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    2018 Florida Steel Challenge State Champion - Rimfire Pistol
  • Birthday 07/30/1959

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  1. Ok, so as not to interfere with SC Nationals & Worlds this year I’ve moved this annual class with Ben to February 2020. Fundamentals class is 5/6 Feb & Skills & Drills class is 7/8 Feb. I have 2 spots s left in Fundamentals & 1 in S&D. Contact me if interested
  2. So I was going to wait to mention this but you've hit on an important point, at least at our club - Its one of the reasons i don't shoot AS very often, as compared to the USPSA matches I'm used to the stages are very vanilla & don't change that much from month to month. I think the perceived 'intimidation factor" of USPSA shooting has something to do with it as well. If you're new to action shooting you've probably heard that USPSA is full of a bunch of highly competitive, world-class shooters at every match ... lol. I know I've heard this before from new shooters whoa re interested in competition shooting but don't want to shoot a match until they get better ... being able to 'know' you hit the target by waiting for the ding is a big deal to a lot of shooters and a significant difference from USPSA ... While AS is still basically just an outlaw match I did see on 'matchsignup.org' that there is apparently a National Action Steel Championship being held this year. Didn't think there was any origination yet so its probably someone who just decided to claim it to be a Championship but it will be interesting to see who shows up ...
  3. things to consider when trying to determine which is the best shooting order on a particular stage: 1. It's always 'accuracy at speed'. Accuracy is meaningless if you can't do it fast & speed in irrelevant if you can't hit anything. You should be training for both in your drills. 2.Risk is very important when evaluating shooting order. It is usually better plan to select the shooting order that is the least risky based on your current shooting skills & give up a .1 or two then to have misses which require makeup shots or worse, that a 3 sec penalty. Look at your stage times when you shoot a clean run vice even one make-up shot on a string to see what this is costing you. Then for a match multiple that by the number of makeup shots you have in a match to see why you don't want to be doing this. 3. At any given skill level or classification, most shooters are all about the same speed, the difference in who comes out on top in a match is who makes the least amount of mistakes (make-up shots). Most shooters have no idea how much time they are losing due to make-up shots but even for a good rimfire shooter its .3 -.5 secs so say you shoot at a pace that is .2 sec slower but it results in NO makeup shots, which one should you execute? 4. Assuming you've factored in risk correctly, the timer doesn't lie. If one shooting order will result in faster times without increasing the risk so you make mistakes that's what you should be doing, regardless of what the "best' way to shoot the stage is.
  4. I realize this is the Steel Challenge subforum but there is a connection here ... my club started shooting Action Steel matches about a year ago & they have become quite popular with 50 or so shooters/match. This rivels our Steel Challenge matches which ave 50+/month, even in the dead of summer. however, I've noticed that a very large percentage of the Action Steel shooters don't shoot USPSA (but they all shoot Steel Challenge) and this seems quite odd to me given that in its most basic form, Action Steel is just a USPSA match with all non-falling steel targets. So it would seem that if you like AS you'd also like USPSA but at least at my Club this is not the case. Thinking about this a little deeper, the one big difference in these 2 matches comes down to a question of accuracy. In AS, you just have to hit the the plate, & if you don't know how to call your shots, which I would submit is the norm for the typical 'rank & file' shooter, you get the added benefit of 'waiting for the ding' to ensure you hit it to avoid the embarassing 'walk of shame' so typical in a USPSA match where you discover all manner of uncalled misses when you walk around to score your targets. This difference is level of required accuracy and feedback apparently makes for a more pleasant experience and therefore a more 'fun' match. I've asked this question many times of the AS shooters at my club who have never shot a USPSA match and the only answers I ever get are "its a lot of fun to shoot" ... not exactly an enlightening answer .... :). I realize this is only one data point from one Club & therefore may represent nothing more than a weird outlying statistic but I'm curious what those of you at other Club's are experiencing?
  5. hmmmm .... don't really know anything about steel but the rectangular tubes we purchased didn't cost anywhere near that much. I think we paid around $200 for enough to make 40. cheap stuff works just fine. ours have been in the ground for 3 years without issue. i did spray the inside of each with rustolem paint just so it would make it easier to pull the 2 x4s out each time but that was it.
  6. Nimitz

    CO optic

    reliability is critical for this optic. once I start training with it, it will have to hold up to 2,000- 2,500 rds/month + matches. How many rds do folks have through these without any issues?
  7. Nimitz

    CO optic

    any idea how the FOV compares with the DPP? How many rounds do you have trough it & any issues?
  8. Nimitz

    CO optic

    agree. 2.5 is way too small for Steel Challenge which is what this will be for. I currently run 12 moa dots currently on all my open guns. when your average time for a run is around 3 secs, little tiny dots don't cut it ...
  9. something to consider if this bay is your private bay to do what you want would be to put hollow rectangular steel tubes in the ground. then , not only do you have every spot marked but now you don't need stands any more, just 2 x 4s ... 12" tubes are long enough. I did this for all 8 stages at my club when I was the MD and could setup for an entire match by myself in 1 hr ....
  10. Nimitz

    CO optic

    Thx. Does the DPP have any options for dot size?
  11. Nimitz

    CO optic

    Since I'm never going to be shooting Production again & I don't want to get rid of my SP01 Shadow I've decided to convert it to a CO pistol. Have not been following the current trends in this division so what optic are folks using for the Shadow in CO?
  12. it goes the way it ALWAYS goes ..... Ben comes out, holds several classes & just yells at me for 4-6 straight days .... apparently he can't remember that I am a 3-division GM .... been doing this with him since 2015 .... apparently the weather is nicer here in Florida that Wisconsin ....
  13. 5 years ago I bought a complete 650XL setup including casefeeder, mounting brackets, tool set, etc - the works. Over teh last 5 years I've needed teh odd part replaced and as any of you who own a 650XL know, their lifetime warrenty is unrivaled. A week & a half ago while cranking out ammo in prep for 6 days of shooting with Ben Stoeger the main arm just sheared of. the press has close to 200,000 rds through it and has been worked hard. called them up to see if they had a 'tune-up service' since replacing that part was not straight forward & other parts could use replacing as well. sure enough that have that service so I packed it up & sent it off. well today a box from Dillon shows up and its a BRAND NEW 650XL. All i can say is if you're getting ready to get into relaoding, look no further than Dillon & specifically the 650XL - you will not be sorry! Just fantastic customer support ....
  14. I now have 1 spot in the Fundamentals class on 30/31 Mar as well as the 1 spot in the S&D class on 3/4 April ... cost is $370 e-mail: SteelShootBanners@outlook.com for the fastest response
  15. You guys all just love to use a material solution to address an operational issue instead of fixing the underlying tasks, procedures and techniques ... you all would fit very well in the military acquisition system
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