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  1. nott

    FN SLP shotgun

    The FN SLP has two well-known issues. The carrier latch will attempt to eat your thumb during loading. Most people who use it for 3gun opt for a modification that renders the latch slightly less bloodthristy: http://www.c-rums.com/Carriers.html The second issue is with the gas system. The gas piston's spring has been known to crack or break during operation. Outfits like SureCycle (SRM Performance) offer a piston sealing service (runs something like $35), removing the piston spring entirely. Here's a good overview of the problem and the gas system's operation: http://www.texasguntalk.com/forums/shotguns/32640-understanding-shotgun-gas-systems-fn-slp-winchester-sx2-sx3-browning-silver.html My gun functions just fine after the modifications above, but for $1000, I'd expect a bit better from FN. -
  2. An open dialogue of the issues is beneficial to both current members of the club and potential new ones. If you have facts to refute other people's claims, you're welcome to do so, but I certainly don't appreciate your attempts to stop the ongoing discussion.
  3. You'll find a great divide on the matter of mechanical break-in and its effects in many hobbies - shooting, audio, auto; and depending on the hobby and whom you talk to, the imagined and real effects will range from significant and measurable to negligible and imperceptible. In this particular instance, I don't think it matters. Enjoy your Wilson, it's a fine gun, and post some good photos while you're at it. -
  4. I've owned and shot more than a few Wilsons. Not a single one needed any sort of break-in. All were flawless with ball ammo. If you pistol is particularly tight, I suppose it's fathomable that you may experience some stoppages during your first few hundred rounds, but I've personally never seen a gun that's gone through a miraculous transformation at an arbitrary round count and somehow became reliable. To your question, you can safely disregard the recommendation and clean it. Or you can just take it to the range and shoot it - it will make no difference. -
  5. Thanks. How do you find the cheek weld with that combination of the swept stock and the raised diopter rear? It seems like it could be compromised at that sight height, but it's difficult to judge from the picture. -
  6. I'd be curious to know about the details on the Lux, as well, Urban Grunt. -
  7. This depends entirely on your goal and the location of your adventures. I was only pointing out that gear creep will surely impact your ability to enjoy the outdoors. A honest, realistic assessment of what you want out of being on the trail will go a long way. Don't be that guy that carries an 8 person tent and the kitchen sink. When backpacking in the wilderness in a group of 4, we will normally have 2 stoves, 2 water filters, everyone carries headlamps and backup batteries, minimalistic medkits and the standard essentials. Day hiking on the east coast is a different affair, and we often take little else aside from the bare minimum (water, map, some bandaid). -
  8. To reiterate the blindingly obvious - backpacking, camping and survival are completely different activities, and as such ideally require different gear. You're not going to enjoy backpacking with 60 lbs of survival/old school camping gear on your back - you want to go reasonably light while retaining the essentials. -
  9. I've shouldered the following stocks: Magpul STR, CTR, ACS-L, LMT SOPMOD and a Vltor EMOD. The cheekweld of the SOPMOD, EMOD and the STR is fantastic, you could fall asleep on them. The ACS-L's cheekweld is generous and the CTR provides only a modest one. A lot depends on your rifle and how you intend to use it. I find cheekweld space more critical for prone shooting and would steer you toward SOPMOD/EMOD/STR for that. Rifle balance is another consideration. On a front light rifle a CTR could be perfectly adequate, while providing better balance than either of the other, heavier options. Another concern is stock length, which is going to affect your length of pull once it's pinned. Finally, you need to assess your need for a skittles storage compartment for taking your game at the range to the next level. I personally ended up going with an EMOD over a SOPMOD for my recent acquisition for its ergonomics and aesthetics, but I could be equally happy with either a SOPMOD or an STR. -
  10. I jumped with the same outfit a few weeks ago - it's been on my list of personal greatest fears for a while now, so I had to do it. It's sheer unadulterated terror for the few seconds that it takes you and the instructor to stabilize and reach terminal velocity - and awesome from then on. Definitely doing it again and possibly considering AFF. -
  11. Ah, Lake Tahoe and the Sierra. One can dream. -
  12. One certainly doesn't usually need an optic on a lever action rifle: it adds weight, it looks anachronistic; but if I absolutely wanted to scope one, it would be with the lowest profile optic I could find, something not unlike the Weaver. http://i1029.photobucket.com/albums/y354/Belt-Feeder/Guns%20and%20Stuff/thomaspics091.jpg Another, (period correct ) option is a tang peep sight. -
  13. The Weaver, while a nice little optic, isn't a rimfire/level gun scope, and is parallax free at 100 yards. If your shooting takes place mostly at distances of 25-50 yards, you will potentially experience some parallax error, albeit a minimal one, considering the scope's small objective and low power. Just something to keep in mind. -
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    Walther PPS

    And it has the advantage of being ambidextrous. It's just a bit difficult to retrain oneself when shooting mainly 1911s -
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