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  1. Many will say grab your gear and go shoot. I would like to provide an alternative point-of-view, which worked very well for me. Find a match or two that aligns with your schedule. Go to the match(es) and observe before shooting. Much lower stress than shooting right off the bat. You'll meet some amazing people. Folks that are very friendly and helpful. You will learn the basic rules, the range commands, the cadence for how a match goes, all in an environment where you don't have to concern yourself with shooting. Then, use what ya got for a few matches. You'll experience the competition, how your gear works in a match, what you need to work on, etc. After that, you'll be hooked for life!
  2. Everyone shooting the same number of stages in the same number of days equals the playing field so that each competitor has the same experience. Endurance is part of our sport, especially when shooting major matches. Otherwise, maybe we should maybe shoot it over 4 days (3 stages per day). I like the same format for all shooters. If 1/2 day format is used, it should apply to all shooters, not only a subset.
  3. This should be mandatory watching for all ROs.
  4. So how exactly does one choose which rules to follow 100% and which rules really aren't that big of a deal? As stated earlier, either follow the rules 100% or don't call your match a USPSA match. All competitors should expect to know exactly what the rules are, even if it is a shooter's first time at a particular local match. When local matches aren't conducted completely within the rules, you are doing your competitors a significant dis-service. I have been asked before at major matches "are you only doing that (i.e., enforcing a rule) because this is a major. My local range doesn't do that." That is very unfortunate. I have seen competitors DQ'd and respond that isn't how the rule is enforced at their local range. We owe it to all competitors to run USPSA matches the same. For example, what if some local matches choose to set up Classifiers "a little" different to aid their local shooters? Who gets do decide which are important rules to follow? Back to your regularly scheduled programming...
  5. Sarge - I don't believe the link to the website is working properly
  6. +1 DAA medium bag
  7. 5.2.4 does not say they must be used, but rather that they cannot be "removed from the apparel pockets..." Thus, simply removing from the apparel pocket between the buzzer and "if clear, hammer down, holster" should bump the person to open according to a strict reading of the actual words of the rule. Further, that isn't the actual end of the COF, which is designated by "range is clear."
  8. You might consider going to the Area match as a spectator. Observing a large match is a great way to learn.
  9. Holy old topic Batman! This was from 2010...
  10. Quit the sport???? Really???? Because some people who like this sport don't agree with changing the sport, they should quit. That's a ridiculous premise. Why shouldn't the majority of members be permitted to self-regulate what they want and what they don't want in the sport. If this provisional division does not garner majority support, the experiment will fail and should result in the removal of the provisional division. On the other hand, if a majority of members like it, it should become a division in our sport and we should move on.
  11. Since it's a provisional division, shouldn't the membership decide whether or not it should go forward?
  12. It's up to the MD's. We already sometimes have revo/production matches. We have Single Stack Nationals, Production Nationals, etc. So, it's clear that we have matches where only certain divisions are represented. If an MD or club decides to only have matches with certain divisions, I believe that is completely within their discretion. Very simple, if you don't like what divisions are offered, don't shoot at that club, don't give them your money, find a club that caters to what you want to shoot.
  13. For anyone who doesn't think that a stage is "practical" or within the confines of what they want to see in a stage (particularly those who didn't make any effort to design stages or work matches), I have a very simple solution. Don't shoot the stage. If you really believe in what you are saying, you can decide to simply not compete on that particular stage - take your zero points - and move along to the next stage of the match. No harm, no foul. Either stand up for what you believe or simply shoot the stage, be safe, have fun, and be appreciative of those people who worked hard to put together thought provoking and challenging shooting scenarios for your enjoyment. ...back to our regularly scheduled programming...
  14. Each round of shooters (all three stages) took approximately 3-4 minutes (so basically a little more than one minute per shooter/per stage). The RO's were actively monitoring the time. Which in my opinion isn't bad at all considering all that has to be completed from "Make Ready" to scoring and resetting the stage. Also add in 5 minutes for a walk-through and a few situations that required more time (scoring challenges, gun malfunctions, re-shoots, etc). So all in it generally took about 1 hour per stage. I suspect that most people experienced no more than 3 hours to shoot the 3 stages.