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    Calls Shots
  • Birthday 10/05/1979

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    IPSC-Practical Shooting, Skeet and Trap Shooting, Reloading, Training, training, training, and more training!!!!!
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  1. For anyone interested in still shooting this match, I will not be able to make it and (with Jake's permission) am selling my slot for this match. http://www.brianenos.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=200747#entry2226552
  2. No. Not upholding anything sacred. Just pride. Pride of knowing I made it where I did by shooting at a certain level on demand. Whether it was the first stage or the last stage.
  3. Do these qualify for a reshoot at a match? Having your gear dialed in and reliable is a big part of this game. The pressure involved in a classifier is a huge part of performance. After shooting it once the pressure is off. You've already blown it so what've you got to lose? This is an unfair advantage that you are able to purchase.
  4. It's you. How do you know?He shoots a unicorn. He knows all about magic springs and such.
  5. 25 yards would probably be a better test for accuracy. Not gonna get a lot of feedback from 25 feet.
  6. Very true. Even with clarity, couldn't a manufacturer still just sign off on it with any proof? And when suspicions arise, the answer will be the same as before. They signed it, that's all that's required, its legal.
  7. I hear ya. I was in limbo in B class and decided to take a class from a GM production shooter. When we started I could barely manage a 1.20 draw live fire at a 7 yard target. After about 5 minutes of his draw drill, I was down to .85 in live fire @ 7 yards. Changed my game forever.
  8. After being confined to the dimly lit basement for a winter of dryfire, I was finally able to get to the outdoor range today. My dryfire routine has mainly consisted of Bens drills including, but not limited to, plate rack drills, far-close-far, reload drills, and movement drills. Some observations: 1) My off hand groups at 25 yards were good (not amazing). Aiming at the center A, I was about a 3" group. My groups have always been off to the left due to poor grip and trigger control. 2) I worked a version of far-close-far with the end results having the same time and splits regardless of drawing on the close or far target. Accuracy was also constant with alphas. Throttle control has also always been an issue. 3) Plate rack and movement. I did one run at his just for fun. I started at about 40' and moved on an angle while shooting the plate rack. Surprisingly I cleared it 3.01 while going one for one. 4) The "Viscussi" reload challenge. I ended the day with this to finish up my ammo. I did three runs from the draw, one shot, reload, etc. 5 shots, 4 reloads at 7 yards. The best I could get was 5.69 with 5 hits on steel. I fumbled 2 reloads so I think I could get this under 5 seconds eventually. Other than being a novelty drill, it is great practice for getting to the harder to reach mags that aren't normally used on a stage. (Production rig)Also, since using the books I've shot my first 2 GM % classifiers. One of them being a 100%. Conclusion: The drills and techniques from the books are working. The payoffs are being seen in all aspects of shooting, not just stand and shoot situations.
  9. Been awhile. A lot has changed since my last update. 2012 was a whirlwind of a year. At the time of my last update I was really starting out on a good note. I was primed for a promising year. Then of course, life caught up to me and shooting took a back seat. Bought a house in march, and got married in June. Every major match I went to I had zero practice prior. I pretty much stopped practicing and it really showed. My last match was September 8th and I haven't touched a gun since. Things have slowed down and I recently got back into training. I dry fired for about 3 days and decided to shoot a local match today. With a decent crop of production shooters I shot fairly well. 1 GM, a few masters and a handful of A's rounded out the top ten. I ended up 2nd. It was a pretty good match with partials that weren't very tight shots, but were open enough to suck you into thinking you could hose through them. Since I really had no expectations I just shot the best I could. Compared to now I normally shoot, I was very relaxed and had an easier time seeing my sights. I had a few mikes for the day but shot pretty accurate. My slower times cost me a few stage wins but the presence of accuracy was nice to see. Diamond Cutter was the 2nd stage and I managed a 96%, the highest classifier % I've shot. I got hung up on the draw which cost me about .25 but the hits made up for it. It was fun to be out shooting again. I'm looking forward to a winter of training and stockpiling ammo for the upcoming season.
  10. I use something similar to this. They call it a calculator.
  11. In the world of the shooting sports there are 100's if not 1,000's of books, dvds, practice manuals, etc. Obviously some are better than others while some contain the same information just repeated with some personal touches added in by the author. A LOT of books and dvds can be complicated and vaguely get down to the brass tacks of what the reader is looking for. Champion Shooting starts right off by saying, this is a simplistic book with very direct examples for shooters who are looking to progress in their training or learn how to correctly train. The e-book is short and to the point but is dense with information. There are specific drills with specific benchmarks for the reader to incorporate into their training sessions. Many other instructors fail to break down how fast or slow each aspect of shooting should be when training. In Champion Shooting, each aspect, starting with the draw/first shot, reload, transitions and splits are given a specific goal time. This helps the reader actually learn where that precious time is being lost during match competitions. A 1/10th or 2/10th's on each of those aspects add up pretty quickly to separate good shooters from great shooters. Also, the addition of drills from other great shooters such as Phil Strader, Frank Garcia, etc further drive home the ideology in this book that there is no one defined way to practice. This is covered in the chapter of designing your own drills. This is important because it explains to the reader that you are truly unique and the best way to constantly learn and progress is to keep an open mind to what other shooters are doing and learn from that. The "week in the life" chapter goes over what a typical training schedule is comprised of for both authors (Ben and Jay). Many will be surprised to learn that a National Champion uses simple to the point drills and courses of fire to effectively train. It also demonstrates that you do not need to shoot a pallet of ammunition a week in order to improve. Stoeger is a regular middle class American on a shooting budget that loads the same ammo on the same kind of press that the majority of people do but is separated by the efficiency of time, proper training, knowing his strengths and weaknesses and how to train to improve them. This is what this book is mainly about. It will give you the proper training tools and instructions on how to best use them. It is up to you if you choose to.
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