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  1. that's the first time I've seen that rule. So if we leave off the rear fault line, does that mean I can run all the way back to the road behind the rest of the squad to shoot? we occasionally do leave off the rear fault line to save time and trouble, we just tell people not to do stupid sh!t. The advent of pcc has caused us to go back to putting a rear fault line on pretty much all stages.
  2. Thanks for the inside update Chuck. I also am interested in the stage diagrams just for something to fritter over until it's time to start packing, but really does it make any difference whatsoever? About the only useful thing I've ever gotten from stage diagrams is whether I should bone up on my table starts or not. All the actually useful information comes from personally inspecting the stage the day before (or the morning of, if you are a procrastinator).
  3. But what rule(s) would you cite to request a change from as-built? you think i need a specific rule that says a shooting area has to be enclosed? If I came across someone lame enough to argue that point I'd point to Fortunately, most of our stage designers are interested in doing things safely and legally, so I don't get much pushback.
  4. Actually, stages *always* get proofed on the ground at the last second, which is why there are often so many differences between the published stage diagrams and the actual stages. Stuff may still get tweaked on saturday when the stage RO's get a chance to look at the stage from all angles.
  5. If it was a local match, I'd unf**k the stage before the match started (or ask the stage builder to fix it). That's part of my job as an experienced CRO. At every match at my local range, I check the stages for compliance with USPSA rules, and also with our particular range rules regarding target placement and height in a couple of bays. If it were a major match I'd talk to the RM.
  6. i bet there will be a fault line on the ground at the actual match, even if someone forgot to put one in the diagram. A shooting area that is not enclosed doesn't even make sense.
  7. I don't know nuthin' bout nuthin, but I have been shooting steel for 7 years now, and my wife is in her 2nd year. Unless we have a total trainwreck, we are both within a few percent of our best total times at pretty much every match, and within 10% or less of our best aggregate (i.e. classification) times. The better I have gotten, the more consistent I have gotten, and now a bad night is often the result of 1-2 mistakes or malfunctions that cause me to be 2-3 seconds slower.
  8. I'm not convinced that folks shooting local matches care *at all* about classification in steel challenge. I was MD of our evening matches for a couple years before I got sucked into USPSA, but I still shoot steel almost every week during the summer, and except for a few folks pushing for GM, I never hear anyone talking about classification in steel. This is in stark contrast to uspsa where people are obsessed about finally breaking out of B class. I suspect it's because the stages are all classifiers so the class doesn't really matter that much compared to the stage times. You just try to keep improving your times. In USPSA the classifications are decoupled from match performances to an extent.
  9. Shooting through the port from the end positions sounds like skipping the port to me, although i guess it depends on what the definition of is is. fwiw, we had m and gm shooters do at least 3 different strategies on that stage. Looked like a wash to me.
  10. damn. what a controversy. the winner will probably have to return the Ford Raptor he got for taking first place now.
  11. If you're tired after 20 minutes, take a break. then dryfire again for 10 mins or so. Give your muscles some recovery time and you can dryfire more and build strength and endurance in those muscles at the same time. (but also do some other exercises, since the range of motion for shooting stuff is so small). fwiw, i'm in pretty good shape, but I'm also getting close to 60. Often during a dryfire session my muscles start to tire or I get out of breath (I do alot of movement in dryfire), so I take a lap around the yard with dogs, take a drink of water, check on the tomatoes and peppers, and after 60 seconds or so get back to it.
  12. Between last year and this year, it looks the average number of standards stages is about right.
  13. Interesting, but not terribly surprising. I had one of my best uspsa matches last year when I was hobbling around with a broken toe, wearing a pair of shoes 1 size too big that I got in a 2nd hand store in sun valley (where i broke it, dirtbiking). Instead of trying to move fast, I just tried to move sooner, and shoot sooner, and shoot while moving.
  14. They need to put a fault line there. Otherwise there is no way to tell when you are faulting and when you are not. A 'shooting area' is defined as a surface inside shooting boxes, fault lines, walls, or any other barrier. Shooting boxes and fault lines must be fixed to the surface and may not be less than the minimum height required by rule It doesn't say anything about allowing imaginary fault lines. I almost had to arb this at A3 a few years ago (and we would have won), but people came to their senses before I finished filling out the form.
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