From Texas, With Kitty: And The Winner Is....

by Editor 2. July 2012 09:26
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The full match results from this weekend's Texas State IDPA Championship have been posted on the Collin County IDPA's website, but here is a look at the highlights.

CDP Div. Champion
Zeb Pomerenke 218.09 (19) EX

ESP Div. Champion
Brian Strickler 186.25 (27) MA

SSP Div. Champion
Gordon Carrell 181.12 (12) DM

ESR Div. Champion
Greg Kratochvil 258.10 (20) EX

SSR Div. Champion
Todd Speck 309.63 (25) SS

High Lady
Randi Rogers 212.17 (32) ESP/MA

High Law Enforcement
Buddy Best 235.34 (25) SSP/MA

High Senior
Mark Thompson 206.56 (38) ESP/EX

High Dist. Senior
Sam Jones 317.63 (37) ESP/SS

High Military Veteran
Bill Go 224.67 (38) SSP/MA

High Junior
Nathan Higdon 250.60 (46) CDP/EX

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From Texas, With Kitty: Bragging Rights

by Editor 1. July 2012 09:01
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By all accounts - and we do mean all - yesterday's Texas State IDPA Championship was a huge success. And that's due in no small part to the dedicated work of the match hosts, Collin County IDPA, who have built a strong club structure for developing excellent SOs and MDs. Check out Kitty's feature in yesterday's The Shooting Wire on how CCIDPA is winning bragging rights for the best SO staff in IDPA.

Besides a top-flight staff, and Comp-Tac's air-conditioned tent, the Texas championship also boasted IDPA dignitaries Bill and Joyce Wilson, who stopped by to see Cody, C.J., and the rest of Collin County IDPA put on a flawless match. Also attending the match was Zulu, Bill's and Joyce's new seven week old Belgian Shepherd Dog (or Malinois) puppy. No word yet on whether Zulu will be the new IDPA mascot.
ABOVE: MD Cody Ray and SOI C.J. Pruszynski welcome shooters to the match.
BELOW: Brian Strickler makes a few suggestions about Tiger Team rule changes, and Bubba was happy to hear them.

ABOVE: Armadillos were all over Northeast Texas. Meaning Team Armadillo Concealment was everywhere in Greenville.
BELOW: Kitty Richards hangs out with Bill Wilson who, along with Joyce, stopped by to see Collin Co. IDPA in action.

ABOVE: Bubba puts Comp-Tac's AC unit through extensive testing before giving it a Tiger Team seal of approval.
BELOW: That don't hunt, but she probably shoots. Joyce and Bill Wilson's new puppy, Zulu.

Photos courtesy of Kitty Richards.

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From Texas, With Kitty: Texas State Stages 9-12

by Editor 29. June 2012 18:09
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Kitty's team got the remaining four stage diagrams (stages 9-12) for Saturday's Texas State IDPA Championship out of the Lone Start State and to DOWN ZERO. And just in time to share them with you before the action starts tomorrow morning. Special thanks to the many heroes of the Steel Railroad that risked life and limb to smuggle the stage info out of Texas. Chalk this up as one more win over America's Team by the Steeler Nation.

Click to see stages 1 thru 4.
Click to see stages 5 thru 8.

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From Texas, With Kitty: Texas State Stages 5-8

by Editor 29. June 2012 10:15
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Kitty 'Secret Squirrel' Richards has come through again with the stage diagrams (stages 5-8) for Saturday's Texas State IDPA Championship. The famed Steel Railroad of Kitty's fellow Steelers fans delivered these images to DOWN ZERO in the wee hours of the morning. We're expecting the final four diagrams later today.

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From Texas, With Kitty: The Who's Who Of Sponsors

by Editor 29. June 2012 09:15
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From Texas, With Kitty: Cool Off With Comp-Tac

by Editor 29. June 2012 08:23
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Yesterday our own Kitty Richards, Bureau Chief for DOWN ZERO's Republic of Texas office, broke the news that Comp-Tac Victory Gear might be planning on offering air conditioning at the tomorrow's Texas State IDPA Championship. Well this morning Comp-Tac confirmed the news in a press release in today's The Shooting Wire.

In their announcement, Comp-Tac outlined both their sponsorship and the air-conditioned tent.

With temperatures on the range expected to approach 100 degrees, Comp-Tac is offering shooters an escape from the hot Texas sun and inviting them to stop by their fully air conditioned vendor tent. Not only will competitors be able to cool off, but the Comp-Tac tent will feature a full selection of holsters, magazine pouches, and belts available for purchase on-site.

Comp-Tac's Owner and President Gregg Garrett explained the decision to provide shooters this respite from the heat.

"At Comp-Tac we pride ourselves on our customer service and that's why when we found out how hot it was going to be this weekend during the match, we decided to provide everybody with a little Comp-Tac hospitality in the form of an air conditioned tent. We think it might end up being the most popular stage of the match," quipped Garrett.

"This is welcome news to many of the shooters and staff I've talked to here in Texas. I applaud Comp-Tac's decition, particularly since I plan to sit inside their tent for the majority of the match...for news gathering purposes only, of course," said Kitty.

Comp-Tac air-conditioned tent

Photo by Terry Burba

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From Texas, With Kitty: Texas State Stages 1-4

by Editor 28. June 2012 14:45
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Tapping into her underground network of snitches, malcontents, and ne'er-do-wells, DOWN ZERO's Kitty Richards got her hands on the stage diagrams for Saturday's Texas State IDPA Championship. And with the help of the Steel Railroad - a nationwide web of fellow Pittsburgh Steelers fans - our version of Mata Hari managed to smuggle out the first four of what we hope will be all 12 secret stage documents.


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From Texas, With Kitty: BREAKING NEWS ALERT Comp-Tac To Offer AC?

by Editor 27. June 2012 17:08
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This just in...

DOWN ZERO's Lone Start State Bureau Chief, Kitty Richards, reports that Houston-based holster manufacturer, Comp-Tac Victory Gear, is rumored to be hosting an air-conditioned tent at the Texas State IDPA Championship. With temperatures expected to close in on 100 degrees during the competition, the possibility of an air-conditioned refuge for shooters seeking to escape the brutal Texas heat is now a major topic of discussion.

My sources tell me that representatives from Comp-Tac, concerned about the impact triple-digit heat could have on the match, have been spotted at the local rent-all facility. Speculation is that this visit was a precursor to renting a portable air-conditioning unit. Several officials here at Collin County IDPA say that's a good indicator that Comp-Tac is indeed planning on having a fully air-conditioned tent.

While we have yet to confirm this rumor with Comp-Tac officials, who have been unavailable for comment, if true, this is huge news and I'm going on record right now and predicting big sales in the Comp-Tac vendor tent. - Kitty

Calls to Comp-Tac headquarters have not been returned, but sources close to the company say to expect an official announcement within the next 24 hours.

Stay tuned for additional news and announcements from the Texas State IDPA Championship.

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From Texas, With Kitty: Getting Ready For The Big Match

by Editor 25. June 2012 14:32
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If you're a Pittsburgh Steelers fan be advised, you have "troops behind enemy lines". That Steeltown gal you know as Kitty Richards has traveled down to the Republic of Texas to attend this weekend's Texas State IDPA Championship in Greenville, Texas. As DOWN ZERO's Lone Start State Bureau Chief, Kitty will be filing reports over the next couple days. Here's her first.

IDPA shooters all over Texas filled the ranges this past weekend as they prepared for the 2012 Texas State IDPA Championship. The Championship, featuring 12 stages and a 201 minimum round count, will be a match that, "Marksmen can finish and Masters will love", according to Match Director Cody Ray. The match has been sold out for over two and a half months with 210 shooters set to compete at the range in Greenville, outside of Dallas.

What draws these shooters to fill this match so quickly? According to Ray, "Folks will experience Texas-like temps of 99 degrees, the best SOs and staff in the business, Mike Cooper's finger-licking barbecue, and the finest match in Texas - and that really means in the world!" - Kitty

Kitty has promised additional updates, but as a Steelers fan hiding out in the shadow of Dallas - home to something called "America's Team" - we're not promising anything.

ABOVE: Saturday at the CrossTimbers IDPA in Alvarado, TX, Brian Ehrler shoots the side match Polish Plate Rack to practice transitions in preparations for this coming weekend's Texas State Championship.

BELOW: Phil Torres watches a shooter's use of cover during the Texas Tactical IDPA Match in Bulverde, TX on Sunday. Local shooters throughout the Lone Star State are getting in as much practice as possible leading up to the big match on Saturday.

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