So the thumb rest didn’t really work for me and didn’t help with the on-table start scenarios and it so happens, on the same day, I found someone on BENOS forums that is selling a used Double Alpha Academy Foldable Jet Wings for a decent price and I snapped it up.
It came today and I started installing it.
Installation is simple, just remove the battery cover on the C-More sight, and screw the jet wings down. It is in a way a better alternative to the existing Serendipity C-more battery cover as the Jet Wings are made of aluminum and the c-more battery cover is plastic.
here’s how it looks like installed :
and folded on one side.
The Wings are held up by a magnet and it’s pretty sturdy when it’s held up like the picture above. The only gripe I have, is that when the wings are folded, it doesn’t really stay down. A slight jolt and the wings will “unfurl”. It’s not much of a problem, but it’s a little irritating to deal with, so I used some simple white tack to keep the wings securely folded.
Not a very aesthetic way of fixing the problem, but it works
Finally got to shoot an IDPA Classifier after shooting my S&W 625 JM revolver for almost a year. Didn’t do too well, wasn’t looking at the sights or not in the right frame of mind. Speed was decent but accuracy sucked a$$!
here’s the entire classifier in one video, including all the funny wheelgun banter with the SO Jay Tavares.
And the final scores, 125.20 in Enhanced Service Revolver (ESR) :
at least I got my classification and can shoot in the Washington State Championships next month, and no I’m not sandbagging!
I have about 400 rounds of 115gr Montana Gold CMJs left so I thought I’d try the difference between a 124gr and 115gr. In order to make major factor using a 115gr bullet, I’d have to load in at least 11gr of Vihtavuori N105 powder. Since my open gun has a compensator, sometimes it is better to load it hotter at a higher Power Factor. The reason for doing so is to give the compensator a lot more gas to work on managing recoil.
Here’s how 11.5gr of N105 looks like :
srsly! That’s so close to the top I had to carefully index the shellplate or risk vibrating or jolting the powder out of the case. In the past, I’ve been loading .45ACP and to make major power factor, all I had to use was 3.7grs of Hodgdon Clays. That’s barely visible inside the huge 45ACP case. Very different from reloading 38 Super Comp.
The good thing about this is, I will never ever have a undercharge or overcharged case. That doesn’t mean that I can still be lazy, but it’s good to know that it’ll be safer.
Here’s 90 rounds of 38 Super Comp I loaded today for Chrono.
- 11.2gr ( which is very popular with shooters on the BENOS forum)
- 11.3gr one of those (I FEEL this is going to be good) loads
- 11.5gr – Just to see how the gun reacts
Now all I need is time to head to the range.
Always wanted to put on a thumb rest on my SV Open gun to see if it works well at keeping the muzzle down during recoil. If you remember, I tried to get one from Gas Pedal but got pissed off at their lame customer service.
I also didn’t want to waste money investing in an expensive thumbrest just to experiment with, so I went with the Arredondo Plastic Thumbrest.
During test fit, I realized that these parts aren’t drop-in like most other types of guns. As you can see from this pic, the back part of the thumb rest is long and stops at the slide stop. That means I’d have to take out the thumbrest just to field strip the gun for cleaning. So I have to cut that off. I also cut off the front portion of the thumbrest already just to sit flush with the C-more Serendipity sight.
After cutting and filing the thumb rest flush, now it looks like it’s part of the gun (ok my dremel kungfu is still lame)
The other thing is the two screws that came with the mount is longer than usual, so I had to cut and file it short so that it doesn’t poke out of the insides of the frame and catch on the recoil guide rod or spring.
Once everything is proper and fitted, time for some BLUE Loctite so that the screws will stay in place and not run out during recoil.
All done! It looks good…
Only problem I found.. that was really disappointing was, this
The gun is not stable. It tilts BACK instead of forward. I guess the thumb rest is not far back enough to make it tilt forward and raising the back. Not it’s a little harder to grab the gun.
I also tried holstering this in my Safariland 013 holster and guess what, it doesn’t fit! it gets in the way.
So off it comes.
I broke my SDM Front Sight fiber rod when I dropped my gun at the recent Area 1 Championships. Ordered some replacement fiber rods from SDM and they came in today.
The green one looks much brighter, but I’m used to the red, so I went with it. Insert the rod all the way into the “crimped” portion of the SDM sight :
Trim it off with a sharp knife, make sure the cut is straight. A suggested way to cut it is with a sharp nail clipper.
Then use a lighter to melt the tip. The amount of fiber sticking out determines how large the melted portion will be.
After that, for good measure, I put a very small dab of Loctite at the end of the fiber and behind the melted portion to make sure the fiber stays on the sight.
There, back to normal. Sweet! I got my baby back.