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  1. I recently made the change from only ever shooting limited to CO. My work schedule this year has not allowed for much shooting, so having something new to work on (mainly dryfire) and something to shoot with little to no pressure has been good. I shot my first club match of the year a few weekends ago and I am not sure that I would have finished any better with my limited rig. There are two things I find really interesting about CO, the first, I have many rounds behind a shotgun where you use a target focus, which is very similar to shooting the dot. I was really surprised with how fast you can shoot a steel array, and how much easier swingers become with a dot. The second thing I find interesting is the fact that you can run a stripped down stock gun and still feel absolutely competitive. For some reason its refreshing to run a stock G34 and get back to the basics. It is easy in Limited and Open to get caught up it the rat race of a 2011... These are my simple thoughts anyways...
  2. I recently just bought some AC Zone targets from Red Stitch. I have also had good luck with Carl at GT Targets, super great guy. You may also look at Blue Steel.
  3. Ill tag along with these, not the being a jerk part, but Id be curious to know how your match performance is? Do you find yourself needing 3-5 stages before you're comfortable, and seeing what you need to be seeing? If at matches you are shooting what you would consider your "match ability" out of the gate, then perhaps it does come down to being distracted during the times you have for practice.
  4. I agree with this as well. The micro drills ben lays out have always been helpful.
  5. Dot drills are always good for shooting groups. If I don't have a page of dots, a paster works just as well. What is this doubles drill?
  6. I like an aggressive grip texture. That being said, if you get your initial grip wrong or slightly off, the ability to shift the pistol and make the correction is more difficult.
  7. I have noticed open shooters doing this, but not carry optics shooters as much. I don't know that the extended vs. bent arm is a correlation to the optic or to the comp. I shoot limited primarily and have recently started shooting CO. For me, shooting a limited gun with extended arms gives me a consistent index and sight alignment, and a rigid platform to control the gun. With the CO gun, although the index is important, the optic allows for a pretty generous sight acquisition. The shooting position with the CO gun is also relatively the same, largely to maximize control. In the end, I don't think there is a right or wrong answer for you. If you are posting faster times with more points the answer is clear. If the times and points are roughly the same, make a decision on which is the most consistent.
  8. I start slow for a period of time (time v. reps is easier for me to track and keep consistent), and then do the drill in 1 min increments speeding up each increment. I also like the way ben's books break up the drills into micro drills.
  9. I think as everyone has said, visualization and execution are key to a good stage. For me, shooting my sights allows for consistency throughout the match.
  10. Good call. I think this could be most of the problems. I had a gauge that didn’t like 40 long, gauging the ammo upside down helped. The 40XL is the ticket though!!
  11. This is pretty much me. I am a no pins kind of guy. I use lemishine and a bit of dawn, wash them for 45 minutes, pull out to air dry in a mesh bag for an hour or so, and then into walnut media for 30 min. The come out looking new!
  12. Welcome to the forum and USPSA! The great thing about this sport is that there will be other "dinky" D class shooters there as well. For me, the best motivation to not be dinky is having matches on the calendar/going to matches and getting my teeth kicked in. I think it would be a great learning experience for you. We see a lot of guys that start shooting locally and never get outside that bubble of comfort. The guys that go shoot a big match early really see what its about and grow accordingly. Good luck!
  13. If you take your apple ear buds, lick them and then touch the plug to a 9V battery it will give you a similar sensation. You're welcome.
  14. I went through basically the same steps as you did. I started with the GRX, my results were questionable, but I soon realized that if you are shooting any kind of volume at all the GRX is not a good solution. I then bumped up to the case pro, for me this worked great, but once again you are essentially adding a step into the process. For loading 40 the grx or case pro may be a necessary evil, but I can tell you where I ended up. I set the case pro aside and put an EGW U die in my press, with a Redding competition seater and a Redding Crimp die. This combination gets me 98% success. Usually out of a hundred I have 1 or 2 that are snug; those go in the practice bucket and are fine. Before you drop some serious coin on a roll sizer Id give the U die another shot. I had a few problems with mine out of the gate, but I adjusted the die to just barely above the shell plate and it has been good to me so far. For reference I am shooting an SV, loading 180 gn Blue Bullets into range brass at 1.190 OAL. The profile of the Blue Bullets seem to be the ticket in my SV chamber. Calvin
  15. +2 for blue bullets. They have run great in everything I have.
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