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Ron Ankeny

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    Want some of my Cheetos?
  • Birthday 09/15/1955

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    Snowmobiling, walleye fishing, and a bit of shooting.
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  1. A little follow-up on my friends MBX Pro. He has tried every conceivable combination of parts trying to get the carbine to short stroke. He has also tried a half a dozen different bullets with various types of powders. Bottom line, no way the carbine will short stroke without jams from hell every few rounds. Long stroke, no problem. Short stroke isn't in the cards with this carbine.
  2. A friend of mine got an MBX Pro just a couple of days ago. I met him at the range today to help him break it in before he short strokes the carbine. We shot about 950 rounds through the thing in the last two days. The loads were 147 grain Zero and 124 grain Montana Gold. I like the MBX a lot. Most importantly, zero malfunctions for the first 950 rounds with no cleaning. Splits in the mid teens consistently put the bullets about 1.5 inches apart at 12 yards.
  3. As a former GM, I would rather be a paper GM than a sandbagger. On a more serious note, when I was shooting a lot, I was always very good at stand and deliver courses of fire. I have never been particularly athletic, and my movement skills have always been poor. When it became apparent to me that GM in every division was within my reach, I practiced draws, transitions, and reloads because I was good at those elements of shooting. The stuff that really counts got pushed to the side. In my quest for ego gratification, I mutated into a total dick and ruined the sport for myself. To answer the OP,
  4. Yeah, what M&M said above. I shot a bunch in open division. I pretty much quit shooting a few years back and I sold my open blasters. I know some shooters have a disdain of carry optics and/or pcc, but those divisions are a godsend for us baby boomers with failing vision and arthritis. Optics without the violence of an open blaster brought me back into the game. Don't be in a hurry to buy a bunch of additional gear. Shoot, learn, and think on it for a while.
  5. Thordsen adapter and Odin works Zulu 2 Adjustable Stock. Shortened the tube to make up for the length of the adapter. Isler hand guard up front.
  6. A post from another forum about this thread:
  7. Last Tuesday it was -15 degrees. Today it is pushing 45 and it is supposed to be between 50-55 for the entire coming week. Love it.
  8. Shot this one yesterday with my open blaster. Had 38 points in 3.14 seconds. Not bad considering the turning draw was half of the total time. OK, I confess I hosed it and got lucky.
  9. Wow, hard to believe it was 10 years ago when I re-started this thread with an ignorant comment like, "Shot it today Open with a not spectacular but solid HF of 11.1111". If I could do an 11 hit factor today without relying on luck and hosing, I would be delighted. Anyhow, after the last match some of the guys were shooting the El Pres in warp drive just for kicks. I jumped into the fray with my open blaster and churned out 52 points in 4.38 seconds for a HF of 11.8721. That would be 99.9%. Looks like 100% isn't going to happen in this lifetime. Oddly enough, less than 1/3 of the time was on
  10. Lawson makes some high solids spray paint that is fantastic. Unfortunately, it is hard to find. I am about out so I bought some white marking paint this morning and it works great.
  11. CHA-LEE: Nothing wrong with your philosophy. Unfortunately, life is based on comparisons, whether it be raises in the work place, grades at school, or levels of performance in a sport. Wanting to simply do your best is fine, but how do you set goals if you don't quantify performance?
  12. Isn't that also true of winning at any ability level?I have pm'd back and forth with j1b off and on for many years. Jack was one of the primary forces that motivated me to develop my shooting skills, along with Brian, Sam, Jake, Flex, and countless others. From day one I never doubted I could develop the pure shooting skills required to shoot GM scores on demand from Box A. Deep down I have never felt I could develop the ability required to apply those shooting skills effectively in a competitive venue. I didn't commit the necessary resources when I was at the top of my game (as far as the fun
  13. I started in USPSA 10 years ago this spring. My journey went C class, B, A, Master, GM, then I was moved back to A class when "stuff" happened. This topic has been beaten to pieces, but making GM for me was just a matter of devoting the resources. Then again, I did come into the sport with a substantial history in some of the more precision oriented shooting sports. At the last match above club level that I shot, Ron Avery watched me shoot a stage that had quite a bit of movement involved. I had taken a class from Avery many years earlier and after I shot he simply asked, "What's the matter
  14. OK, I have to ask...are we even on the same page with the term GM? When the OP asked about catching the GM's, are we looking at the top shooters in the sport or at the run of the mill GM at a club match? Are you guys talking about being one of those GM shooters that could reasonably be expected to be in the top five at the Nationals year in and year out?
  15. Well yea, if there is some physical reason that would prevent one from performing. I am certainly no GM shooter, but I did experience a time when I could depend on high M to middle of the road GM scores on classifiers, and I have a lot of problems.
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