Monthly matches are back and conducted in a safe environment for everyone. I had a mask going the whole day, except for when I was shooting obviously.
Production is HARD! So much work to align that damned iron sights! This was my 2nd time shooting in the Production Division and as you can see, I sucked! I only had one good stage and took 4th place which I was pretty proud of 😉
Anyway, looking forward to getting back to hosing in Open.
I recently found out that there was a company who’s making 170mm magazines that is purported to be able to fit 30 rounds of 9mm ammo so I decided to purchase one to give it a try.
Company is called MBXExtreme.com and they currently have four models of magazines 170/140 in 9mm and 140mm in 40S&W and 140mm in 45ACP.
According to the website, the 140mm 9mm magazines can hold 24 rounds and 170mm can hold 29-30 rounds.
As you can see from the video, I could fit 30 rounds in the magazine but not without some help. I think it’ll get better after “breaking in” the springs.
It is still not very clear to me how beneficial 30+1 rounds would be for me as most stages are around 30-32 rounds max especially with the stress that it puts on my grip. Perhaps it would be most beneficial if it was 31+1 for a maximum of 32rounds in the magazine.
I have a match coming up in a few days, I’ll take it out for a spin and report back with another video.
Not a bad match considering but still many stupid mistakes. Tagging no-shoots and not confident with my shots and that stupid Can You Count classifier! *bah*. It’s so hard to get 100% on it.
Love this series of videos made by AmmoForSale.com. Taking a tongue in cheek look at the two most popular handgun calibers in this country and how one is better than the other.
Obviously the 45 ACP has my vote. checkout the video : (http://www.ammoforsale.com/.45-acp-ammo-for-sale#video)
And the 9mm “Euro-pellet” HAHA! (http://www.ammoforsale.com/9mm-ammo-for-sale#video)
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!
The M&P 9 Shield has been very well received. I’ve seen so many people talking and expounding on it’s conceal ability. The only problem I’ve heard is the safety is too small and hard to engage. It’s not as easy to engage like the M&P 9s or 1911 thumb safeties.
Here’s Falia talking about her experience with the gun.
If you don’t like the safety, what options are there? S&W is supposedly going to release a new version that does not have a safety, but here’s a very simple instructional video showing you how to remove the manual safety. Obviously doing so will put you in all kinds of legal hurt if you actually have to use the gun one day, but if you don’t give a damn, it might help.
The better option of course is for someone like Apex Tactical to manufacture a slightly bigger extended safety lever that’s slightly thicker and longer. If I had some CAD skills I’d totally design it but I don’t. so here’s hoping they’ll make one quick.
Just bought a slightly used DCAEK from a forum member and got to installing it today. Took me over an hour to get everything cleaned up, installed and reassembled. The hardest part is installing the USB (Ultimate Striker Block) which requires the removal of the rear sight.
Here’s the kit all laid out and ready to go :
Initial trigger pull weight is 5.5lbs
In the middle of the installation :
After installing, cleaning and polishing a little, here’s the new trigger weight:
Not only did it reduce the trigger weight a little, it smoothened out the entire action and lights up the reset. Now it feels like a smooth DA trigger pull, light break and noticeable reset. Not as much as a RAM (Reset Assist Mechanism) would, but good enough.
Now off to the range to test it out.
Been wanting to be part of the cool-kids tacticool community by moving away from the Glock to the S&W M&P series of polymer pistols. Lots of great feedback about the gun, seen it being used in both IDPA and USPSA a ton. Also worked on a few guns for friends but never found a good deal until recently.
Picked up an almost new S&W M&P 9mm Fullsize (not the pro) with the box and 3 magazines. The grip is one of the best in the market, it’s extremely ergonomic unlike the other plastic fantastic guns (maybe except for the XD and the HK P30)
It also came with TruGlo Tritium Green/Yellow sights installed which I think are fabulous for self defense use.
Don’t think I’ll be shooting this in competition anytime soon, will still to my revolver and Open gun for the next season. The M&P comes with a less than desirable trigger as I’ve mentioned in the past blog post so a few upgrades are in store.
Here’s what I still need to get :
- APEX Tactical DCAEK (Carry Kit Trigger upgrade)
- Kydex Holster for M&P with TLR-1
- Crossbreed IWB Holster for carry
- Two Mag pouches