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Post by pgg on 2/26/2019, 8:37 pm

Maybe this is a strange question.

Every time I shoot a match, the instructions for the slow fire portion include "with a magazine of 5 rounds, load" ...

Is there any rule that says you can't singly load every round? It's my understanding that there's nothing stopping you from unloading at any point and doing some dry fire.

I ask because I have a bad habit, over the course of the slow fire portion, to develop a flinch and anticipate the recoil. I find if I dry fire a shot or two periodically it keeps me closer to the middle. Sometimes in a match I'll do more dry fire than live fire.

Obviously in the long run the solution is to fix my flinch, but is there some rule that prohibits me from doing my slow fire like BANG click click BANG click BANG click BANG click click click etc? Or must I feed every round from a magazine of 5 rounds, like the guy calling the line says?

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Post by 243winxb on 2/26/2019, 8:46 pm

10 shots in 10 minutes . Do as you please.  Its listed as 1 stage.
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Post by Olde Pilot on 2/26/2019, 9:15 pm

For slow fire, the proper command is "load" not "with five rounds, load'' -- You may load as many rounds as you desire (up to ten) in slow fire.

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Post by kjanracing on 2/26/2019, 9:55 pm

I’ll unload and take a couple dry fire shots if my process is going bad.
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Post by Jon Eulette on 2/26/2019, 10:05 pm

kjanracing wrote:I’ll unload and take a couple dry fire shots if my process is going bad.
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Post by james r chapman on 2/27/2019, 5:12 am

Jon Eulette wrote:
kjanracing wrote:I’ll unload and take a couple dry fire shots if my process is going bad.
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Post by CR10X on 2/27/2019, 5:19 am

Depends on if you are at a NRA match or CMP match as far as the commands go.   

The CMP uses "WITH FIVE ROUNDS LOAD. AFTER FIRING FIVE SHOTS,RELOAD YOUR PISTOLS WITH A MAGAZINE AND FIVE SHOTS {they probably should say "rounds", but they said all their commands are correct} AND CONTINUE FIRING." for slow fire stages.  

NRA is just "LOAD" for slow fire match or stage if scoring is after 10 shots.  "NOTE: In slow fire events, which are scored after 10 shots, the command should be “10 SHOTS SLOW FIRE, 10 SHOTS IN 10 MINUTES, LOAD.” (The number of rounds to be loaded by the competitor in slow fire stages will be determined by the competitor." 

In any event, nothing appears to keep you from clearing your gun and performing dryfire if you should choose to do so.  

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Post by cdrt on 2/27/2019, 8:03 am

CR10X wrote:Depends on if you are at a NRA match or CMP match as far as the commands go.   

The CMP uses "WITH FIVE ROUNDS LOAD. AFTER FIRING FIVE SHOTS,RELOAD YOUR PISTOLS WITH A MAGAZINE AND FIVE SHOTS {they probably should say "rounds", but they said all their commands are correct} AND CONTINUE FIRING." for slow fire stages.  

NRA is just "LOAD" for slow fire match or stage if scoring is after 10 shots.  "NOTE: In slow fire events, which are scored after 10 shots, the command should be “10 SHOTS SLOW FIRE, 10 SHOTS IN 10 MINUTES, LOAD.” (The number of rounds to be loaded by the competitor in slow fire stages will be determined by the competitor." 

In any event, nothing appears to keep you from clearing your gun and performing dryfire if you should choose to do so.  

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Absolutely correct.  You can unload and dry fire during the slow fire stages; a very common practice during International Free Pistol matches.  On a personal note, I load five rounds in each magazine for all the slow fires, because that was the way I was taught, just to get ready for the timed and rapid stages, but there is nothing that says you can't load all ten rounds for the .22 slow fires.  And again, that pertains to NRA matches.  As CR10X noted, the CMP requires you to load five rounds in each mag for the slow fire stage.
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Post by javaduke on 2/27/2019, 12:49 pm

I heard some match directors saying "WITH THE MAGAZINE OF UP TO 10 ROUNDS LOAD".

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Post by weber1b on 2/27/2019, 1:10 pm

I see folks using revolvers load them singly to use the best cylinder in the gun for slow fire. I always just use the command 'Load' for slow fire.

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Post by pgg on 2/27/2019, 6:05 pm

Thank you all. I'll carry on with dryfiring to my heart's content. Smile

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Post by Caster3845 on 2/27/2019, 8:33 pm

Depends on if you are at a NRA match or CMP match as far as the commands go.   


The CMP uses "WITH FIVE ROUNDS LOAD. AFTER FIRING FIVE SHOTS,RELOAD YOUR PISTOLS WITH A MAGAZINE AND FIVE SHOTS {they probably should say "rounds", but they said all their commands are correct} AND CONTINUE FIRING." for slow fire stages. 


Does this mean that in CMP matches a competitor can not fire 4 rounds, drop the mag, therefore leaving one in the chamber, load 5 more rounds in the same mag and continue firing? I have used that method for years as I only use one mag for slow fire.
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Post by fc60 on 2/27/2019, 8:38 pm

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