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  1. fayette, the lessons are ingrained for life so long as they're reviewed from time to time. Doing so would foster a gun culture where safety is given more than lip-service. We need to learn that it's ok to call our friends/buddies on their safety lapses. Industry -mining, forestry, manufacturing- spend time and money periodically reminding all employees -new and old- to think and act safely. It's better for the bottom line that way. Shooters ought to adopt similar habits.
  2. Unbelievable. I can barely believe this. I am a 12 year old junior shooter and take EXTRA saftey precautions. This is why I think is is VITAL to not only teach gun saftey but to enforce it. Hearing these types of stories really reminds me to never lose focus when I am around guns. I cannot even imagine what the boy and the family are going through right now. It is a very tough tragedy for them right now. We can only give prayers to them right now. But, this is also a good lesson for everyone. Jason Jason, thanks for reminding us -bold emphasis mine- that never losing focus when around guns is a big part of safety, and that enforcing the rules is a shared responsibility. As you've no doubt noticed, in some informal group settings, some adults make mistakes and others are reluctant to speak out. Two years ago, at an informal non-IPSC rifle field comp, I momentarily lost focus and situational awareness....and swept 3 friends with my unloaded but still warm rifle. I will spare myself the embarassing details of this screw-up, but tell you that the memory surfaces like a searing flash everytime I unpack a firearm. I totally agree with you Jason - we can never lose focus when around guns. Young men like you can help us older guys change the culture of silence, so that it becomes normal to remind our friends/buddies when they make the oversights that come with familiarity. It is easier to admonish a stranger than to remind a friend. In a non-square range field environment, making a habit of doing a quick safety assessment/discussion re: arcs of fire, where to stand by, when to move and where to, appropriate firearm/ammo ready-states, etc. would add to overall safety. Kinda like what hunters do before they head out. Gotta end by saying that the most disciplined and safest community I have ever shot with are the Metallic Silhouette bunch, and of course, practical HG competitors. Our MDs, CROs, ROs and SOs also deserve our thanks for the time and effort they put into building safety into every stage design, and the difficult work they do when running the squads through.
  3. Fully agree with those who suggest that compulsive cleaning goes back to the BP and corrosive primer days, and nowadays, to the fact that cleaning makes the soldier learn his rifle inside & out. I'm still new to the HG games -1 year- and have just this month reached the point where cleaning has been simplified to mean: - field stripping, - wiping all combustion debris etc with rag/q-tips, - cleaning behind extractor, - reassemble & lube. The barrel gets patched twice with Hoppes, then dry patched (not clean patched), then lightly oil patched. Done. I do this after each practice or match, and starting this month only shoot jacketed or plated. My two target rifles' barrels see a bronze brushing, etc once a year. During the comp season, the barrels stay fouled. When I really clean them, it takes awhile for both the CF and RF rifle to settle back down to where they are predictable. The worse was when I de-coppered the HP rifle because accuracy was gradually falling off - it took 40 rds. to restore the rifle to its full potential.
  4. mountaincoulee

    Reloading

    tangram - story well told !
  5. Just setting Aristotle up for the coup de grace.
  6. Quote from Sandman: "......I am trying to get a small league/practice program off the ground at my club which will be held each month before our match. This would be a great way to get shooters more in line with the program than thrusting them into a match. Hell, I actually thought of practicing everthing from "Make Ready" to "Unload and Show Clear" and everything in between, as well as shooting swingers and through ports etc.. " My thoughts exactly. With as many new shooters as you guys are having to deal with, there's bound to be some delays, flow interruptions, multiple safety issues, and so on. Would USPSA consider setting up a national or Area training/familiarization program, that each new shooter would have to pass before being able to shoot anything but a local club's non-sanctioned match? Before bringing any friend to a club match, I take them out for some 1on1 training. When we are done, at least they know how to LAMR and ULASC without sweeping themselves and others, have learned the responses to the various commands, and have been run through a mini-stage. At the club match, I don't expect the RO to babysit my guest - that's my responsibility.
  7. I liked your strong to weak hand 'wipe' transfer, and the speed with which you fire the next round immediately after the transfer.
  8. That's a mighty fine set of horns you happen to be stuck on.
  9. Allen, good that you're cautious, but you'll save a lot of time and money if you go to the range with a batch consisting of say 3 rounds at each of the power levels you want to chrono. You don't need to shoot 50 or 100 of any particular load to find out what its average velocity is. Chronoing 3 rounds at each 0.1grain interval will quickly and cheaply get you to the power factor you want. Do as others suggested and keep the rounds organized in little batches of three. I mark the load on my brass, with a sharpie. This way, when I retrieve and examine brass, I know which is which. Though the minor PF is 125, most load to a PF of 130 to 132. This way, because of the inevitable variations in ambient air temperature and density, elevation changes, winter vs. summer, etc., you will minimize the risk of having your ammo fail PF when at a big match. Please keep us informed of your progress.
  10. mountaincoulee

    Determination

    Here's how I won my Rod & Gun club's rifle competion: through determination, goal setting, patience and incremental improvements: I started shooting weekly rifle matches with my small R&G club four years ago - we mostly shoot positions at 100 and 200yds, with HP rifles. This is a bunch of decent shot hunters getting together for a fun shoot, so as to be better hunters, but the competition spirit is very real, and I enjoy the bragging rights. ;-) My first goal was to learn how to quickly acquire the target, settle for a decent sight picture, and release a good shot. By the end of the 1st season, I had much improved. The next year, I set out to reduce my average group size. I also started shooting metallic silhouette smallbore matches at other ranges, even went to the silhouette Nationals. I came in third overall that year at the R&G, knocking 2" off my average group size while increasing my avg. score. Two years ago, a buddy and I decided we would set out to win first and second place overall. He too got into shooting 22LR silhouette. That year, my average group shrank by 1/2", my average score increased by another pt., and I came in 4th. This year I kept at the .22; at the R&G matches knocked another 1/4" off my average group, increased my average score by 0.5pt. I won first place and my buddy placed 2nd. Yeah, determination is a key ingredient to success.
  11. I concur with the above. I believe that safety-related DQ-able actions or omissions might be an indicator that a competitor is having a bad day. And a bad day is not a safe day. Hence IPSC rule 10.5.3 DQ for unsafe gun handling due to dropped gun. I guess the rule accepts that the shooter who drops a gun before his run starts (LAMR) or after it ends (ICHDH) is having a bad moment. Since dropping a gun outside the confines of a course of fire might be a sign the shooter is not fully focused on the task at hand, it makes sense that the RO -not the shooter- picks up the gun and clears it. The shooter is not forbidden from proceeding with the match, but I've no doubt it will be under the closest of RO scrutiny on all remaining stages. What happens if a fellow drops his gun a second time on the same day, again outside his course of fire? Or the second gun drop outside a course of fire is on the second day of a two-day match? DQ or not? If that were to happen, I'd hope the shooter would be done for that day.
  12. 700-X dispenses fairly reliably in my Lee Perfect Powder Measure, so long as I tap the side of the rotor housing the same number of times for each throw, and manipulate the lever the same way. I also have to keep the powder level between 2/3 full to 1/3 full, or the charge varies. I scale test every tenth load. Any change to this dispensing routine will vary the charge, so I have to stay alert. Benefit to me is that this powder burns clean in my HG, and is readily available hereabouts. For a 123gr FMJ bullet (not fully encapsulated), 3.9gr IMR 700-X pushes it to +/- 1,058fps, for a 130 PF. This load fills the case pretty good, so that it will overflow in case of a dbl charge. edit: I'll try WST when I find it.
  13. I use a bamboo chopstick to push a wad of paper towel down through the grip, and up through the mag tubes.
  14. So much for Descarte. ;-) Our society's ever increasing reliance on rationalism as the sole guiding light to policy and decision-making may not be helpful after all. The case has certainly been made here that it is an obstacle to ultimate performance. Sorry - I'm just babbling on in almost total darkness about something that I find interesting.
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