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Post by orpheoet on 12/28/2016, 8:19 pm

I mentioned in another thread that I bought an old Colt with the arched mainspring housing and I liked it. Put one on my EIC gun and it seems more stable under recoil. Well I just put one on my wad gun and it seems very promising. So whats the story with these. I've never noticed a preference for arched or not arched on the firing line. Personally it seems like the sights and dot line up more naturally with the arched housing.
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Post by jglenn21 on 12/28/2016, 8:21 pm

Arched always felt better to me but  I shot the flat much better..
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Post by Tim:H11 on 12/28/2016, 8:33 pm

You shoot what works best for you. I liked the feel of an arched mainspring housing on my 22 Nelson (RO Frame) but I got a hold of a Wilson Combat V-Grip MSH and LOVE that one. Still like the arched with the 45 but not sure yet.
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Post by dronning on 12/28/2016, 9:36 pm

jglenn21 wrote:Arched always felt better to me but  I shot the flat much better..
+1 on this.  The arched feels perfectly natural in my hand, but my scores also went down, and stayed down.  I gave it a chance to come back but it didn't.  Went back to flat and my scores went right back up the first match.  During a Zins clinic I asked Brian about this and he said he had the same experience.  I guess comfortable doesn't equal better scores.

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Post by orpheoet on 12/29/2016, 4:53 am

Well I just made the switch but early results are good. Of course I won't really know until I use it in a match. I did put 50 shots Rapid Fire in the black with it and for me that's pretty good. Just another Expert, trying to make Master....
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Post by Axehandle on 12/29/2016, 6:45 am

I've always believed that the flat housing was primarily a cosmetic thing.  Like a lot of us I shot flat housings for many years.  One day i realized that there was a void at the heel of my hand that a arched housing would fill.  Went to the V housing and never looked back.  Don't shoot like I did with the flat but then I'm 25 years older and don't work at it like I did then.

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Post by Ed Hall on 12/29/2016, 9:42 am

The arched vs. flat housings will rotate the muzzle up or down, respectively.  This can aid in getting a natural sight alignment when the gun is raised into position.  If you find the front naturally sits a bit high with an arched housing, a flat housing can bring it down and vice versa.

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