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    Jason Jenkins

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  1. Very unfortunate to see that happen. I just bought 2 STIs and a pile of magazines through the classifieds in 3 separate transactions, but now am locked out until making my way up to 50 posts. That's a challenge as a new guy to competition, as I prefer to read and use the search function instead of posting questions everyone's seen for years from countless newbies. My first post on the site was actually an "I'll take it" on an Exec a few months ago.
  2. I'll play. 1st ever match last Saturday, shooting Limited, TY97920. Those rotten no-shoots should know enough to duck when I'm in the box.
  3. Just went to my first 4-stage match there tonight. Very pleasant group of folks; my squad had a husband & wife shooting Limited & .22, respectively. I'm a little sunburned and have a scorecard in the "consider chess instead" ranking, but had a great time.
  4. No, first I need to buy her pretty things to gain access to the purse in which she carries my manhood. Amazon should be delivering my copy on Wednesday.
  5. Cool, thanks for the update. I'm "that guy" that always gets something on the edge of being outdated. Just bought Practical Pistol about 2 weeks ago on the Kindle, habitually buy cell phones a month before new model releases, tell my kids about clothing style only to be corrected by my wife, etc. I'm going to try to sneak this one into an order of household goods so she doesn't take it out of my monthly shooting allowance.
  6. I can't really say that you're running it too bright, since it's not seeming to affect your time. When I mentioned visual fatigue from keeping the dot centered, I also forgot a different aspect. With your eyes snapped to the target, the dot is moving more in the periphery of your vision. We have more rods than cones there, so more sensitivity to light. Twilight and dim lighting will make the effect more pronounced. It will be interesting to see if your larger dot run at a lower intensity has the same effect. I waffle back and forth between dot sizes on my rifles, but have spent more time with a 2MOA Aimpoint. When really dialed in, I can see the dot moving as a little squiggle in rapid fire strings. FWIW, this astigmatism gets to be a real nuisance as my eyes get older. You actually have the visual awareness to observe a normal phenomenon. IMO, that's something worth giving yourself a pat on the back.
  7. like I said, it's a function of "old eyes", same effect as driving at night. Anything bright will leave "trails" if you follow their movement. Only cure I can think of is a time machine. If I snap my eyes to the next target and let the dot catch up, I don't have the problem. (and it's faster too). By snapping your eyes to the next target, you've given the photoreceptors in your eyes a chance to recover. We naturally move our eyes fractionally away from constant bright sources to keep that from happening. A prolonged hard focus on the dot will make the effect more noticeable.
  8. [medical nerd] The human eye responds to light at a cycle of around 10-15hz (cycles per second). Motion pictures and video take advantage of that by running at frame rates of 24 and higher. Combine that with what are called physiologic afterimages. That's the ghosting effect we get after overstimulating the photoreceptors in our eyes. It's more noticeable with high contrast and intense light sources like camera flashes. A red dot causing photoreceptors to be oversaturated, with a series of ghost images captured at the eye's native frame rate, will get visually processed as a streak of light. Or something like that. I'm not an eye specialist. [/medical nerd]
  9. Slacker radio, currently streaming a live cut of Edguy's "Tears of a Mandrake."
  10. Thanks for the welcome, gang. I'm in the Boise area - Meridian, actually. It takes about as long to drive to the land south of the airport as it does to the Nourse range over by Lake Lowell. My wife gave me a membership to the Parma range for Christmas, but it's an all-day affair go that far. I've only been there once about 9 years ago.
  11. Caveat: I'm new to competition, but have done almost all my training courses with a 1911. For me, it's pretty much hard-wired to go safety off as sights go up to the target/safety on as sights go down. That's essentially the same as the "when I see the front sight" timing. Reloads can vary depending on slide lock, administrative need, and presence or absence of a malfunction.
  12. It's a great area & shooting community. A buddy dragged me along to an IDPA match a few years ago. A coworker has been working on me this year to come out to some USPSA or Steel Challenge. It's easy to get spoiled and broke out here. Need a box of targets or a stand? MGM is a phone call & 20 minute drive away.
  13. I have a few more guns than I need or have time to shoot. My highest mileage firearms are a Baer TRS and an LMT Defender 2000. The Baer has a bit of finish wear from honest use. The LMT is just dog ugly with beat up Krylon covering scratches in the anodizing. Coming soon will be an STI Executive once we finish the transaction. My "I'll take it" reply in the classifieds was actually my first real post on
  14. I joined up almost 9 years ago and forgot to post an intro. Work and family climbed to the top of my priority list, and now I find myself getting an interest in competition after getting settled into my 40s. It's time to get out of the all work and no play rut. Shooting isn't new to me - my grandfather taught me around age 5 or 6, and I had a little stretch of being a training junkie near the end of the last decade. That was all just fundamentals of marksmanship and manipulations, use of force, and defensive training. Older, slower, and out of practice, I'm a newbie all over again. Cheers.