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  1. I'm partial to the Midway pistol bags: https://www.midwayusa.com/product/939160870 That being said, they also have a flap that velcros over the mags, so you might not like it. I haven't had a problem with the flap staying open, though. I like being able to bring bag and all mags up in one simple bag, with the mags being held separate from the gun's zippered compartment. Since it holds 7 mags, you easily have enough for a stage plus extras just in case. Normally throw some oil, a bore snake, and some other items in the back pouches for emergency
  2. (That's a nice looking rifle, by the way.)
  3. Opinions and experiences vary, obviously. My RFRO gun is a basic Ruger 10/22. I put an Axiom stock, the PA microdot, the Kidd trigger, and a Butler Creek carbon fiber pencil barrel ($70, not even made any more) on it. I've not bothered to change any other parts on it--receiver, bolt, everything is stock. Cost: $179 for the initial gun, $100 for the stock, $70 for the barrel, $149 for the dot, and $260 for the trigger. Total: ~$760. (Obviously, the trigger was by far the most expensive part on the gun.). Of that, I could literally put the stock, barrel, dot, and t
  4. People have given a ton of good info about various possibilities for builds and such. At the other end of the spectrum, if you are just getting into this, chances are you don't actually know what you want, and what will work for you. While everything that people have suggested so far is good quality, that doesn't mean that all of it will fit you best. And the stuff does cost. My normal suggestion for people getting started in RFRO in SC is to buy a Ruger 10/22, throw a reliable dot on it that you can see (noting that in Steel Challenge, the dot doesn't actually have t
  5. Why not? Paint is cheap. (Note: I get it that some clubs don't paint. This isn't a self-righteous question along the lines of "how dare you not paint!", I'm really am curious as to why not.)
  6. The rule has been stated (can't shoot two guns in a row at Level II and up, and therefore shouldn't do it at Level I though it is technically legal), so I won't hit that again. At our local matches, everyone shoots their first gun, then people with a second gun cycle back through and shoot their second one, exactly as I've seen it done at a number of different Level II matches. (That's why we do it that way.) Even though there is therefore a bit of time between everyone's first gun and their second, we tell people that since they need to be there to help paint and so o
  7. Yup. Gary literally gave the exact reason why, and he should know. But...many people aren't reading it, apparently.
  8. I have personally found that major matches are significantly more likely follow the rulebook and to NOT have "local rules" based on the MD's personal opinions. Obviously, opinions vary on this, and it really seems to depend on where (geographically) you are. The majors I've been able to attend (which aren't many, maybe 1-2 a year, though I'm getting three this year) have all been solid in terms of interesting stages with some actual choices in what you do, with a good mix of skills being tested, all following the rulebook. Local matches I've seen tend to more often ha
  9. (Sarge was talking about RO's first time running people.) Not in many clubs, however. Plus...often those other CRO/ROs are busy, even if they are around. More importantly, in the class, after every call, the instructor can have a discussion with everyone else regarding what happened, how it could be handled, and so on. In cases like that, the class can learn from not only their own attempt, but from everyone else's, and get direct immediate feedback. That wouldn't be possible during a match, because it simply would take too much time. Sarge also said: "DUES ARE LIK
  10. Speaking as someone who is required to take online training on a monthly basis, the amount of knowledge transfer from an online class is extremely poor compared to an in-person class. (People who are taking college classes online will be able to tell you the same thing.) That's speaking also as someone who is a teacher. If you are attempting to teach some fairly complex things where people need to remember specifics, and more importantly, apply them in varying situations, in-class practice and interaction makes a difference. And as someone pointed out, actually DOING the RO job
  11. Just remembered: USPSA also has a "new club" deal for RO classes where if the new club has held a certain number of matches in the past year (or something like that) they either get a free RO class or a VERY discounted class. Something like that. Ah, found where it is discussed: "There are several ways you may defray the cost of a seminar. First, you may request, with the Area Director’s (or Match Director if it’s not an Area Championship Match), permission to have the seminar in conjunction with their level III match. These Level III associated seminars are conducted at half
  12. I agree....but yet I don't. Speaking as someone who drive to another state originally to get my RO class (definitely not at a discount), paid to take the CRO course online, and recently paid for the RM certification, I'd really like it if the RO class didn't cost, and that there were more of them. That would be awesome. The problem is (IMO)----think of all the people you know who try to be good ROs and CROs who still make small mistakes every once in awhile. Are those people prepared to teach the rules? (Noting also that just because someone knows the rules doesn't m
  13. Subtly removed? It was actually a fairly large, well-known, and obvious discussion. (Since it required a change to the bylaws.) There wasn't anything subtle about it! So yes, we ARE aware of it. Yup. And they are all incorporated into the rulebook, so you don't need to actually go check them out one by one, unless you want a further explanation of something (which is sometimes useful). It is actually more a change log than anything---it ISN'T is a separate set of rulings that you need to know in addition to the rulebook, which is rather nice.
  14. No, you complained about something false. If you want a printed rulebook that can be out-of-date, you can print one. It is certainly true that the rulebook IS indeed available easily to absolutely everyone in the most up-to-date fashion at all times. You said: "that is something uspsa should provide to its customers and its range officials, they don't give rule books to range officers at nationals, never seen a printed rule book on a stage after they went to the online version, even at nationals" .....and they obviously do provide them. Or are you claiming that the CROs didn
  15. It is interesting to me that people keep saying that there is an "on-deck" area. The rules don't say anything like that, merely that someone can case/uncase at the berm, and the person that can do so is the on-deck person. Normally, at our matches, the few people who uncase at the berm just walk up to the shooting box and wait there with their rifle held vertically while the stage is being reset, and at make ready, do their thing. There is no requirement to wait in an "on-deck area" because there isn't any such thing. The "on-deck" part is merely saying which person
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