S&W Indoor Nationals: Stage 1 - Mike's Blind

by Editor 17. February 2014 22:00
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SCENARIO: Mike has taken you out to his favorite “honey hole” when danger approaches fast. Drop your shotgun as the boat approaches to fire randomly into your blind.

PROCEDURE: Start at P1, holstered, loaded to division capacity.

At the signal spring from the top of the duck blind while setting your shotgun down and draw your pistol. With 3 rounds each, engage T1 and T2 in the passing boat and T3 (peek-a-boo) which comes from behind the tree after the boat disappears. You’re then left to deal with the boat owner’s angry dogs coming through the marsh. Engage them with 3 rounds each.

SCORING: Vickers
ROUND COUNT:
15
TARGETS: 5 IDPA, 1 Non-Treat
SCORED HITS: Best 3 on Paper
CONCEALMENT: Required

STAGE DESIGN: Chad Barber

STAGE SPONSOR: U.S. Coast Guard Academy
WEBSITE: www.CGA.edu

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Coast Guard Academy Members and Cadets Volunteer Personal Time to Help Design Stages For Smith & Wesson Back Up Gun Nationals

by Editor 8. November 2013 13:29
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – The International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) and Smith & Wesson announced that they have are once again turned to the Staff and cadets of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy’s Practical Shooting Team to assist Smith & Wesson to design stages for the inaugural Smith & Wesson IDPA Back Up Gun National Championship.

Since 2009 members of the Coast Guard Academy community have taken a break from their busy schedules to volunteer their personal time, under the direction of IDPA and Smith & Wesson, to assist with designing and staffing stages at the Smith & Wesson Indoor Nationals, making the cadets a fixture at that championship.

“Smith & Wesson has worked closely with members of the Coast Guard Academy staff and cadets for several years now and we wouldn’t dream of putting together another major championship without calling in volunteers from the Academy as reinforcements. The staff and cadets bring creative stage designs, tremendous enthusiasm and a tireless work ethic to our matches, and their professionalism is a great credit to the Coast Guard,” said Paul Pluff of Smith & Wesson.

In addition to volunteering to design two of the 13 stages and working as Safety Officers, with the oversight of Smith & Wesson, at the Back Up Gun Nationals, USCGA cadets will also be called upon to present the colors at the championship’s awards banquet.

“We’re honored to once again be asked by Smith & Wesson to be a part of this event. Serving the public is the heart of every Coastie, serving the sport is just icing on the cake as it gives our young leaders in training an opportunity to develop the knowledge, skills and abilities using firearms in realistic scenarios. For some of them it will be their first major championship, there is no better event than this to take on the buzzer for the first time,” said Chad Barber of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.

The USCGA Practical Shooting Team was formed in the early 70’s to compete against the other service academies. After 2001 the team turned its focus towards law enforcement qualifications and other competitions. As a result of their training and experience senior cadets on the team have been afforded internship opportunities during summer training periods with several of the Coast Guard’s Tactical Law Enforcement Teams (TACLET), Maritime Safety and Security Teams’s (MSST) and Maritime Security Response Team (MSRT).

The Smith & Wesson IDPA Back Up Gun Nationals will take place November 14-16 and feature a 13-stage course of fire with a round count of 180. Held on the indoor ranges of the Smith & Wesson Shooting Sports Center in Springfield, Massachusetts, match officials expect the event to draw upwards of 200 top IDPA shooters vying for titles in either the Pistol or Revolver division.

Registration is open and just a handful of slots are still available for those interested in competing. Registration is being conducted online at MatchReg.com/BUG.

For more information on IDPA, the inaugural Smith & Wesson IDPA Back Up Gun Nationals 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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Coast Guard Academy Hires First Full-Time Shooting Sports Coach

by Editor 11. July 2013 09:14
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NEW LONDON, Conn. — The U.S. Coast Guard Academy has hired Richard Hawkins, prior coach of a three-time U.S. National Shooting Team Championship winning team, as the first full-time academy shooting sports coach.

Hawkins coached at the international level during the twelve years he spent at the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit at Fort Benning, Ga., were he served as a pistol coach before accepting the position at the Coast Guard Academy. Having also previously served as the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit's international rifle coach, Hawkins coached team members to both world championships and the Olympics.

"The level of discipline, dedication, and fitness of the service academy cadets is unparalleled among collegiate students," said Hawkins. "Working with cadets of this caliber will allow me to develop them into top competitors."

In addition to coaching, Hawkins has written several articles published in Shooting Sports Magazine, as well as conducted multiple shooting sports-related research projects that have been published in peer-review scientific journals.

Hawkins will report to the Coast Guard Academy Aug. 12. Through recruitment and by developing current shooters, Hawkins hopes to have Coast Guard Academy shooters competing at the national level.

To connect with Coast Guard Academy shooting sports, visit www.facebook.com/USCGAshooting.

For more information on the Coast Guard Academy, visit the academy’s webpage at www.uscga.edu. To further connect with the Coast Guard Academy, visit our social media sites at www.Facebook.com/CoastGuardAcademy, www.Flickr.com/USCoastGuardAcademy, and www.YouTube.com/user/CGAPublicAffairs.

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S&W Indoor Nationals Stage 1: Safe Passage

by Editor 20. February 2013 10:38
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The U.S. Coast Guard Academy has the prime stage location at the S&W Indoor Nationals and for good reason. The final stage preview is the USCGA's 'Safe Passage' which is the first stage of the match. It was designed by CWO Chad Barber, USCG, and is sponsored, of course, by the U.S. Coast Guard Academy... Semper Paratus

CSO: Your CSO for this stage will be CWO Chad Barber, USCG.

SCENARIO: Knowing the area you take heavy precautions, you’ve been here before. You’ve just moored up after a quick day on the water. Now however, a gang of thugs is set on taking you and your family off shore for some retaliation and a long swim holding your anchor. You have other plans.

PROCEDURE: Start Standing at P1, gun loaded to div capacity and holstered.

At the signal, draw and engage T1 on the move to P2. At P2 engage T2 through T4 with two shots each from cover. Once clear move to P3 engaging T5 on the move to P3. At P3 engage T6 through T8 with two shots each. Once you leave cover you may not re-engage former targets (extreme angled shots will impact range walls resulting in a match DQ. T3 is an UP/Down and is a disappearing target. T4 is a swinger.

SCORING: Vickers
ROUND COUNT:
 16
TARGETS: 8 IDPA, 2 Non-Threat
CONCEALMENT: Required

STAGE SPONSOR: U.S. Coast Guard Academy
WEBSITE: www.CGA.edu

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Coast Guard Academy To Design Stages For 2013 Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor Nationals

by Editor 19. October 2012 06:00
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – The International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) and Smith & Wesson have announced that for the fifth year in a row members of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy’s Combat Arms Team will take part in the Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship, designing two of the 12 stages and working the match as Safety Officers.

Now in its 16th consecutive year, the Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship has grown to become one of the premier events in all the shooting sports, and marks the official start of the IDPA competition season.

The Coast Guard Academy’s role in the production of the Smith & Wesson Indoor Nationals began in 2009 when the Combat Arms Team had 18 cadets and five staff participating in the match and one of the stages was based on a Coast Guard design.

Since then the Coast Guard Academy has been a fixture at the championship and designed and run the competition’s most prominent stage located on the public range area of the Smith & Wesson Shooting Sports Center complex. The cadets have also had the privilege each year of presenting the colors at the awards banquet.

“Smith & Wesson has worked closely with collegiate shooting teams in New England and has established a strong working relationship with the Coast Guard Academy. The Academy’s Combat Arms Team has built a reputation for designing some of the most creative stages at the Indoor Nationals and their professionalism is a credit to Coast Guard. It is a great pleasure to once again welcome the cadets of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy to the Smith & Wesson Indoor Nationals,” said Joyce Wilson, executive director for IDPA.

“It’s an honor for the team to represent both the U.S. Coast Guard and the Academy while serving the shooting community. We are extremely proud of the important role the Academy’s Combat Arms Team plays in this championship and look forward to working with the staff and competitors,” said Chad Barber of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.

“Though the Smith & Wesson Indoor Nationals kicks-off the IDPA shooting season, for those cadets that are seniors, the match represents an exciting culmination of a leadership and planning exercise that will serve them well as they prepare to dedicate their futures to the service of the Nation.”

The USCGA Combat Arms Team was formed in the early 70’s to compete against the other service academies. After 2001 the team turned its focus towards law enforcement qualifications and other competitions. As a result of their training and experience senior cadets on the team have been afforded internship opportunities during summer training periods with several of the Coast Guard’s Tactical Law Enforcement Teams (TACLET), Maritime Safety and Security Teams’s (MSST) and Maritime Security Response Team (MSRT).

The 2013 match will take place February 21-23 and 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.

Fore more information on IDPA, the 2013 Smith & Wesson Indoor National Championship or to find a club near you, 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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