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  1. There are too many to go into all of them. The biggest differences are that IDPA is based on concealment, while USPSA is based on open holsters. IDPA has smaller courses and more reloads due to magazine limits for all divisions, while USPSA is based off the division being shot whether you are loading 8 or 20+ rounds in a magazine. Check https://www.idpa.com/idpa-matches/idpa-match-rules/ for IDPA and https://uspsa.org/documents/rules/2019_USPSA_Competition_Rules.pdf for the USPSA rules.
  2. It is good to have that clarified. Being as 4.2 mentions non scoring borders several times to include when it discusses hard cover I was under the impression that All cardboard targets had to include a non scoring border (4.2.2) so when you used a cardboard target as hard cover you still needed to account for that border.
  3. Part of the major or minor power factor equation is the feet per second of the bullet. On close in targets there would not be much of a drop. On targets 25 to 50 yards out there would start to be a difference. Major FPS has a better chance of dropping a popper compared to Minor FPS. I do not shoot Open but I would think that I would want a round that is consistent first and then consider how much power I am willing to load into a cartridge to get the best results. I also know of shooters who shoot 2011 based Open guns where they have a lot of room for powder and people who shoot Glock based Open guns where they have to compress their loads in order to get the cartridge short enough to load into the magazine. I do not think PF is going to make a big difference in a shooters overall accuracy or time when we are talking Open division.
  4. So what if you take Peeker Left and Peeker Right and place them so that the perfs align with the A/C perf on the Open target? At 2 rounds per target. you now have a 3 target array worth 30 points. If you treat the edge of the target as HC then it extends .2" into the A zone and you would require that an edge hit that touches the edge of the target to give the shooter an A zone hit. If you treat the non scoring border of the target as non existent then you would just need the shot to touch the perf to give the shooter an A zone hit. A shot that touches the perf on the Hard Cover would be treated as an A zone hit one way and as a miss on the other. That is a 15 point difference based on how you treat the edge of a hard cover cardboard target. I have always treated the non scoring border of a cardboard HC target as non existent just like the non scoring border of a shoot target.
  5. The only time the perf on a hard cover target would matter is if the shot was almost totally inside the hard cover target. If the overlay touched the perf forming the non scoring border then it would count as a hit on the target underneath provided that the target underneath was available. In other words if the scoring target was covered edge to edge, then the only available area would be that portion under either the top or the bottom of the hard cover targets non scoring borders the sides would still be misses.
  6. The problem is that perfs never line up perfectly. For hard cover lines I like either using a wide Sharpie to create the edge, or some form of black duct tape. Rubber electrical tape tends to stretch when hit and is in my opinion much harder to create a consistent clean edge during the course of a match. That said the only non scoring boarder that matters is the edge of the target and that is a C zone whether it is down by the shoulders or around the edge of the head. Again this is just my opinion but if you use hard cover or a no shoot to create a head shot, then place it just above the shoulders so that no portion of the shoulder is available if they should nick that area of the non scoring border.
  7. It is a judgement call. I have stopped or seen shooters stopped when a popper fails to fall activating a moving target. In pretty much every case it was the beginning of the match and some issue with the setup prevented the popper from falling. After an adjustment was made to the system so that the popper would activate reliably, the rest of the match went on without a problem. The problem was not usually one of the popper failing to try and fall but more of an issue of the activating mechanism preventing the fall. If a popper was hit well and failed to fall it was either shot a second time and did fall or failed to fall and we stopped to check it out. Again we are talking the early part of the match where set up issues might still need some correction.
  8. From Troy's interpretation it sounds like he is treating FTSA similar to Extra Shot and Extra Hit penalties, penalties that can only be assessed at the line or during scoring. If you can say the target was not engaged during the COF/String then a FTSA penalty applies (Extra Shot). If you cannot determine a FTSA at the line then a FTSA penalty will not apply because you cannot assess FTSA during the scoring of the stage (Extra Hit).
  9. If the barrel forms the front of the shooting area then you can use it as support just like you would a wall that is used in place of a fault line. If you have a fault line and the barrel is in front of that then it is off limits.
  10. I would look at how close the targets were to each other. If they were next to each other so that it was easy to mistake one for the other, the intent was there and I would not assess FTSA. If they were separated by enough distance or obstacles so that he shot the same target twice from two locations and you could not reasonable mistake one for the other, I would assess the FTSA. Another way to phrase it is if you can say they did not engage the target while the stage was being shot, you can assess FTSA penalties. If the only way you know a target was not shot at was because it did not have any holes in it while the one next to it has extra holes it is hard to justify a FTSA penalty rather than assessing misses. In this case it would have appeared to you that they shot at the target but missed because you could not say they failed to shoot at it with 100% certainty during the COF.
  11. The first incident was premature in my opinion. Waiting until RIC before telling them about the problem does not interfere with the COF. The second one is 100% stupid on the part of the shooter. You are not at fault for either situation and they deserve the DQ. I do not care how amped up you get during a COF there is no excuse for violating either of the safety rules involved.
  12. If it is a loaded start then you can have 9 in a 45 or 40, and 11 in a 9mm. This is because after you load the gun you will have 8 or 10 in the magazine. If it is an unloaded start you can only have 8 or 10. Most people load off a barney mag to start with and load all magazines to either 8 or 10 so they do not have to worry about firing one to many shots and getting bumped. ie, load off a barney and then load a 9 or 11 round magazine which gives them one to many rounds in the magazine after the start signal. The rule you are probably looking for is in the Appendix. This is where the division specific conditions are listed.
  13. Appendix D4 Special conditions: 1. Only Double Action, Double Action/Single Action, and Safe Action/Striker Fired handguns are allowed, and must be on the approved list. When in the ready conditions as specified under 8.1, a gun with an external hammer must be hammer down. A hammer is considered to be in the "hammer down" position when the hammer is placed there by pulling the trigger while manually lowering the hammer (manually decocking) or by activating the decocking lever if present. Manually decocking to the half-cocked position is not allowed and will result in the competitor being moved to Open division.
  14. George does bring up a point that people need to consider. If you realize something is not right you can move out of the start position or stance and correct the issue after "Make Ready" and prior to the "Start" signal without penalty. It is only after the start signal has been issued that you are on the clock and must own the issue with all relevant penalties.
  15. Write a WSB that requires ALL magazines to come from the barrels. None can come from the mag pouch, none can be stowed, if they want to hold an extra in their hand that is fine. Then design the stage so that the barrels are spaced out in such a way that each division has a couple of choices for which barrels to use depending on their plan of attack. All shooters can now solve the problem however they want with the added challenge of trying to cleanly grab and reload using a magazine that they placed ANYWHERE on the barrel. Here is the problem. Here are the challenges. Now solve it.
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