IDPA Partners With Action Target To Create Official Steel Practice Target

by Editor 3. March 2015 07:00
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PROVO, Utah – Action Target announced today that it has partnered up with the International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) to create the organization’s official steel practice target named the PT IDPA Practice Torso.

The new target, which is available for sale on Action Target’s online store (, features a regulation torso shape including scoring zones with reactive swinging plates to provide instant visual and audible feedback for accurate shots. “We were really excited to work with Action Target on this project because of their ability to take our requirements and come up with an innovative solution,” IDPA Executive Director Joyce Wilson said. “Specifically, we wanted a steel target that encourages shooters to focus on accuracy. To do this, we diminished the sizes of the down zero zones by two inches to encourage tighter groupings in training which can lead to better scores in competition.”

While the PT IDPA Practice Torso is designed specifically for competitive handgun training, it is built with 3/8-inch AR550 armor steel which can withstand any standard handgun round and is also rated for rifle use at 100 yards. It is also designed with the safety of the shooter in mind with no exposed bolts, clamps or brackets for a completely flat shooting surface that produces predictable splatter patterns and reduces the risk of ricochet coming back at the shooter.

“A lot of work went into the design of this target,” Chris Hess, Action Target’s product marketing manager over steel targets, said. “Not only did we ensure that the torso dimensions of the target perfectly match IDPA regulation, we also created a new patent pending hinge design for the reactive plates that minimizes the number of parts needed and provides consistent reaction on every shot. This new design will soon be used on all of our reactive steel targets.”

The PT IDPA Practice Torso made its first debut at the 2014 IDPA National Championship held in Tulsa, Okla., where the prototypes were tested by competitors and IDPA executives. Two-time national IDPA champion and member of the Smith & Wesson shooting team Tom Yost was especially influential in the creation of the target and suggested improvements that led to the final patent pending design.

“As a competitive shooter, this is exactly the kind of target I want to train with,” Yost said. “Practicing on steel helps build muscle memory for accurate shots better than anything else because it provides instant feedback that you can hear and see. Those habits built shooting on steel transfer perfectly to the official cardboard target.”

The PT IDPA Practice Torso comes with the buyer’s choice of a 1-foot, 2-foot, 3-foot or 4-foot stand and will begin shipping March 13.

Product Specifications:
- As Low As: $339
- Height: 5’ (with recommended 3’ stand)
- Weight: 59 lbs.
- Torso Dimensions: 12” x 25.75” (adjusted for target angle)
- Reactive -0 Square Dimensions: 3” x 3”
- Reactive -0 Circle Dimensions: 6”
- Steel Grade: 3/8” AR550
- Handgun Shooting Distance: 10 yards+
- Rifle Shooting Distance: 100 yards+ using ammunition below 3,000 fps

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10 Ways to Prevent Wildfires While Target Shooting This Summer

by Editor 7. June 2013 15:04
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PROVO, Utah – June 8, 2013 – As the days get longer and the weather gets nicer, more and more shooters will be heading outdoors this summer to practice with their favorite firearms. With summer, however, also comes the increased risk of wildfires. As we saw last year in the western half of the U.S., fires are easily started and readily blamed on firearms use. If you plan to target shoot on public land this season, make sure you understand the regulations and take the necessary precautions to prevent the chance of wildfires. Here are 10 suggestions:


1) Bring a bucket of water – This may seem obvious, but shooters often fail to bring enough water to put a fire out. A 5-gallon bucket of water at the ready while shooting could prevent a disaster if a fire does start. We recommend placing the bucket near the targets you'll be shooting. That way, if a fire starts, you won't have to waste precious time carrying a heavy bucket all the way to where your targets are set up.

2) Shoot on quality steel targetsAction Target's steel targets are designed to minimize risks to both the shooter and the environment. The flat target surface with no exposed bolts, clamps or brackets allows for predictable bullet splatter, and the angle of the target plate forces bullet fragments down toward the feet of the target. Uneven shooting surfaces produce unpredictable splatter and ricochet which increases the surface area exposed to sparks and hot bullet fragments.

3) Place your targets on dirt or gravel – Make sure your target is placed on a level, unvegetated surface of dirt or small grained gravel. Placing a target in tall grass increases the risk of fire.

4) Don't shoot trash – Trash like old couches and TVs can often be found on public land but are dangerous fire hazards when shot. Because there is often no surface hard enough to cause the bullet to break up, hot rounds can build up inside and eventually create enough heat to cause a fire.

5) Don't shoot with steel core ammo – Ammo that contains a steel core may spark when it hits a rock or a metal object. To avoid any chance of sparking, do not use steel ammunition and avoid shooting in rocky areas.

6) Bring a shovel and an old blanket – Use the shovel to dig a trench around your targets before shooting to ensure that any fire caused by sparks can be easily contained. Place the blanket near the targets you'll be shooting so it's easily available if needed. A blanket is one of the best ways to smother a fire and can be even more effective than water.

7) Never shoot exploding targets – Binary exploding targets made of ammonium nitrate and aluminum powder (commonly known as Tannerite when combined) are popular among recreational shooters. While the byproducts of the explosion do not produce a fire hazard, they are often blamed for starting wild fires. Exploding targets (listed as “other pyrotechnic devices”) are outlawed on public lands by the Bureau of Land Management's Fire Prevention Order.

8) Don't use incendiary or tracer ammo – Incendiary and tracer ammo are also outlawed on public lands by the BLM's Fire Prevention Order. Any ammo that “burns” can easily ignite grass and brush and should not be used in flammable areas.

9) Don't smoke – Even if you're following all safety precautions in regard to shooting, you can still easily start a wildfire by smoking. If you're shooting in a dry location, make sure that all cigarette butts are properly extinguished or avoid smoking at all.

10) Park your vehicle away from dry grass – Several fires last year were started by vehicles parked in tall grass. While it may not seem like a hazard, the hot undercarriage of a car or truck can easily create enough heat to ignite dry grass.

You may not be able to plan for every possible scenario, but just taking a few extra precautions while shooting can greatly reduce the risk of starting a fire. Just remember that every time you set foot on public land, you represent the shooting community, and one bad decision could affect everyone.

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Action Target, H&K, Pro Ears Join Industry Sponsors Of IDPA’s Smith & Wesson Indoor Nationals

by Editor 13. February 2013 07:00
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – Industry leaders Action Target, Heckler & Koch and Pro Ears, as well as Militec, Ritchie Leather, Samson, StormLake Barrels and Taylor Brands/Smith & Wesson Knives, have signed on as sponsors of the upcoming Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship to be held February 21-23 in Springfield, Mass.

The International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) announced that these companies have joined the long list of those supporting the match, including Apex Tactical Specialties, Hogue Grips, PowerTech/Smith & Wesson Flashlights, Rainier Ballistics, Safariland, Swab-its and major match sponsors ACADEMI, Brownells, Comp-Tac Victory Gear, CORBON, GLOCK,, Harris Publications, Michigan Ammo Company, Mossberg, the National Shooting Sports Foundation, Nighthawk Custom, Panteao Productions, Ruger, Speed Shooter Specialties, Taurus, Trijicon, Wilson Combat and match host Smith & Wesson.

“On behalf of the 21,000-plus members of IDPA, and especially those competing in the 2013 Smith & Wesson Indoor Nationals, I wish to thank Action Target, Heckler & Koch, Militec, Pro Ears, Ritchie Leather, Samson, StormLake Barrels and Taylor Brands for their continued, and very generous, support for the shooting sports,” said said Robert Ray, membership and marketing director for IDPA.

Widely regarded as one of the finest competitive shooting events in the country, the Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship represents the official start of IDPA’s competition season. More than 300 of the sport’s best shooters are expected to compete for titles in Custom Defensive Pistol, Enhanced Service Pistol, Stock Service Pistol, Stock Service Revolver and Enhanced Service Revolver, the five divisions within IDPA.

The sold-out 2013 Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship will take place on the indoor ranges of the Smith & Wesson Shooting Sports Center in Springfield, Massachusetts on Thursday, February 21, and will conclude with the awards banquet on Saturday, February 23.

For more information on IDPA, the Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship or to find a club near you, visit You can also connect with IDPA online by following @OfficialIDPA on Twitter, like ShootIDPA on Facebook, watch IDPA TV, or check for regular updates on the DOWN ZERO Blog.

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Here Come The Gun Cats...

by Editor 1. October 2012 10:01
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Thanks to help from IDPA members, and shooters like Team Smith & Wesson's Julie Golob, the UVM Gun Cats have won Action Target's September Steel Target Giveaway with a last minute push for votes. Above is a shot of the shotgun team members reacting to news that they now have to shoot IDPA (with S&W firearms of course). Look for them at the 2013 Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship. Lucky for them, they already have concealment vests.

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