Colt and EAR-East Sponsor IDPA's Carolina Cup

by Editor 10. June 2012 09:05
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – One of IDPA's biggest championship events just got bigger thanks to the support of firearms industry icon Colt's Manufacturing Company and the hearing protection firm EAR-East, which according to officials with the International Defensive Pistol Association have both signed on as sponsors of this weekend's Carolina Cup.

Colt and EAR-East join Remington Arms and Smith & Wesson, the Carolina Cup's two major sponsors, as well as Blade-Tech, Comp-Tac, Federal Premium Ammunition, GlockTriggers.com, Panteao Productions, Precision Delta, Safariland and Trijicon in supporting the championship.

Colt and EAR-East will each sponsor one of the 16 stages in the match. The Carolina Cup takes place June 14-16 in Oxford, North Carolina with over 370 of IDPA's top competitors expected to attend.

“With the Carolina Cup just days away, excitement for the match is building,” said Scott Ruby, sponsor coordinator for the Carolina Cup. “This year we'll have a record number of shooters competing and that's thanks to the great support we've received from the industry and companies like Colt and EAR-East.”

The Carolina Cup is one of IDPA's three major championships and will be held at The Range in Oxford, where shooters are expected to put upwards of 75,000 rounds downrange in pursuit of titles in Custom Defensive Pistol, Enhanced Service Pistol, Stock Service Pistol, Stock Service Revolver and Enhanced Service Revolver, the five divisions in IDPA competition.

A competitor slot to the Carolina Cup is one of the most highly sought after in the sport due to the match's reputation of providing one of the most challenging courses of fire. Stages are known for their creativity and how they test a shooter's entire skill set. Due to both the match's popularity and the explosive growth in IDPA membership, the Carolina Cup has been sold out since early March.

For more information on the championship visit www.The-CarolinaCup.com, or use #carolinacup to follow match news and competitor updates on Twitter.

Founded in 1996, the International Defensive Pistol Association is the international governing body for IDPA competition which offers shooters a fun, safe, and challenging format to practice and test their gun handling skills through defensive-based scenarios. Today IDPA stands as the fastest growing shooting sport in the United States with over 20,000 members from all 50 states and 54 foreign countries. IDPA's 321 affiliated clubs offer weekly and monthly matches as well as host major championships.

To find a club near you, join IDPA, or just learn more about this exciting and fun defensive pistol shooting sport, visit www.IDPA.com. You can also follow @OfficialIDPA on Twitter, like ShootIDPA on Facebook, watch IDPA TV, or check out the Down Zero Blog to keep up with the latest news.

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IDPA Adds Panteao Productions And Precision Delta To Carolina Cup Sponsor List

by Editor 6. June 2012 12:00
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – Officials with the International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) announced the addition of Panteao Productions and Precision Delta to the growing list of sponsors of the upcoming Carolina Cup taking place June 14-16 in Oxford, N.C.

Panteao Productions and Precision Delta join Remington Arms and Smith & Wesson, the Carolina Cup's two major sponsors, as well as Blade-Tech, Comp-Tac, Federal Premium Ammunition, GlockTriggers.com, Safariland and Trijicon in supporting the championship.

Panteao Productions and Precision Delta will each sponsor one of the 16 stages in the match, which is expected to draw over 370 of IDPA's top competitors.

“We're extremely fortunate to have the strong support of companies like Panteao Productions and Precision Delta whose generosity has helped make the Carolina Cup one of the largest and most popular competitions in IDPA,” said Scott Ruby, sponsor coordinator for the Carolina Cup.

In addition to sponsoring the match, Panteao Productions will be represented in the competition by shooting team members Dave Harrington, team captain Tom Yost, and Bob Vogel, the Carolina Cup's defending Stock Service Pistol champion.

The Carolina Cup, one of IDPA's three major championships, will be held at The Range in Oxford, North Carolina where shooters are expected to put upwards of 75,000 rounds downrange in pursuit of titles in Custom Defensive Pistol, Enhanced Service Pistol, Stock Service Pistol, Stock Service Revolver and Enhanced Service Revolver, the five divisions in IDPA competition.

Considered by many to be among the most popular matches in IDPA competition, the Carolina Cup is known for its challenging course of fire that creatively tests all of a shooter's skills. Due to both the match's popularity and the explosive growth in IDPA membership, the Carolina Cup has been sold out since early March.

For more information on the championship visit www.The-CarolinaCup.com, or use #carolinacup to follow match news and competitor updates on Twitter.

Founded in 1996, the International Defensive Pistol Association is the international governing body for IDPA competition which offers shooters a fun, safe, and challenging format to practice and test their gun handling skills through defensive-based scenarios. Today IDPA stands as the fastest growing shooting sport in the United States with over 20,000 members from all 50 states and 54 foreign countries. IDPA's 321 affiliated clubs offer weekly and monthly matches as well as host major championships.

To find a club near you, join IDPA, or just learn more about this exciting and fun defensive pistol shooting sport, visit www.IDPA.com. You can also follow @OfficialIDPA on Twitter, like ShootIDPA on Facebook, watch IDPA TV, or check out the Down Zero Blog to keep up with the latest news.

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53% Handload - 2011 IDPA World Shoot Ammo By The Numbers

by Editor 30. April 2012 12:35
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If "money is the mother's milk of politics" then certainly ammo is the mother's milk of competition. While Jesse Unruh's famous quote isn't an exact fit for the shooting sports, there's no denying that without ammo there wouldn't be much in the way of actual shooting in the sports.

When it comes to ammunition for competition there are two routes shooters can take. One is buy factory loaded ammunition and the other is to reload. It's difficult to say without a broader-based survey how many IDPA members reload, but the survey results from the 2011 IDPA World Shoot (found on pages 26-33 in Vol. 15, Issue 4 of the Tactical Journal) give you a good idea of the possible trend among the sport's most active shooters where 53% handloaded and 47% opted for factory loads.

Though the survey didn't go into the various brands of factory ammunition shooters used at the World Shoot, it does shed light on the reloading habits of the competitors. When it comes to reloading, it's probably no surprise that Dillon Precision leads the pack with an overwhelming 88% of the shooters using one (or more) of their reloading presses. Hornady and RCBS trail with each accounting for 4% followed by Lee Precision with 3%.

Three brands make up 81% of powder used by those reloading at the World Shoot. Hodgdon brand powders led with nearly half of all reloaders (48%) choosing one of their powders. Vihtavuori powders account for 19% followed by Winchester powders with 14%. Accurate and Alliant powders accounted for another 8% each.

Similar to IDPA shooters' preference in powder brands, three brands of primers make up 95% of the primers used by competitors at the 2011 IDPA World Shoot. The top primer brand among the competitors reloading was Federal Premium with 42%. CCI primers were the primer of choice for 28% of competitors, followed by Winchester brand primers with 25%.

The component categories of brass and bullets saw the widest divergence of preference among competitors. No single brand of brass dominated the survey with 53% of all the competitors reloading reporting that they used a mixed variety of brass. Of those dedicated to a single brand of brass, Starline led with 14% followed closely by Winchester with 12%. Fiocchi was the only other brand with a significant percentage (7%) of the shooters. Ten other manufacturers account for the remaining 14% in the survey.

And finally....bullets. Survey respondents noted 44 different brands of bullets used in reloading, the largest selection of any category - even holsters - in the survey. Only two brands could claim a significant share of the reloading market at the World Shoot. One quarter of the shooters reloading (26%) went with Montana Gold Bullet as their bullet of choice. Berry's Manufacturing was the other major player in bullets with 17%. The remaining brands each pulled less than 10% of the shooters. Precision Bullets (8%), Precision Delta (6%), Zero Bullet Co. (5%), Rainier Ballistics (4%), and Bayou Bullets, Black Bullets Intl. and Hornady each with 3%.

 

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