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  1. There are several very specific situations that will get you close to 180. By far the most common and important one is reloading while moving towards your support side (moving left if you're right handed). This is the one that you not only need to practice, but it's often a significant factor on "close to symmetric" stages when deciding which way to go first. You'll have to keep the gun to the side in a way that will almost feel that the gun is behind you. Another one is retreating from a position and entering a new position around a barrier that is uprange. You have to make sure you don't get too excited in "trying to see it as early as possible" as if you don't do it correctly, you can lead the gun around the barrier and break the 180.
  2. If you mount a laser you'll be having target focus instead of sight focus, so generally it's not the proper training for iron sights divisions. Of course, you can always find some very specific drills where it would be helpful, e.g., you need to diagnose a specific problem and want to confirm what your muzzle is doing.
  3. Close, but let's be more accurate here. A basic Mike will set you back 15 points, not 20. It's 5 points that you could have made with an A and 10 points penalty. However, a basic no shoot will set you back 25 points - you will get "Mike No Shoot," where you lose potential 5 for alpha, another 10 for Mike and another 10 for No Shoot. If you make up the shot and avoid Mike, you will be down just 10 - you got your hits with the make up shot, but are still penalized for No Shoot. Also, there is a "Failure to Shoot at a Target" procedural penalty that you can incur if you don't send at least one round towards the target. So, if you skip a target you will get two Mikes (15 each) and additional 10 points for not engaging it. It gets a bit more complicated if you do the math on Virginia count stages (classifiers), where people can trade some of the penalties for a slightly better score.
  4. The most I've had was a "stumble" over a year ago when I was quite new to the sport. I almost missed a location that was part of my plan, so I tried to stop quickly, at which point I slid pretty hard and instinctively went to "flailing arms" to regain balance. I remember thinking only about my muzzle and making sure that any movement of my body and arms was completely constrained by the muzzle direction, so that I take a fall before I "over-flail" my arms and either break 180 or sweep myself. It turned out well and it was completely under control, but I was a bit shaken at the end of COF because it was the first time I had such an experience while running with a loaded gun. I guess training and discipline kicked in, so it's the usual "you fall back to your training in emergency" scenario...
  5. No, your math is great - I'll buy your 1050 for $200.000. That's 10x what it's worth, right?
  6. As long as you indeed mean "Limited" and not "Production" ...
  7. There is absolutely nothing stupid or clumsy about falling - it's a sport and people in sports fall. At least those who are trying. If anything, it was very smart and disciplined that you kept the gun in the safe direction, not only to avoid a DQ, but also in order not to sweep any of your fellow competitors. No "Stop" command is completely normal and good job on getting up and finishing the COF. Stories like this make me feel good about what we collectively strive for when it comes to safety.
  8. Dry fire as an activity already bends the safety rules if you want to be literal about them. You are pointing the gun at things you are not willing to destroy (4 rules system) or in the not safe direction (NRA 3 rules system). You are also putting the finger into the trigger guard when you are not ready to shoot (both systems) and you don't know what's behind your target (4 rules system). So, you have to figure out how to adjust the rules to dry fire. The primary one is about removing ammunition and ensuring no live rounds are anywhere in the area. Then you have to adjust (bend) the rules about trigger and target to allow you to dry fire and to allow you to shoot targets on the wall when you don't know what's behind it. The same goes for "safe direction." The safety rules still apply, they just have to be adjusted to create a protocol where it is as safe as possible...
  9. Desert Eagle comes in 44 Mag so it's a Pistol Caliber...
  10. Now that's a good summary and a good way to look at the evolution. Those who lost their marbles at the "some idiot stuck a compensator..." created their own game called IDPA. Let's see if PCC can trigger another separatist movement.
  11. As one of the three L10 shooters I can tell you that my reasons for L10 vs. Limited are purely legality in CA. Heck, the "PCC" in CA stands for "Politically Correct Crap"... When the magazine restrictions are removed nationwide, L10 is likely to get moved (slowly) into Limited, and SS will become the sole "low capacity major" division. So, apart from L10 which helps us poor saps in CA, the rest seems to be fine.
  12. There, fixed it. Kids today and their grammar...
  13. Slugs or shot, I don't want to be the one taping those targets... ...or scoring them: - 5 Alpha, 2 Charlies - 7 Alpha - Hey, where is the head of this target?
  14. While PCC is indeed completely different game (it's only "pistol caliber," but it's still a rifle/carbine), worrying about division-commingled scores is not a good reason to do anything about the scoring or about the divisions in general. You don't hear Revolver guys complaining about Open guys or trying to separate scoring or matches. We have divisions to take care of gear advantages/disadvantages. Classes are the silly concept when comparing scores - being "1st of the people who didn't finish in the top 50" is also called simply "being 51st." Scores per division are valid distinctions...
  15. Great - thanks. I'll out of town in March, but will definitely try to make it in June.
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