Nimitz

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About Nimitz

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    2015 PA Steel Challenge Senior State Champion
  • Birthday 07/30/1959

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    Indialantic, FL
  • Real Name
    Ken Verderame

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  1. yep, just not posting much except for after matches . I'm pretty busy working on my book as I want to be able to release it by the summer so that takes up whatever free time I have when I'm not training ...
  2. the 50/50 solution works well but because of the lead acetate by product you need to be extremely cautious of what you're doing but it does work
  3. Unfortunately the only comp I've ever had on my 22 is the one you see. On my STI it is the one that came with the gun. For the 22 I think as long as you stay away from the comps with tiny holes you can't go too wrong ... With the lack of availability of 22 I shoot whTever I can get for training which means a lot of plain old lead which tends to lead the comp quickly ....
  4. No it's steel. I use a flat blade screwdriver that I've ground down to fit within the holes with a nice edge on it and scrap out the lead every 2-3 weeks (~ 1,500 - 1,800 rds). Once a year I take the comp off and clean with. 50/50 mixture of hydrogen peroxide & white vinegar (perisidic acid) but you need to be REALLY careful with this as the resultant sludge is hazardous ... ive tried every other method ever recommended an none of them work worth a damn .... Not sure how it would out on an Aluminim comp but steel is impervious to any scraping so I just scrap until I see shiny metal and call it good ...
  5. Nah, more likely just GM in another division ....
  6. Hmmmm .... Guess I need to change the title of my range diary since I made GM in July of last year ......
  7. it is a custom designed Comp ....
  8. So this past weekend's match ended up not quite as bad as I first thought ... turns out the score keeper ended up putting my time on S & H (7.58) against another shooter & his time (10.58) on mine ... therefore my match time was actually an 82.53 which is a little more respectable. That, coupled with a new personal best on Accelerator of 8.95 & Speed Option of 9.89 pushes my classification to 99.39% .... I'll get to 100% eventually ... Monday I decided to do some stage shooting on Accelerator since I was giving a private lesson right afterwards and was planning to use that stage for teaching .... Cold stage run was 9.14 and average stage time across the 6 times I shot it was 8.97. That type of consistency, along with the sub 9 sec time is what I'm looking for in my training now ... consistently fast. I've got a few new ideas for training on Outer Limits which I'm going to start employing as well since on a relative basis this stage is my worse as compared to the classification standard. My personal best of 12.55 is still only at the 88% level where as for the rest of the stages I'm anywhere from 97.5% - 106%. There really is no reason I shouldn't be sub 12 on this stage as most matches I shot at least one 4 sec string ...
  9. Shot my other regular match this weekend and although I could only manage an 85.53 for the 8-stage match I did end up with 2 new stage personal bests: Outer Limits for the 2nd match in a row & Accelerator. If i could throw away my first stage I would have recorded another sub 70 sec 7-stage match which included Outer Limits. While 7/8 stages is good its still not acceptable. One of the other things Ben talked with me was that he believed I was dismissing poor shooting way too easily & needed to be much more critical of poor shooting performances. My new standard needs to be perfection, not 'good enough'. In order to make this a new training focus I'd decided to put away the timer, well actually, just cover up the readout so I can no longer see my string/stage times. This will force me to focus on some other metric, namely 100% consistently. Basically going 5/5 on every string I shoot. Make-up shots are no longer acceptable, ever. Over time I've developed a very keen sense of what my string time is without really needing to look at the timer, so much so that people accuse me of looking at the timer when I call out my time in a match & it's within .1-.15 secs of the timer. Therefore I really don't need to be looking at times, I need to be shooting perfect strings with no make-up shots, period. Also just finished the Jul/Aug Front Sight piece which oddly enough is on accuracy ....
  10. Just ended a fairly intensive week of shooting which ended with my regular level 1 match that I'm MD for. Shot a 70.01 sec time for the 7 stage match. While I didn't shoot any new personal bests, 3 stages were with .25 secs of personal bests so I continue to shoot consistently well as I get more comfortable executing my mental management program at matches. It continues to get a little easier each match ignoring everything except executing my MM program. Even with all the distractions of being a MD I'm able to quickly get back focused which is helping tremendously. From last Saturday thru Tuesday I was shooting with Ben Stoeger every day, shooting about 2,700 rds for the 4 days. The first 1 1/2 days were pretty ugly as I tried to remember what shooting my STI was like & also remembering USPSA skills but eventually I got on track. After my intermittent fits of brilliance he'd just look at me and say, "why can't you do that every time?" After the 4 days he gave me a very detailed analysis of where I was and what he thought I should be doing. A large part of it was that he thought I needed to be putting a lot more pressure on myself in training. I'm currently thinking through how best to do that and incorporate some of his suggestions as well. Hopefully over the next couple of days I'll have come up with a comprehensive plan to retool my training sessions so I can run it by him and then get back at it. My next 'Steel Challenge Shooting Corner' piece is due in a couple of days & because of all the shooting i was doing with Ben I'm a little behind. Given that I'm alternating between strategy& skill pieces each issue, this next one is due to be a skills piece. If anyone has anything in particular they'd like me to talk about feel free to PM me. Even if it's too late for this one there's always next issue.
  11. The only stage times that matter in training are cold stage runs. Tracking any other times gets you believing you are faster than you really are. When shooting complete stages I also only record strings in groups of 5. Having 3 world record time strings in a row means nothing if you have a miss on each of the next 2 stings ...
  12. I have my current match per-registration ongoing for an upcoming steel challenge match where I set 8 squads because we were supposed to have 8 bays available so we could do all 8 stages. Just got informed we'll only have 7 bays so I only want 7 squads now. 2 squads currently have no one signed up on them so I'd like to lock out one to prevent anyone from signing up on it. Is it possible to do this without disturbing the rest of the squads?
  13. here's what I use at the match i run .... and yes, Scotty's is a major sponsor .....
  14. made these 2 years ago & they've stood up to 3x/week shooting with them ever since ... now I take them with me when I teach a class where I can't be sure what's available ...