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  1. ^^Absolutely ALL of this. A stage can be legal but still a bad, boring, or stupid stage. One of the reasons I have shot Production, SS, PCC, and CO at various times is so that when I design stages, I remember to think about it from different points of view. When I started (only having shot Production) a couple of the local Open shooters would come by and vet my stages, and tell me about all the things I had missed from a hi-cap point of view. (Which was initially a lot.) Sure, everyone in [whatever] division has the same stage to shoot, and are "only" shooting against each other. That doesn't mean that a legal stage can't be dumb or not fun to shoot, especially when compared to someone else in a different division shooting it. People who design stages should (IMO) go past merely thinking "is this legal" and instead think "is this going to be fun to hi-cap pistol, lo-cap pistol, AND PCC to shoot?" Adding "and there are multiple ways to shoot it" is even better.
  2. Given a choice, I don't want to start on Smoke & Hope, Roundabout, or Showdown. They are the fast stages, and I'm generally not at my fastest on my first stage of the day. (Also, if I shoot Smoke & Hope first, I tend to forget to aim enough on the next stage. ) I can start anywhere else, though I'd also PREFER not to start on Outer Limits. Out of all of them, I like starting on Accelerator most. Requires aim and trigger control, but not as much as Outer Limits, Pendulum, or 5 To Go.
  3. Ah, I was wondering what happened. The problem is, at a Level 2 (and up) match, you aren't allowed to include stages that aren't official stages. As such, if the stage was wrong, it had to be tossed.
  4. Congrats! I'm doing something similar. Currently about to start working on my Single Stack classification time, as I just finished up Production. (Okay, not "finished up" but "met my goal.") After that, I've got Open, Limited, and OSR left, and while I'm not sure I care enough about them to get those scores up there (I never shoot those divisions, other than to get classified to a certain minimum in the first place) NOT having them match the rest may also irk me enough to do it anyway. When I was working on getting classified in all 13 divisions, I found (to my extreme surprise) that shooting ISR in Steel Challenge is actually a ton of fun. I am NOT a revo person, but....in SC, it is a good time. Borrow someone's revo sometime---you will be surprised, I think. (Note: It is a LOT more fun with an eight-shot. Six shot, when you start out, is just frustratingly annoying. ) Again, congrats! Well done! --- L3232
  5. 1) I can think of several "serious" shooters that aren't certified ROs, and never pick up a timer or a tablet. (Including a number of M and GM shooters.) There's a lot of "if I'm running the timer/tablet, I won't do as well when I'm shooting" attitude. Some people aren't really interested in helping out the sport, merely themselves. 2) Sometimes, the local match situation isn't something you can change. If the MD and the match committee are all in lock-step about "the way it should be," volunteering isn't going to make much difference, and in some cases they won't even let a person help out. I do agree that MOST of the time, change CAN be made by helping out, getting certified, making sure people use the rulebook, and so on. But telling people to "get off your ass and be the solution" isn't really useful if you don't know the situation.
  6. Like I said, this is something you can easily look up on the USPSA website or app. 19-04 HHF, Carry Optics: 10.0767
  7. The Ralston part is the mailing address, which is nowhere near the actual range. Latitude/longitude to the front gate of the range: 41.001888, -96.103791
  8. In what division? They are different, based on the division. I'll note---no matter what, you can always go to the USPSA website, go to your classification record, then click on the little calculator-looking thing on the right. It is a classifier calculator, and you can use it for all classifiers and all divisions. Similarly, if you have the phone app, you can do the same.
  9. I don't see this as an either/or situation. I do both---it depends on what I am practicing at that time. Note: This is how I practice, so feel free to ignore it. When I practice for SC, I normally (in one range session) only practice one stage, with MAYBE parts of a second stage (if there was something annoying me about it the last time I shot it). I start off by shooting it like at a match---five strings, going for match scores. (So all makeup shots, shooting at match speed.) Then I take a look at where I'm losing time, where I tend to have misses, and anything else I remember having difficulty with the last time I shot the stage. This gives me specifics of parts of the stage run I need to work on whether in terms of technique, speed, or whatever. I work on speed to first shot, the hardest transition, the most difficult 3-shot sequence, and the hardest shot on the stage. Occasionally I work on different plate order as my skills change, to see if things could be done differently. (For example, I currently shoot Roundabout VERY differently from when I was an C-through-A class shooter in centerfire divisions. As my skill levels changed, certain things became easier which meant I could do a more efficient stage order to save time.) I practice my stance, shifting my hips, and where I should center myself (on what plate). When I'm doing THOSE things, I don't worry about makeup shots. Then I go back and do a couple of strings like in a match, but without any makeup shots. Just working on getting the hits, but as fast as I can do so. Then I practice whatever I screwed up there. Then I do some more "let's push the speed now that we've practiced this" runs, without makeup shots. And lastly I go again and shoot the whole thing like I just came up to shoot the stage in a match--5 strings, makeup shots, etc, exactly like a match. So----sometimes I do makeup shots, because calling your shots and fixing misses quickly is important. Sometimes I don't, because I'm focusing on one particular aspect of a certain skill.
  10. I do this also, and it works especially well because I prefer the stock to be very short. RickT, have you tried setting the stock shorter and having her grab the front of the stock under the barrel?
  11. That's a function of the equipment, not the match level. So it pretty much completely depends on whether or not the host owns AMG Commander timers or not.
  12. IDPA doesn't allow AIWB, and I don't personally think that IDPA tests carry skills or tactical skills. So, while I have on occasion used my carry gun in IDPA (it is my backup gun if my competition gun dies), since I can't use my actual carry method (neither my holsters nor my mag pouches are legal, even though the mag pouches USED to be legal), I don't see any reason to worry if I'm dressing like I normally do. IDPA isn't training (again, this is just my opinion, I don't see any need to yet again start up the "IDPA IS TACTICAL TRAINING!!!!11!!!" argument, so feel free to ignore my opinion) and is just another shooting game that's fun to play, so I use equipment that lets me play the game. For IDPA, that means an OWB holster with a decent gunbelt and a lightweight vest. (Along with some mag pouches.)
  13. How dare people have fun differently! What are they thinking? Don't they realize that that if they attempt to have fun in a way in which we don't approve, we'll turn into whining complainers who talk about how they are awful and then we'll make fun of their guns!
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