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  1. Largely because the stages are longer. It is still one shooter at a time in rotation. With only two bays, the OP is pretty well stuck. My local only has two pistol bays and matches drag on even at our small club. I have heard of places that ran morning and afternoon flights, but that means the crew is working ALL day. The best use of time and space that I have seen was the match that signed up only as many as could shoot through their four bays in the morning; then reset over lunch, then went back and shot some more. I think 12 stages. But that was a once a year thing. The original Summer Sizzler in Tennessee was 22 or 23 stages on six bays over two days; five of them as segments of the original 90 shot IDPA classifier. It was great match for the shooters, but a big load on the club, they didn't do THAT again. But I have shot some of the older more regimented matches, too; things with multiple shooters on the line shooting at the same time. Matches are still scheduled to take up half a day if not all day. You just have to allow the time for competitive shooting.
  2. It is not usually required to take all that ammo with you. Not never, but hardly ever. I will still lay out both my reload magazines even if I don't mean to take and use them.
  3. My behavior has been modified by panicdemic shortages. I shoot .22s at an IDPA match that allows it; I shoot a good bit of L10 or SS with a .45 because I have more large primers than small. If the Primer Fairy left me a large supply of small primers, I would be right back to Limited and ESP. So I don't think the sport needs a .22 division but I think the times do. But as some old dead white guy said, "There is nothing so permanent as a temporary emergency."
  4. That sounds like a long time but not an extremely long time. How many bays for six stages? A lot of hurry up and wait is built into the system. Stages are large with only one shooter at a time. You can only shoot, get out of the way, get targets scored and pasted, and the next shooter called up so fast. More and smaller squads help but then you have to have more SOs, and assumes you have bays and people to set up multiple stages. I have been going to a Wednesday night indoor USPSA shoot. The employees have everything planned out and targets, dividers, barrels, and boxes laid ready. Target locations for Classifiers are measured out and marked on the floor. Six stages on two bays in 2 1/2 to 3 hours depending on attendance. But it is part of a paying business, so efficiency is rewarded.
  5. We need Limited Minor! Well, that's what I shoot anyhow but I don't think we need yet another Division. Wonder if IDPA will call it a SSP if IPSC calls it Production.
  6. Right, so often it is "Sure, we will classify you, just come in early or stay late from the match." But... the best classifier I ever shot was "embedded" in a long match. The inherent weakness in IDPA or USPSA classification is that shooters are crazy for novelty, every match must be different, so classifiers have to be Special, one way or another. Not like some of the old dull shoots where everything is the same and every score goes on your record. I still have score cards from my years in ATA Trap.
  7. I have no doubt that the specialist will do better by staying in his specialty. When I changed from IPSC to IDPA for reasons that seemed good at the time, I shot only IDPA so as to not have to keep up with two sets of rules and procedures at speed. I was then a bit of a contender so it made a difference. Now I am older and slower and I have found I can "program my brain" for the match du jour.
  8. It is only IDPA, therefore beneath contempt by some here, but a nearby club has been allowing .22s in NFC during the ammo and component shortages of the Panicdemic. It was that or shut down because attendance was down about 75%. Knockdown targets are not used, mover activation is by hand on a Popper or pull rope at the firing line, stomp pad, or turnstile. I have been shooting my Nelson conversion most but not all the time; I occasionally shoot a centerfire just to keep some sense of recoil control. The Nelson took ammo selection, cleaning regimen, and magazine adjustment, but now it is approaching centerfire reliability. There is one CZ Kadet shooter doing very well, but most of the mouse guns are Glock 44, which have gotten pretty well broken in and tuned up. I saw a S&W Plastic M&P Compact .22 and a Ruger of some sort at the night shoot last weekend.
  9. That simplifies things a lot. Based on my experience with a 2011 in IDPA ESP, a set of plugged magazines would be a help; I found it easy to lose count and have too many or too few rounds.
  10. Nicky Carter, Mississippi etc. I am in Alabama but my official AC is a lot farther away, so I always ask Nicky when shooting at his place near Saltillo MS. I think this is a sensible approach and I hope the official rules will reflect it when they get around to a new edition. It should also apply to the other automatic divisions EXCEPT SSP. I would hate for SSP to end up like USPSA Production with only a nodding resemblance to stock guns.
  11. A friend started on his G44 with the standard connector he had left over from the G17 he had installed a Ghost Rocket in. It helped enough to tell, so he is going to get another aftermarket connector for the G44.
  12. The only time I ever shot Expert on the Classifier was when it was "imbedded" in the first Summer Sizzler in Tennessee. And it didn't count because it was not shot in order. I got match bumps to Expert in ESP and CDP, but the CDP never made it to HQ and I still show SS there.
  13. Not unique to IDPA. As a guy here said: "With a big match coming up, I'd rather be a high B than a low A."
  14. There are/were three classifiers, the original 90 shot, a 72 shot which is still on the books, and the 25 shot. https://www.idpa.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/IDPA_Standard_Classifier_Stages.pdf Ask your MD to set up the 72. Years ago, a member devised a 54 shot classifier claimed to test the same things as the 90 but it did not fly.
  15. I have some of those in .38 Special for IDPA SSR. They are ok with mild loads and a taper crimp but I could wish for a real revolver bullet with a crimp groove for full loads. I wish somebody made bulk Lyman 358311 but it would require Magma to cut new molds, they don't have anything of the sort that I have seen.
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