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  1. I'm with moto on this one. And, yes, only the overall division win actually matters. That's the win, not the shooter. All the shooters competing matter, but the GM, M, A, B, C, D, and U classifications and class wins do not actually matter. It just doesn't mean anything concrete. The shooters matter, as they are the sport, but the classifications don't because it's just an imperfect side show some people have fun with. So have fun with it as it is. No matter how many corrections are made to it it will never be perfect and the belly aching will never stop. This is proven fact. When the match is over, you know how you did irrespective of class finish and you know the skill level of the people shooting around you. If you're worried about prize table or contingency play the classification game and cleverly select your matches. If you're worried about improving and pushing yourself, shoot the match and forget about others.
  2. Actually, the shielded safeties are the cheapest option. The best option is the legit shield, but the cost of that is higher considering the work to properly install.
  3. That's not the spirit of USPSA and would completely ruin the game so you'll have to find it elsewhere. Physical activity and challenges included in a stage are one thing but an obstacle course is over the line. Let 3gun keep the dumb activities to themselves.
  4. Move the weight up for higher frequency and down for lower frequency. Changing the weight will not do almost nothing as long as the current weight is many times greater than the weight of the paper target, target sticks, and shaft. Gravity controls how the bobber accelerates and that behavior is independent of the size of the weight, but how it becomes angular motion is greatly affected by the distance of the weight from the pivot.
  5. The game has evolved over time and will continue to do so. At this point the focus in USPSA tends to favor the quantity of shooting over some of the other aspects. However, I've still shot plenty stages this year with long runs, low ports, prone shooting, technical setups, long/difficult targets, cooper tunnels, balance beams, etc. It just depends on what matches you go to and who sets up your local matches. The word practical in USPSA is mostly legacy and reflects how the game originated at that point in time. Today it has evolved into a true game focused on testing the ability of a human to plan and execute a task using a handgun. The practical still lives in the base of the skills: safe/controlled gun handling, quick gun manipulation, marksmanship, accuracy at speed. So the practical ability to handle and shoot a firearm does come out of the pursuit of shooting USPSA but beyond that it is a game of elevating skill where the stages provide a problem to solve as a test and not anything "practical".
  6. From what I see Zeros are not 2 cents cheaper than mg's, they are MORE expensive. No mg doesn't make a 147 jhp but they have a nice flat point cmj. I shoot mostly jhp 124's and generally by retail pricing the zeros are over 10 cents, mg's under 10 cents, and pd's 9 cents. I don't believe you're saving money with zeros, you're actually spending more.
  7. Units matter. On another note I've never seen Zeros cheaper than the jhp's I shoot. Including a big group buy where I was quoted a bulk price that didn't beat the base price from mg or pd.
  8. .02 cents is $0.0002. That's saving 20 cents per thousand bullets. Not sure that'd be a factor in my decision making process.
  9. Haven't seen a 4g pass on a new SV big stick yet. In fact, I had to massage mine with 3g pads to get them to fit and even then it's still tight.
  10. You've already gotten the "there are many things that can cause this problem" so I'll skip that part. Depending on where the slide is loose, you can squeeze it in a vice and tighten it up laterally. A last resort type solution. I will second another option given above and that is to fit up an oversized (0.203") slide stop. A loose slide is irrelevant if the gun locks up tight and consistent.
  11. In these cases, as the shooter, I ask two questions to determine if I will take it to the next level. First I ask, "did the bullet pass completely through the barrel/wall/hardcover?" If the answer is no, I will then ask "did the bullet make the hole in that target?" If the answer is yes, the shot scores. Now if there is question about whether the shot passed fully through hardcover or if it was the bullet that caused the hole, we need to investigate to get those answers. As an RO, I find the answers to these questions are most likely found at the hardcover strike, not at the target.
  12. You're exactly right and it's become a subtle mission of mine to do my part to correct this common misunderstanding.
  13. Evidence of the like is required if there is a presumption that the hole was made by something else. If there is no piece of wall missing large enough to cause the hole then you don't need grease ring or crown, the hole is the evidence.
  14. Not really the ideal way. I normally had to work on the lip at the front of the grip to allow the mag well to get rearward enough to line up, but whatever works.
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