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  1. When you are faced with getting a "Ghost Shift" Chinese knockoff of a US Branded item at a discount it really comes down to a moral or ethical decision. Do you want to save a few bucks on an item and guarantee a loss of sale to the US Brand? Or do you want to pay a little more to support the US Brands that show a vested interest in supporting the practical shooting sports. C-More and SIG invest a lot of money into sponsoring practical shooting events. Most of the major matches couldn't produce the high level of match they do without sponsorship from companies that are dedicated to supporting the practical shooting sports. I don't know about anyone else, but I would rather spend a little more on products from companies that support the practical shooting sports. Does this increase my shooting expenses a little bit? Absolutely. But I would rather spend a little extra money on things knowing that my hard earned cash is going to businesses that have the same vested interest in the practical shooting sports as I do.
  2. Tuning the extractor and ejector is needed to change the trajectory of the brass. This is especially true if you are shooting bunny fart reloads.
  3. Then you have other issues in your reloading process. Push Though or Roll Sizing isn't going to magically fix your whole reloading process. Attention to detail must be performed for all steps in the reloading process.
  4. One job of the MD is to ensure that each squad is staffed with enough experienced workers. You need to bring this situation up to the MD and Stats people to keep that from happening again. This is one of the problems with online self squading. For the local club matches that I run we don't do online registration. We do registration the morning of the match and have printed self squading lists that the shooters write their names on. At the top of the squad list are three reserved slots for RO/CRO's. I mandate that only certified RO/CRO's write their names on those lines and also make it clear that if each squad doesn't have at least three RO/CRO's then the squad will be disbanded and moved to other squads that have at least 3 RO's. I also make it a point to NOT put a bunch of new shooters on the same squad. I will evenly distribute the new shooters on the squads so that they can see how experienced shooters get the job done and you don't overload a single squad with a bunch of newbies. Beyond that, when you are dealing with lazy bums that don't want to work on your squad you need to crack the whip in a direct no bulls#!t manner. Beating around the bush or making passive aggressive comments about helping more doesn't work. You need to call these people out directly in front of the whole squad. This does two things, First it usually snaps the dead beats into shape. Second, it shows the rest of the squad that being a deadbeat will not be tolerated. Lastly, you need to lead by example buy busting your ass as much if not more than anyone else on your squad. If you are standing in the back bullshiting with your buddies and also complaining about others not working, your complaining comments are not going to be effective.
  5. That was my point. Who cares if the reloading effort is easier or harder if roll sizing the brass makes higher quality ammo that is much less likely to fail when shooting. It doesn't take many crappy ammo jams in major matches to justify roll sizing or push through sizing brass. We spend hundreds if not thousands of dollars traveling to major matches. One way to preserve that investment is to roll size or push through size your brass so you don't throw away a match performance due to jams.
  6. Ok, here is a logical question. What does it matter if roll sized brass reduces handle effort or not? The purpose of roll sizing is to eliminate the belly on the brass. Isn’t that enough to justify doing it?
  7. Roll sizing brass or not isn't going to make much of any difference in the handle effort while reloading. If you want to reduce handle effort while reloading use case lube.
  8. This past weekend was a crazy one. I was scheduled to attend the Area 4 match in Houston Texas but the match got cancelled due to a tornado hitting the range on Thursday afternoon. Unfortunately for me, I didn’t hear about this until I was already at the Airport in Denver lined up to board my flight. At that point it was too late to cancel my flight as my guns and gear were already on the plane. Once we arrived in Houston the official match cancellation notice was emailed to all competitors. As we stood in the baggage claim area at midnight waiting for our luggage we discussed how we could change our travel plans to get home. Our options were to pay $400+ to change our return flight to Friday, or change our Rental car reservation to drive it back to Denver which was a 16 hour drive one way. Since I didn’t want to incur any more travel expense loss I opted for the option of Driving back with the rental. This option would ultimately be void due to the rental car company running out of cars that evening. We waited at the airport for the rental car shuttle for 45 minutes and it never came. We ended up taking a Taxi to the Rental Car office and when we got there they said they were out of cars and that is why they stopped running the shuttle. Since our reserved hotel was in Rosenberg near the range and that was about an hours drive away, our only option was to walk to a hotel near the rental car office and get a room for the night. The rental car office said they would have more cars in the morning so the plan was to get a rental car early that morning and start our drive back to Denver. The next morning they kept dilly dallying on making cars available and wouldn’t have one until 9:30AM which would put us into Denver too late to turn it in at the Denver Airport. We had to change the plan again and go with the first option of paying for the last minute return flight on Friday. By that time the only flights available were at 5PM that evening. Since we had all day to burn in Houston until our flight, we went back to the rental car place and got a car for the day. By this time it was about lunch time so we made the trek to Killen’s BBQ. Killen’s BBQ is my favorite place for Beef Ribs and they were once again AWESOME!!! To me, eating at Killen’s was the only positive event of this trip to Texas. We were able to get back to Denver by about 9PM on Friday so the weekend wasn’t lost. This last minute match cancel cost me about $700 in wasted travel expenses due to non-refundable accommodations that I couldn’t use and a crazy expensive return flight. This is obviously a bitter pill to swallow. But to be totally honest, I would gladly pay that to NOT be at the range when that tornado hit. I seen pictures of the aftermath and it was crazy. Prop shipping containers and tractors were thrown around like toys. The stages and bays were completely shredded. Some bays had FEET of standing water. When Mother Nature decides to hand out a beat down, she doesn’t play around. Luckily nobody was hurt at the range during that tornado which is great. Matches, ranges, and equipment can be repaired or rebuilt. No match is worth loss of life or limb. As a Match Director myself, I absolutely would not want to be in the Area 4 teams shoes in dealing with that whole mess. Not only for the range/prop damage, but also wrangling hundreds of competitors in rescheduling the event. The Area 4 match staff is resilient though as they had already selected an alternate date to host the match on the weekend of July 20/21. This alternate date conflicts with the Big Horn Classic match in Grand Junction so I won’t be able to go back to the Area 4 match this year. I wish the Area 4 crew the best of luck though. They got dealt a rotten hand with the weather the first time around. Hopefully they don’t have to deal with that again, ever. Since I was back home on Friday night, I was able to get some work done around the house on Saturday. On Sunday I drove down to Pueblo to attend their club match and it was a lot of fun. Given how crazy this weekend started I was happy to do some shooting anywhere. Sometimes our plans don’t go as we expect. All we can do is deal with it as needed and make the best of the situation. I think this is the "Practical" part of the practical shooting game we love to participate in. Life happens, sometimes in ways that we don't expect.
  9. I agree with relying on the RO's judgement call when it applies to directly observed events like 180 breaks, AD's and stuff like that. But an Unsportsmanlike Conduct DQ is not one of those situations. In that kind of situation the whole scenario should be defined by the RO and shooter so it can be assessed properly by the RM.
  10. I have never understood the MD/RM mindset of blindly "Standing behind RO calls". Ruling calls are either valid or they are not regardless of who made the call. If an RO/CRO makes the wrong call which is overturned by the RM, and the RO/CRO take offense to the reversal then they shouldn't be doing the job in the first place. Making the RO/CRO "Feel Good" about their call should have nothing to do with the RM making the correct call based on the rules. How is the RO/CRO supposed to learn from their mistakes if the RM isn't willing to set them straight and also set the proper officiating example? Serving as an MD and RM myself, I have asked a few RO's who kept making the wrong call, or got butt hurt about their incorrect calls being reversed, to stop working and replaced them with better RO's mid match. This is never a fun situation to deal with, but it is required to set the proper expectation that poor officiating will not be tolerated. Either do the job competently or don't do the job. Its as simple as that.
  11. USPSA competitors will invest in whatever gun, gear, or ammo that will maximize their performance. If 40 cal brass becomes impossible to find and USPSA changes the division rules to make another caliber more viable, then competitors will switch to whatever is the new hotness. Competitors usually don't have issues with buying new stuff, even when its not really needed. Would there be whining? Absolutely. But that whining would be happening while they are shelling out $$$ for whatever the next thing is. Racing anything isn't cheap and nothing lasts forever. These are two realities that will never change. If that is too much for you to handle, then maybe racing stuff isn't the best hobby for you.
  12. That sounds like a bummer situation to experience. Some lessons are harder than others. Hopefully with the feedback listed here you will be better prepared to challenge this type of invalid DQ call. In my opinion the Arbitration process isn't used enough given how poorly the officiating happens at some matches. Most shooters don't know the rules well enough to keep overreaching RO's from bullying them around with their made up rules or strange rule interpretations. Knowing the rules is just as important as knowing how to shoot. We play a game that is governed by rules, there is no excuse in not knowing all of the rules. On the other side of the equation, just like you bring a backup gun, spare parts, or extra ammo, you should also keep a fresh $100 bill in your wallet just in case you need to Arbitrate an invalid ruling. I have luckily only been forced into this situation a few times over the years where an invalid ruling is being made, I escalate it to the RM or MD and request an Arbitration form with my $100 in hand. Every time this has happened to me, logical sense about the situation came to the surface when everyone involved realized that I wasn't screwing around about doing an official Arbitration and I could point out the specific rules that supported the correct ruling of the scenario. I am not going to allow an uneducated RO bully me with their invalid rulings because I know what the rules are and I am fully prepared to back it up with an Arbitration if needed.
  13. Gotta have points to divide by the stage time
  14. This past weekend I attended the Rocky Mountain 300. This is a 5 stage match where every stage is 60+ rounds. I shot the whole match on Friday as part of the match staff as I was tasked with being the Range Master at this event as well. The stages this year were fun and challenging. We didn’t have a memory stage like we have had in the past but I didn’t hear anyone complaining about it. Programming and executing a 60+ round memory stage successfully is usually a task that not many competitors could do with any level of consistency. Another large field course stage was used instead of the memory stage which everyone had fun with. I shot the match pretty solid with only a few minor mistakes here or there. I shot solid points through the whole match and didn’t have any penalties. For me the hardest part to this match is executing the 3 – 4 reloads per stage. As a limited shooter it’s a super rare occurrence to do 3 reloads during a stage run much less 4. I put a 4th mag pouch on my shooting belt only a few days before the match and didn’t have a lot of time to dry fire reloads to that 4th pouch. I am not going to lie, it felt pretty strange reaching back that far for a mag. It worked out during the match though as I didn’t bumble any reloads. I wasn’t trying to do rock star speedy reloads during the match though as I didn’t have any “extra” mags on my belt to recover from it. I watched several shooters fumble reloads and then have to pick up mags out of the dirt to finish the stages. I would rather donate a little bit of time during the reload to ensure it happened successfully than try to go crazy and have magazines fly everywhere. I am glad that I got a chance to do some “Mega Stage” live fire practice the Monday before. It takes a little while to get used to breaking down large round count stages that have plans that are 4 magazines deep. That and being mentally ok with shooting that much ammo in a single stage run. I wonder how many other shooters that attended the RM300 setup and practiced large mega round count stages before attending the match? The second part of my job this weekend was serving as the Range Master for the match. I did my best to proactively head off potential issues by checking and setting steel to the proper weight, verifying that the cardboard targets were being replaced properly, and assisting the RO’s in formulating an optimized scoring strategy. I only had a handful of steel calibration challenges for the whole match and all of them were the result of edge hits or super low hits on the steel. All of these challenges resulted in the steel falling when shot with the calibration gun/ammo. We had a handful of DQ’s which all were associated with a 180 break of some kind. I only had a few scoring calls to make. The one thing that surprised me as the RM is how many shooters had to switch to their backup guns. I don’t remember the exact number but it had to be 10+ shooters who requested to switch to their backup guns because their primary was failing. I assessed and approved all of these gun swaps, that wasn’t an issue. But it just seemed strange to me that so many people had gun issues that caused problems during the match. Maybe it was a mixture of large round count stages and them using a random mixture of extra magazines they don’t normally use? Either way, it was strange to see that many guns have issues. When all of the shooting was finished on Saturday and the scores were posted I ended up winning Limited division by 12% over my buddy Nick Brazzale who got second place. It was a lot of fun and I am glad that my practice and preparation for the match paid off. Listed below is the video of my match. Hopefully we can do it all again next year!!!
  15. Wait until you attend a match and forget a key item (Gun, Ammo, Shooting Belt, Magazines, Sandwich, etc) and your fellow competitors will go out of their way to help you out. Personally I bring twice as much ammo and double the magazines I really need just for that exact situation. It allows me to help others out in a pinch without putting myself into a bind. I also find it funny the "Backup gun" I bring to major matches has been used more by others in need than I have used it at major matches. Hopefully I have paid it forward enough over the years that someone will come to my rescue when I need it at a match.
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