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  1. Dropping mag

    There was a stage at the desert classic this weekend where shooting limited I needed to reload twice, and once after only firing 8 shots. You dont see that too often but it happens. At the same match I was handed an empty mag I had dropped. Thats an Oh sh!t moment in limited.
  2. Powder for 40sw major, infinity barrel.

    Nobel sport prima sv is supposed to be the new hotness. When I run out of ramshot comp in a few months that is what I am going to try.
  3. Best 2011 Mag Springs?

    From what I have found, if I accidentally leave them loaded for a week, I will have feeding issues the next time I try to use them.
  4. Good stuff from @a matt Of the things I learned from Ben last year one is make the shooting as easy as possible. Trying to do crazy gamer stuff does not usually result in better stage times. Another is stage plans dont make that much of a difference. If a top guy shoots a stage two different ways, their score will be very similar either way. Make shooting easier while eliminating extra shooting positions if possible. Find the most efficient route from point A to point B. Hustle. If your not shooting your losing points. If your shooting minor, your losing points. If I shot the same stage major and then minor in limited, my major self will beat my minor self, every time. While your just getting started its understandable. But if you want to play the limited game competitively you need to be shooting major. The basics of stage planning is 1. Confirm the stage start requirements. You only have to start the way its written. 2. Where do "I" start (If there are multiple start options, what are you most comfortable with?) 3. Find ALL the targets 4. Where can I see the targets? 5. In what order can I shoot the targets most efficiently (this is usually a shoot them as you seem them answer)? 6. Where do I need to reload? There are times where you may only shoot 8 rounds or similar in limited before reloading. On activation sequences you have to learn what your capable of to know how to shoot a certain sequence. There are plenty of times I see a GM shoot an activation sequence I know I am not confident doing, so I have to play my game at those times. As Matt said, once you have determined your stage plan...commit to it. Changing your plan last minute because the local hot dog shot it a different way is a recipe for disaster. You should be rehearsing the stage plan in your mind over and over and over until its your turn to shoot. The execution of your plan will then be automatic. If the days and weeks after your match you cant recall all of your stages in detail, you did not mentally prepare those stages correctly. At the top of the game everyone is going to run the stage pretty much the same way, and if not the results will be pretty much the same either way. Mental preparation and execution is the game at the top. The top of the top is decided by points shot.
  5. Best 2011 Mag Springs?

    I tune mags and shoot quite a bit. I have found that grams springs last longer than TTI. If I forgot and left a mag full of ammo for a few days with TTI springs, they were pretty much trashed. Grams seem to hold their shape longer. I am replacing springs about every 3-4 months. My current setup is I rotate in new match springs and rotate out the old springs for practice. I use SVI tubes with TTI base pads. I make sure to unload the mags at the end of every match or practice. I tune the feed lips every 3 months or so and before every major match. If you have "gun" problems with a good 2011, 99% of the time its mag related.
  6. Dry Fire Drills for Movement

    The goal is really just to be doing everything sooner. As your coming into a position your gun is up, using your knees to be low and stable, and shooting as soon as your sights tell you that you can. Want to make sure your not coming into position low and then standing up, then shooting. Your shoulders should not really change elevation as your entering, shooting and leaving. The difficulty of the targets your shooting dictate how you have to setup in a position. Easy targets your weight may continue to move in your direction of travel as you shoot and then get out of there, or your feet may never stop moving at all. If your coming in on hard steel or partials or whatever, you will likely have to get setup in the position but you should come in, shoot and then do your hard exit (split step or whatever). Just make sure your not coming into position, standing up, then shooting. When leaving a position the difficulty of your last targets dictate how you can leave. Perhaps its a wide open target and you can actually be taking a step as your firing your last shots, or if its not as easy you can begin leaning in the direction your going or maybe just loading up on the foot your going to push off with. Shooting on the move doesn't always mean actually taking steps, it can be just the shifting weight. Depending on the room you have to dry fire in you should be able to setup scenarios for easy/hard entry and easy/hard exit work. You also need to figure out how low you need to be for your sights to remain stable enough to shoot while moving. If you dont already have dry fire books I would pick up some for ideas.
  7. Crash Log

    This weekend I shot the High Desert Classic. The week prior I only got a few nights of dry fire in and one half-hearted live fire session. Looking at the stage diagrams and then walking the stages I was not really enthusiastic about the match. It looked like a carnival match, literally with a roller coaster with two targets mounted on it. While I dont like gimmicky stuff the match was still pretty fun to shoot. The stages were a mix of hose and difficult targets with several movers with activation sequences that could be timed to your benefit or leave you standing and waiting. I got to shoot the match with @CHA-LEE. Its always great having a GM on your squad to hold down and beat until they give up their stage plans. Since Charlie is easily 6'4 I skipped the beating part and just hovered around instead. A lot of the stages were straight forward but a few had options and Charlie really helped me make the best decisions. I ended up 5th overall and 3rd master in Limited. My best major match performance to-date. I shot 86% of Charlie who was the overall match winner. I felt I shot the match pretty well and within my current skill level. I shot the match more aggressively then I have been shooting this year, but not intentionally. Charlie shot the match a little over 20 seconds faster than I did. While there were a few seconds that I could have saved in a few places by not hesitating as much, he just flat out shoots faster than I can right now. He shoots partials with the same confidence as open targets, and that is an area I need to work on. I walked away from the match with 3 mikes and 2 no shoots. The 3 mikes all came on the same stage. It was a memory type stage with targets that ranged from a few yards out to at least 30 yards. There was a lot of hard cover targets at pretty far distances (USPSA far). The first mike came from pulling off a target too soon, I rushed and it bit me. The second was on a partial target with upper half of the target available at about 25 yards. I called two acceptable shots on the target and ended up with a great group about 3 inches down into the hard cover. Shooting partials at distance is something I am going to add into my training. One no shoot was from the wobbly bridge, there were 4 mini poppers with no shoots behind them. Broke the perf on one. The other I took an unnecessary makeup shot on a max trap as the NS was coming up and nicked the head of the NS. For whatever reason I shot steel at this match better than I ever have before. Things just connected for me and I am not 100% sure what I was doing any different than any other match. My head was really clear, I was just there to shoot. In my video there are obvious times where I am still hesitating/over aiming. On one stage I had a half loaded mag on my belt, a bone head mistake that I have not made before. Two stages had strong hand shooting. While I practice strong hand dry fire, I rarely practice it live fire. While i shot good points on these stages, I did so pretty slowly. I need to throw one handed shooting into my training so that I have the confidence to do it quicker in a match. I know I shot one handed pretty slowly due to just lack of confidence. I have a few weeks to put in a little more work before the Gator classic to finish up my year.
  8. Our range surface is caliche. We started using lag bolts with portable impact drills....but after a half dozen matches the bolts get damaged, dissapear, stolen and they are expensive. I have gone back to nails/spikes. Im looking into getting some of the hammer bar things they used at nationals. We built all new walls with feet that are made of plate/flat bar that is two feet long. We have bad wind here in west texas and unless the wind is really bad 40MPH+ our walls dont require nails. We use 1/2x1/2 square tubing and snow fence. We stake down any fault lines (2x2 boards) that might get stepped on/kicked.
  9. Crash Log

    Do you take notes like this when running mini stage type stuff thats not really repeatable on a later day?
  10. At our range we have these massive sun shade things in the bays. They are held up by large steel posts. I build the stage then on the ground have to figure out how to avoid shooting these dang posts and keeping steel out from under the canopy.
  11. Building the stages in sketchup does take a while. Even when copying and pasting stuff from previous stages.
  12. That is a valid option. I live 40 minutes from the range. I just know how long it takes for us to set them up the day before. Getting 20 people to help the morning of could be a challenge. I have thought about trying this method, but I feel like I would be even more stressed out then I am already. I get to the range on the day of the match and all that needs to be done usually is hanging targets and setting activators and a few misc things. Then make sure sign up gets done and tablets taken care of. That alone is enough to stress me out lol.
  13. Crash Log

    Its funny and sad that this is my first log post 2 years ago...and still struggling with the same issue.
  14. Crash Log

    In a setup like your describing, how do you gauge success? On the timer? My issue is say you run the drill 10 times. 1.cold baseline 2.faster 3. About the same as 2 4. slower than 1 (wtf?) 5. faster than 2 6. About the same as 1 ... How do you determine what you did better in run 2 and in run 5? or determine what you did in run 4 that made you slow? Are you videoing your practice?