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    I. V. Cadez

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  1. What you say in this paragraph is precisely the tradeoff between speed and accuracy. The theory behind the empirical part "hammered out in practice" is the "1/HF per point lost." The practice just makes it subconscious in order to avoid the calculation in real time, but the tradeoff is still there and the theory behind it is still in the math equations. In fact, if you analyze your empirical data, you will see that it will confirm that the correct "level of Fast and Patient deployment" is exactly where the theory says it is. So, the most efficient way to train for this tradeoff is
  2. Yet there is always a tradeoff between the two and HF happens to be the exact value that quantifies this tradeoff. If points are expensive (low hit factor), the tradeoff goes towards more patience and more A-s. If points are cheap (high hit factor), the tradeoff goes towards more speed and it can even make a D or two acceptable. By "expensive" and "cheap" I mean in terms of time - the tradeoff between points and time. The rest of your post is spot on.
  3. It's quite amusing to see the emotions Revolver division stirs. It's a division that requires a bit different skill set and it's very useful for refining the separation of grip and trigger pull. One cannot get away with trying to cheat the concept of "pull the trigger while keeping the sights on the target" by using the "sights are lined up, done, pull the trigger quickly." The reload is also a fun skill to practice and possess, much like quad-loading a semi-auto shotgun now that magazine-fed shotguns are readily available. If you don't like it, don't shoot it. Let peo
  4. Normally you say nothing. Until the competitor gets into start position you assume he is visualizing and getting ready. There is some wiggle room with new shooters at level one, or when a competitor is clearly assuming incorrect start position, but it's usually sorted out with a quick sentence or two.
  5. I find it funny both ways - one group thinking that small tweaks will make a difference and another group getting upset that the small tweaks the first group is using are not consistent with their intent. In reality, I have never seen a match where the person who shot the best didn't win.
  6. On steel, you have to be patient with the sight picture. If it's a borderline shot, don't take it. It might feel "slower" but it's not about speed, it's about vision. Make sure you see the sights and are sure of the shot before pulling the trigger.
  7. Or the "magazine outside the gun" - I've shot at least one classifier (Tick-Tock, 13-05) where the location of the magazine wasn't specified except to be "outside the gun" so it could be lined up with the magwell, just barely not touching it. You pick up the gun by slamming the magazine into the gun even before you get your grip. Our local matches always have a mark for where the gun is centered and a mark or area where the magazine needs to be when defining an unloaded start. Either be specific in the WSB, or don't fret when people follow written instructions in the way you haven
  8. Bowing out - the thread seems to have outlived its purpose.
  9. Another reference to "black and white" - the rule IS "black and white" even if you're using interpretation to make it into what it should have been instead of applying it the way it is written. We can agree that sights falling off shouldn't result in the bump to Open, but that doesn't mean that the rule is ambiguous or that we are following it, it means that we are simply not applying a rule that we don't like. Once we get into the selective application of rules, we no longer have the ability to complain how Level 1 matches ignore gear positioning (magazines/guns too far fr
  10. The rule we are discussing is indeed "black and white." It says what it says, I didn't write it and I wasn't the one to put it there so I don't have a dog in this fight. If you think that there is ambiguity in "during the course of fire," you have to state which part is ambiguous. And, if you think that the rule allows for some division requirements not to be satisfied during the course of fire, you also need to specify which division requirements can be violated and why you believe the rule makes this distinction of allowing some division rules to be violated, but not oth
  11. Your interpretation would have to change the language and therefore doesn't apply. The plain meaning of the "directly attached" prevails. There is no requirement for two parts to touch in order to be directly attached. Whether you add a shim, washer, or a coat of oil, the sight is still directly attached to the slide. More importantly, the rest of the sentence provides the context as well. Back to the original discussion, if you want to argue the optics falling off, the rule says that the requirements of the division must be satisfied "during the course of fire." You'll be hard pr
  12. Sure you can see it that way, but you're taking a concept that is already poor and a stretch and you're removing the last remnant of logic from it. You are not really "competing within a class." The class is there to track your progress, like belts in martial arts or handicaps in various sports. It's really your generic ranking of skills and competence. Those who attribute meaning to the class or handicap in the competitive context are completely missing the point - you either beat another person or you don't. Want to beat everyone in a class? Get better and move up. You al
  13. That's all fair enough and people should shoot what they feel like. I'm not against it. I've seen people shoot their CCW guns, ported polymer guns with no optics, full power loads, you name it. Absolutely nothing wrong with it. It's not even that you won't be competitive if you shoot the wrong gun or ammo, more that you won't know how well or not you're doing because comparison is not apples to apples.
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