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  1. You need more overtravel than that. If it's "perfect" and just clears with no contact whatsoever then you still have too little overtravel... one little speck of gunk reducing the overtravel by an infinitesimal amount will put you in the land of a dead trigger during a match. (I've been down that road a couple of times.) I now like to be able to see a tiny sliver of darkness between the hammer step/sear interface when the trigger is pulled all the way to the rear and I manually move the hammer back and forth through the part of the travel where the sear release/reset should be occurring. You're not going to win any match because you got the last 0.1mm of overtravel out of the trigger, but you absolutely might lose it because you went 0.1mm too far.
  2. CHA-LEE You didn't tell the shooters to do anything. If someone were going to sweep themselves because they are told their front fiber is breaking, they'd do it regardless of whether the RO is the person telling them or not. If someone is going to whip out their gun when someone tells them their gun is broken, they'll do it regardless of whether it's the RO or not. These were impulsive reactions to information, not obedience to commands. Let me ask you this: Were you surprised when the shooters did what they did? I bet you were, because neither of those actions was a reasonably forseeable reaction to being told "I think your front sight fiber is broken." I would concur with your view that it is better to get through the "range is clear" stage before providing information, but certainly after that point (and even before), those reactions belong to the shooter and the shooter alone.
  3. As others have said, don't get too wrapped up in trying to pre-plan until you see the stages in person. The advice to let people know that you're shooting your first match is very important... It is likely that your squad will let you shoot last on most or all of the stages so that you have a chance to see other people's stage plans. USPSA is full of helpful people, and you should not have difficulty finding one or more people on your squad to help walk you through the stage planning process, explaining what they're trying to do/looking at, and all-out spoon-feeding you a workable stage plan. Try to avoid plans that require a lot of avoidable uprange movement (a common 180 trap for newer shooters, particularly if a reload is thrown in) or that require a lot of "memory" component (stand here, shoot every other target I can see, stand over here, shoot 2nd and 5th targets available, etc.). Some of that may be dictated to you by the stage, but don't bite off any more than is necessary to complete the course of fire. Another common suggestion for new shooters in production: register in limited minor for your first match and load up your mags. Learn how to basically navigate a course of fire safely before you throw in the whole reload-every-time-you-move complication of the capacity-constrained divisions. You want to make your first foray into the game as low-stress and simple as possible. One note based on the linked stage diagrams - looks like a few of them may involve tight quarters with you being forced to move the gun between you and walls that don't leave much space. Be super careful not to point the gun up or down past the 180 during those close movements; beware, too, of sweeping yourself. I've seen several new-ish shooters point their gun right at their own chin as they squeeze past a tight corner or wall (instant DQ, plus an extremely unsafe situation). Try to give yourself as much space as possible - even if it means stepping out and back into the fault lines - and maintain a very acute focus on muzzle control until you get into the firing position.
  4. ATLDave

    Ron Avery

    Oh, that is terrible. I never got to meet the man, much less take a class from him, but I found his interviews and videos of parts of his classes fascinating. He was clearly at the far right end of the bell curve in terms of thinking about all things practical shooting (and a number of other topics, too)... what a loss.
  5. I have heard AA#2 called "the poor man's N320." Great stuff. Tiny, tiny, tiny spheres for granules... many powder dispensers will leak a little with this powder. It both meters and leaks like water!
  6. Your training/knowledge allowed your brain to properly prioritize fear of an AD/ND above fear of contact with the ground. So it was fear that motivated you - fear educated by knowledge and experience.
  7. On the topic of lightened slides and perceptions of recoil, here is an archived set of articles that is pretty interesting. https://web.archive.org/web/20171108122611/http://re-gun.com/tag/flat/ There's a lot of stuff in these, but one key takeaway is that, in a reciprocating-slide handgun, recoil really comes in two components/phases: movement of the gun while the slide is sliding, and movement of the gun when the slide impacts the frame. Playing with recoil spring weights and hammer springs and slide mass can shift the gun's overall movement more into one phase or another (e.g., a stiffer recoil spring will put more force into the frame during the sliding phase, but will slightly reduce the impact at the end of the travel). How all this stuff plays into perceived recoil has to do (according to the arguments of the linked articles above) with how our brains perceive motion. Basically, if all the motion can be crammed into a space too fast for us to perceive, then it won't "exist" for us in terms of perceived gun movement.
  8. You mean the slide stop pin? Those break a lot on CZ's, but pretty rarely on Tanfoglios. I believe I discussed this with Ben Stoeger in one of his classes last fall and he said he had never broken one. I have used Tanfo's both for competition (major power factor in LTD) and as a launching pad for 10mm's for woods use and ballistics fun. I have also never broken one. I keep a spare around, but haven't had cause to use it. There's some stuff on Tanfo's that breaks... the slide stop pins usually aren't on the list.
  9. Of course the whole point of the "principle" was that the sport is intended to be "experimental" with equipment - results are supposed to teach us something about what gear works and what gear does not. We added equipment divisions to avoid having EVERYONE forced into open-type guns, but the fundamental concept remains. If steel-framed, DA/SA guns are beating up on polymer striker fired guns, that's a feature, not a bug. We're learning that, all else being equal, the heavy weight and better trigger pull (after the first shot) is marginally more important than the faster gun movement and consistent trigger of the polymer/striker guns. That's part of the objective of the sport.
  10. I also had to grind a bit on the magwell and even more on the frame to smooth it all out. I this is, for better or worse, "normal."
  11. I understand that. My point is that, by rule, they are already treated differently in things like start positions and SHO/WHO procedures. And that's all well and good, but when someone whines about a slightly different PCC start position being unfair or designed to "haze" PCC or starts chanting "PCC is not a crime," it's pretty ridiculous. They're special. They're not treated the same as the other divisions anyway. Most of the differences make the match easier for them. Doing something that is compliant with the language of the rules to return some of the challenge that is otherwise lost is not just OK match design - it is better match design.
  12. Having PCC shooters put their gun on a table, then stand exactly where handgun shooters stand, facing exactly the same direction is keeping the same location. Now, allowing PCC shooters to start facing downrange while everyone else has to deal with a turn? THAT's different locations for different divisions - although people think that's "normal." Nope. PCC is special. Everyone else occasionally has to shoot with one hand on the gun; when that is required, it's usually the "guts" of the stage, the main challenge. But PCC is special. You cannot make them shoot one-handed. When everyone else is shooting strong-hand-only, they're shooting freestyle. When everyone else is struggling to control their gun with their weak hand, they are shooting with 3 points of contact. All the notions that "everyone does the same thing" got broken when PCC was introduced. That doesn't mean it was bad or wrong, but that core concept is inherently out the window for PCC.
  13. PCC ALMOST ALWAYS has a different start position than handguns. By rule, handgun competitors cannot start with the gun in hand, which is typical for PCC. By rule, PCC shooters cannot start with their gun in possession and facing uprange. PCC is already inherently different in its start positions. I think putting the PCC on a table or barrel to allow the re-introduction of an uprange/turning start is a very good idea and seems to square entirely with both the spirit and letter of the rules.
  14. Baffling call, if that's what actually happened. Was there some hard-cover involved? Was there a wall that you were leaning around?
  15. Position sensitivity is about how much ignition changes with powder forward or back in case (distance from primer, primarily, and area of powder exposed to briassance of primer). That is NOT the same thing as shorter lengths increasing pressure. OAL absolutely DOES matter to peak pressure (and, therefore, to some extent velocity), even if the powder is completely position insensitive. Sometimes people try to improve the consistency of position sensitive powders by reducing the space available for the powder to move around by shortening OAL, but this increases initial pressure.
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