Nik Habicht

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  1. The part I emphasized is the biggest bunch of nonsense I hear on a regular basis. I joined this forum before I'd ever shot a USPSA match -- and still managed to weigh in. It's not just about knowledge, it's also about experience, mental attitude toward shooting, problem solving, home repair, ability to tell a joke or look up a rule, or to say a kind word to a member who's hurting. This forum is about much more than shooting -- or the classifieds. Find your zone, open your mouth, and you'll be contributing....
  2. There's guidance in the classifier course book..... In some ways I think IDPA has the right idea -- where the classifier is usually its own stand-alone thing, not part of a monthly match.... There'd be less gaming - maybe....
  3. Oddly enough, while a nice fringe benefit, that's not what the forum was created for......
  4. There's always a simple solution -- limit capacity to whatever a 141.25 can hold in .40, and keep major/minor where they are...... Want to shoot a 9mm at major -- go for it. If it chronos above 165, you're good to go. You may find it a tad unpleasant, and you may find that it's a handicap still, but hey......
  5. Classifiers should not be gamed -- according to the classifier course book. So, eye-level ought to mean that hands are at roughly the same elevation as the competitors eyes. And I wouldn't start a competitor with feet on fault lines on a classifier.....
  6. Go post in the thread that discusses in the context of Limited. Closing this one down.....
  7. So we should ignore our customer base when making rule changes for divisions. OK, sure....... And tell me -- what do you hope to achieve by the elimination of Major? Can you map out the benefit to USPSA, to its members, to future potential members?
  8. Like I said Burkett came close -- and I don't think anyone's ever made a serious effort since..... The rest of it matters very much -- because the Nats is one match a year, with stages that are tightened down to the point where options aren't always readily available. Then there are far more members competing in Limited at Area, Sectional, State and local matches each year. Kinda arrogant to think that all everyone of them cares about is winning the division.
  9. Could it be indicative of anything else? Can you allow for the possibility that not breaking the top 60 at Nats simply indicates that the top 60 shooters in the division looked at the rules for that division, and then chose appropriate gear? Yep -- if the goal is to win Limited at Nats, you ought to bring a .40 and shoot major. About 10-15 years ago, Matt Burkett hit fifth place, I think, while shooting a 9mm. I wondered at the time whether or not Sevigny could pull it off, but he was smart enough to bring a .40 every time he tried. Currently, if Stoeger decided to do it on a lark -- that's a match I'd like to watch. On the other hand, if you're working your way up, and you cross over from Production or 3Gun, or something else, you can do ok with a 9mm shooting minor, against others in your class, once you learn a couple of things: 1. Shoot mostly Alphas fairly quickly -- if you're in C or B this alone will set you apart. If you're dropping a lot of Cs and some Ds, this is why you didn't do well in Production. Fix that. The only targets where you should be giving up points are movers and head box only targets. 2. Develop your own stage plan -- one that caters to your strengths. Don't blindly attack the stage the exact same way as everyone else; if you're playing follow the pack, the pack must be shooting the stage in a way that's optimized for your skill level, or there's only one way to shoot the stage -- rare. 3. Plan your reloads -- the extra capacity in the 9mm may allow you to skip a reload on some stages (Anything 20-22 rounds in length for sure) or to throw your reload earlier or later than the rest of the pack -- in a place where you have the most opportune window to get it done on the move. Most in B & C can't execute these on the level they need; I'd argue that even a number of A class shooters will struggle with 2 out of 3.
  10. The only I dumped a gun on the ground, I was falling. It was a conscious decision -- as my hands and face were going to land in an area with weeds, twigs, sticks, and other stuff that might have been able to pull the trigger, if my hands slid on impact. I decided I'd rather trust the drop safeties than run the risk of the muzzle being anywhere near my head, upon landing. Then I just stayed on the ground -- because I couldn't see the gun -- and because I was shooting with experienced friends, who safely secured and controlled the gun before letting me get up. Pre-planning and smart companions can really help.
  11. Nope. But if I was the guy on the timer, or the RM at that match watching this play out -- I'd be offering a reshoot..... It was terrible positioning by the second RO in my opinion.....
  12. I loaded and shot somewhere north of 100,000 rounds of 9mm. I started with AA#7, which I really consider to be too dirty to use. After that, I loaded probably 40,000 rounds with either 231 or HP-38 -- I used those interchangeably, buying whatever what was in stock in 8 lb. jugs, or cheaper if both were available. I also loaded a bit of .45, and even some .38 special with that powder, if I remember correctly. I'd go back to it in a heartbeat, if my last powder choice disappeared. Then I acquired a .40, and my powder of choice became Titegroup for both 9mm and .40. I never noticed significant variation in thrown charges -- if my target was 3.5 gr, then my scale would read in succession something like: 3.5, 7, 10.6, 14.1, 17.6, 21.1, 24.7, 28.2, 31.7, 35.3 for an avg charge weight of 3.53 gr. (My practice was always to change powder measure setting, dispense and dump back into the measure 6-10 charges, then dispense and weigh ten, and average the weights before calling it good.) I started with 115 grain bullets, which were a little snappish, switched to 147s which let me learn how to read the sights, and call my shots, then dropped down to 124 or 125s -- which are the happy middle for me. I don't notice a huge difference anymore between bullet weights, but at 125 the sights track the best for me. No plated or lead bullets ever -- I shoot Glocks with Glock barrels. tried plated -- abandoned it, as they just tumbled.....
  13. Insisted the calls were wrong before or after the overlay was applied? I've disagreed with a scoring call or two in my time, but in most cases, was satisfied once an RO overlaid the target. Looking over the RO's shoulder at the overlaid target, made it clear the hit didn't contact the perf, or that it wasn't a double. I wasn't gaming the system......
  14. Yikes. In that case, we have some less than ideal stage design. Were I on the time for that stage, I would want the score keeper well back of the "hallway entrance" and I might run the competitor from farther back -- assuming that the timer would pick up the shots. Basically I'd ask the second RO to position himself well back, so I could exit, and so could the competitor -- with the second RO keeping eyes on the competitor in case that became necessary....
  15. Paging Jon Merricks.....