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  1. Me too, but I don't know why I cared about iron sights back then and wasn't even considering an optic :)
  2. Another ban-era Bushmaster Dissipator here. I don't know why it seemed like such a good idea at the time, but they were popular then. I think this was after I had gotten a set of green furniture somewhere. Eventually I sold the upper and put a V-match 20" upper on the lower; I still have it, but it has been upgraded with a railed handguard and collapsible stock (we couldn't have those either, during the AWB).
  3. They supposedly don't hold up to much shooting; the receiver will get battered up. The mag design is also finicky, they are very sensitive to magazine height in relation to the bolt, and Remington has a variety of mag catch sizes to adjust this. They are also not the most accurate rifle out there. I had wanted one for years, but after working on a couple of problematic ones, I soon counted myself glad I didn't have one. I still kind of want a Browning BAR, however.
  4. Update: I have about 800 rounds through the Masada by now. Reliability 100% so far. The inherent accuracy really shines with a red dot sight mounted. Ergonomics continue to be excellent overall. The trigger slap is not completely gone but has been muted enough that I mostly don't notice it. Man, those magazines are a bear to load. Without something like an upLULA loading tool, they'll tire you out right quick. I wish the mag catch were just a little easier to find and activate, but I can't complain too much about it. The Vortex Venom is still going strong, but I want to replace it with a shake-awake or a RMR, something always-on, so I can start carrying it... and I need to look into taller sights too. I can't really see the front sight when the dot is in my field of view, and while I don't seek a full co-witness, I would at least like to be able to line the sights up through the window.
  5. It's not really 2-stage but can sort of be compared to one. There is basically the DA pull and the SA pull. When the slide is racked, the striker is caught by the SA sear. The trigger is fully forward on that first shot, but a very light pull will move it halfway back to SA mode, where it stops; and another 1/2" or so of travel will fire it. Every shot then will be in SA mode, which is what you want. The DA pull only comes into play after you decock the cocked striker, or if you need a second strike on a balky primer. And it's a heavy pull, especially with a newish gun, and it's something you want to avoid, so a DAO model would be of little interest to me, especially since everything bad about the P99 trigger makes itself worse with the DA pull (IMHO).
  6. The PC carbine is one I am really satisfied with. I owned the original PC9 and found it lacking in several areas, like trigger, sights, and magazine (only took Ruger mags), so I sold it after a few years. They really put on their thinking caps with this one. The takedown feature is extremely convenient, the trigger is superb out of the box, the use of 10/22 fire control was genius, the integrated optic rail and user-configurable mag well are welcome innovations. Ambi mag catch and ambi charging handle too, plus threaded and fluted barrel. It also feels very solid and beefy compared to something like the Keltec Sub-2000, which feels like a Nerf gun by comparison and is far behind the Ruger on usability features. Some complain about the heavy Ruger stock but I see Magpul is now getting into the game, and more stocks and forearm choices are proliferating.
  7. I've had several, all in .40. They are well made, accurate and reliable, not to mention iconic and innovative. They are one of the easier service pistols to work on. However, they can suffer from a trigger issue where the double action pull does not adequately catch and pull the striker back all the way. I think part of it is that the striker corner gets rounded off by the trigger bar, so it's something you will tend to see in pistols that have seen a fair amount of use. 2 of my 3 P99s have had this problem. It isn't something that will interfere with normal use of the gun, since the only way to use the DA pull is to decock the cocked striker. If you're just loading mags and shooting in SA mode, it's not something you might ever notice. Later models had an adjustable trigger bar guide which can fix this problem, but mine have all been earlier ones with a fixed trigger bar guide. Parts for the P99 are getting hard to come by, so you're pretty much at the mercy of whatever Walther agrees to do to fix your gun. I think the right way to fix this issue is to replace the striker, but they seem to be unobtainable on the current market. Unless you really just want a P99 for some reason, I strongly suggest going with the PPQ instead, which I prefer over the P99 due to ergonomic reasons. The two things the PPQ needs are a stronger mag catch spring and a lighter recoil spring. The mag catch spring can be replaced with a Wolff 1911 plunger spring, and a couple of aftermarket outfits sell a lighter PPQ recoil spring which will tend to tame the excessive muzzle flip on these guns.
  8. Positioning this kind of rifle for hunting is as good as saying "well, it just can't hang with other chassis-mounted precision rifles for accuracy" as far as I'm concerned. Who is going to want to lug this thing to the deer stand or through thick brush? Nobody, that's who. All those projections and cutouts are going to get hung on undergrowth or catch on your gear. I do think the folding stock is a move in the right direction, but not enough to recommend it for anything. I think I'll take a Remington 700CP with a brace in 6.5 Creedmoor long before I consider the SIG.
  9. The factory optic models usually sell for more of a premium than the optic rail models, which go for around $2000-2200. It would take more than $2200 to get me to part with mine, personally.
  10. The trigger is the wrong thing to buy for the M&P, IMO. The sear is the big problem, and you can either buy a replacement sear or you can stone the factory sear by following the Burwell Gunsmithing guide. http://www.burwellguns.com/M&Ptriggerjob1.htm If that doesn't do it, a $22 Apex spring kit will get you the rest of the way.
  11. Interesting... do you have a handguard plan? I know the factory handguard is nothing I would be happy with. Glad to hear installing the trigger wasn't bad... the last time I did a trigger job on a Sub-2000 I swore it would be the last time. Nothing like springs and parts flying out when you separate the receiver halves, and trying to hold everything in while you put it together.
  12. I had a CZ P10 right after they came out. Mine was unsatisfactory. The mag release and slide release were both very stiff, and even after several hundred rounds, they didn't look to be getting any better. The trigger safety was actually difficult to work with, like it would take more pressure to "pop" loose than I thought it should, and the pressure had to be straight back. Accuracy was not bad but due to the smallish grip and narrow trigger guard, I had to cramp up on the grip and it tended to push my shots to the left. The aluminum sights were just another slap in the face. I'd like to shoot a P10F, I think that would be a better model for me.
  13. To me, something like the M&P 2.0 Core would be the ultimate... but I haven't seen any on the street yet, and they are guaranteed to be more than $400 when they show up. I'll have one someday, though.
  14. I've got about 350 rounds downrange with the Masada as of today. Basics: 2 x 17 round magazines, with remarkably stiff springs. Comes with 2 backstraps (small and large), and optic mounting kit with 4 RDS-specific spacer plates and appropriate screws. The optic cut cover and all the mounting plates are plastic. The RDS plates included are for: Deltapoint, RMR, Venom, and Romeo 1. Trigger pull is 4 lbs, about 4.5mm worth of takeup and another 4mm of smooth, non-stacking creep. Ambi mag release and ambi slide release. Steel 3-dot sights. Handling and shooting impressions: Good hand feel for me, I left the large backstrap installed. Trigger has a great pull, but trigger slap does occur on mine. Out of the box, shooting a few mags of mildly hot 9mm earns you a stinging trigger finger. After mounting a RDS, the trigger slap was softened and all but unnoticeable. The Glock-type safety dingus isn't really a problem. I'd put about 100 rounds through it before I installed the Vortex Venom RDS, and the trigger slap was unpleasant enough that I was considering getting rid of the gun. After installing the RDS and putting 250 more rounds through it with considerably tamed trigger slap, I feel like it was built and intended for RDS use exclusively. Sights are very much a "combat hold" setup, where the POI is about where the white dot on the front sight is. I was using a 6'oclock hold at about 10 yards and my group was about 1.5"-2" below the 1" dot that I was resting atop my front sight. Accuracy was about average for your typical $400 polymer combat pistol, about on par with my S&W M&P 1.0s, at least while shooting irons. The rear sight notch is a bit too wide for me, so that likely contributed. With the RDS, accuracy seemed to tighten up to the point I had no complaints. Reloads were not as fast as I'd have liked. The front of the magazine extends up into a "tab" that is prone to catch on the frontstrap side of the mag opening. The mag opening has a pretty good bevel on the rear but not on the sides or front, which are thin; and the recessed area on both sides doesn't do you any favors, either. The mag release button is a bit small and requires me to twist the gun just a bit to hit it reliably, but since this is an ambi mag button, I may just work on hitting it with my trigger finger instead. At least the mags eject briskly. Slide release is large and easy to hit but not big enough to be in the way. The gun doesn't seem all that fat, but the only holster it would fit in is the one for my Steyr M9, which, along with the Beretta APX, has the fattest slide of any gun I own. Fortunately, the Steyr, APX, and Masada all fit very nicely into the same holster, so that what I'll use. Reliability was 100% with my ammo, which are 115 gr coated lead reloads running about 1200 FPS. Summary: An exceptional value at a little over $400. Trigger slap is something to watch out for, maybe it was just my gun, but installing a RDS made that a non-issue. Due to its magwell, mag changes are a little slow. Accuracy and reliability earn an "A" for me. Sights adequate but not optimal.

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