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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. Gary Stevens

    Rule 9.1.3

    When I was still teaching RO courses, I would encourage my students to call me if they started having problems. I would not tell them the answers, but through a series of back and forth I would facilate their finding the correct answer by themselves. Seemed to work well.
  2. Gary Stevens

    Holstering

    If you can stop an unsafe act make an attempt to stop it. If you can't stop it, the rulebook will tell you what to do. We don't play "got you games" by letting someone complete an unsafe act.
  3. Gary Stevens

    Holstering

    How many DRL's can dance on the head of an RO?
  4. Gary Stevens

    Holstering

    Yes I can. As I said before if they do nothing I'll repeat MR, perhaps they didn't hear me. However, at some point, after they assume the correct start position, I ask Are You Ready? This is the last chance for the shooter to stop the process. Absent a negative response the shooter has accepted all of the conditions as they exist at that moment. They accept the heat, the cold, the sunshine, the darkness, the rain, the good footing, the mud, and the condition their handgun is when the buzzer sounds. They own it lock, stock, and barrel.
  5. Gary Stevens

    Holstering

    It seems that some folks will only believe when Troy comes down from the mountain and reads from the stone rulebook. Please call upon him and post his answer.
  6. Gary Stevens

    Holstering

    If they stand there and do nothing, I'll repeat the MR command. If they chamber a round they are loaded per the rulebook. Likewise if they insert a loaded magazine, but do not chamber a round they are loaded per the rulebook. Everything after that is on the shooter.
  7. Gary Stevens

    Holstering

    It was to cut down on the confusion on an unloaded gun start.
  8. Gary Stevens

    Holstering

    The RO gives the an opportunity at Are you Ready to say no I forgot to load my weapon. Absent a negative reply the next words can only be Stand-by. Are you saying that the RO should disregard the rules and tell the shooter they failed to load?
  9. Gary Stevens

    Holstering

    If they are in the correct start position yes. We are people playing games with deadly weapons. The shooter bears ultimate responsibility to configure their weapon. That and their are specific rules prohibiting the RO from interfering in certain circumstances, as listed above.
  10. Gary Stevens

    Holstering

    Cool
  11. Gary Stevens

    Holstering

    What does it take to convince you? Do you think it is possible to write a rule to cover every possible bit of foolishness our shooters can dream up? Part of our sport is historical knowledge that is passed down from generation to generation. This has its shortcomings, but not everything can be written down. I don't mean this as sarcastic, but an honest question.
  12. Gary Stevens

    Holstering

    Starting a shooter in the wrong start position is always on the RO.
  13. Gary Stevens

    Holstering

    Bret I have to disagree on this point, to deliberately allow someone to commit an unsafe act, when I can stop it makes no sense. I have stopped more than one from an AD at ULSC because I saw the round in the chamber. Have I been able to stop everyone, no I haven't. Many of those were due to "speed unloading" which prevented me from seeing the chamber. This is different from telling a shooter they forgot to insert a magazine. The failure to insert a magazine is not an unsafe act, unintentionally lighting one off at ULSC is. The RO is charged with "monitors safe competitor action" (7.1.1). I don't read monitors as acting as a potted plant, but to take proactive actions if possible. To not stop a competitor from committing an unsafe act, if possible, would make me remiss in my duty as a Range Officer.
  14. Fellow who forgot to reload on Can You Count. After unloading he flipped the gun in the air, watched it rotate a couple of times, and caught it on the way down. Earned him an expulsion from USPSA. One of my easiest RM calls.
  15. Gary Stevens

    Holstering

    Yes I was the catalyst for that ruling and the new rule. At the moment I made my call it was a violation of the rules, all agreed, but...... Personally I am glad the shooter was reinstated . That did not and does not change my view that words mean things.
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