick some folk's brains with regards to what may be different at a level 2 match as opposed to the more typical club matches. Off the top of my head, my main questions are: Any gear or items that I should bring in addition to my normal stuff? Are there any rules that are usually lax in clubs but become strictly enforced at a level 2 match that may bite me? Any mental tips w.r.t. maintaining composure and focus over a longer match? Really, any general notes on stuff you may have wished you did/brought/etc. to your first (or any) higher level match is certainly appreciated. Thanks!
  13. random_guy7531

    Canik TP9SFX striker/firing pin breakage and spares

    I have a plain jane 4" PPQ, and from what I can tell, the mechanisms are identical (even if the spring tunings are not). At least, they are identical enough that the slides will mate between both guns, and will at least dry fire as expected. I have not attempted with live rounds, but I have no reason to believe they wont function together. The designs are actually close enough that I used my PPQ's firing pin in the Canik while I was waiting for the replacement. Now, the various springs are of noticeably different strengths - especially ever since the paranoia induced recall on Canik's part. My personal Canik predates the recall, and I never sent mine in, so I can't comment on what the newer ones are like. However I found that I liked the Canik trigger (pre recall) ever so slightly more than the PPQ's. The main thing I dislike about the Canik trigger is that the safety-dingus doesn't have the same geometry as the PPQ, and sometimes I fail to disengage it (particularly during one-hand shooting).
  14. random_guy7531

    Canik TP9SFX striker/firing pin breakage and spares

    Oh this is great! Previously, I was not able to get spares, so I'm definitely glad they made them available (even if they are a bit spendy). I have had some (admittedly - rare/sporadic) issues with going into battery - in particular after slide lock reloads - so I just picked up the 6.5 lb Ghost spring you recommended. Hopefully, that will solve most of my problems. On a tangential note though, I do see that Ghost also has some ~4lbs striker springs available - has anyone tried those springs in a Canik or Q5? Do those lighter springs work better at all? I've never actually tried to tune springs on one of my firearms before so this is a bit of a new experience for me....
  15. random_guy7531

    Canik TP9SFX striker/firing pin breakage and spares

    So my replacement parts just came in from Century (as well as my snap caps). Hopefully this issue doesn't persist, but I am concerned that the new striker assembly I was sent has a noticeably stronger spring than the one I removed. Is this to be expected? Will it wear in eventually as I break in the new component? If not, is there an alternative spring I should look to get and use? Thanks!