Oz, nice shooting with the Izzy. Did you modify your grip to get to your level? I think the grip is one of the things that is limiting my shooting, but can't decide if it is too early for me to bring a dremel to it.
Oh thanks. I picked the Izzy up and started shooting about 5 weeks ago. It's been quite a journey. (To be honest, I did shoot about 10 years ago as well... for a little while.)
In my recent opinion, the grip is one of the biggest keys to precision shooting. It didn't click and I didn't "feel" my grip until I was shooting a 500. After that point, I can now easily tell the difference between a good grip on the handle and a not-so-good grip. I find myself re-gripping several times if I had to set the pistol down before I shoot. I used to roll my eyes when I would see people doing that, but know I understand ;)
The key point from which I began on the Izzy was the palm shelf. If this isn't positioned properly (comfortably squeezing my hand) I couldn't even shoot a 475. With that shelf adjusted for me, the Izzy is pretty much holding itself into position with hardly any hand gripping strength. I can keep my fingers unwrapped from the grip and the pistol will NOT fall out.
Since my hands are a little larger, I did have to remove some material in the slots to allow the palm shelf to go low enough. Then I had to angle the back of the shelf up relatively high to cinch my hand in place. Other than some filing on the front of the shelf to avoid the lever making contact with the front of the shelf, I haven't had to do any further mods, but I am itching to do so and see a few places where some changes would be useful.
BUT - I wouldn't suggest any grip mods until you have put a LOT of pulls on the trigger. I've been doing 350+ shots and at least 100 dry-fire pulls per week for the last 6 weeks and I'm still not 100% sure where the grip mods need to happen. And I'm a bit scared to make them.
I would say, mess with the Izzy's palm plate first and ensure that it's good. Then make sure that you're gripping the Izzy well and that it's beginning to feel like a natural extension of your arm.
Sorry... the thread has been hijacked! To get back on topic... maybe extensive grip mods should be left to a higher-quality pistol like a Benelli. Max out the Izzy in nearly stock form (also better resale), hit your plateau with it and then buy the pistol that you plan on using for the next few years. That could very well be why sbtzc is looking at this Benelli. If he has maxed out his potential with the Izzy, the Benelli would certainly be a big step up.
Then if a grip needs to be highly modded to fit, buying the Benelli, getting a good feel for it and modifying the grips would make a lot more sense then spending a lot of time modding the Izzy knowing that you WILL be stepping up at a certain point in the near future.