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  1. I just got a pair of Hunter HD Golds. If you're not a fan of the styles, then you can send in a frame that you like. A $400 purchase that I wouldn't hesitate to make again.
  2. What's the buy-in? Also, you doing this through Venmo or another cash app?
  3. Join the Practical Shooting Training Group. It's run by Hwansik Kim, Ben Stoeger, and company. It will require effort on your end (recording match footage, training sessions, etc), but you get back what you put in. It seems a bit steep at first, then you realize that a private lesson with a good instructor is going to run you $300 at a minimum. I'd even argue that it's better than class instruction as video footage can be repeated and slowed down for more precise analysis. I recently took a skills and drills class with Stoeger. It cost me around $1K for the entire trip. Did I learn something? Yes, but in hindsight, I think I would have gotten more with a yearly Gold membership with PSTG.
  4. @Rugbyrat Join the earliest competition you can find. Be safe and have fun. Most new shooters are afraid of looking bad and have the mindset of wanting to reach some perceived level of competency before competing. The funny thing is, those same shooters would have most likely made faster progress by competing first then seeing what to work on. My Backstory: I'm relatively new to shooting as well. Shot my first gun in 2018 and got one for myself later that fall. No idea how to hold the gun correctly, but at least I was accurate with a single shot. I was not afraid to try everything (Center Axis Relock is not so good for competition shooting...). Also, if I didn't hit where I wanted, I always blamed myself. The issue is never the gun. I devoured anything handgun related and stumbled upon practical shooting. I paid for a USPSA membership before even attending my first match in July 2019. I knew that this sport was going to be an obsession going in. Now, some might wonder, why the heck would I choose a G26. Originally, I was practicing doubles with my G19 and thought to myself "man, my G34 is so much easier to shoot." Then, the realization hit me. The issue is never the gun. I thought about my collection and remembered I couldn't hit anything with my G26. I was so bad with it that I put it aside and didn't touch it for months. My form completely changed during that time, and I gave it another go. Funny, it hits exactly where I'm looking. Mechanically, the gun is just as good as its bigger counterparts, but the reason I didn't see it at first was due to my ego. It had to be the crappy gun, because I'm obviously amazing as a shooter. Don't get me wrong, there are days where I lose faith in this journey. One of the first big stumbling blocks was learning to reload the G26 consistently fast. Anyone who has a subcompact with a chopped frame knows every step is harder. Hope the magazine doesn't snag on your palm when releasing Hope the fresh magazine doesn't jam into your palm when inserting Hope the fresh magazine is angled perfectly as any semblance of a mag well doesn't exist in this universe I'm estimating I've done over 50K+ reloads to where I can consistently get sight picture -> reload -> sight picture with a firm shooting grip @ 1.2 seconds. I'm thinking it will take another 150K+ reloads to shave 0.2 seconds. My hope is that one day I can bring my skill level to where the title of this journey is unquestionably true in my soul. That's what drives me to keep practicing.
  5. As mentioned earlier, I shot a club match twice today (5/23/2020). Production in the morning and CO in the afternoon. Stated goals: Top 3 of 20+ Production shooters and top 3 of ~20 CO shooters. The classifier for both divisions should easily be A class with patient shooting. Actual results: 2/20 Production (84.61%), 4/20 CO (84.53%), 28/100 and 15/100 Overall Classifier 19-01: 6.2127 (A Prod) and 2.9639 (D CO) Takeaway: I went into the match with the focus of maintaining visual patience. I did quite well shooting steel today but nearly every penalty was the result of trying to shoot partials on the move. Towards the end, I lost focus due to fatigue and had poor visualization preparation on my CO stages (failure to engage a wide open target and eating 2M + Proc for it). Gonna let this match percolate for a few days and decide on the next lowest hanging fruit.
  6. I chamber a round, release the mag, then shoot a double. I keep doing it until I don't flinch on the second shot.
  7. I have astigmatism and both the 3.25 RMR and 5.0 SRO. The SRO is far superior for competition use. The window is much larger which helps in not losing the dot during shooting. Also, 5 MOA is more than precise enough for any of the shots you'll take in USPSA. As a side note, if you're shooting under bright sun, then you'll most likely be maxing out the brightness on either optic. However, the dot will still come across as not that bright when wearing sunglasses. I recently bought a pair of Hunter HD Golds to mitigate this issue.
  8. Thanks Hi-Power Jack. I have all of Stoeger's books and recently took one of his classes. Two things that stuck were (1) leaning out of position while shooting and (2) respecting the targets. My current classifications honestly sandbag my skill level. Since I started USPSA less than a year ago, I keep having the hero or zero mentality when the buzzer goes off during classifiers. That needs to change and improvement here signals consistency. I normally place among the A-GM ranked shooters at my club. The best of them are about 75% of Stoeger and Michel at national level competition. I also understand that each % improvement gets progressively more difficult and this journey sounds ridiculous. But hey, many have gone further to prove a point.
  9. Lowest hanging fruit: Not respecting targets - discard whatever perceived par time I think I need to hit to be competitive for a particular stage. Give each target the necessary amount of time to confirm hits, no more and no less. This will feel "too slow" on partials, but everyone who doesn't slow down will lose more points on average. When is the next test? Club match on 5/26. I expect to be top 3 of 20+ Production shooters and top 3 of ~20 CO shooters. The classifier for both divisions should easily be A class with patient shooting. The hero or zero game is building bad habits for me as I tend to zero a lot more. It's not about winning the stage, it's about winning the match. Misc: Reloads are inconsistent. G19X w/ +2 basepads stick a bit inside the grip. Regular G17 mags drop freely. Inconsistency exacerbated due to different basepad angles which change the grabbing position. This causes some adjustment time when switching between rigs.
  10. Goal: Win the 2026 World Shoot with a Glock 26. Subgoals to measure progress: Win 2025 USPSA Production or CO Nationals Place top 5 in 2024 USPSA Production or CO Nationals Place top 10 in 2023 USPSA Production or CO Nationals Place top 25 in 2022 USPSA Production or CO Nationals Place top 75 in 2021 USPSA Production or CO Nationals End 2020 with at least an M classification for Production and CO. Starting point on May 17, 2020: Production - C (57.3412) CO - U (23.8076)
  11. Used to have it the other way. Turned it around as rulebook was misread. Thanks for correcting my understanding.
  12. Used 5/8" OD, 3/8" long nylon spacers from the hardware store. No need to drill any new holes.
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