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  1. PCC start "stock on belt" ?

    I was unaware stock on belt is a "default position" for classifiers or any other stage. Currently, my understanding is "default" for PCC is your choice of low ready or stock on belt unless the stage description specifically states a starting position. Though its not a "rule," this is the suggested practice by USPSA with no rules contrary to it as of now: "Default/normal start position: Facing downrange, carbine held in both hands, stock on belt or shouldered, muzzle downrange. Fingers will be out of the trigger guard, and the safety must be applied if the carbine is loaded. This equates to either "port arms" or "low ready". NO uprange starts while holding the carbine!" I have found this is something that is evolving. Most all classifiers specifically state a starting position for PCC being stock on belt. The local matches here are almost all going to "stock on belt." Many times they are also specifying where to be pointing/facing/aligned. I don't mind too much. Low ready start is extremely fast if you are immediately addressing a target, but its a wash if you have to move to another position on the beep anyway. The evolution also seems to be adding "standing behind X" so as not to allow the tip of the muzzle touching the X while the shooter is stretched to the side as far as he can reach. The stock on belt at least makes for something resembling a skill to accomplish similar to a draw with a pistol. As far as the medical handicap, there are rules that could fall under, but that is true for many situations in this game. I will agree, Steel Challenge rules and USPSA rules could better mimic each other, like let me come to the line with my PCC or RFRO ready to go and walk away when I'm done. Even the proposed new rules are letting you use a "3 gun cart" but no transport from cart to box, must be cart at box. Geez.
  2. Limited Illinois sectional

    Amazing how well you are doing, Jared. I just keep waiting to see the GM status and a sponsor. Thanks for posting the videos, they are a great help to some of us still chasing you. I really cant offer much of an opinion cause I am taking so much away from the video for myself, I will just say I noticed several times you weren't happy with a particular movement or angle you got, and a couple lost footing situations, but I mainly noticed it due to your reaction, not my knowing better. You keep looking more smooth and more smooth, so possibly once you have that effortless look, like the pros do, you will find that 20 seconds. And by the way, how are you letting a PCC finish ahead of you??
  3. Rifle patterns

    This is my standard for Outer Limits, as much of Trent's advice is since I think he holds a couple records for steel: For me, I agree with Trent on the rectangle and stop plate visually crossing issue. More importantly for me, transitioning to the right from the left only to go back left again for the stop plate is a bit too spicy for me, especially having to nail the transition movement stop perfect going to the right plate from the left as not to over travel. This one I have the method, just need some more practice on the execution to get where I need to be as far as time. I think I am still making the mistake he warns of = crashing the box. He makes it look easy to get on that small plate fast.
  4. Safety check at A3

  5. Sight picture to the right

    I'm no expert, but I would say the correction is in the grip, having little to do w the shoulders. Although I will say the above mentioned drill is a very good shoulder work out too, so know yourself and only push so far as to what is helping, not so far to cause further issue. Everyone can establish a natural point of aim, some of us have to work at it more and some of it can differ by gun. Seeing the sight misaligned can be fixed with draw practice, no matter which eye is dominant. Personally, I spend a lot of dry fire time with this because I feel if I can't present the gun consistently where it needs to be, nothing else matters. I have had to basically start over now having moved into the PCC world. Shots to the left can certainly be misaligned presentation, but also recoil anticipation squeezing and pushing caused by too little of the finger pad on trigger. All of which can be addressed with good practice. Sight alignment can also be adjusted by foot placement, the only issue there is, if shooting competition, we rarely get to establish good stances.
  6. Sight picture to the right

    I fought this for a little while with my single stack. Except mine was pointing slightly left. I worked extensively on the draw, specifically the grip and how my holster was set up so I was initializing my grip slightly further around. Worked on it hard until got it right and made it natural with a drill I saw online by Travis Haley. 10 slow draws with a trigger break at, not before 10 seconds working on every little aspect. Then 10 at 9 seconds. 10 at 8, 10 at 7, 10 at 6, 10 at 5, 10 at 4, 10 at 3, 10 at 2, 10 at 1. Then go down in .01 increments until the wheels fall off, training to failure. I start and finish every dry fire session with this drill and it got me perfectly on target with trigger break down to .08 seconds. I can now assume a shooting stance and draw to an A at 7-10 yards with my eyes closed. I have no doubt others have great advice too, this helped me with the offset POA as well as other parts of my draw and presentation..
  7. Rifle patterns

    You guys are making me feel like I am on the right track. I do most of the things listed here as well with the bending of knees, foot placements, and leaving my head and eyes aimed at the first plate while lowering the gun. I mimic photoracer in nearly everything mentioned. Smoke n hope has always been a strength for me, have shot it 1,2,4,3,stop, same as the record holder. Shot a 1.67 last Sunday and have been in the 7s a couple times. Had issues with accelerator as well and had to dry fire practice it a ton along with giving into the topic I asked about, changing the pattern. Outer limits and pendulum are keeping me in master for RFRO and PCC for sure. Hoping to make improvements there. Outlet limits has to get the footwork down and the aim on 4 quicker after entering the box. Pendulum is still an issue, and the one I wonder about changing. 2, 1,4,3, stop, or something like that. Transitioning down both times with a 1,2,4,3, stop is giving me fits getting the dot to come down into 2 and 3 quickly. Feel like I take forever to get it stopped to take the shot.
  8. A few "bangs" without "dings" keeps that in line. I think Steel Challenge absolutely encourages you to shoot fast and to push how fast you can shoot making you faster with practice. Not sure what bad habits you would be referring to though. As Mr Enos pointed out, its a completely different game. And its not a do-over, its four clean, then lets get stupid! With smoke and hope pertaining to the discussion at hand, its a good example of five completely different sight pictures than what would be needed for success with five USPSA targets. As Mr Enos pointed out, its only one shot per steel and I would also argue even though they appear the same size at the differing distances, the plates are still bigger and still "ding" on the outer edge, meaning the sight picture may be relative, but the margin of error for perceived success is far different.
  9. Live fire training

    This. Absolutely this. If in doubt, read this again. I would just add if you aren't finding local competitions to keep the live fire going and your live fire is practice, focus on very specific skills as mentioned above. Not stages or doing multiple things. Also agree on the lack of trigger pull in dry fire to avoid live fire troubles.
  10. USPA Resistance

    Are you aware this isn't necessary? Flag it when done shooting the stage, hold it muzzle up or down, follow the RO for target inspections, then take it to your cart wherever you left it. Flagged rifle is a holstered gun so long as no one including yourself is swept with the muzzle.
  11. Rifle patterns

    Did anyone else feel the need to change Steel Challenge patterns when started shooting rifle? I started with a pistol, SS. For an example, I came to prefer shooting Accelerator 4,3,1,2,stop. However, when I started shooting RFRO and now PCC, I don't like bringing the rifle across my chin from the center low ready on Accelerator after setting POA on the stop plate and leaving my eyes/head indexed on plate 4. I find it far better to index on plate 1, allowing my eyes/head to remain there ready for the rifle to come up from low ready. So I had to change the pattern to 1,2,4,3,stop. Shot a 9.99 on it last sunday, but still looking to improve. Wondering if there are others are better shot one way with a rifle and if so, are you guys changing to that pattern with the pistol too? I kinda found the same with Roundabout and still feel lost on pendulum for top speeds.
  12. Is the .45 dead in USPSA?

    News to you from one easy Google search: http://www.10-8performance.com/1911-magazines/ "Ten round magazines are a bit of a mixed bag with 1911s. Due to the taller, heavier column of rounds, they create additional issues that you do not get with 8 round magazines. The top round will tend to nose dive more during feeding, and if your feed ramp is not able to support this, then you will have constant feedway malfunctions, especially on the first round out of the magazine. Feed lip wear/spread is dramatically accelerated during slide lock reloads, as the column of rounds striking the feed lips is heavier. Springs can also fatigue much faster in these magazines. These issues make the 10 round magazine a much bigger maintenance issue and require an extremely diligent user for them to be used successfully. I have had success with the CMC Power Mag 10 round and Tripp Cobra Mag 10 round, but due to the above issues and shortened service cycles, I do not typically recommend 10 round magazines for most users." https://www.thehighroad.org/index.php?threads/chip-mccormick-power-plus-1911-10-round-mag.617124/ "It's not uncommon for the ten rounders to have feeding issues in some pistols. Do a search, and you'll find some threads on it. I'm guessing that the rounds may tend to feed at a slightly different angle due to the different amount of force pushing up on the follower. If that is the case, then ramped vs unramped barrels may help/worsen the situation. I'd call 8 rounders the max for carry, personally, but YMMV. If you do buy some ten rounders, at least prove their function with a lot of rounds downrange before toting them." http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/archive/index.php/t-530714.html "In General the 10 round 1911 mags stink..." There is plenty of info and discussion out there if you look, I just quickly picked the first couple of sources I saw. But you said you have 20,000 flawless rounds or something, so I'm beginning to wonder why we are having the discussion? But I did the work of finding the info for you, news to you for free.
  13. Is the .45 dead in USPSA?

    You should consider yourself lucky. I thought it was common knowledge you had to retrain yourself not to hit the mag change as hard w the 10 rounders on slide lock so it doesn't jam. Used to shoot em in my 1911 at a local outlaw type match. We're fine except on reloads, especially slide lock, which happened a lot in those matches. Remember researching it for a fix and learned it was just part of the territory.
  14. Piru Steel Challenge is Back!!!!!!

    Sure is a long way from Kansas. Would love to shoot with you guys.
  15. Computer Second Guessing

    Computers asking me four times if I'm sure I want to do what I told it to do the first time.