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  1. Oh, they are all better than me. Just looking at Randi, who wom ladies, she had the only perfect score on Stage 20. So, yeah, she shot lots of points. Still, I didn't lose on points but rather time. I don't want to shoot Minor when I can shoot Major since I'm not exactly a 2A kinda person, more an AC kind. Regardless of points, I do think 10 rds had a sizable enough advantage to make it viable at this year's Nats. Now that I know why, I might try Minor in SStk at a, uh, major if it has similar stages. But for Nats? Major is the default if you can't do both.
  2. All I know is three ladies beat me down while shooting Minor while I shot Major. Well, and I also know I was still slower with Major. In the local match using the same stages I could absorb some worse hits and Mike's and still have a higher HF on some stages by just going faster. In the real match I feel I might have done better Minor but I'm not good enough to switch on the day. Ten round plans seemed better but maybe only slightly especially if you went 1 for 1. If you did that Major was way better but Minor gave you lots of room to make up bad shots. I did like that there seemed to be compelling trade-offs between 8 and 10 round plans
  3. "Aaaand.... TWO ALPHA!!!!" I started doing it, too. It makes me want to shoot better. I thought the match heavily favored Minor/L10, which I think is what you are saying. The stages for the most part did a good job of playing off the Major with 8 rounds versus Minor with 10 but on the whole it felt like shooting 8 rounds was being punished. I get how it was due to it being a match for Production and L10 not just SStk &revo so it made sense. The stages weren't that awesome, though. Nothing worth remembering as a stand-out. They were pretty generic. I go to a local match at the CMP and we shot some of the same stages again. That made me realize that without the excitement of Nationals the stages were rather bland. The short courses with movers were the most fun to shoot again. I hope the future Nationals have better stages.
  4. I dont know, bit having been to the SS/L10+Revo nats last year at CMP it seems to me they might have got the exact same amount of Porta John's and the same amount of food as last year. It wasn't enough for the full match attendees but was fine for the more sparsely attended Coof-Nationals.
  5. I saw the USPSA tech guy (whose name I cant recall) setting them up but as to who is changing feeds IDK. Personally I like the idea of a feed of just one or a couple stages close together so if you know the schedule or want to see yourself later you can follow a specific shooter. I also like the Super Squads being covered. Maybe two feeds? The real question is how much is this service worth to the membership? I personally would pay $0.00 for it but would be much more interested if I was competitive. It has potential, but is a "nice to have." I'd rather the Porta John's be plentiful and well-appointed, the food to not run out at the award banquet, and the awards to be handled a bit better. The idea of seeing what exactly the prizes are before the walk would be cool, as I have no idea what the top peeps got.
  6. I've wondered this myself. Not about the popper, because match staff try their best and poppers are a mechanical device and can have variability which the calibration challenge addresses satisfactorily, but rather what ammo actually gets used during a match. The chrono procedure is so generous and hard to fail that it makes me think that some shooters don't even try at all to have ammo which makes PF. Certainly an advantage, until it isn't. BTW I did see some popper issues in my RO match squad which got ironed out. The thing is, they aren't meant to be easy and are to reward power factor. What would be something to see but practicalities and expense limit it is inclinometers and bases to poppers so that they can be exactly calibrated for the correct PF. I saw it done in France but I can't see it being done in USPSA. I honestly wouldn't bother with it because it's more trouble than it's worth. I think the competitors were more pleasant than any Nationals I've been to. It certainly made it easier to be nice to them. The issues necessitating paper backups were out of the match staff's control as far as it was explained to me. Something about an iOS update and Practiscore making the app have odd behavior. It didn't affect my stage but I was glad we did paper and had a solid crew and consistent scoring ritual. I'm one of those traditionalists who favors paper over the pad due to it never crashing or being screwed up die to an update. It also feels permanent and significant to fill out that sheet with all the scores. A class act is to have custom sheets for every stage with individual targets to fill in.
  7. I thought the match was very good for Single Stack, and a bit less for Production/L10 due to the stage construction. I shot SS major and several times wished I had two more rounds in the gun due to a different plan I could have run or more often due to poor shooting skill leading to a make up shot. I very much enjoyed the IPSC-style carnival stages as I feel this match is aimed at preparing competitors for the World Shoot where there will be lots of short stages with challenging targets or activator sequences. From a match official perspective, I didn't like having no paper backup to start, then having to go to them on day two. We should have had them from the start. Toilet facilities were an issue, as was lunch. It was late and honestly pretty poor quality. I liked the smaller squads and the late start each day (due to AL law). I didn't like AT ALL the way there were stages with multiple movers in a double bay and the squad was split for those bays. It led to staff resetting and backed up the match. Next time just put two whole squads there and stop this split squad stuff. That works for simple stages with no reset other than pasting and/or full staff reset. I liked the vendor zone but wish CMP would expand the Action range so we can have a permanent bathroom facility, pavilion for eating, and a vendor area like at Universal. Overall it wasn't the best Nationals ever for me, but it was the best major I've been to at CMP. Hopefully things that were done right at this match continue to happen and we can improve the things which were sub-par. One last thing: Large poppers are awesome and anyone who doesn't think so must have shot minor.
  8. I get it, but the hip bone rule was a bit of flavor that has been lost. Now things will all start to look more the same, and I find that less appealing than how things were before.
  9. I also have monocular vision, to some extent. I've been struggling with trying to target focus both with irons and recently learning to use a dot. I can tell you sometimes it works, and I hope it will become easier over time. When it does work I see a very fuzzy picture of the sights or the dot and a highly sharp image of the target. What seems to work on an almost instinctual level is aligning the entire window with the dot serving to show me the center, onto the target. I try to do the same with irons, but the dot makes it so much more obvious and straightforward. Good luck and I hope you keep us updated.
  10. Thanks for the info. Sent you a PM.
  11. You sweet summer child. You missed the entire point of the equipment differences which make divisions interesting and different challenges from one another. Who exactly do you mean when you say "where USPSA really wants them to be in 10 years?" Who exactly do you mean by USPSA? Do you meqn Foley, Martens, Troy? Someone else? Did you mean the membership? Because we, the membership are expressing our disapproval of how those in leadership positions are diluting the divisions and reducing our enjoyment of the game. You can discount our desire to keep things traditional, but it is that reluctance to be faddish and to have stable rules which make USPSA the most prestigious action shooting sport. The reason for restrictions is to provide for different shooting challenges and meet the desire to have different buy-ins for participation. More options to set up your belt is actually fewer options, because we will all end up with some variation of the Open rig. That is less choice, not more. You can choose something worse, but why would you? As for USPSA growth, were membership and participation numbers dropping before PCC, CO, and now light weights? No, they weren't. So why the radical changes? Sponsorship opportunities? Who do those benefit, exactly? Why are the costs so high that we need sponsors to have matches? Who exactly are the people who didn't play USPSA because they couldn't have a light on their 50oz carry gun or shoot a rifle at pistol targets? USPSA doesn't need radical growth. It needs to stay true to its principles and to its egalitarian ideals. It needs more ranges. It needs more clubs. That will get more members and more matches, not rifles at pistol matches, 50 oz "carry" guns, open rigs for everyone, and light weights. Look, I get what you're saying. It seems sexy and inclusive to open rules up and allow everything. But you could already do that. Shoot Open. There was no need to change the rules to attract new shooters. The game was fine. Adding CO could have been done differently but for the most part it integrates well with the other divisions. But, reducing the differences between divisions and making everything an equipment race is not liberty. It doesn't increase options but rather it makes anything other than the best possible option untenable. If I can have a heavy gun, I need a heavy gun. If I can have a laser on my rifle I need one. If I can have mag pouches up front I need them. If I can have a 50rd magazine I would be a fool not to.If I can have a magnet I have to have one. See how more options actually just increase costs and make people have to buy new equipment?. What happens, or at least did in my case was when Production got to be just like Limited I said "to hell with this, why not just shoot Single Stack?" Single Stack is more like Production than Production ever was. Restrictive equipment rules have great appeal because everyone can compete at a lower buy-in. That is crucial for member growth because there really isn't an entry level division anymore. "Liberty" killed Production.
  12. I got some brass battery weights recently and can make an x300 wml weigh the same as a frame weight. Yes it makes a Glock shoot a bit better, at least for me. I'll be running one for CO. I wouldn't go any heavier without some way to add more weight to the real of the gun as it is pretty front-heavy now with the light weight. Maybe when they allow magwells (you know it's coming) I can have a brass one and balance things out. I didn't ask for these stupid rule changes, but I'm going to take advantage of them.
  13. Maybe call it Optics Major and Optics Minor, as it's not really Open if your gun has to have some restrictions besides actually being a handgun. The only thing I'm not liking about your divisions is basically eliminating Production, but the BOD essentially already did that, so why not just rationalize everything and get rid of every gun other than a 1911/2011 by killing any trigger type rules? Poors amd sponsoreds can shoot weirdo guns and damn the sponsorship dollars from CZ, Sig, and Beretta! It's pretty crazy that the rules against single-action and minor only in CO and Prod are the only things keeping those divisions from being essentially just like Open and Limited. I personally don't think it's enough, and the absurd weight limits, belt position change, 140mm mags in CO (should be 15rds), and now frame weight lights just make a mockery of having any pretense of those divisions being in any way unique challenges. Now they are juat slightly crippled versions of the two real divisions: Open and Limited. CO could have been an interesting mix of limited weight, limited rounds, limited triggers, restrictive belt rules, and slide ride optics but now it is basically an Open gun with a fragile optic that scores Minor. I for one say good riddance to Production. When we stopped enforcing modification rules because they were complicated and raised the weight limit it was all over. The proper response to Production mods being hard to enforce would have been a trigger weight minimum, because then you can make all the changes you want but still have to suffer with a worse trigger pull than other divisions, which is a fundamental principle of Production. The reasons Production is all but dead belong in another thread but are symptomatic of the way the game has changed over the past 5 years or so. I think the BOD should maintain the integrity of the rules and not be a rubber stamp. We all know or think we know why the rules were changed and the bylaws as well to make those changes possible. Now we just have to figure out where to go from here.
  14. I searched the thread but can't find out if the only option for MOS mounting is the factory C-More plate. Has anyone mounted the Alpha3 on an MOS Glock?
  15. Being able to own a magnificent gun is a consolation prize for not being on the Super Squad. Nothing wrong with it and nothing virtuous either.
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