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  1. Where I'm from, it's pretty much understood that everyone helps any way they can; patching targets, setting plates, taking down scores and RO:ing. The exception being if you're getting ready to do your run and often (but not always) if you just finished and want to reload your mags. There's simply no way to run a match pretty much at any level if people started saying they don't want to RO. If it's a club match and there aren't enough certified RO's, then the job falls on the most experienced shooters.
  2. With regards to drones in IPSC, rule 8.6.6 states: " Drones or other remotely controlled devices are prohibited unless their use is approved in advance by the Match Director " Still, I doubt anyone would object to someone filming themselves with a drone if it were a local, club match. Of course, there is always a risk the drone could be damaged by ricochets so it's a risk they'd have to accept.
  3. At the end of the day, the biggest expense is going to be ammo. My pistol of choice was the Sig Sauer X-five Allround; an expensive pistol for sure. I'm on pace to surpass the cost of the pistol next year, only my second year of shooting it. A stock Glock and used rig will be just fine as long as you shoot recreationally and don't care about where you place. However, if you get it into your head that you want to get better, faster and place higher - that's where you will have to start practice and competing more regularly and that's where you'll start to burn money. My two cents
  4. Pretty close guess; I live in Finland but my mother tongue (as well as my last name) is Swedish. At our last big match, we had tourniquets at every stage, which was a direct result of a competitor at a different match some weeks earlier accidentally shooting himself in the foot. One of our members is a firefighter and gave a quick lesson in how to use it. Other than that, man, I wouldn't know where to start. I tend to think there is a reasoning that ordinary citizens should not feel that they have a need for such training and that the authorities will handle it, in the same sense that we are not allowed to carry anything for self defense.
  5. This is probably not relevant to the OP as I'm located in another country but thought I'd share anyway; my club runs pistol club matches on Wednesdays. Weekends are reserved for shotgun, rifle and higher level matches.
  6. I carry an IFAK with tourniquet, combat gauze, Israeli bandages and chest seals on my belt during competitions. It's a bit heavy and I've thought about just stashing it in my range bag but I want to know where it is at all times in case something happens. Usually, moving between stages you set your bag down somewhere and with multiple similar looking bags you may not be able to find it in a high stress situation. I've only really watched youtube videos on how to use it though, as there really aren't any classes for this type of thing in my country (just regular cpr classes for civilians) but it doesn't seem difficult and it's better to have the means to do something while waiting for an ambulance to arrive.
  7. If it's not specified in the brief it's up to the shooter. If the stage is already shot and a reshoot is impossible the stage should be dropped. Edit to add: While I agree that if the door is closed, one could assume that the door should be closed at the start signal but these are the kind of things that are easily forgotten by a previous squad, creating confusion. The main lesson here seems to be that walk throughs are a valuable tool to clear up things like this.
  8. According to the IPSC rulebook, all firearms should be serviceable and safe. If it's something that effects safety - yes, point it out as soon as possible. However, front sight issues are not really a safety concern as such so I'd definitely wait until the course of fire is finished before saying anything.
  9. We use barrels a lot during the winter months. Way easier to move around. Walls have to be secured to the ground, which is a lot of work when the ground is frozen.
  10. As already mentioned, IPSC rule applies; he is still on the clock, not entitled to reshoot. I first started thinking that an RO could perhaps grant a reshoot in a level 1 club match but that is really the place where the new guys learn and this is exactly the kind of situation where you learn to check your equipment before the start signal, so no - a reshoot would not be granted there either.
  11. IPSC handgun rules 2019, Appendix D4 17: " Original parts and components offered by the OFM as standard equipment, or as an option, for a specific model handgun on the IPSC approved handgun list are permitted " As this is an option provided by the OFM, it's perfectly legal in IPSC production division. Even if it would be an aftermarket component it would be legal this year, as aftermarket springs and trigger assemblies are permitted. This of course as long as it meets the minimum required trigger pull weight.
  12. We often run club competitions while match stages are under construction. Sometimes all walls are up, sometimes only sections. However, more often than not, there are some significant differences between the club competition and the match stage that don't just involve locations of targets but also the shooting area itself. I do, however, feel that "home field advantage" is something you will never be able to eliminate. Just being in an environment you are familiar with can be a huge advantage as you're more relaxed etc.
  13. When I signed up for my IPSC course, I hadn't even touched a handgun (except for a cheap bb-gun I had as a kid). We had two live fire practices before we started shooting level 1 club competitions. Over here, where you need two years of experience with a pistol before you can even apply for a license, that's pretty much the route you have to go; jump right into the deep end. So, yeah, you don't have to be good at all to start.
  14. Most likely. I'll probably shoot the pre-match as it's my home club so I'll also help build the stages and probably work there on match day. Welcome to Wasa Match!
  15. Over here, production is most popular so that's what I chose, as it pushes me harder to improve. It's more fun competing against a bunch of people than shooting Classic by yourself or against one or two people at best.
  16. I live in Vaasa, on the west coast. It's about five hours (by car) from Helsinki.
  17. I'm a bit late to this party but here are my thoughts anyway. Accept that it will take some time to get the hang of it. For me, it wasn't until my 10th level 1 competition that I finally started feeling that I started getting the hang of it and knew at least a little what I was doing. Going through stages and making a plan was secondary to just making sure I did everything safely. Creating a mental plan and making sure I had it all in my head was pretty much wishful thinking as you only had a few minutes to memorize a stage and in between shooters you were patching targets, writing down scores etc. The very best you could do was knowing how many targets there were and where. After that you could start thinking about mag changes. Of course, that plan usually went out the window anyway when you found yourself missing that darn plate a bunch of times. Putting it all together is far from easy but you'll get there if you get out there and compete you'll slowly learn how to piece it all together.
  18. At least in IPSC, the RO can give warnings related to safety during the course of fire. From my experience, however, warnings are usually given AFTER the competitor has finished and a vast majority is newbie shooters who have been close to having a finger in the trigger guard. It makes sense to me as it can be very hard to hear anything with hearing protection and shooting a stage with everything that goes into it.
  19. Hello! Just thought I'd introduce myself. My name is Jonas. I've been shooting IPSC for almost two years, handgun and rifle. Just level 1 club competitions so far but this spring I will have enough experience to apply for a handgun license of my own so I'll be looking to shoot more competitions, maybe even the national championship if I can get a spot. Training will definitely be a lot easier! Anyway, nice to be here! Jonas
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