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  1. I reviewed this exact question with an experienced group of HM shooters recently. The primary answer these days is COST. Certainly that is why I have not shot HM in many years - every time I pull the trigger it costs me twice as much as in any other division. All the matches I shoot require 1 A/B or 2 hits anywhere to neutralize. Special HM-specific scoring (e.g. 1 C neutralization) is problematic for a couple of reasons and is impractical outside of a dedicated HM-only match. Other than providing an ammo subside, I'm not sure there is a solution. Indeed, I'm not sure there is a problem. While participation at our monthly matches is weak, at the major I work each year the participation in HM is very comparable to other second-tier divisions like Limited. My impression is that HM shooters enjoy the division because they like making loud booms and hitting targets hard. If it makes them happy, that's good enough for me
  2. Another option is a GMMG Guard upper on a regular AR15 lower. Use EndoMag inserts in regular PMAGs. Same manual of arms, mag pouches etc. as for a 5.56 rifle. If you really get into PCC, buy a dedicated lower and use the same upper.
  3. PSA: I work with rare earth magnets and they can be hazardous for some medical device users... please be careful about where you put them.
  4. I MD a monthly multigun match, and I RM major annual multigun and PCC matches. Wherever possible I like to ENCOURAGE my ROs to take the flag from the shooter during "Make Ready" and then reinsert it for them after the "If clear..." command. I do this because it is significantly faster - when every shooter on every stage is using a flag (or maybe 2), this time saving can be the difference between running on schedule or behind. Administratively it just makes more sense. As an RO, I am always happy to do whatever I can to facilitate timely and safe participation by competitors. I have never complained when a pistol shooter asked me to hold X or Y while they made ready... it is just part of being a courteous and professional RO, and PCC shooters should be able to expect the same courtesy regardless of how their RO feels about "rifles in a pistol match". As for the possibility of an interference call, the CoF is effectively over after the "If clear..." command is given, so any shooter demanding a reshoot would get short shrift.
  5. Just hold it out and look at him expectantly... sooner or later he will get the message
  6. +1 - hand it to the RO, and have him re-insert it after the "... hammer down, flag" command. It is faster and more efficient if the shooter doesn't have to give himself a pat-down to find where he put the damned thing.
  7. Here are the practical long-gun events we have scheduled this month at Rio Salado (Mesa, AZ): Black Rifle Match: Saturday July 6th @ 7am This is an action rifle match with targets from 1 yard to 500 yards. Any semi-auto military-type rifle should work well - most of us run an AR15 of some type. You do not need to bring a handgun or shotgun. Registration and squadding on the preceding Monday at 6pm via PractiScore (sorry, no walk-up entries on the day). Tactical .22 Rifle Match: Tuesday July 9th and 23rd @ 4pm Registration opens at 4pm, with first shots shortly thereafter. Location is the Smallbore Range. The rules are simple: Targets are reactive steel - shoot them per the stage briefing, fastest combined time (+penalties for misses) wins. Pretty much any .22 rimfire rifle is OK - the most popular guns are AR15-clones and Ruger10/22s. We have two divisions: iron sight and optical sight. Now that .22 ammo is more available, this is a match you won't want to miss. Scoring is done on paper so pre-registration is NOT required. Multigun (2-Gun/3-Gun) Match: Saturday July 13th @ 7am A multigun match offering both 2-Gun (rifle/pistol) and 3-Gun (rifle/shotgun/pistol) divisions. There will be four action shooting stages with targets anywhere from 1 yard to 550 yards. Those in the 2-Gun divisions should bring 150 rounds of rifle ammo and 150 rounds of pistol ammo. Those in the 3-Gun divisions should bring 150 rounds of rifle ammo, 50 shotgun birdshot (#6 or smaller) plus some slugs, and 50 rounds of pistol ammo. Registration and squadding on the preceding Monday at 6pm via PractiScore (sorry, no walk-up entries on the day). After registering, the competitor will be able select from squads in one of two time slots: 7am-10:30am or 10:30am-2pm. New shooters should sign up for a 10:30am squad and come in time to attend the new shooter orientation at 10am before they shoot. Tactical Shotgun and Pistol Caliber Carbine Match: Thursday July 18th @ 3pm Registration opens at 3pm, with a new shooter orientation shortly thereafter. The match format is four practical scenario-based stages similar to what you would encounter at a 3-Gun match, except that you only need to bring one gun - you choose either shotgun or pistol caliber carbine. There will be separate divisions for shotgun (Open, Stealth, Limited and Pump) and pistol caliber carbine (Optic and Iron). Any tactical shotgun will work well in this match, or you can shoot a pistol caliber carbine (minimum caliber = 9mm, maximum velocity = 1600fps). You can register via PractiScore - pre-paying will save you $5 but we also accept walk-up entries for this match. Red Mountain Action Rifle Match: Sunday July 21st @ 10am This is a rifle-only match comprising four run-n-gun stages. All targets are at CQB distances, maximum 60 yards. There are several equipment divisions meaning almost any kind of semi-auto rifle setup can find home. Bring 150 rounds of ammo. Pre-registration and squadding opens at 6pm on the preceding Monday via PractiScore (search for "RMAR").
  8. Reduce the walkthough to 30 seconds - would be like watching the 3 stooges trying to get through a doorway at the same time
  9. And to answer the OPs question, as the rules are currently written, the competitor could fire a shot that passed between his toes and still not get DQd. This is just one of many inartfully written USPSA rules.
  10. An AD is one of those "you know it when you see it" deals. When it happens, chances are both the RO and the shooter know what happened. However, IPSC/USPSA's definition of an AD has become so narrowly defined as to be divorced from the common meaning of the term, and thus an unscrupulous shooter can march a coach and horses through the loopholes in this rule. In the end, it often comes down the the integrity of the individual shooter... something I'm afraid there is less and less of in the sport these days. Part of the problem is a "DQ = bad" mindset one encounters in some senior match officials. I have seen someone fire an obviously unintentional shot while sprinting down range, arms pumping with the gun in one hand and it was clear no targets were being engaged, yet the RM wanted to reinstate them because 50 yards downrange there was a target that they COULD have seen from the position where the shot was fired. This is not the first time I have seen an RM torture the text of a rule to get out of having to DQ a shooter. In IMA 3-Gun rules we have an additional DQable offense: "Firing a shot while not legitimately engaging a target.". When it happens, few have the audacity to argue the point because everyone on the range knows what happened. This is one of the cases where outlaw 3-gunners do it better than the largest practical shooting governing body in the World. Sad.
  11. Unfortunately the "powers that be" at USPSA have proven themselves strangely reluctant to support a plain reading of the rules as written, apparently much preferring to divine mysterious and seemingly contrary meanings out of the ether, presumably in the interests of customer service and Facebook likes. An email to DNROI these days seems about as advisable as sending a request for clarification to the ATF... you never know what you are gonna get. USPSA is not alone - I worked an IPSC match in Canada a few weeks ago where the provincial director had managed to imagine any number of bizarro provisions in the rules and had handed down imperious "interpretations" accordingly. The more I participate in USPSA and IPSC, the more I warm to the concept of outlaw matches
  12. OK. Maybe try a wider front sight - see if someone has one on a gun you can try. If you want more fine aiming, zero to the corner of the front sight post. Also, I have a friend who struggled with consistent trigger finger placement. He switched to a different grip panel and found that worked much better for him.
  13. The stock M&P triggers all suck - even the much-vaunted 2.0. I change the triggers on all my M&P match guns (though I leave my defensive guns bone stock). Install an Apex FSS trigger kit and see where you are then.
  14. With respect, I vehemently disagree with your statement above. It is expected that all shooters reset in order for the match to run on schedule. To avoid doing so gives the shooter an UNFAIR COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE by virtue of being less fatigued throughout the match. In fact, even if the shooter brings someone else along (friend, parent, servant, whatever) to help with reset, I expect the shooter themselves to help also. If I am the RO, RM or MD (and I wear all three hats frequently) and you refuse to help reset after repeated requests, I am DQing you under 10.6.1: 10.6.1 Competitors will be disqualified from a match for conduct which a Range Officer deems to be unsportsmanlike. Examples of unsportsmanlike conduct include, but are not limited to, cheating, dishonesty, failing to comply with the reasonable directions of a Match Official, or any behavior likely to bring the sport into disrepute. The Range Master must be notified as soon as possible. See the bold text above. If I am a Range Officer and I deem their lack of resetting to be unsportsmanlike (for the reasons given above), or if the person ignores my directions to help reset, then both are grounds for a match DQ. If the shooter doesn't like it, that is what the arbitration process is for - they are welcome to make their case that my directions that they help with reset are not "reasonable". Of course, if someone is physically disabled that is different, but I'm not hearing that in this case. We had a guy refuse to reset at a recent 3-Gun match here and he got short shrift... ZERO TOLERANCE for this horseshit in my neck of the woods.
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