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  1. Rumours are just that ... rumours. You can have them saying whatever you like ... you can even invent them ...
  2. This may as well be the tombstone to a democratic discussion: "you have non-democratic members, your organization is not democratic, thus freedom of speech is an invalid point here". Sorry, I ain't going down this path.
  3. Bjorn, I will have to (respectfully ... ) take exception to some of the above. If you have followed the discussion (dating back to april) on this subject at the GV, you'll have noticed that the very initial proposal didn't came out of the blue, and it did came right from the beginning as aimed to all divisions. It was april when it was first announced it was going to be brought to the attention of the Assembly. Now, I agree that being IPSC president has some advantages that may be negated to IPSC members, i.e. being able to ask a motion to be added to the agenda without this having to be s
  4. Bjorn, you may be right, and this is why the whole issue will be discussed and voted by the General Assembly. To all those that think vehemently objecting a proposal (and maybe using inappropriate words) is the way to go: having the proposal brought to the attention of the assembly is the most democratic way to handle things. You might not like the idea, but you can't prevent somebody asking to discuss it: it's called freedom of speech in democracy. If you feel so strongly about a subject, have your delegate knowing your opinion and let him vote (after all he is your democratically elected
  5. I wonder why? I just stated that I have mixed feelings about this proposal, I'm not in favour nor against it. I did state, however, I don't buy the "it's not freestyle" objection, since there are several other rules (e.g. fault and charge lines) that could be deemed to be against this principle, and we all accept them, since they add to the shooting challenge while still leaving room to creativity. I also stated that in Open, Modified, Standard and (IPSC) Production, the reloading skill is perishing, since I (shooting PD and SD) only reload an average of 3 times in a 10 stages match, and I
  6. Once a long ago, I had a LEO friend who showed up at the training range I was with a 6.35mm Starlite, and he was truly believing he could've knocked down a full size popper @ 15m ... He took careful aim to the steel, squeezed off a round that hit it dead centre, and the popper replied with a jingling laughter ...
  7. I don't want to comment on the proposed change, as I have mixed feelings about this. What I want to point out is that (IMHO) a mandatory reload to be performed between the first and the last shot is no more against freestyle concept as Charge and Fault lines are. They're there to restrict unreasonable movements towards targets, or to add a shooting challenge (shooting from behind a barricade or wall), but you're free to shoot from wherever you like behind the lines, close, distant, leaning, standing upright, you just have to be behind them; if it's about freestyle, why should you be bounded
  8. I guess no, since Margherita is not an actress. My take is that this was some sort of staged masquerade, a joke on her sporting career (foil that is).
  9. Going back to beautiful ladies, here comes Margherita Granbassi, italian foil lady, bronze medalist in individual and lady teams at last Bejing Olympic Games.
  10. What I pointed out as incorrect was the part of your statement where you said that "properly calibrated poppers serve the same purpose of A/C/D zones on a cardboard target". This, according to the rules, is not true: they serve different purposes. I have already said it, properly calibrated poppers recognize PF (they do not reward it, scoring 5 points ammo if dropped, PF notwithstanding), meaning they should not fall if hit in the calibration zone with sub-minor ammo, they should not fall if hit outside of the calibration zone with minor ammo, and they might fall if hit outside of the calibr
  11. Nik, the reason for no plates-only stages had been given by the IPSC rules committee a long ago, and I reported it here in my initial post: a plate-only stage doesn't reward power, as a paper or mixed stage would (major/minor scoring), thus there would be no balance in DVC elements, since the V part would not be equally evaluated as the other ones, which is contrary to what rule 1.1.3 mandates.
  12. JT, I'm just slightly disagreeing with you on that part of your statement where "poppers are there to determine power as well as a (paper?) target". They both deal with PF, but poppers deal with it to recognize it (fall faster/slower, but score the same when shot with Major or Minor PF), while paper deals with it to reward it (they score Major/Minor PF differently, but they don't care if the hole is punched with Major/Minor/sub-Minor ammo): they serve different functions, although they both use the same gauge (PF), thus I wouldn't really say they both determine power. I know it's just seman
  13. Nope. According to the rulebook (IPSC one): So, while poppers are designed to recognize PF, i.e. they will fall faster when hit with higher PF, paper targets are designed to reward PF, i.e. Major - Minor scoring. Incorrect. According to the rulebook: you can't have a CoF composed of plates only, and this has nothing to do with recognizing PF, but rather with rewarding PF: there's no possible advantage to gain shooting Major PF in a plates-only CoF (only A hits), thus shooting minor has a definite advantage here, while the concept was to allow a trade-off between shooting higher PF (
  14. There's not much to be translated ... all the time she was screaming "stop" ... "I want to step down" ... "I'm sick and I think I'll puke" ... "please stop this, you know I have kids waiting for me at home" ... "we're going to roll over" ... "AAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHH" ... plus a lot of dirty italian words ... BTW, shoud you ever get interested in what the "umbrella" gesture means (about 3 mins mark): I'm not sure it's a typical italian gesture only, but it is called like this because it closely resembles the one you make when you put your folded umbrella on your arm to carry it, and the meaning i
  15. Too slow, IMHO. I once tried N340 (which is a tad faster), and it felt weird ... a very progressive but firm push on the gun. It was recoiling gentler, but too slow and too high, not the hard but quick kick I'm used to, and my timing on the gun was definitely off.
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