NER '13 Stage 2: Movie Theater

by Editor 7. August 2013 06:00
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SCENARIO: You are enjoying a movie with a friend when a group of bad guys enter and start shooting. Push your friend to safety with strong hand and stop the bad guys.

PROCEDURE: Start sitting at P1, hands on knees, back against the back of the chair. Handgun loaded to division capacity. Ammunition carriers stowed on body. Flashlight turned off on body.

Push your friend down to safety and engage T1. Advance to P2 and engage T2-T3. Advance to P3 and engage T4-T5. Flashlight must be kept in-hand. Note: Shooter must stand before draw.

SCORING: Vickers Count
ROUND COUNT:
 15
TARGETS: 5 IDPA, 2 Non-Threat
SCORED HITS: Best Three On Target
CONCEALMENT: Required

STAGE DESIGN: Alan Vail

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IDPA Previews 17th Annual Massachusetts IDPA Championship Course Of Fire

by Editor 30. May 2013 07:15
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – Organizers of the 17th Annual Massachusetts State IDPA Championship, presented by Smith & Wesson, are previewing all 10 stages of the course of fire competitors will face this weekend.

IDPA members and others interested in the scenarios and stage designs featured in this year’s match, as well as those from past matches, should visit IDPA’s DOWN ZERO blog.

Sanctioned by the International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA), the Massachusetts State IDPA Championship will take place Saturday and Sunday, June 1-2, at the Rob & Gun Club of New Bedford located in North Dartmouth.

In addition to determining the state champion in each of IDPA’s five handgun competition divisions, the match also serves as the first leg of the newly established King of New England, which is being presented by Apex Tactical Specialties.

Four stages from each of three major New England championships, starting with the Massachusetts State Championship, will make up the 12 stage challenge. To kick off the King of New England, John Catterall, match director of the Massachusetts State match, has selected the following stages as the Massachusetts State Championship portion of the series:

Stage 1 - Hallway Clearance
Stage 4 - Shrimp Mozambique
Stage 7 - Deep in the Heart of Texas
Stage 8 - Reload Skill Drill: Fast or Slow?
Stage 9 - Easy As 1-2-3 (alternate)

IDPA, which is the country’s fastest growing shooting sport, has seen tremendous growth in the last few years fueled by the surging demand in concealed carry permits and the increasing need for personal protection. Such rapid growth has made competitions like the Massachusetts State Championship extremely popular.

For more information on IDPA, the 17th Annual Massachusetts State IDPA Championship presented by Smith & Wesson, or to join the more than 22,000 members competing each week all across America, visit www.IDPA.com.

You can further connect with the IDPA community through IDPA’s social media, such as @OfficialIDPA on Twitter and ShootIDPA on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Tumblr, or check for regular news and updates on the organization’s DOWN ZERO Blog.

 

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Massachusetts State Stage 9: Easy As 1-2-3

by Editor 29. May 2013 18:26
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SCENARIO: Three halls, a bunch of bad guys… That was easy!

PROCEDURE: Start standing at P1, firearm loaded to division capacity and holstered. Ammunition carriers loaded to division capacity and stowed per IDPA rules. Hands relaxed at sides.

Engage T1-T3 while retreating to cover. If necessary, T1-T3 may be re-engaged from behind cover. Engage remaining targets as they become visible. T5 and T7 have non-scoring poppers behind them that activate moving targets. Both steel activators must fall.

SCORING: Vickers Count
ROUND COUNT:
 16
TARGETS: 8 IDPA, 2 Non-Threat
SCORED HITS: Best Two On Target
CONCEALMENT: Required

STAGE DESIGN: John Catterall

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Massachusetts State Stage 8: Reload Skill Drill: Fast or Slow?

by Editor 29. May 2013 18:25
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SCENARIO: Am I better off slowing down to make good hits? Or, do I burn this house down!

PROCEDURE: Start standing at P1, firearm loaded to division capacity and holstered. Ammunition carriers loaded to division capacity and stowed per IDPA rules. Hands relaxed at sides.

Engage T1 to T3 from either side of the barricade with two rounds each; change to the opposite side of the barricade and re-engage T1-T3 with two rounds each. Advance to the barrel and re-engage T1-T3 with two rounds each from low cover from either side of the barrel. Shooters must execute one slide-lock (emergency) reload and one tactical reload from behind the barricade before advancing to the barrel.

SCORING: Vickers Count
ROUND COUNT:
 18
TARGETS: 3 IDPA
SCORED HITS: Best Six On Target
CONCEALMENT: Not Required

STAGE DESIGN: John Catterall

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Massachusetts State Stage 7: Deep in the Heart of Texas

by Editor 29. May 2013 18:24
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SCENARIO: Everyone is in disarray… will you be when you get deep in the heart of Texas?

PROCEDURE: Start standing at P1, firearm loaded to division capacity and holstered. Ammunition carriers loaded to division capacity and stowed per IDPA rules. Hands relaxed at sides.

Begin at P1 and engage T1-T18 with one shot each – all shots while on the move while remaining behind caution tape.

SCORING: Vickers Count
ROUND COUNT:
 18
TARGETS: 18 IDPA, 3 Non-Threat
SCORED HITS: Best One On Target
CONCEALMENT: Required

STAGE DESIGN: John Catterall

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Massachusetts State Stage 4: Shrimp Mozambique

by Editor 29. May 2013 18:22
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SCENARIO: You are waiting in line to get into your favorite restaurant for your favorite treat. Your dinner plans are interrupted.

PROCEDURE: Start standing at P1, firearm loaded to division capacity and holstered. Ammunition carriers loaded to division capacity and stowed per IDPA rules. Hands relaxed at sides.

Engage array T1 to T3 while standing at P1 with three rounds each, two to the body and one to the head. Move to P2 and engage remaining paper targets with three rounds each, anywhere on the target. Pepper poppers activate moving targets so they must fall.

SCORING: Vickers Count
ROUND COUNT:
 18
TARGETS: 5 IDPA, 1 Non-Threat, 3 Steel
SCORED HITS: Best Three On Target
CONCEALMENT: Required

STAGE DESIGN: John Catterall

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Massachusetts State Stage 1: Hallway Clearance

by Editor 29. May 2013 18:20
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SCENARIO: Bad guys are everywhere, clear the house but watch out for good guys.

PROCEDURE: Start standing at P1, centered on wall, firearm loaded to division capacity and holstered. Ammunition carriers loaded to division capacity and stowed per IDPA rules. Hands relaxed at sides.

Engage targets as they become visible. Shooter must step on the pressure pad and activate moving target T5 when leaving the wall at P1.

SCORING: Vickers Count
ROUND COUNT:
 14
TARGETS: 7 IDPA, 2 Non-Threat
SCORED HITS: Best Two On Target
CONCEALMENT: Required

STAGE DESIGN: John Catterall

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Apex Tactical Presents King of New England IDPA Series

by Editor 22. May 2013 07:23
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – Apex Tactical Specialties has been named the presenting sponsor of the International Defensive Pistol Association’s (IDPA) new King of New England series, a three event concurrent competition taking place this season.

The King of New England, presented by Apex Tactical Specialties, will feature four stages from each of New England’s three biggest IDPA competitions. Match directors from the 17th Annual Massachusetts State IDPA Championship, presented by Smith & Wesson (June 1-2), the 2013 Smith & Wesson New England Regional IDPA Championship (August 16-18) and the Smith & Wesson Live Free Or Die State IDPA Championship (October 18-19) are working together to provide IDPA members with this unique and fun specialty title challenge.

“Apex is very pleased to be the presenting sponsor of the King of New England contest. This new format encourages cooperation between match directors and offers local IDPA members a competition structure that promotes increased match participation. Apex is proud to be working with local leaders to help grow shooting sports participation in these three great New England matches,” said Scott Folk of Apex.

The first leg of the King of New England challenge will take place June 1-2 at the Rod & Gun Club of New Bedford when competitors gather for the 17th Annual Massachusetts State IDPA Championship, presented by Smith & Wesson.

“Thanks to the support of Apex Tactical Specialties, this year’s Massachusetts State IDPA Championship will have special meaning for many area shooters,” said John Catterall. “We’re looking forward to kicking off the King of New England and encourage all New England IDPA members to take a run at this new title.”

The second leg of the contest will take place August 16-18 during the Smith & Wesson New England Regional IDPA Championship at the Harvard Sportsmen's Club in Harvard, Mass.

The King of New England series will wrap up at the Smith & Wesson Live Free Or Die State IDPA Championship being held at the Pioneer Sportsmen Club in Dunbarton, New Hampshire, October 18-19.

The King of New England title will be awarded in each of the five IDPA divisions and is based on the best combined score from the 12 selected King of New England stages. In order to win the title of King of New England a shooter much compete in the same IDPA division in all three participating matches.

For more information on IDPA, the King of New England presented by Apex Tactical Specialties or to get started in this fun and exciting defensive pistol shooting sport, visit www.IDPA.com. You can also stay connected with the growing IDPA community online through @OfficialIDPA on Twitter, ShootIDPA on Facebook, IDPA TV, or the Down Zero Blog.

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Safariland, Hogue, Apex And Others Sponsor IDPA’s Smith & Wesson Indoor Nationals

by Editor 8. February 2013 10:14
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – Safariland, Hogue Grips and Apex Tactical Specialties, along with PowerTech/Smith & Wesson Flashlights, Rainier Ballistics and Swab-its, 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 the six sponsors have been added to the rapidly growling list of companies supporting the match, including the match’s major sponsors ACADEMI, Brownells, Comp-Tac Victory Gear, CORBON, GLOCK, GlockTriggers.com, Harris Publications, Michigan Ammo Company, Mossberg, the National Shooting Sports Foundation, Panteao Productions, Ruger, Taurus, Trijicon, Wilson Combat and match host Smith & Wesson.

“Each year industry support for the Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor Nationals eclipses that from the previous year, which is a testament to both the growing importance of IDPA competitions in America and the reputation Smith & Wesson’s match has as one of the best shooting competitions in any discipline,” said Joyce Wilson, executive 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.

“Thanks to the generous support from our friends at Safariland, Hogue Grips, Apex Tactical Specialties, Rainier Ballistics, Swab-its and PowerTech/Smith & Wesson Flashlights, the 2013 championship is shaping up to be one of the best Indoor Nationals of all time,” added Wilson.

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 www.IDPA.com. 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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Apex Announces New Polymer Armorer’s Block For M&P And Glock Pistols

by Editor 7. December 2012 10:26
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LOS OSOS, Calif. – Apex Tactical Specialties, Inc. announced the release of their new Polymer Armorer’s Block, a multi-purpose bench-top tool ideal for working on Smith & Wesson M&P and Glock pistols.

Designed for use by gunsmiths, armorers and do-it-yourself gun owners, the polymer armorer’s block fills the need for a simple bench-top tool that does more than just one task. With its non-marring polymer construction, fully adjustable bosses and holes located in just the right place, the Apex Polymer Armorer’s Block makes easy work of polymer frame pistol disassembly.

“I designed our original Armorer’s Block out of aluminum just prior to attending the NRA Show in Pittsburgh two years ago,” explained said Scott Folk, vice president at Apex. “The response from those at the show was incredible and we were constantly fielding questions about price and availability. Since then it’s been redesigned into a more versatile tool with a durable, polymer construction that gun owners are really going to like.”

The Apex Polymer Armorer’s Block works with all models of the Smith & Wesson M&P pistol as well as with all Glock pistols. Packed with features, the block makes it easy to hold a frame in place while driving frame pins in and out, install trigger bars onto Apex’s aluminum and polymer triggers and install striker springs.

The block measures 7” long x 4” wide x 1.5” thick, which means it fits easily into a USPS Priority Mail Small Box and makes a great stocking stuffer for the tool and gadget lover in all of us.

The Apex Polymer Armorer’s Block will be available December 13, 2012 and will retail for just $29.95.

For more information on Apex parts and services, visit www.ApexTactical.com, find Apex Tactical on Facebook or follow @ApexTactical on Twitter.

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