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  1. Every Area match has its positives and negatives as well as its unique flavor of stages and how its run (Just like any other major match). It would be really hard to consider one Area match the "Best" because all of the clubs hosting an Area match bust their asses to make their match the best it can be. For one Area match to be significantly better than the others it would mean that all the others are doing something significantly wrong, which isn't the case. Most competitors Area match preferences are going to be directly correlated with their location. Most competitors will travel a few states away from home to attend a major match. Very few are willing to fly across the country to attend a major. There are even fewer that attend all of the area matches. So finding an unbiased review of ALL the area matches is going to be very difficult to find. Basically put, its pretty rare that you are going to have a bad experience when attending any Area match. There are a few that may have a stage flavor that you don't prefer. For example, a bunch of stages with circus props that have nothing to do with testing practical shooting skills. But that information is relatively easy to find.
  2. I hope all is going well on your side. We missed you on Sunday
  3. This past weekend I was in Midland Texas presenting a 2 Day Big Panda Performance Competition class. It was a lot of fun making some new friends while helping them discover new ways to do things. There was a lot of learning, pews, and laughs through the whole weekend which was great. It was a ton of work and travel to pull this class off but it was all worth it to see those "Light Bulb" moments happen. I am really looking forward to seeing these shooters skills evolve as they put in the work after the class to improve their performance. I want to thank the Midland Texas shooters for inviting me out to do some training with them. Hopefully we can do it again sometime in the future
  4. Most firing pin stops need to be fitted to the slide and extractor. If that is done correctly then it shouldn't shift around when you shoot the gun. From what you described it sounds like the existing firing pin stop wasn't fit properly and is flopping around within the channel. That is a really good way to break one of the corners off the back of the slide near the extractor tunnel.
  5. 07yzryder> Do yourself a favor and take a class from a top trainer before you waste a bunch of time and effort trying to figure it all out on your own. Your location says Las Vegas which is also where JJ Racaza is located. JJ is a world class shooter, trainer and person in general. He will get you on the correct path in short order. http://jjracazatraining.com/
  6. The Colorado Winter Weather was against us this past weekend. We got a bunch of snow late last week and then it remained really cold through the weekend which made the snow and ice linger. I really wanted to get outdoors to attend a match or do some training but the match was canceled and it was too cold to practice. This shooting down time gave me a chance to get caught back up on some reloading. I set the goal of reloading 10K over the weekend, but I was only able to get 5K done. I broke the plastic indexing ring twice on my Dillon 650 during the reloading sessions. That part is the “Deepest” one to replace which requires taking pretty much everything apart on the ram, which is a time consuming process. I also took these two failure events to do a detailed disassembly and clean on the ram parts as well as the primer system. I think I figured out the indexer ring breaking issue though which is good. The front most screw that holds the ram to the main shaft had been tightened so many times that it pushed out the aluminum and the indexer ring was binding on the aluminum. I took the extra material off of the aluminum and also reduced the diameter of the screw head to ensure that it would clear the indexer ring. After doing that it was running a lot smoother so I hope that fixed the issue. After fixing that I only got about 1K reloaded so I am not sure if it really fixed the issue fully or not. We will see when I do another multi-thousand round reloading session. It was nice to get my 40 caliber ammo reserves restocked. I still need to get another 5K done before I feel like I will be in a comfortable level of reserves. I will save that reloading effort for another forced day off due to poor winter weather. On Monday I was able to attend an indoor match at the Whistling Pines Gun Club in Colorado Springs. I shot this match fairly solid except for the classifier. On the classifier I got a poor grip on the gun and decided to just shoot anyway and racked up two Deltas and a miss. These were my only deltas or shooting penalty for the match. I guess I won’t make GM with that performance. The three other field course stages were a mixture of box to box movement and position blending. The box to box stages were the same basic scenario of shooting aggressively from each box while scrambling hard between boxes. The position blending stage was really cool as the targets and visual barriers were laid out in a manner that allowed you to blend all of the shooting positions into one another if you kept your feet and gun running the whole time. I destroyed the position blending stage by eliminating all shooting delays between positions. That was a very cool stage that would have been fun to reshoot a bunch of times trying different levels of shooting or foot movement aggression. The Whistling Pines match will be my last match to shoot until the end of December. Next weekend I am going to Texas to present a Big Panda Performance class, then the following weekend I am going on a week long cruise with my lovely wife. These trips along with the Christmas Holidays will force me to take some time off from shooting for most of December. This time off will be a bummer but it’s probably a good thing given how hard I have been hitting it all year long.
  7. You are the exception to the rule because you actually know how these guns work and build you own guns. 90% of the Open shooters out there don't even know how to tune something simply like an extractor or magazine feed lips. 99% of them don't know how to build and troubleshoot their own gun. The vast majority of Open shooters out there don't have the mechanical knowledge or troubleshooting skills to keep on top of a 9 Major setup to make it reliable. If that wasn't the true we wouldn't have endless "Why is my gun jamming?" threads on this very forum. Your situation is very similar to how Auto Mechanics can get away with having daily driver that is what others would consider an unreliable POS. But that POS works great for them because they know exactly how to PROACTIVELY keep that ride running with minimal drama.
  8. All of the 9 Major lovers need to include lost match fee's and travel expenses associated with the reduced reliability of 9 major vs 38SC. 9 Major is "Cheap" until you start donating match fees and travel expenses because its unreliable. There is no denying the fact that 9 Major has much worse feeding and extraction reliability than 38 Super Comp. No to mention all of the additional head ache of sorting and inspecting the 9mm brass to eliminate all of the crappy brass. I have seen plenty of 9 Major open shooters waste thousands of dollars in match fee's and travel expenses while battling gun and ammo issues directly related to 9 Major ammo. This really comes down to a risk vs reward situation.
  9. 5.11 Traverse 2.0 pants are the best practical shooting pants I have found and use them exclusively now. The material used is water resistant, thin and flexible. Plenty of pockets and belt loops big enough for a normal competition inner/outer belt setup. They are not cheap, but are also worth their extra cost.
  10. Yes, but most people can’t stop moving their head to the next target while they are firing the shot.
  11. Turning your head to initiate the transition usually results in a poor hit on the final shot in the prior array. Keeping your head still but moving only your eyes to the next target achieves the same goal while maintaining good quality hits on the last target.
  12. Here you go.... I also prefer to cut the width of the paddles down as I don't rest my thumb on the safety while shooting. I only need enough paddle width to flip it off reliably with either hand. The cool thing about these safeties is that the paddles come fairly wide in their standard configuration. The shooters who like to rest their thumb on them with their normal grip will like the width of the unmodified paddle. Or you can cut it back as far as you need to make it just right.
  13. I pulled together the below video to showcase the new Atlas Gunworks High Grip Shielded Thumb Safeties. If you have issues with bumping the safety back on with the heel of your support hand, or getting your thumb in the slide while shooting, these new Atlas safeties are the solution. These awesome safeties have solved both of those issues for me and I am sure it will help many others as well. These “High Grip” safeties come in a few different versions (Ambi Shielded, Single Sided Shielded, and Ambi non-shielded) to suit whatever style of safety you need. As with any aftermarket safety it needs to be fitted to your 1911/2011 by a competent gunsmith to ensure reliable and safe functionality. https://atlasgunworks.com/product/atlas-gunworks-high-grip-shielded-ambi-thumb-safety/
  14. This past weekend was a bust from an outdoor match perspective. We got hit with some snow on Friday which lead to the cancellation of the SoCo outdoor match on Saturday. The weather was warm on Saturday but it would have been a muddy mess at the range so canceling the match was a good call. On Sunday I was able to get out to the range for some live fire and equipment testing. I started out the testing by dialing in one of my AR’s that I put an adjustable gas block on. This AR was over gassed with the non-adjustable gas block as the brass was ejecting at a two O’clock position when shooting slow and a one O’clock position when shooting fast. I also tested out some different weight buffers to see how it felt. I preferred the standard weight carbine buffer with a reduced gas setting that had the brass coming out at a consistent three O’clock trajectory regardless of shooting speed. This setup was still cycling and locking the bolt back reliably. This AR also has a JP low mass bolt carrier as well. With the proper gas setting this bad boy shoots super flat with minimal felt recoil. I brought my 14.5 inch pin & weld comp AR to test as well which has no “Go Fast” trick stuff on it. It has a normal weight bolt carrier, non-adjustable gas block, and an H1 carbine buffer. Shooting that AR back to back with the other was a night and day difference in felt recoil and muzzle rise. The 14.5 inch AR hits harder in the shoulder and the gun rises more during recoil mainly due to the excessive gas and heavier bolt carrier. For fun I threw the JP Low Mass bolt carrier in the 14.5 inch AR just to see how it felt and it dramatically reduced the shoulder thump felt recoil. I am going to put an adjustable gas block and JP low mass bolt carrier in the 14.5 inch AR as well to make it just as fun to shoot as my other AR. As part of this AR testing I also got a chance to play with my new LabRadar chrono. This chrono is pretty slick and seems to be really accurate. I tested measuring both rifle and pistol rounds and it could pick them both up without any issues. The user interface is a little funky to get used to when trying to review a string of shots. But it also has an app that you can use on your phone which makes reviewing the data much easier. Now that I know it works I want to compare its accuracy to my old Competition Electronics chrono. I am not sure if I can set the two up in a manner that will allow me to shoot through the old one and still have the LabRadar one accurately measure the velocity of the round due to the old chrono being in the way. I might have to shoot each one independently and see what the average looks like? We will see how it goes the next time I get a chance to play with it. After the toys were played with I was able to get some live fire practice in with my Limited gun. It was getting a windy by then so we setup a very basic box to box style stage with targets around the sides and back of the berm to make it as wind resistant as possible. With a limited stage setup like this I decided to make the gun handling and shooting requirements as difficult as possible. The stage procedure was standing outside of the first shooting box with the gun unloaded and holstered. On the start signal you had to load the gun and engage three paper target and two mini poppers from the first box then engage two middle paper targets on the move towards the second box. Then perform a reload and engage a mirrored array of targets from the right box. This was a cool challenge because you couldn’t dilly dally in your gun handling or shooting on the move or you would waste a lot of stage time. The interesting thing I found in this stage is that since I was shooting on the move I would end up at a different step count position while initiating the reload which would result in an inconsistent grip on the magazine. To eliminate this issue I had to bend sideways at the waist during the reload in the same manner that I would do when going to the second or third pouch to get a consistent grip on the magazine in the first pouch. Once I started deploying the “bend sideways slightly” body position during the reload they started happening consistently. Cool stuff!!! Sunday night I was able to attend an outlaw indoor match at the Trigger Time Gun Club. This was a three stage match so not a lot of shooting was had, but it was fun. My squad started on the large field course stage that was 36 rounds and required two reloads for the optimal stage plan. This plan had you shooting 10 rounds on the first mag, 20 on the second then 6 on the third. The second mag worth of shooting was a lot of up close rage blasting so it was pretty risky to shoot a 20 round plan for me but it worked out. At the end of the stage you could shoot one target on the move while entering the final position then finish stationary for the last two targets. While I was shooting the first target on the move I was having a hell of a time seeing my sights due to the poor lighting in that part of the bay. I called one shot bad and then two more shots marginal. When I was done I ended up with two misses on that target where the hits were in the neck are but that portion was blacked out with hard cover. This was one of those situations where I was struggling to see my front sight so I pointed the muzzle a little high to “find” it, then once I found it I started shooting with it still biased high. It was a bummer to rack up two misses on the first stage but given the lighting conditions and knowing what I ended up doing to produce the mikes I was fine with it. Seeing iron sights effectively indoors is still difficult and will always be that way. I shot the remaining two short stages solidly and they were fun. It was a fun night shooting a match with friends. At least I got to shoot a match this weekend. Monday night I was planning on going up to the Front Range Gun Club in Loveland but a huge snow storm hit us in the afternoon. I could have braved the snow storm and drove up there but it would have been a miserable drive. In normal clear driving conditions it takes me over an hour to drive up there from my house. It would have been at least a 2 hour drive to get up there for the match and probably a 3 hour drive to get home after the match. All of that driving in blizzard conditions wasn’t something I wanted to do for an indoor club match so I decided to stay home instead. Being a Quitter sucks, but not potentially dying on the highway in a blizzard makes me feel like less of a quitter.
  15. I can confirm that exact situation in fact happens. Several years ago we offered a single basic decision to be made during the distribution of lunch and it added 30 minutes total to the whole process. Needless to say options or decisions like that have been eliminated from the lunch time process. Now it goes like this. Here is your yummy food, thanks for coming, now beat it so we can get the next guy their food. Another food related factor that you have to account for is how much trash is generated by the specific things you choose to distribute. Making the wrong decisions with excessive individually rapped items can easily double or triple the amount of trash generated. Double the trash requires double the frequency in emptying the trash or then you have extensive cleanup after the match because there is trash everywhere.
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