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  1. Just an A-Class production shooter, but here are some thoughts: Misses - 99.999999999999999999999999% of the time you should take the makeup* Deltas - Rarely (I suppose if your first shot is a Delta and you're dragging your gun into the A-Zone, you might be okay with taking that makeup shot since it's probably only costing you your split time). It's best to just avoid Deltas as much as possible. Charlies - Pretty much never Some competitors can break a stage down and determine the stage hit factor. When you determine that, you consider the amount of time it would take to take a make-up on that Delta and how the points would affect the hit factor. It's kind of tough to do during a stage. Here's a vid from some shooters who break it down a bit and give some insight on how the Stage Hit Factor can affect your plan *There are edge cases where a make-up shot on a miss might be the wrong decision. It's usually at the very end of a stage and involves a standing reload. For example: Final array had some hardcover. I buried the very last shot into the black. My slide didn't lock back due to my weak hand resting on on the slide release/lock. Making up that miss (even if it were an alpha) would be detrimental to my HF. Here's why: Here's the stage as it played out (including a miss) Here's what would have happened if I took a makeup on that very last target that I engaged (and re-engaged with no ammo). I put a "counter" on that video and estimated that my final time would have been around 25.80 to 26.00 (remember, the last shot I took was buried into the black, I did a weird boogie to the left because I though I missed a shot on paper in the previous array but when I got there it was fine. Finally, I went back to the final array and determined that I would have needed to do a standing reload. I estimate that it would take around 1.25 seconds. The combined time penalty is ~3.65 seconds to replace the miss/penalty with an Alpha. No Make-up shot on the Miss: 5.9142 HF With Make-up shot on the Miss: 5.6589 HF
  2. Curious about the makeup shots. Were they helpful (read: absolutely necessary because you called a miss)? Much of USPSA is cutting out excess (everything: shots, reloads, movement).
  3. Well that leaves you a month and half to study up on the rules and dry fire! With respect to your original question: I have no idea. I suppose I was able to hold a fist-sized group at 7 more often than not. 6" at 15 is great, but keep in mind that your pace of shooting might change when you run through a stage. What I took note of was the scoresheet. I noticed a lot of D's, M's, and some NS's. I realized that was bad so I worked on getting those shifted towards A's and C's. I would wager that I could shoot a tighter group now than I could pre-USPSA.
  4. It's definitely the closest major airport. It's about an hour and half south of St. George. There's a regional airport in St. George, but you might have to connect in at higher price and longer flight time.
  5. If you have the practiscore for competitor app you can see pretty much anything you want. It's well worth the . . . whatever it costs. I don't even remember at this point. All I know is that it's way better than whipping up spreadsheets. While these weren't Level 2 or 3 matches, they were specifically setup for a Production and Single-Stack only. The GridIron matches are hosted in CA and the Silver Bullet was in Reno so it pulled a lot of Californians. 2016 Silver Bullet (I don't think they ran this match after 2016) https://practiscore.com/results/new/27744 2015 GridIron (Hosted at RRGC with limited space) https://practiscore.com/results/html/06cee228-7b2e-4363-ba8b-a8b9e7aa6b66 2018 GridIron Arena (Hosted at Linden--big hopes that they'll run it again this year with their expanded bays) https://practiscore.com/results/new/67147 As for Level 2 Matches in a "10 round state" You can also search for "Golden Bullet" in practiscore for what was the defacto state Championship in CA--It's technically the NorCal Section Match. It might have been the only level 2 in CA until 2018 (I started in 2015 so don't quote me on that). The SoCal section held their West Coast Brass Fest in 2018 to bump the number of Level 2's in CA to 2. https://practiscore.com/results/new/59470?q_division=0 The newly formed Central California Section has scheduled 3 Level 2 matches in 2019. I'm thinking of 2 other matches in our section that could be elevated to Level 2 since they're more than just the typical club match. One such match: Gunsta Cup 4 https://practiscore.com/results/new/68894?q_division=0 Spoiler alert: not many people choose to shoot Limited 10. I hope that data helps.
  6. I've been wearing alpha sharks (football cleats). I was wearing Salomon trail runners but they wore quickly because I would use them for . . . you guessed it: trail running. The Alpha sharks are for matches (2x per month on average) and have held up well for the past two seasons. I added some gel inserts and I have no problem with fatigue. They're okay on hard packed dirt. Pretty nice on gravel. I haven't been to a range with turf/grass so I can't comment on that. They're decent, but the one's I have don't breathe. I was up in Redding shooting the golden bullet last year and it was just north of 100 degrees if my memory serves me correctly. I would douse them with water to cool down. And thanks for posting the awesome photos on Calguns!
  7. SLOSA near San Luis Obispo is okay with rapid fire provided that you can clearly control it. I don't actually do any holster work there, though. Edit: I mean . . . they've never asked me to stop shooting rapidly. Most of the RO's end up asking if I have Apex parts in my gun.
  8. So I decided that this one was close enough to for me to confidently try the "Top then zig-zag" method. I like it. Now if only I could be a bit more disciplined on small steel at distance. And figure out the short shuffle reload thing that always slows me down. And remember which targets I already engaged. And call shots correctly to avoid an unnecessary "swing-back". And widen my stance a bit at ports. And [. . . ]
  9. I ended up taking a bunch of garbage faxes from work and printing the A Box (the top borders obviously don't fit but I don't think it's a big deal). Very handy if your job doesn't care about printing stuff . . . "seriously, man . . . what's up with these printouts of lines? You printed like 50 of these." I can usually place two side-by-side on the average target backer. The one "gotcha" here is that two (or four) A-zones as seen the video will never be that close together at a match. I also ended up stapling four on the slightly farther target because there's a 20 minute firing period. I guess that's the downside for outdoor public ranges with one line. CA is a big state. I guess I got lucky being a bit north of you as the RSO's end up giving it the same judgement call as Memphis mentioned. The only weird look I got after running this drill several times was from an FBI Employee/Agent who was there with her friends. That's a great tip on aiming on another lane's target (without taking shots, of course).
  10. Heheheh . . .I, too, thought that the OP was asking about the classifiers. Then I saw that the question was about the classified ads (i.e., "for sale"). It's under the Member Resources > Tools. It's just below the Area Map. Still under construction, as noted by shootmove 8 years after the OP.
  11. Eye Pro + Ear Pro + Waiver = Good to go I've invited friends and family to matches and it's never been a problem. They usually stay for a stage or two and then they're on their merry way. I've also seen others bring spectators to matches at my range. They all seem to have a good time--even if some of them stick around for all 6 stages. They're never in the way. Some even stike up conversations about the match in general and stage planning and I think that's great. Bonus points if they're Gung Ho about helping reset. It might be a good idea to bring another car or give them your keys if they start getting bored. Aside from that, most have a smartphone or tablet.
  12. Never said it (or "gaming" in general) wasn't ok. Apologies if the use of the phrase "exploiting stage design and/or stage briefings" came off that way.
  13. I tend to tie gaming to exploiting stage design and/or stage briefings. For example: Leaning into/through a port to eliminate a shooting position. It's especially helpful if the position that you eliminated would have been the final position. As for stage starts: (Table Start with first mag on table/barrel) Magazine basically in the magwell when it's on the table. Clap your hands, rack it, go! Facing uprange "enough". Hands touching the x's, but the rest of your body can be offset in the direction that you plan on going (i.e., a lean will get you into your first position as opposed to needing a step or two) Indeed. Let's hope it doesn't get to the point where the WSB is a multi-paragraph essay that takes 10 minutes to filter through.
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