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  1. 5 hours ago, Billy D Texan said:

    Solid advice! Thank you! And for the record I was using the proper bit from my kit and it bent thus causing the issue.   That screw was on tight

    First thing I would do with a new Uberti firearm is spend the +- $20 for a good, American made complete replacement screw set.  Brownell's, Taylor's and other vendors have them. 

     

  2. 2 hours ago, Snakebite said:

    Today FM - What Have YOU Left On The Long Finger??

    If you want to be competitive in this game you have little choice other than to have your fingers stretched. ALL of the good shooters have undergone finger stretching. You can hold more shells, you can work the lever on your rifle faster and go for your handgun while still shooting the rifle.  It's just a fact, you must have this done or settle for a mediocre spot.

    Do you have a link for a place to have it done, or is it a DIY thing.  

  3. Always remember that an engraver or Jeweler can clean up or recut a clean screw slot in a good quality screw very easily. 

     

    But if the screw was of poor quality to begin with, that is another story.  The new slot can be cut easily enough, but will likely re-strip. 

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  4. 2 hours ago, Snakebite said:

    Today FM - What Have YOU Left On The Long Finger??

    If you want to be competitive in this game you have little choice other than to have your fingers stretched. ALL of the good shooters have undergone finger stretching. You can hold more shells, you can work the lever on your rifle faster and go for your handgun while still shooting the rifle.  It's just a fact, you must have this done or settle for a mediocre spot.

    Now I understand why you can make all those hard guitar reaches and Barre chords so easily.  Mystery solved. 

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  5. 1 hour ago, Captain Bill Burt said:

    That seems a bit long.

    Agree.  I started out confused and still am (situation normal).  The OP title looked like somebody seeking advice, so I gave a rundown of things I see as helpful.  But as the thread progressed, the OP and certain others seemed to be giving advice, from a base of not very much experience with CAS.  Had I realized how confused I was, I would have held back on my keyboard. 

  6. You probably already know this, but I'll caution anyway.

    On a new Uberti '73, don't try to loosen the lever and lifter spring screws before removing the springs from their articulating points on the lever and lifter.   They can be lifted off with a screwdriver.   Once the springs are relaxed, there is a CHANCE that the screws can be turned without stripping them, depending who was working at the Uberti factory that day.   

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  7. 3 minutes ago, Chacón said:

     

    Realistically .157 seconds is faster than me unless I really focus that day with a bottom feeder.  With a revolver I'm a total amateur, which is why I'm here and reading this thread.  I can say I'm going to practice transitions from target to target before my next match.  That seems like low hanging fruit from what you guys are saying and that should help me a lot.  Starting out as a gunfighter has reallllllllly driven my brain bonkers though.

    Our sport only looks easy.  Misleading. 

  8. 33 minutes ago, Dusty Devil Dale said:

    As far as the SHB.  Learning the rules comes with experience and interest.  I know shooters who have been around 20+ years that know next to nothing about them and still place in the Top 5.  One has nothing to do with the other.  

     

    I guess as long as stages run perfectly for you every time, the SHB might be pretty irrelevant.  But when guns act up, or KD targets start falling prematurely, or a spotter calls out wrong direction, things can change and disorient fairly quickly.  Knowing or not knowing the procedures at those times directly affects how quickly and penalty-freely you can respond.   And that's pretty important to those average sub-20 stage times. 

     

    So I guess we just have to agree to disagree again.  

  9. 3 hours ago, The Outlaw Travis James said:

    I am going to disagree with you on most points.  Impatience is a killer for sure.  But if you spend the time to practice properly there is no time frame you can pout on any stage times.  I was shooting high 20 second stages consistently in a few months.  Why?  Because I committed myself to a practice schedule and stuck with it.  I will be shooting 3 years next weekend and consistently shoot ion the mid teens now.  Your progress will depend on a number of factors but the biggest is the way you practice and how much time you commit to it.  

     

    As far as the SHB.  Learning the rules comes with experience and interest.  I know shooters who have been around 20+ years that know next to nothing about them and still place in the Top 5.  One has nothing to do with the other.  

     

    OK, sir. Whatever you say.  You're making great progress.  We look for average minus times from you in the next year or two.  Looking forward to watching.   Matt Black better get to practicing!

     

    Oh, and nobody said practice doesn't matter.  

  10. 6 hours ago, evil dogooder said:

      Dang it now i have to get rid of my road runner, and widder pics.  

     

     

    There is a lot of knowledge being spoken here.   

     

       One big problem with new shooters, is they think they know. 

     I'm not slamming that, ignorance is bliss. 

     

      It's just that until you put everything you know aside and truly push yourself beyond all reason,  you will never know what can be accomplished .

     

      On my race to speed I would watch videos of the greats.    Then myself, and adjust. 

     Then practice.  When you think your getting good, practice more.   Find what works for your body.  Every body is different. Injuries, flexibility,  sensitivity. Try different guns. Try different transitions.  Forget everything you KNOW, and try anything with an honest effort.  Be an open canvas.    

     As you get better you start to realize how ignorant you were when you started.  There is nothing wrong with that,  just don't dig in and get  stubborn. Be fluid,  adapt, and you'll be suprised with what you can achieve. 

    New shooters have all got to do it their way and enjoy the consequences.  What's logical when you start something is seldom the same as the logic after you become proficient, and it all changes again after you reach the top couple %.  That's probably true in any sport or other undertaking.  If you want accuracy, you have to practice it.  If you want speed, you've got to practice that too.  "A" doesn't just come by practicing "B" ---- never did.   

    In our sport, speed IS a fundamental skill, not an add on.  

  11. 59 minutes ago, Chacón said:

    Haven't met any of them, but it doesn't change the sentiment.  Fast splits are fast splits, but nobody is running .10 splits in a match with a lever action rifle.  Not that it's all that important to have splits that fast anyway.....but the people actually winning in USPSA open are physically shooting faster than anyone in a sport that requires manually operated guns.....it's just not physically possible to run a gun as fast as those people are shooting.

     

    Not sure what we're disagreeing about here, however.  If people really want me to believe switching guns is more important (happens twice a stage), vs. actually running the lever/hammer (happens 20 times per stage), I have no problem telling them what I think of that.  Until a shooter can comfortably run all 4 guns at speed, transitions are a luxury.  After that, I agree entirely that it's important to focus on transitions.

     

    All of this really fits into the category of efficiency of movement, whether it's foot steps, moving from one target to the next (getting your eyes there, then the gun), efficient gun handling, etc.  It's not uncommon for new people to think "shooting faster" is all that matters, but if you actually break down a stage, "shooting" takes hardly any time compared to looking for targets, switching guns, and in our sport because of the manual nature of them, actually operating the guns themselves.  The main efficiency gains are going to come from movement in general--all of that movement.

    Have you watched the YouTube video of Matt Black v. Jerry Michelak?  You might enjoy it.  

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  12. 3 hours ago, SHOOTIN FOX said:

    OK. I’ll buy part of that. If you shoot a 20 second stage and 2 misses equals 30 second stage as apposed to no missies less tan 30 seconds. I understand to improve, you have to push it. Starting out in anything, fundamentals first then improve. Both have merit. YMMV.

    It isn't about shooting one stage or match faster.  It is about training yourself for the longer haul to keep improving.  If you can't stand to miss some in a match, then practice speed at every other opportunity.  But to shoot fast, you have to consciously push yourself to do it and that means for a while you are going to miss some plates in matches.     

     

    Back in April, I shot the Fort Miller Shootout, our Club's Annual Match.  I realized after 5 stages that I had a chance at a clean match.  I fell into the trap of focusing on shooting clean.  At the tenth stage (of 12), I realized I was focused on  trying to hit all the targets and had slowed myself down a great deal.  I then sped back up and had a miss on the 12th stage.  But I ended up way down in 14th place, not because of the miss, but because I slowed down dramatically for 5 stages and lost over 30 seconds!   You cannot win matches or improve by practicing shooting slowly.   

     

     

     

  13. Actually, I can't see how anyone is going to shoot better by being told when to shoot, rather than deciding for themselves.  Different people take different times to develop their needed focus and concentration.  Being hurried or delayed seems like unnecessary stress added to an already tense situation.  

  14. Impatience won't get you anything different.  For most, It will be at least a year or two before they've shot enough to routinely shoot stages under 30 sec.  You can speed that up if you have the time (driving, shooting reloading) and significant money to live-fire practice 2 or 3 times a week.  Dry fire and transition practice also help, without the high associated cost.    

    There are video and other resources out there that are helpful, but nothing works better and faster that watching and asking good CAS shooters for help and practicing what they share with you.  They are good shooters for good reason.   There is no substitute for practice and experience.   Also it helps to commit the SHB to memory as much as possible.  Nothing ruins match ranking as fast or effectively as a DQ. 

  15. I don't like shooting in order, simply because it requires short-term memory.  I forget the stage instructions just trying to remember who I am and who I'm supposed to follow.  The worst part is that everyone on the Posse figures out what's going on.   

  16. 4 hours ago, Alibi Cole, SASS #56001 said:

    Have medically confirmed memory issues.  Went downstairs to get my dove gun out of my Liberty Fatboy safe...couldn't remember the combination.  Would any of you cowpokes have the same model:  Liberty Fatboy Home Defender HD-200 safe and could post a picture of the safe key?  I have several keys to "something", hoping maybe one of them fits my safe.  Thanks in advance  Alibi

     

    I think I would avoid posting a picture of my safe key anywhere on the Internet.  One more piece of data in the various private and government databases.   

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  17. 19 minutes ago, Captain Bill Burt said:

    I think this is true.

     

    Banter can be fun.

     

    We’ve differed in the past, probably will do so again in the future. So have Phantom and I. But I believe the things Cowboy’s have in common far outweigh their differences, at least most of the time.

    They surely do.  And the differences are where good ideas come from -- and get shared.

  18. It's so sad to see folks like you struggling just to find the basic equipment to buy and being unsuccessful.   We can only hope it won't always be this way.  

     

    If you can afford to duplicate expenditures while looking, then I would agree with the others here.  Buy what you can get to shoot with now, (without being ripped off), and figure on continuing the search until you find what you like.  Having a safe full of different guns isn't a problem, after all.

  19. 2 hours ago, Phantom, SASS #54973 said:

    If you don't like my banter, just laugh at me...there will be many laughing with you.

    Truthfully, when you weren't here for so long, a lot of folks, including me, were asking and even a bit  worried.  I don't think anybody here laughs AT you.  I think your dues have been paid way forward in the CAS world.  Me too maybe someday, but not yet. 

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  20. 5 minutes ago, Phantom, SASS #54973 said:

    Yer entitled to say whatever you'd like...it's an open forum. There's probably more people that like your posts than folks that think otherwise...I'm not god...there are a whole lot of people that can't stand my postings...opinions. But that's just it...my opinions.

     

    If you don't like my banter, just laugh at me...there will be many laughing with you.

     

    Phantom

    Sounds like we have something in common.  Some folks here probably wish I'd just go away someplace.    I actually like jousting back and forth with you, and I acknowledge that you do have obvious huge experience in this stuff and bring up a lot of worthwhile thinking points.  More often than not, I read your quips and realize you are right.  The respect is definitely there, even if I don't often make it evident.  I'd be pleased to have you for a posse leader or TO any time.   

    So enjoy!

     

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  21. 17 minutes ago, Phantom, SASS #54973 said:

    You really think folks don't know...

     

    Now I understand!

     

    :lol:

    I wasn't sure.  Somebody here commented that it would take a long Tap.  I was just sharing how to make one. 

     

    So should I go do something else and quit posting to the Wire?  This sparring is fun, but it,s not the core of my existence.  I try to chime in if I think I have info that could help someone -- likely not everyone, I agree.  But I have another life I can go take care of -- just say the word and be rid of me.  

  22. 14 minutes ago, Phantom, SASS #54973 said:

    That's a long Tap...I'd just use a torch and melt the lead out. (can't wait for your response on this...)

     

    And most of my questions to you are rhetorical in nature.

    The chucking end of a tap is not hardened and can be welded, brazed or silver soldered to an extension rod.  

  23. 2 minutes ago, Phantom, SASS #54973 said:

    That's a long Tap...I'd just use a torch and melt the lead out. (can't wait for your response on this...)

     

    And most of my questions to you are rhetorical in nature.

    A torch might work, but it might discolor the gun or melt the solder out of the front sight.  

     

    Since YOU are now on the subject of how to correct the squibs, I'll clarify one other thing which is important if someone tries the drill and tap method.  

     

    I was very specific to use a milling machine and not a drill press.  Many don't know that a drill press is deliberately made with up to 30 thousandths of side drift in the quill, to enable the bit to self-center on a hole.  Conversely, a milling machine quill is rigid and a quality machine will be within 1/10,000 runout.  The drill press is very likely to drift enough to contact the barrel, over the length of extension discussed here.  

    (but we are way off topic now)

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