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Finally read the FAQs

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  1. Interesting build. I'm trying the same thing using a Walther Q4 Tac upper and a PDP FS lower - a comp'ed polymer framed gun for shooting Open in Steel Challenge. I'm waiting on slower powder to really tune my loads, but even with Titegroup I can keep the dot in the window (Trijicon SRO). The comp I am using is a single port Parker Mountain Machine.
  2. For dry fire practice, I have all eight stages set up on the walls of my apartment. I didn't want to spend money on banners so I calculated the scaled down sizes of the targets for 10ft away, cut them out of poster paper, and arranged them at the appropriate distances, given my height/sight line and the relative heights of the targets as they would appear. I run through all eight stages at least once a day with one gun, shooting them as if I would a match and using my AMG Commander to record the dry fire time of the last shot. This helps in establishing your 100% time as well as building your sense of how fast you need to shoot in order to achieve your target time.
  3. I have my own practice set, and practice 2-3 times a week, usually shooting three or four guns across four stages. If I cherry pick my best stage times in practice for RFRO I get 60.50ish for all eight stages. So I would like to think given the same time and ammo commitment of the top level shooters, I could reach the sub-60 level (in practice at least). Who knows about at a real match. Right now I am aiming to achieve as many GMs as I can, as opposed to breaking into the top 20 list on an already overcrowded division like RFRO.
  4. A 10" plate at 27 & 30 yards... those would be the most difficult shots in Steel Challenge. Easy to see why they nixed that stage; the 30yd shot would be about 2.7x harder to hit than the current most difficult shot, which is the 10" plate at 18yards. It would be the equivalent of hitting a 6" plate at 18 yards or a 3" plate at 9 yards. Steel Challenge stages shouldn't make shooters cry with their difficulty, even for those shooters at D levels. I can imagine this stage making people cry. Hoops, I admire your commitment and wish you lived here so we could shoot together!
  5. When I practice, I scale down the back rectangular plates to 2/3rds distance on OL and SO and substitute in a 12"x20" steel silhouette. The body of the target is 12"x16" so aside from having the corners cut off, it's a good stand in for an 18"x24" plate when scaled down. I have to do this at my local range as they have rules as to where missed shots can land on the berms, and I don't want to have to set up multiple shooting boxes at different distances while practicing. On OL this would present a problem for lefty shooters as the target positions are not the same for lefties and righties when the back targets are scaled down (on account of shooting the back targets from the outside box then the center box). You would need two positions for each back target and have to switch them if there are lefty shooters. Having the targets 1/3rd closer does give a slight edge in terms of hit confirmation/reaction time, so I would be leery in using the scaled down version as a stand-in for the official stage when submitting scores. However I would bet that the small advantage gained in scaling down the big targets is significantly less than the disadvantage you get when some clubs orient the plates parallel to the shooting line (as opposed to toward the shooting box as stipulated in the rules), and yet those scores are still reported.
  6. I wouldn't use peracetic acid if you have a comp with lots of tiny holes - I tried that with my TK comp and found that it was eating at the aluminum. After switching to the Carolina Crusher I skip the peracetic acid and use an X-acto knife (with the scalpel and chisel blades) along with a dental pick to clean up the threads. I'll spray it with solvent to soften up some of the crud but it still cleans fairly easily and much easier than with a multi-hole compensator. I also use a 12ga copper bore brush once the bulk of the buildup is gone; a few spins helps highlight which areas are lead buildup that has been smoothed out to look like aluminum.
  7. The standard comp on my Black Mamba made me a believer in the single port design. The downside of the Volquartsen comp is that it's prone to breakage, owing to the knurled knob cutting too much material from the compensator body, leaving only a single top strap to absorb the force against the compensator. This creates a stress point that can crack after thousands of rounds worth of expelled gases, as I discovered first hand. That's why I like the Carolina Crusher - it's a single port but screws on like any other comp, so it has a beefier body. It's also easier to clean (I use an X-acto knife with scalpel and chisel blades). The Falcon looks like it'd be harder to clean, and I don't think side porting along with top porting is as effective as single vertical porting. That is just my conjecture though; it would be interesting to see the two compared using an accelerometer setup.
  8. I find that it makes a noticeable difference in muzzle rise on my Black Mamba. I'm using an aluminum single port Carolina Crusher from Wiland. My friend has the MkIV Lite 22/45 and the TK aluminum compensator helped as well, though it's a pain to clean.
  9. In most of the matches I've shot, only two guns were allowed so I usually shot optics, then irons, of each low ready division - RFR, RFP, PCC. RFPO was the last one I was working on so I shot that first followed by CO. I do think it's useful to pair those as my splits for CO are comparable to my RFPO splits, maybe .05 second slower. So shooting RFPO first would be a good warmup for CO. Same for RFRO/PCCO. In the last match I shot four guns - RFRO/PCCO/RFPO/CO in that order.
  10. Thanks Thomas! And congrats on your 9th GM! Unless I overlooked someone not in the 13 Club, I think you are now tied with Colin Cogdill for the most GMs in SCSA! I hope I can catch up to you soon I'm thinking my OSR/ISR gun will be a 7-shot or 8-shot S&W in .357 (shooting super light 38 loads in 357 cases, or perhaps even in 38 Short Colt cases). I'm having a heck of a time finding the gun though - seems like everywhere is out of stock for an 8-shot. I am leaning towards just buying a 7-shot like a 686 Plus so I can have a lighter gun and because it's more readily available. I don't want to deal with moonclips and I'm confident I can 3d print some speedloaders for a 7-shot since I have already for my 6-shot 686.
  11. It's weird seeing a Glock looking gun without a Glock grip angle!
  12. As of today I've finally reached GM in all six low ready divisions! RFPO was my last hold out but I finally posted a decent score shooting it in reverse order (4,3,2,1,S). I'm also about a half second away from my first GM in a centerfire pistol division (CO). My goal is to reach GM in all 13 divisions, but as I don't have a competition revolver yet, I'll probably tackle those last. Hoping to get GMs in CO, SS, and PROD by the end of the year, and make some inroads into OPN/LTD.
  13. I used a Truglo adapter when I ran my Holosun on my Mark III. I still have it if you want to buy a used mount.
  14. Each stage has a peak time. This is the time from which the classification brackets are calculated. The peak time divided by your time gives you your classification percentage for the stages you shot (with only your best score for each stage used in the calculation). Classifications are ranked as follows: GM - 95% M - 85% A - 75% B - 60% C - 40% D - below 40% For the stages you shot, the total peak time is 48.5 seconds, so this divided by your time gets you 55.20%, or C class. To find the time you need to beat, divide the peak time for those stages by the classification percentage. So to get B, you would need to be under 80.83 seconds for those 6 stages.
  15. What division (or gun) were you shooting?
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