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  1. Seems to me that it is pretty clear that on a stage with snow-fence-type walls, putting up banners will make a difference (and depending on where they were placed, a significant difference) in the view(s) available to the competitor. If you are shooting a target that cannot be engaged until you reach the end of a wall or a port, and you can see that target prior to reaching the end of the wall/port, then it is easier to set up and be ready to shoot the target once it is available. How much easier depends on the shooter's capabilities, and where the target is relative to the shooter. But no matter what, it will be easier. Good shooters will say that the gun should be up and ready to shoot (and thus on target) as the target becomes available (not after). It is easier to do so if the target itself can be seen prior to that time. Sure, you can use index points on stage props and so on also (and most people do, if they can't see the target) but again, it is easier if you can actually see the target. For stage setup, my personal preference is that banners and such are only placed on solid walls, or are separate from the stage props and out of the way of the shooting section of the stage. Regarding the change in banners from day to day----that's a tough one. I think it would make a difference, and if nothing else, should be communicated to the competitors. Whether or not a particular stage should have been thrown out due to that.....that I don't know, because I don't know the stages in question nor the placement of the banners on that stage. But I think it is a good conversation to have, and something good match staff might think about when putting up sponsor banners. If you keep them on solid walls only, or have them outside the stage area, it won't be a problem.
  2. Without getting into the "this is not training for self-defense" argument, I'll note that many trainers and LEOs would disagree with you regarding the importance (and use) of a low-ready position. With regard to SC, as has been said, if the is indexed on the proper spot (the flag placed at the appropriate distance and height in front of the shooting box) you can use a compressed position versus an extended position if you like. If the compressed position isn't pointing at the proper spot, then the RO won't start you because you aren't in the proper start position.
  3. How it is a change? The good thing about a popper is that REF or not is clearly defined in the rulebook. That doesn't stop a lot of people from whining without understanding, of course. In the OP's case, saying something like "if you don't stomp on it right, it is your fault" isn't really supported by the rules.
  4. To me, there is a significant difference between "You must open this door all the way" and "just keep stomping on this box until the magic happens." In the door care----anyone can open it all the way, or not. Opening it all the way would automatically work. First time, every person. No reshoot if the person doesn't open it all the way, because they didn't do what was required. The stomp pad in the OP isn't like that at all---it is a straightforward stomp pad. And it got stomped on, hard, multiple times, without working. The problem wasn't that is wasn't stomped on hard enough, nor far enough. It just wasn't working. That's a REF, IMO, based on what I've seen so far.
  5. Agreed. It isn't hard, nor does it take much time, to just do it right.
  6. I've had horrible luck with Federal Auto Match in two pistols and two rifles----feeding issues everywhere. (And yes, I clean both my firearms and my magazines. ) Rem Golden Bullet was great for a several years, then when .22 was scarce the quality went WAY down, far as I could tell. I use CCI AR-Tactical for everything SC related---consistent and reliable in every .22 I have. Not bullseye match precise, but that's not what I need, and DO I need something that feeds correctly every time in an auto. AR-Tactical is probably the most-common .22 SC ammo in this area. PSA had some sales awhile back (and continues to do so periodically), and you can pick up cases on GunBroker on occasion for ridiculously low prices.
  7. We have gravel-over-dirt and in the rainy season, they get pretty mucky. But since we also don't just set them up at the beginning of the match and then never look at them again, we tend to notice when they start to get "off." We check them periodically, including when new squads get to that bay. It isn't like it takes much extra time, and some people generally don't need the full 5 minutes, so it isn't a problem. When we host a level II match, we put sheets of plywood underneath them, and spike them to the ground through the plywood, which works great in terms of keeping them level and stable.
  8. Yes, that would be part of my point---the people claiming this are doing so while ALSO saying that their local matches don't paint after every shooter. At our club, we paint after every shooter, so we don't have this problem. We also have a dedicated calibration gun and ammo that is periodically chrono-checked and is consistently between 116-118 PF out of that gun. We also calibrate the steel before the match. In the last year, we've had exactly one calibration check fail, if I recall correctly. (After which we traded out that steel, because the notch for the hook was so deep, it would only work correctly if set a certain precise way---it was just easier to trade it out.) And we hardly ever have any calibration checks that aren't obvious low or edge hits. (Maybe I'm misremembering, but I don't think so.) Maybe we are just lucky?
  9. While I agree with this statement, it is ALSO true that if someone shoots a popper, it doesn't fall, and the shooter calls for a calibration check at the end of the course of fire---when the RM shows up, he should first take a look at the popper mechanism and such (without touching it). Because it he can SEE an issue with the mechanism, it is a reshoot. Calling for a calibration doesn't automatically mean that the RM _must_ shoot at it and that's it. That's not how it works. People's earlier comments about automatically stopping a shooter if a popper doesn't fall because there might be a problem with the mechanism are doing it wrong, and their subsequent statements regarding "but what if there was a mechanism problem" are ignoring how the rules are. Sure, if someone can SEE a mechanism problem while the shooter is in the middle of the course of fire, the RO should call stop, fix the problem, and reshoot. But if you don't see a problem, you don't call stop, you let the shooter finish, see if they are going to call for a calibration, and no matter what, take a look at the mechanism to see if there is a technical issue. If there is, it is a reshoot even if there wasn't a call for calibration. If there was, a calibration call, the RM should be looking at it prior to taking any shot. Appendix C1, part 6: "In the absence of any interference, or problem with a target mechanism, a calibration officer must conduct a calibration test of the subject popper (when required under 6c above), from as near as possible to the point from where the competitor shot the popper. " If there is a problem with the steel, it is a reshoot. If there isn't, then calibration shot. People who are doing it differently are doing a dis-service to the shooters. As for comments regarding ROs who look at where the shot was to determine if it was "good enough" to count---if you have a squad of 15, after the first several shooters you can't really do that anymore. So doing it that was means you are helping the first couple on the squad, and not helping the rest. Oddly enough, doing it right isn't that difficult.
  10. I guess I'm not understanding---since it is a PDF file, and people want a printed copy, and people have already said that is costs about $3 to have a copy place print out the rulebook, and it'll cost USPSA more than that to print out copies, bind them, and send them to everyone---why aren't people who want a printed copy, simply printing off a copy?
  11. That's just not really how it is. Lots of shooters use standard velocity ammunition out of not-short rifle barrels. On a .22, that makes them very quiet. And some clubs have bays that are close to each other, such that turning up the sensitivity on one particular timer means it picks up the shots from the Open gun in the next bay. "Turning up the sensitivity" and "hold the timer where you are supposed to" (i.e. right under the ejection port) isn't always something that is possible, depending on the club layout and format. As such, a number of people put comps on their guns to forstall problems, and so they don't have to reshoot strings. Claiming that they are doing it wrong is simply factually untrue---even more importantly, those people are attempting to help ROs and clubs run matches with fewer issues (by making their guns more likely to be picked up by the timer), so deriding them for doing something that doesn't hurt them in the slightest, and helps others, seems odd.
  12. In general, the more unnecessary body movement you add, the more time you add. In a game where hundredths of a second are important, being as efficient as possible makes a difference.
  13. Regarding the first thing I emphasized in bold: "Rigid interpretation" is an interesting way of responding to my comment that clubs holding official SC matches can't put a cap on velocities unless they have permission from HQ. That isn't a "rigid interpretation," that's a simple fact. So saying they don't need to do it seems to be saying that clubs don't need to follow the rules. Hence my question to you---which you effectively ignored. I'm not adding intent---I'm speaking directly to exactly what you said. Not all matches are held by affiliated clubs-----hence my question as to whether or not is was an official match held by an affiliated club. If it wasn't, none of the rules matter, since they can make up their own. If it was official, though, that's a problem. Hence my question. Saying afterward, "not all matches are held by affiliated clubs" rather admits that what I was asking about was rather the point, yes? You say: "Yes, politeness is a thing, learn to use it." ....coming from someone who said "While you might be the nicest guy in town in person, most of your posts come across as very dogmatic and argumentative. Take the stick out of your, errr I mean relax a little bit, ".....in response to literally no comment of mine that was rude or impolite, I find that amusing. On the other hand, I don't really worry much about the opinion of people who post anonymously, either. But politeness in conversation, basic courtesy, is a useful thing, especially on forums such as this. My question was regarding official clubs running official SCSA matches. If you wish to discuss a different topic, please don't bother attacking me for posting regarding the topic I specifically stated. Of course non-official clubs can do whatever they want. That wasn't the question. Regarding the "World Champion" comment, I'm unsure how that is related to a question regarding official clubs and rules.
  14. Hm. So you are saying that clubs don't need to follow the rules? I mean, I've specifically mentioned only the rules that official SCSA clubs are required to follow. Is there a problem with that? With regard to "very dogmatic and argumentative" ---- I can't help that you may be adding tone to simple words. I asked about wording that didn't seem to make sense, I asked about rules that didn't seem to match official club rules, and I mentioned that politeness is a thing. If you have an issue with those simple words because you are adding random emotions on your own, , I can't do much about it. It would help, however, if you replied to a topic. So: Ming, do YOU think that clubs should follow the SCSA rules if they are an affiliated club?
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