Other than Grizzly Adams how many of you have changed your gear position? I haven't and don't plan to until someone tells me it's wrong.
Am I Grizzly Adams?
Yes, I've changed and put me down for one of the people effected, and irritated by this. And, with all due respect, the attitude of people that don't see how/why this came about is a problem.
I changed because I want to do my best always and once the "facebook" picture came out it seemed imminent the rule would change. I figured it would be "That Teusday" and I didn't want to get caught unprepared for the next match. Fact is, it probably takes a month or more of DF to rewire the circuits. I do compete to do my very best and gear position matters to performance.
Here's my other concerns.
I have been in the sport for 5 years. After 1 year I became an RO. Not to dime out the RMI but we were taught to put your finger on the hip bone and everything had to be behind it. I was in the class with at least one top level shooter. To this day if you put your finger on your hip bone if your gear is behind it, it is behind it. To me, it is unequivocal. I never even knew their was a question....
The next concern I have is why?" Why is this the way to measure. Especially when the other measurement works? It seems clear to me that the way "I" have been doing it is the way (most) every single Production shooter has been doing it. So why was an option picked that would disrupt Production? I'm concerned either that wasn't thought about or considered.
The next concern I have is the manner this comes out. 1 person asks a question on a forum.... Now, I'm always a bit suspect whenever somebody asks a question and immediately gives what they think the answer is but anyway the question is given along with a picture. The response from NROI is that, "yep it's #2" and that picture is good. I was "confronted" nearly two weeks later by a shooting friend of mine in a very polite way. I was shocked....I had not heard of such a "ruling" because I never went to USPSA Forums.
To my knowledge their is no prior information out there that would lead one to believe measurement is from the front or from the side and that picture "does" make a drastic change in where I can put my gear. With a forum post, their is this disruption among many shooters, and again it seems unnecessary.
There are people in our sport that aren't here necessarily y for the enjoyment of shooting guns in a game to win. And I don't think I'm the only one that have seen these people but these are the types that look to restrict gaming, they believe in "gotchas", the line is out, vs. on the line is in...that kind of thing. I RO'd at a big match with a CRO who actually believed a questionable hit, his job was to score it low and it was the competitors responsibility to ask for an overlay. He also went around threatening to DQ people based on his "own rules." It was very disappointing but I/we know these people exist. We've had in our sport people who wanted to bump to Open a shooter who at LMR removes a mag from their pocket.... And just recently there was a discussion about if a lady shooter drops her pants should she be DQ'd in the portapotty. I think their are many that are constantly guarded against these types of people and that attitude as it goes against the freestyle, competitive, and community spirit of our sport.
The issues are where the line is to be drawn, the need for it, the reasoning, the methodology, AND the manner in which it is communicated initially, AND the uncertainty that surrounds it now.
I do think we would be better off to say, ...." oops, my bad forget this happened" and go back to the drawing board on this issue.
I do think unless it is an actual clarification there should be more input from effected shooters.