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

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    Indialantic, FL
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    Ken Verderame

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  1. SBR tax stamp

    I heard that urban legend about them getting done quicker when I filed mine back in late Feb but have not seen or heard anything that bares this out. My understanding is that the ATF has put an artificial limit on the number of stamps to be approved by the contractor they use to do the paperwork on a weekly or monthly basis which is why it takes so long to approve a 3 page application but that could be urban legend as well ...
  2. So has anyone who filed for a tax stamp in 2017 received it in less than 7-8 months?
  3. Nimitz's Journey To Shooting Greatness

    It would appear it's time again for a major shakeup in my training routine. I'm still not really seeing clear improvements on a regular basis and so it's been suggested to me that I need to make some major changes ..... I'm still debating exactly what form that will take but I'm considering selecting one stage and focusing on that at least part of every training session while I still rotate through the other stages. The plan would be to pick a REALLY aggressive goal time, like somewhere close to where Max, KC & BJ are and just keep pushing until I get there. After this last round of training with Ben he noted that I'm not setting difficult enough goals for myself in training. At one point he told me " I don't care if put all 5 rounds in the dirt, I want you to work on shooting as fast as KC does ..... I'm thinking that I probably a will start with Roundabout since in training I've put down lots and lots of sub 1.8 runs so I'm not that far away from those guys 1.6 sec runs. I'm also looking at changing my shooting order. I've been shooting 1,2,4,5, stop for a while but the transition from 2 - 4 can give me trouble and I notice I'm not very smooth on that transition. Last session I tried 1,2,5,4, stop and I send a lot smoother with that order and felt a lot mo comfortable shooting sub 1.8 sec runs. With the previous order I've always felt right on the edge of control to get 1.7 sec runs and with this new order those times can a lot easier. i also really like the fact the the big transition is between the two 7 yd plates which always me to be aggressive whereas before I always had to be carful on the long 2-4 transition since I was going from 7 to 15 yds. Unfortunately with the hurricane heading our way I won't be shooting my normal 2nd SC match this weekend so I'll have to wait until Oct to see how it feels in a match ... I'm also about to have some surgery which is probably going to put me out of training for at least 2 weeks which means I won't get much time on the new order before my next match but I plan to shoot it anyway. well my book is complete. I'm going to do one more read through from end to end before we send it off to have a proof copy printed. Once I get the proof copy if all looks good the book will be available for purchase within a week after that. I'm still debating whether or not to offer a Kindle version since I'm not sure how all the drill diagrams will look in a small format but we'll see ... got out to do some more PCC load development and I'm down to 96 PF with 100% reliability. Haven't checked accuracy specifically but I did shoot a few strings of Pendulum while checking for reliability and I was putting down 2.4 sec runs with no M/U shots so the accuracy can't be too bad ... I'm going to continue to drop the PF until the gun hiccups so I can comfortably pick a minimal PF. i've also finally put in my notice for ending my MD career ... It's been suggested to me that these kinds of distractions are not helping my training and I should be looking for an exit stratgry so I've finally taken the advice. Dec will be my last SC match as MD and Nov will be my last match as the Club's Action Steel MD. hopefully someone steps up but if not I'll be driving to Volusia County a lot more to shoot their matches ...
  4. Nimitz's Journey To Shooting Greatness

    Since I've been working on some new things WRT Smoke & Hope in dry fire I decided to take advantage of the fact that there are no matches this weekend at my club since Jul has a '5th weekend' in it and do some live fire to see where I was at. Using my new stage shooting order my cold stage run was 7.75 followed by runs of 7.04, 6.94, 6.9 & 7.04. At this point even with those scores, I noticed that I was really muscling the gun between plates #2 & #3 so for the next 5 strings I focused on just relaxing and trying to execute the same transition between all the plates vice what I had been doing which can be best described as a jerky stop & go motion. The difference was immediately noticeable with strings of 1.72, 1.73, 1.77, 1.74, 176, 1.72, 171, 172 & 174 all in a row for consecutive stage times of 6.95 & 6.89. While all these are just training times and I don't expect to necessarily shoot a sub 7 sec time at next week's match, what it does mean is that I should be able to easily put down 1.85-1.9 sec runs all day long utilizing these new discoveries once they become subconscious skills from dry fire. I also did some more load development for my PCC. I was able to get down to a PF of 109 today with 100% reliability so we'll continue to push it down until the gun starts to hiccup ... We ended up deciding to reformat my book and so the editing took a 2 week hit while we accomplished that. One more quick check of the new format & then we'll be back to editing again next week. We still have to accomplish the photos which will also accompany some chapters but that will only take a day or two to accomplish. I'll still hopeful that the book will be ready by the end of August ....
  5. Nimitz's Journey To Shooting Greatness

    Results from today's 8-stage match was an 83.69, which included an 'amazing' 10.87 on Smoke & Hope. That's what happens when you have back-to-back uncalled misses on two strings. In retrospect I knew both times that they were close but elected not to take makeup shots. I'd like to think in a Major I would have taken them, particularly on the second string if I had already incurred 1 penalty previously ... I've also been working on a new shooting order for Smoke & Hope but didn't feel I had enough time shooting it to try it during a match. In hindsight I could obviously have tried it today ... :). Prior to today, my 2017 ave for S & H for 9 matches was 7.99 secs. I've been analyzing why I can't seem get into the 1.7 sec/string time vice where I am now which is the 1.85-1.9 sec time given that my first shot is usually sub .5 secs and I finally decided to look at shooting order. It appears I can easily makeup ~ .1 secs with a better order so hopefully I'll be ready by next month's match ... On a brighter note, my book went to editing today so I think I'm still on track to have it published within the next 2 months barring any format changes that are needed. For those of you who read Front Sight mag you may have noticed that my 2nd Steel Challenge Shooting Corner piece did not appear in the latest issue .... I was told there wasn't space after other higher priority pieces went in so we'll see what happens for the Aug/Sept issue ...
  6. yep. never got any response (email or phone) from Pickerell either ... Finally found ZR Tactical & in a week it was done. I suspect I'll be able to run 110 PF loads at 100% once I'm done. Noting wrong with my current 116 PF but lower is better ..
  7. PCC

    Open rimfire pistol in Steel Challenge is your answer .... optical sight - hit 40 yd 10" plates on the run one handed gun only weighs 24 oz no recoil so your grip doesn't matter no low ports no high ports no ports at all, just stand and shoot, what could be easier ... ammo is cheap oh, and we have PCC division too ...
  8. Honestly I have no idea .... When I contacted the guys who did the work their website just said "Sig MPX gas port service" and a few words about opening up the ports to run lighter loads. I told them what I was trying to do and they said they could do it. when I ran the 123 PF loads through It this morning the recoil seemed identical to what is was before, the only difference was that it was no longer a single shot PCC ... ? I didn't try, nor do I plan to, run any heavier loads through it ...
  9. So finally got around to sending off my gas port to be opened back up to the Gen 1 spec. Got it back last week and took it out this morning to see where I was. First tested my original 123 PF load which would not cycle and now I had 100% cycling. So far so good. I then switched to a new load I made last night which the chrono said was 116 PF. Well I had 100% cycling of those as well. I'm going to make a batch of 110 PF rds and see if those work too .... the gun is already flat with only a slight twitch of the dot but since this is primary for SC, getting it to perform like a rimfire gun would be valuable if possible ...
  10. Nimitz's Journey To Shooting Greatness

    I guess that's one way to justify poor shooting .....
  11. Nimitz's Journey To Shooting Greatness

    While its true I've shot with many people who's single string time is more than my overall stage time I'd never be so impolite as to mention that in public ....? 7 sec reloads are always worth mentioning however ...?
  12. Nimitz's Journey To Shooting Greatness

    just returned from the monthly match I shot at Volusia County Gun & Hunt Club and I set a new 8-stage personal best time of 76.67 secs. I also set another new personal best stage time on Showdown of 7.26 secs. A sub 7 sec match stage time is not too far off. I've done it a fair number of times in training and I'm getting closer every match so I expect by the year of this year to do it. I continue to shoot well consistently with only 4 make-up shots for the 31 individual strings for this match Not looking at my times during training except for my cold stage runs.as really allowed me to focus on all the other technical aspects of my shooting and that is translating into lower scores as it enables me to shoot each string consistently fast since I don't concern myself with results, just whether or not i executed my mechanics correctly. I've also switched up my dry fire routine some what which I also think is contributing to my continual success. At some point I'll be switching my training back to trying to lower my average training times but for right now I'll continue with what I'm doing since clearly 75 sec 8-stage matches are easily achievable at my current skill level. All the basic chapters for my book are now done and I've started on the drill diagrams & explanations. Once that is complete and after I finish a complete edit Ben Stoeger has agreed to review for me at which point is should be ready to publish. Not sure yet if I'm going to offer a Kindle version or just teh paperback. I'll have to see what the drill diagrams look like in small format & then make a decision. Back to regular training on Monday ...
  13. Nimitz's Journey To Shooting Greatness

    No worries, I expect you had a lot of company of non-believers ....:)
  14. Nimitz's Journey To Shooting Greatness

    Just returned from the monthly level 1 match where I'm MD ..... shot a new all-time 7-stage match personal best of 66.64. Match included Outer Limits where I also set a new stage personal best of 11.44 secs, lowering my previous personal best by over 1 sec.; all 3 strings were sub 4 secs with the throw-away run being 4.07. Also shot a new stage personal best on 5 To Go. Given those 2 new personal best times my overall classification should be over 100% when the update is run this Wed night .... check off another goal for 2017 & it's not even the mid point yet ... I'm particularly happy with how I shot this match given that there are plenty of distractions throughout the day as MD which are not exactly designed to help keep me on my mental program. With each passing week running my mental program in training gets easier and easier. With out a doubt my new training methods are also working as I'm shooting consistently well match after match. My 8-stage match ave for this year is currently at 81.98 secs and my 7-stage match ave is 69.57 secs where half of the matches include Outer Limits. While I still have a ways to go, I'm clearly on a good path and see no reason to change any of my training .... next match will be at Volusia County next Saturday.