MattM

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    106
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    Raeford Parachute Center
  • License
    D
  • License Number
    26359
  • Licensing Organization
    USPA
  • Number of Jumps
    3500
  • Years in Sport
    8
  • First Choice Discipline
    Freeflying
  • Second Choice Discipline
    Freefall Photography
  • Second Choice Discipline Jump Total
    2500
  1. I've been through about 10 cameras and I just cut it off and burn it with a lighter so it doesn't fray. Maybe I'm just lazy. Matt
  2. I know I earned mine. Where do I pick it up? Matt
  3. I never figured it out if it was excess brake line that caught or the actual toggle itself. Either way, I'm super religious about stowing brake line now. No photos of my helmet, I'll grab some soon. Matt
  4. http://www.uline.com/BL_3110/Gaffers-Tape Matt
  5. Just wanted to share my story about my ringsight getting friendly with my toggle. Shooting 8-way during one of our training weeks out at Raeford.... During my deployment I get glance of my right riser getting out in front of me, which I never see. Promptly, my head is pinned looking up at line twists and a yellow toggle wrapped around something on my helmet and hitting me in the face. After a few revolutions, which is speeding up rapidly since I'm jumping a velocity, I figure out my toggle is hooked to my ringsight. At this point the load is huge and I can't reach up to try and clear it and my next thought is to chop it since I have broken nylon screws on my ringsight easily before. I chop it, the canopy breaks free, and so does my ringsight but is dangling by my cameye which I had a small piece of tape holding it to the ring. My helmet has a cutaway handle but I chose to possibly just lose my ringisght instead of my entire helmet. Had I not had a clue what was snagged, I would have went for the helmet cutaway for sure. So please, use nylon screws. Look over everyones camera helmet and make sure they are using them too. If you see anyone with metal screws, do whatever it takes to make sure they don't jump that helmet. Make sure the ringsight is free standing, don't tape cameye lights to them. ALWAYS stow excess brake line. Ok, enough preaching for me today. Be safe! Matt
  6. http://www.joystiq.com/2009/01/30/title-of-the-year-dejobaans-aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa/ Matt
  7. Thanks! :-) True, we have some plans to make that better soon. Feel free to do that, get with me and I can show you how next time you are here. Plugging directly into the video server will be a little faster than pulling it over the network. Matt
  8. CQC/CQB tactics will get you a long way...but it also depends on the fact if you are well trained or trained at all. Just because you know that if someone grabs your muzzle you pivot your body to realign the sights with your target...that doesn't mean you will react that way in an actual confrontation. But let's say all gun owner's get CQC/CQB training for argument's sake...the other thing is your proficiency in those tactics. Special Forces are constantly training in CQC/CQB, they don't just take a once a year refresher to be dead on accurate. So what makes you think that you or anyone else will react that same way without constant training? It's just like any martial art...you can be shown a waza, but without practice you'll never be good or even great at it. Your average gun owner would focus on the weapon in a face to face struggle over it...but someone with any martial arts or CQC/CQB training will know that all it takes is a little slight of hand. Get your opponent to focus on your hand that's on the weapon and finish things with your open hand...it only takes a split second. That's also why operators carry a secondary firearm like a pistol. That way rather than fighting over the primary weapon that the assailant is trying to acquire you give him a couple of love taps from your secondary weapon, gain control of your primary weapon, and move on. But your regular citizen isn't going to have a secondary weapon, body armor, and a team to back him or her up. Training is good, train all you want......and as a firearm owner one should. But if there's no weapon to begin with, then there's nothing else to lose focus on or fight to keep control of. So you have or have not been trained in CQC? Matt
  9. First flight video: http://paracletexp.com/constructionvideos.asp Matt
  10. first flight was made today! Tim (the owner) was first in, then Kirk, John, and myself. We only had a few minutes but we were glad it was cut short, it was 120 degrees in the chamber! The louvers will be working by friday to cool it down. Video posted in the morning! Matt
  11. new construction video is up. www.paracletexp.com Matt
  12. We have 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, and 60 minute blocks. They range somewhere around $27 on up. Hope this eases your concerns. Matt