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  1. Through practice your grip will evolve. Small changes in the way you grip the gun can have a profound effect on the way the gun recoils. It's not just a matter of grip strength. After a few months with the M&P you may pick up the Shadow 2 and find it more to your liking, just because of those subtle differences.
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    Shadow 2

    I have two Shadow 2s with 11 lb recoil springs which have always been run with the original (clear) thick buffers. I shoot 124 gr Blazer Brass. On both guns I change the buffers when I begin to notice deterioration - deformation or cracking. For me this typically occurs just after 4000 rounds on the buffer. I’m confident I could get more use out of them, but they’re pretty inexpensive, so why risk a failure? I think a new black version is now being sold, so service life may be different.
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    S2 Rear Sight

    I replaced the original S2 front sight blade with a Dawson 0.90” width fiber optic and kept the stock rear. Holding the gun in a squared freestyle stance the sum of the light on either side of the F/S equals the width of the blade.
  4. That’s pretty much what the higher mag capacity of Limited allowed me to do.
  5. Just the opposite. Shooting Production I was struggling with just coming up with any plan that would get me through a “memory stage” without shooting a target twice or overlooking a target entirely. Stage planning became much easier for me with more rounds in the mag, from the perspective of not limiting which targets I could afford to shoot from a given position, as well as having more opportunity for make-ups. I was able to finalize my plans sooner and spend more time visualizing and burning them in.
  6. Update: I shot my Production gun in Limited for about four months and am now back to shooting it in Production. I think the switch was beneficial, as I seem to do better now at stage planning. I still have a ways to go before I’d consider it a skill I’ve properly mastered, but my progress there is allowing me to move on and work on other aspects of the game.
  7. If I felt like the match staff made a good-faith effort to do their part, and gave reasonable notice to the competitors I’d come back.
  8. As of today, three. One primary about 40 min drive plus two others 2+ hr drive where I shoot USPSA regularly. I like the idea of supporting the places that host the matches I enjoy, and actually come out a little ahead on match fees at one of them.
  9. You don’t need to wait until you’re completely proficient (that’s a pretty elusive ambition) before jumping into competition. But, as elguapo points out having a basic grasp of the fundamentals will go a long ways toward making competitive shooting come easier. Professional instruction may seem expensive, but will save untold frustration and probably save money in the long run. I’m in P’cola & shoot with several clubs in the surrounding area. Feel free to pm me for ideas.
  10. I’m more concerned about recognizing a squib in time to prevent firing another round. I compete regularly and use factory ammo. Though I’ve not experienced a squib myself, I’ve seen a number occur in matches. In fact, just this past weekend. The RO was right on top of it and stopped the shooter. I don’t know that I could have caught it.
  11. Thanks for the help. Just to summarize - I want to take a temporary break from the requirement to limit mag capacity to 10 so I can focus on other aspects of the game. The simplest way to do that, with the least change to the equipment I'm already familiar and comfortable with, is to shoot my Production gun in Limited. I realize that puts me at a competitive disadvantage, but I don't expect to stay in Limited any longer than it takes me to make some progress with my movement and transition skills. I've taken rowdyb's advice and ordered some Henning base pads with the Grams follower kits. Should be able to try them out this weekend.
  12. First off, I appreciate the input and I don't disagree with your assessment. It's not that I think Limited will help with my stage planning. I just want a temporary break from the complexity. You've got to understand that I got a late start in the sport and I'm getting old, so I'm playing catch-up. The particular problem I have with a lot of stages is that I'm able to see more targets from a given position than I have ammo to shoot them. So, in order not to end up running to slide-lock while i'm standing flat-footed I need to save some targets for later. And then I have to remember to shoot them later. My memory was never all that good when I was younger, and it hasn't improved with age. Halfway through a stage I'll make a mental error and get confused, or just plain forget. I end up failing to engage entire targets, shooting targets twice, or forgetting where I'm supposed to go next. I've seen lots of folks figure stage planning out pretty quickly - me, not so much. All the while I'm trying to work on movement into and out of positions and having the gun ready to shoot when the target appears. I'm running short of bandwidth. My goal is not to be competitive in Limited, as I really like Production and ultimately plan to go back there. A few guys have recommended I try this approach for a little while, presumably to allow me to take things in smaller bites. I've got a couple of friends, younger guys, who are A and M class shooters in Production. I try to squad with them at every opportunity and watch how they do things. But, it wouldn't be right to impose on their time too much during a match by asking for coaching. I bought Charlie Perez's book and read it probably half a dozen times. Great book, particularly the part about stage planning. It makes a lot of sense when I read it, but when it comes to executing it in a match, well ... I listen religiously to Steve Anderson's podcast where he repeats his mantra of analyze, strategize, memorize, visualize. But, it seems there are too many distractions at the match, and regardless of how much time I've had to prepare, I'm seldom really ready when it's my turn to go to the line. But, I'm retired now and I've got lots of time to devote to this. My goal is to figure it out. Please keep the suggestions coming.
  13. Thanks guys, I do understand the disadvantage of shooting minor power factor in Limited, but my ability to plan stages hasn't kept pace with my gun handling and such. Where I am right now, trying to be competitive takes a back seat to learning how to efficiently move through a stage. Once I've got a better handle on that I'll go back to Production. At my age I may never be a top level shooter, but steady improvement is a win in my book. Really, what I'm looking for are recommendations for equipment that'll let me make this quick side-trip so I can get back on track. I've been thinking about the TTI +4 base. Does the Grams follower and spring make the mag any less reliable?
  14. I've been shooting in Production for a while, however my stage planning and execution don't seem to be progressing. While my ability to perform the reload itself is okay, I'd like to have a little more freedom to make stage plans without the limitation of 10 rounds in the mags. So, for the next few months I want to try shooting my gun in Limited. I do plan to go back to Production at some point, so I don't want to modify it extensively. First order of business is to take advantage of the increased magazine capacity allowance in Limited. Just loading the 17-round Mec Gar AFC mags to capacity would make a tremendous difference. Extending the mags with new base plates would be even better, as long as I don't sacrifice reliability or function. What combinations of base plates, springs, followers, etc. have you found to work well? Are there any other alternatives that will increase the capacity within the rules? Any other easy mods that are reversible? Thanks in advance for your help.
  15. The books are excellent. In them Steve explains the purpose of each drill and what aspect to concentrate on to get the most out of it. But, if you can get to one of his classes, as I did recently, it’s a whole other level of instruction. He uses the drills as a vehicle to teach what he discusses in his podcasts. He’s personable, funny, and his method is simple and very effective. It’s just not easy. He showed us where the greatest gains in performance were to be found, and how to structure an effective practice session. And, he must have told us a dozen times, there’s no shortcut. You’ve got to put in the work.
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