After getting asked about the weight of my gun and whether I qualify for the division I though I was shooting in, I decided to get a digital scale to make sure my shooting gear is within the allowed weight limit.
When I was shooting my XDm, I had no choice but to shoot in the very competitive Enhanced Service Pistol (ESP) division. When I switched to my Kimber 1911, I decided to shoot in the Custom Defensive Pistol (CDP) division which has two major differences,
1) Must be .45 ACP caliber
2) Must not be more than 41 ounces, gun and empty magazine.
Since the Kimber i’m shooting is .45, I qualify, but do I make the weight limit? I ordered a digital scale from ebay (free shipping!) I can use this scale for shipping small packages too, which is useful.
Let’s see how heavy my Kimber TLE/RLII is :
2lbs 6.9 ounces = 38.9 ounces, and one empty magazine weighs :
so total weight is :
2lbs 9.2 ounces = 41.2 ounces, sometimes it shows 41.3 ounces.
looks like I have to find creative ways of lightening my gear to less than 41 ounces. I need to shave 4-5 ounces. I heard that switching from full guide rod to a G.I. rod will shave some weight. Perhaps getting smaller / lighter grips.
what else can I do? any recommendations?