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  1. Lots of issues with this whole thing. Yes DQ; shooter is responsible for his own gun handling.
  2. I'd like to hear how STI responds; please update as this progresses.
  3. I've used a square deal B, 550, and 650 over the years. 550 does better in the places I reload; not quiet as sensitive to dirt and moisture. Never bought a bullet feeder. That's what my left hand is for when I'm reloading. Agreed and LOL on gauging every round. Major match ammo is factory, club match I will chamber check.
  4. Make sure your buy everything in bulk; there's no buying "a pound" of powder or "1000 primers." Bulk=as large a quantity as you can afford. Will help you with shipping/hazmat costs too. It would be great if you can buy kegs of powder locally. Some folks treat reloading like they're building a fusion reactor; every second spent reloading is time spent not training. For me there is no "washing and drying" of brass. Dump that stuff in the tumbler and pull it out in an hour or two or three. Sometimes they are deals on this forum for bullets or brass. With those guns Blue Bullets will be great. Find a load and stick with it. Again, every second spent playing with ammo is time not training. I'd invest in a second gun. That's an ok amount of shooting to start with; you will have gun breakage or wear/tear issues. Gotta have a second gun.
  5. Are you reloading because ammo is scare or to save money? What type of gun?
  6. Used to happen a lot to me when shooting singlestack; fresh magazine springs cleared that up. Not sure if it applies here
  7. I've heard both over the years. "Focus on good hits for now" and "It's easier to make a fast shooter accurate." I attended a "class" taught by a top top shooter who's sole advice for two days to everyone was "shoot faster." I am n-o-t a top shooter, but have been teaching firearms for about 20 years now. To blatantly disregard points as a new shooter seems like a non-productive approach. Pretty much/generally, match winners are at about 93% of the available points, so clearly focusing strictly on "speed" is not the way to go. I think, for most mere mortals, putting significant focus on accuracy is typically going to give better results.
  8. Content is great; format seems overly complicated. When doing my walk throughs, particularly on a really big squad, I prioritize critical positions. If the start position is simple, there's no need to practice standing with hands relaxed. I'll spend more time walking tough/technical/critical positions. What I did was create doctrine; this helped me simplify my stage prep. There's no need to make decisions when they're already made. My default doctrine is: 1. Engage and move left to right. 2. Draw to easiest target 3. When in doubt, engage targets from as close as possible. 4. Fight for alphas. Those are not absolutes, but definitely makes my stage prep easier, especially with huge squads.
  9. If I do not have the type of plug then trimming these longer springs is the way to go?
  10. Got a 6 inch limited gun. Has a 6 inch guiderod. 1. Standard 5 inch springs are too short? Is this correct? 2. Assuming #2 above I bought some trimmable Wolff recoil springs. They are mixed poundages; I trim them to fit the gun and shoot the snot out of the thing. I then repeat the process. Gun works fine but am not sure if this is the correct approach.
  11. OP is there a chance that you are new or new-er to USPSA?
  12. Your written communication skills are outstanding; you really do a great job of coming across in a constructive, non-condescending and helpful manner. I know it takes a lot of willpower to actually make concrete suggestions but the above list doesn't really have many; #2 and #3 are concrete-ish. So far I'm getting a strong vibe that you aren't bringing any substantive to the table. I think you might be looking at this through your own Personal Filter of Awesomeness. Not everybody who buys a Shadow 2 actually WANTS to do anything with it. Your PFoA precludes you from seeing that, I suspect. I've brought new shooters to matches and, it turns out, they don't really want to do anything with their Shadow 2 other than, well, just have it. I eagerly await your candidacy for USPSA President. If you could actually flesh out the above list into action items I'd sincerely be interested.
  13. I've yet to see a single concrete suggestion made in this thread. Lots of jargon, lots of lingo, lots of comparisons to other activities. I know the OP is feeling unappreciated....pearls before swine and all that...... Putting USPSA flyers in new gunboxes can't possibly be IT.
  14. I've shot at Frostproof a couple times. Matches were always very well run. In fact, 99% of the USPSA matches I've shot have all been well run. A cursory glance at a map would reveal that a particular range or individual bays might have a sunrise/sunset problem. Comes with the territory. If the complaints for a National Championship boil down to "the sun was in my eyes" and "one of the targets was REALLY hard" that is probably a sign of (yet another) good match. The prize table thing can, has been, and will be, debated ad nauseum.
  15. I used to do that, but then we're back to a 5 stage match taking all day. A no-win situation.
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