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  1. I was dry firing they other day and noticed that my eye was looking for the sight just before the front sight got where it needed to go off a draw. Instead of keeping my eyes on the target and rising the gun where it needed to go, I was inadvertently “looking it off” from where it needed to go by seeking it prematurely. The result was proper sight alignment but a sight picture a few inches under where I intended to shoot. Does that make any sense? I have dry fired enough to automatically draw the sight to my eye but my eagerness to break the shot was interrupting that process. Inadequate visual patience. Not sure if that’s a really silly error or not but thought I’d share it.
  2. Paulie

    TTI Base Pad

    Not sure if serious!
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    TTI Base Pad

    I have the TTI 3mm and like them but I tend to mangle the spring when sliding the base pad off to clean the mag. Probably user-error! I attempt to poke the spring to relieve pressure but the lip catches no matter what. I have scoured the inter web for a trick to pull them off. Can an anyone help?
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    Finally did it - Atlas Gunworks

    Good stuff! For other fence sitters... FWIW. Ben Stoeger, “the dark lord”, said that he’s never seen a limited gun from builders you’d recognize work out of the box...”except Atlas, they work. And Brazos”. He trains a lot of people and is a salty cynical guy. Episode 20 of PSAD.
  5. Personally I shoot my Glock equally well 10 yards and in. It actually returns to zero a smidge faster, IMO. Partials and mini poppers 10+ and targets 20, 30, or esp 50 yards and the 2lb zero take up trigger makes a huge difference for me.
  6. I agree that talent & effort is way more important than the tool: but how do you know that he wouldn’t do even better with a different platform? Call me cynical but maybe he shoots the Glock because they can afford to pay the most as a sponsor that sells millions of guns a year. I’d do the same thing if I were in his shoes. Elite (generational) talents like Jordan, Brady, Vogel, Phelps can probably win using inferior equipment. It doesn’t mean better gear can’t help us mere mortals on the margin .... or at least offer a lot of enjoyment
  7. You can do it with a little sacrificing. Eating out, alcohol and starbucks coffee total thousands per year for the average person. Sell some stuff on Craigslist. Get a side hustle like Uber or odd jobs. I couldn’t be happier with my Titan or the customer service I’ve gotten from Adam and Cat. Really awesome company.
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    Atlas titan or atlas nemesis???

    Whatever they advertise...mine took a little longer because I live in a goofy gun-ban state.
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    Atlas titan or atlas nemesis???

    Congratulations on an excellent choice. And now the wait begins. I did a post-it-note countdown starting at T-30 days.
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    Atlas titan or atlas nemesis???

    As a Titan owner, I can settle this. The correct answer is both! ?
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    CHA-LEE's Tale

    Thanks for posting about the accident. It’s a good warning to us all. On that note, I think that people in the action shooting sports should strongly consider using eye protection rated to “MIL PRF 31013 rather than “ANSI 87”. In a nutshell, the former is rated to a .22 lr impact and the latter shatters at a fraction of that force. Ordinary reading glasses should be banned IMO because they present additional hazard and are probably worse than wearing nothing. I own a pair of Smith Optics Aegis Echo’s that cost me $90. Between shooting steel / indoor backstop splatter and various types of detonation accidents, it well worth the extra cost in my mind. I would gladly part with 3x that amount to protect my eyes.
  12. Just shot my first one as well. -Double up the expected round count. -Bring a cart or off-road baby stroller to haul stuff. -make sure you will comfortably hit power factor! -as said above, get there early and walk stages a lot. -hat and sunscreen!
  13. Just saw a note in Down Range email blast. [edit- website crashing] I’ll post the before and after once the site is back up. Not pumped about this as a B trying to make A! The USPSA Classification System has been updated to include new High Hit Factors for classifiers in all divisions. Several classifier stages have been retired and will no longer be available for future use as classifiers. The new High Hit Factors have been incorporated into the USPSA Classifier Calculator, which can be found at USPSA.org, and will be included in the upcoming USPSA Mobile App. Retired classifiers: 99-09 Long Range Standards 99-34 Ported View 03-10 Area 5 Standards 06-07 Steely Speed IV 06-08 Steely Speed V 06-09 Steely Speed VI 08-05 Long Range Standards 2 08-06 Area 4 Standards 09-05 Quad Standards 09-06 Quad Standards 2 09-11 Razor's Edge 13-09 Window Pain
  14. Back on topic- cm 99-12 Take Your Choice is a real bear now. Went from 9 to 11.24 HHF in limited so a hundo is now only 80%. My latest run won’t help me make A, that’s for sure.
  15. This is a very common experience. I also came over from IDPA (SS at time) and was absolutely whipped in my first local match. Second to last place IIRC. It’s a different game for sure. Put in the work (dry and live) and you’ll soon forget that match and classification. Don’t be discouraged. Early on is when the most rapid and visible gains are made. I went from D to B in four months with limited live fire practice.
  16. Searched around for this topic and was surprised it hadn’t been covered lately. Also got a million unrelated results because “major” and “match” pop up from time to time here! Title says it all. I’m gearing up for my first major match. I’ve only been able to shoot 4 stage indoor matches so a Level II brings a host of unknowns, mostly related to logistics and the Chrono stage. How does the chrono “stage” even work? I give RO a mag or they choose? How many rounds will they shoot? I just don’t want to embarrass myself do anything that makes me look like I’m gaming it. Supplies- what are things that someone who shoots one hour indoor matches would forget or have no idea about relating to an all day affair? Weather should be in 70 range but it could rain I guess. Other miscellaneous advice? Thanks in advance.
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    First major match

    Thanks, GrumpyOne. That sequence worked and I see lots of relevant info. I will make an extra donation to BE this year for my facepalm thread sins!
  18. So I’ve had about 7k flawless trouble free rounds of 40 out of my 650 with Dillon dies. Now that I need to ramp up production for some level II’s and stock up for winter, it’s flaking out on me on station 1... 1) It is dropping two cases almost every time. One makes it into shell plate and a second case is sitting (leaning really) right side up on top of it. 2) About 20% are getting caught on lip of the resizing die. I’ve crunched a few....am able to reach around and pull it snug toward center of shell plate and re-insert. The strange thing it it seems to be snug when placed into position, so it apparently shimmy’s out a few mm on way up. Tighten shell plate? Tried search function already. I’m still a rookie reloader so I hesitate to start adjusting a bunch of things. Help on on one or both issues is greatly appreciated!!!
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    650 station 1 blues

    Indeed. Just ran 100 without any double case feeds. However, every 10th case is still hanging on the way into sizing die. Need to try ideas here and tinker some more on that front.
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    650 station 1 blues

    Well, guys....there is a saying “start with the most likely / simplest fix”. Almost embarrassed to report this. Concerning the double feeds- the colored end to the case feeder tube had just popped out of place a little bit. I removed the plastic feeder tube all together, added back the colored end (pinkish for 40), reinserted into place atop the machine, clipped to case feeder and now the double feeds are no more!
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    650 station 1 blues

    Good idea. Will try and report back. Thanks, Sarge.
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    650 station 1 blues

    I called on #2 and they said to adjust the camming pin. The one that impacts the triangular case insert slide. I just don’t know how that helps a shell that is pushed all the way into place on shell plate and then gets misaligned on way up.
  23. [TL/DR: table at bottom] I just installed the last two accessories on my Dillon 650 and I think I’m pretty much good to go after 6 months of reloading. This forum was very helpful for me as a new reloaded so I thought I’d share this info for people trying to get into it....just saw one such inquiry minutes ago. This list is grouped by level of need and then most to least expensive...highly subjective I know. It’s just one man’s opinion! If you buy the green items labeled “Base Machine” you can load ammunition if you acquire components (powder, primers and brass). It might be slow going and unsafe but you could make a round of ammunition. I would call the blue additions “necessities” either for safety or logistical reasons. Yelow are highly recommended “priority upgrades” that we can debate & add to here. Orange entires are creature comforts and case prep items to re-use brass and save more money. Also for those suffering from sticker shock, the “rounds to cover” is a hypothetical payback assuming you can save about $.115 per round. I load 40, so YMMV. Tell your wife you will reload an obscure cartridge and save 70% per round.
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    Hundo 40 question

    Is your resizing die going down far enough? I shoot lots of “once fired” 40 brass, which is probably coming from police ranges full of Glocks (complete with their bulges). None the less, it runs almost 100% thru my hundo XL and Titan.
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    N320 40 S&W Load Recipes