Terry Burba Named Assistant Match Director Of Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor Nationals

by Editor 9. January 2014 07:45
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – Lou Denys, Match Director of the upcoming 2014 Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship, has named Terry Burba as Assistant Match Director for the championship.

Celebrating its 17th consecutive year of competition, the Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship has grown to become one of the premier events in all the shooting sports, as well as serving as the official start of the competitive season for the International Defensive Pistol Association.

“Terry is one of the best known and most respected members of IDPA. Over the years he has volunteered countless hours to better the sport. Whether it’s working local matches or heading up the organization’s Tiger Teams effort to revamp the rules, Terry has given back to the sport like few others. He brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the Smith & Wesson Indoor Nationals and we’re very happy to have him take on the Assistant MD role,” said Lou Denys.

For the past three years Burba has been part of the match staff at the Indoor Nationals helping to design stages and working as one of the hand-picked Chief Safety Officers at the match.

“This is going to feel strange to be working a match without a timer in my hand. I want to thank Smith & Wesson for this opportunity to serve the IDPA community in this capacity. Without being assigned to a specific bay, I’ll be able to move around the range to help out where ever I can be of assistance. We are all looking forward to this year’s match and to being able to see all of the shooters who have made it so popular over the years,” said Burba.

The 2014 match will take place February 20-22. Already sold out, the championship is expected to draw over 300 of the best IDPA shooters to Springfield, Massachusetts to compete on the indoor ranges of the Smith & Wesson Shooting Sports Center.

For more information on IDPA, the Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship or to join IDPA members competing each week, 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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Argentina Welcomes IDPA’s Terry Burba

by Editor 3. October 2012 07:15
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – Defensive pistol shooters in Argentina, one of the many member countries of the International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA), are set to welcome one of IDPA’s best known and most respected ambassadors of the sport.

On Saturday, October 6, IDPA Argentina will host a special postal match and Argentine barbecue in honor of Terry Burba, one of the facilitators of IDPA’s Tiger Team project which the organization established to help update and codify the organization’s rules, as well as expand the sport within the U.S. and around the world.

“We are extremely honored to have our good friend Terry Burba visit Argentina and compete with members of the growing IDPA Argentina community,” said Mariana Corrales, organizer and chief host for the event.

The honorary four-stage match will take place in Buenos Aires at the 100-year-old Asociacion de Tiro y Gimnasia de Quilmes gun club with Jorge Chaves serving as the Match Director.

Shooting clubs in Argentina were formed by the military to promote and train Argentineans on how to shoot, with the ultimate goal being national defense. In fact, shooters visiting the Asociacion de Tiro y Gimnasia de Quilmes facility are greeted by a sign that translated into english reads, “Here you learn to defend the Country.”

“While Argentina has a rich shooting sports tradition that dates back over a century, IDPA Argentina was only just formed in 2010, and we are still growing and introducing the sport to Argentine shooters. Terry’s visit is very important to our community because it reaffirms the bonds between Argentina and fellow IDPA members in the United States, and helps build local awareness of the sport,” explained Corrales.

“It is a great privilege to represent IDPA outside the United States and I am both humbled and honored by the warm welcome extended by IDPA Argentina. As a shooter I look forward to competing side-by-side with my fellow IDPA members, and as a Texan I look forward to experiencing Argentine hospitality and their delicious barbecue born from the gaucho traditions,” said Burba.

Fore more information on IDPA, or to get started in this fun and exciting defensive pistol shooting sport, 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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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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Team IDPA at the 2012 NRA Show - Day 2

by Editor 15. April 2012 00:05
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Day 2 at the NRA Show was amazingly busy thanks to rain in St. Louis. With literally tens of thousands of people on the show floor, getting around for Team IDPA got to be a challenge. Thankfully we made it through another day and another round of meetings with sponsors and friends. Of course, for some people there always seems to be time to check out the guns.

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