Finally got to the range to sight-in the C-more sight that I replaced recently. You can see from the video that the new 9mm Major CFE Pistol rounds I loaded is much more consistent and accurate. Excited to finish off my HS-6 loads and start using the CFE rounds.
I love the Renton Fish and Game club, I guess it’s because it’s where I started shooting competition. I’m very comfortable in this range and I believe that allows me to not succumb to match pressure. That and it’s also a club level match, so mentally I’m relaxed. Shot a pretty decent match, was mostly accurate with just a few silly mistakes. My reloads is still appalling and I need to work on those. Again, confidence issue. I have to trust that the mag will seat when I “throw” it into the magwell.
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!!!
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!
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
This year I’ve committed to shoot Revolver in IDPA and USPSA to see how far I can go. Next Season, I’ve decided to shoot Open. It’s an expensive affair I know, with the gun being really pricy and the gear equally dear. I’ve decided to start accumulating everything that’s required now so that I can be ready to start shooting in the OPEN Division in September/October which is typically the start of the next shooting season. They state championships and major matches are usually done by then, so I can experiment and get proficient with the new gun.
I got a great deal on an Open SV gun today by a local shooter, stripped it apart to give it a thorough cleaning.
an Open gun in the 2011 platform is a lot more complicated than a 1911, but not terribly difficult.
here’s how the new blaster looks like after it’s cleaned and put together.
Will update as more stuff comes in the next few months.