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  1. Do uprange starts really add anything to a stage?

    The issue with PCC is that everyone else shoots the same course of fire. The differences are differences in equipment and how it is used to solve the problem presented - not a difference in the problem itself. The uprange issue is really the least of it. A HUGE part of the challenge of USPSA stages is getting a grip on the gun, whether off the draw or a table or from a box or whatever. So much so that it is written into the rules that a stage cannot allow a handgun competitor to start the stage with their pistol in-hand. Yet most PCC start positions, including the lazy default ones in the USPSA "best practices" document and most of the PCC classifier addenda, begin with the gun in a firing grip already. A little thought on the part of an MD (and USPSA for classifiers and "default" start positions) could remedy this by requiring holds on the PCC that are different than the firing grip. But that's rather far afield from whether uprange starts generally add anything. IMO, they do. They don't make a stage good (or bad) by themselves, but they require both some footwork skills and force the shooter to start looking somewhere other than the target and acquire it on the clock.
  2. .40 super Tanfoglio?

    If you're going all-out on this gun, go ahead and re-work the trigger. Consider whether you want to keep it DA/SA or make it SAO... the parts you buy for those two are quite different.
  3. .40 super Tanfoglio?

    10mm Tanfo barrels are fully supported, but, if the SAAMI chamber specs are similar to the case length specs, it will already have a chamber cut marginally longer than you want for 40 Super. Since you cannot grow steel back, this might be a problem. Presumably, 40 Super headspaces on the shoulder, not the case mouth, so maybe that doesn't matter, but it seems likely that a .40 barrel is more likely to allow you to achieve a SAAMI-spec 40 Super chamber.
  4. A Most Unusual Stage

    Looks like one of those stages someone had in their head for a long time, without really any particular understanding of how pointless it is as a design. Sometimes, people new to building stages just have to get something like that out of their system. Once they figure out that it doesn't really "do anything" different than a much simpler stage, the fact that they think it "looks cool" loses its appeal.
  5. A Most Unusual Stage

    How is that any different than just having the two closest NS's squeezing the target? Are the rest just decoration?
  6. Well, you seem surprised or frustrated that many, many people like the rules of the single most popular division in USPSA as they are, and that many people believe that the original, founding concept of USPSA requiring a balance of power with speed and accuracy still has merit. If you wanted to hear your own views echoed, you probably should have found a different group of people to discuss this with. I'm sure that a bunch of IDPA shooters will happily nod along with your sentiment that 9mm is now best millimeter and that anything else is dumb and certainly shouldn't be rewarded. As for the extra recoil being a non-factor... I have seen many shooters who have been shooting 9mm from day one in production pick up a major-PF gun, shoot it, and concede, "OK, yeah, that is a little different..." Maybe that's not materially different for very strong shooters with excellent recoil control. This sport is not composed soley - nor even primarily - of very strong shooters with excellent recoil control. For the B's and C's and D's that make up most of any match, the extra recoil does have an impact on their performance. Again, if you don't want to hear that opinion, you will probably need to find another audience.
  7. Don't like the peaches? Then don't shake the tree.
  8. Activator question

    Setting aside the rules question (already answered) - The whole dang point of a star is that it is self-activating!! Why would you mess with that jamming a stick in it? That seems like the height of a stage designer outsmarting himself.
  9. There is no need to adjust power factor. Properly built guns are handling current major PF rounds just fine and for a long time. Major provides enough additional recoil management challenge to make it "worth" having some premium over minor, but not so much it's tearing up guns or shooters on the regular. Other than some relative noobs crying that 9mm can't be major in Limited, I don't hear any clamor for changes to the caliber rules.
  10. Witness Match .40 ???s

    Yep, those are the old-school grips that used to be standard OEM. They're fatter than the plastic factory grip panels that are now standard, and more like the LTD's wood grips in terms of girth.
  11. Where are the 40 Elite Limiteds?

    Stoeger's Pro Shop seems to have at least one in stock: http://benstoegerproshop.com/eaa-tanfoglio-witness-elite-limited-40-s-w/
  12. HELP WITH MATCHES

    If I were the MD and 8 people showed up to shoot the match, I would ask myself some questions: 1. Was there something about the scheduling of the match that made it near-impossible for people to attend? For instance, did you try to hold a match Mother's Day morning? If so, give some thought to whether having a completely fixed schedule is sensible or if you need to consider those kind of conflicts. 2. Am I in an area where USPSA is, for whatever reason, just not a game of interest? (Maybe the population is declining and there just aren't people around, or maybe everyone is completely fixated on Precision Rifle or something else such that USPSA is just not going to be viable as anything but a very small endeavor for the amusement of me and my buddies.) 3. Is it me and/or the match? Am I designing stages that just are not fun to shoot? Am I personally fascinated with some particular shooting task that others just don't want to do much of? Am I filling matches with lots of long range weak hand only shots? Or, on the other end of the spectrum, am I just offering a bunch of 5-yard hoser targets that are pretty much the same, stage after stage, match after match? 4. Is it the match administration? Is there something uniquely onerous about the way the match is run from a participant's standpoint? Is it exceedingly expensive relative to the value provided? Is the match widely scattered over distant bays with lots of mud in between them? 5. Is it the "culture" of the match? Do the most regular attendees of the match make other shooters feel unwelcome? Are they driving other shooters away? As someone who MD's and sets up a weekly match, I sympathize with the frustration of having insufficient assistance. But if overall attendance at the match is weak, some serious, critical evaluation of the match and those running it is in order. A temper tantrum on the 'net seems unlikely to fix things, and may make things worse (see #5).
  13. California after 7/1 10 round divisions

    It's "not requiring" people to shoot L10 in the same way that a law banning all semi-automatic handguns and opitcs is "not requiring" everyone to shoot Revo. You can still technically declare Open and shoot your iron-sighted wheelgun. But your equipment and choices on how to shoot the stages are still Revo. Like I said, it matters none to me. If you guys still want to say you're shooting LTD, that has zero adverse impact. I just wouldn't expect L10 to be kept alive for much longer if the most favorable conditions possible for its success still sees it shunned.
  14. California after 7/1 10 round divisions

    OK... but will they be buying special mags for that match while out of state? Or finally retrieving the ones that were lost in that tragic boating accident? Or will most of them actually go shoot L10, since that's the (legal) gear they have on hand? Like I said, no skin off my nose either way. I just would expect a big surge in L10 in CA; otherwise, it needs to go away. I mean, if the law basically requires people to shoot a division and they still don't shoot it, it just can't be a very good division. You know?
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