20 Nov 99

More on titanium parts from a friend who is into pistol competition:

“What we have learned about titanium gun parts while playing IPSC:

1. Titanium firing pins are very short-lived. Without exception, they promptly peen down until they are underlength, causing endless misfires.

2. Titanium hammers dimple at the point where hammer face meets firing pins. This also causes one misfire after another.

I analyze all proposed equipment changes with one very simple measure: WHAT WILL DO ME THE MOST GOOD, THIS GADGET, OR THE SAME DOLLAR AMOUT OF PRACTICE AMMO? Using that standard, there have been few fundamental changes to my equipment in quite some time.”