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  1. hmm. i've been working big matches for 9 years now, and while some people take a little longer than others to ULSC, I can't think of very many people at all that I've seen do it quick enough for me to notice anything unusual. And if I did, I can't imagine why I would care.
  2. I'm going to try to be more respectful. I'll start by saying that top shooter X is one of the fastest guys in the world at missing targets, and I really respect and admire his ability to miss quickly.
  3. imho, not necessarily a cut and dried situation. At our local matches where we switch off RO/scorekeeper duties, I would respect and accept an RO call from any experienced and certified RO on the squad that was in a position to see it. OTOH, if there were differences of opinion, I would say we're not 100% certain so no DQ. We have actually had similar things happen, and also the inverse, where the RO called 'stop', but other experienced RO's on the squad had a better view and disagreed. Bottom line for us is that local matches, safety is everyone's responsibility, but we understand that we're
  4. i'm pretty sure it's ok either way, but it seems to me that muzzle up is much easier to avoid sweeping my feet or someone else's feet. Everyone I have seen around here does muzzle up.
  5. that seems like a humane way to treat it, but it seems odd that so many people have no clue, and that the rule prohibits something so safe. I suspect it was intended to prevent people from engaging in safe-table type behavior (sight pictures, dry-fire, disassembly, etc.....). It seems silly to prohibit touching a button on a flagged weapon that is being held vertically.
  6. i would expect the person who is in better shape will have more gas in the tank on the last stage of the day. Usually that is me, even tho just like Matt Hopkins I typically run out to the furthest targets and poppers. this really is a thing, and oftentimes the staff will reset a particularly sensitive moving target. When I have worked nationals and area matches, we *always* check the movers to make sure they are reset properly, every single shooter. I personally would not pay more to avoid resetting, and in fact, I would prefer to be involved in reset even for the
  7. I believe I wrote that I thought the rule should be changed to be less silly. If that wasn't obvious, let me make it so now. On the rare occasions when I shoot PCC, I prefer to just go to a real safe table and get the gun all the way ready before I go to the line so as to avoid wasting everyone's time. I sort of get the idea of the rule, you don't want the unbagging area to become another safe area where people are spending time doing sight pictures and dryfire and so forth, and it makes sense to me to not allow that kind of behavior, but it doesn't make sense to me to
  8. I don't use weird esoteric bullets that only 1 mfr actually supplies, but it seems like people are catching up. My source of bullets is still a bit behind on my monthly deliveries, but they just shipped the order scheduled for 4 weeks ago (only 2 weeks after the one scheduled for 8 weeks ago), so it appears they are catching up. I'm more concerned about primers, but not really panicking. If I can't get stuff to shoot at reasonable prices, I'll just go dirtbiking, since gas is cheap.
  9. this seems like one of those areas where overzealous RO's can try to figure out ways to screw shooters over that are not doing anything unsafe. As such, it probably needs to be addressed more carefully in the rulebook, like most of the other ways have been. I can turn my pistol dot on while the gun is in the holster. I don't see anything wrong with unfolding the stock and turning a pcc dot on while holding it safely vertical, but I do acknowledge that a certain kind of RO might interpret that as not allowed by the rules (it certainly isn't unsafe).
  10. i've never heard of it before, and never experienced it. It doesn't sound optimal. Were you on the am/pm/am schedule? i know there were some empty squads there, so I could sorta see some rebalancing going on. The pm/am/pm group where I shot was pretty full. 15 mins is not much notice. I would try to be polite about it, but I would probably be asking for more time and taking a little longer at make-ready.
  11. i've never been to a major match where I didn't look at every stage before the main match started. I like to know which movers I really need to make an effort to see getting activated. Getting moved to a different zone wouldn't be optimal, but it wouldn't be horrible either. I also tend to show up an hour early and look at that day's stages again. The last 2 nationals I've been to have generally not required extensive walk-through, although stage 2 and 3 last week both required extra time for me.
  12. not sure what is funny about that. I've RO'd these guys for many years now. Some people shoot really fast. Some people shoot really efficiently and go one for one on steel, take an extra few hundredths of a second on harder shots, and rarely have to come back to targets for makeups. They don't *look* as fast, and they don't *sound* as fast, but they end up finishing the stage quickly and with good hits, and they seem to be more successful in the long term.
  13. I thought this was the best-officiated match I have ever been to. I found the RO's to be very professional, competent, courteous and friendly. I've only been to 6 or 7 nationals, but this one really stood out to me, and it seems to me like Troy and the other RMI's have pointed things in the right direction.
  14. meh. i've been working and shooting nationals for years and watching alot of these guys. the ones that are winning are often not shooting all that fast, and imho, someone who shoots pretty deliberately (like christian) could easily take full seconds of his stage times, but he'd not only see more charlies (not really a big deal), but also more delta's and mikes, and those add up to multiple full seconds pretty darned quickly. At any rate, the strategy of shooting more accurately than the other top guys seems to be a pretty darned effective one based on the last few years of results.
  15. I couldn't disagree with you more. A good RO is aware of most everything. I watch feet, timer, targets, gun, and background environment, and probably some other stuff too.
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