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  1. Went through it a decade ago with my oldest being your son’s age. It truly sucks, no getting around it. It does get better, though. Hard to see it now but it will.
  2. That was my attitude about Sons of Anarchy when it started going bad (season 3? 4?). Figured I’d already invested this much time into it, might as well see it through. Walking Dead, I quit on that much sooner. There seemed to be a point a few seasons in where it just got gory for the sake of being gory. I think I stopped watching around when Rick killed the guy who was his former partner, can’t remember his name. Then I think they ended up at a prison, and that’s the last I remember. Hard to believe it’s still on.
  3. If you're not set on using Glock or Colt mags, you can use Endomags. https://www.meanarms.com/products/detail/endomag-9mm
  4. Eric802

    What is it?

    I’m new to USPSA. I walk the stages, I listen to how more experienced shooters are planning the stage, I come up with a plan. When I hear “Stand by...”, I try to stop thinking about it. I can’t plan it any better at that point. All I try (without “trying”) to do is just be still and wait for the beep. I’ve practiced my draw enough that I don’t have to think “Grab the gun, release the retention, bring it up...” etc. I “try” to just have a blank moment before the beep triggers action. Just ordered “Zen mind, beginners mind”. Interesting topic I’m wondering how I can apply it to work (litigation/management).
  5. With only two matches under my belt it's not a stretch to say pretty much everyone is a better shooter than I. At my first match I squadded with a few people who I was told were very friendly and very helpful to new shooters, and they absolutely were. I think for my first match that was exactly what I needed. For my second match I was about to squad with them again, but then I looked and I would've been the only person in the squad shooting Production. I switched to a different squad that had more Production shooters, including an M, and it was a huge help. My HF's were higher across the board, but that may just have been because it was my second match versus my first. As far as what I was able to learn, though, I think shooting with better shooters definitely helped - especially because they were in my division, and as a newbie learning entries and exits and stage planning is a big deal. I've only shot a couple local matches in USPSA, but over 30+ years of shooting and previous competition experience I've found that generally speaking, the people you meet at the range or matches are very helpful to less experienced shooters. Shooting against better competition, IMO, can only make you better. I used to shoot highpower rifle with a couple guys who are national civilian champs and while I could never hang with them on the score sheet, what I learned from watching them was tremendously helpful.
  6. I need very little prompting to post a pic of the boys. Hooper on the left, Murphy on the right.
  7. I used to practice in front of a judge who always told jurors that the American trial system isn't perfect, but it's better than anything else. Seems like the same thing with the classifier system. I used to shoot NRA service rifle, and in that it's easier to classify shooters based on match scores - the course of fire is the same for everyone, so you're generally comparing apples to apples. If I shot 94% in a match in Illinois and a guy in California did the same, we probably had pretty similar abilities. Of course, even with that you have the "100 yard High Master" who shot all his matches on reduced targets at a 100 yard range and never had to deal with the wind or mirage at 600.
  8. Get a classification. Based on my first couple matches, it’ll be C (Production). Get better at the fundamentals - grip, sight picture, movement. Lots of dry fire practice.
  9. I’m trying to get into the habit of having 4 on my belt and one in my back pocket, 10 rounds each. At make ready, I load one from the farthest back mag holder, then put that mag back into the holder and put the 10-round mag from my pocket into the gun. At start I have 10+1 in the gun and 39 on my belt. I thought about putting 11 into a mag and using that one at make ready, but I don’t want to get into the habit of having an overloaded mag. Might add a 5th mag holder for those “unloaded with all mags on belt” starts.
  10. As a fellow newb to this - you’re way overthinking it (as you admitted in your earlier thread). Look, you don’t want to reload ammo, so sticking with 9mm is probably your best bet. You can go Production or Limited with zero additional investment, just depends on how you feel about reloads and stage planning. If you stay in Production, you don’t have to worry about the major/minor point disadvantage. You can focus on the fundamentals like moving fast with good accuracy. I considered shooting Limited just so I could load the mags up, but I have no interest in adding .40 to the stable and when I get better at this (or if, I suppose) I don’t want to be at a disadvantage by shooting minor. So I decided to stick with Production. IMO, you need to just pick one and commit to it. There are enough folks shooting Production in my area that I have plenty of competition (and I’m slow as hell, so I have lots of room for improvement). You’ve been shooting Limited and seem to have reservations about continuing in it. Try Production, work on reloading on the move, and have fun with it. Have someone video you shooting a stage, it’s eye-opening (and in my case, a bit depressing). Get good at Production and if you feel later like you want another challenge, try Carry Optics. One of the great things to me about USPSA is that we have so many options with regard to divisions and equipment, but as noted it can lead to analysis paralysis. Stop trying to decide which division will be “easier” to do well in, or in which one you’ll have an edge. It’ll probably be a while before you’re really competitive in ANY division. Go out, commit to a division, run what you’ve got, and don’t worry about what anyone else is shooting or doing.
  11. Hornady 55gr soft-points are a great all-around bullet. Just as accurate (or better) than the FMJ and decent for small game and such.
  12. I’m looking at that thinking, “Hey, that gun looks familiar...” Did you get the dot issue sorted out?
  13. Lots of knowledge and quite a few Texans. Where are you located?
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