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3 hours ago, 36873687 said:

Who’s Comp is that? 38 or 9

Matt McLearn 13-5. It has a large chamber inside vs individual. It is a 9 with 3x 3/16" holes. 

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2 hours ago, echotango said:

Matt McLearn 13-5. It has a large chamber inside vs individual. It is a 9 with 3x 3/16" holes. 

Looks awesome. Looks like is likes a lot of gas

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Just to keep this thread alive I thought I would share my "new" open rig. This is my first open gun. Being in Calif. it is tuff to get ahold of a STI due to our "safe handgun roster".

 

A couple of years ago I stopped shooting pistol and went to PCC due to my aging eyes and not being able to see my sights. And while I have LOTS of fun with PCC, I REALLY miss shooting pistols.

 So about 6-7 months ago I started keeping an eye out for a used STI that I could use the frame from to have an open gun built on. But, like any supply and demand item, even "well used" STI's are fetching $2-3K. And a well used open rig commands $4-6K.

 

 So I had just about given up on the idea of a open gun and was looking at carry optics. But CO just never really excited me much.

 

I saw a old open gun listed on a few sites, but it was...well...old. And the price was more than I was willing to spend on it. I had pretty much forgotten about it until a month or so ago when I stumbled on it at a much lower price.

 So I actually read the description on it. It was an old Briley El Presidente. I had used Briley barrels and chokes, but I did not know they ever built guns.

 

As I looked at the pictures I could see it appeared to be in VERY good shape. And it stated it had less than 50 rounds through it!?!? Wait...what? 50 rounds?

 

So I contacted the owner and he confirmed it had only 20 rounds through it! I told him I would buy it if he could meet me halfway....we were about 4 hours apart....and if it was as he claimed, we had a deal. He agreed.

 

I then contacted Briley and they put Cluadio on the phone. He and another gent were the ones who build the El Pres's. I gave him the ser. # and he was able to tell me all about it. It was built in 2000. He gave me a run down on the parts used, etc. Gave me a run down on the history of the El Pres's and all kinds of good info.

 

Now...it was time to bring this old rig up to date. So I replaced the SS STI mag well with a Dawson Ice, replaced the sight mount with a Cheely, topped in with a RTS2,  added a thumb rest, slide racker, had it set up for 38SC, all new springs, etc.

 

So it now looks more like a racegun and not something Han Solo would be packing.

 

Ok...next step....how do I feed it??? I do not reload for pistol. Hmm...hello...Dillon Precision? I need a 1050 w/Bulletfeeder.

 

But....my buddy who also shoots 38SC tells me I need to shoot it NOW. And our club match was a few days away. He tells me come on out and use my ammo. Yeah, yeah...I know. Not the smartest thing to do. But man...I want to shoot this thing. 

 

So I show up at the match with my 18+ year old "new" open rig. Having NEVER shot it. Using borrowed ammo. And went for it. The first stage (seen in the video below) was a bit tense for me to say the least.

 But the gun ran like a top. Not one hiccup. And I was able to place 6th overall out of 41. I was pleased with that after not having shot a pistol in a match in over two years.

 

So here it is before and after. Do I wish I could have an Akai, Atlas, CK, Brazos, etc.? You bet. But I am EXTREAMLY pleased with how this worked out for me and for the price I would have had to pay double for the above rigs.

 

I will be moving from Calif at some point and then I will have a cool open gun. For now I am please to start my journey in open with the old Pres.

 

 

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Yes sir. 

 

I thought about putting a new comp on it. The  gunsmith who did the work said run it first. So far, I think it works well. So for now, I am not going to change anything else for awhile.

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Nice work...!!!   In that 1st stage did you receive penalties for shots out of FF zone or was the sound timing off in the video??

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2 hours ago, NoSteel said:

Nice work...!!!   In that 1st stage did you receive penalties for shots out of FF zone or was the sound timing off in the video??

 

Yeah...I guess Tom (the RO) missed that...so no penalties. I noticed that my self right away while reviewing the video. 

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Billet S/S parts added. New offerings from CKARMS 

Comp, slide stop, and shielded ambi safety. 

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90s 38 super limited pro with factory drill n tap. Old 3 hole pattern. Factory slide with Canyon creek built comp an 2 top ports.

Tanfoglio gold team 9maj upper as well :-) gun shoots super soft with 9 and 38. Absolutely love this set up!67f17efad3cb25c08f899d62e7ff38cc.jpga5e3750d4a4f7923dfda8695cb2e1d2f.jpg

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Check out my Limcat Steelcat. Most reliable gun I have ever had. Go to Limcat Customs and check them out.

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3 minutes ago, jklt222 said:

Check out my Limcat Steelcat. Most reliable gun I have ever had. Go to Limcat Customs and check them out.

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What a beauty! How does it shoot??

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Shoots like dream! Flat and a tack driver! I have a Limcat Phantera in 9mm Major coming any day now for USPSA. Can't wait. I will post pics of that one also.

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On 1/8/2019 at 3:26 PM, jklt222 said:

Shoots like dream! Flat and a tack driver! I have a Limcat Phantera in 9mm Major coming any day now for USPSA. Can't wait. I will post pics of that one also.

Did your Phantera come yet?

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No, not yet. I am hopping this week. The shot show delayed things.

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12 minutes ago, jklt222 said:

No, not yet. I am hopping this week. The shot show delayed things.

Keep us informed!

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Before I got it an unfired s#0052 old school Caspian double stack 38s/sc now converted to 9mm. My first dip into open.

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On 1/23/2019 at 11:21 PM, Posvar said:

Did your Phantera come yet?

Here it is. Well worth the wait!758856260_PhanteraH-BAR.jpg.17662e2096c846f7f7a7f01f19d79844.jpg1610100474_Phantera9mmmajor.jpg.4595256663f1b9d7b4cbc3f1f7428413.jpg

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On 1/28/2019 at 2:15 PM, Davidp1911 said:

 

I have a Spearcat in 38sc and it's a sweet ride!

Send some pics. Love to see it.

 

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On 9/23/2006 at 9:31 AM, PistolPete said:

Here you go:

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I run LIMCAT CUSTOMS. Steelcat in 9mm Minor, and Phantera in 9mm Major.

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11 minutes ago, jklt222 said:

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Phantera 9mm major.jpg

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Can't see pics on my end.

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