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    Andrew Medina

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  1. I shoot in Florida and it is very interesting what Garcia and Smith have done at Universal Shooting Academy. They have created a multi-match staff shirt with the logos of their main matches (Florida Open, Florida State, IPSC Nationals, Monster Match, etc.). Over the past two seasons I have accumulated 3 pairs of long and short sleeve shits and don’t pick anymore up when officiating those matches.
  2. What’s the thought of having a uniform wardrobe policy for the match officials? After seeing some videos of Area matches where the officials look like a motley crew more representative of a weekend L1 match, it got me thinking of the importance of uniformity for the officials. I am of the opinion that a uniformed officiating crew brings significant value to the organization, the match, and to the competitors. The value is one of legitimacy, or at least the perception of it, for the organization and for the match. For the competitor, and I submit my perspective as my one and only exhibit, I am always looking to see what my match dollar is getting me. I am expecting better stages, better infrastructure, and better officiating than an L1 match. Note, to say that I am a competitor is a misnomer, I am more of a contributor, and as such the level of competition at these higher level matches brings little value to me. For the most part, the stages are better. In the area of infrastructure, I have been to higher level matches where the props and setups are top notch, and I have been to some in which the props and setups are identical to an L1. Then there is the officiating. For the most part, the value proposition is satisfied because of the multiple individuals officiating each stage. You are bound to get better officiating with more eyeballs on each stage. But then there is perception as well, a uniformed staff brings legitimacy and a sort of officialism to the individual and the role. My final observation is on the matches that I have witnessed that brings great legitimacy to the sport, the organization, and the match organizers. From what I have observed, the matches that fail the most in this area are those that are put on by ‘for profit’ match organizers versus those that are put on by “non lucrative” match organizers. It seems to me, that in the pursuit of profits, the areas that are cut or scrimped on are those that seem to have little impact in the ability to deliver the match, but it is these that brings legitimacy to the match itself. Disclaimer: These are my perceptions based on what I have observed in my edge of the USPSA world. By no means is it meant as a blanket statement to the rest of the USPSA world.
  3. Is there anyway see if the rounds are being swagged? I pulled some bullets and did not notice anything on the jacket. I don’t believe I have an unloaded bullet to compare the pulled ones against...
  4. Added some additional details ( bullet weight and no signs of tumbling).... I have not performed a bench rest test yet. Although I do extensive ladder testing when I change anything, of my standard recipe, I had not seen the need for accuracy testing until now. Everything I had loaded up to this point was spot on. Maybe my gun does not like FMJ.....
  5. First and foremost, I am not a noob in terms of reloading or accurate shooting. There is something wrong with the latest batch of rounds I have loaded. To validate my suspicion, at today's steel challenge match, I shot 10 of these rounds against a steel plate 10 yards away - 6 hit, 4 were flyers. I used a buddy's hand loaded ammo, same test - all 10 were on target. I am usually a very good shot with my Accushadow. (Obviously, today's steel challenge results sucked ass...) I knew something was 'OFF' when at the last USPSA match, I was having a hard time hitting steel, and an easy time hitting no shoots that were offset of the target. Of the hits that were on paper, all were perfect diameter hits, I.e. bullets were not tumbling. So what changed.... This is my first batch of FMJ rounds. Prior to this batch and with great accuracy results I have loaded over 70K rounds of RN plated and RN coated bullets - the last 20K were RN coated .356. These rounds are RMR .355 RN FMJ 124 gr. When loaded, the round, at the base of the bullet measures .3790. I do not believe this is a crimp issue as this measurement is within 9mm specifications. I have 'pulled' 5 bullets, randomly, and the jackets are not marred or damaged - again pointing that this may not be crimp issue. The powder is Sport Pistol, 4.2GR for an average power factor of 127.5. All rounds are case gauged to eliminate any split cases or cases that do not meet specs. The LOA of the rounds are 1.13. For this specific bullet, the CZ barrel allows for 1.136 in the plunk test. The pistol is an CZ Accushadow (Gen 1). The reloading press is a Dillon 650, with a Redding Competition seating Die, followed by a Lee Factory Crimp Die (FCD). On the FCD, NOTHING has been changed between the coated bullets and the FMJ's. I am getting flyers where usually I do not get any. Any insight is appreciated. THANKS!!!!
  6. Like I said, I load all rounds identical. Regardless of match or practice, they all get case gauged to catch any split or damaged cases. The load has been chronographed with the same Bullets, powder, and primers. With over 60k rounds loaded and zero case based malfunctions, I can vouch for uniformity. No need to loose good cases at a match....
  7. I specifically mark nickel as “match” ammo. I load all my ammo the same way, “match” ammo signifies cases that I want to get rid off, i.e. cases I want to loose. Too many split cases in nickel compared to brass. BTW, I also mark as “match” ammo brass cases I have reloaded more than 4 or 5 times - I recycle my brass from my practice sessions and store these cases apart from the rest of my brass inventory. So.......if you pick up brass at matches I shoot, you are picking up well worn brass....also the reason I don’t pick up brass at matches....
  8. Springs need to be replaced; mag, recoil, firing pin, trigger return, etc.
  9. When is the last time you replaced the springs on the magazine?
  10. CZ mag tuning? You must have CZ confused with the high maintenance limited and open guns. Have over 70k rounds through my CZ’s and magazine tuning is not part of any preventative maintenance.
  11. I am over 50k rounds loaded, no primer detonations. Slow and steady, don’t force anything.
  12. No, this is not a RO Recertification question. This happened at Area 6. I was the timer RO and the one that went with the shooter to the safe area to establish a squib round. The two remaining RO's attempted to record this as an "as shot" scenario deeming that the squib round was "shot" and thus "fired". 30 mikes, 16 FTSA's....... but Practiscore would not allow a save without a time. So they recorded a fraction of a second as the time just to be able to save the record. We later find out that the shooter has asked for a reshoot and was given one under the technicality that the time was incorrect. RM stated that this should of been scored DNF, and not "as shot". RM is pretty high up on the pecking order so who am I to say otherwise, but I would of thought an Edit to the score would of been more equitable for everyone......
  13. So, the rules are obvious, the reason for the post is because of the specifics: 1) Did the Shooter “fire”? Because if he did, then a DNF for the stage would not be applicable, you score it as shot 2) If he did “fire”, then what is the time to enter on tablet - shot timer did not pick up the squib.
  14. PCC shooter. Makes ready.... BEEP. Shooter pulls trigger, nothing happens. Shooter cycles carbine and pockets what seems to be the ejected round (for future reference?). RO says nothing, waiting on shooter (5.7.4). Shooter, curses, drops magazine and starts to clear the carbine. RO issues the “If you are done...” command. Once cleared, RO asks, “Why?” Shooter responds “Squib”. RO never heard squib, timer did not pick up anything. RO accompanies Shooter to safety area and verifies squib. CRO and other RO enter the results in tablet. What is the correct entry into the tablet? (14 paper, 2 steel)
  15. Profit is a strong motivator. "Greed is good'" - It fills a need without anyone forcing anyone to fill that need. OK Corral has attempted in many ways to profit off the 100+ shooters that visit each USPSA match, action steel match, 2 gun match, and Steel Challenge match , each month - it has sold and delivered box lunches to the range, it has a buffet lunch that can be purchased, it has cabins that can be rented, it sells range memberships, rents bays, has an RV park, has a bar, provides training classes, hosts top instructors, sells ammo, clothing, etc. It is hosting Area 6 starting tomorrow. Whether or not this is all profitable, I can only surmise, but they do attempt to capture as much side business as possible from the thousands of individual visitors that come to the range because of their action park. It still takes a substantial amount of volunteers: MD (2 of these), check in personnel (3 of these, if not 4), stage reviewers (probably 2), and of course the embedded RO's that are shooting the match. There is, however, no setup or teardown. This makes for a very professional and uniform presentation of the stages and gives the match the aura of a L2 and contributes to its immediate sell out. There are rumblings that they may increase the price (as they should, anything that sells out that fast points to a strong misbalance between supply and demand) and I believe most shooters would stomach a $5 increase if they continue to provide the same quality product.
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