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    Finally read the FAQs
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    I know this is getting more into a debate about classifiers rather than the OP's question, but... I may be the outlier here, but why care about classification? Especially someone else's classification, and in regards to taking classes. If you really want GM, cool. Practice classifiers. If you want to min matches, that practice is going to be different. Swinging for the fences on classifiers is not the best way to win matches, but if that's not your goal, then go for it. If you tell a top shooter who you are taking a class from the your goal is to reach GM, they're probably going to tell you the same thing. To use the term "paper gm" seriously is to truly miss the forest for the trees. Everyone is a paper (enter class). Classifier ability does not really reflect match performance ability. If you think someone else doesn't deserve their classification, beat them in a match. That's why we're all doing this, to place high as possible in matches, right? And just because a GM loses a match to an A class, don't think the Gm bought their classifiers or somehow gamed the system.
  2. I've heard of people sanding the tip of the decapper pin very slightly to give it more of a point rather than a dome, but have not tried myself. Had primer pull-back only a couple of times through 5k 9mm on my 1050. Pretty new to it though.
  3. Hoser match with a stage split between 3 bays. Started raining heavily and while the bays were gravel, there was grass that turned to mud in between them. Right handed shooter sprinting left to right, slipped, fell, and broke the 180 to a point that some spectators may have been swept. Not sure if maybe the stage should have been thrown out or what the right course of action would be, but it had several other people fall, at least one dropping a gun.
  4. As you can see from responses, you can buy almost anything and get a good one. Some are just more popular and have a reputation to go with the name. You will also potentially get a bad one, but it's less likely if you spend more, to an extent. I agree with Charlie. If you shoot even a moderate amount for a competitor, and especially for multiple seasons, you will very quickly out spend what you put into your gun, even at the high end level. Obviously everyone is on a budget, but get the best gun you can afford. I have a S&W 1911 E Series ant it rocks. Got it for about 1200, was sold when I shot a friend's, and loved the look and small features that set it apart.
  5. Thanks for this! Interested in stages myself since I'll have a private outdoor range soon and as a relatively new shooter, don't have the breadth of knowledge as to what stage elements to set up.
  6. Had a Bladetech, switched to a Red Hill and never looked back. The Bladetech is thin and flimsy in comparison. Get the Red Hill double-layer kydex. It is way more firm, and you notice that every time you draw. The holster stays completely still during the draw and doesn't want to come with the gun at all. Feels like its bolted to your belt, as a holster should.
  7. buy it The worst part will be realizing how much time you wasted over 8 years Considering the cost of your components, guns, and most importantly time, a 1-time 1100 purchase is small in comparison.
  8. I skipped from a Hornady LNL progressive to the Super 1050. While I do not have experience with any other Dillon, I can say the 1050 is a dream come true. The speed, and more importantly, quality, at which it loads made me re-think my loading schedule for the year. I shot about 12,000 9mm last year, and it was a chore I did not look forward to. I bought my 1050 this past fall and I casually loaded 15k rounds in about 2 months. Done loading 9mm until 2020 I also load .45 and .223 and while the change over is a good bit of work, if you are at all familiar with setting up presses, its really not that bad. I only have 1 toolhead for now, 200 bucks is a lot for convenience, and it does not even save you from changing powder bars, swage system, or primers. Just saves you the die setup, which is the easiest part of setting up a press if you have lock rings or just marks on your dies. I also load for a whole year of shooting, per caliber. Set up for .45 now, and once I load 10k of those, I'll set up for .223 which will take a bit of load development for my rifles, and keep it that way until I need more 9mm next year. The only reason I'd say not to go 1050, would be if you don't shoot much, and in just 1 caliber. Even if I only shot my 12k 9mm and nothing else, the money I spent on my guns is more than the 1050, the money I spent on my ammo components is more than the 1050, the match fees last year were about 1/3 the cost of a 1050, and add the time I slaved over the Hornady, and the top of the line press sounds like a no brainer at this point. That not even taking into consideration the fact that you're likely going to do this for a few years, and that's a lot of time loading at 600/hr compared to 1000+. buy a 1050
  9. pretty sure the new 2019 rule update says that it is legal to shoot activated targets before they are activated if they are exposed, but I'm not sure about the ruling if the WSB says it must be activated.
  10. I agree that they are totally comparable and compete pretty evenly. But it would take a total re-evaluation of production if it could now be shot minor 10 or major 8. Would be odd to let people shoot production major 8, but only with a 1911. If you allowed any gun to be loaded to 8 rounds major, say a USP 45, G21, etc. that would really throw a wrench in things. I don't know if a total revamp of production just to eliminate SS is necessary, or even good for production. I like SS and production because they are the "fighting guns" divisions. Even though 45 ACP as a defensive caliber and the 1911 itself is being phased out, for good reason, our own military still shoots them and I think it would be odd to not have a spot for them to compete in. I know i may be in the "Timmy" minority on that but that's what first got me into shooting, defensive carry.
  11. I don't see SS 1911's ever having a place in USPSA where they are minor only. And I definitely don't see major scoring ever coming into production. There just is not a division that currently exists where a single stack major 1911 fits, other than it's own division. Since it was the founding pistol which the sport was created with, I don't see it disappearing anytime soon.
  12. IMO comparing scores between SS and Production is totally applicable.
  13. Bronze member, big fan. It's a great atmosphere. Since it's paid, everyone has a singular goal, which is to be a better shooter. No one is paying to BS or just banter, it's like graduate school. It's a group of people that share a common goal, and are driven enough to work towards it. Personalities don't really even come out, so if you're not into it because you thinks Ben's a meany or whatever, it's exclusively constructive criticism. Max Michel, JJ, and most national and world champion shooters have obligations that wouldn't allow them to offer such a service on top of teaching classes, so I say it's the best bang for your buck out there in regards to training.
  14. swingers will definitely be bought/built. Movers are a big hole in my game.
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