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  1. Why not call Winchester and ask them directly?
  2. There are no roll sizer machines that I know of that roll size and decap the brass at the same time. There is probably something like that ammo manufactures use but its probably not something you would be willing to pay $$$$$$$ for.
  3. To the OP's question/rant..... The issue you ran into is usually mitigated by the MD ensuring that each squad is seeded with enough experienced working shooters or certified RO's. Ever since "Self Squading" has been deployed, both on paper or online, the challenge of balancing each squad with effective workers has become much more difficult. For the average competitor when they self squad there is zero attention paid to who on that squad can RO effectively. As an MD who also regularly attends all of the local matches in my section, I know who the workers and consumers are. When I am running my match and I see a squad biased towards primarily having "Consumer" shooters, I will move those people around to other squads. They will whine about getting moved and I will tell them straight up that I can't afford to have a squad full of do nothing dead beats. By not stepping up when needed you lose your choice in where you get to squad. If you want to guarantee your position on a squad you better get to work and help RO. As a competitor who is also ROing but feel that they are getting taken advantage of by the slacking of the rest of the squad, you need to escalate the issue to the MD so they can step in and solve the issue. As an MD myself, I have had to forfeit my own match so I could move over to a "Dead Beat" squad and take over the ROing and general administration of how the squad should be working through the stages. Its the job of the MD to solve problems, not let their customers suffer through a match.
  4. More = Creative and Realistic Stage designs that test a wide range of skills. People willing to roll up their sleeves and get to work on match day to help make it all happen. Less = Follow the leader stages. People whining about things when they are not willing to be part of the solution. General laziness of match staff. Do the job right or don't do the job.
  5. Check out the CR Speed C-BAX hanger. It has the standard triangle three whole mounting plate. The advantage the C-BAX hanger has over the Boss or Springer hangers is that you can adjust the angle of the gun in ALL directions just like most Race Holsters. The Boss and Springer hangers can't easily adjust the rotation angle of the gun (Moving the grip closer or further away from the belt by twisting it).
  6. If you can get away with not push through or roll sizing your 40 brass, good for you. I don’t have the opportunity to capture all of “my” brass when shooting. This means that I primarily use random mixed brass shot through god know what. Doing this requires that I push through or roll size my brass before I load it. Doing this dramatically improves case gauging and feeding reliability so it’s totally worth it to me. I have also seen many other 40 cal shooters try to get away with not push through sizing or roll sizing and then battle random ammo induced jams on a regular basis.
  7. Limited Division Tip - Accept the fact that you will have to push through or roll size all of your 40 brass before you reload it. Way too many new Limited division shooters try everything possible to not push through size or roll size their brass before loading it and it leads to a bunch of wasted time and inconsistent functionality. Embrace the suck up front and push through size or roll size your 40 brass before loading it. Does it suck doing so? Yes. Will it dramatically reduce your random feeding issues? YES!!!
  8. Why not use a carry gun with a "Normal" 1911/2011 grip angle? If you want Glock like function and reliability with a "normal" grip angle check out the CZ P10 pistols.
  9. If the root of the issue is an inconsistent firing hand grip position on the gun while drawing it from the holster, then you need to assess the position of the gun in comparison to your relaxed hand/wrist position. If the gun is at a funky angle or height while holstered and you have to "Drive" your hand/wrist to a strange position in order to place your hand on the gun then it will not be consistent. Especially when you try to do it fast. Even though each division has its equipment placement restrictions, you need to at least attempt to position the gun and mags so that you can access them with the highest level of hand/wrist/arm efficiency. The easiest way to assess the position of your gun is to start with your hands/arms completely relaxed at sides. Then raise your hand/arm slowly to place your hand on the grip of the gun using the least amount of muscles. Pay close attention to all of the muscles and movements you need in order for the palm of your hand to evenly touch the back strap of the grip. Reposition your gun as needed to eliminate wasted movements. The only things that should be moving are your hand and arm. Not the shoulder, waist, head, etc. Positioning the gun so that you can grab at it during the draw with the least amount of physical movement will dramatically improve the consistent positioning of your hand on the gun during the draw. Especially when you start to inject aggression and hand speed into the process. The more inefficient your hand/wrist/arm movement is, the less consistent it is going to be.
  10. For a competition gun you shouldn’t need backup iron sights. If you have a dot failure mid stage then you can fix it for the next stage or swap to a backup gun. If the dot fails mid run then you simply have to embrace the suck and get through it the best you can by point shooting the targets. If the desire for backup iron’s is to help “find” the dot then you are setting yourself up for failure. You need to put in the dry fire work to optimize the presentation of the gun so the dot is in the middle of the Glass any time the gun is presented between your face and a target. Start by pointing the gun at a target with the dot in the middle of the glass using a normal two handed grip. Then lower the gun to the middle point of the draw stroke while maintaining a two handed grip. Punch the gun out to the fully mounted position and see where the dot is in the glass. Keep working that until the dot is consistently presented in the middle of the glass while on the aiming spot on the target. Once that is refined add building the grip with the presentation. Once that is refined add gripping the gun in the holster with the presentation. Doing it piece by piece like this will pin point “where” in the draw stroke the presentation of the dot in the middle of the glass fails. This process will likely take thousands of presentations in order to build the biomechanic consistency needed to reliably see the dot in the center of the glass any time the gun is between your face and the target. Embrace the suck because it’s going to take a while. It will take even longer if you bounce around using different guns and platforms.
  11. I think there is a pretty big disconnect between what people THINK about others on the range but won't say anything directly to the offenders vs what people whine about on forums where they can hide behind their keyboards. As a USPSA Club Match Director I have lost count of how many times one shooter will complain to me about another shooter but they will absolutely NOT talk to the other shooter directly for whatever reason. On one side of the street I realize that I am producing a product (the match) that some consumers feel that I am there to solve all of their issues, including social interaction issues with others. I try my best to handle these situations in an equitable manner. But on the other side of the street I feel that we are all adults and with that comes responsibility in trying to resolve stuff on your own. If you have an issue with someone else, then take it up with them directly in a tactful manner as any functional adult should be able to do. I also want to point out that its much easier for people to assume that someone will act in a certain undesirable way because of what their classification is or if they have a fancy shooting jersey or not. Over my years of attending matches all over the US and meeting new people its surprising how many times I have heard "You are a lot nicer than I expected being a GM or for wearing a shooting jersey". These people instantly judged me as being a detriment to the sport or squad in some manner simply because of my classification or because I was wearing a jersey with sponsors on it. The solution to this is to not assume anyone will behave in any predicted manner and allow each person the opportunity to set a real first impression based on their actions. Lastly, if you experience competitors attending matches and acting in a manner that isn't appropriate or respectful of others, then DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT YOURSELF!!! Pull that person aside and point out what they are doing wrong along with providing some potential solutions. Most of the time they don't even realize that they are doing something wrong. There are very few people attending matches that are doing negative stuff in an intentional nefarious manner. Most of the time its simple ignorance of the situation. I have lost count of how many times I have attended a local club match, been working my tail off and notice someone on my squad that isn't pulling their weight. I walk right up to them and tell them to quit slacking off and get to work like the rest of us. This may be a little more abrasive or direct than what most others feel comfortable with doing, but guess what, it gets the job done. I call it like I see it with zero sugar coating and everyone that shoots with me regularly understand that reality. If a squad mate whines to me about another person on the squad, I tell them to grow a pair and take their issue up with that person directly. Everyone involved needs to take ownership in keeping the squad on task while also keeping it fun. I don't want to be the task master of the squad. I am there to have fun too.
  12. I like your optimism in thinking that someone else is going to read your post about striker spring testing with a specific spring & primer, when you didn't even do that yourself and had to find out the hard way. People are too lazy to research this stuff proactively to make an informed decision up front. That reality will never change. Such is human nature.
  13. Just like any other pistol that uses light striker/hammer springs to make the trigger pull weight lighter, you need to use soft primers to get reliable ignition. Federal primers are the softest and the best choice when using lighter striker/hammer springs. I am not sure why that same lesson needs to be relearned for the 972347892873489237 time when people start screwing around with their springs.
  14. I have used many different passive ear plug (Molded to your ear, generic plugs, with and without filters), as well as electronic in ear and over ear hearing protection. For MANY years I used custom molded in ear plugs that had a passive tube/filter installed. These work great for good hearing protection and allow you to hear normal conversations while muffling shots. If they are made properly they are very comfortable to wear all day. They usually cost $50 - $100 depending on who you get them from. The only negative to these passive tube/filter molded plugs is that wind noise is pretty annoying and hard to eliminate. Some manufactures build a foam piece into the outer portion of the tube which minimized the wind noise, but it still happens. A couple of years ago I one a Certificate for a pair of ESP Hearing Protection Digital Stealth model electronic ears. The ESP Stealth ears work great for both hearing protection and volume control while also reducing the loud sounds to a normal level. I basically set the volume to create a "Normal" level of hearing I would have without them. Doing this makes using them feel "Normal" from a general hearing perspective while reducing the "BOOM's" to a normal conversation level volume. They also electronically filter out all of the wind noise which can't be eliminated with passive plugs. I would consider the ESP Stealth Digital ears essential in a live fire training scenario where you are regularly switching between shooting and talking during classes. This is simply because I don't have to take on/off or in/out the ears every time I want to talk or shoot. I would consider these electronic ears overkill for the average shooter attending matches. The primary negative for the ESP Stealth Digital ears are the cost at a starting point of $2100. That is very expensive given that the only real advantage is the elimination of wind noise over a $50 - $100 Molded Passive filter plug setup. The only other benefit to the electronic ears I can think of is if you already have hearing loss and you need sound to be amplified in order to hear properly. Basically put, if you are using hearing aids already then getting a dedicated set of shooting ones would make sense. To be totally honest, if I didn't win the ESP certificate that covered the majority of the cost I wouldn't spend that much money on hearing protection and continue to use the molded passive filter plugs.
  15. Do the job right or don’t do the job. It’s as simple as that.
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