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  1. I doubt it's peaked, but we need some out-of-the-box innovation. Though I believe this with pistols in general right now. The majority seems to be some variation on the same thing - striker or hammer fired Browning tilting barrel stuff. The Laugo Arms Alien is finally something different that could be pretty interesting. Hopefully there are some more clever people out there.
  2. Maybe I will fill a barrel with 4' lengths and get a dolly, seems like one of the best bets to me. Can see if the extra staking required for using only 4' lengths is too much of a hassle or not - it's not like 2x2's are terribly expensive I suppose. Leaving them on the bays would be a no go. The old crotchety dudes at the club would gripe about it. Not to mention I'd be concerned at how quickly they'd wear/rot. Especially considering the bonkers weather we've been having up here.
  3. A roller coaster setup would be good. Could have a better incline and would probably prevent the wheels from binding like I encountered. Folks with the materials and skills to set stuff like up are impressive.
  4. This is probably not what you're looking for, but I made a junky wooden track with a wheeled target stand. Only set it up to roll maybe 12-14'. Was amusing though. Also, my club is purchasing the cheapest "Running Man" target from Action Target. Might be an option if your club has some extra cash. https://www.actiontarget.com/products/portable-runner/
  5. This is only my third year, and I just switched to open division, but this is pretty much it. I've really been trying to internalize that splits really aren't a big deal, and I'm focusing on transitions, footwork, and the stage planning that goes along with it. Because of this I was able to smoke my most recent (first and only so far this season..) club match. The last couple years I would just hammer on the trigger while running around like a crazy, which, while fun, was not terribly smart. USPSA requires a lot more thought than I expected.
  6. I've just picked up a bunch of 2x2x8 wood to use for Fault Lines at my club (for USPSA). I plan to drill 1/2" holes on either end, then stake down. Pretty simple and standard. My concern with them is storage and transportation to and from the berms. We store everything in a conex box that is less than 100 yards from the farthest berm. We don't have a trailer deal like I've seen at other clubs - just a wagon that we can normally throw enough props on for one berm and drag on over. Since dragging a large field course worth of fault lines would be a fairly arduous task, I am looking for some ideas on transporting them. I had initially considered getting a dolly, attaching a barrel to it, and leaving all of the fault line boards in that and wheeling it from place to place. But I don't think the 8-foot boards sticking up would be feasible for storing in the box. If I wanted to marry myself to that idea, I could cut them all down to 4-foot sections (to avoid waste), but that would also double the required staking. What are some options/suggestions for a less-equipment-blessed club?
  7. I agree, it is pretty lazy - get told exactly how to shoot. I like IDPA mainly because it gives me a reason to shoot all of the non-competitive pistols I have. I save actively trying to be competitive for USPSA.
  8. I've never tried the scoop deal. But if you wanted to do it from concealment - assuming an open front jacket/vest type thing - you could do the "Dracula" draw or whatever it's referred to as. Support hand grabs support side's bottom garment edge, then jerks up, kind of in front of face, revealing holster. Probably over-complicates the whole thing, but could be amusing.
  9. My perspective is that Open exists as a means to tinker and push the boundaries of gun/gear capabilities. The working up loads aspect seems to be a pretty big/cool part. Not to mention, a knee jerk response would be that minor open is basically CO.
  10. So is there a way to safely spend time in an indoor range? I was considering starting a small indoor match at my club, but if it will affect my lead levels are already around 5, I'm thinking it may be a bad idea.
  11. This is the most beautiful, hippy-dippy explanation of USPSA that I have ever heard. Bravo, sir. And I agree with you completely. I feel like you should throw some Jonathan Livingston Seagull quotes in here now. The allure I saw was that it was all about seeking the perfect relationship between man and machine, striving to push the boundaries of the plausible.
  12. I started with IDPA too. My first USPSA experience was amazing, even though the match had super boring and lame stages. I was able to see that it catered to how I wanted to shoot and that it could be super rad. Which is why I now coordinate the matches at my club. Great sport. Read those rules and have fun.
  13. I was having difficulty adjusting to drawing from my new Open setup, until I started resting my forearm on the grip like this. Made my draws much more consistent. I'll have to remember the thumb idea too.
  14. I used the Hodgdon site for suggested load data and tested 4 loads for each within the range provided. I have a mess of 165s I planned on using up, but I suppose I should probably pick up some lighter rounds sooner than later. I've not heard of that powder, I may have to try and find some. I also have not heard that about the Carver comp. I guess this is all about experimentation.
  15. I'm working on putting together my Glock 22 open gun in 40. I'm using mostly Carver components: Optic mount, 4 port comp, with Holosun 503c. I was out working on figuring out a load for it the other day with Autocomp and HS6. I shot 160 rounds total, and in the process of that, I had to wipe the rear of the optic glass a couple times just so I could see the dot and whatnot. I am using 165gr sns bullets, and average power factors ranged from 178 to 198 with my test loads I fully figured on the front of the optic getting dirty - even with the bit of a blast shield on the mount, it would make sense that the comp would chuck some crud up there. So my question is how much gas usually exits out the chamber after ejection, and how often do folks have to wipe down their optic? At this rate I would pretty much have to wipe it off after every stage, which seems a bit absurd to me.
  16. I was having that same issue after I threw a comp and optic on my g22, using both 15 and 22 round magazines. I'm glad to see others having the issue, so I could get some feedback. My theory was that it was shortstroking due to the comp (17lbs spring), and I have yet to get out and test with the 15 and 13 springs I have. So hopefully that's the issue, otherwise whatever squeezing the frame is an interesting thing to look out for.
  17. I think you're hitting the crux of the debate here. It really comes down to what "practical" is supposed to be. It can of course be argued whether that means military/law enforcement training, self defense training, or simply testing the application of "standard skills" as said here. I think the more all of us realize it's simply a game that tests various skills, the better off we'll be. This is a sport, and like many other sports, I would argue that it got its start based on real-life combat practice (fencing, javelin stuff, etc.). Now, though, it is simply testing various skills that would be useful to those situations but don't qualify as training for them.
  18. I've been considering this myself, as I run the matches at my club. Luckily I have not had anyone ask for a reshoot yet, but I'm sure it will happen at some point. I was thinking the most accurate way to do this would be to make a new Practiscore match with only the classifier in it, then upload the reshoot as its own match, which may only have one person that competed. That seems the best way to not affect the regular match scores. This would work at my club, since we have like a dozen shooters, and we still live in the stone age - we do paper scoresheets during the match, then I go through them and enter them into my tablet at home. This whole thing seems like such a pain, it would be nice if there was an easier method or if the rules simply disallowed it.
  19. My concern with our club is that shooting, or rather USPSA, will fizzle out. Up in Northern Minnesota there's not a ton going on with this. IDPA is much better attended, generally averaging mid 20s vs. the 10ish for USPSA. Mid 30s would be the largest I'd want to deal with. So it's not like my goal is to try and make this area some Mecca for the sport. I just want to keep it alive and healthy. And my reasons are mostly selfish. I like USPSA and want to keep doing it close to home. And I need other participants in order to have the resources to do so.
  20. I think we'll try a more comprehensive intro for new shooters, and then pairing them with someone. Hopefully there's enough people at the club that will be willing to do it. This also seems like it would serve the purpose of building community, which would increase the possibility of them coming back. Thanks for the feedback.
  21. That's what we do right now. Safety briefing/orientation and then they go in a new person/old guy squad. It does slow things up a bit - though that may be more from the old guys shootin' the breeze. And again, that works perfectly well for people that are new to competition but are familiar with firearms, even if they've only shot at static ranges. It works okay, but less well for new gun owners. I'm starting to think a short "safe gun handling test" and an assigned "coach" may be the way to go if I can get buy in from our other club members.
  22. We considered the intro classes, even requiring them in order to shoot. But we then determined that nobody would end up coming to them, and it would be far too restrictive to new shooters mid-season. Most of our new shooters are those that just got their CCW and gun and want to practice with it - the problem being they haven't practiced anywhere else. You are wholly correct. Growth < Safety. And it's about finding that balance. I just saw an interesting "new shooter orientation" document in another thread on this forum, which has some interesting ideas for indoctrinating new shooters (https://forums.brianenos.com/topic/264771-new-shooter-info-packet/?tab=comments#comment-2953340) Still some considering to do.
  23. Our club hosts USPSA/IDPA matches weekly, and is fairly small, with attendance ranging from 10-25 people. This year we have been trying to increase our attendance and have been noticing some potential safety issues as a result. We have had a fair number of people that have heard about the matches through a local gun shop or are friends of regular attendees, and it appears that generally these people are of course new to competition shooting, but also seem to be new to firearms in general. We have had 2 accidental discharges this season, and some pretty sketchy reloading situations as well, all of which is due to people being unfamiliar with the manipulation/use of their pistols. I feel we are in a tough situation - the sport isn't super popular around here (northern Minnesota), and we want to keep it alive and well for years to come. But with some of the concerning situations we've seen, it feels like a more serious accident is inevitable. My question is, how do other clubs/match directors/range officers handle people that are new to firearms who want to come and partake in competition shooting at their club? What, besides a safety briefing and close ROing can be done to improve upon match safety without driving away potential shooters?
  24. Hello everyone. I joined this forum a while ago and have been doing a lot of reading. Figure I should introduce myself now. I hail from northern Minnesota and shoot at one of the few clubs around that offers action pistol matches. I've been shooting IDPA/USPSA for 4 years now, and this year I have taken on the reigns of running the USPSA matches for our clubs. It's been quite a learning experience, and I have been doing a lot of reading on this forum and elsewhere to help me through it. I started with IDPA, but after trying USPSA, that is my true passion. I'd love to get to some bigger matches/other clubs, but there doesn't seem to be a ton of stuff going on in this area, which is rather sad. It is my hope to bring more life to action pistol shooting here in the northland, as it is a glorious activity.
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