Here’s a deep dive / review / look into the USPSA Open Division race gun that I’ve been shooting for a year now. It’s built a decade ago by a local GM. I bought it used from a fellow shooter here in the PNW. Here’s the breakdown :
DAA Foldable Jet Wings
KIDD Blast Shield
38 Super Comp Ultimatch bull barrel
SV (Old STyle) Compensator
EGW Extractor, ejector & lockwork
SV Frame with stippled polymer grip
Infinity TriGlide widebody trigger bow
Infinity long flat trigger insert
Infinity round commander hammer
SPS magazine 170mm (w Grams guts & 4mm bolens) 29rnds
SV Magazine 170mm (w Grams guts & 3mm bolens) 29rnds
STI 140mm (w Grams guts & 7mm bolens) 22rnds
Just got this installed on my SV Open Gun. It’s much better than the older aluminum magwell that came with it. It’s a little bigger and serves as a “stand” for my grip. It helps keep my grip on the gun tight, plus it looks much better too don’t you think so?
Gaping hole where you shove your mag in hard
I bought three used magazines from a fellow shooter on Brian Enos Forum. One SV 170mm Mag tube, one SPS 170mm magazine and a STI 140mm Magazine. I also ordered three Bolen base pads from Shooters Connection and a EGW Magazine Gauge to make sure my magazines are under the maximum length limit for the USPSA Open Division.
Two 3mm and one 7mm for the 140mm STI Magtube.
The SV Tube that I bought came with a Dawson SNL +1 base pad which does not fit the gauge, so I had to swap it with a 3mm Bolen Basepad. (One down)
the SPS magazine was really short, compared to the SV tube, so even with a 4mm Bolen Basepad, it still is under the maximum length. (That’s two legal)
The third one was my old SV 170mm magazine that came with the gun, it about a 1/1000th of an inch longer so I had to file down on some areas to make it shorter a little. I had to do the same with the black SV mag tube above. so after fiddling around a little, here are the results. I manage to make 28rounds fit, but can’t get anymore. Some folks on the forums can fit 30, I have no idea how that’s done. Perhaps I need to tune the springs or something.
The last bit was the STI 140mm mag tube. It came with an STI basepad, I tried fitting on the Dawson SNL+1 basepad and all I got was 21rounds. After replacing it with a Bolen 7mm basepad, now I get 22 out of that magazine.
here’s all of them in a row and the current ammo capacity, I tried but I couldn’t get more than 28rounds to fit reliably.
There, I’m ready to go. armed with 108 rounds of .38 Super Comp. Now all I need is my rig.
Got really into USPSA after my first match a few weeks ago and since I’m shooting .40S&W, decided to focus on the Limited division. What’s nice is that you can trick out your gear a lot more than production, shoot more rounds and still get to reload in most stages, unlike the Open division where you run 27-29rounds in your magazine and hardly need to reload.
Best of most worlds I might imagine.
Just thought I’d share some of the pics of my new Limited Rig.
- XDm .40S&W with pistolgear magwell, dawson FO front, Sevigny black rear, Don’s guide rod, PRP trigger kit, Canyon Creek extended mag release, Pistolgear 140mm mag extension, polished barrel
- CR Speed WSM II Holster
- CR Speed Competition belt
- CR Speed Versa single (x2) & double mag pouch
Would appreciate comments and tips on improving the setup :
Just got my gun back from Powder River Precision today, Daniel and Michelle are amazing. Very professional, patient and did a very good job with the upgrades I’ve requested.
First thing I asked them to do were to install Dawson Fiber Optic front sights
All nicely aligned and sighted:
Added an extended +.100” Mag release, now it’s so easy to release my magazines, even with an empty mag, a typical issue reported by name new XDm owners.
The most expensive piece is the PRP Match Trigger upgrade. Shortened the travel and reset to around 3.5#. Lovely!
Last would be the really beautiful Xtreme Grips for $15. Went with the Black because the red was a little bit too gaudy.
here’s how the grip tape looks like from the back:
Punching out the unwanted slots :
Here’s the grip installed :
all of these upgrades at a total cost of $308, $83 for overnight shipping. I’m happy! now for some testing tomorrow!