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  1. With fall here and winter weather making outdoor activities a challenge this is usually the time when practical shooters start to perform more of their practice indoors at home. With that in mind I pulled together the below video to help people test and hone their movement and gun handling skills at home. The intent of this drill is to define a position to position movement distance, then figure out what the par time would be for that movement running as hard as you can without doing anything with your gun but establish a solid stance in the destination. In the example in the video this par time ended up being 1.6 seconds. Use this same par time as you integrate more gun handling activities. The goal is to maintain the same par time even though you are adding more gun handling tasks. If your time increases as you add more gun handling activities that is where you need to assess the footage and figure out where you are the extra time is coming from. I don't know how many hours of dry fire practice I have invested in these type of drills over the years but it has been a LOT and I continue to find value in doing them. Enjoy and Get to Work!!!
  2. So did you at least bring this thread to the offending CRO/RO's attention? I say give these people the opportunity to learn from their mistakes to keep it from happening again. The "I am going to say nothing and never come back" strategy doesn't help fix anything long term. We can whine about stuff and not be part of the solution or we can point out things that can be improved while engaging in the solution. I guess this is the primary difference between a consumer shooter who expects everything to be catered for them and a volunteer shooter who pitches in to help make it happen.
  3. The hit evidence is still required. If a bullet hits a metal wall support how do you know if the hole in the cardboard isn't metal from the wall support and not the bullet? That is why you need to look for a grease ring or crown in the hole.
  4. The answer is in the hit evidence on the metal wall. If the hit on the wall is full diameter then its a mike regardless of what is seen on the cardboard. If the hit is not full diameter then you need to find evidence of a grease mark or crown in the hole within the target as the rule states.
  5. The rule book is your friend.... 9.5.5 - Enlarged holes in cardboard targets which exceed the competitor’s bullet diameter will not count for score or penalty unless there is visible evidence within the remnants of the hole (e.g. a grease mark or a “crown” etc.), to eliminate a presumption that the hole was caused by a ricochet or splatter.
  6. A grease ring is not required. A radius is required to determine a hit or not.
  7. The amount of brass shown on the rib in your picture shows that there is a lot of friction there. If it is polished and lubed well enough there shouldn’t be any brass transfer to the rib.
  8. The more coke bottle shape the brass has the worse this issue will be. An EGW U-Die will make the coke bottle shape more pronounced. You can also polish the rib under the slide that goes back from the breach face edge. If there is excessive friction there it will pull the next round forward. I used to polish that rib and also keep it lubed well to minimize the friction.
  9. The edge being rounded and smooth is more important than the angle.
  10. Back when I used to shoot EAA/Tanfo Limited guns this "Top Round Getting Biased Forward, causing mags not to drop free" issue was always a problem on new slides or guns. The root of the issue is the sharp corner on the bottom edge of the breach face. The bottom edge of the breach face is what is used to pick the top round out of the magazine when the slide cycles. If the bottom edge of the breach face is a sharp 90 degree edge it will catch on the next round in the mag and pull it forward like you are experiencing. The solution is to file the bottom edge of the breach face to round it off and smooth it out. That way when it scrapes across the "next" round it can't push it forward. I had to make this modification to nearly all of the EAA/Tanfo Limited guns I owned. Why they don't do that from the factory to start off with is beyond my understanding. This issue also gets worse the more your brass has a coke bottle shape when you load it because there is more of a dip for the breach face edge to catch on in the middle of the brass.
  11. Nothing lasts forever, especially when you start putting random "Cool looking" cuts in the slide. Replace the slides and with the round count you listed the barrels as well.
  12. The 2019 USPSA High Cap Nationals is now in the books. The Open/PCC match was run on the first three days then the Limited/Carry Optics match was run on the final three days. I volunteered to RO the Open/PCC match and was put on Stage 20. Working the match was a lot of work but it was cool to watch the shooters tackle stage 20. Stage 20 had a diagonal shooting area with a bunch of open targets that could be engaged between wall gaps from static positions or on the move. The interesting thing about this was that most of these targets that could be engaged on the move were at a humbling distance of 15 – 19 yards. Engaging these targets on the move would produce the best stage time but you also had to shoot at an aggressive pace to make it worth it. There were an astounding amount of deltas and mikes on these “Shoot them on the move” targets. Even the Super Squad shooters were struggling to get their hits on those targets while shooting on the move. Working the match was a lot of work but it was nice to give back by volunteering my time to help out. Since I was still nursing a wounded right knee I did my best to not hurt it more while working the match. This worked out pretty good as there were only a couple of times when I crouched too much to cause excessive pain. Every night I rested my right knee and iced it for at least an hour. I kept my fingers crossed the whole time that it would be healed up enough to not be a significant issue during the Limited match when I was shooting. Lucky for me, the rest and healing before the Limited match was enough to get me through. It was painful to crouch, squat and kneel but most of the time the pain wasn’t mega bad. I told myself up front that I was going to give it my all regardless of the pain and hoped that my knee wouldn’t blow out completely during the process. Through the match the most difficult positions for my knee were the two really low ports that required you to kneel on it. On Day 1 of the Limited match I was SUPER lucky that my squad had stage 20 as our last stage of the day. Stage 20 had one of these low ports that you had to run into and slam down into a kneeling position. When I shot the stage I slammed down into the position with my right knee and the pain was really bad. I finished the stage then struggled to get back up. My right leg was spasming due to the pain and I had to hand off my gun to the RO so I could use both of my hands and only my left leg to get back up. The mega pain in the right knee subsided after about 30 minutes which was good and I gave it two separate icing sessions that night. Surprisingly the next morning my right knee was back to the same pain level it was at the start of Day 1. I thought for sure it was going to be worse due to the last stage knee slam the day before but it wasn’t. Day 2 had another low kneeling port but this one had you getting into the position much more gently. It hurt to kneel on it but the pain was nothing near what happened the day before. Even though I tried my best to keep my bum knee from running hard and crouching deep in positions I still found myself wimping out here or there through the match. Especially when it came to doing repeated dry fire runs of stages or positions. My other battle for the match was the ebb and flow of trying to shoot aggressively with the new sight setup. I didn’t want to shoot too slow with the new sight setup because the sight picture didn’t look “normal” compared to my old setup. I was pushing the envelope of shooting aggression while still trying to call my shots effectively and had marginal results. Way too many Delta hits that I thought I called Charlies. I also had three mystery Mikes that I called Deltas while shooting and was leaving the positions but they ended up being Mikes. The ultra confusing thing about this is that I also had several marginal or bad called shots that were exactly what I called them and I was able to subconsciously make them up with better hits. With about 2500 rounds on the new “bigger” sight setup before starting the Nationals its really not much of a surprise that I wasn’t able to call my shots solidly. I know from prior sight size swaps that it usually takes me about 10K – 15K of shooting with a new sight setup to get back to a solid subconscious shot calling mode. I simply didn’t have the time to get that much shooting done between the time of swapping them and attending the nationals. On the other side of the coin, I also know that with shooting the AM/PM/AM schedule for the nationals that my Old smaller sight setup would have failed me on the morning stages when the lighting wasn’t optimal. I would rather use a sight setup I can see but am not 100% burned into vs not being able to see anything. Sometimes you have to pick the best of two poor choices and this was one of those situations. Overall I felt that I had shot an “OK” match performance. I didn’t have any mega disasters or super rock star stage runs. I racked up 5 mikes and 1 no shoot total which was too much for sure, but I primarily associate that with incorrect shot calling using the new sights. I also know that I probably left about 10 seconds of combined stage time on the table due to my bum right knee. When the results were tallied I ended up 15th overall in Limited which is still a respectable finish given the depth of talent attending. I know that if I was tuned into the new sight setup and my knee wasn’t jacked up that earning a top 10 finish would have been totally possible. But it simply wasn’t meant to be this time around. Sometimes you have to roll with the punches and do the best you can.
  13. Awesome review!!! I am glad you are enjoying the book.
  14. The age old question of “Do I dump money into polishing a turd or not”. The appropriate age old response of “Buy once, Cry once” applies.
  15. This past weekend I attended the Colorado State Champs hosted in Byers Colorado. I was scheduled to shoot the whole match on Friday then RO a stage over the weekend. I did my best to baby my right knee through the week leading up to the match and hoped that it would be healed enough to get me through the match. But my knee wasn’t up to the task. On Friday I got through five stages before I had to call it quits. I was in pain the whole time and that was super distracting during my stage runs. The pain is really bad any time I crouch or squat which unfortunately is pretty much the whole time I am shooting a stage. I can walk around in a normal upright stance without much pain which is good. But crouching with a slight bent knee stance is brutal. The last stage I shot had a wobbly bridge that you had to jump up on and shoot from a couple of different positions. The knee pain while on that wobbly bridge is what ultimately did me in. After that I knew my shooting that day was done and took off my gear then put my shooting stuff back in the car. I didn’t want to be “That Guy” and leave my squad because I couldn’t shoot anymore. So I ROed my squad through the rest of the match. I am glad that I could still help out with ROing that day so I wouldn’t be a total loser. It absolutely sucked to quit half way through a match due to an injury. My match performance up to that point wasn’t very solid due to being in pain and worrying about my knee giving out completely in the middle of the stage run. I also didn’t want to completely blow my knee out by grinding through the rest of the match then be totally screwed for the Nationals. After assessing the whole situation it was fairly easy for me to call it quits which will allow me more healing time before the nationals. I just hope that my right knee will get healed up enough between now and the nationals. I did my best to keep from injuring my knee more through the rest of the weekend while ROing. It didn’t hurt bad as I could stand and walk around without crouching most of the time which was good. But being on my feet all day at the range for three days straight didn’t do it any favors. We will see how it goes over the next week. I hope that it can heal up before the nationals. If not I am going to embrace the suck and hobble through the stages as good as I can. No tapping out of the Nationals!!! The good from this weekend is that I was able to swap the front sight on my Primary Atlas Titan to get the vertical POI to match my Secondary blaster. Now they are both dead on at 10 yards and about an inch high at 20 yards. I was also able to shoot the stage I ROed for fun several times to get some more run time on the new sight setup. My stage didn’t have much movement on it so it was perfect for my wounded knee situation. It also had a really good mixture of Easy, Medium and Hard shots. This new sight setup is working a lot better than my old setup, especially on the “Shadow” targets. Being able to see the top corners of the front sight again is awesome. Since I was testing both of my blasters it also gave me a chance to really see how they compared back to back. Doing this back to back blaster testing also identified a slight difference in the trigger pull on my Primary. The trigger pull on the Primary has a slightly heavier sear push through wall than the Secondary. This slightly heavier sear push through weight was causing me to anticipate the shot and push the gun down slightly on the difficult shots. I was able to get the trigger reworked on the Primary to match the secondary and now they both feel identical. I won’t have any time to do live fire practice between now and the nationals. I have to fly to Seattle for work tomorrow and won’t get back until Friday. Then I drive to the Nationals on Saturday. I am ROing the Open/PCC match at the Nationals then Shooting the Limited match. I am going to bring a bunch of extra ammo out there and try to shoot on the function fire bays each day before the start of the Limited match. Hopefully that will give me enough run time on the new sights to make it feel more normal. I also hope that my right knee will be healed up to not cause me the same issues as it did this past weekend. My fingers are crossed and I am going to give it my best.
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