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  1. Reading the OPs first post. I will agree that if you just want to hit A class on paper. Yea, doesnt matter what you shoot. I would say the top guys will shoot a classifier fast with all As, so it really doesnt matter the caliber Want to be a 'competitive' A or higher, it will matter. SS is really the only division that Major/Minor is a real battle and it depends solely on the match. Open & Lim major will always win. Someone said you have to aim for 90% of the points in a match. If you shoot Major, thats a A/C on every target or a 1 to 1 ration. IF you shoot minor you have to shoot was more As than Cs
  2. I would like to think thats because they purposefully designed it around indoor matches and not being able to run around alot. HOWEVER. I dont think thats the case. I think someone saw the GFDS postal match and was like "dam we need to do that" and then half assed 4 stages that are the epitome of IDPA lameness. Also the way they do the nationals points is silly, So silly I dont follow it but I would guess thats why it ends in March, thats when the year window for nationals points is up. The fact that they did it in a way, with a end date, there will still be snow on the ground in many states by the time its over means they wont get the participation numbers they want.
  3. Sounds like an opportunity for you to approach a range and be a MD for a indoor.
  4. Unless you run a MSH magwell the Skinny gun is going to have a hard time finding a magwell I'm guessing. I also dont know how I feel about the skiny gun being super underweight in the division. Not that it matters at all, but just thinking.
  5. I knew I was going to be bummed, but I just didn't know why until 10am. I think they could have done alot of stuff to make it sweet, but just made a G19 in 22LR. For us in the sport, its silly. for them in a business, I bet they'll sell a ton.
  6. I'll offer you this tidbit of advice to piggy back of mrs. moto's success Face the camera on your instagram photos = Never getting sponsorship Turn to side in instagram photos = sponsorship inbound
  7. I had a out of battery detonation on my first stage at A5 in 2017. Looked at the RO and they were just looking at me so I slapped another mag in it, put it in my left hand and finished the stage. I didn't have a backup gun and there was no practice bay. Had to just keep shooting. It didn't do it the rest of the day. Long story short, the gun did its job and kept you safe. No reason to believe that in the rare event of that happening again, the gun would hurt you the second time. Not to say 'get over it' because its scary as s#!t, but really nothing you can do. Go bust some simple clays on the trap field and by the end of the round I think you'll be ok. Also as the other guy said, you'll have better luck at winning the lottery than that happening again.
  8. I'm not sure thats the proper metric to measure by
  9. I think Value wise, you should probably avoid the 43 dollar book and get the 21 dollar book.
  10. I can think of maybe 3 Minor friendly stages A few with some 6 round positions / Doesnt matter And at least 1 stage where I ran the gun to slidelock in major twice. Did it favor major-No. Did major get hurt by the stages - Also No. A 2 being the same weekend, the only GM in SS won it. I think all the heat was in Nats. Nils was on fire at both matches.
  11. The Bul armory 1911 with all the bells and whistles is the same price as the 33oz Stacco R (1800ish vs the STI rep at SS nats saying 1800ish once they confirm pricing) The STI rep did say their 2011 is SS legal. So by that logic and the gas pedals on sig 320s, might as well try and sneak a real 2011 into SS nats next year It would be my opinion that they will get murdered in the competition world by Bul, if they truly go head to head. But STI doesnt do competition anymore, they want the LEO business. So they will make some offshoot gun to try and appease what made them famous and focus on LEO sales with everything else. I REALLY wanted to like the STI gun, but either i'm to much of a 1911 purist (read: FUDD, BOOMER etc) or just salty. The 2011 grip on the 1911 is a no go, and then you have a lot of reciprocating mass up top.
  12. The competitor needs to know that its not going to make a difference. But in the same respect, while it would make me frustrated after the 17th overlay, I do think that at a Major, it is in the rules that a competitor can challenge a call. And they aren't there to shoot for anyone but themselves, so why would they not fight for every point that they rightfully deserve?
  13. I think thats great, lots of people I see running clubs dont travel to majors, so they dont know whats going on nationally, just that the same bay gets the same type of stage every month and it gets boring.
  14. But then the people that put in the work to shoot at a M or GM level arent rewarded with anything? You have to be very intrinsically motivated to spend the Time and money on this sport to shoot at that level and not get anything in return. That is exactly why I dont like IDPA, You see DMs putting in work and then getting nothing. I think the Classes should be awarded, 1st B has a prize that could be similar to 1st M. Many years ago at nationals they had the prize room broken up by division, then they called the 1st GM and then the 1st M and so on down the list, then 2nd GM and 2nd M. I think that was a fair way to do it. the GM got his pick of the loot then it filtered down, rewarding those that put in the time to earn their spot on the podium. Maybe thats not even the best way to do it, but it's a opener to the discussion of how we can make this better. I would argue that if your going to give out random draw prize table, then dont even give one out at all. OR! at least make it very clear how the match will operate before you sign up. To counter your middle paragraph, thats capitalism, You provide a crappy lame match that is 6 speed shoots and expensive, the market will self adjust and then people will just stop going. Going back to my point; are the people that are running the match 'in the know' that you and others feel this way? Or are they of the old school mindset that 'well we've always done it this way.' Teaching people that they need to be able to adjust to the market shift is critical. I think people are looking at it all wrong, that they HAVE to volunteer. You are putting on a event to make money for the club, you need to treat it as such. I would bet that the big clubs that host ATA registered shoots and USPSA Lvl 2+ will look at the financials and go, "hey X event makes us more money, lets do more of those." and then the Y event will get starved out.
  15. I think thats the problem with the sport from a 30,000ft level view. Stop expecting to rely on older retired folk to run it on a volunteer basis. Get out there and turn it into a profit. Market it, Make dope stages, invest time and them charge more. I bet at first you'll get the complaints but then when people walk away from it and go 'Damn that was dope' you'll see a positive ROI
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