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  1. The niche I wish manufacturers would find

    Here is a FEG that I made some changes to. Hate to admit it, but it's my favorite HP after the changes.
  2. The niche I wish manufacturers would find

    It's actually not hard. My favorite and most-often used holsters are the ones I made myself. Finding the right hardware (Chicago screws) and coming up with a workable design are the toughest parts of the process, especially if you don't want to go the easy route of screwing two clamshell halves together like 70% of the shops out there do.
  3. The niche I wish manufacturers would find

    Just my (generally unpopular) opinion, based on my hand size and shooting style, coming from years of muscle memory on 1911/2011 designs. YMMV 1. The factory trigger on too many BHPs, especially the MKIII with the firing pin safeties, is much too heavy. (My MKIII trigger was 9 pounds when I got it. ) The mag safety also tends to drag on the magazine and inhibit drop-free operation. And with that heavy trigger weight, the curved trigger really digs into my finger, so I need a slightly flatter trigger like the one Jim Garthwaite sells. 2. Hammer bite is assured on my hand with the rowel hammer, unless bobbed. The spur hammers aren't bad. 3. The pre-MKII low profile safety is utterly unusable. The MKII ambi safety is better but still not ideal since it sits so close to the frame and grip that it can be difficult to get a thumb underneath it to activate. I tend to replace all mine with the C&S extended safety, also because I am trained to shoot with the strong hand thumb atop the safety lever. 4. The old-style grips (flat panel checkered) are quite uncomfortable to use. The newer plastic grips and more contoured aftermarket grips like the Navidrex are far more comfortable. 5. The frontstrap is too thin to checker at anything but about 40 or finer lines per inch, and the serial number is usually located smack in the middle of it, requiring you to checker or stipple around it. (Chuck Warner addressed this on his EWA in-house frames, where the frontstrap is plenty thick enough for most any grip treatment.) 6. The sights are rudimentary on anything but the MKII / MKIII, which at least have dovetails to replace them with something more useful. Personally I like to have Novaks installed. 7. There is no way to put much of a bevel on the magazine well, and the very squarish top of the magazine will slow down reloads. I suppose you could weld or solder on some sort of custom made funnel. 8. The forged framed versions won't hold up to a whole lot of shooting. Bruce Gray claims they tend to be cracked or worn out by 60,000 rounds. This is one reason the BHP never gained much of a following in the action pistol circles. Not a huge deal for most of us, but I hate to put all the custom work into something that has a fairly limited service life. Fortunately, the later cast frame versions are reputed to be far more durable, as are the .40 versions of the gun. I've handled some beautiful examples of custom BHPs from Nighthawk and Heirloom Precision, among others, and while they are very nice, they still don't approach the shootability (for me) of a well-made 2011. Regardless of my opinions, the BHP is a classic and deserves a place in the collection of any serious handgun enthusiast. I have 5 or 6 myself, currently, but I have to admit that they will never be my favorites.
  4. The niche I wish manufacturers would find

    The Remington 51 is worth a look, though personally I feel it's fugly. Browning High Powers have some potential but they have downsides too, many of which are ergonomic for me. A stock BHP will need a fair amount of work before I'd want to do much shooting. Hudson is going to introduce a lightweight version of their H9. While the aesthetics of it are debatable, it should fit your criteria.
  5. Springfield EMP 4" 9mm

    Believe Dawson Precision has the EMP fronts in different heights. If they are not in stock, they'll run off a batch if you order one.
  6. Caracal?

    They are saying (on Facebook) that they're going to be shipping more F series pistols in July. I hope they do start hitting shelves this year. I have an original F series that's been recalled that I'd like them to swap out. I think the F series recall was a drop safety recall. Better than the C series, which if I remember right, involved the slide breaking in half.
  7. Stick with Rugers. You can get sights, accessories, holsters, etc. for something like them a lot easier than some imported revolver.
  8. Walther CCP

    The CCP is an Umarex made gun with Walther's name on it. Not really a direct relationship to the PPQ and P99s. Umarex makes all the crappy stuff in the Walther line like the P22.
  9. What a Shooter

    The holster that comes with the SFX is a piece of crap. It has a spring loaded detent that is supposed to be cammed out of the way by the trigger guard, but more often it just refuses to move. The detent needs to be reshaped so that the trigger guard will actually cam it out of the way instead of just hitting it and getting stuck. The gun itself is OK. I think mine shot pretty high with the stock sights, but I put a Vortex Venom red dot on it. I don't really have more than about 200 rounds though it and will probably end up sellling it because it's just not that much fun to shoot.
  10. Because it would be invariably in the wrong spot on your gun Better to be able to drill it exactly where you need it, though something of a hassle if you don't have at least a drill press.
  11. GSG (German Sport Gun) 1911 22LR Bought / Shot Today

    I've had one for about 6 years and it's been solid. They are well designed but built with lightweight (not to say overly cheap) materials. I think they are sprung right on the ragged edge of reliability when using something like Federal bulk pack. They generally loosen up after 500 rounds or so enough that they will run most brands of ammo without too many failures. You can try using a lighter mainspring to increase cycling reliability but this may be a trade-off in ignition reliability. Something like 80% of the parts are interchangeable with 1911 parts. There is also a thread adapter for the barrels that will allow use of a standard threaded suppressor. I need to buy one to try out.
  12. I got my General license about 10 years ago. I quickly put together a field rig and bought a couple of mobiles and handhelds. The field rig doesn't need to be fancy or expensive; it basically consists of a mobile with 2m / 70cm band capability, a power inverter, a battery and a roll-up antenna. I can't say the ham bug really bit me, since I rarely did more than get on the 2m band and talk to buddies around town on repeaters, and since I sold my car that had the mobile installed, I haven't even done that. However, I learned the basics of how to use repeaters and how to behave on nets, as well as the actual real-world capabilities of my gear. As much as some of us spend on gun and gear, ham radio is a shockingly affordable hobby and there are many facets to it which should interest most everyone. If you're interested in getting licensed, I strongly suggest dragging a couple of buddies along so that you'll have someone to talk to.
  13. First time selling firearms

    I've used Armslist quite a bit, mostly buying. I've had good experiences but I stick to face-to-face transactions. I'm not interested in mailing the gun and payment back and forth, and I say so in the ad. The scam potential is way too high for all that. If I'm going to go interstate, I use Gunbroker. At least there is a feedback system that gives you a bit of security.
  14. Tight upper AR receivers?

    I've heard of people Cerakoting the barrel extension and using Loctite or Rocksett to fill in the rest of the space. A lot of AR-10 builders need to do it because apparently there can be a big variation in dimensions between manufacturers. I think in your case, it was a smart move to just use a different upper... .007" is a lot.
  15. How have I overlooked the CZ?

    I think I'm headed in the opposite direction. I just sold 2 of my Tanfoglios and 2 CZs, a pre-B 75 and a CZ P-09. The standard Tanfo/Witness is an OK handgun but were hampered by a mediocre trigger and sights. On the older ones that were more of a direct CZ 75 clone, you could easily improve the trigger by swapping in a lighter mainspring, but the last one I bought had a shorter mainspring which was a bit tricker to deal with. Two of my rear sights had pretty good dings on them from the previous owners, and I never had any luck finding a replacement sight of the right height. I liked the P09 better but this one had the suppressor height sights and threaded barrel, neither of which I had a use for. I already had a standard P09 that I actually prefer over any CZ-75 I've owned. My pre-B 75 was a mess when I got it. Apparently it had badly rusted, and the previous owner attacked it with a buffing wheel. This got rid of the rust (and the rollmarks) but not the pitting, and he'd rounded off the now-shiny front sight. I milled it off and cut a dovetail so I could install a STI front sight, filed most of the light pitting out, and refinished the gun in Cerakote. I crowned the barrel and installed a Beretta "D" mainspring, which did wonders for the trigger pull. It shot dramatically better after that.

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