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    Ken Verderame

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  1. I recently saw a YouTube Channel video review of the new rules which stated that it was now legal to use IWB holsters but didn't see any specific reference to it in the rules updates. Did I just miss it or are they specifically not allowed. Please cite the actual rule if you know it, thx!
  2. just had a cancellation so we now have one spot open in the Fundamentals class on 24/25 April 2021 at the Port Malabar Rifle & Pistol Club in Malabar, FL. see Ben's website for details & email me if interested ..... $375 Ken
  3. as many of you know, last spring I cracked the slide on my STI SteelMaster while training with Ben Stoeger. I spent a few months unsuccessfully trying to source a new slide and after a while thought I might just have a $3,500 paperweight. Finally decided to contact STI (now Staccato Guns) looking to see if they knew where I could find a slide. To my surprise they said I should fill out a warranty claim instead which I did. a couple of days later I got a notice that I should send in my gun for warranty repair -- nice! after about 5 weeks I called to check on the status and was referred to Ricky in their warranty department. He told me that he'd been unable to locate a Steel Master slide and that they had stopped manufacturing them last Dec. he even asked his head machinists what would it take to mill a new slide & was told "a new machine shop ...". he told me he had several slides that would work but they were for 9mm major and the gun would not run reliably with minor so that was out. he then said to give him another week or so to see if he could come up with something. during that time I was prepared to tell him to just convert it to 9 major and I'd try to sell the gun to recover something out of it. just as I was getting ready to call him he calls me and says he's found a slide that will work & is sending to their machine shop to be milled & fitted! Roll forward 2 months & my SteelMaster just arrived in the mail today sporting its new top end. this top end can hold a slide racker which they also installed at no charge. also, because the profile is different, there is a brand new Comp on it as well - also no charge. Bottom line: when you buy a high end gun you pay more but you also get more - they stand behind their guns - period. attached are what the the gun used to look like (top pic) & with the new slide & Comp (bottom pic) (didn't bother setting up my studio to take a glamour shot like the original one ... lol)
  4. thx guys for recommending my podcast!
  5. There's no perfect place for this but I'll post it here & in the 'other shooting sports' sub forum so if it gets any traction the mods can combine them .... So, we have multiple , individual action shooting sports: USPSA, IDPA, Steel Challenge, Bianchi Cup, 3-gun. they are all different in some respect, have theiur loyal followers & detractors but the one thing they do all have in common is that they are 'Action Shooting' sports -- to excel at any of them you must master the ability to shoot accurately at speed. Given this, I think a great way to grow all the sports would be to have a combined world action shooting championship. while there would be zillion ways to do this the basic concept would be something like say a week long competition where competitors would shoot stages from all the individual sports and then devise some sort of scoring system to normalize between them and at the end you would crown a Combined Action Shooting World Champion. I think this would be an interesting way to grow all the sports and drive more interest and could help quell some of the never ending debate about which is 'better' .... obviously there are a million things to work out to do something like this and if you could ever generate sponsor interest so that there could be actual prize money like professional bass fishing, professional beach volleyball, professional bowling, etc where the top pros actually make healthy livings, that would go a long way. So what do folks think? please don't just comment on why it won't work as there are always solutions to roadblocks if there is enough interest but try providing constructive comments on what it might do or not do for competitive shooting is really the goal. if you think its a bad idea don't just say so because it would be hard to do, tell why you think competitors & others would not be interested .... so let's here what you have to say ...
  6. There's no perfect place for this but I'll post it here & in the 'other shooting sports' sub forum so if it gets any traction the mods can combine them .... So, we have multiple , individual action shooting sports: USPSA, IDPA, Steel Challenge, Bianchi Cup, 3-gun. they are all different in some respect, have theiur loyal followers & detractors but the one thing they do all have in common is that they are 'Action Shooting' sports -- to excel at any of them you must master the ability to shoot accurately at speed. Given this, I think a great way to grow all the sports would be to have a combined world action shooting championship. while there would be zillion ways to do this the basic concept would be something like say a week long competition where competitors would shoot stages from all the individual sports and then devise some sort of scoring system to normalize between them and at the end you would crown a Combined Action Shooting World Champion. I think this would be an interesting way to grow all the sports and drive more interest and could help quell some of the never ending debate about which is 'better' .... obviously there are a million things to work out to do something like this and if you could ever generate sponsor interest so that there could be actual prize money like professional bass fishing, professional beach volleyball, professional bowling, etc where the top pros actually make healthy livings, that would go a long way. So what do folks think? please don't just comment on why it won't work as there are always solutions to roadblocks if there is enough interest but try providing constructive comments on what it might do or not do for competitive shooting is really the goal. if you think its a bad idea don't just say so because it would be hard to do, tell why you think competitors & others would not be interested .... so let's here what you have to say ...
  7. I don’t mind you saying you disagree with me, but please get your facts straight when you make claims about ME personally ... thank-you.
  8. Speed comes from being relaxed as tense muscles cannot move as fast as when they are relaxed. If you have tension in your shoulders the only way to go fast is to muscle the gun which is not good. remember, you shoot with your hands and you must learn to crush the gun with your hands and relax everything else. also, are you looking at your first target with the gun pointed at the start flag or are you looking at the start flag through your sights? if the latter, that is a major reason for your 'slowness' because at the start signal your brain doesn't know where you want to end up (you're not looking at your intended target) and therefore your subconscious doesn't know when to stop the gun until your eyes do finally get to the target. after sighting on teh start flag & gripping the gun correctly you need to be looking at your first plate while waiting for the timer to go off
  9. your thinking is backwards ... faster times are MUCH harder to achieve than slower times. look at RFPO as compared to open, then pick up a rimfire gun and try to make those times. that being said, if you are a true GM in one division, with a little bit of work you should be able to make GM in others
  10. what gun you shoot it irrelevant to your competition strategy (ie - stage shooting order). The items you mention as rationale for using different shoot order are easily over come with training. you don't need to change shooting order, you need to up your training
  11. yep, Hunters Gold. They are photocromatic and change with conditions. no more changing glasses as conditions change
  12. when it comes to selecting a competition firearm there is only one feature that is mandatory, a couple that are very important and the rest are just personal preference. The gun must be 100% reliable. Even one hiccup out of 200 is unacceptable ( without m/u shots you only need 195 rds for a match) Important things are that the gun fit your hands correctly so that your trigger finger fits correctly on the trigger. I bought a $350 Browning Buckmark when i decided to shoot SC full-time and replaced the barrel & grips with TacSol parts, added a C-more and never looked back. Why? Because the gun just works. it eats anything and after over 125,000 rds its still going strong. Oh and ditch the commentator. they do nothing in a rimfire gun (ok, they may look cool) and can cause issues. It won't repeat all the testing i did to reach that conclusion but you can listen to my podcasts from last year or search posts here
  13. gun is now running without issue ... I'll look into those open gas plugs in the mean time, thx!
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