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  2. Greetings, Any good training/instructors in the chicagoland area? My goal is to become more accurate and faster in IDPA (see attached image). I've been to several group sessions, but I don't seem to get the one on one feedback I think I need. Are there any local IDPA/USPSA (grand)masters that offer training locally to me? Location: south chicagoland
  3. .410- Yes! Same deal. .357 Mag in a small gun is just awful. Even in a K-frame, in the rare times I carry one, it’s usually with .38 +P. On the the other hand, sometimes when I carry a revolver it’s because I want the greater power of magnums. I’ll deal with it in a K frame then, but not smaller. I’ve shot magnums in my Kimber K6s, which is more Detective Special size, and it wasn’t much different t from a K. There are some mild magnums like Remington .357 Golden Saber, that’s more of an in-between 38 and 357, that aren’t so terrible. When ammo supplies l
  4. You do bring up some really great points. The pocket crude fouling an auto is my biggest concern and my biggest problem. Like I said, my Ruger LCP will not be reliable after a week or two in the pocket without cleaning. I think I would get a dedicated .38 and not bother with a .357. I've fired snubby .357s and frankly I don't like the muzzle blast, as it teaches flinch. I'm with you on the idiocy of snubbies as a beginner gun, no they are for experts. It's similar to teaching a new trap shooter with a .410, just no. A .410 is an expert's gun. I'll go check out some hammerle
  5. I started with revolvers and had a bias that way for a few years, but have been an auto guy for a long time. I know a lot of people say they shoot revolvers better, but I’m not one of them. I have to look for reasons and places to justify choosing a revolver in most cases, so I may not be the best one to sell you on them. I readily admit the nostalgia is one big attraction to me. I’ve been addicted to Adam-12 since old reruns have been showing this year, so maybe that’s it! I do prefer them for places like pocket and ankle carry. I think they resist pocket crud a lot be
  6. Just a little. I looked at their steel barrels since weight wasn’t a factor here. There was something I can’t recall that kept me from looking further, like maybe I didn’t like the length choices. I wanted a fairly long barrel for this, to get more weight out front since it’s a prone gun. Honestly, once I found a good deal on the IBI barrel from an outside source, I quit looking. A friend at the gun club who works with us in the Jr Program just built a lightweight Savage 6.5CM with a carbon fiber barrel. I’m not sure, but he might’ve used a Proof Research barrel. He’s
  7. I was just in Kalispell and drove right past Proof Research. Have you looked into their barrels?
  8. Sounds like a neat gun, if you like wheel guns. Somehow I just never got the bug. I've owned a few, but today I own exactly zero. Maybe if I look enough on Gunbroker, I'll end up with one. Like you, that's how I came to possess several of my firearms today, by making a lowball bid that I just knew I'd never win. Nothing like waking up to an email from Gunbroker saying, "Congratulations!." With that said, can you convince me why wheelguns are a good choice for pocket carry? Oh, maybe I could do that myself. I've carried a Ruger LCP in my pocket for a few years and have come to learn
  9. The 4” one isn't here yet, but I was doing some comparisons and realized this: A 2” barreled S&W Model 12 weighs 17oz. A 4” barreled S&W Model 12 weighs 19oz. A Glock 43 is right in the middle at 18oz. The S&Ws are six round guns. The Glock is 6+1. The G43 barrel is 3.41”, so it falls right in there also*. I didn’t realize they were all that close. I suppose the Glock 48 with its longer 4.17” barrel is a closer comparison to the 4” S&W 12. The G43 weighs 20.74oz empty. That is actually 1.74oz more than the S
  10. I told you thought they were neat. I just won a Gunbroker auction for a 4” RB model 12. I wish they had made them with 3” barrels, but I’ll compromise with a 2” and a 4”.
  11. The KRG stock arrived yesterday. And earlier that day I ordered a new barrel from International Barrels. https://internationalbarrels.com/product/22rf-cz455-452/
  12. Thanks! The wind was pretty much a non-factor this time. That’s one reason. I’m not sure, but I think scores were higher across the board. Also- They rotate through three courses of fire. This was my first time seeing one twice. That helped a lot to lower the match jitters. Plus I had a good spotter this time. There was a large number of attendees, so I got separated from my buddy in the shuffle to align squads, but this guy was good too. A good spotter can gain you a few points sometimes. ********** My buddy John has a new goal. He wants to clean
  13. Congrats! That's awesome. Anything you did different that you can attribute to doing so well?
  14. They had a match Wednesday evening. I shot a personal best, but my buddy outdid me handily. He shot the first perfect score they’ve ever had.
  15. How about a 500 yard .22 match? https://www.nmlra.org/calendar/august22longrange
  16. Seriously, if it ever works out, let me know. I’m a member there so can get you in early so you can set zeroes beforehand. Odds are I’m going anyway.
  17. No it's not and the funny thing is I drove about 5 miles from there a couple weeks ago. I really need to come down and give it a shot. :-)
  18. Shoot what you brung. No limits on rifle or scope that I can see. The only equipment rules concern your rifle support, i.e. bipod or backpack front rest only, no rear bag. I’ve seen plain CZs and older Rem 541s, and I’ve seen a couple of gee-whiz chassis systems. I’d say the two most common rifles are CZ 457s (mostly MTR models) and Ruger Precision Rimfires. The downside to a big Smallbore match rifle with lots of adjustments is they are single shots. Each twenty round stage is timed. It fairly generous at five to eight minutes, so a repeating action isn’t nec
  19. Barry, This sounds like an immense amount of fun. I learned, like many, on a .22LR and probably shot a .22 exclusively for ten years, before 'graduating' to centerfire. What are the limitations on the firearm? Shoot what you bring, which means someone could bring a tricked out Anshutz and have a great advantage. Scope limitations? This intrigues me.
  20. My attention wanders like that of a coffee-guzzling squirrel. My latest interest is shooting in Long Range .22 Rifle matches. I'm sure everyone has a different idea of what "long range" is with a .22, but at this club it's 75 to 240 yards. Basically it's like silhouette shooting, but at extended ranges and shot from prone with bipods. Targets are typical steel animal silhouettes plus a few rectangles and even some bolt heads thrown in. They have two classes, Standard and Master. The main difference is the distance shot. You have to shoot in Standard until you c
  21. I shot it yesterday. As expected, that experience proved it's a very short range tool. The closest backstop we have at the club is 50 feet. I shot three magazines/21 rounds, and used up a good percentage of that backstop. I'd say they went into around 16". As much as I'd like to blame that on the fact I used a different type of ammo in each magazine, I'd be lying. it's probably a MECHANICALLY accurate gun, but not so much for practical accuracy with the lack of sights, small size, a DA trigger. It has a bark, too. I don't think I'd enjoy shooting the .380 version much.
  22. I didn't even know this pistol existed. The older I get the less I like recoil, so I guess I've been forewarned. Although, it would be a fantastic pocket backup gun, I doubt I will ever own one. Thanks for posting!
  23. “It has been referred to as the pistol that the late Col Jeff Cooper would be forced to carry if he went to [censored]: a double action pistol with no sights, a magazine safety, and chambered in 32 ACP.” That’s from an Ammoland article on the Seecamp LWS-32 pistol. As a follower of most of the late Col’s teachings, I’ll go along with that. The Seecamp is a combination of what I too consider non-“features”. But I had to have one because it is so... neat. It’s fascinating engineering-wise. Everything about it is meant to make it small. Originally designed ar
  24. I've been next to a S&W .460 and .500 being shot in an indoor range. The percussion is enough to make me leave. I've never shot one and have no desire, I've worked too hard at learning how not to flinch, shooting one of these is a flinch teacher. No thanks
  25. This is sad news. Times change and consumers vote which products sell. So many industries change, driven by price competition.
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