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  1. Nobody shooting Production minds reloading 3 to 4 times per stage. In fact, we’re all about that life. We loathe when lazy stage designers make us do two of those reloads flat-footed in a high hit-factor stage because they only think with a 23-round mindset. Typically it would only require someone to move 1 or 2 targets to turn such a stage into something fantastic for *all* divisions to shoot. In fact, that often results in the SS & Production guys having 2 or 3 ways to attack things, which should be any stage designer’s goal. When I’m shooting Carry Optics, I’m just as disappointed in a stage that has 18 rounds visible from one location. It just comes from a different direction.
  2. Most newer people that struggle with this tend to keep themselves comfortable. Set yourself up on a hard lean around a corner in your home. Lean like normal, and you’ll notice you’ve basically got no weight on the counter-balancing foot. Often, shooters will come up on their toe as they lean over the opposite leg, while keeping both knees pretty much straight. Instead, go down deep into a squat on the side you’re leaning toward so that your thigh is on fire while you shoot. It’s faster to get into and get out of because you’re lower. It’s also much more stable and you can keep more weight on the back leg; it’s pretty easy to keep that whole foot flat. If you’re comfortable, you’re up too tall and tipsy. Someone low and stable is always going to beat you.
  3. Go shoot them to see how they group. All coated bullets and most plated do this through my 650 and 1050; the die seats using the ogive and you measure to the bullet tip, so tolerances in bullet profile and case neck tension stack quickly. But ammo with an OAL variation of .008” - .010” would often have a standard deviation of six or less in it’s velocity, and shoot a crazy tight group. I’ve learned not to rely on OAL too much. As long as it feeds.
  4. Not terribly uncommon; how was that mag set up? I’m assuming either PCC or carry optics? Let’s assume it was a glock mag. Take a brand new razor blade. Carve a bevel in the polymer around the bottom the body. Finish by smoothing with one of the wife’s nail files. Basically turn it into a tiny magwell so there’s nothing square for the follower to hang on as it slides back up into the tube. Common practice on glock mags. If the parts are steel? Do something similar but use a sanding drum on a dremel, if possible. I also sand/file a bevel on the bottom corners of my followers to make it easier to push them into the extension while loading... but the ability to smoothly empty the mag during a stage is somewhat more important.
  5. Just leave the primers and powder in the press. I used to be obsessive about emptying it out. Now? After routinely letting it sit in a very humid garage for 3+ months, then finding zero difference in how my ammo runs through a chrono? It sits perpetually full and ready.
  6. At distance having the corners clipped off the rear sight is more helpful than you’d think at seeing the targets you’ll transition to next. I hated this type of rear at first but grew to like them. https://warrentactical.com/product/glock-warren-tactical-fiber-optic-set-plain-rear-sight-and-fiber-optic-front-sight/ (I haven’t shot Glock in a decade, but still prefer such rear sight profiles on the guns I’ve switched to.)
  7. We see a guy with an Open gun, we know to double up on hearing protection. Even over the interent.
  8. JJ states he had multiple shots register at 1020ish, then one read 990. The next four did not register. They proceeded to repair/replace the chronograph and he shot another 1020ish. I doubt he’d be brave enough to make up such a story. Not when several people who were present for his chono experience will inevitably hear about it via social media.
  9. Quite legal, and done frequently, as long as it’s not specifically written that you must use your foot.
  10. The 180 is always defined as something centered straight down the bay, parallel to the rear wall. The position of the gun at the start doesn’t matter. Keeping the gun at least 90 degrees away from the spectators behind you is what matters. Protecting them and the match staff is the purpose of the rule.
  11. Glad you did that. His barrel just arrived.
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