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  1. Assuming you're a right handed shooter.....if you're shooting at a target close to the 180 on your left you're going to have to turn your body, or somehow orient the gun so the muzzle does not point uprange, and thus break the 180 as you execute your reload. If you're shooting at a target to your right, then just hit the reload as long as your technique doesn't incorporate some gun movement that would cause the muzzle to break the 180. As to some prescribed technique for doing reloads in these situations, I'm not aware of one other than to make sure the muzzle doesn't pass 180 degrees. Its not a bad thing to mess around with some in dryfire.
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    X5 front sight height

    The rear is adjustable, so you don't have to nail the front sight height right on, however, I and some others have gone with a .205 tall front, which for me with 124/125 gr bullets allows me to run the rear sight closer to the bottom of its travel.
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    P320 X5 Thread

    The current version of the trigger kits are designed around the upgraded FCUs, and will not work reliably with the non-upgraded ones, according to Gray Guns. It’s my understanding they are not even doing work on non-upgraded guns.
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    Its sort of accurate, but also sort of dated, as is the video in which Todd Jarrett made that statement.(The video itself is about 20 years old) I certainly cannot speak for everyone everywhere, but I do know here in the Pacific Northwest there are a number of departments who’s firearm training programs benefit from their instructors participating in USPSA matches, and little by little that knowledge and experience is trickling out to other departments in the region. I do wish it was more widespread, and occurring at a more rapid pace, but I can say the gap is being bridged and isn’t as wide as it was when Todd said that. On the topic of classes, I’ve taken many over the last 20 years, and each has been valuable to my development as a shooter, both in sport and professionally. On the sporting front, it has made the biggest difference in overall match performance. There are tricks of the trade you can pick up from the top guys in their classes that you may figure out on your own over time, but why wait? If you’ve made M by only training on your own and shooting matches, then that’s awesome. I’d be curious to see how your performance in matches might improve with some training to help you apply your already solid fundamentals more efficiently to the different challenges we see in USPSA stages/matches.
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    P320 X5 Thread

    Yes, it is the same one. The Sig website would be a good place to look, and Brownell’s would be another. Top Gun Supply has also had the parts I needed in stock when I needed them.
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    P320 X5 Issues (Failure to go into battery)

    I had this same issue with an X5 I purchased last month. The elevation screw turned freely and was not engaging the detent. What ended up happening was under recoil the rear sight springs would depress, and with no tension on it, the elevation screw would turn counter clockwise, and loosen almost to the point the sight would come apart. Thankfully I caught it before that happened. At any rate, I contacted Sig and they sent me a shipping label to send the pistol back and get it fixed. I would have rather they just send me a new rear sight, but that's not the way Sig is doing things. Aside from that slight hassle, the X5 is an incredible platform.
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    Grip slide

    Have you tried some kind of grip lotion? Might be all you need to keep your hands from sliding around.
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    P320 X5 Thread

    That looks great. What tip did you use?
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    P320 X5 Thread

    When applying Springer grip tape I clean, use a heat gun, etc....what I’ve had to do to keep it from sliding around is apply some Gorilla Glue to the edges. That has kept it in place even in hot weather, and me really torquing the crap out of the grip. I imagine the same thing would help the Talon tape to stay put too.
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    X-five rear sight ? (one or two springs under it?)

    The front sight on the Xfive is a Dawson. I’ve gone to a .205 tall front, which has allowed me to keep the rear sight screwed down lower in its adjustment range. What you had happen sounds similar to what I’ve experienced with an Xfive I purchased recently. The build date of mine is the end of March 2018, and what the problem was is I wasn’t feeling really positive clicks when turning the adjustment screw for elevation adjustments. It turned very easily. Too easily. I shot mine to get it zeroed, and what I was finding is the only thing holding the adjustment screw in place was the tension provided by the springs you speak of in your post. So what would happen is when the slide moved reward in recoil the sight would get pushed down which caused the springs to get depressed, thus letting up on the tension holding the elevation screw in place, which caused the screw to “loosen” with each shot. Instead of holding an elevation setting the point of impact would move up with each shot. I suppose if I shot enough rounds the screw would have come all the way out eventually and caused the springs to come flying out like with your pistol. I contacted Sig and the customer service rep I spoke to was sort of clueless as to what I was talking about, but he did send a shipping label to send the pistol back to Sig so they can fix it. I was kind of disappointed I have to send the entire pistol back to get a removable rear sight issue taken care of, but what the heck, they’re paying for it. At any rate, I’d give Sig a call. Once you get that squared away you’ll have a great pistol. I love mine. I have one I purchased in July of last year and it has been totally reliable.
  11. Disregard below.....I just now bothered to notice the date of your post. I'm a dork. The weight rule for Production has changed to 4 ounces over factory specified weight. Based on the numbers you're giving, you are fine with your current set up. I just checked the Walther website and they give 27.9oz as the weight for the Q5 Match. If you do want to shave some weight, get a hold of the guys at Springer Precision. I had them hog out some material from their basepads and was able to save a bit of weight that way, but I don't think you need to if you don't want to.
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    How stiff are you?

    I took a class from Todd Jarrett back in 2008, and I remember him telling the class "everything from the elbows back should be relaxed". Having shot more Production than any other division over the past 15 years, I've found that works for me with the number of reloads typically done during a stage. I messed around with more tension back through the shoulders, but having to "unlock" everything when reaching for a mag made me both slower and less consistent with my reloads, along with zero benefit in terms of recoil control. In fact, if I'm missing reloads its usually because I've let myself tense up through the biceps, triceps, and shoulders. As has been said, everyone is a little different as far as what works best for them. For me, a very tight grip on the pistol, good position behind the gun, and trying to remain relaxed from the elbows back works very well for me. I only arrived at that after taking some classes from some great shooters, and doing a ton of shooting myself, and in so doing, letting my body figure out what worked best for it.
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    P320 X5 Thread

    Regarding the possibility of carrying an X5 for duty....I've been looking at that and I think a way to mitigate the chances of damaging the rear sight would be to put a shorter front sight on there, which would allow the rear sight to be screwed down and buried into the rear sight plate more, where it would be better protected. There's still the possibility of the rear sight blade being damaged were you to hit it on something hard enough, but Dawson's adjustable sights are pretty darn durable. I have an X5 I shoot in matches, and there is really nothing I dislike about it. It shoots and handles very well (the X series grip modules feel better to me than the standard ones), the stock trigger is good out of the box, and I like being able to really dial in the zero with the adjustable rear sights. Plus, its optic ready. We currently have some optic equipped pistols on the road for T&E, and based on the positive results we're seeing I think its only a matter of time before they are approved for use department wide. At any rate, prepping an X5 for carry on duty is something I'm going to mess around with here over the next few months.
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    P320 X5 Issues (Failure to go into battery)

    It's a "match" pistol and the barrel fit is a bit tighter than the other pistols you mentioned. What you're describing in terms of the types of malfunctions you're having isn't all that unusual for pistols with tightly fit barrels. I have 2 X5s and they both needed a couple hundred rounds through them before they'd run reliably with my tungsten guide rod and 14# recoils spring.
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    Breaking down a stage

    5 Minute Stage Breakdown Plan 1 - Take a look at the WSB, note the round count for the COF, and the general location of the targets. 2 - Get out on the course and find each of the targets till you can account for the round count stated in the WSB. For me that means I'm down range from the shooting area looking for the targets. 3 - Get in to the shooting area and find your spots. I'm always trying to find ways to eliminate shooting positions, but if you're limited on time, finding spots where you can be sure you're engaging all of the targets is most important. As previous posters have said, simplicity is something to strive for. 4 - With your remaining time, visualize perfect execution of the COF. See each of your shooting positions, and which targets you're engaging from them. 5 - Don't rush during LMR. Get your pistol into the condition specified in the WSB, and then before you get into the start position, take the time to do one more visualization of you executing the stage perfectly. The above isn't perfect by any means, and I am constantly tweaking it in an effort to make it better. It has worked for me in those instances where I didn't have as much time as I would have liked to prep for a COF, however. I think the most important thing is to account for all the targets so you're sure to engage all of them. The last thing any of us wants to do is compound the effect of little prep time by incurring a bunch of penalties for misses and FTEs.