Nik Habicht

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    Levittown, PA
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    Shooting, Photography, Reading, Old Police Cars, changing cases in post titles
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  1. It's considered bad form to start a new topic with the same title/topic/sentiment once a similar topic has been closed.
  2. I'm fine with that. If however your membership card hows your classification as U across the board, I'm going to ask a couple of questions, to gauge your level of match experience. Tell me that you've shot a bunch of three gun or IDPA, and I'll encourage you to attend the safety briefing -- because it also covers other topics, such as scoring, # of hits required, that we run a cold range, what that means in our terms, etc. Show up in the company of USPSA shooting friends who tell me you're IDPA and that they'll mentor you through the match, I'll encourage you to attend the safety briefing. Your friends will likely insist.... Show up as a member, with zero experience, and yes, attending the safety briefing for 30-40 minutes before the match starts really will become a requirement. Why? For starters, so the new competitor is safe, and doesn't injure anyone. After that, so that they have fun, have an opportunity to have their questions answered, and so that they hopefully don't DQ from their first match. We use it not so much as a barrier, as a way to introduce them to a couple of experienced competitors and to start the conversation about what's cool about this game. Some lasting friendships have come out of that.
  3. Bogus? How about different. For the record, at the club who's match I used to direct, safety checks have existed since USPSA was created. That Club was the first club in the Mid-Atlantic Section, and has been in existence for ~ 30 years now, as a USPSA club...... But I'm sure if I walked back in and told them that they were doing it all wrong, according to your opinion, they would immediately see the wisdom of your words, and mend their bogus ways. [/sarcasm] In my opinion not doing some kind of competitor briefing/safety check does a disservice to all who compete at the matches where that's the way it's done....
  4. Could also be creative with stage design -- nothing says that you couldn't have some kind of port that could be opened in a Hard Lean wall -- and restrict the use of said port to PCC division only, to allow them to shoot the "one handed pistol leaning" targets....
  5. The regular version remembers -- but it takes just a bump of the side buttons to change the setting. On the TAC version -- it's a little more complicated -- can't remember how it works, might be press and hold. For my use with the TAC lights, I want Max power if I need to turn it on. For subtle I've got a little light that runs on a single CR123 and could be used to check pupils on its lowest setting...
  6. I'm pretty sure it was covered in the Club Manual, under recommendations...... I'm equally certain, that matches are allowed to conduct safety checks, and turn away competitors who are not ready -- and I'm confident that USPSA HQ won't overturn that decision. Most clubs in the Mid-Atlantic section will conduct a new competitor's safety briefing and check the morning of the match. It's rare for people not to pass the safety check portion, but it happens. If it does we happily refund their match fee, provide some coaching, encourage them to watch, to practice, and to come back.... Experienced USPSA and even IDPA competitors are often given a pass, especially if someone can vouch for their safety from having shot with them previously. On the other extreme, I've safety checked a five year USPSA member, who after five years of membership came out to his first match..... He passed....
  7. Staplers. Reloading staplers when you need to hang or change targets is a waste of time. There's four loaded staplers in my toolbag right now -- along with a supply of staples in different lengths. Bag Stapler -- handy for tacking targets together when you need to build multi-target arrays. That way you can hold the two or three targets in place, and drive staples int the sticks, with the array already pre-assembled..... Large spring clips -- if you're replacing targets by yourself, sometimes it helps to clip the replacement to one side, while you staple the other.... Rulebook -- ideally already highlighted, and if needed cross references, with notes in the margin....
  8. Spare Glock 34. Glock 19 -- Carry gun if legal; second spare, can potentially donate some parts to the 34s, if absolutely necessary. Tool bag, with hammer, punches, disassembly tool, sight pusher, Slide-Glide, toothbrush, borebrush, red rags, and every part for a 9mm Glock other than frame, slide, or barrel. Four Nationals, bunch of Area and Sectional matches, never a problem.....
  9. Following up on what Brian and Jake are both saying -- I learned more about hitting the target on demand while competing in a half dozen Bianchi matches, than in years of (badly designed, my fault entirely) weekly practice. Bianchi is Virginia Count. The time limits seem generous by USPSA standards until you realize that you're aiming for an 8 inch 10 rung, and also for a four inch X-ring inside that. Shooting paper was good, but the mover and especially the falling plate event were the places I learned the most. If you can set up a plate rack, and shoot it repeatedly, especiailly at 20 and 25 yards, you'll learn a lot about what you need to see, how to hold the gun so the sights stay on the plate, how to transition quickly and smoothly to the next plate, to do it all over.
  10. I think Jake is saying the exact same thing -- using different words. To put it differently -- the content of the message is the same.....
  11. mmmm thumb to pull the trigger -- ok, but you're not going to achieve superb accuracy that way.....
  12. Add Battery Junction and Amazon to places to shop. I'll second the recommendation for a Fenix PD35 -- I own three of them, one the regular version that's easy to change modes on; the other two are the TAC version. The TAC version requires a little more effort to change modes, but remembers the mode it was set to -- a huge help when I'm out for my nightly walk to pick up dinner, and crossing a busy road. Despite the marked crosswalk and red light, there's usually one person who wants to make right on red without stopping each week. 1000 lumens pointed at their windshield tends to get them to wake up, and hit the brakes. 18650s rock, and in a pinch the light can run on CR123s. You can sometimes find a combo pack on Amazon for light, batteries and charger....
  13. Happy Birthday!
  14. Point is -- you need evidence of a hit on the face of the target to be able to score the target. In your example of the local guy, how did you make the call when the hole simply looked like a piece of gravel was thrown through the target, and the hole crossed a scoring line? Without an ogive, or other evidence of a hit, I can only call that a miss.... Shooter chooses the ammo and the gun -- and is responsible for the consequences of those choices.
  15. Not George by a long shot, but what would your call be if there was single hole in the target, with no evidence of other impact? I'm assuming you'd score that as one hit, one miss -- unless you had evidence within the hole that it was a double..... I shot plated bullets for a while, but couldn't solve the tumbling problem. Some of those rounds went through the target sideways, but all left behind some visual evidence of a hit, that the RO could score..... And once upon a time, I hit a smoking draw and split on a three yard target, that scored Alpha Mike -- because I let the second shot fired go to soon, and it sailed right over the headbox. But hey -- it looked good.... You're talking about a one in a million case, where a competitor might need to eat a miss due to lack of evidence on the target. Generally, if there's no evidence, it was a miss....