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    Jim Baldree

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  1. You are going to need a crew. Figure one responsible party per stage, plus someone to handle registration. Your job is to get those people organized and busy doing what they do. If you try and do everything yourself, you will last about three matches. Spread the love around. Get a good inventory of all your props / equipment, and make sure items don't get double booked when designing stages. If you are new to designing stages, then find an experienced competitor to help you out. Stages don't need to be complicated or gimmicky to be good. Someone who shoots sectional / state / area / national matches probably has a collection of match booklets with good stages, or at least can remember their favorites. Make sure your tablets are charged and the timers have good batteries. Getting back to the help thing, as an example our club has USPSA, Steel and 3 gun divisions. each division has a responsible party, plus at least two other volunteered co-MDs. On USPSA days, there are at least five people on hand that know where everything is, and how to get stuff done. The MD hands out assignments, turns everyone loose, and then makes sure things happen smoothly. Learn to delegate and then get out of the way.
  2. Somebody explain this to me like I’m 2. How does dropping a mag into a SS legal holster even begin to be remotely helpful? I’m trying to picture picking up the mag with the gun hand, dropping into the holster, then actually grabbing the gun and going, and then trying to reload out of the holster. Maybe I’m missing the concept here, but all I can think of is retarded gaming or brain fart. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  3. I run an outlaw steel match for our club. Basically it is Rio's Tuesday Night Steel, but we do it on Wednesday's. Anyhow, 2 stages are action steel type shooting and one stage will be a steel challenge type of stage. I try to keep each stage at 25 rounds, so 75 minimum for the match. The match fee of $15 allows one to shoot it as many times as they want to. A couple of times a year I will throw in a 4 to 8 stage match on an empty weekend, half action steel and half steel challenge. I got to this format by polling our members at the end of every season. The action type stages are preferred around here by a ten to one ratio. My advice, copy some Rio stages from off of Youtube videos for a few matches, and then ask your members. Don't worry, they'll tell you what they liked and what they didn't. In fact, I'm not sure why more clubs don't do this. We do this for our steel, USPSA and 3 gun divisions yearly. It makes it real easy to find out what's working and what isn't.
  4. I would echo this sentiment. In my neck of the woods, we have two clubs, one non profit and one for profit. Full disclosure, I am on the board of the non profit. We are very lucky to have double digit numbers of willing volunteers, so things get done. Props are built and repaired, new stuff is ordered, etc. We are a 4 bay club, but could easily outfit a 8 to 10 bay match. The for-profit club does not have that volunteerism spirit. The guy that runs it is nice enough, and has done a lot to promote practical shooting and gun rights, but at the end of the day it's for profit and not many are willing to help him out unless they are getting paid or a discounted match fee. Let's face it, it would be very tough to run a viable for profit match, paying every one that helps out what they would deserve. On to the shirt thing, I've worked a couple of matches and shot more than a few where the staff has an easily discernible uniform shirt. It does 'up' the feel of the match, and makes life easier for both staff and competitors when the staff is instantly recognizable via their shirts. My only suggestion to MD's would be to make the shirt something that can be a daily wear item after the fact. Some get so specific in design that they become a one use item. If you are going to spend the money on them, make them something that I'll want to wear a year or two down the road. Almost forgot, spend the extra $2 or whatever it is an buy us the good moisture wicking material too.
  5. First things first, pattern board or grab a 18 x 24 plate and see if the gun fits you. Shoulder it with a quick aimed shot and make sure your pattern is in the center of the board or plate. Shim or trim your stock as necessary so that it hits center. Next, most IPSC flying clays are usually coming out of toasters or flippers and generally traveling relatively straight up. At the top of their travel, for a brief moment in time, they are completely motionless and no lead is needed at all. Just point and pull. The next easiest way to hit these clays is on their way up. Catch up to the clay and accelerate through it. As you accelerate through it and lose sight of the clay, pull the trigger while keeping the barrel moving. Same same for descending clays, except you really have to be moving the barrel fast. It is a much harder shot. Occasionally I see a stomp pad that triggers a clay thrower, with the clay headed relatively outbound. From the shooters perspective, these also appear stationary in flight, moving on a steady rise. From this perspective, no lead is necessary, just point and pull. This is assuming that you hit the clay before it starts to descend. The best place to practice these shots is station 7 on a skeet field, shooting the low house outbound. If you want a little angle to work leads, move back to station 6 and again work the low house. If you see a lot of crossers or just want to learn to shoot them, skeet is your game. Easiest way is to find a good coach and pay for a couple of hours of lessons. If you are a DIY kind of guy, just pick a station on the field and work that station until you can connect. Play with different leads and barrel accelerations. You will find a combination that makes sense to your brain and is repeatable. If you want to work on your mount and tracking in dry fire, find a room in your home with some working space, and observe the line where a wall meets the ceiling. From port arms mount the gun and track that line as smoothly as possible. Your body should be rotating as you mount the gun. Hope the above helps.
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    I doubt new grips are going to help. A new backstrap profile will, but that sounds expensive. Glocks always indexed high for me, I never could train it out. I quit fighting it and moved on. You may need to do the same. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. Update: I thoroughly cleaned the screws and holes with brake cleaner and acetone, and on the advice of an old machinist used Loctite 7649 primer and 290 green. Finally made it to the range today and dumped 200 rounds as fast as I could. Everything is holding just fine. The machinist said that Loctite 240 / 260 / 270 series were all designed with 1/4< screws and bolts in mind, whereas 290 was designed for screws as small as #2's. I dunno, but so far so good. I also had a suggestion for Vibra Tite from another old school shooter who swears by the stuff. https://www.vibra-tite.com/industries/firearms/ I might try that in the future for grins and giggles. Oh, and new screws came in from CZ USA, just in case.
  8. No cracks visible, plus last weekend was a fresh chapstick tube of red loctite. I'll look for shellite and a tap and die.
  9. I can't keep two of the three screws that attach the CMore mount to the frame tight. For the first year and a half, a dab of 242 blue would keep everything happily in place. Now the two outside screws loosen after one mag, and that's with 271 red trying to hold them in place. Everything gets fully degreased, twice, with brake cleaner, and the red is allowed to set up for 36 hours plus before firing. Considering the rear hole is blind, I don't think oil contamination from the slide rails is at fault. Outside of TIG welding the mount to the frame, any one have a suggestion? Thanks in advance.
  10. I run an Action Steel match in the Spokane area. We typically do three stages, 2 of which are 'USPSA' style and 1 which is 'Steel Challenge' style. The match is on Wednesday afternoons, and usually attracts 25 or so shooters. Show up anytime between 4 and 6pm, no squads, just go shoot wherever you want, and play as much as you want. There are only 3 classes: Open, Limited and 10 round. Open is anything with a dot or a comp, so Carry Optics and PCC is included. All of the stages are .22 friendly. About 2/3rds of the shooters also hit our USPSA match with regularity. Some observed thoughts: Everyone seems to like the relaxed atmosphere of the match. No rush to show up, no shooters meeting, no squads, play with your friends. Some people shoot through just once, some shoot through 3 times, some get stuck on a prop and they just shoot the hell out of it as long as they are not holding anybody else up. Some people just like Action Steel for whatever reason, and aren't really interested in trying or doing anything else. To each his own. I gave up trying to figure it out a long time ago. I worry more about safety, shooter enjoyment, and shooter retention. We have a huge mix of abilities, from new shooters up to our Uber competitive high M class shooters. Everyone plays well together, and everyone stays safe. The newer shooters like the simplified movement because it's simple, and the better shooters like the simplified movement because they can work on entering and exiting shooting positions. The match format allows them to experiment freely. The newer shooters are more easily able to ask the more experienced shooters for advice, and can then try out the tips they receive. Free training as it were. I like to use this match as a training tool for new / newer shooters to learn the USPSA rules. We encourage everyone present to learn how to RO, and to get the range commands correct. Especially the Junior shooters. They are usually willing to learn and help out, and like being able to run the adults. Not everyone can make it to an RO class, but that doesn't mean that the experienced club RO's can't help teach the trade as it were. Is it the same as having Carl Schmidt teach? Nope, but it beats the hell out of "Does the shooter understand the course of fire? Is the shooter ready? Give me a nod if you are ready. Beep." And then having someone try and run with you while keeping the timer three inches from your right eye ball. By having low stress RO training at the steel match, we've greatly increased the number of people that are willing and able to help out with our USPSA and 3 gun matches. Quite frankly, knowing the rules and being able to RO makes shooters more confident. As far as not having to worry about accuracy, meh. It's pretty hard to clear a plate rack shooting through a barrel or a polish plate rack without being mildly accurate. Like A zone accurate. It doesn't take long for most people to figure out that first shot hits are way faster than spraying and praying. If I think of anything else I'll post it later.
  11. I've had two situations in the last two matches where a single A hit was way faster. The first was an array of 15 targets, 5 wide x 3 high, at 5 yards. The fastest way to shoot it was with pistol, 1 A hit each. The second was an outlaw match that scored the entire head box as an A zone. They had rifle designated both full size and mini targets with no shoots covering all but the head box. Since you had to aim anyways, just one called shot was all that was necessary, but most of my squad went for two observed hits. Probably out of habit. To summarize, tons of wide open targets where a standing reload needs to be avoided, or targets that require a hard aim and a called shot. Especially if there is a huge disaster factor (i.e. no shoot penalty) involved.
  12. Because of my last name, most of the time I am first shooter on the first stage when the squad goes alphabetic. I kind of like the way this works. I show up a hair early and figure out or finalize my first stage plan and then I can coast for the rest of the match as far as stage planning goes. At bigger matches, I'll get hit with being the guinea pig twice. I'm good with that. If I'm doing really well and have a chance at a class win, I'll sneak over to my next 'first up' stage while my squad has one shooter left at its current stage. Gives me a little extra time to figure out and finalize my plan again. If I'm in the running, everyone's good with me trying to finish strong. If I'm not in the running, I stay put and help out the squad.
  13. For Spokane area matches, there are two clubs, Inland Northwest Action Shooters and Sharp Practical Shooters. Both use the Spokane Valley Rifle and Pistol Club. INAS is on the 2nd Saturday, SPS is on the 4th Sunday. Both clubs' match dates are on www.svrpc.com on the calendar page. INAS is more geared towards D-B class shooters, SPS is more geared towards A-GM shooters. I'm not picking on either club, just stating their focuses. SPS also has a steel match 1st and 3rd Wednesdays from May through September (full disclosure, I'm the match director for this match). I'm pretty proud of SPS, and I'd say we have it going on. If you do 3 gun, Fernan 3 gun is the 3rd Saturday in CdA. www.f3gc.com. In Montana, you've got the Missoula range, and Bitterroot Blasters in Hamilton. www.bitterrootblasters.com The Hamilton club has it going on as well, with good quality matches. Their Montana Mayhem match is in August this year and is well worth attending. Tri Cities in Washington has a good club also, and they put on a great sectional every year. They are about 4.5 hours from you, but worth the drive. You can find that match on the USPSA major match page. I'm in Sandpoint, and there is nothing here, with zero chance of that improving any time soon. If you get down this way and want to blast some rounds off, I have an area where I play / train. Hit me up and stop by.
  14. Hi Loren, I have a few thoughts for you that are hopefully helpful: First, what we basically do in USPSA is race with pistols with direction from an established rule set. Some people like to race, some people THINK they might like to race, and some don't want to be anywhere near the track for a variety of reasons. Groups A & C have already made their choice, and it seems like you are trying to welcome and include more of group B. The thing is, the people from group B will try our sport and then decide to join either group A or group C. The choice of their starting equipment will be irrelevant. Racers will quickly realize they need to upgrade their equipment or accept the challenge of using less than state of the art and still trying to win. No matter what form of racing I've been around, this observation has been universally true. People from group C will always find a reason to get away from the track, and especially use the excuse that their equipment isn't competitive so they obviously have no chance of winning. Second, some types of matches and also some USPSA clubs are easier for newer competitors to get their feet wet in. As to match types, I run a hybrid steel challenge / USPSA type steel match that is very welcoming to newer shooters and people wanting to start out in the action shooting sports. Shamelessly copied from Rio Salado's Tuesday Night Steel, this match stresses safety and fun first and foremost. We get everything from kids and older women getting their first experiences to our local crowd of M and GM trophy chasers. I have a significant number of shooters that shoot this match but not our USPSA match, as this is where I think their comfort level is, and these are the same people that show up with their Glock 19s and other carry type of gear. Also the focus of individual USPSA clubs can make a difference. We have two clubs in my immediate area. Our club by and large attracts the more competitive and higher classed shooters that seek out and travel to the various Sectionals, State, Area and National matches. We pride ourselves on stages that test the skills one will need to be successful at the bigger matches. Is this intimidating for newer shooters? You bet. On the other hand, the other club in the area features much much simpler stages, attracts more D to B class shooters, and in my opinion is way more conducive to newer shooters through less intimidation and easier success. Again more newer shooters can be successful at the other club with their carry gear that they bring to their first match. Finally, I've given up on trying to retain new shooters, for the reason I first laid out. As racers and firearm SHOOTERS, we are brand ambassadors for the crack that is USPSA and action shooting. We can't understand how anyone can show up to an action match, be welcomed and mentored by the greatest group of people around, spend a day racing pistols, and NOT drink the Kool-Aid or smoke the crack that we offer. You know why they don't come back? Because they are in group C. This held true when I raced motocross and desert, it held true for the people I knew that raced sprints and boats, and it holds true for gun owners as well. There will always be way more gun owners than shooters, the same as there are way more vehicle owners than race drivers. The best advice I can give is what you've already received. Run a few specialty matches and see what the response is. Then and only then will you know if your plan has merit. Best wishes for your clubs success.
  15. For me it was my vision, or lack there of. I flip flopped between going open vs carry optics, and decided to bite the bullet on an open gun. Wish I would have done it way earlier. Watching the dot move gives me instant real time feed back on my grip and stance, and calling shots is way easier. When info back to irons for 3 gun, I’m also shooting faster and more accurately, and that’s with fuzzy sights. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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