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    Richard Tompkins

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  1. There are OL setups where my wife can move safely, primarily with a firm surface and boxes that are made from flat stock, but this situation is very rare. The 4 seconds will make moving up to M a bit more difficult. For folks in a wheelchair I think it would be fair to impose the penalty for match results, but eliminate OL from a classification standpoint. I don't know what's fair for folks in the middle whose mobility is limited; 4 seconds seems a bit severe.
  2. I do think around the neck is the only solution especially for rifle. A timer on a weak-side table probably wouldn't register a 5 to Go stop plate. We sill experiment on Tuesday, one of our regular practice days. On a slightly different note I should have married a taller woman:) When she times me during matches (I obviously time myself during practice) it's hard for her to get the timer in good position without either a)getting hit by my elbow (SS) or b)getting hit by an ejecting case (PCCO), but we're working on it.
  3. My wife and practice 2x/week (steel challenge) and she has switched exclusively to rimfire. I can time her runs, but she also wants to be able to time herself. She doesn't wear a belt and a timer at belt level isn't very convenient for low ready starts. I have a Pocket Pro II and CED 7000. I'm thinking the 7000 around her neck activated by her trigger hand would work, but I'm open to suggestions.
  4. I've started to enter LTD with my stock 1911 since there are more entries in that division (few at the local level due to the number of rimfire shooters). Prior to considering the change my bucket list (I'm 73) had included making "A". Now in reality I'm not going to have my classification engraved on my ash urn, but you've got to have something to shoot for so to speak. Obviously, it's going to be harder to do so in LTD and I'm wondering how much of the 1 second difference in peak times is attributable to the holster. Looking at a 2016 thread there were several comments about a 0.2 second or so difference between draw time conventional holster versus race holster. If it's the consensus hereabouts that a good deal of the difference is holster related all things being equal than I'll stick with SS. I have nothing against race holsters, but I don't want to compete with a rig that is so far removed from my EDC. I've recently made changes to my draw which have sped things up and greatly improved my draw target index; I don't want to do any "software" rewrites. FWIW, why is the peak time difference for Outer Limits 1.0 seconds; seems like it should be 0.67 seconds.
  5. Not my screw up, but 5-6 feet from where I sat a Steel Challenge competitor had an ND while reholstering prior to his first string. I think if he had been in his shooting stance he would have hit his calf or foot. Fortunately, he was not yet set and the round couldn't have missed his foot by more than 1". His diagnosis: twig in the holster. I don't know how this can happen since we all do a few draws/reholsters at the safe table, but anything is possible. FWIW, it was a Glock. Nothing says "belt and suspenders" approach like my thumb on the hammer of my HK EDC while resholstering. Not so my competition 1911, but I do have a safety and I resholster with my thumb under the safety.
  6. We have 4+ Springfield Loaded Target 9mm 1911s. Depending on your application you'll want a trigger job; even Springfield won't go below 4 lbs without changing out the ignition set for tool steel. Reliability has been excellent in Steel Challenge and between our two primary guns I'm sure we're well over 100K rounds. RN rounds are my preference. FP rounds cycle fine, but chambering the first round often produces a bit of a shudder (both 147gr FP and 124gr TC); the feed ramps are of course polished. If you're doing something with a PF requirement you can run some unbelievably soft loads with 100% reliability.
  7. My wife and I are typical near-newcomers except, perhaps, for our ages (super seniors). When we start 4+ years ago we took a liking to the 1911 platform. SS was/is the appropriate division. I'm fine with consolidation and if, for example, I had gotten everything possible out of my ability and needed some tenths to make "A" or whatever, I' tweak the gun within the rules for LTD. But I'm nowhere near that level and I'm just happy to improve. Frankly, I've done the one thing to the gun that at my level has mad the biggest difference: reload very soft rounds. Yes, our guns have 3 lb. triggers, but at my level I'd be in the same place with a good 5 lb. trigger. I wouldn't do anything to the holster even rules permitting as I prefer to keep the mechanics reasonably close to my carry gun safety aside.
  8. Echoing what AzShooter noted about leading, my wife's practices (22/45 Lite) run 400-500 rounds of CCI SV with only a single swipe of a patch necessary. The TK compensator is another matter. AzShooter's 50/50 mix of vinegar and peroxide in a US cleaner worked pretty well on the comp, but I also bought some industrial strength Simple Green (formulated for aircraft cleaning, but good reviews from gun folks) to try.
  9. I've pretty much settled on 124gr for steel challenge using Sport Pistol, but I have a few thousand 135gr Bayou to use up. Loaded 30 rounds of same with 2.9gr SP and tried them out today during a twice a week practice. Don't ask me average velocity of SD; I'm too lazy to get the chronograph out.
  10. These old videos are classic
  11. +1. I no longer reload for my EDC (P2000 didn't like CCI primers) so I'm switching back to CCI as soon as I use up the 10K WSP I have on hand. Don't have any CCI on hand, but as I recall the radius between the side and bottom of the WSP primers is greater than seen on the CCI.
  12. Look, I might buy a well-done 2 lb. 1911 trigger being better than a 2lb. Glock trigger, but notwithstanding the ATF classification of the Glock as DAO, there appear to be members of the community that consider that a stretch versus true DA/SA handguns. If 1911s stock save for trigger work and sights would have a competitive advantage of production race guns then I'd agree that they (1911s) don't belong in production.
  13. I making the switch primarily because no one shoots SS in steel challenge. I'm not changing gear other than I might move my holster out a bit. I'll have a go at making "B" in LTD after which I can ride into the sunset. I do have a question for those with 1911 experience and currently running a well set up production gun. How much of a difference in PST would there really be between production and SS with otherwise the same setup, primarily holster position? It would be good to have a home for near-stock 1911s, government an Commander. Heck, I might put an optic on one of our Kimber Pro Carry models if I could shoot CO.
  14. The RF100 can be a challenge. I've probably run 100K primers through mine. Prior to my switching to WSP I had run CCI small primers exclusively and had these working essentially 100%, perhaps 1 primer out of 1000 inverted. I switch to the software WSP after some work on my HK P2000 was experiencing light strikes. The WSP are trickier to get working and I had a heck of a time after moving to Idaho, got them working and just a day ago went through the whole drill again. Here's the main advice I can offer: 1. Setting aside the Youtube fixes (I tried those in the early days) you really only have two controls, the stabilizer plate and the rheostat. The stabilizer plate adjustment is fairly critical in my experience; It needs to have just enough opening to permit inverted primers to drop to the lower level. If the opening is too great the inverted primers will drop, but the correctly-oriented primers will dip, slow down and cause of solid line of primers to develop. You don't want this to happen. 2. You're trying to avoid this solid line of timers. The vibrating action not only provides energy for the primer movement, but also allows the primers to quickly drop in the feed tube. If there is a solid stack-up of primers the pressure of this line of primers can tip a primer entering the plastic chute and invert it. In a perfect world you would like a primer to enter the plastic tip and not be in contact with another primer, but this isn't always the case, just try to avoid a big stack of primers on the ramp. 3. The rheostat adjustment also can create another "problem". If the vibration is too energetic the 100 primers can very rapidly drop down en mass to the base. This tends to produce the aforementioned stack of primers on the ramp. I you look at the RF100 manual (I hadn't done so in 2 years) they show a nice 10x10 grid of primers on the plastic top just waiting to march toward the entry hole. That's not the way I do it. I fire up the RF100, invert the primer sleeve and slide the primer tray out; my primers tend to quickly poor onto the metal plate below. I think there is merit in a)not turning the unit on until the primers are on the plastic chute and b) spacing them out. 4. If you've ever had to take out the plastic tip make sure when you reinstall that it's still free to vibrate. I just had this come up last evening after I had loaded 1000 rounds the night before: same primers, no change to the setup, very solid loading bench, ... The only explanation I have is the change in temperature from early am in my garage to late the next evening. That's life with the RF100. But when it works it's a joy. I still have my Hornady red gun just in case. I have no idea if this helps. The device is both a blessing and a curse.
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