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: 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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