So I wanted to PM you on here, but I struggle enough keeping my PM box clear, so I'll keep it an open discussion in case anyone else had some input, or if anyone was interested in this as well in the discussion. Anyhow, my plans are to go Open Class division in USPSA next year, and I've been contemplating having JPL either build me a SVI from scratch, buying an STI GrandMaster and calling it good, or building an Open Glock from one of my two Glock 17's I already have. I'll keep one for production, and the other was suppose to be my back up, but ya'll know Glocks don't crap out, so this has just been chillin', so may as well make some use out of it. the SVI will run me around $5500 advantage being, it's just a bad ass gun and built exactly to my specs, the STI is prebuilt and only $3200 so this has been what I was leaning towards because I'm impatient and is in the middle of my budget, or going with the Glock, I'm hoping less than $2k since I already have a platform to build on (my spare Glock 17), another plus is I already have a Ghost holster and mags and mag holders. So obviously the Glock would be the most economical. And hopefully not be so finicky and more reliable. If so, I was thinking of sending my Glock to SJC or ????? Glockworkx? I'd like to talk to you (yar) because I know you've run your open glock for some time, so your input is valuable. My questions are: Performance trade off from a metal gun? What other metal guns have you shot? Thoughts? Reliability? Still true in an Open Glock? I had a KKM in my G24 and it gave me a lot of issues. Ammo? Making power factor with a .355 round tricky? what powder do you use? Sight preferences? I know you run a slide mounted Dr. sight. But all of my guys up here run C More's. My resources are there if need be, obviously the SVI would dry up my fun account for a while, but my key deliverable is doing it rite the first time and of course, performance, which I think will justify the expense. I've been talking to John, and after expressing interest, JPL took me to the range and had me shoot 6 different SVI and STI open pistols. I only know of 1 guy up here running an open Glock, and I haven't had a chance to shoot his. I like the STI's, but between having to constantly tune the mags, and the costs of the mags ($400-$500 in mags hurt) Even for me it's pricey. And then having to wait 3 months for the build, also isn't very cool after droping 5k in gear.