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  • Birthday 06/23/1967

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  1. Chuck Steak

    How important is it to have matching pistols

    You do see my point then - CAS is not real either - hence the costume requirements. I think my response directly addresses the OP's questions: Is there any great disadvantage to having different pistols? I started off with a birdshead grip in a cross draw holster and a standard grip in my strong side holster. I saw no noticeable difference in my ability to engage targets in a timely manner I am not worried about winning nationals or being the top shot at local matches. Its the same as USPSA, I am a C-class shooter and will never make GM because I don't have the time or motivation to make GM.  New to CAS doesn't mean new to shooting - (the OP knows full well how to behave at a match so the concerns with speed and ranking) I love the look of the pistols James Garner has in Maverick(the new one) and heck we do this game for fun so having a look is a want also. Maverick is from the same realm as Josey and Rooster - I like the birdshead pistol that Doc carried in Tombstone, So any downsides to not having matching pistols? When you are tenths or even hundredths of a second out of first place - grip angle might be what costs you the match. If shaving 5 seconds off of your stage time still isn't going to put you in the top 5 - different grip angles aren't going to get you into the top 5 either. Have fun - shoot what you like - shoot what you like as fast as you can - be safe while doing it - don't let anyone tell you that "your" preference is wrong. As long as matching pistols isn't in the rules and the goal isn't taking first place - matching pistols don't matter
  2. Chuck Steak

    How important is it to have matching pistols

    Doc Holiday shot two different pistols and Josey Wales carried three different pistols - Rooster Cogburn spun a rifle around in one hand with a pistol in the other while riding a horse - and he still shot Ned Pepper dead dead dead.... matching guns aren't the answer to everything unless you are a high level competitor. I started off with a birdshead grip in a cross draw holster and a standard grip in my strong side holster. I saw no noticeable difference in my ability to engage targets in a timely manner - the difference in grip had no impact on my ability to finish in upper 80% I have since bought another pistol - I have two identical pistols and my times have skyrocketed to the point that I am now finishing in the lower 80% of all competitors. I bought that birdshead grip revolver because an actor pretending to be Doc Holiday in a movie carried one. New to CAS doesn't mean new to shooting so consider this - Matt Black and Holy Terror are the overall 2018 world Champions. If you made them both shoot a match using two different pistols, I bet they would still finish as far ahead of most shooters as they would if they were shooting a matched set. Jerry Miculek could probably pick up a cheap Norinco 1911 clone and out-shoot most people even if they were shooting a 5,000 dollar custom pistol, but you wont see him shooting that Noricno in a match if that match is attached to a paycheck - he'll shoot his race gun. When you are tenths or even hundredths of a second out of first place - grip angle might be what costs you the match. If shaving 5 seconds off of your stage time still isn't going to put you in the top 5 - different grip angles aren't going to get you into the top 5 either. Shoot what you like - shoot them as fast as you can without shooting off your own (or someone elses) pinky toe.
  3. Chuck Steak

    SxS Training Drills

    Just after watching a few of these videos - I have been consistently trying to "stab" my shells into the chamber when I reload. I have seen the 'Longhunter' videos a few times but didn't really pay that much attention to how he was presenting the shells until now. That method is pretty consistent through the videos I have been watching and it is NOT the way I have been doing it.
  4. Chuck Steak

    SxS Training Drills

    So - I have tried searching the 'wire for techniques to improve my skill at reloading my SxS. Searching "reloading" brings up wagons full of info on recipes for loading bullets and shot shells but nothing to put into my toll bag for getting better at putting more shells in my gun when I am on the clock. I shoot a 12g Stoeger Coach and I am pulling my shells from a slide that mounted on the front of my pistol belt. The slide carries 8 shells in 'double' slots. I have not had any custom work done to the gun yet - I have the philosophy that if I cant do it correctly with what I have - an expensive gun will only allow me to perform poorly with nicer equipment. Does anyone have some decent practice drills that have helped them get faster? I had a half-dozen snap caps - but the truth is - I dont think they are worth what I paid for them. They weigh as much as unfired shells and since they are smooth aluminum - they fall right out of the gun. I can shoot on the back of my property - but I am looking for some type of "training plan" to provide focus. I could just stand in my living room shucking snap caps over my shoulder while I watch the news - I could go in the yard and blast boxes and boxes of ammo into a hay bale two shells at a time - but I would rather work on something a little more structured that has provided results. Any thoughts?
  5. Chuck Steak

    Lightest/Cheapest 12G Shotgun Ammo...?

    I had a box of the federal Metro loads but they are 'high brass' shells. I haven't shot them yet so I'm not sure they are worthwhile. I'll probably just stick to buying 100 round bricks of Winchester Light-Target Loads.
  6. Chuck Steak

    Crossdraw Info

    I have only used cross-draw so far but I have only been doing CAS for about 9 months now. I don't like the idea of "grip switching" my loaded pistol and the simplicity of a cross draw just seems ideal for beginners. I have seen quite a few really awesome shooters using double strong side and grip switching when drawing/reholstering and they are doing it waaaay faster than I can do it so I am in no way suggesting cross draw is better or faster. Cross draw just happens to be my comfort zone for now. I am planning on buying an additional rig but it is so I can test my skills shooting "Gunfighter" style. I certainly understand the benefit of flexibility offered by that type of rig - you certainly aren't competing as a 'Gunfighter' with a cross draw holster !!!
  7. Chuck Steak

    How many of us actually had Cowboy guns before we got into CAS?

    Marlin 1894 chambered in .44 The only wheel guns I had at that point were a S&W Model-10 and a Ruger SP-101
  8. Chuck Steak

    Federal Low Recoil-Subsonic

    I put my hands on a couple of boxes of Federal Low Recoil-Subsonic 12guage Target Loads. I am wondering if there are any shooters out there that have used this ammo for CAS. Did you like it? Could you tell a difference? As you can tell from the pictures, it is an 'odd-duck' of sorts. One box is marked as Target Loads and the other box is marked as High Velocity, Upland Load, Ultra-Pheasant. They are high-brass shells and the specs on BOTH boxes show a muzzle velocity of 900 FPS so I dont know why Federal would label one of them as "High Velocity" just because they had a bird on the box. .
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