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  1. Good stuff. Thanks for the answers as well as everyone else that entertained this rabbit hole. I can think of a few corner cases but I think this question has been answered.
  2. How do we delineate if a noshoot partially covering a scoring target double counts (no shoot and score)? I thought it was when the overlay straddled both targets, and we delineate based on the perf on the no shoot, and not the non scoring boarder. Wouldnt the same apply for hard cover? Or are we saying the non scoring edge of a uspsa target when painted black counts as hard cover and perfs dont mean anything anymore.
  3. Completely agree. I just think personally it is a better practice. I.e. if there is hardcover over a diagonal on a target, I personally think it is better practice to staple a black painted target over the scoring target and score based on the perf of the hard cover target. I also think this method of setup might make setting up those classifiers more consistent from club to club. Back to my original question, you are correct that those classifiers don't coincide with a perf and score off the taped line delineateing hard cover. I was to focused on the perf / overlay combination for scoring. And with the older targets, delineating a head shot was easier with the perfd B zone. Im now convinced of the overlay / tape barrier a proper way to score.
  4. Thanks for all the good discussion, and 4.2.2 seem to naturally answer the question. I was in the regular mindset of "overlay touches or doesn't touch a perf and that dictates the scoring zone". I still like the idea of keeping it to perfs when possible. I.e. align the perf on a no-shoot over the perf on a scoring target, paint a target black for hard cover and then align perfs over a scoring target. Also makes it easier to replace an overly shot target and keep relatively accurate alignment of the repaired scoring zones with straight lines from perfs rather than tape which often isn't applied exactly straight.
  5. Ill just leave this here for the masses I must admit, "open lite" is a lot of fun.
  6. I suppose I should have said USPSA vs IPSC tsrget.
  7. I cant seem to find the scoring rule that talks about tape rather than a perf...
  8. Smithcity

    Next Level GM

    It absolutely does not fix sandbagging, rather the nature of the classification system. It leaves room for variability of the number of people in each class. The level of difficulty to move feom D through GM isnt linear, it is more exponential which would account for the disprate allocation. A distinction between classifiers and match performance is that classifiers have a high hit factor calculated from a wider sample size of shooters. Your percentage at nationals is relative to 1 guy...the one who won the match.
  9. Smithcity

    Next Level GM

    Forgive me if im wrong but I do not think GMs are better than roughly 95% of other members at classifiers. Rather, GMs are within 5% of the designated 100% high hit factor. As such it was my understanding that somewhere between 1-2% of uspsa members achieve the GM designation. Remember, many GMs hold a card in multiple divisions. The number of unique GMs is less than the number of GM percentages in the sport across divisions I.e. right now its the 1-2%, it could grow to 6%, or shrink to 1% or less. Your percentage is not relative to the rest of the sport, and it is not a percential relative to all other shooters, it is a percential of the highest hit factor. Or im completely wrong....
  10. Seems the RM / RO in this scenario is confusing holstered pistol unsafe start conditions (i.e. holstered with external safety on if it exists) with the PCC start condition. Perhaps if USPSA required PCC shooters to start with a "loaded and holstered PCC" then they should be DQ'd if the safety isn't on, rather, the PCC shooter starts with the muzzle pointed downrange in a safe direction, and safety should be on per the rule book. I believe the spirit behind activation of an external safety for holstered pistols is a matter of safety. The holstered position for a pistol might point at the shooters foot, leg, a few inches behind them which could be the RO, as a matter of safety the safety should be on! This isn't a problem for PCC since the muzzle is pointed down range. As such, DQ for a start position holding a PCC without a safety activated is no where in the rule book. Furthermore, if the shooter simply forgot to engage the safety, just as if they forgot to put their foot on an X, or get the stock on their belt, the RO needs to stop them and correct the start condition before proceeding. RM/RO's fault, maybe we should add a rule that the RM/RO is DQ'd for issuing DQ's that don't exist in the rule book! Wouldn't that be fun, if the RO can't show that the DQ is anywhere in the rule book, then if the RO shot the match they get a DQ themselves!
  11. Since we no longer have a "B" zone and no longer have the perforation clearly separating the head from the rest of a metric target. What is the proper way to score a head shot? I.e. if there is hard cover over a target (black tape / black spray paint) only exposing the head of our new A, C, D metric targets, there is no perforation. I can't use an overlay on a potentially scoring hit and see whether the overlay "touches a perf" to determine a Mike vs a Charlie, rather if it "touches the black tape" and since that black tape gets shot up and re-pasted, there is no objective scoring line as that line moves. Maybe the best way to do it is cover the scoring target with an upside black painted metric target or no shoot and use the perf on that target to make the delineation?
  12. Yes, the 9mm uses JPs 308 silent capture springs
  13. Feedinator is amazing. It adapts to the speed of the rollsizer and doesnt jam up like the dillon. Having a glitch with the control board, they are sending me a new one. Ill have better data in a weekish.
  14. Smithcity

    Next Level GM

    Entries and exits, shooting while moving, getting your hits, superior stage planning and execution. All that combined with the fundamentals. It is really hard to consistently execute the full skillset for a single stage nevertheless an entire match.
  15. Smithcity

    Next Level GM

    LvlIII matches and classifiers test different skillsets. This is why you see A rated shooters pulling 85%+ in major matches and 75%'s on classifiers. Also consider the classification system. When only considering classifiers, GM is 95% or higher. Some GMs shoot them at 95%, others pull 125%'s on them. Clearly those two scores are miles apart. Lastly, GM represents only a couple percent of the sport. Those winning nationals represents a fraction of a percent of the sport. Most people in this sport shoot lvl1 matches, and might do a bigger match every once in a while. In the realm of lvl1 matches, most GMs shoot their percentage. When it comes to the 0.1% skillset at lvl3's from top GMs, you see a wider span of skillsets amongst the GM population with several shooting 80 and 70%'s. That 70% score at nationals is probably a 100% relative to their local club. Certainly one could argue merits of separate classifier and or match classifications.
  16. Ergonomics is different for everyone. People have large hands small hands, stubby fingers, long lanky fingers, etc... go with a selector configuration you can reliably operate, beyond that I dont think it matters. If you can operate your existing lever fine, I doubt you will see a performance increase with a different lever.
  17. I've run with both 45deg and 90deg levers in a lot of matches and classifiers to find that it didn't affect my times at all. At this point I believe it's only a preference / comfort thing, not a speed thing.
  18. Ive taken delivery of a feedinator, set it up, and ran a few hundred cases through it on the rollsizer. Initial impressions are positive. The feedinator runs faster than the rollsizer with 6 pins. The feedinator doesnt have the funnel jamming issue that the dillon case feeder has. A few times cases got jammed while the shell plate rotated, feedinator auto unjammed and kept feeding. Will have to keep testing!
  19. What distance? Inside 10 yards you should be able to rip mostly alphas without a dot. Once you can do that, add the dot and use partial sight pictures to clean the rest of your hits up. No, I'm not joking about building muscle memory without a dot.
  20. Reliable PCC feeding is primarily a function of 3 things. Shape of the chamfer / feed ramps, depth at which bullets are presented, and angle at which bullets are presented. I've found that franken builds typically can't reliably feed certain types of ammo. The only PCC's I've seen that reliably feed a diversity of ammo are the CMMG Guard, the JP GMR 15, and the Sig MPX (I've not played with a scorpion yet) and unsurprisingly CMMG, JP, and Sig control those 3 critical variables and tuned them appropriately. All of the franken builds I've encountered (including my own) struggle to feed some type of ammo, often JHP's. Long answer to say...I don't know what your AR9 can feed as you probably didn't design those 3 variables in a way to ensure reliable feeding. If you want reliable feeding, go with a combination of parts that have been vetted and designed correctly.
  21. I thought I tried setting the tube height for the 38super and ran into issues with the 9mm. I'll have to give it another try, see what happens, and report back. I hate them 38supers!
  22. Good to know. The immortobot upgrade makes sense if you already have a dillon case feeder....and the case feeder is reliable enough. Now, if there was a cost effective way to remove both 380's and especially 38supers from my 9mm brass so my rollsizer stopped jamming with poorly sorted brass!
  23. I'm sure the immorto case feeder upgrade is good and I don't want to bash it. What I will say is that I don't think the dillon case feeder is built for these higher speeds (much like the case pro wasn't built to be automated, the case pro comes with problems when you automate it!). The Feedinator has sensors built into it to adapt to the speed of what it is feeding, it cannot spill brass everywhere from a jam, it also has sensors to self un-jam should a jam occur, and its built for 10k rph feeding. If you buy a dillon case feeder and upgrade the motor, you are at $450 (MSRP), the feedinator is ~$400. Conceivably, the feedinator is cheaper and designed for high feed rates. Seems others don't have much experience with the feedinator, I'll be a guineapig.
  24. I've about had it with the dillon case feeder on the rollsizer. With the case feeder attached to the rollsizer mount, the vibrations from the rollsizer are well coupled to the case feeder and I get a lot of jams at the funnel and brass falling out. I've decoupled the two by moving the case feeder to a separate mount, don't seem to get the brass jams at the funnel but if I run 3-4 pins on the rollsizer the case feeder is runn 100% of the time and I'm running into a lot of instances of casejams at the shell plate. I.e. cases that start falling late and the shell plate jams the case against the top of the feeder clutching out. I don't think the dillon case feeder was designed to run constantly at the fast speed. You are probably fine running 2-3 pins on the rollsizer, obviously you are limiting the full potential of the rollsizer. I was going to get an upgraded motor for the dillon case feeder to take advantage of ~6k cases rolled per hour, but i'm pretty sure I'll just have more issues at a higher speed. I'm dumping the dillon case feeder and buying a feedinator. Seem's its designed for high feed rates!
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