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  1. In IPSC, having 9 in a mag after the start signal when you are shooting Classic at Major PF gets you bumped to Classic at Minor PF, same as if you shoot 7 from a declared Major Revo, you go to Minor Revo. The call is based on the new setup still being compliant for the same Division, as compared to other modifications and mag-count loads that are not same-division compliant. The language of USPSA rule would support this if anyone wanted to try it. Major/Minor's not a division.
  2. FWIW, if it doesn't fit a Shockbottle hundo, the round is larger than SAAMI maximum spec for that round. That said, most chambers are cut larger than minimum, so very often rounds that don't quite fit the gauge will chamber and fire fine (If a whole lot of rounds you make don't quite gauge, but stick out just a little and can sometimes be pushed in further, look to your crimp. 90% of the time I get dummy rounds in to check for people that are having problems, they still have some flare on the case mouth...) 9x19 has been made all over the planet for 100+ years and shot in everything from subguns to match guns, so it's not too surprising there's a lot of variation there. Now I reload range-pickup 9 all the time without a whole lot of care to it and so what I do for local matches is gauge them and those that don't stick out very far I know are good to go from previous experience, so I'll use them. Majors I care about get new brass. I leave the decap pin in to avoid missing flash holes.
  3. You could switch to Minor PF ammo, assuming that re-chronos ok.
  4. That's the worst part. Without those poppers, the after-match discussion would be about how it was a hard match with lots of long and tight shots, but a good match overall.
  5. At the IPSC Nats match, the WSB specifically said something like "Pick up firearm with WEAK HAND ONLY and engage..." as a reminder to the USPSA shooters used to scooping. They did not penalize switching hands to reload.
  6. The idea of the 2-person check is not to have any ADs at all, ever. An AD or DQ the next stage over because someone was in a hurry is not an acceptable alternative. As a lefty, I'm very used to getting re-asked by ROs that wind up on my off side at the end of a run. Roll eyes, take five or ten seconds to redo it and drive on.
  7. The steel on 9 was ok, but not set well and fell out of adjustment rapidly due to its design. The problem was each triggered a swinger, so most shooters shot them down to avoid 3 mikes and a FTE if they lost the calibration. I personally saw at least 4 or 5 shooters (including me) hit them more than once square in the calibration zone to make them fall (and not because they were forward-fallers and slow, they just weren't going down on the first shot-- the odds of everyone I saw having light ammo seems about zero). I heard many others had the same thing happen and if they had been stand-alone poppers, I think the RM would have been stationed there permanently for calibration calls until they were fixed.
  8. Blue barrels last a very long time. The white ones get brittle and crack if left outdoors too long (on the plus side, then they can be mashed into pieces and thrown away easier). Bullets will skip off them which can be a problem depending on your range, and in freak conditions, 'spinners' can come back with significant velocity, so cutting a slot out of out the backside is done in places where they get shot a lot.
  9. It's coming up on page 8 of the thread... How about some input from a small time sponsor? I get asked to sponsor matches a lot. It's because we make cool stuff people want. I've also shot a whole lot and am still pretty good at it, so I net win off order-of-finish. That said-- I don't care how your match gives my prizes out, but I want it to go to somebody that wants it. Easiest way to do that is order of finish with a big spread table. Second easiest is a random-draw table where you pick something of your choice off it in order of your random draw number or a bucket raffle where you can choose what bucket to put your tickets in. Just hand somebody a bag and say 'here's what you won"? Meh. I want my stuff in the hands of people that want it and can tell somebody how cool it is rather than stuff it into a closet or flip it here next week. At the very least prizes need to be out and visible so people can think "I want to win that, and maybe if I don't I'll buy one". I prefer order of finish tables because then the winner seems to value the item more than if its random. Kind of like saving up to buy something when you're a kid, rather than just getting it given to you. There's an elephant in the room that I know is true for many in this business, and probably most if not all-- There is very little tangible value returned to a sponsor for sponsoring USPSA matches. All the stage banners and facebooking and instrgramming and RO recitations per stage and shout-outs during awards and whatnot have yet to bump the sales needle at all. "Thank you for sponsoring" e-mails or messages? A sponsor is doing very well to get one or two from a 350 person match (as an aside, one shooter I can count on to send a thank you note is now sponsored by a major manufacturer, not because he's a great shooter, but because he's a great brand ambassador-- wanna-be-sponsored shooters take note). If there's no slot in it, it's basically a 100% donation and hope somebody that wins something will buy more or get someone else to buy, neither of which happen with any great frequency, so shooters keep that in mind when grousing about how poor the tables are these days and MDs keep that in mind when you ask for $3000 for a slot, then wonder why nobody is stepping up to that level-- it's a net win for the sponsor to just pay for a slot and slap a couple jerseys on shooters. Giving actual cash is going to dramatically decrease the sponsor pool to those companies that can afford to lay out cash from the advertising budget and hope maybe it helps, rather than those that will give away product or certificates in the hope they lands in someones hands that will use it and tell their friends and maybe get another sale or two.
  10. The changelog is sadly not a complete list of changes to the rules. In the future I suggested they use a tracking tool of which the IT guys should have several.
  11. You should be required to shoot a hole in your ballot for the candidate of your choice. At least that way you're probably legally able to own a gun in the US and hopefully not a terrible shot.
  12. As a lefty it's a bit easier to do the slow-eject and catch. I was forced to switch to it long ago at the Ecuador World Shoot when the US ammo shipment never made it and 30 rounds of unload-and-show-clear ammo suddenly became much more important.
  13. As someone that shoots a lot of SS minor (several Nats, Pan American, World Shoot, etc), my estimation is Major has a slight to somewhat advantage at major matches where the shooting is generally tougher with less A-zone available and plenty of places to reload. I can shoot a major gun as fast as a minor gun, so the only difference is points and capacity. The points win over capacity nearly every time. It's why Open still mostly beats PCC even with an extra reload. SS major, maybe does one extra reload per stage versus a SS minor gun. You can go faster and shoot more on the move if C's only hurt half as much. Drop 5 Charlies on a 5-factor stage and the major shooter can be a second behind and is still even score-wise. So why do I shoot minor? Because major single stack beats my hands up too much. I'm old and decrepit
  14. Meh, it becomes just another boring stage then IMO. The challenge is in calling the leave shot and settling in to the middle box ready to shoot without wasting a ton of time.
  15. shred

    Dry fire?

    The more-polite way to call BS is something like "Really? Did they change the rule? I'm pretty sure it said I could dry-fire last I looked" If the RO is still in "because I said so!" mode, go talk to the MD and say "Hey, is it allowed to dry fire in the safe area? I thought it was ok in the rules, but somebody said no".
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