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  1. This is a great point. It is truly amazing how a relatively small move can really change your perspective on the plates and shorten the actual distance you have to move the gun to transition between them.
  2. The distance to the first target and the size make a big difference. As an RO I often take a look at what the time to the first shot was, if the first shot was a hit. With the variety of ISSA stages the distances are more varies than SC but I rarely see any of the better shooters slower than a 1.4 and that's typically on relatively challenging first shots. On easier/closer stages 1.2 or less is the norm with the better shooters.
  3. I shot SC for quite a few years and now shoot, and am the MD for a ISSA steel shoot. I am fortunate that our home range has 13 very good sized bays, with some of them being absolutely huge. An advantage of ISSA is there isn't a set list of stages and it offers more flexibility for a wider variety of ranges to be able to hold matches. The ISSA has guidelines for maximum distances for common plate sizes. You do lose the ability to compare your times to folks all over the country for set, standard stages and I know that is a big deal for some folks. For our club, and the couple other clubs in our area that quite holding SC matches and switched to ISSA, the shooters are really enjoying the wide variety of stages. Instead of getting grooved on the mechanics of 8 stages it introduces a little more problem solving with having to decide the probable fastest way to shoot a stage you have never shot before. We are seeing more crossover from USPSA, Cowboy and 3-Gun shooters than we did with SC.
  4. Springer Precision sells the tools and spares you need. A roll pin starter is handy to have. We have several XDm's and keep spare pins and roll pins on hand. The one you broke is a common one to break and is easily replaced. Hope your gunsmith didn't charge you too much for that simple repair.
  5. My son and I have built and shot speed steel competitions with a variety of rifles. So far our favorite barrel is the ultralight VQ barrel.
  6. What has worked well for my son and I for a variety of disciplines, including USPSA, Steel Challenge, ISSA, etc. is to practice draws to one target, and transitions. We will set up a single target and practice drawing and getting one hit as quickly as possible. We will set up first target in a variety of locations and at a variety of distances. You can pick up quite a bit of time if you practice and figure out the best way for you to get that first hit. Try different indexing positions and see what works best for you. We will also set up two or more targets and work on transition times. We usually start with two targets and then add more. Something a lot of folks don't give consideration to, especially in steel matches where you are typically standing in one box, is their body/index position relative to the targets. On a stage with the targets spread fairly widely some folks shoot it fastest if they are indexed somewhere towards the middle of the targets. Others shoot it faster if they are indexed more towards their first target for a fast draw and first hit. Others may prefer to be indexed more towards the stop plate, especially if it's a distant or challenging target. For Steel Challenge it's fairly easy since you know the stages. You can figure out your best positioning for each stage.
  7. It's going to depend largely on the shooter and their skill and recoil control. Shooting ISSA matches we have a lot of 5 target stages where the fast times are under 2 seconds and some where they are under 1 second. Being an ISSA match director I have set those stages up and shot them with and without a comp. Some times there is something to be said for not having the added length and a weight of a comp. For those of us that have shot open centerfire, controlling the very minor 22 recoil impulse is probably easier because we have already had to work on a proper grip and stance for recoil management.
  8. I have had better luck with Volquartsen and have talked with Nick and Scott extensively. We have some highly modified Rugers, and the Scorpion based guns are still our favorites. I shoot a complete scorpion with a C-more on it and my son shoots a Scorpion lower (VQ Target Frame) with a Tac-Sol Paclite upper on it. Between the two, I like the one with the Paclite upper the best and we're putting another one together right now. We have tried most of the popular comps and are both currently shooting without comps. Most comps lead up pretty quickly and can be a bit of a bugger to keep clean. We are both extremely competitive and if you're making follow up shots often enough for the comp to matter on the follow up shot you're still learning and won't be very competitive anyway. In fact, if you haven't already transitioned to the next target when you realize you didn't hit the last one the majority of the time, you won't be competitive either. Obviously there are times when you break a shot and know it's a miss and you want to make as quick of follow up as possible. We are both as fast or faster without comps though. I would suggest maybe adding an optic to your S&W and shooting it, and maybe add a good trigger group to your Lite and add an optic or put a Paclite upper on it.
  9. I am the MD for the tricity steel match. Our regular monthly match isnthe first Sunday of each month.
  10. You can't make that blanket statement with any sort of accuracy. My son and I shoot a lot of steel, three matches a month on average, we place #1,#2 at quite a few and are almost always top 5, place well at state matches, etc. We have several open rimfire pistols, both Volquartsen Scorpion's and guns with TacSol uppers. All run C-mores. All guns are threaded for a comp and we have shot a lot with comps and without. We own most of the popular comps and have shot extensively with all of them. We have both gone to shooting without a comp. Comps lead up quite a bit and we find that for us, the guns handle quicker without the extra length. We don't miss very often, and as soon as 98% of the shots break we know it's a hit and are transitioning to the next target before hearing the hit. It's not like USPSA where you are double tapping some targets and flatness is a real advantage. The matches we have shot at have all had the timers set sensitive enough that picking up the shots from a rimfire isn't a problem. I would suggest shooting with and without a comp and judging for yourself. If you plan to become fast/competitive forget about the flatness aspect. If you're watching the dot settle back onto the same plate each time you're going to be slow anyway.
  11. The striker retaining pin can break due to a lot of dryfire practice. Really easy to replace and cheap to keep a couple on hand. My son and I both shot XDm's in production and have a couple of them with well over 40k rounds through them. Have never had a failure of any kind. I replace the striker pins every now and then as a preventative measure. I have an XDm open steel gun and its also been completely reliable.
  12. From my experience, they are painfully unaware of what clubs are doing. When I contacted them (I am a member) about SC matches in WA they sent me a snarky email explaining how to use the search function on the website and sent me a list of clubs. I had already contacted all of the clubs, and knew folks at a couple of them. None of them were shooting SC matches any longer. They still had steel matches, but no SC affiliation. You would think that when they aren't receiving the shooter fees and such from a club they would have a clue. And this is in Washington, right in their back yard so to speak.
  13. I have been able to use CFE-P at the same exact load as I have WAC and it shoots within a few fps over the chrono and I can't perceive any difference in flatness. That has been the case with 38sup as well as 9mm. As always, work up and watch for pressure signs as you go up. I like to shoot a few of each load through the chrono to see what the standard deviation is doing too. My favorite bullet in a 38sup or 9mm is a 124 grain. Montana Gold has a nice CMJ that won't lead up your comp nearly as badly as a fmj with an exposed base.
  14. The only thing I have seen is that Kolby Pavlock was the overall winner. Can't find anything on Practiscore or The Old Fort gun club website. I have a friend that went but he isn't back yet.
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