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  1. Using new brass, Ideally you are safest to load the round as you expect to use it in a match, fire it once in practice, ensure it runs in your gun, reload that truly once fired brass, case gauge, and use that for your match.
  2. Yes of course. There is an entire "procedure " we go through, supervised, that makes it fun for them.
  3. Case gauge everything, if it doesnt pass it isnt shot in a match. Ive found everyone has a different definition of what ammo inspection should be. I do the following: 1. Round must fall fully into to the gauge on its own weight 2. I run my finger across the primers feeling for anything high or low. Proper primer depth is ~2mil to ~6mil lower than the top of the primer pocket. If anything doesnt feel right i pull it, i inspect visually or measure with callipers, accept or reject it 3. All cases are then flipped to stand primer side down on a sheet of glass. I look for any rounds that might have high primers / i.e. wobbling or tilted that i may have missed with my i spection in 2. If amy high primers are found, round is rejected. 4. If any round did not fall out on its own weight in 3. From the case gauge, it is rejected. 5. During the loading process i measure OAL on random rounds every few hundred. I will also check powder drop for accuracy before every loading session Since adopting this process, I've had 0 malfunctions in either my pcc or CO guns. Edit: it turns out 2yr old kids love loading the hundo. Let them fill it for you, then you inspect, dump it out, let them refill it. Seems to speed up the process
  4. Pcc has a definitive advantage over open on long shots. Grip strength is also less of a necessity in pcc over open. For classifiers or stages where you stand, draw, and start shooting, the draw is quicker for pcc over open. Where an uprange start is mandated, pcc gets to start down range, another advantage. Lastly, pcc has higher cap mags eliminating any potential time lost on a stage to a reload (outside classifiers). Besides that....open has pretty much all the other advantages, and i would argue those advantages are substantial with regards to scoring and time.
  5. Define "better or worse" than dryfire or livefire. Coolfire is much more realistic than dryfire. Combined with the LASR system you get a 3rd of the recoil, sight disruption forcing you to find the subsequent sight picture, a resetting trigger, and instant hit feedback for full fledged drills. It is far more expensive than dry, far cheaper than live. As far as training goes, id say coolfire with the lasr system is 85 to 90% as good as live fire, allowes you to practice any time with direct feedback on time and hits. This is something you cannot get with dry fire and par times. Many people build bad habits with dry fire and par times walking way with an unrealistic understanding of their skills. If im going to spend time practicing at home, why not make it as realistic as possible? I use a sirt bolt and lasr system with my pcc and the amount of realistic training i could do with instant hit factor feedback accelerated my acquisition of shooting skills, allowing me to climb the classification ladder quickly. With the success I had with pcc, I got a coolfire for my p320 x5 shooting carry optics. When I compete I use a heavy tungsten grip frame. When I do coolfire training I use a x5 grip module with no weight added. As a result I get more felt recoil from the coolfire system and it more closely simulates live fire. I have no doubt that a "simulated" training system (sirt, coolfire) with the gun you compete with is orders of magnitude better than dryfire. Still not a replacement for live fire, but much more realistic. The training is so similar to live fire, that with all the hit factor drills ive run with the pcc i can predict within 3 or 4 tenths my match classifier hit factor results assuming i dont do anything stupid. I have no doubt ill get there in time with the coolfire system and the x5. Once i pick up a legion my current x5 will become a full time coolfire gun. Im not sure why there are so many disparaging remarks on the forums about the simulated training systems. As a guy who cant get to the range as often as i like because of work, family, and life, im able to easily spend 20min to 30min in the evening if i want, get a quality 400 trigger pulls with instant time and hit placement feedback, without driving anywhere, pasting targets, etc... and the practice is very similar to live fire results.
  6. Yes, i have seen malfunctions at 1k rounds, scenario was no maintenance, no oiling, and temperature cycling (freezing, not freezing, etc...) resulting in feeding issues. Outside that situation, ive made it well past 1k rounds without cleaning and malfunctions, i usually do oil before a match. I typically dont go much more than 500 rounds without cleaning
  7. Not that i recommend it, but you can go a good 1000 rounds without cleaning the gmr-15 and itll function just fine.
  8. You should have an extra firing pin and spring, inspect the machine screw holding the silent captured spring together every time you clean to make sure it isnt backing out. Have an extra extractor, make sure you remove the pin in the bolt retaining the extractor so you can remove it and clean it. Before any bigger matches i swap to a dedicated match firing pin and spring i have and ensure the extractor is clean. Thats really about it. Fairly low maintenance well running machine especially compared to the mpx. I hated breaking that thing down into 20 to 25 pieces for cleaning.
  9. Smithcity

    P320 X5 Thread

    I would rather have a gunsmith that knows what he is doing fix my ejection pattern problem than eject thousands of cases into my optic.
  10. Smithcity

    P320 X5 Thread

    Cant you fix this by reshaping the ejector?
  11. My 17rnd mag with springer +0 baseplate weighs in at 3.8 oz. My 21rnd mag with a +2 tti baseplate also weighs in at 3.8 oz. The Springer baseplate is heavy.
  12. Unless someone can explain the facts behind how rollsizing, push through, etc... is NOT beneficial, I'm not sure there is more anyone can add at this point. With regards to it being "totally unnecessary" the last response I can give is by quoting the late great Patches O'Houlihan, "Is it necessary for me to drink my own urine? No, but I do it anyway because it's sterile and I like the taste."
  13. Unless you are buying new brass and only reloading what came out of your gun, you have no idea where what you picked off the ground came from or the history of "once fired" you might buy online. Totally agree, case in point, even if you are shooting 125pf 9mm, the brass you scooped off the ground may have been loaded 2 or 3 times already and last came put of a 9 major open gun or some tupaware gun with a partially supported chamber.
  14. Glad you get such a high pass rate from your hundo loading 9mm without rolling. I dont, there is likely a difference in the source of our brass. Depending on where you get your brass from, the buldge at the base of the case cannot be corrected without a push through or roll sizer type solution. Much like swaging .223 or trimming, that brass is not going to be good when loaded unless you knew where it came from or have a good source. Albeit i would put swaging 223 and trimming it higher on the priority list. Two things can be true at the same time. It is preference, you can load without a rollsizer, and yes, you can get higher quality ammo using a rollsizer. For most people, go ahead and forego rolling at the cost of a higher fail rate. Perfectly acceptable route to go. I would consider things like a case feeder and bullet feeder luxury items that yield no difference in the quality of your ammo. A rollsizer does make a difference in the quality of your ammo.
  15. Sarge is correct. Rolling is totally unnecessary. Just as cleaning your brass, swaging, trimming 223, etc... is all totally unnecessary. However, it seems doing those other steps can make a difference in the quality of your ammo. Loading 9mm i typically had a 94% pass rate through case gauge with mixed brass. After i started rolling that went up to a 99% pass rate. Rolling gives me higher fidelity ammo and i dont waste as much time inspecting ammo when im done loading.
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