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  1. Agreed, but would amend a wording change: "get involved" to "stick with". Instant gratification and frail egos are not a good combination.
  2. Shred noted; "- You might be one of those guys that wants to 'do it all themselves, their way'. " In reality, don't you have to "do it all yourself" to get better? There's a lot of competitive shooting information available online these days and a lot more opportunities for training compared to just a few years ago. But you have to practice and figure out what works best for you on your own. Having a GM watch you run a stage and give you advice on what to improve can help with essential things that can help make gains faster relative to "doing it all by yourself," but you still have to practice and reflect, rinse and repeat, and continue learning. If you compare this sport to other aspects of life you will find lots of similarities. For example, I've always tried to stay in shape and workout in the gym. The "path of least resistance" group thinks that buying the latest exercise gizmo, diet program, or training with some pro bodybuilder will net them quicker results. In reality it is a lifestyle that includes healthy eating and lots of time exercising. People are always looking for shortcuts or the "secrets." There aren't any shortcuts nor secrets. It takes time to shed weight (in a healthy way), learning about nutrition, building muscle tone, and getting in aerobic shape. Over the long haul small gains accumulate. When someone that is 80 to 100 pounds overweight asks me how long will it take to burn off the fat, build muscle tone, and get in good shape I tell them the truth--three days a week one hour minimum actively working out, walk three days a week for at least 20 minutes, cut deserts and simple carbs/reduce processed food intake, don't try to rush it---and three years later you will be on the doorstep of getting to where you want to be. I find the same true of our sport. My goal is on improvement over the long haul. I just shot two matches in the past couple of weeks after a long stretch due to the Covid situation, but I focused on 2 or 3 small areas that I wanted to improve. I noticed improvement in the matches. But I must continue practicing and also start focus on other things such as improving shooting on the move. If a GM tells a new shooter the "truth" about how much time and practice would be required the effect will likely be the same that you get with the overweight person. I only know one GM personally and I do know how much time he put into training. He is not married and has a job and situation that allowed him to practice. He spent his time "getting in shape." There is not shortcut.
  3. I shot about 8 matches at an indoor range over the winter (and during Covid). We shot our first outdoor match a couple of weeks ago. The indoor range is darker (walls are dark). Lighting is a factor as noted and I noticed, as Rowdy pointed out, that I was not running as fast on the slippery cement floor. It wasn't until the third stage at the outdoor range match that it dawned on me that I was moving at the indoor range pace (habit). When targets are toward the back of the indoor range and especially along the walls or if there are partials, I have to take a bit more time on sight picture. Noise is increased as well. I don't like the "compressed" stages with narrower walled corridors in indoor matches because there is more tendency to bump them moving around them. I'm not sure any more if I'm actually getting any real benefit over dry firing by attending indoor matches (other than the social aspect).
  4. I reviewed the last match results of a club about two hours away. 25 Limited shooters and 16 of them shot minor. (13 out of about 60 shot Production). I reviewed the last match results from a club about an hour away. 15 Limited shooters and 13 of them shot minor. (2 out of about 26 shot Production). Looks like lots of newer shooters, as noted by several of us, don't want to put a dot on, don't want to reload, nor mess with .40. At local matches I don't think most people really care about the major scoring advantage. Competitive shooters that spend the time to train perceive shooting Lim Minor completely differently from the rank and file. I was in a local gun store with a friend that is highly competitive and that trains a lot. Someone was looking at a Staccato XL (9mm) for $3400. That person heard us talking about a match and asked us about competition. My friend highly advised against getting the Staccato XL because "Limited Minor . . ." I only mentioned that if you become serious about USPSA you will likely get a gun in major at some point, but you can get good with any gun that you like to shoot that is dependable. . . . I guess my reflection would be that until people get more serious about purchasing reloading equipment and training a lot--it just doesn't matter.
  5. First outdoor match in our club in months. Seven Limited shooters and all seven shot Lim Minor. My perception is that they do not want to shoot CO, but do not want to mess with mag changes in Production. One guy was shooting a CZ TSO in 9mm so must like Lim Minor.
  6. Mike: Good point, but I've noticed that the classifier stage choices for matches and "Super Classifier" matches tend to vary a lot among various clubs. I agree that the "hero or zero" fix would be not dropping classifier runs. I've seen several local shooters trying to move up in classification using that technique and so far the prize still eludes them because they will get a run that was not zeroed, but dropped their average a bit. In order to have one exact set of standards for the country--we would have to all shoot a "postal match" using the same classifiers. If I know there is going to be a classifier at a match I shoot Limited Minor. That makes it difficult to progress much and puts me at a disadvantage against those shooting Limited Major. But it does give me a different perspective on how to improve over time and it takes my ego out of the equation more.
  7. Interesting thread. Performance based classification (from match placement) is probably not feasible for a variety of reasons. I guess that people want "their colored belts." I remember years ago when I was taking Judo that there was only a white belt, brown belt, and black belt. The elder black belt Sensei told us that you do not ask to get tested. He awarded a belt after you earned it from matches and when he felt that you were ready to receive it (usually a minimum of 5 years before you could get a black belt). I see Taekwondo students at the gym getting various colored belts and some people getting black belts after only a year. Of course they get crushed at matches. But the people with "higher classifications" get to stand closer up front to the instructor by pecking order. I applaud your dedication to achieving your goal. I work in a "show us what you can do don't tell us what you can do" industry. Degrees and talk mean nothing. It is competitive, but rewarding. I paid my dues and can thus appreciate the path that you are on (and I must spend time practicing my skills in order to remain good). I want to get better at competitive shooting, but cannot devote the time to get to a GM level. I do understand how working on small, incremental improvements over a longer stretch of time result in practical gains. For me there is no rational "pay off" for attaining GM. For my line of work there is a pay off for continuing to get better and practice. You appear to be paying your dues and thus will achieve your goal. When you become a GM I hope the "pay off" is worth it for you.
  8. The responses in this thread answer your question for you and should not surprise you. This question alone answered your original question; "Would I be correct in guessing that you're below A class in rank and shoot this sport 'for fun'?" A sport is for "fun." You can probably count the number of "paid professionals" in this sport that make a decent living from it on both hands with fingers to spare. Some competitors take it "more seriously" than others and therein lies some of the friction.
  9. I think the company formerly called STI is riding the "John Wick" wave. I have a Marauder (9mm) and an Edge (40) still, but they are likely going to go to another home at some point. There has been a Staccato XL (9mm) sitting on the shelf at a local gun shop for over two months (right next to a Staccato P in 9mm). The XL has a better trigger and slide fit, but, as noted by several posters above, $3500 would buy a steel gripped semi-custom gun and few USPSA shooters are going to spend $3500 for a Limited Minor gun. I lost faith in STI when the first batch of the new gen magazines came out. Many would not go to slide lock because of the follower. Supposedly you could send followers in for replacement, but the STI service guy I dealt with made me take pictures and email them to him. Then he wanted pictures of the followers out of the magazine tube. Then he wanted a different camera angle . . . That was enough for me. My Marauder has a better trigger than the Staccato XL and I got it for just under $2150 (normally $2200). The XL has nothing over the Marauder unless you like slide cuts. The few STI TTI "John WIck" guns and one other Staccato XL that have sold by the local gun shop went to "Tactical" guys that do not shoot competition. The Staccato XL is not worth $3500.
  10. I put in the PD extended firing pin and have had no further light strike issues testing at least 400 rounds of different variety ammo. I did add the PD palm swell aluminum grips. They are really aggressive. I have a couple of small roughed up skin patches on my support hand, especially on the left thumb pad. I need to find out how to smooth down a couple of areas without zapping the anodized coating if possible. I have not been able to use it in a match yet, but I like it so far. I think it balances better for me than the Shadow 2.
  11. Stock Master is basically a Stock 3 with slide cuts and a bull (cone) barrel. I like it. Shot about 150 rounds so far. Accurate.
  12. It has the PD optimized firing spring already installed as part of the PD package. Probably will get the extended firing pin.
  13. 15.5 # PD spring with Titan hammer and other PD parts. I shot 50 rounds of Federal 115 gr. today and no light strikes. Also 20 rounds of Hornady 124 gr. with no light strikes. Will have to use Federal primers or ammo for competition or else put in extended firing pin. Quite accurate. I took the LOK palm swell boggies off my Stock 3 until my new metal palm swells are here. Much better grip traction.
  14. Mine just arrived today from Patriot Defense (with Titan hammer, bolo, and other trigger work). Was able to get to range and fire 100 rounds. I shot 50 rounds of WWB 115 gr. and Fiocchi 115 gr. I had six light primer strikes with the WWB and one light strike with the Fiocchi. I wanted to use the cheaper ammo to conserve my better ammo during the ammo shortage. I'm going to test some Federal tomorrow. May have to add an extended firing pin for cheaper ammo. I like the trigger and don't want to put a heavier hammer spring in if I don't have to. Quite accurate. I shot 15 rounds strong hand only at 27 feet and had a smile on my face when 12 were touching the center black circle of an NRA target. I shot two sets of 10 shots rapidly and all were A-Zone hits (some drifted straight up a bit), but I don't like the wood grips (too slippery for my tastes). I'm going to put some palm swell boogies on it for next range trip. I like the overall balance of the gun.
  15. Trigger is about 4# on mine. No need to do any trigger work nor add expensive triggers. I believe one company now makes a lighter mag well for the X5 Legion so it makes weight in IDPA ESP. Ignore the trigger-related threads and just shoot it at matches. I added Talon grips ($17) to mine because I like more "grippier" grips. I think the point above about some people just like to tinker or try to get maximum performance with tinkering is likely the case. If you have the money, time, and inclination okay, but do not get the impression that the stock trigger isn't good to go from those threads.
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