Nimitz

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

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    Ken Verderame

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  1. Completed my first full week of live training focusing on individual skills rather than shooting stages. I plan to make a slight adjustment in how I approach this by only including complete stage shooting on Wednesdays & shooting just individual drills on Mon & Fri. My non stage training sessions consist of shooting the 1-2-3-4-5 drill, the random transition drill & than the 1st+1 drill for one of the stages. My times for the 1-2-3-4-5 drill were 5.25 secs & 5.9 secs going L-R & 5.29 secs & 5.89 secs going from R-L. What's important to note here is the difference between L-R & R-L shooting order on a particular day vice comparing the times between different days. When you do that you see that there is only a .04 sec difference between the directions on the first day & .01 secs difference on the 2nd day. This of course is really good news as it shows that I can shoot consistently in either direction on any given day which in turn allows me to exploit any strategic advantages by going one way vs another depending on the stage in question. For the 1st shot +1 drill I did pendulum & speed option. For Pendulum my ave time across 24 reps was .99 secs. For Speed Option my ave time across 33 reps was 1.00 secs. With the exception of Smoke & Hope, Roundabout & Showdown if I can keep my 1st shot +1 times to 1 sec or less I'm in good shape. Getting a solid aggressive start on any stage is critical to putting down fast times. I'm looking at whether to do one more week where my transition drills are set at 15 yds with 10" plates before moving to 18 yds with the 10" plates for all drills. I'm leaning to leave it the way it is for one more week. Also, I'm toying with the idea of getting only using 8" plates as well. I remember something I read about Max Michel's training routine a couple of years ago where it was reported that he usually never did drills with targets inside of 15 yds & usually out to 20+ yds. There are obvious different between USPSA & SC needs but I'm starting to believe that I need to make my individual drill training a lot harder than what I see in a match to help combat a couple of concerns I have ... we'll see where I go with this .... Now if only my SBR tax stamp would arrive in the mail .....
  2. i haven't looked at the rule book in detail about this but does it really NOT say that target height is "as seen from the shooting box" or something similar? Zack: if this is true I think it needs to be addressed in the rules. In all the majors I've shot I don't recall seeing stages where the target heights were not all the same for the same type of plate so I think its being done. However, there's no way to tell if those heights were based on 5' & 5.5' at the shooting box or not ... As a MD I am very conscious of this issue that has been pointed out, particularly since my target stands are rectangular pipe buried in the ground. When we went to this system we surveyed each stage & the 2x4s were cut specifically for the one target & then marked. We maintain a spreadsheet with the length of every target of every stage so that when one gets shot up we simply grab a 2x4, consult the spreadsheet & then cut it to the proper length. We also have a small collection of pre cut & marked 2x4s for the targets which routinely need to be replaced ... this does require that we keep dirt out of the holes so the heights don't change but the system works very well to ensure the stages are setup correctly. I would not want to see what my stages would look like if I simply setup a bunch of 5' & 5.5' 2x4s in target stands in the bays ... as an example, to get the appropriate height as seen standing in the shooting box, I have 2x4s for some the 18" x 24" rectangular plates that are only in the low 50"s due to how much some of my bays slope up due to erosion at the back berm ...
  3. This morning was my first live fire training session with my new focus on less stage shooting. I shoot 3 drills; 1-2-3-4-5 drill, random transition drill & Pendulum 1st shot +1 drill. 1-2-3-4-5 drill was 10" plates at 15 yds. Going L-R my ave time was 6.08 secs & going from R-L it was 6.17 secs. Each rep of this drill is 9 shots and I did 8 reps total. Next up was the random transition drill which doesn't have any time goals, just vision goals of ensuring my eyes move to teh next target each & every time before the gun starts to move. This is a pass/fail drill on each rep. You must move you eyes first on each transition to pass. Each rep of this drill is 5 shots with 5 targets setup at random distances & for each rep I call out a random order to shoot the plates & then shoot the rep in the order. I finished up the session with 35 reps of the 1st shot + 1 drill for Pendulum. Ave time for the 2 shots across all reps was 1.07 secs with a couple of sub 1 sec reps. Fastest first shot was .55 secs. Overall good training session with the gun beginning to feel more nature in my hands as I get more used to the new balance. Since I'm going out of town starting on Wed I'm going to shoot again tomorrow so I get at least 2 sessions in this week. Also taking out my Benelli M2 shotgun to put a few rds through it as well since a couple of friends and I are going to shoot a round of Sporting Clays on Sunday ... should be epic as I've never done that so I'll definitely be bringing my visor mounted POV camera ...
  4. So returning to the thesis that SC doesn't need to (dare I say should not) look like USPSA; what's the real point of having all those center fire match divisions? 3 of the 4 matches in a SC event already just have 2 divisions (iron & optic) and no other equipment restrictions. yes, there is no draw so holsters are not an issue but are we going to claim that it's the holster which makes each division unique? why don't we just simply the main match and go with just 2 divisions like the other 3 matches?
  5. As I said ... I didn't "hear" anything about it in the few discussions I've seen. I never said I actually read through the rules and didn't see it since I don't shoot PCC in USPSA ... Details count ....
  6. when looking specifically at the center fire match I don't see any real competitive equity differences between Limited, Production & Single Stack ... you could argue revolver is different since they only have 6 rds before a reload is necessary but .... optic vs Iron sight is the big deal but not really anything else ..... even holsters are not an issue .... plenty of people can produce just as fast a draw regardless of holster type ...
  7. I assume you're talking about the MPX? I'm certainly no PCC div rules expert but I haven't heard of any specific restriction which would keep you from using the brace vice a STD carbine stock on your PCC ...
  8. man, I'm in the wrong business ....
  9. Zack has taken a training class from me so I should get a discount ....
  10. This gun was purposely built for Steel Challenge by STI. This is not a gun you'd want to use in the USPSA Open division unless you plan to shoot 'open-minor' I'd have no issue with just "optic division" & "iron sight division" in the center fire match. After all, that's exactly what we do for the other 3 matches (rim fire pistol; rim fire rifle & PCC). Why are we not standardized across all 4 matches? The multiple divisions within the center fire match is to accommodate USPSA divisions. What real competitive equity issues are there between the iron sight divisions within the center fire match (besides maybe revolver)? Bill: You comments are spot on. I'd really wish we'd stop trying to make Steel Challenge look like USPSA ... particularly if the over riding reason is convenience or commonality ... One of the unintended consequences to USPSA owning Steel Challenge .... Maybe a couple of us can get together and USPSA will sell us Steel Challenge?
  11. Glad they are helping! My original barrel was a TacSol 5.5" fluted barrel. I got it for 2 reasons: it significantly reduced overall weight and it looked cool. The 4" barrels don't come fluted and I wanted a fluted barrel ... I didn't know enough or was a good enough shooter to recognize any potential problem. Over the last year where I developed to the point that I'm now very sensitive to small changes I finally figured out that the gun felt nose heavy and that's when it dawned on me I should just switch to the factory 4" TacSol barrel. I briefly toyed with the idea of cutting my 5.5" barrel to 4" but because these barrels are steel sleeve aluminum I discarded that idea after talking with a gunsmith. Below is a pic of my original configuration
  12. This morning I ended up shooting both 5 To Go & Speed Option. Cold stage run for 5TG was 10.16 secs & 11.74 for SPO. For most runs I was averaging in the 2.6-2.7 sec range with some coming in a sub 2.5 secs. first shots were all .7-.75 with the occasional at sub .7 sec. As to be expected, it's still very noticeably that the gun feels very different in my hands without the slightly nose heavy barrel. Focusing on my grip and ensuring max pressure with my weak hand and minimal pressure with my strong hand is helping, as is ensuring my trigger finger is all the way in up to the first joint. My training program beginning next week will be more focused on transitions and less on stage shooting while i continue to get comfortable with the new balance of the gun. I'm also going to keep a better eye on the lead buildup in my comp so I don't have the same situation develop as I just went through. I spent a lot of time chasing an accuracy issue which I thought was a result of a skill issue when it turned out that my comp was just badly fouled ... lesson learned there. The other major focus will be in learning to execute the Mental Management Program Lanny Basham developed for me at 100% during a match. I expect this to be a significant effort, similar in scope to making GM .... he told me that for his students who successfully learned to do this it took upwards of 2 years to master. While certainly a sobering number it was good to learn that I should not expect to quickly master this and see dramatic results. It will help keep things in perspective on the journey ahead. Keep Calm & Carry On ......
  13. The Little Red Book Of Government Platitudes by Roland A. Nimitz available on AMAZON in Kindle or paperback It's a collection of over 200 platitudes that government employees love to use and the author's very funny explination of what they really mean. Things like: 'let's not blow smoke up their skirts' or 'three bags full' are all explained .... If you've ever been in the military you'll recognize a bunch of them but the author's explination may not be exactly what you were expecting ....
  14. Hmmmm .... The one thing I'd like to find is The Outdoor Channel from cable and there is also a fishing network of some sort. Have not been able to find either of these and I refuse to pay cable to upgrade just to get one or 2 channels that I want ....
  15. My understanding is that the gas port is .005 smaller on the Gen 2 and folks were wanting the port to be back the Gen 1 size. My barrel is only 8". Not really sure what people are considering low PF loads for the MPX either? Never used AutoComp before but got enough to make 50 rds or so ... I'd be just s happy to stay with WST. Been using it for years and love it. The very few rds I put through my MPX with WST felt nice and I have a ton of it..