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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.
  15. Surprisingly, this weekend my local club match has more SS than PCC shooters this weekend! Division Limited 25 Limited 10 1 Open 18 Production 25 Revolver 0 Single Stack 6 Carry Optics 12 Pcc 4 My take on divisions is still along the same lines that my first attraction to firearms and pistols on general. That is, I have no desire to learn to shoot something well that has no practical application. So for me that leaves Production, CO, and SS. Not sure about USPSA's goals as an organization, but PRACTICAL is in their name (so is pistol), so I think you need to have a division that all popular, practical guns can compete in. Probably the same reason Revo is still around.
  16. So this question is one for everyone, although specifically not-new shooters who have shot club, sectional, majors, nationals, and world-shoots. I just want to know what people's favorite stages were? Most every major from the last few years has video available on youtube so it should be easy to find them if you don't remember EXACTLY what made it your favorite stage or what number the stage was in the match. Not only is this just interesting to me as to what people really like about certain stages, but I am also building my own at home range. I have one of Stoegers books and know of a few standard drills, but if I can build larger stuff to practice on, why not set up some of the "all time greats." If not the full thing, parts of it that were particularly interesting.
  17. Very interested to see you setup and get opinions. PM your pictures if you like. My fiance and I are preparing to build a house in the spring and the property has plenty of room for a range. Planning to use the fill from excavating house and maybe additional fill if needed. I was thinking 25x25 yards 3 sided berm and a shed next to it for storage. I figure 25yd and in is the majority of my shooting (a lot of pistol) and that width would allow most any normal USPSA stages to be built. The way the land is contoured I have a 400 yard line of sight to shoot rifle, which is pretty awesome. Nothing is built yet and I am not married to any of my ideas to this point but I am very curious about the turf. I had been thinking of getting gravel dumped or just leveling and planting grass. it's already a grass field, no longer farmed. Would just need to be tilled.
  18. Ok yes I would try removing the expanding mandrel, sounds like the only thing that may have introduced issues. How necessary is it to even expand the mouth further? Have you tried seating bullets without it? The 1050 sizes the neck at the swage station and then slightly flares at the powder drop, the drop must be adjusted to travel just below where you would get a full stroke, so that the powder funnel *barely* flares the mouth.
  19. You did list "Dillon RT1200 trim and size" so you are sizing after you trim? Because that is definitely not the best order, sizing will re-shape and thus slightly lengthen the case (which is why trimming is necessary) so if you are sizing after the trim you will have problems.
  20. I'd say, have all of those things in your range bag and change out as problems arise. The striker and striker spring have no relationship to the RSA in a glock, so change those without worry of effecting the other. Now the striker, striker spring, trigger bar, connector, drop safety plunger, drop safety spring, frame and trigger, all have a symbiotic relationship that ideally results in a trigger that is light, crisp, safe, and totally reliable. If desired, you can look into those relationships more, or as I recommend, buy a Competition kits from Johnny Glock. 2.5 lbs trigger pull, totally functional with any primers I've used.
  21. Not sure about the connector itself, but I just got one of his competition drop in kits for my Gen3 34, and its awesome. Top notch quality so I can at least attest to that.
  22. So this weekend 10/28/2018 I'll be shooting the annual Monster Hosefest at Ontelaunee Rod and Gun. 350-400 rounds total, usually 40+ per stage. What's note worthy is that this match last year was my first USPSA match ever. Finished 17/22 in production. 17 total shooting production as of now for this year's match. Not many of the same shooters so not much in the way of comparison there. Also noteworthy is that the drills I posted about yesterday, were the very first drills I've ever run on cardboard, and the first USPSA oriented drills I've ever ran since getting into competitive shooting last year. I've been focusing heavily on Steel Challenge as there are a few matches around me that run all 8 stages, have a cash payout, and are well run and have a lot of people attend. The scheduling for the USPSA locals often overlapped this year, and I shot in a SC-esque league that had 14 matches. So I did a lot of shooting and competing, but I only was live firing with my 5 steel plates all year long. I did work on moving and shooting quite a bit for Outer Limits, but almost all live firing was on SC stages. Where I have definitely been improving for USPSA is in my dryfire. Practicing lots of reloading, reloading on the move, entering and exiting positions, and transitioning targets. So despite having just started actually training for USPSA in live fire, my shooting as a whole as improved greatly since this match last year. This time last year I was B Class steel challenge, currently M, so it will be interesting to see how training for SC overlaps to USPSA. Something I did notice when first running the Accelerator drill was further importance of grip. It's very important for SC, but one big difference between them is the split times and the grip requirements to achieve them. Splits at 7 yards and in can be done in .2 and lower, where's as splits in SC are generally longer, although a couple stages can get splits down to .2 when you start to get good. Having that death grip on the pistol is really critical for accurate and fast splits is USPSA, where as the grip requirements for SC may become a bit relaxed by comparison. I do think that SC shooting would benefit from that same master death grip, but until comparing the two and noticing the difference, I have been slacking.
  23. I recently purchased a 1050 after having started with a Hornady LNL AP about 14 months ago. Glad I skipped the 650 and went straight to the 1050. Awesome machine, makes me enjoy loading ammo again. I wouldn't be too worried about the caliber changes and setup since you already handload on a different machine, you're familiar with the process. I would just suggest scheduling your loading to minimize caliber changes though. I'm loading all 9mm I'll need for a year, then all the 45 for the whole year, then switch to my .223 setup. It's also probably 1 hour to do a full caliber change, so it's really not bad at all to switch.
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