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Nik Habicht

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  1. The only times I've seen it done successfully is when the gear changes were minimal -- i.e. the competitor was shooting Open and Limited, using the same belt and pouches, and would just walk to the safe table on the bay to swap out guns after each run, and then stop at his bag to swap out mags. The folks who did this also were able to load mags pretty quickly, or brought a bunch of loaded mags to begin with..... Pistol and PCC -- could probably be done fairly easily if they both were able to utilize the same mag pouches...... Generally speaking -- it doesn't everyone t
  2. Not according to the creator of the Memorial -- see here.... Best apparently had little to do with it..... Contribution however did....
  3. My money is on changing the load..... What are you currently loading?
  4. Depends on what the criteria for inclusion are -- if it takes winning a world shoot, Cooper is out, as are many others..... I'm not sure the four Presidents on Mt. Rushmore are necessarily there, because they were or are the four greatest presidents in the history of the country -- but I could be wrong. Contributions to the Sport: Jeff Cooper would need to be considered along with the other attendees at the Columbia Conference. Brian makes that list for me pretty easily -- whatever price or penalty he may have paid competing in IPSC/USPSA at the same time as Rob Leatha
  5. Keep in mind that the first thing I suggested was to let him finish the match in another division. Realistically, zeroing several stages in both should take the average competitor out of contention. Letting him see stage scores, would at least provide some info for his entertainment..... Then -- at a Level 1, you do have the option of letting shoot the entire thing with a handgun. Really think that a PCC run will help that much wth a handgun run? OK........
  6. You could also allow the competitor to abandon his attempt at PCC -- which would allow him to at least see stage scores, and simultaneously allow him to late register for a handgun division, to complete the match for (possibly partial, depending on whether or not there's time to let him shoot completed stages with handgun) score in the handgun division of his choice.... That way, worst case scenario, he gets to compare himself against others in his divisions on stages, while likely not doing well in either match.....
  7. I never got hung up on the "problem" of making the first reload from the second pouch. I needed to reload, it was quick and smooth, I grabbed a mag with ten rounds and stuffed it in the gun -- does it really matter which pouch it came from? For me that wasn't an issue -- I usually only figured it out when picking mags up after the stage. (First pouch always had Mag numbered 1, second pouch 2, etc.)
  8. I like the Comp-tac beltfeed quite a bit, with Glock mags..... Never grabbed more than one, rare for me to start with second rather than first, when it happened the second load was done with first mag, without consciously thinking about it....
  9. I have multiple thoughts - and we probably agree more than we disagree: Troy is right -- the word "ruling" makes 10.5.3 the only correct response Kevin is right -- that to correctly evaluate the situation and issue the DQ under 10.5.3, one also needs to consult or be aware of the definition of "dropped gun" in Appendix A3 I'm less certain that this isn't well-known; that may be a geographic thing, or it's possible that it's less widely known in newer clubs than in more established ones. It is covered in the RO course, to the best of my recollection. I almost want
  10. Spinning this around for a second, and looking at it from the point of view of an arb panel: I can also see this as a question of discernment -- if I'm sitting on an arb panel, and you only cite the entirety of A3 as your reason for DQing a competitor, I may vote to overturn. Cite 10.5.3, and it becomes much easier to uphold a DQ. Easiest would be 10.5.3 and definition of "dropped gun" in Appendix A3. So, seen as a hierarchy 10.5.3 trumps A3. I'm interested in Troy's take....
  11. Kevin, Troy can probably provide the formal answer. I've always answered this question by citing 10.5.3 as that is really the info I need to rule. Appendix A3 defines a dropped gun for me, but it doesn't provide guidance of what to do about it -- i.e. that it's a match DQ. That's my best guess on why A3 was not acceptable.....
  12. Pretty sure that hits too close to home to be allowed here. Closed.
  13. I know a guy who shot his way to B and probably Expert with a 26, so I don't think you'd be giving up much with a 19, unless you have Gorilla hands -- then the reloads can be a little trickier than with a fullsize frame....
  14. Glock 34 with 10 rounders for matches; Glock 19 with 15 round mags for carry. Or go crazy and use the Glock 19 for everything.....
  15. Realistically, if you're to make a competitor hold or carry something and put it in a specific place, then the prop should activate or unlock something when correctly placed..... That way the item serves a purpose, and there's an incentive for putting it someplace....
  16. How loose/tight is the shell plate? Too much wobble? Generally speaking, when I've encountered similar issues in the past, and had the correct seating stem for the bullet profile installed, I found it helpful to run through the machine set-up procedures as outlined in the owner's manual. Occasionally I found that something on the list was loose, out of adjustment, etc. And while running through the complete list may not have been the most efficient fix, it always worked....
  17. Sort of -- and I hate to quibble. You've got 180 days to take the short exam. Once it falls off you have up until a year after expiration to contact DNROI and take the long version (50 questions) to have certification reinstated..... Once you're past the year though, it's most likely over, but I'd confirm with DNROI.....
  18. I acknowledged that it was a stretch -- but lets pretend that you're the RM: CRO calls you to a stage because a competitor wants to bag his gun at the end of a run in a Ziploc bag, and carry it that way to the next stage. Do you approve or not? Please use the rulebook as a basis for your decision...... There are calls that need to be made at most matches that are not explicitly and specifically addressed by the rulebook. My philosophy is to consider the impact of the situation on safety and/or competitive equity, and to consider what the rules say about similar situations. When
  19. Reach out to DNROI -- I suspect Mike's answer is what you'll hear, but at least you'll know definitively.....
  20. I'd guess that if you're a Master, win Nats in your division, and there are three GMs scoring 90% or better, you just might earn a G card that way..... I'd think making it on classifiers might be easier....
  21. If you're grabbing it out of your bag a few feet away from the safety area and then carrying it there by the handles -- I have no issues, unless you put your hand inside the bag on the way, or do something else unsafe...... If the safe table is large enough that you can drop your entire bag, to pull your gun out of and holster up, that works for me too.... For me its all context. I try to treat competitors the way I'd like to be treated, when officiating a match. When shooting one, I try to treat my fellow competitors and the match staff the way I'd lie to be treated.
  22. It's a stretch, but there's a rule that gives the RM final authority over holster suitability. If there was really a dispute, and I was working as RM, I'd hang my hat on that rule to determine that a Zip-Loc bag was not legal, and that if a zippered compartment or bag was available, to request that it be zipped closed, when storing a handgun. In the alternative, I might rule that a competitor who did not have an appropriate bag, but did have an appropriate holster, be required to keep the gun holstered between runs.... That would set up a quandary at the end of the ma
  23. BTW - on the road to improvement it's not time vs. points -- rather the goal should be maximum points in the shortest time possible..... Need to focus on both, not treat them as separate things....
  24. The part I emphasized is the biggest bunch of nonsense I hear on a regular basis. I joined this forum before I'd ever shot a USPSA match -- and still managed to weigh in. It's not just about knowledge, it's also about experience, mental attitude toward shooting, problem solving, home repair, ability to tell a joke or look up a rule, or to say a kind word to a member who's hurting. This forum is about much more than shooting -- or the classifieds. Find your zone, open your mouth, and you'll be contributing....
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