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  1. BillGarlandJr

    P320 X5 Thread

    I finally got around to checking the barrel on my original X5 (it has the silver barrel), and I found some marks similar to what you're getting. For most of the gun's life I've done as Springer advised and ran 14# recoil springs, but for the last 1000 or so rounds I've been running a 12.5# ISMI. Gotta say I like the 12.5 better. The gun hits a little harder in the hand with 124gr reloads, but it returns to target so consistently and so quick. When shooting doubles at distances from 5 to 25ish yards the hits are closer together and are coming about quicker than with the 14#. So, with that said, anyone know what the long term prognosis might be for this problem? Is the damage to the barrel lug, where we can see it occurring, going to cause any problems long term? I'm thinking no based on what I'm seeing, but I'm interested in hearing other's thoughts on this.
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    Front sight fiber optic or black?

    This....for me the benefit of the fiber optic is being able to use it like a dot for easier targets. As the difficulty of the shot increases I'll start to refine things and use the front and rear sights in a more traditional manner. I have to admit this is something I had to work on as I was brought up shooting bullseyes utilizing textbook sight alignment and sight picture. I started to experiment with this after taking a Stoeger class. What I've found, along with a lot of other really good guys on here, is if my trigger manipulation is on point the refinement of my sights doesn't need to be so sharp. Having worked this for a while now, I can use a target focus while using the fiber optic like a dot, out to 15 to 20-ish yards and get "A" hits. Past 20 yds, I can't guarantee A hits as well using this method, though I think the distances could be stretched out with more work.
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    SIG X Five rear sight

    Springfield Armory XDM 5.25......you said name another pistol you can't configure the rear sight to your liking on.....that's one. Also, SIG's opinion on the rear sight notch width is likely that of one Max Michel Jr. He's pretty good from what I hear. As far as Dawson doing work on the sight, that's not who I would have gone to. Widening the notch on a rear sight is something a local smith could handle easily. You mentioned your love of the pistol other than the rear sight notch width. Finding a smith to make it wider for you seems like such a small hurdle to get over to make a pistol you otherwise love suitable for you. Get on the horn and call some smiths!
  4. BillGarlandJr

    P320 X5 Thread

    I read your other post regarding this matter. As buyers we have to take a little of the heat when we purchase something we end up not liking. It’s not like the information isn’t out there for us to find. At any rate, it sounds like you don’t like the narrow rear notch width. There is a fix for that....take the rear sight to a gunsmith and have them widen it for you. I think that might fix what you don’t like about that sight.
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    Battery life of Romeo 1

    My experience with the Romeo 1 as far as batteries go has been good. I’m one of those guys who turns it on and leaves it on all the time. Doing so, I’ve had batteries last almost a year. Normally I’ll change them out quarterly just to be sure the sight is going to work, but I ran one battery that long just to see.
  6. BillGarlandJr

    Walther new steel frame competition Q5

    Sounds like we have similar sized hands. I had a Q5 and loved everything about it except the grip was too short for me. I could get all four fingers on the grip with no problem, but some palm hung off the bottom edge of the grip. Not an issue when shooting, but on a couple of occasions I pinched the crap out of my hand during a reload. That ultimately led me to sell it. Shame.....its a great pistol otherwise.
  7. It took me a long time to get to where I didn't have some first stage nerves, but ultimately what helps me is to focus on enjoying the process of shooting. What was causing my nerves was my concern about the results for the stage, and in the long term, the match. Once I figured out I had no control over the eventual outcome of the match I was free to just enjoy shooting. I know I can go out and hit everything, so no pressure. This is what has worked for me....I've also done, and still do some dry fire prior to a match, but it didn't calm my nerves the way focusing on the process of shooting has.
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    Anyone have a membership at PSTG?

    I agree. It all really comes down to time. Yes, by buying a ton of ammo and hitting the range a lot a guy can certainly figure it out and maybe eventually get his GM card, but that is going to take a ton of time, some of it going in the wrong direction in some cases. For me, getting some direction from the pros on occasion has been invaluable over the course of my shooting career, and I believe its saved me a ton of time and money in the long run because I haven't had to waste a bunch of time "figuring things out". Where I've seen the biggest difference is in the little efficiencies the pro shooters incorporate into their games that save many seconds over the course of a match, and they're the kinds of things I've needed someone to watch me and look for because without that I never would have realized I was doing things that were costing me time. With PSTG I think the potential for a guy wanting to go somewhere with his shooting to save time and money is huge. Access to tons of info.....personalized coaching.....and you don't have to travel anywhere for a class if you don't want to. Seems it might be worth a try.
  9. BillGarlandJr

    Is the Sig P320 X5 as good as it seems?

    Watch some videos of Yong Lee shooting his P320s and his X5 and your concerns about inferior split times will be quieted. I've carried a P320 for work over the last 3+ years.....completely stock and nothing special about it....we were running some drills in training last week and I was pulling splits in the .16 to .18 range at 10ish yards, dinging A zone hits with ease, and I am but a mere mortal. Seriously though, shoot one some more and put yourself on the clock with it. It kind of seems like there is more muzzle flip, but the darn things just want to come back to point of aim very quickly and easily. The X5 with a Springer guide rod, and sprung right is a very flat shooter.
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    Recoil Spring Weight for .40 P320???

    15 or 16lbs. Might even be able to go as low as 14 and be ok.
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    P320 Damaged Ejectors

    I’m thinking the same thing. Personally I don’t have much of an issue with it, but I think that’s because my grip keeps the slide from locking back most of the time anyways, thus very few slide lock reloads for me. I have a theory why we might be seeing this with the X5s mostly. The original P320 grip modules had the cut out that accommodated the portion of the base pad that ran up each side of the magazine slightly. Those pieces mated together and prevented over insertion. The X grips don’t have the same cut out, and the portion of the base pad I’m talking about is beveled now to work with the X grips. Might be why we’re seeing some over insertion issues, and resulting damage to the ejector.
  12. BillGarlandJr

    P320 Damaged Ejectors

    Thought I'd share some information with everyone.......at our department we have several officers who carry P320s. Yesterday while we were doing some firearms training one of the P320 shooters started having a problem with his pistol where the slide wouldn't go all the way back into battery. I took a look at it after it did this several times, and when I hand cycled the slide I noticed the slide was not moving back and forth with its usual smoothness. Long story short, we field stripped the pistol and upon examination it appeared the ejector had been bent upwards, and was contacting the inside of the slide. The was even a wear mark on the inside of the slide that only could have been caused by the ejector rubbing against it. At any rate, this officer contacted SIG today and was told that while its not widespread, this is a fairly common problem with P320s. Apparently this condition is a result of inserting the magazine too robustly during reloads thus causing it to over insert and make contact with the bottom of the ejector. Has anyone else heard of, or experienced this? This was a newer P320, btw. It has a "born on" date in August of this year.
  13. BillGarlandJr

    P320 X5 Caliber X Change Kits-Reality or??!

    Yes they will, but you'll have to run aftermarket basepads on them to work with the magwell, I believe.
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    UC or N320 load for the X5

    N320 is my first choice for 9mm powder, but I've loaded some with UC as well. If you have UC and want to burn it up try starting with around 4.6gr under a 124/125. I was getting around a 133 pf with that load out of an old Glock 34 with a Barsto barrel.
  15. Grauffel - He's won every world championship in which ever division he decided to shoot since he was 19 years old. And I'm sure he's not done yet. Leatham - His versatility, and dominance over the years. How many years in a row did he win the Single Stack Classic? Like a million or something. Probably the best iron sight shooter ever. Beyond those two, its tough to pick. There is an appreciable drop after them. I think if using number of national championships, and versatility as a measure, Dave Sevigny needs to be in the conversation. He's won in multiple divisions, often times shooting what amounted to a service pistol against full on race guns, and he's done it with different platforms....he broke Leatham's win streak at the Single Stack Classic.