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  1. Thanks, George! I was actually looking at the Pro model, which seems to be on backorder everywhere. Looks like they would provide better traction in certain situations. Can anyone comment who has used both?
  2. Yeah, I've pretty much decided to go with the Henning. Not that there is anything wrong with the others, but I like the design and the texture. I would have bought them already, but it seems that everyone including Henning is out of them at the moment.
  3. Great, thanks for all the feedback! John
  4. I've been shooting Production with my CZ Shadow 2 for about a year and a half now. I've been using the stock mags with stock base pads, and so far I've never had a moment when I said to myself "Gosh, that reload would have gone a lot smoother if only I had something better than these crappy plastic base pads!" But seriously, it seems that most of the pros and a lot of us in the rank and file are using them, so there must be some advantage. What exactly is it? The only problem that I have that I could see being fixed by a larger base pad is my tendency to pinch the skin near the base of my thumb when shoving the mag in, but that alone might be worth it (I've drawn blood a couple of times). A second question: I hear that some people have experienced a problem with overinsertion of the mag when using certain types of base pads. This seems to be a problem only if you go to slide lock and then insert a mag really hard in order to get the slide to autoforward. Maybe not a huge deal, but I have occasionally run the gun empty in competition, and I would not want to have to pull a mag back out of the gun in order to fix that problem on the clock. A third question: I got an email a while back from the Ben Stoeger Pro Shop announcing that they had new Shockbottle base pads for CZ that had undergone some slight revision, but I can't find out what the deal is. I know that Shockbottle is one of the base pads that were involved in the overinsertion problem, so maybe they did something to fix that. A last question: Any recommendations? I actually have the money to spend on this sort of non-essential thing, but if I'm going to spend it I'd like to do so wisely. I'm kind of leaning toward the Hennings, since I like the angle that matches the mag and fact that they specifically say that their pads won't cause overinsertion problems. But really, I'm open to anything. Thanks! John
  5. OP here. They ended up adding a fifth barrel in the middle position, which of course made stage planning very straightforward. There was another stage that was supposed to have a swinger and a clamshell both activated by the same popper, but they deleted the swinger., and there were some minor changes on other stages as well. The takeaway for me is to use the matchbook to identify skills I need to work on, and not as a basis for strategizing before the match. This whole experience, including the discussion in this thread, has been very educational, so thank you all again! John
  6. I think they should have worded it to say "all mags and reloads must come directly from barrel" if that's what they meant. I'll ask someone before the match, but at this point I'm planning to put out a bunch of mags and not stow any even if it is permitted.
  7. CZ Shadow 2 with five stock mags, plus two mags for a CZ 75B. Mags for the 75B have a thinner base plate, so no problems with going oversize there. I will definitely be buying more mags in the near future, though!
  8. Southpaw (and Memphis): I think I've got it now. Part of my problem is that I've been limiting myself by only considering the five mags I have that are specifically for my gun, but I also have a couple more that are compatible with it (I just don't like them as much). That brings my total to seven, so I can put two each on the first three barrels and one on the last barrel. That should be enough to get the job done. I'm very glad I asked my initial question, since all of this has forced me to realize things I might not have figured out until it was too late. Thanks again to all!
  9. Joe4d: Good point. I have emailed the MD. Memphis Mechanic: Since there are five shooting positions and only four barrels, I think I will still have to wait until I get to the fourth and fifth positions before I can load for those positions. Correct me if I've missed something.
  10. Doh! Now I see that it says all reloads must come from barrels (not just all magazines). I need to read more carefully.... Thanks, John
  11. I hope this is the right forum for this, and I hope the picture I am adding is visible to everyone. I am relatively new to USPSA, and I'm not sure how to work this stage (coming up on Sunday at the VA state match). I'm shooting Production, and this kind of stage seems designed to mess with us locap guys. At first glance it looks like I would want to start with one mag on each barrel, as in the picture. However, there are five shooting positions, and only four barrel that I'm allowed to put mags on, so I'm going to have to stow at least one mag early on IF I want a fresh mag for each shooting position (which would be ideal). IF I didn't need a single makeup shot, I could get all the way through the central position on two mags, but I'm not counting on that, especially with steel involved. I could put two mags on the first barrel, load the gun with one and stow the other, and go from there. I've had this crazy idea of putting all my mags on the first barrel, holstering my gun at the start signal, stowing four mags right away, then loading the gun and proceeding from there. What do you think? The second scenario would definitely work, but is it worth spending the time up front in order to make the rest of the stage easier/faster? Thanks! John
  12. OP here. Thanks to everyone for chiming in! Special thanks to RadarTech for pointing out 8.3.1, which would have answered my question if I had been patient enough to dig for it. As for why the guy took the mags off his belt, I think it was just an excess of caution. And I think the RO would probably have pointed out the problem if he had noticed. He was standing to the right of the shooter, and the mag pouches were on the shooters left, so it's entirely possible that he just didn't see. Going to the VA state match on Sunday. Now I know to definitely keep my mouth shut if such a thing happens there!
  13. Essentially this rule says that you can't provide any assistance to a shooter "during a course of fire." Here's a situation that I experienced at a recent match: Another competitor at a local match was having trouble with his gun. He removed all the mags from his belt, went to the safe table to sort things out, then came back. At the command "Load and make ready," he pulls a mag out of his pocket (probably had it on him the whole time) and loads the gun. At that point I noticed that he had forgotten to put his mags back in their pouches. I didn't know whether I was allowed to say anything, so I just bit my tongue and watched the train wreck unfold. He was shooting Production, so he didn't get very far.... So my question is, what constitutes the beginning of a "course of fire"? Could I have said something at that point? I'm a relative newbie, so please be patient with me if the answer is somehow obvious. Thanks, John
  14. jeremy kemlo: I have thought about that option, but have been unsure how much it would cost and whether my gun would still be Production legal. If you don't mind my asking, how much did you pay for the work, where did you have it done, and is your gun still legal for Production? Thanks! John
  15. Thanks, nick779! The weight of the Holosun has made me think twice about it, but I really don't know if the .7 oz. difference between that and the DPP would make a noticeable difference. I suppose the weight difference has a lot to do with the solar panel.
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