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Consulting a gunsmith about Domino FAS 602 during the National Matches at Perry

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Post by Oleg G Thu Mar 09, 2023 1:35 pm

My Domino FAS 602 continues to trouble me.

The problem with the pistol is that all ammo brands and types that I have tried (see the list below) produce intermittent flyers into the 8 and 7 rings - at least one per 5-rounds string. These flyers always show signs of the bullet keyholing - oblong holes, vs regular round holes. And this is evident even at 25 yards. At 50 yards the accuracy is horrible. It does not matter whether I shoot Slow Fire or Sustained Fire.

1. Geco Rifle
2. Geco Match
3. SK Standard+
4. Eley Target
5. CCI Standard Velocity
6. Norma TAC-22
7. SK Pistol Match Special

All the ammo above functions perfectly in my AW93.

The pistol is old, so I ordered a brand new barrel from Italy and it did not produce an appreciable change with these flyers.

I will bring the pistol and all spare part I have for it, including the old barrel, with me to Camp Perry. I would like to find out, if one of our esteemed pistol smiths will be there and, if they would agree to take a look at the pistol. I am not asking for on-the-spot repair but simply to have the pistol evaluated for possible repair.

I like this pistol very much but in its current state I cannot use it for competition.

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Post by Tripscape Thu Mar 09, 2023 3:18 pm

Oleg,
I am no gunsmith, but as far as I know heyholing is a function of barrel or ammo. Being that you replaced barrels consider this. From what I know Domino pistols were intoduced around 1970's in Europe. By European standards the ammo at that time may have been dimensionally slightly larger. At least I know that is true for USSR belt countries. Maybe the twist rate + barrel spec + current ammo spec = error. Is keyholing observed at all ranges or just the long range?
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Post by Jon Eulette Thu Mar 09, 2023 3:31 pm

Keyholes in 22 caliber can be attributed to crown and poor rifling in my experience. I have seen several new Italian barrels over the years with bad/poor rifling when factory new.
You might also check your recoil spring. I cannot remember how heavy the slide is on those pistols. I’m not sure is it comes out of battery too fast if it can keyhole the shots. 
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Post by james r chapman Thu Mar 09, 2023 4:10 pm

Maybe just reline one of those barrels??
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Post by Oleg G Thu Mar 09, 2023 7:26 pm

Thanks for the advice, guys. This is why I want to bring it to Perry with me to have a competent person diagnose the issue and and recommend a solution.

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Post by robert84010 Sat Mar 11, 2023 7:35 pm

Scott Pilkington was a regular presence at Perry. Not sure if he still makes the trip. I bet Scott or Buck would be able to diagnose a FAS.

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Post by Oleg G Sun Mar 12, 2023 8:33 am

Thanks, Robert. That is a brilliant idea. I will call Pilkington's to find out, if they are coming to Perry this year. I trust both Scott and Buck implicitly. 

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