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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From Poland, With Kitty: Honor Roll of Champions

by Editor 22. May 2012 18:25
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Well it looks like our woman in Olsztyn (Poland), Kitty Richards, took a break from all that partying - Polish Style - and managed to smuggle out of the country the final official results from the 2012 IDPA Polish National Championship. Here are your division champions, and, of course, High Lady. Look for the complete stage-by-stage results to be posted on shortly.

CDP Champion - Leszek Sokolowski CDP Master 236.89
ESP Champion - Marco Pedrana ESP Master 204.94
SSP Champion - Tomasz Redecki SSP Expert 224.52
ESR Champion - Marcin Galalazka ESR Expert 301.45
SSR Champion - Andrej Lipa SSR Expert 303.13
High Lady - Joanna Lenczewska ESP Expert 297.70

Congratulations to the 2012 Polish National Champions, and congratulations to the match staff and volunteers for a job well done. Thanks to the magic of the intertube, we have this video of your 2012 Polish Nats CDP Div. Champion Leszek Sokolowski in action. And yes, if you look closely you'll spot Kitty and Joanna working the match.

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From Poland, With Kitty: Now This Is A Trophy!

by Editor 21. May 2012 21:13
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Kitty Richards called the IDPA Polish National Championship trophy design "very neat". We call it AWESOME. With World War II vintage military vehicles and guns, tons of local media coverage, and this sweet trophy, it's pretty clear that IDPA Poland knows how to throw a championship match.

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From Poland, With Kitty: Press. Press. Pull.

by Editor 21. May 2012 20:59
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So, besides the world's greatest stage props, the IDPA Polish National Championship drew a ton of local media attention including TV Poland. Don't worry though, Kitty assured us she was ready for her close up.

This match was a REALLY a big deal in Poland! TVP (TV Poland) came out to do an interview with Ken Ortbach and Joanna Lenczweska, and some "papparazzi" attended as well. The local radio station was also on hand. They had flying drones (no sh*t!) with cameras attached to take aerial views of the shooters running the stages. It was all very impressive! - Kitty

ABOVE: Drones? Really? Who covers an IDPA match with a camera mounted drone? Well apparently TV Poland does. BELOW: The local radio station was also on the range covering the match.

BELOW: We have no idea what his name is but we assume this photographers name is Polish for Yamil.

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From Poland, With Kitty: It's All Over, But For The Vodka...

by Editor 21. May 2012 20:02
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Our woman in Olsztyn (Poland), Kitty Richards, files this late breaking report from the IDPA Polish National Championship. Unfortunately we don't yet have the full match results but IDPA's correspondent for Eastern Europe sends us this update...

The inaugural IDPA Polish National Championship is now in the books.  Shooters smiled, laughed and moaned their way through the challenging stages, but at the end of the day, they all agreed on one thing: the match director, staff and host club for the PNC did a great job.

The hotly contested SSR Division was won by Adrej Lipa of Lithuania, who bested Przemysław Lewandowski of Poland (2nd place) and the USA's Ken Ortbach (3rd). I was thrilled to earn one of the very cool custom-made trophies for 3rd place SSP Marksman. But the big news of the day is that The Polish Pistolera, Joanna Lenczweska, won 2nd ESP SS AND took High Lady – what a homecoming for her! Will the three US shooters be back as soon as possible to shoot the Polish National Championship again?  TAK!  (YES!) - Kitty

Thanks to Kitty for keeping us in the loop. Congratulations to Ken and Joanna on a job well done. And a very special thank you to IDPA Poland for the warm hospitality and for taking such good care of your American colleagues. We can't wait for next year's championship.

ABOVE: Ken Ortbach is presented a trophy by Club MD Jacek Ostrzycki BELOW: Jacek Ostrzycki with the "Babe Bay" SOs - Joanna & Kitty, who ran Bay 4

ABOVE & BELOW: The Polish Pistolera, Joanna Lenczweska, collects her trophies from Jacek Ostrzycki.

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From Poland, With Kitty: IDPA Poland Rolls Out The Big Guns

by Editor 20. May 2012 14:25
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Somebody seems to be having just a bit too much fun as our woman in Olsztyn (Poland), and IDPA's correspondent for Eastern Europe. But can you blame her? Yesterday Kitty Richards was swept off her feet by the new language of love: Polish. Now they are rolling out all the cool toys....including tanks!?! 

Holy cow, do these Poles know how to throw a match! Not only did they have many vendors and sponsors, they had…TANKS!!!!! WWII tanks, classic motorcycles with sidecars, a Gestapo wagon for the stats crew and some amazing artillery pieces. A reenactment group started the match by firing several volleys from their black powder cannons. Also in attendance was IDPA's All-Girl Artillery Team. - Kitty

Somebody better let Bubba know to start shopping for his own tank if he plans to keep Kitty from running off to Poland for good.

ABOVE: Don't tell us that IDPA Poland isn't serious about putting on a great match. Check out their big guns. BELOW: IDPA's All-Girl Artillery team, Kitty Richards and Joanna Lenczewska, stands ready to rain lead down on our enemies, with both class and style.

ABOVE & BELOW: And the award for the coolest match/stage props - ever - goes to IDPA Poland.

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From Poland, With Kitty: SOs Rock The 2012 IDPA Polish Championship

by Editor 19. May 2012 19:24
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Looks like we might not get our Kitty back as the Poles seem to be sweeping her off her feet by whispering sweet nothings - or stage descriptions - in her ear.

Some people swear that Italian is the language of love, but likely they have never heard an IDPA stage briefing done in Polish. 

As a veteran of many sanctioned matches, stage descriptions take on a different timbre when done in the tongue of the mother land in Olsztyn, Poland at the IDPA Polish National Championship. Really, these guys could be reading the phone book and I would still be mesmerized. What a treat to hear the stage description first in Polish and then in English! - Kitty

Today it was the SOs' turn to shoot the match, after putting the final touches on the 11 stage course of fire yesterday. And it seems wheelguns were the order of the day, or so our Kitty says.

Today the SOs and staff shot, and it turned into the battle of the Big Men with Round Guns. Shooters Przemysław Lewandowski (Poland), Ken Ortbach (USA) and Andrej Lipa (Lithuania) went head-to-head in the SSR division. Safety Officers shot late into the day to make sure the other competitors (shooting tomorrow) would find a flawless match. - Kitty

Dobre Szczęście (Polish for 'Good Luck') to all the competitors battling for Poland's coveted IDPA titles. Be sure to tune in tomorrow for another update from our woman in Olsztyn (Poland)...and pray that Bubba doesn't find out that Polish is the new language of love.

ABOVE: Poland's Przemysław Lewandowski scoring a down zero from 25 yards out. BELOW: Ken Ortbach takes on the last stage of the day.

ABOVE: Andrej Lipa of Lithuania goes prone on the long shot stage. BELOW: Local MD Jacek Ostrzycki is smiling with the contentment that only comes from a huge supply of pasters courtesy of Comp-Tac Victory Gear. We can neither confirm, nor deny, that these were "smuggled" in for this inaugural national championship by a certain Pittsburgh Steelers fan.

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