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Everything posted by ken_mays

  1. I use Titegroup for 9mm, 40 and 45, among others. It's fairly fast-burning and well-behaved. In my experience, almost anything will work well in .45. When I use medium-rate powder such as AA#5, the cases, especially in 9mm, are filled up more and tend to slop powder out as the shellplate rotates.
  2. I always liked the LA Police Gear operator pants. I think every pair I bought has been sub-$30.
  3. I suspect your powder has deteriorated. I would buy a pound of something new and try again.
  4. ken_mays

    1911 Information

    In my experience, adjustable sights are more necessary on 9mm 1911s than .45s. Regulating point of impact for a 9mm is often not ideal out of the box on fixed sight 1911s and you will more often than not have it shooting low or high.
  5. That's the old Range 8 facility on Lamar. I haven't been in there in 20 years. I figured it was no longer a public range, and I think they close up around dark (not a bad idea, in that part of town).
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    Latest CC Setup

    Oh, I absolutely agree. But on the 442s, they are such a dull matte blue that they might as well be painted. I did recently come into an older S&W Airweight that I think would be a sin to paint, though.
  7. The PCC is far more reliable out of the box than most 9mm ARs, especially the parts / budget versions. I remember reaming about 7 or 8 short-chambered barrels for owners of PSA AR-9s after the owners saw crumpled loaded cartridges coming out of the chamber. Then there's the issue of finding a buffer system that you can live with that won't beat your trigger to death. One fellow I shoot with has been through about 3 broken Hiperfire triggers with his AR-9. The PCC can also handle very light 9mm loads, which is useful if you're doing steel matches with it. I got down to about 2.4 grains of Titegroup behind a 115 gr bullet before it wouldn't cycle reliably. It isn't often I get really enthused about a new rifle but Ruger did so many things right with this gun that I am a huge fan of them. Now the Mini-14 is still an expensive, inaccurate turd when you put it against a $400 AR.
  8. You might want to consider a 5" 9mm 1911 with an aluminum frame. The lighter frame counteracts the added weight from the full length slide, while the long slide carries better (for me, at least) than the Commander size and the sight radius makes it easier to make accurate shots.
  9. Wilson just announced a longer slide version of the EDC X9. https://www.wilsoncombat.com/edc-x9l/ That's what I was waiting for, since I didn't have much use for a carry-sized version. I'd prefer something I could compete with.
  10. ken_mays

    Latest CC Setup

    I have a 442 with a blued barrel and cylinder and I would rather have a cheesy coat of paint, honestly. It's a fair amount of work to keep rust off the blued parts on the 442 when I carry it.
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    Kimber EVO

    There are several companies I trust to introduce a new design. Glock, HK, Beretta, for instance. Kimber is definitely not one of them. I adopt an ironclad "let's wait a few years and see" policy with them.
  12. With the TWRA range and Point Blank squeezing them on both sides, it was just a matter of time. I know a group of folks who quit going to RUSA when they refused to maintain / upgrade their ventilation system. These folks were showing up at the doctor with their blood lead levels well above safe limits and they spent a lot of time shooting there. On the weekends, there was a big waiting list to use the range because they always seemed to have one side or the other "out of service". I would go into RUSA from time to time to browse their consignment sales, but those started petering off a couple years ago. I've bought some guns out of their consignment cases in the past but they were never competitive enough on new gun sales. I'm sure Point Blank put an end to that part of their business. Point Blank is a very respectable gun shop in addition to being a clean, modern indoor range with excellent ventilation. A downside is that they won't allow work from a holster. I will miss the RUSA cafe, though.
  13. Generally I perform the Burwell DIY sear modification on my M&Ps. Usually, that's all that's necessary to get the trigger to a point I can live with. www.burwellguns.com/M&Ptriggerjob1.htm
  14. ATF won't issue a license unless you are in compliance with local zoning codes and such. If you can't get a business license where you are, you probably can't get an FFL either (C&R 03 FFL excluded).
  15. True, but knowing is half the battle. I'd rather know it's happening immediately rather than 8 hours later. And you can also buy a remote control water valve too, I believe.
  16. You can buy water alarms that are wireless enabled and can send you an email or text if they detect water. I'm looking into that for my own water heater.
  17. I received my gauge and my bolt checked out OK. S&W will send you a bolt gauge for free, but you can make one out of a piece of metal .035" thick or use a small feeler gauge. If the gauge sits flush to the bolt face, you're good. If it sits proud of the bolt face, it needs to go back.
  18. Did you mean Double Action Only on the PX4?
  19. You might want to list this over at 1911addicts.com.
  20. I never jumped into the piston AR parade because 1) the design is necessarily proprietary, 2) if I wanted something different, it was not going to be an AR, and 3) the potential performance increase just wasn't there. Nothing against pistons per se, but in the AR it never lit my fire.
  21. Most of my ARs will do around 1.5 MOA with halfway decent (M193) ammo, provided a good trigger, good scope and a bench. My 6.5 Grendel will do that with Wolf steel cased ammo, and well under 1 MOA with decent (e.g. Hornady) loads. That's good enough for me, since I no longer bother to load 5.56 for maximum accuracy. Most of my ARs are kind of like AKs, I tend to shoot the cheapest crap I can get away with.
  22. I hate to hear that, though I wish I could say I was surprised. The best performing Taurus designs I've heard are the PT92 and the PT111 G2. As to the shipping cost, about 10-15 years ago the carriers implemented a policy that handguns must go next day air, thus the premium cost. FFLs can still use USPS to ship handguns more reasonably, but A) it's only for FFL-to-FFL and B ) It's USPS
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    Sig 365 ?

    On the mag loader: the UPLULA is the best money I ever spent on a pistol accessory. It loads nearly everything I have except for some smaller pocket pistol mags and .22 LR mags. Even loads the P365 mags.
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    Sig 365 ?

    Someday came this week and I picked one up and put about 50 rounds through it today. It is the most accurate pistol of its size that I own. There is nothing I don't like about the features or design. I find the extended pinky rest floor plate useless and would rather have 2 flush fit mags because this will be a pocket gun.
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    Sig 365 ?

    There's a shop in Memphis who has them in stock for $450. I'm still planning on picking one up someday.

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