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59 minutes ago, Racinready300ex said:

 

I'm just going to throw this out there, is it legal to just make another number under a fake name?

This is a good point. I scanned through the rulebook and the only thing I can see is 10.6.1 which might disqualify me from matches due to it being interpreted as dishonesty. However, I'm curious if I just use my real name, then what's preventing me from doing so?

 

I asked USPSA directly for clarification and will update the thread accordingly.

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1 hour ago, CClassForLife said:

This is a good point. I scanned through the rulebook and the only thing I can see is 10.6.1 which might disqualify me from matches due to it being interpreted as dishonesty. However, I'm curious if I just use my real name, then what's preventing me from doing so?

 

I asked USPSA directly for clarification and will update the thread accordingly.

 

Yeah, I don't see any problem with what you're doing and USPSA should like it you're paying for two memberships and padding their numbers. But...better safe the sorry. 

 

What ever you do don't involve he who must not be named or s#!t will go sideways fast. 

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On 10/26/2020 at 2:01 AM, hugh said:

I saw the interview you did with Humble Marksman and came here and read the whole diary.

 

You are indomitable. Your utter fearlessness - not recklessness- is simply impressive. 

 

Some would say you're tilting at windmills but I'd disagree. You are attacking a vertical learning curve.

 

Not many people have turned on a light as bright for me but you certainly have. I have some thinking to do!

 

Thank you, and Bravo. sir!

Same here as well.

 

This is one of the most interesting threads I've ever read on USPSA.  Though I am just starting out at the bottom (14 matches; D class in Production) I have enjoyed reading through your journey with a G26.  Congrats on your finish and I can't wait to read about more progress.

 

 

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On 10/22/2020 at 9:45 AM, CClassForLife said:

In the short term, I'm switching to my non-dominant hand until I can lay down M classifiers in Open. It's more of a curiosity to experience what having zero muscle memory and my current knowledge can lead to. Also, it will be useful to diagnose what parts of the fundamental building process is most important to my performance.

 

It has been super interesting and inspiring to watch your journey.  A true confirmation that we can only hold ourselves accountable from doing extraordinary things. 

 

I like the experiment with the non-dominant hand.  It will be interesting to watch what you have learned over the past year carry over to if it will accelerate your abilities with the non-dominant hand.  

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I just watched your Humble Marksman interview. I'm digging your non-traditional approach to training. It's pretty refreshing to see someone actually think outside the box and have the results to back it up. I'm sure there will be haters that want to see you fail simply for training differently.  

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21 hours ago, Stafford said:

After watching the Humble Marksman video, I'm considering flying through my next match as fast as possible. Don't know if it's a good idea or not, but I'll never know if I don't try. Might be fun. 

 

I think it may depend what you consider a good idea. My guess is your results will suffer, the question will be do you learn something. 

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On 11/2/2020 at 12:35 PM, Stafford said:

After watching the Humble Marksman video, I'm considering flying through my next match as fast as possible. Don't know if it's a good idea or not, but I'll never know if I don't try. Might be fun. 

 

You have to break it before you can fix it

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I have similar issues to you when you began. I would go too fast and rack up too many D/M's. I've been trying to ease up and get hits on targets I know are more difficult to correct this.

 

The approach you take is to stay at that speed and learn to see faster?

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1 hour ago, lroy said:

I have similar issues to you when you began. I would go too fast and rack up too many D/M's. I've been trying to ease up and get hits on targets I know are more difficult to correct this.

 

The approach you take is to stay at that speed and learn to see faster?

 

I believe you have to be in the right mindset in order to benefit from going at near-reckless speed. If you were to take my advice and merely hope that by doing so you'll get better, then it's probably going to end in wasted ammo and frustration. You have to have a solid, accurate foundation to build off of.

 

For me, I did this by first shooting an entire match trying to get all Alphas. I observed what my eyes and mind were seeing. "Am I going too slow? Do I need to speed up?" These were the thoughts coursing through my head. It was only when these thoughts went away and I could shoot the match on autopilot did I truly understand what's needed.

 

Shooting as fast as I physically could had glimpses of this realization, but I'm not so sure I would have picked up on these subtle nuggets if I weren't in a completely observant mental state. Therefore, I think it's necessary to get into that state as efficiently as possible in order to get the most out of "going as fast as you can without any regard to accuracy." In my experience, the most efficient way to get to that state was to shoot matches as fast as I could until I could consistently finish a stage and realize that I didn't think for a moment during shooting it. Note that if you feel frustrated at all after shooting a match this way, then I don't think you're in that observant state yet. You have to know that you threw a Mike here, a Delta there, a NS here and be completely aware that you're doing so. If you're merely going as fast as possible, but you have no idea what hits or misses you got after running a stage, then you're just slinging lead.

 

As long as you know (and not think) that you're being observant, then I firmly believe that going as fast as possible will lead to "seeing faster." (I don't think that one's eye speed markedly changes here, but target acquisition and confirmation are the things that get significantly faster.)

 

Hope that clears it up little.

 

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