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  1. Nice! That's the shoulder thing that goes up. In all seriousness, I've enjoyed watching the different revisions - very cool, and gives me a slightly unhealthy(from a financial standpoint) itch to move to a more modular platform.
  2. I've been using a Rise Armament RA-434, and am really liking it. I have a CMC 3.5lb and a Geissele SSA-E, both of which are also quite nice, but I prefer the feel of the RA-434 over those two(very little travel/staging, crisp break, decent reset), and the price was somewhere in between them.
  3. Has anyone seen the new "American Competition Pro" yet? https://ruger.com/products/rugerAmericanPistol/specSheets/8672.html Not looking to change to one, but I just saw it on their site and figured I'd mention it - looks to check most of the major boxes for competition in CO or production: lightened slide, optic plate, and fiber. About as ugly as anything I've ever seen, but it's cool that they seem to be branching out.
  4. Carver Custom makes a competition sized magwell for Polymer80 frames now. Just put one on my full-size - installed easily, appears to be high quality, and compatible with both Gen5 mags and mags with Dawson extensions.
  5. I absolutely agree - the convenience factor and stiffness for the price paid(I've probably spent more than that on mags this year) is a no-brainier if you want to compete. That said, not having a double belt shouldn't keep somebody from coming out to play for the first time or two.
  6. I've been running one for the past two years, and haven't had any complaints. That said, it's the only double belt I've used so far, and I've been using a polymer pistol, so the load isn't too heavy. Agreed. I bought a double belt after my first match, because I knew I'd be back and saw the convenience factor, but there's absolutely nothing wrong with using a normal good leather belt until you decide to make the switch.
  7. No experience with OZ9s, but have you tried a different extractor or extractor spring? In your cleaning/inspection(just making sure here), did you clean the extractor channel and the hole for the extractor spring assembly? No chips on the extractor claw? Those are about the only specifics that I can think of.
  8. One thing to consider is that if you have the opportunity to handload and test different loads is that if most blaster ammo has the same POI, you could try tuning a heavy load to match. All of my hoser and varmint loads(factory and handloads) have the same POI in the rifles I've tried both in, so when I began working up my "heavy" load, and I noticed that a shift occurred, I was able to choose a node with the same POI. Using CFE-223 and a 69gr SMK, the loads on the lighter end on the spectrum were hitting about 1.5" lower, and(oddly) 0.5" right, but about halfway through my ladder, POI shifted to match everything else I run, so I was able to pick a charge in that range and maintain a consistent zero.
  9. Open in 3-gun or steel challenge would be a good place for a comped 9 minor -- No power factor to worry about.
  10. I have some VZ Operator II panels(and am thinking about going to the Techwell version of them), but the front portion has the aggressive golf ball pattern of VZ Recons, which look similar to the Lok Bogies. Are you wanting something more aggressive than the Bogies, or just seeing what other options are out there?
  11. Red Hill makes holsters that fit P80s as well. I have one of their thumb break retention holsters for my 34 sized build. No photos yet, but it seems to fit properly and be well made.
  12. R&R Targets makes a couple(one is his own design, the other is a modded Vepr clone from Turkey) and both have AR-style controls. I've only seen one in person, a Wright-12, and it seemed to run pretty good.
  13. Looks like a good bag! The dedicated/labeled pouches remind me of the one from DAA. Personally, I'm running a Spec-Ops Brand T.H.E. Pack, Tactical(that's a mouthful!) for USPSA and hunting. It also works as a carry-on bag on most flights if you don't stuff it completely full. It's held up really well, and I wouldn't hesitate to buy it again. For 3-gun, I've been using a tool bag from Home Depot or Lowes, which sounds kind of similar to the electrician's bag @XDoctor mentioned. Don't remember the brand or dimensions, but the tool pockets around the outside and inside work great for mags, and everything else fits in the main "compartment" of the bag. It came with a shoulder strap that seems sturdy enough, and it fits everything I need for a club match. Normal loadout for USPSA in backpack - 1gal water jug, 10 loaded mags, pistol in a soft case, ear & eye pro, 200-300rd 9mm, gloves, hat, bandaids, snacks, screwdriver, squib rod, and I use one of the cinch straps to hold my belt when I'm not wearing it. Normal loadout for 3-gun, in tool bag - 5 loaded 140mm mags, choke tube case and wrench, eye & ear pro, 100rd 9mm, 100rd .223, two boxes of birdshot, one small box of turkey loads, screwdriver, simple spares kit, chamber flags, 2-3 loaded 30rd mags, a 30rd/40rd coupled pair, a D60(not because I need it, but because it's fun ), gloves, snacks, and gatoraid(carrying my water jug). I could, admittedly, not bring the extra 9 and .223, spare chokes, and turkey loads, but because this way I don't have to go back to my car to get anything.
  14. Limited minor is a fine place to start, and that setup shouldn't hold you back for a while. If you want power factor to play in less, I would ditch the magwell, pick up 6 new mags, and play in Production. Get out there and have fun!
  15. Have you considered competing with a concealment holster? Draws may be a little slower, but still manageable. I've seen a couple folks running carry holsters and doing ok. Just have to be careful reholstering. That said, I use a Crossbreed for carry, Bladetech for competition, and sometimes I'll wear a Serpa while hunting.
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