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Old 05-05-2012, 03:32 AM
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Competitor finally


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Wanted one for years. Others just kept pushing it back down the list but finally got it all aligned and got it. Went with a 14" .357 max with sights and this 22lr/5mm match barrel that here wears it's new Weaver. Verry good chance another Weaver will find itself atop the Max barrel. Will add other barrels just unsure what they'll be.

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Old 05-06-2012, 06:39 PM
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Looks real nice, but how does the scope sighgt picture work compared to thew regular stoick/hand grip?
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Old 05-07-2012, 01:53 PM
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New regular grip/hand stock? As far as I know this is the same as they've been for the Competitor since their inception. There was a bit of a redesign on some internals I believe.

Regardless, it's hold great and with the scope, the optic image allows some good shooting. Haven't gone to really dial it in yet, but I know Al was getting excellent results with this new 22/5mm chambering/bore combo.
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Old 05-07-2012, 03:40 PM
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very fine gun i own 2 myself, 454 and 308
out of curiosity, how long did it take from the time of your order to the time of recieving it?
good luck and enjoy,
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Old 05-07-2012, 03:50 PM
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very fine gun i own 2 myself, 454 and 308
out of curiosity, how long did it take from the time of your order to the time of recieving it?
good luck and enjoy
Was considering the .460 so that .454 and .45LC could be used if desired but another I know with a .460 barrel has destroyed at least 2 GOOD quality scopes with it. Just something about how it recoils that is dislodging the internals. Not so sure now but have time to think 'bout it.
I didn't really walk into a shop and say "get me one". My brother is friends with the owner of Competitor so I just asked him to get me one when he could. Took a few weeks maybe, not sure.
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Old 08-31-2012, 12:26 AM
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It is my sad duty to inform that as of today I will be receiving the LAST Competitor pistol to be built for the forseeable future. I "slid in" just under the wire. My .308 according to the gent I spoke to is the last build. They also will no longer do any repair work. The company may be "taken over" by someone that the owners know or it may be sold. They still have barrels and parts that will be sold. But no new pistols will be built. Just another casualty of a crappy economy?
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Old 08-31-2012, 02:07 PM
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Hmmm, have to look into that. My brother is friends with the owner, and only actual employee, of Competitor. It is NOT his primary business and is actually just a sort of side business for him for a while now. Thinking my brother will be seeing him this weekend and I may as well this weekend or in a couple weeks. If so, I'll be finding out exactly what is happening. I gotta get a small supply of parts anyways so this will just give me another reason to talk with him.
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Old 08-31-2012, 03:03 PM
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wow..... really nice wood....
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Old 10-14-2012, 10:47 PM
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Competitor finally

The gent I had the most phone conversations with is Richard. Having fired this .308 a few times with some American Eagle 150 gr FMJ it is just ONE BIG HOOT to shoot! But now I have a "problem". After removing the barrel/breech assy from the grip I inadvertantly tripped the firing mechanism. This is a striker rod that transfers to a firing pin in the breech block. After seeing this happen what I found is that there is a nut that holds the striker rod in place THAT IS MISSING. The striker cannot be "reset" without this nut. It appears to be "proprietary" based on the website parts list. It's #34. I left a phone message and sent an email describing my situation. I hope that they can fix me up soon. I want to hunt deer this season with this pistol. Handloads need to be worked up. Time's a wastin'. If you have any contact with this fellow PUHLEEZE have him get back to me. If you have a good idea as to what "list of parts" I should have for this please fill me in. It would be much appreciated. Here's an image of mine.

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Old 10-15-2012, 09:28 PM
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Competitor finally

GOOD NEWS!! Parts on the way to me along with instructions. Even a special wrench for the striker nut. That was FAST SERVICE by the folks at Competitor. THANK YOU RICHARD!!! He's going to put together a "needed parts" kit for me.
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Old 12-15-2012, 07:35 PM
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Any word if anyone still can get parts or new barrel for Competitor pistol? I love shooting my 223 but would like larger cal to hunt deer.
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Old 12-16-2012, 03:17 AM
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I haven't heard much. I asked my brother, who's friends with the owner of Competitor, when I initially heard of them closing and he said he hadn't heard anything but wouldn't be surprised if Al decided to close the shop as he's over-busy with his other shop which makes a LOT of gun parts for other manufacturers. Need to go see my brother sometime soon, so I'll try to remember and ask. I wouldn't mind picking up a few more barrels myself.
Any particular chambering you're looking for or just something "bigger"?
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Old 12-21-2012, 04:32 PM
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Interesting, I've been shooting Contenders for the last few years and I haven't kept up, my pistol is a Magnum Research from the lat '80's. .308 without muzzle-brake. Been pretty reliable, with just a minor extraction issue. It has used up a couple of scopes.
Does anyone have a 'genealogy' on these pistols?
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Old 12-23-2012, 03:55 AM
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By "genealogy" do you mean the progression from you Lone Eagle to the Competitor? Something else?
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Old 12-23-2012, 11:11 AM
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Yep, the progression.
I am of the belief that my Magnum Research 'SSP-91' built by Ordnance Technology predates the 'Lone Eagle'. But, I haven't paid much attention in the past 25 or so years so I could be incorrect.
What do you know about this?
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Old 12-23-2012, 12:41 PM
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If I recall correctly, Ordnance Technology originated the design and they were made up here in Stetson, ME. Magnum Research (MRI) bought the rights to it, made subtle changes and marketed it as the SSP-91 before renaming it the Lone Eagle Pistol. The designer went off on his own, redesigned much of the inner workings and brought out the Competitor Pistol. Unlike the previous ones, the Competitor allowed interchangeable barrels rather than the entire assembly. This allowed a nearly endless number of barrel & chamberings choices. The cocking mechanism was also changed. Competitor is just a small part of what the shop produces now and is more of a hobby than anything now.
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Old 12-24-2012, 08:25 PM
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I haven't heard much. I asked my brother, who's friends with the owner of Competitor, when I initially heard of them closing and he said he hadn't heard anything but wouldn't be surprised if Al decided to close the shop as he's over-busy with his other shop which makes a LOT of gun parts for other manufacturers. Need to go see my brother sometime soon, so I'll try to remember and ask. I wouldn't mind picking up a few more barrels myself.
Any particular chambering you're looking for or just something "bigger"?
Thanks for asking! Would love 7mm08 but really anything for hunting deer would be great. Maybe some one has complete gun for sale?
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Old 12-25-2012, 10:12 AM
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I believe there's some gunshows coming up in Jan that I might see the man behind the Competitor at. usually there to talk with. If I make it, I'll talk with him. If I don't I know my brother will be there and they always talk before, during and then eat together after the show.
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Old 12-30-2012, 01:08 PM
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Thanks

Blkhawk73, thanks for the update.
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Old 02-02-2013, 10:39 AM
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Not sure about parts and orders able to be placed but hear the manufacturing side, Competitor Corp. is available for sale. I think in the right hands - a stable and firm founded manufacturer - these could be marketed and see some resurgence. Personally, I'd LOVE to see them continue.
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