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Old January 04, 2019, 22:55   #101
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Wait....is there an awards class for ďBest Graphs & Pie ChartsĒ?

If there is a Mule Award there should also be a Pencil Neck award!
No more Mule at my matches. People get stupid and someone will blow a knee or a spine or something. Pencil Neck is up to you. ;-)
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Old January 04, 2019, 22:56   #102
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All that makes me want to put the plates back on.
Because fewer are going Combat Class and you'll have less competition, or because all the cool kids are going Combat and you want to be like them?
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Old January 04, 2019, 23:24   #103
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Shots fired!
Just blanks.

Although ďNerd AwardĒ sounds friendlier.
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Old January 07, 2019, 12:24   #104
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Because fewer are going Combat Class and you'll have less competition, or because all the cool kids are going Combat and you want to be like them?
Yes.
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Old January 07, 2019, 15:30   #105
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I am pleased to announce Resiliency Outreach, Inc. will have three shooters running with the Staff on Friday, and CEO and former 5th Special Forces Group Sergeant Pat Russell will be on hand to talk about his various projects helping veterans on Saturday and Sunday.

Money is always appreciated, but there are many other ways you can help if you want to get involved. Check out https://resiliencyoutreach.org/ for more information.

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Old January 09, 2019, 15:23   #106
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Some of you planning ahead and paying attention noticed a small blurb in the Course of Fire (downloadable on the Practiscore match page): "Get yourself and all your gear over a 6í high wall" and had some questions and concerns. I'm posting here to make it fair for everyone.

Yes, there will be a 6' high wall. Getting over a wall is a very real-world applicable skill and is something I definitely want to test. It will be vertical - no angles. It will have NO ropes, steps, handholds, etc. - it's just a wall. It will be 8' wide to allow more than one competitor to go over it at a time. But still - if you're struggling with the wall and another competitor comes up behind you, give them some room and learn from how they get over - then copy them!

There is no "bypass" or "take the penalty and go on" provision for this or any other obstacle. You must complete it in order to continue. My ROs on-site have the authority to modify the challenge on a case by case basis as necessary - but only in very extreme situations (such as if a competitor has no arms).

Make plans to figure out a way to do this, using only the gear you carry and your body itself. You are more than welcome to use a ladder - but you have to carry that ladder throughout the entire course! My hope is that everyone easily flies over the 6' wall this year, and we raise it to an 8' wall next year.

Here are some good examples for techniques you might want to try:

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Iím betting if a person with no arms is runniní and gunniní at Rockcastle that there would be zero chance that competitor would accept a pass on any obstacle.

So whatís your excuse again?
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I think the biggest problem is going to be rearranging your gear so that nothing hangs up on the top edge as your are transitioning to the other side. Especially if you are carrying some weight or plates.
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Old January 10, 2019, 06:48   #109
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Iím betting if a person with no arms is runniní and gunniní at Rockcastle that there would be zero chance that competitor would accept a pass on any obstacle.

So whatís your excuse again?
Yep.
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Width of wall?

Edges/supports OK or off limits?

Trying to think of where I can practice this without being arrested.
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Width of wall?

Edges/supports OK or off limits?

Trying to think of where I can practice this without being arrested.
8' wide. Using supports is cheating and you will be firmly chastised.
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8' wide. Using supports is cheating and you will be firmly chastised.
Sorry, width of top board (thickness, not length), not width of wall.

Can competitors help each other?
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Sorry, width of top board (thickness, not length), not width of wall.

Can competitors help each other?
1.5" thick. Competitors can only help verbally and with kind wishes. No physical help is allowed.

Just like everywhere else on the course. ;-)
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1.5" thick. Competitors can only help verbally and with kind wishes. No physical help is allowed.

Just like everywhere else on the course. ;-)
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Is there a slack-line this year?
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Is there a slack-line this year?
On the 10k only. Wall is for everybody.
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(adds length of rope to kit)

IIRC, failure point of an unlatched D-ring is about 50% of rated.



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(adds length of rope to kit)

IIRC, failure point of an unlatched D-ring is about 50% of rated.



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Heck, stimpy make your own. L shaped piece if flat iron with hole for 'biner in the top of the long leg and a serif on the bottom short leg. Short piece of rope or strap of appropriate size (think swiss seat length) with loops or knots at appropriate step length. Since the wall is 6 feet tall, you just have to reach up, place the L hook over the top edge, step into the loops and climb on over. Obviously slower than a vault, but most vaulters don't have 25-30 pounds of gear on your back. Added plus would be to attach gear, harness and weapon, to strap or rope and when you reach the top, haul up the gear then let it down to the other side, safe and sound.

Edited to addIf you are creative enough (hint, hint), you could fabricate a folding hook so it lays flat in your kit (spare pistol mag pouch).
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Heck, stimpy make your own. L shaped piece if flat iron with hole for 'biner in the top of the long leg and a serif on the bottom short leg. Short piece of rope or strap of appropriate size (think swiss seat length) with loops or knots at appropriate step length. Since the wall is 6 feet tall, you just have to reach up, place the L hook over the top edge, step into the loops and climb on over. Obviously slower than a vault, but most vaulters don't have 25-30 pounds of gear on your back. Added plus would be to attach gear, harness and weapon, to strap or rope and when you reach the top, haul up the gear then let it down to the other side, safe and sound.

Edited to addIf you are creative enough (hint, hint), you could fabricate a folding hook so it lays flat in your kit (spare pistol mag pouch).
But I already have the biner for the slack-line.
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But I already have the biner for the slack-line.

Yes, but with the 'biner, you may incur spreading of the long sides and possibly bending of the open gate due to the lateral leverage forces caused by the wall and downward force of your weight. Carabiners are designed for longitudinal stresses not lateral stresses. The hook I proposed would negate the lateral stresses. It was based on this firefighter piece of self rescue gear. This one is anodized aluminum and weighs in about 8 ounces.

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Yes, but with the 'biner, you may incur spreading of the long sides and possibly bending of the open gate due to the lateral leverage forces caused by the wall and downward force of your weight. Carabiners are designed for longitudinal stresses not lateral stresses. The hook I proposed would negate the lateral stresses. It was based on this firefighter piece of self rescue gear. This one is anodized aluminum and weighs in about 8 ounces.

And you can wear it as a codpiece when not using it!
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Had to look that one up, but it reminded me of this

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And you can wear it as a codpiece when not using it!
K, trying very hard to stay on topic. If it drifts you take all the blame.
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Tactical Tailor committed to send $500 worth of gear to be an obstacle sponsor - but then actually sent me almost $1,300 worth of gear. So I'm bumping them up to a full Stage Sponsor, of course! They sent 3 each of their covert rifle cases, shooters mats, and gym bags - and they look to be super high quality! Be sure to thank them and don't forget to look to them if you need any great RNG gear.

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