After switching the top-end of my Open Gun to 9mm Major, one of the problems I’ve been having is magazines. I only have three 170mm magazines and one of them is a SPS version which although reliable with 38 super, is not with 9mm major because of the overall length (OAL) and the rim in the case. The most reliable magazines are the STI and SV magazines. With the STI, you need an additional “spacer” to make the magazines work with 9mm Major. For SV, you don’t need to because of the construction of the magazine tube.
I chose to go with all SVs so I don’t have to mess with adding spacers. I found a seller online who still had the old style SV magazine tubes and got them for $150. yes, $150 just for the tube!!
Nice and shiny.
The best combination for maximum number of rounds is the SV tube, Grams 13 coil spring + Follower and the Bolens 3mm basepad. Ordered those parts from Shooters Connection for another $60.
$210 for ONE magazine. Yes, shooting USPSA Open Division is bloody expensive!!!
Here’s another comparison video of myself and Donovan shooting the Paul Bunyan match. Donovan is a Master (he’s B class in disguise) in the Production division.
Checkout his channel for more USPSA videos : http://www.youtube.com/user/DG69834
This match was called “Not Nationals” and it’s the Paul Bunyan’s Monthly USPSA match. Most of the production and limited shooters I know were at the Nationals this week. Some of the regular Open shooters were also missing and already headed down to Las Vegas this month, so it was pretty empty and quiet at the range. That said, it was fun to shoot. The stages were from the Nationals so we got a small taste of the kinds of courses our other friends will be shooting this week.
Good luck to the Northwest team! Bring back some wood!
This is an update to my first reloading video I published a few months ago using my Dillon 550B. I’ve since upgraded to the progressive Dillon 650XL to reload 9mm major for my USPSA Open Gun.