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N3WWN

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About N3WWN

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    Finally read the FAQs
  • Birthday 09/04/1975

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    Male
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    Greensburg, PA
  • Interests
    USPSA - Limited, Single Stack
    Reloading
    Small bore silhouette
    100 yard benchrest
  • Real Name
    Rich Alloway

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  1. N3WWN

    Freedom Ordnance FX-9

    I use round nose 9mm ammo in my FX9 with no feeding issues, too. Acme 145gr RN coated bullets, to be exact. Sent from my SM-G950U using Tapatalk
  2. N3WWN

    2019 Rules are released...

    No, you're totally correct and the scoring was also correct. The WSB reminded us that we were required to activate the swinger during the CoF, but the CoF extends past the last shot. So we would fire our last shot and then activate the swinger "off the clock" before the "holster" command was given.
  3. N3WWN

    CHA-LEE's Tale

    Thanks! These explanations helped a LOT! Doing the drill again, I had much more success with breaking the shots with the sights in the A-zone *and* with good sight alignment. I think the biggest key was not turning my head. I normally turn my head and eyes to the exact POA on target for wide transitions and adjust my focus back to the sights as they come onto the target and fire when the sights have stopped moving and I've taken the time to confirm sight picture and sight alignment. Keeping the gun moving changed that up quite a bit... resulting in the sights not being on target or being misaligned if I turned my head! I guess it was just too many moving parts.
  4. N3WWN

    2019 Rules are released...

    Thanks! I think that's the first time I've been told that! I apologize if my response came off as belittling DK...
  5. N3WWN

    New 10.2.1 and Non-Existence

    Yes - 2.2.3.4 didn't exist before the 2019 rules. It's the "solid plane" wording that really changed. As @NickBlasta said in his response, edges are now the only thing you can use for support. Barriers don't extend to infinity laterally, so there's no confusion that you could still hold onto the side of the wall for support or hook your foot around the far side of the wall. Where things get iffy is that barriers that don't touch the ground, but are considered to extend from "ground to infinity" and are now also specified as a "solid plane". This could mean that the construction of the barrier does not come into play at all when it comes to how you can or cannot gain support since hooking the foot under or sticking your fingers through the snow fence would be breaking the plane of the barrier. I suppose without an applicable penalty entry in chapter 10, it doesn't matter. But, here again, things are open to interpretation; 10.2.1 may apply (or may not), how about 10.6 ("Unsportsmanlike Conduct")? Can't be a Forbidden Action unless it's a safety issue, so that's not a clear one.
  6. N3WWN

    2019 Rules are released...

    No, not anything that is not uprange. Uprange has very specific criteria. If you are facing somewhat uprange, but don't meet one of those criteria, you are not facing uprange, but since you're not within 90 deg of "directly downrange", you're also not facing downrange either. In the following picture, the left side is uprange and the right side is downrange: The green shooter is required to face uprange so he must be squarely positioned and facing down the blue horizontal line. The purple shooter is facing downrange any time he is facing anywhere down the blue shaded area and the shoulders, hips, face and feet do not have to be aligned in any particular way. The WSB could specify "generally uprange" which would be "not downrange"; facing anywhere to the left of the blue vertical line. There is also no longer need to specify "generally downrange" as the new definition of "downrange" is the same as "generally downrange". WSBs would need to state "directly downrange" to be the opposite of "uprange", though. In summary: "uprange" is equivalent to "directly uprange" "downrange" is equivalent to "generally downrange" "generally uprange" must now be specified if the more restrictive "uprange" is not desired "directly downrange" must now be specified if the less restrictive "downrange" is not desired
  7. N3WWN

    2019 Rules are released...

    Okay, I see now. The changes make more sense when explained this way. My primary concern was the example that I gave was a real world example provided by the stage designer on purpose; you could, if you wanted, take much further, leaning shots to hit the stationary head of the swinger earlier in the CoF and avoid the run to the port (last position) ... or run up, open the port and shoot at a close swinger in motion. With the rule changes, that type of option would no longer be available to stage designers. Thanks for clearing that up for me!
  8. N3WWN

    2019 Rules are released...

    How about the situation where there is a swinger that is the only target intended to be shot through a port/door and opening the port/door activates the swinger... BUT the swinger is visible prior to activation from elsewhere in the CoF (intentional or not - that's not the debate), so the shooter decides not to use the port and therefore the swinger is not activated? 2.1.8.5 ("Appearing scoring targets should be designed and constructed to be obscured to the competitor (during the course of fire) prior to activation. If the entire target is not obscured, it may be shot at any time during the course of fire, whether activated or not.") allows the behavior above, but then 9.9.3 ("Moving scoring targets will always incur failure to shoot at and miss penalties if a competitor fails to activate the mechanism which initiates the target movement before the last shot is fired in a course of fire.") directly contradicts 2.1.8.5 and states that you will always get FTSA and miss penalties if a moving target is not activated during the CoF. 2.1.8.5.1 permits Level 1 matches to force 9.9.3 if stated in the WSB, but what if the WSB does not specify that activation is necessary?
  9. N3WWN

    New 10.2.1 and Non-Existence

    Seems that two other folks have had the same thoughts as me... and I don't seem to see a direct response to these questions, so I'll ask again, in my own words. The updated rules state: 2.2.3.4 "All such barriers are considered to represent a solid plane..." and 10.2.1 "Only wall edges that are in direct contact with or inside the shooting area may be used for support while firing shots" Does that mean you can no longer hook your foot under a wall for support? Is it up to RO/RM interpretation? For instance, with these changes, can I hook my foot under the bottom edge of the wall like I did at 5m38s into this video: It would seem that you could still hook your foot around the edge of wall for support since the walls do not extend to infinity horizontally, only vertically... but that hooking your foot underneath the wall or holding onto the top of the wall would not be allowed. I understand the intent of the rules, but not sure of the side effects.
  10. N3WWN

    CHA-LEE's Tale

    Hi Charlie! I went to try the single shot transition drill and have a question: What are my eyes supposed to be doing during this particular drill? I ask because, when I tried this drill, it seemed to make more sense to keep a sharp focus on my front sight and ride it into the target on each swing. Normally for transitions your eyes get on target first and then the front sight gets on target and finally the trigger, but thought you may be having us do something abnormal to work on the constant motion of the sights versus leading with the eyes. Thanks! -Rich
  11. N3WWN

    2018 USPSA Nationals

    Is there going to be a gunsmith on site? During final function test and zero verification last night, the front sight on my primary Single Stack gun broke. I don't want to go to Nationals with only my backup gun. I'm going to try to get a replacement from Dawson overnight (to arrive Friday) but not entirely sure that will happen and/or that I'll be able to get it fit to my pistol before I leave. Are sights and gunsmith fitting available at the range on Sunday or Monday? Thanks! Sent from my SM-G950U using Tapatalk
  12. N3WWN

    2018 USPSA Nationals

    Thanks, Prov1x! By chance have you heard of a new date since this one has also passed us by? Thanks!
  13. N3WWN

    2018 USPSA Nationals

    So, last week was the 1st week in October... which was when matchbooks were supposed to be released, last I heard. Did I miss the matchbook announcements? Thanks! Sent from my SM-G950U using Tapatalk
  14. N3WWN

    CHA-LEE's Tale

    I was happy to see your name on the squad list and even happier to have met you when I came back to the range on Saturday, for social reasons, after having shot Friday. My buddy Rob, who was also one of your squadmates, put me on the spot while we were talking and I was at a loss for words. Luckily, you seemed to understand and didn't take offense at my pause to his question. At the end of the day Friday, I was 2nd behind Mike Gnyra. After Saturday, you had earned, and kept, that spot. It was a proud place for me to be, even if only for a day! Thanks again and I hope to run into you again at another match... maybe Nationals! Sent from my SM-G950U using Tapatalk
  15. This idea caught my attention, so I thought about it for a little but and looked up some scores from recent local USPSA matches that I shot. 1 round per second (assuming a 5 point alpha for every round) is a 5 HF. Few stages are won with only a 5 HF, at least around me. Most stages are won with an average nearing 8 HF, which is closer to the 2/3 MRC estimation. Division is also going to come into play. Gun weight, compensator, sights, etc all affect how fast the average competitive shooter is probably shooting. If you're shooting major, you lose fewer points for charlies, so the size of the acceptable sight picture is larger compared to shooting minor. This makes shooting faster (less refined sight picture on each target) less detrimental to your HF... provided that you're still shooting those 90%+ points already discussed. At some matches (likely locals without much heat), aiming for a time around the MRC per stage may get you in the top 1/3, but I'm not sure how useful that goal really is before shooting the CoF. It's a fun fact to realize in post-match analysis, but if you're choosing how fast to shoot before you shoot, you're not shooting as fast as you are seeing your sights, which will be either too fast or too slow, depending upon your current level of skill. Sent from my SM-G950U using Tapatalk
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