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  1. StealthyBlagga

    Why does USPSA have its own rulebook?

    I agree that the article is full of nonsense - it's about what one would expect from a liberal rag like the LA Times, then and now. I post it only because it is a public record that alludes to IPSC's IOC ambitions and explains why many of us who were not present in the smoke-filled meeting rooms suspected ulterior motives in some of the rules changes that seemed intended to distance the sport from its martial origins. It's clear from the comments of others that I am not the only person who got this impression. When the Classic target was introduced, ostensibly as an alternative for countries unable to use the Metric target due to political and legal considerations, it was a completely understandable move. The mistake many made was believing the powers that be when they told us there was no agenda to phase out the Metric. I was skeptical then and am sorry to say I was proven right. The OP asked why there are two divergent rule books. I am explaining the historical context - I call 'em as I see 'em, without fear or favor.
  2. StealthyBlagga

    Why does USPSA have its own rulebook?

    Hmmm... with respect, that seems like a bit of revisionist history. I was around at the time and the buzz was clear - semantic arguments not withstanding - that making changes like getting rid of humanoid targets were going to pay off in terms of IOC acceptance. The "demonstration sport" idea was clearly used to imply progress in this direction. Even USPSA got into the swing of things: Exhibit 1: LA Times Article from Wednesday, July 21, 1999 'Practical' Gun Game Proposed for Olympics By STEVE BERRY, Times Staff Writer Firearm enthusiasts from around the world who organize run-and-gun competitions--once commonly known as "combat" shooting and often featuring human-shaped targets--are trying to persuade the International Olympic Committee to let them compete in the Olympic Games. The 60-nation International Practical Shooting Confederation has been trying to persuade the committee to accept the competition as a sport for the last two years, President Nick Alexakos of Canada said Tuesday. Though now referred to as "practical" shooting to avoid the negative connotations of the word combat, the international game pits shooters armed with assault rifles, semiautomatic handguns and shotguns against imaginary adversaries in the form of human-shaped targets. Children as young as 9 compete in the United States. "It's a running-and-gunning type of deal," said Andy Hollar, president of the 14,000-member U.S. Practical Shooting Assn. In a typical American competition, a shooter jumps up from a prone position, grabs a gun from a table drawer and starts firing away, Hollar said. The U.S. group is sanctioned by Alexakos's international confederation. In an Australian competition, a shooter must also carry a person for 100 yards, "as if rescuing a buddy," Hollar said. Competitors in the contests shoot at a variety of targets, including "tombstone-shaped targets that roughly represents a humanoid shape," Hollar said. There is also a lollipop-shaped steel target "that falls down when you hit it," he said. Competitors shoot from behind walls with cutout windows and doors and around corners. Shooters get higher scores when they hit spots where the head or heart would be located in a person. The confederation scored a major victory last October when it persuaded the IOC-sanctioned Hellenic Shooting Assn. to host a practical shooting exhibition for the 2004 games in Athens. Alexakos said all IOC members and other Olympic officials have been invited. Although the exhibition is not sanctioned directly by the IOC, the Hellenic association approval is considered an important step toward winning legitimacy. Efforts to include the competition in the Olympics has sparked outrage among gun control organizations. "This type of shooting is for military maneuvers in NATO. An organization [the Olympics] that is supposed to celebrate peace should not be sponsoring military shooting," said Naomi Paiss, spokeswoman for Handgun Control Inc. Critics say including the competition in the Olympics would be a way of legitimizing weapons and fighting gun control. Philip Alpers, a New Zealand firearms researcher, and the Washington-based Violence Policy Center have done an in-depth study on the sport of practical shooting. They plan a series of press conferences Thursday in Washington and other world capitals. Bill McGeveran, a spokesman for the center, said its findings "should persuade IOC that violent fantasy and combat weaponry have no place at the Olympics." He declined Tuesday to release any details. Although the U.S. still uses targets that resemble human shapes, Alexakos said his organization no longer uses them. The competition, he said, is simply "shooting at as many targets and as fast as you can." IOC officials in Lausanne, Switzerland, declined to say whether they favor the sport, but noted that IOC approval is a years-long process. The practical shooting contests contrast with existing Olympic gun competition, which is limited to skeet and trap shooting, air-gun shooting and .22-caliber weapons. The contests also include the hunting-based shooting biathlon, which combines cross-country skiing and shooting, and the modern pentathlon. The pentathlon, a sport rooted in ancient civilizations' military messengers, requires competitors to shoot at stationary targets, fence, swim, ride horses over jumps and run a 3,000-meter, cross-country course. Alexakos said his shooting confederation began talking with IOC officials, including its sports director Gilbert Felli, two years ago. Alexakos said the contact with Felli was not encouraging. Although the name has been changed from combat shooting, the confederation's constitution lists "principles and objectives" implying that the competition is designed to simulate military, law enforcement and self-defense shootouts. Targets "reflect the general size and shape of such objects as the firearm may be reasonably be called upon to hit in their primary intended use," including human enemies. Alexakos said "those principles are 25 years old," when the major thrust of the contest was law enforcement applications. "The fathers of practical shooting were primarily interested in law enforcement and self-defense," he said. Copyright 1999 Los Angeles Times. All Rights Reserved
  3. StealthyBlagga

    Council after the COF

    I generally agree, with the exception of bays wherein the 180 is not obvious such as with angled back berms. Even an experienced shooter may not realize, and as the shooter I'd like to know how close I came before putting myself in the same jeopardy on the next stage. In any case, if an RO did warn me, I'd like to think I would be polite in my reply... there is no need to be an ass about it (unless they are first ).
  4. StealthyBlagga PCC muzzle

    Best practice likely varies by locale (safe muzzle direction, shooter demographics, local customs). I'd rather USPSA not impose a one-size-fits-all mandate - we don't need to be DQing folks over what is arguably a harmless technicality. If they actually sweep someone, then that is one thing... DQing for something that could maybe lead to sweeping seems silly to me.
  5. StealthyBlagga

    Why does USPSA have its own rulebook?

    The divergence between IPSC and USPSA rules dates back to at least the early 90s - I remember Americans coming over for World Shoot X (1993 in the UK) with their 140mm magazines wanting to shoot in IPSC Standard Division (ooops). The points of difference grew over time, eventually resulting in a schism and creation of separate rule books as discussed above. As to why, it's a mixture of the US wanting to retain the way things had always been done (higher round count stages, humanoid targets) while IPSC under Nick Alexakos wanting to make the sport more palatable to international governments and the International Olympic Committee (yes, you read that right - he though IPSC could become an Olympic sport ). With the defensive use of firearms becoming more accepted in the US (CCW, constitutional carry etc.) at the same time as gun laws outside the US are becoming more and more restrictive, and with the leadership of the two organizations being unwilling to compromise, this divergence will inevitably continue. In some ways its a pity because I see a lot to like in both rules sets, and uniting them in a flexible manner could actually be good for the sport.
  6. StealthyBlagga

    PCC Safety Flag

    Agreed, but flags are a relatively new phenomenon for many events and old-timers hate change. They are getting used to it now.
  7. StealthyBlagga

    Red Dot placement for an AR

    I always mount my red dots as close to my eye as possible - typically just in front of the charging handle. This creates a bigger apparent field of view and is thus faster to acquire and more forgiving of head position.
  8. StealthyBlagga

    PCC Safety Flag

    The answers above are correct. Not a DQ if caught without one, just the inconvenience of being frog-marched to the Safety Area. The flag rules may seen excessive to some, but they were presumably necessary as a concession to the "OMG-rifle-in-a-pistol-match" crowd. The greatest resistance I have seen has actually been from 3-gunners who are used to handling long guns without flags... it took a long time for the griping to subside after we implemented them in our multigun matches.
  9. StealthyBlagga

    M&P mags and parts, where to buy?

    Brownells or Midway will be your best "one stop shop" with lowest shipping costs. Some parts are only available from S&W. A few of the smaller action-shooting oriented vendors (e.g. SSS) stock selected spares and go-faster parts also. For magazines, your lowest price will be when you find them on sale... if you can wait.
  10. Happy New Year! Here are the practical long-gun events we have scheduled this month at Rio Salado (Mesa, AZ): Black Rifle Match: Saturday January 5th @ 9am This is an action rifle match with targets from 1 yard to 400 yards. NEW FOR 2019: We will be running this match under the same IMA-rules we use for our multigun matches (same divisions etc.), so Heavy Metal (.30 caliber) rifles are allowed, and magazine capacity limits are eliminated for most divisions. 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 the PractiScore website (sorry, no walk-up entries on the day). Tactical .22 Rifle Match: Tuesday January 8th and 22nd @ 4pm Registration opens at 4pm, with first shots shortly thereafter. Location is the Smallbore Range right behind the Activity Center. 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 January 12th @ 7:30am There will be four action shooting stages requiring rifle, pistol and/or shotgun, with targets anywhere from 1 yard to 550 yards. We offer 3-Gun (rifle/pistol/shotgun) and 2-Gun (rifle/pistol) divisions. 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. Those in the 2-Gun divisions should bring 150 rounds of rifle ammo and 150 rounds of pistol ammo. Registration and squadding on the preceding Monday at 6pm via the PractiScore website (sorry, no walk-up entries on the day). After registering, the competitor will be able select from squads in one of two time slots: 7:30am-10:30am or 10:30am-1:30pm. New shooters should sign up for a 10:30am-1:30pm squad and come in time to attend the new shooter orientation at 10:00am before they shoot. Tactical Shotgun and Pistol Caliber Carbine Match: Thursday January 17th @ 4pm Registration opens at 4pm, 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, 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). Scoring is done on paper so pre-registration is NOT required. Red Mountain Action Rifle Match: Sunday January 20th @ 10am This is a rifle-only match comprising four action shooting stages. All targets are at CQB distances, maximum 60 yards. The equipment divisions accommodate iron and optical sights, centerfire rifle and pistol caliber carbine. Bring 150 rounds of ammo. Registration and squadding on the preceding Monday at 6pm via the PractiScore website.
  11. StealthyBlagga

    Routine Maintenance M&P 2.0

    There's not a lot in there, and the parts are cheap. You could get one of everything - springs, trigger bar, striker assembly, sear block assembly, extractor, pins etc. and still not break the bank. The tools to put them in would probably cost more. With this said, I have multiple M&Ps for competition, home defense and carry - some have a LOT of mileage on them - and yet I have experienced almost no breakages. As I recall one early Apex DCAEK trigger return spring (made before they added the fiber dampener) and one trigger bar (broke at the loop). I replace recoil springs annually as they are cheap and are the hardest working part in the gun. That's it. With the above being said, and not knowing your personal situation, my advice would be to buy another gun so you can dedicate one for match use and the other one for carry. I would not want to put a lot of mileage on any device that I might have to bet my life on. My many match guns get "ridden hard and put away wet", but my carry guns are low-mileage, vetted-for-reliability and kept spotlessly clean. With a separate carry gun, you could bring it along to every match (leave it in your car) and should your match gun break you simply switch it out for the carry gun (with RM permission of course). Much easier than changing parts. JMHO, and what I do.
  12. Historic moment - that was the last time Rob Leatham wore long pants
  13. Adding: September 27-29: AZ State PCC Championship, Rio Salado Sportsman's Club, Mesa, AZ
  14. Just a week to go and both Last Blast matches are getting close to full... don't leave it too late if you want in.
  15. REMINDER: Registration for the Last Blast matches opens tonight at 6pm. Set an alarm on your phone... these matches will fill up fast.