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Am I handicapped by shooting this pistol? 9mm Range Officer

Post by CO1Mtn on 2/26/2018, 12:11 pm

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Sirs,

I'd like to ask for your advice, and if you have time, thank you in advance for any help you can provide.
I shot for all of 2017 with a 9mm Springfield Range Officer. The barrel rifling has a 1:16 twist rate. I was using PPU 147 gr HP ammo. It's $12.50 for a box of 50, which is pretty cheap. I've never ransom rest tested this pistol (I didn't know anyone who had a ransom rest), but on my best day shooting I shot five 10s in a row at the 50 yard line. But my scores at the 50 yard line in slow fire usually ranged from 60-70. For timed and rapid fire, my average score was 70-75. My highest NMC score was 228 with this pistol and the PPU ammo.

I only have one year of experience so far, shooting bullseye/CMP/EIC pistol. I have a small amount of prior firearm experience from deer hunting and occasionally trap shooting.

I really have my heart set on winning an EIC pistol match. It might take me a long time, but I'll keep trying until I get there some day. I shot in eight EIC matches in 2017 (one rimfire EIC match and seven service pistol EIC matches (five regional and two special matches)). My first EIC competition I scored a 88/300. They made all of us use these beat up rack-issue M9s that were straight out of the armory, and it was too big for my hand and the trigger was awful. I remember when we got back to the picnic tables to clean the pistols, I shook mine side to side and you could literally hear the barrel rattling inside the slide. After that match, I tried using a Glock 17 in a regional match, and scored a 109/300 with that. Then I bought the Range Officer. I had it worked over by a gunsmith, so it has a great trigger, a better barrel bushing and guide rod, and better grips. One thing it does not have is a fitted match grade barrel. It only has the stock barrel. My highest EIC score with that was a 228. I went against the gunsmith's advice, and I peened the rails and squeezed the slide in a vise at home in the garage. I did that because the slide had some slop in the front and the back, and I wanted to tighten it up. It actually worked, and after I filed down the burrs from peening the rails, it was a tight fit, and all the play was gone. I haven't been able to shoot it since then though, so I didn't get to test out if it was shooting more accurately after that.

I think I was steadily making progress in 2017, but then I got deployed, and I wasn't issued a pistol here, so right now my training has come to a dead halt. But I am thinking on whether or not I need to upgrade my pistol. Is it worth it for me to buy a $3000 pistol from AccuracyX right now? It would be ready by the time I finish this deployment. That is the question I am asking myself. I paid $919 for my Range Officer, including the gunsmithing, shipping fee, and transfer fee. I can keep shooting with the Range Officer, or I can buy a Les Baer or a custom made pistol (which would be much better than a production run pistol). If I keep shooting EIC with my current pistol, it won't cost me anything more since I've already paid for the pistol...but is it worth it, to keep trying with that 9mm? I understand the 9mm cartridge is inferior to the .45 in CMP/bullseye. Follow-through is more critical and less forgiving with the 9mm. And I should have bought a .45 instead of the 9mm, but I didn't know what I was doing when I first got into the sport so I bought the 9mm version. What do you suggest that I do? Should I buy a new service pistol? And if so, what should I buy? I'd like to have a better shooter shoot my Range Officer through an entire centerfire stage so I can see how accurate it really is, in the hands of a pro. I'm wondering if this pistol is good enough to win an EIC match with, or is it futile to keep trying with it?

Thank you,
Daniel
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Re: Am I handicapped by shooting this pistol? 9mm Range Officer

Post by LenV on 2/27/2018, 7:40 pm

The original slide stop in mine was undersized thus causing vertical stringing. I replaced it with a quality (9mm) slide stop that measured .200 and I also replaced the bushing with a tight fit Briley bushing. I didn't have to do anything to the barrel. Eventually I converted the whole thing to a Super because I wanted too. But not because I really needed too. Mine shot fine without changing the barrel YMMV.

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Re: Am I handicapped by shooting this pistol? 9mm Range Officer

Post by CO1Mtn on 2/27/2018, 9:43 pm

The gunsmith replaced the slide stop in mine also. He said it came with the wrong slide stop right out of the box. Now my slide stop is .218 which I guess is oversized and can't go any larger. He put a new barrel bushing in it too. It says "wilson" on it. I'll get a KKM barrel installed in the future, and I think that will make it a pretty decent hardball gun for me to use for a while. Thank you all for your input.
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Re: Am I handicapped by shooting this pistol? 9mm Range Officer

Post by Jon Eulette on 2/27/2018, 9:47 pm

Largest slidestop is 0.203". Are you sure about 0.218"?
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Re: Am I handicapped by shooting this pistol? 9mm Range Officer

Post by CO1Mtn on 2/28/2018, 2:28 am

I could be wrong about that then. I remember that the gunsmith said he put the largest slidestop in that could be put in.
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Re: Am I handicapped by shooting this pistol? 9mm Range Officer

Post by jglenn21 on 2/28/2018, 7:51 am

The RO slide stops that I've seen measured .195.. way undersized compared to the more normal 198-199 stops. Can make a large difference in lockup.
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Re: Am I handicapped by shooting this pistol? 9mm Range Officer

Post by CO1Mtn on 3/10/2018, 1:05 pm

I'm going to do both. I'll have the gunsmith equip the Range Officer with a new KKM barrel. And I'll also buy a .45 hardball gun. I'll have some deployment money saved up so money won't be a problem. I can't decide whether I want a Les Baer Hardball gun or buy a used hardball pistol off of someone else on the forum. AccuracyX pistols look impressive, but I'm not sure I need to spend $3000. Maybe $2000 would be more reasonable for me. Everyone, feel free to send me a PM if you want to sell me your pistol. I'll have to wait until deployment is over or when I go home on break though.
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Re: Am I handicapped by shooting this pistol? 9mm Range Officer

Post by Jon Eulette on 3/10/2018, 1:26 pm

Jim,
Bushing fit on RO is actually pretty good. Oversized slidestop pin will benefit more.
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