Remington Introduces Model 1911 R1 Carry

by Editor 23. October 2012 18:03
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Remington® is proud to introduce a new version of America’s favorite pistol design, built by America’s most trusted gunmaker – the Remington Model 1911 R1™ Carry.

The R1 Carry is a full-size 1911 pistol that is “de-horned,” meaning that any sharp edges have been smoothed, making the pistol easier to carry and holster without the worry of the edges catching or grabbing.

The Remington Model 1911 R1 Carry features a de-horned carbon steel slide and forged-steel frame with satin-black oxide finish; beavertail grip safety with 25 LPI checkered memory bump; ambidextrous safety; front strap and mainspring housing checkered at 25 LPI; Novak® Sights with Tritium front sight; and cocobola grip panels. The Remington Model 1911 R1 Carry is shipped in a custom carry case with one seven-round and one eight-round magazine and a barrel bushing wrench. Suggested retail price is $1,299.

The first Model 1911 manufactured by Remington was delivered during World War I. You could say the Model 1911 is in Remington's DNA. Perfectly configured for practical competition or personal protection, the Remington Model 1911 R1 Carry is the next evolution of the Model 1911 R1 product line.

For more information on the Model 1911 R1 line of handguns, please visit www.1911R1.com.

SPECIFICATIONS:

Model 1911 R1 Carry
Order # 96332
Action Semi-Auto
Caliber .45 Auto
Mag. Capacity 7 & 8
BBL Length 5-Inches
Barrel Type Stainless Steel
Rifling Twist Rate 1-16 LH
Overall Length 8 ½ Inches
Overall Height 5 ½ Inches
Grip Material Cocobola
Grip Design Checkered 
Sights Novak® Night Sights 
Trigger Pull 3.5 – 5 Pounds
Average Weight 38.5 Ounces
MSRP $1,299

 

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IDPA Insights: It's Comp-Tac for Competition & CCW

by Editor 23. October 2012 09:15
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Similar to firearms brands used by IDPA competitors – at least at the major matches – the choice of holster comes down to two main players: Blade-Tech and Comp-Tac Victory Gear. This was true at the 2011 IDPA World Shoot where Blade-Tech had 31.7% of the competitors to Comp-Tac's 30.4%. The numbers from the 2012 Carolina Cup were almost the same but with Comp-Tac taking the lead with 30.3% to Blade-Tech's 29.5%.

Below is the breakout of the top holster brands at the Carolina Cup. The numbers are based on the equipment survey. Please note that while we had just 122 respondents (37.6%) out of of 324 competitors, the numbers do reflect those from the World Shoot.  

In addition to tracking preferences in competition gear, the equipment survey for the 2012 Carolina Cup also asked about preferences in CCW gear. Of those that responded, 92.9% hold a CCW with 7.1% either responding "no" or not answering the question. The high percentage of IDPA competitors holding a CCW clearly reflects the sport's foundation in real world defensive style shooting.

When it comes to the preferred brands of holsters used by competitors for their primary carry gun, the list was much broader than that for competition. Unfortunately a large number (17.9%) declined to name a brand, so the true breakdown is difficult to tell with certainty. However, Comp-Tac Victory Gear once again emerges as the top choice with over one fifth choosing holsters from the Houston-based maker. 

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IDPA Insights: 67% Handloaded for 2012 Carolina Cup

by Editor 22. October 2012 10:00
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During the 2012 Carolina Cup IDPA asked competitors to fill out an equipment survey in order to collect additional data following up on the survey conducted during the 2011 IDPA World Shoot. While we have completed surveys from only 126 (38.8%) of the 324 shooters, the data collected does provide some interesting insights, especially when compared to the information from the 2011 World Shoot.

Ammunition is one of those areas where there was a significant change. Whether because of a smaller survey sample, issues with availability, or cost, the percentage of shooters handloading jumped from 53% at the World Shoot to 67.2% at the Carolina Cup.

Though the percentage of respondents shooting factory loads declined from 47% to 32.8%, IDPA added an ammo brand question to find out what factory loads competitors were shooting. Not surprisingly Federal (22.5%) and Winchester (20.0%) led the pack, and along with Atlanta Arms & Ammo (12.5%) accounted for over half of the factory ammo used during the Carolina Cup.

For those loading their own match ammo, Hodgdon once again held the lion share with 58% compared to 48% for the World Shoot. Winchester moved ahead of Vihtavuori as the second most popular brand of powder with 19.8%.

When it comes to primers, the numbers skew down for Federal and CCI due to the nearly 30% of the respondents failing to indicate which brand of primer they used. Interestingly, Winchester held firm with 24.7% of Carolina Cup reloads compared to 25% at the World Shoot.

The story on brass is the increase in the number of shooters opting to mix the brands they use instead of committing to just one. At the World Shoot "mixed" brass accounted for 53% while at the Carolina Cup it's up to almost 80%.

Jacketed bullets were the preferred bullet type with just over half those reloading choosing jacketed over plated (28.4%) or lead (21.0%). 

The number of bullet brands was down significantly at the Carolina Cup with competitors loading 16 different brands compared to 44 at the World Shoot. This may yet again be a reflection of the fewer completed surveys. However, Montana Gold Bullet once again proved the dominant brand with almost a third shooting their bullet. Berry's finished as the second most popular bullet, just as they did at the World Shoot, while Precision Delta finished third.

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From Pennsylvania, With Kitty: The Results

by Editor 21. October 2012 16:22
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Well it's all over but for the crying... Thanks to Kitty Richards we have the early results from the 2012 Pennsylvania State IDPA Championship. And a couple more photos, like this action shot (right) of Ron Singer, stats guys for the match, taking it easy. When a match runs this smooth the awards ceremony takes care of itself. 

CDP Champion - Craig Buckland
ESP Champion - AJ Stuart
SSP Champion - Andy Arnal
SSR Champion - Casey Dudek
ESR Champion - Kirk Crego
High Lady - Sharon Burwell
High Senior - Brad Bends
High LEO - Burt Dopirak
High Industry - AJ Stuart
High Junior - John Curtis III
High Military Veteran - Doug Bryant
High Dist. Senior - Dan Smith
Most Accurate - David Woodbridge (7)

ABOVE: High Lady Sharon Burwell takes on stage 3 at the Pennsylvania State IDPA Championship.

BELOW: Match Director Corey Murphy with David Woodbridge who was the match's most accurate shooter with just 7 points down.

ABOVE: Match Director Corey Murphy with Dave Bair who took Marksman honors in Stock Service Pistol.

BELOW: And finally, the people that made it all happen. The Safety Officers and Staff of the 2012 Pennsylvania State IDPA Championship. 

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From Pennsylvania, With Kitty: Every Day Is A Hollidaysburg

by Editor 20. October 2012 13:48
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Earlier today IDPA's Keystone State Bureau Chief, Kitty Richards, sent in a couple more pics from the 2012 Pennsylvania State IDPA Championship. Kitty's been working undercover as a Safety Officer to get the inside story, so with any luck we'll have some more to report. 

ABOVE: Up and coming Junior Shotter Zach Matish shoots the PA State Match in Hollidaysburg.

BELOW: SO Bobby Heargraves shoots under the direction of Scott Bourgeois.

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From Pennsylvania, With Kitty: SOs Load And Make Ready

by Editor 19. October 2012 13:30
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The hardest working correspondent in the shooting sports is back, as IDPA's own Keystone State Bureau Chief, Kitty Richards, reports from the "Battle of Hollidaysburg", or what the rest of us call the 2012 Pennsylvania State IDPA Championship.

The mist settles over the multicolor fall foliage in Hollidaysburg as Safety Officers prepare to shoot the state championship. They gather for the shooters meeting with first shots fired scheduled for 10:00am. - Kitty 

We expect more reports from Kitty as we assume she'll be 'waxing poetic' throughout the match...and perhaps there will be news of a better camera phone too (hint, hint).

 

ABOVE: SO Frank Koo shoots stage 6 earlier this morning. Shooting was suspended for 20 minutes as a hunter was identified shooting on range property. He was promptly escorted off the property and the match got back underway.

BELOW: We have no words, but clearly Kitty's right in the middle of the action. By-the-way, nice boots Kitty. What did you do, order them from the LL Bean Tactical Catalog?

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Swab-Its Sponsors Sold-Out Georgia State IDPA Championship

by Editor 19. October 2012 10:15
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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Super Brush, makers of Swab-its® brand firearms cleaning swabs for every job, announced that they will be a sponsor of the 2012 Georgia State IDPA Championship taking place October 27 at the South River Gun Club in Covington, Georgia.

Hosted by the Greater Atlanta Defensive Pistol Association, the Georgia State IDPA Championship is one of the most popular state championship events in the sport of defensive shooting. As part of their sponsorship Swab-its will supply all 250 competitors in the sold-out match with free samples of both Swab-its brand Bore-tips™ and Gun-tips™.

“The Georgia State IDPA Championship is extremely popular having sold out months ago. The popularity of this match is due to the excellent staff, challenging course of fire and, of course, the strong support of more than 25 industry sponsors, including Swab-its. We appreciate Swab-its’ support for our state championship as well as the shooting sports as a whole,” said Rhett Cretchfield.

“Swab-its is proud to sponsor the Georgia State IDPA Championship and recognizes the important role that competitions like this one play in the overall shooting community. Competitive shooters put a great deal of wear and tear on their firearms and know better than anyone the importance of maintaining their equipment, which is why we’re proud to supply each shooter with free samples of our innovative cleaning products,” said Cathy Desorcy, product manager for Swab-its.

Designed to be lint-free and reusable, foam Bore-tips from Swab-its provide the ultimate in barrel bore cleaning with their tight bore-fitting 360-degree cleaning surface, delivering improved barrel cleaning and maximum lubrication. Bore-tips are available in a six-piece pack in .357cal/9mm, .22cal, .243cal, or .30cal, and in a five-piece pack for either .40cal or .45cal.

Gun-tips from Swab-its are lint-free, reusable foam swabs that offer gun owners superior firearms detailing versatility. Used in conjunction with Bore-tips as part of a regular firearms cleaning and lubricating regimen, the Gun-tips swab kits give hunters, sportsmen, and gunsmiths the ability to protect and preserve their firearms like never before. Gun-tips come in a variety of shapes, sizes and lengths to ensure cleaning and lubricating of all parts of the firearm, while leaving no residue of lint commonly found in other cleaning devices.

With Swab-its, you Clean It Like You Mean It.

For more information on the International Defensive Pistol Association and the Georgia State IDPA Championship, visit www.IDPA.com. For more information on the complete line of Swab-its lint free, reusable gun cleaning swabs, visit www.swab-its.com.

Swab-its products are available at your local firearms dealer, or from one of these online retailers, Brownells, Dillon Precision, Graf & Sons, MidwayUSA or direct from Swab-its.

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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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Dandreamatteo Named Assistant Match Director Of Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor Nationals

by Editor 15. October 2012 07:30
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – Lou Denys, Match Director of the upcoming 2013 Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship, has named Toni Dandreamatteo as Assistant Match Director for the championship.

Celebrating 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, as well as serving as the official start of the competition season for the International Defensive Pistol Association.

“Toni is one of the best known and most respected members of the IDPA shooting community. With literally hundreds, if not thousands of hours spent working IDPA’s major matches, Toni is an invaluable member of any match staff and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience. I’m extremely pleased to have Toni on our team for the Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor Nationals and look forward to working with him,” said Denys.

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.

“It is a great honor to be asked by Lou Denys and Smith & Wesson to play such an important role in IDPA’s marquee event.” said Dandreamatteo. “The Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship is known for its challenging courses of fire, warm hospitality and excellent staff, and I consider it a privilege to work with such a wonderful group of individuals committed to giving competitors the best match experience possible.”

For more information on IDPA, or to get started in this fun and exciting 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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When the Balloon Goes Up! Launches Online Store for Gear That Just Works

by Editor 15. October 2012 07:00
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HUNTERSVILLE, North Carolina – October 15, 2012 – When the Balloon Goes Up!, one of the most popular firearms blogs focused on training and gear for concealed carry, pistol competition and 72 hour preparedness, has launched a new online store to further serve that market.

The When the Balloon Goes Up! store is organized into Gun Gear, EDC Gear, Preparedness and Range Gear sections, features select items from manufacturers including Comp-Tac Victory Gear, Crimson Trace, Surefire, Apex Tactical, Warren Tactical Sights, Crusader Weaponry, Rite-in-the-Rain, Adventure Medical Kits, and C-A-T Tourniquets.

President Ron Larimer said, “Our mission is to provide the best gear available for training, competition and preparing to survive the first 72 hours after a critical incident. We have elected to selectively stock only high quality gear that we have analyzed, tested and evaluated, to ensure it performs when you need it most. Our customers use and depend on their gear and know to look for quality which is why we provide access to gear that just works, with fast shipping, at a competitive price.”

Turn to When the Balloon Goes Up! for the Gear That Just Works and find reviews, new product announcements and regular features on the blog www.balloongoesup.com. You can also find When the Balloon Goes Up! on Facebook (facebook.com/balloongoesup), or follow @BalloonGoesUp on Twitter.

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