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Gary Stevens

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    2013 Single Stack Super Senior National Champion
  • Birthday 08/12/1947

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    Olive Hill. Kentucky
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    IPSC, general gun enthusiast
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    Gary Stevens

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  1. The question has been asked a couple of times with no answer, what would you do? Fair question, deserves an answer.
  2. Lawyer to defendant "so MR. Smith explain to the jury why you felt having someone walk on a treadmill while discharging a deadly weapon, resulting in the death of MR. Jones was a good idea."
  3. The most important things are durable and consistent. How will it work in the rain, heat, cold, wind, etc. How will it work through multiple shooters who are not known for gentle prop usage. Many years ago I was running a nationals stage called Walt's Garage. Half way through the match the garage door motor blew up and cost us 4 hours downtime replacing it. The next day I had to run the scheduled shooters plus a half days shooters from the day before. Additionally the push button that activated the garage door had to be replaced every four squads. Gee whiz stages look good on paper but often turn into mega clusters. You don't need gee whiz to design a challenging stage.
  4. WOW, this works really well. Let's change it.
  5. IMO, a popper is simply a piece of steel that needs to be knocked down. Most popper issues are preventable. Having a squad stand around waiting on an RM to get there, RM calls can come in multiples, can severely screw up a match. Enough of them can cause a ripple effect that runs throughout the match. My my opinion based on 40 years of experience is set your poppers as light as you can get them to stand up. Keep an eye on them and correct problems before they arise. Trying to run a 125 shooters or more, a day through a match is difficult enough. Causing yourself unnecessary problems should be avoided.
  6. You are 100 percent correct, good for you. I just try to help them out in case in the heat of the moment they overlooked something. Heat, cold, rain, etc. can cause us all to become imperfect humans at times.
  7. During the walk thru I walk around any poppers and look at them. Is there an excessive lean in it, we all know how a popper looks when it is too far forward. Are the lock nuts backed out? Any thing else that looks strange. If I see something I point it out to the CRO. i was shooting Production in South Carolina once. While looking at the poppers I noticed one that was leaning way forward. It had settled in the sandy soil. I pointed it out to the CRO and requested a calibration. The RM was called, popper failed the calibration, they fixed it, and I then shot the course. Problem solved before it reared its ugly head.
  8. Personally I think FTSA penalties in a multistring stage is something that should be eliminated.
  9. Position power allows for those in that position to make decisions. Position power does not guarantee that those decisions will be correct.
  10. If it couldn't be cleared, I've always escorted the shooter to their vehicle where it was safely secured. Problem solved.
  11. I think equipment evolution takes some time to develop. I can't list all the equipment that once was considered a joke, now is in common use.
  12. If you are finished unload and show clear. Call RM who will inspect the popper, without disturbing it, and check the calibration. If it falls scored as shot. If it fails to fall reshoot.
  13. Enforce the rules but at the same time treat shooters the way you would like to be treated.
  14. That's one reason I kept my Iron sights.
  15. We try to employ the belt and suspenders model when it comes to safety. If you don't allow the gun to break the 180, but you have your finger on the trigger and AD then no blood. If you do allow the gun to break the 180, but you do not have your finger on the trigger, then no AD and no blood. It normally takes two or more violations of the basic safety rules to have a real problem. I think that no one has been hurt due to a 180 break is a testimony to our safety regiment.
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