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Old May 08, 2019, 09:40   #51
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I need ROs if anyone is interested and can help that weekend!
I simply cannot commit to those dates at this point with my schedule, shooting or otherwise.

When we get closer and if business allows, I will come down and RO or help in someway if I can Bruce.
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Just read the course of fire for each stage. Freaking awesome.

I only have one question and that is what are the time limits if any for each stage. Stage 6 is what prompted me to ask since this has the potential of me timing out before I can engage all of the targets as required.
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Just read the course of fire for each stage. Freaking awesome.

I only have one question and that is what are the time limits if any for each stage. Stage 6 is what prompted me to ask since this has the potential of me timing out before I can engage all of the targets as required.
3 minutes per stage.

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Sounds very challenging. I think 3 and 4 will really get me. 4 definitely.

And 'The Box' sounds like it will be diabolical...I can't visualize how it works but that'll be a surprise I guess.

Thanks for all the work you have put into this (so far...and to come) !
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Sounds very challenging. I think 3 and 4 will really get me. 4 definitely.

And 'The Box' sounds like it will be diabolical...I can't visualize how it works but that'll be a surprise I guess.

Thanks for all the work you have put into this (so far...and to come) !

DIABOLICAL - In English, "diabolical" has many nuances of meaning. It can describe the devil himself (as in "my diabolical visitor") or anything related to or characteristic of him in appearance, behavior, or thought...Merriam Webster

How appropriate could one word be when applied to Stimpy and his course and stage design. It is the big draw for any of his matches. The challenges to the shooter in both physical and mental abilities as well as the equipment to perform in many ways it was not designed to, are a given in his design. But not so hard/difficult as to prevent one from completing it within the design parameters.
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DIABOLICAL - In English, "diabolical" has many nuances of meaning. It can describe the devil himself (as in "my diabolical visitor") or anything related to or characteristic of him in appearance, behavior, or thought...Merriam Webster

How appropriate could one word be when applied to Stimpy and his course and stage design. It is the big draw for any of his matches. The challenges to the shooter in both physical and mental abilities as well as the equipment to perform in many ways it was not designed to, are a given in his design. But not so hard/difficult as to prevent one from completing it within the design parameters.
It's all the little moments of joy and happiness I bring the shooters that makes it all worth it.

I remember one particularly polite shooter (no really) at a FAL match who, partway through his steel run had a blank go off in his rifle, stared at it for a full 5 seconds, jacked the round, went to a type 3 jam, dropped the mag, cycled, reloaded the mag, jacked the handle, rolled into position, took a deep breath and muttered "F___ that guy." before resuming shooting.

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Tried to see what how the Squadding was set up but couldn't see them. I know I am squadded with the RO's for Friday, just wanted to see if I recognized any other competitors.

I did see there were only 4 slots left. So how many competitors are allowed for the 5K and 10K? I love to see a match that is sold out almost two months prior Match Day. It shows that there is interest in the sport, as well as proving the match director and course designers work very hard to put on a challenging match that many like to attend.
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So I'm new to this...what is 'squadding' ?

Is that just putting people into batches for their start times, based on their self-reported estimated running speed? I wan to say it asked how fast I could cover a mile when I registered. I put 18 minutes, feeling that was safe and I could meet that with a jog/fast walking mix.

Kind of like a car race...faster cars get pole position, slow pokes to the rear ?
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It would be totally stupid for me to sign up for this the week before my match. But I am SOOOO tempted and I hate to miss ANY stimpymatch.

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It would be totally stupid for me to sign up for this the week before my match. But I am SOOOO tempted and I hate to miss ANY stimpymatch.

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So I'm new to this...what is 'squadding' ?

Is that just putting people into batches for their start times, based on their self-reported estimated running speed? I wan to say it asked how fast I could cover a mile when I registered. I put 18 minutes, feeling that was safe and I could meet that with a jog/fast walking mix.

Kind of like a car race...faster cars get pole position, slow pokes to the rear ?
Most matches the shooters are assigned a squad that they shoot with all day.

Does not apply to RnGs...so I disable it on practiscore.

I will be launching shooters somewhat based on their estimated run times, but that really only applies for the last 1/3 of shooters for the day, as the rest will have plenty of time.

So, random assignment of shooters into 3 groups, then last group gets un-randomed for any slow folks randomed to the end.

I will then give 3 separate safety briefings so folks in the later sessions don't have to show up at o-dark hundred...cause I am nice and this seemed to be a popular idea.

Shooters will be told before match day when to show up...miss your briefing and WELCOME TO THE NEXT GROUP! Miss the last briefing and THANK YOU FOR YOUR DONATION!

RO day I will randomize the non-primary ROs but again, not so that a primary RO could spend all day on his stage waiting to be relieved.
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I am also glad I added the 10k, as the shooters are about 50/50 between the 5k and the 10k.
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The last day I ran was Saturday and my knees still hurt. SO Glad I did not sign up for the 10K. I don't know how you over 50 crowd does it.

I never though I had bad knees until I started training for this 5k ! I will have to ease back and just accept I will not have the run time I was hoping for.
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The last day I ran was Saturday and my knees still hurt. SO Glad I did not sign up for the 10K. I don't know how you over 50 crowd does it.

I never though I had bad knees until I started training for this 5k ! I will have to ease back and just accept I will not have the run time I was hoping for.
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What is the deadline to send in the fee payment?

I assume USPO Money Order is acceptable?

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What is the deadline to send in the fee payment?

I assume USPO Money Order is acceptable?

Thank you !
You could theoretically pay me the day of the match, the risk is you don't get there before I sell your slot to a walk on shooter.

Or if we get a large wait list I will start threatening unpaid shooters.
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Thanks Stimpy, I will pay up well in advance.

I see the stage details on practiscore...if I can do math right (which is iffy) it looks like for the 5k course:

Rifle = 38 Min.
Pistol = 36 Min.

Is there a map showing the course route you have available to share? Possibly with the distances between stages as well?

Also a very stupid question but I will ask anyway, the shotgun stage, the targets will be in flight, not just sitting out there helpless, right?

I have shot skeet 3 times my whole life (one of which was in Boy Scouts) so maybe at little refresher practice at that may be in order...
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Thanks Stimpy, I will pay up well in advance.

I see the stage details on practiscore...if I can do math right (which is iffy) it looks like for the 5k course:

Rifle = 38 Min.
Pistol = 36 Min.
I get 42 pistol and 44 rifle minimums

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Is there a map showing the course route you have available to share? Possibly with the distances between stages as well?
I thought I had one on dropbox, but not finding it, will try to make one.

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Also a very stupid question but I will ask anyway, the shotgun stage, the targets will be in flight, not just sitting out there helpless, right?
Definitely will all be moving.
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ďF___ that guyĒ...

Iím coming down either way, so if you need help ROíing or just help in general Iím available. Not driving all the way to GA just to spend an extra day with my in-laws!
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ďF___ that guyĒ...

Iím coming down either way, so if you need help ROíing or just help in general Iím available. Not driving all the way to GA just to spend an extra day with my in-laws!
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Glad to have you guys again!

Same distance exactly again this year.

You guys running as a group again? Have you told me so?
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Same distance exactly again this year.

You guys running as a group again? Have you told me so?
I'll shoot you an e-mail. Its only me and the Ratnik kid this year, everyone else is deployed
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For those of you who are not secretly marathon runners in your spare time...


What approach do you use right before you get to each stage to shoot?

Do you ease up and walk the last 100 or 50 yards so slow your pulse down before you are ready to shoot?

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Do you say to hell with that and push as quick as you can right up to the RO and find the higher pulse rate has a negligible impact on your accuracy?

I know if you have shooters stacked up ahead of you, you get the luxury of standing around and watching your stopwatch for a wait time to cool down, but otherwise, what do y'all like to do best?
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For those of you who are not secretly marathon runners in your spare time...


What approach do you use right before you get to each stage to shoot?

Do you ease up and walk the last 100 or 50 yards so slow your pulse down before you are ready to shoot?



Do you say to hell with that and push as quick as you can right up to the RO and find the higher pulse rate has a negligible impact on your accuracy?

I know if you have shooters stacked up ahead of you, you get the luxury of standing around and watching your stopwatch for a wait time to cool down, but otherwise, what do y'all like to do best?
Yes.


Sorry, I just had to do that!!
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Hi guys - another newbie question please:

I believe rules are all firearms must be carried with an empty chamber as you arrive to and leave each shooting stage, and stay empty as you're running from place to place.

Once your weapon is confirmed clear by the RO...

Can you drop the bolt / slide and THEN reinsert a loaded mag? Then travel from stage to stage that way?

I'm trying to figure if I need x number of mag pouches or y number of mag pouches, and this would affect how I configure my gear.
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Hi guys - another newbie question please:

I believe rules are all firearms must be carried with an empty chamber as you arrive to and leave each shooting stage, and stay empty as you're running from place to place.

Once your weapon is confirmed clear by the RO...

Can you drop the bolt / slide and THEN reinsert a loaded mag? Then travel from stage to stage that way?

I'm trying to figure if I need x number of mag pouches or y number of mag pouches, and this would affect how I configure my gear.
That really depends on each match and the rules of the club. IIRC, last year at the RBGC RNG, both weapons had to be shown clear at the beginning and end of each stage and then you could leave. You could NOT insert a magazine, loaded or unloaded in the weapon while transiting from one stage to the next. Stimpy should be along for the final ruling on this, but I would plan to have some method of carry other than the weapon for your mags.

Depending on the rifle mag pouch, you can stuff 4-5 double stack pistol mags in one GI AR mag pouch. Just make sure you keep the flap locked down until needed. And depending on the type of GI mag pouch, each one will carry 2 or 3 30 round mags. That means two pouches will carry anywhere from 120-180 rounds of rifle ammo. Slap 4 pouches on your belt, stick rifle mags in two, pistol mags in one, and split the last one with rifle and pistol. Final count would be 5-7 thirty round rifle mags (150-210 rounds) and 5-8 pistol mags (50-80 rounds for 10 round mags). That still leaves lots of room on the belt for other gear.
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Looks like for Rifles at least, must be carried with no mag inserted at all times unless actively firing at one of the stages, based on what I see in the videos from last year. Makes sense.
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Okay it helps if I read the emails once in a while. Here is the answer:

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When a shooter approaches a station, he will be required to show a RO an empty mag well and empty chamber on his rifle as well as an empty pistol.

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Every shooter must show an RO an empty mag well and chamber on his rifle and pistol before leaving each stage


Mailed in my payment today. Thunderbirds are GO !!!! (just felt like the right thing to say)

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So reaffirming what I pretty much knew, I generally have the capacity to push myself to my limits, but my recovery ability is terrible at my age for some reason.

I can do my 5k runs, which I have done I think 3 times now on Saturday mornings. But the next day I'm fairly useless as the fatigue catches up and I'm just wiped out.

I've cut back my running, doing a mile on Thursdays (maybe a little more if I feel good), hit the full 3.2 miles on Saturday mornings, and then Mondays I'll do a mile walk or substitute something like mowing the lawn, so I at least get some movement going.

I also lift weights Sun./Wed/Fri. to stay 'well rounded'.

The mind is willing it's just the recover time that is dragging me down.

The good news is I now KNOW I can cover the full 5k, even in high humidity and high heat, and with hilly terrain.

I think I will really cut back the week before so I'm not burned up before the event, and try to get some much needed range time in before then as well. I'm a better runner than shooter so if I can improve even a little there, I should get results I can someday be proud of.

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Not sure what you are hydrating with but get some good electrolyte type additive or fluid and make sure you drink some frequently during your runs. While you might be giving yourself water, you still need electrolytes to replace those lost. Heat exhaustion can stem from electrolyte imbalance even though you have plenty of fluid (water) in your system. This happened to me and it put me in the ER with very concerned doctors. I drank plenty of fluids for the day but did not replenish my electrolytes. It took me several days to fully recover and feel normal again. Forget about the bottled stuff you can buy at the stop n rob. That stuff has way too much other junk like all kinds of sweeteners and chemicals.

I use Elete additive to my hydration bladder. Nothing in it but the needed stuff and won't gunk up the bladder and hose.

https://elete.com/products/

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Thanks...I hadn't really thought of that (electrolytes)...

I've never been the type to need special stuff in the past, but, the last time before this I did any serious cardio was playing hockey, which I quit doing around age 32 or thereabouts. Just a lot of water then and I was fine. Perhaps I just can't get by anymore on youthful energy

I usually don't drink any water on the run but drink plenty afterwards, usually a glass of milk too. Maybe this will help.
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Are chest mounted holsters kosher? Ratnik is wondering if we need to build him a belt holster for the RNG.

Also just broke my red dot last weekend



I want to run this setup, i'm really considering just using a die to thread the muzzle for a device

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The email about the match said this about holsters:

-a quality pistol holster. If your pistol comes out of that thing and you didn't want it to...you're done.

I think too, it's standard that the trigger must be covered by the holster as well.

Nothing about location of the holster that I have seen.
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Are chest mounted holsters kosher? Ratnik is wondering if we need to build him a belt holster for the RNG.

Also just broke my red dot last weekend



I want to run this setup, i'm really considering just using a die to thread the muzzle for a device
Chest-mounted holsters are fine.

Very much rooting for you and this rig!
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Nightforce has bailed on being a sponsor. So no NX8 on the prize table.
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Nightforce has bailed on being a sponsor. So no NX8 on the prize table.


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Got the course map today in my email.

Wow that Stage 1 to Stage 2 looks like quite the journey ensuring I will be nice and tired for 5 of 6 stages lol
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And I was planning on winning that one, dangit.

Stimpy is the course similar to last year or are we following the creek on the other side of the field on the outbound run? Or is the creek on the the way back to Stages 5 and 6? Hard to tell with the way the lines run on the map.

Looks like Stage 1 to Stage 2 will be a trek. Luckily the first half is down hill. Easy to get up some speed and then coast for a while until the uphill starts to get to you. Crap, never mind, I was thinking of mountain biking!!!
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And I was planning on winning that one, dangit.

Stimpy is the course similar to last year or are we following the creek on the other side of the field on the outbound run?

Stage 1 Or is the creek on the the way back to Stages 5 and 6? Hard to tell with the way the lines run on the map.

Looks like Stage 1 to Stage 2 will be a trek. Luckily the first half is down hill. Easy to get up some speed and then coast for a while until the uphill starts to get to you. Crap, never mind, I was thinking of mountain biking!!!

Start/finish to Stage 1 - about 200 yards to first cowboy stage.

Stage 1 to Stage 2 - maximum altitude loss/gain, but all run on pavement except where the slackline line crosses the creek. You can follow the signs I make to Stage 2 or the signs to shotgun hill.

Stage 2 to Stage 3 - all downhill!!! But then you get to climb over the wall before shooting 600 yards.

Stage 3 to Stage 4 - Down and up elevation, and about half a mile. You get to climb a steep berm before taking on the box. This could be ugly if it is wet/raining.

Stage 4 to stage 5 - All the way back home! About 1.5 miles. Here is where you take the scenic route cutting along the powerline cut to the rope entanglement bridge obstacle and then along the Etowah River. No obstacles down there this year.

Stage 5 to stage 6 - just stagger back up a stage.

Stage 6 to Finish - 150 yards or so with everyone watching.
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Stage 1 to Stage 2 - maximum altitude loss/gain, but all run on pavement except where the slackline line crosses the creek. You can follow the signs I make to Stage 2 or the signs to shotgun hill.
Do we have to use the slackline to cross the creek or can we wade across?
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Do we have to use the slackline to cross the creek or can we wade across?
I think you already know the answer to THAT question!!!
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