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 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
So to fund the silencer for my new Ruger 22/45 that I purchased recently, I had to sell my Kimber Eclipse Pro II. Tried selling it online and after a few days, took a little negotiation and lots of back-and-forth with multiple prospects, I landed on a trader who would give me part cash and a gun with accessories.
The gun he wanted to trade was a Glock 29 in 10mm, DeSantis OWB holster, with 4 mags, Pearce magazine extensions and 100+ rounds of ammo. I thought, since I’ve never had a chance to own the caliber of the gods (10mm), I decided to take the offer.
Here’s the gun:
You can imagine a small gun like that shooting full powered 10mm rounds isn’t going to be a very good feeling. That said, it would make an awesome defensive pistol. I never got to shoot it though, I cleaned the gun and quickly listed it back up on our local gun forums. Within a few hours, it was sold.
The buyer offered to trade for a LNIB (Like-New-In-Box) Glock 17 Gen 4 with a Lone Wolf threaded barrel. Since it’s sort of a fair trade, and I would rather have a newer Glock 17 with a threaded barrel instead of a gun that I might not shoot, I accepted.
Here it is all detail stripped and ready for cleaning :
After cleaning and lube :
Now do I keep this or sell it? hrmmm maybe I could use a suppressed 9mm platform.
Bought this superb Ultimate Cliploader from McFadden Machine Co. Inc from Midwayusa.com and decided to do a quick review. It makes loading these .22LR magazines a snap, no more busted thumbs or cut fingers.
Best $22.99 I ever spent!
I’ve been using these MEGGAR mags as secondary (I use CMC Powermag+ as primary) for my daily carry and IDPA matches. I think I’ve shot them ~5 times over the course of 6 months. I was practicing reloads for my Single Stack match and found out why the mags have problems sliding in and out of the magwell, unlike the Powermag+.
The feedlips are cracked!
and bulges out.
Looks like I won’t ever buy them again and stick to the CMC Powermag+. So should you.
After buying 3 more extra magazines for my XDm (total of 5) I realized that I can’t tell the difference between them so I painted on Roman numerals with acrylic paint and clear coated the paint with Ard’coat from Games Workshop.