Woolrich Elite Series Official Clothing Sponsor of 2012 IDPA National Championships

by Editor 2. August 2012 07:31
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – The International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) announced that Woolrich Elite Series has returned as a gold level sponsor for the upcoming 2012 IDPA National Championships. As the official clothing provider, Woolrich is outfitting the safety officers and match officials during the National Championships.

Woolrich joins the National Shooting Sports Foundation and CZ-USA as a one of the major sponsors of IDPA’s premier championship event.

“The Woolrich Elite Series is a very popular line of clothing among IDPA members who appreciate both Woolrich’s rich tradition as 'The Original Outdoor Clothing Company’ and their reputation for outstanding quality. We are pleased to welcome back Woolrich Elite Series as a major sponsor and the clothing provider for our match staff,” said Joyce Wilson, executive director of IDPA.

"The IDPA provides a valuable service to its members and we are proud to once again be a sponsor of the IDPA National Championships," said Jerry Rinder, Woolrich VP of Sales.

The IDPA National Championships is the pinnacle event of the IDPA competitive season and will take place September 19-22 at The Range in Oxford, North Carolina. More than 300 top shooters will be vying for the coveted title of National Champion in Custom Defensive Pistol, Enhanced Service Pistol, Stock Service Pistol, Stock Service Revolver and Enhanced Service Revolver, the five divisions in IDPA competition.

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.

About Woolrich Elite Series:
Since 1830, Woolrich has made clothing for Americans to do their jobs and follow their passions outdoors. Founded by John Rich on the simple idea of making the best quality woolens for area woodsmen and settlers, Woolrich is now recognized around the world as The Original Outdoor Clothing Company. Woolrich carries on the tradition of its founder by making purposeful products for people to enjoy and explore the outdoors. The mill at the company's headquarters in Woolrich, Pennsylvania continues to produce fine woolen fabrics and is the oldest continuously operating woolen mill in the United States. Learn more about Woolrich, its apparel, fabrics, accessories, home and outdoor products at www.woolrich.com.

About International Defensive Pistol Association:
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.

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Introducing The International, Comp-Tac’s New Drop/Offset Holster

by Editor 1. August 2012 18:53
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Comp-Tac Victory Gear announces their newest holster: The International. This outside the waistband holster combines a belt, paddle, and drop/offset holster all into one. The modular mounting system provides the versatility of different mounting options with the superior Kydex holster that Comp-Tac is known for.

Belt Mount: The Belt mount is the most popular holster among competition shooters, a secure holder that is designed with a curve to fit comfortably on the hip. The Belt Mount will accommodate either a 1.5 inch belt or a 1.75 inch belt.

Paddle Mount: The Paddle Mount is the answer to anyone who wears many different styles of pants. You no longer will have trouble feeding the holster around your belt loops. The paddle slips over the belt and inside the waistband for a comfortable, secure fit that is quick and easy to put on or take off. With vents in the paddle portion this is a cool and comfortable option.

The Drop-Offset: Comp-Tac has worked for years on the best way to fit each person’s shape and size. The drop offset is the answer. The Drop-Offset piece is specifically designed to help set the pistol away from the body and drop it to a lower position for a more comfortable draw. Designed with a cross brace to keep stable during the draw, the Drop-Offset is ideal for lady shooters whose waist and hip measurements can make proper holster fit a challenge.

The Holster: Made completely of Kydex, the holster portion of The International is the fastest material to draw from. Designed with 8 mounting holes the holster can be configured for a straight/speed draw, an FBI cant, or a cross draw rearward cant. Easily changeable, the holster is compatible with mounting systems offered by other holster manufacturers. The raised lettering on the front specifies the make and model your holster accommodates so you will never forget what gun it goes with.

The International is configured to the customer’s specification at time of order and any additional mounting components are packaged with the holster along with an Allen wrench. The International is available for 18 different gun makes; including GLOCK, Smith & Wesson M&P, 1911, Springfield XDM and CZ models. The mounting elements are black but the holster itself is available in three color options: black, red and digital camo. The International can be ordered online or is available in person from stocking Comp-Tac Dealers, and is available for right handed or left handed shooters for a factory direct price of $69.00 (for standard black color).

For more information on The International, and the full line of Comp-Tac holsters and gear, visit www.Comp-Tac.com. To follow the latest news about Team Comp-Tac, “Like” Comp-Tac on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CompTac, Twitter at @CompTac or visit our Blog.

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CZ-USA Sponsors IDPA’s 2012 National Championships

by Editor 31. July 2012 08:08
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – Firearms maker CZ-USA will be a gold level sponsor of the upcoming International Defensive Pistol Association’s 2012 National Championships taking place September 19-22 in Oxford, N.C., according to an announcement made today by IDPA officials.

“With shooters from across the country preparing for this year’s IDPA National Championships, we’re pleased to have such a strong response from the firearms industry and are particularly grateful for the generous support of CZ-USA, a company whose products are well known within the global shooting sports community,” said Joyce Wilson, executive director of IDPA.

CZ-USA joins previously announced major sponsor, the National Shooting Sports Foundation, in supporting the championships. As part of their match support CZ-USA will host one of the expo shooting bays during the competition. Matthew Mink, a member of the CZ-USA Shooting Team and a former IDPA National Champion, will also represent CZ-USA in the competition.

“The top defensive competitors in the country gather at the IDPA National Championships to pit their skills and equipment against each other. CZ-USA is proud to once again be involved in the match,” said Jason Morton of CZ-USA.

The IDPA National Championships is the pinnacle event of the IDPA competitive season and will take place at The Range in Oxford, N.C., where more than 300 top shooters will be vying for the coveted title of National Champion in Custom Defensive Pistol, Enhanced Service Pistol, Stock Service Pistol, Stock Service Revolver and Enhanced Service Revolver, the five divisions in IDPA competition.

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.

About CZ-USA:
CZ-USA is the exclusive U.S. importer for firearms from Ceska Zbrojovka and Zbrojovka Brno in the Czech Republic as well as their line of shotguns from Huglu, Turkey. CZ-USA is the holding company for Dan Wesson, a premium handgun manufacturer in New York, and the Safari Classics line of custom sporting rifles. For more information visit www.cz-usa.com.

About International Defensive Pistol Association:
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.

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NSSF Sponsors 2012 IDPA National Championships

by Editor 26. July 2012 13:03
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – The International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) announced that the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the trade association for the firearms, ammunition, hunting and shooting sports industry, will again play a major role in the upcoming 2012 IDPA National Championships as a gold level sponsor.

Since 2008 NSSF has served as a one of the major sponsors of the IDPA Nationals and supported the match as part of the organization’s overall mission to promote the shooting sports in America.

“For the fifth year in a row the National Shooting Sports Foundation has joined with IDPA in promoting our premier competition event, the IDPA National Championships. Their generous support of IDPA, as well as for all the shooting sports, is one of the reasons that participation is at an all time high, and IDPA membership specifically has grown more than 50% since 2008,” said Joyce Wilson, executive director of IDPA.

“We are grateful for NSSF’s sponsorship and extremely proud that our relationship with the firearms industry’s trade association continues to grow and benefit our members.”

"IDPA's growth over the past few years has been nothing short of remarkable, and NSSF is committed to helping the sport continue its record growth," said Chris Dolnack, NSSF senior vice president and chief marketing officer. "NSSF is proud to support IDPA and this year's 2012 IDPA National Championships."

The IDPA National Championships is the pinnacle event of the IDPA competitive season and will take place September 19-22 at The Range in Oxford, North Carolina. More than 300 top shooters will be vying for the coveted title of National Champion in Custom Defensive Pistol, Enhanced Service Pistol, Stock Service Pistol, Stock Service Revolver and Enhanced Service Revolver, the five divisions in IDPA competition.

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.

About National Shooting Sports Foundation:
The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) is the trade association for the firearms, ammunition, hunting and shooting sports industry. Its mission is to promote, protect and preserve hunting and the shooting sports. Formed in 1961, NSSF has a membership of more than 7,000 manufacturers, distributors, firearms retailers, shooting ranges, sportsmen's organizations and publishers.

About International Defensive Pistol Association:
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.

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From Texas, With Kitty: And The Winner Is....

by Editor 2. July 2012 09:26
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The full match results from this weekend's Texas State IDPA Championship have been posted on the Collin County IDPA's website, but here is a look at the highlights.

CDP Div. Champion
Zeb Pomerenke 218.09 (19) EX

ESP Div. Champion
Brian Strickler 186.25 (27) MA

SSP Div. Champion
Gordon Carrell 181.12 (12) DM

ESR Div. Champion
Greg Kratochvil 258.10 (20) EX

SSR Div. Champion
Todd Speck 309.63 (25) SS

High Lady
Randi Rogers 212.17 (32) ESP/MA

High Law Enforcement
Buddy Best 235.34 (25) SSP/MA

High Senior
Mark Thompson 206.56 (38) ESP/EX

High Dist. Senior
Sam Jones 317.63 (37) ESP/SS

High Military Veteran
Bill Go 224.67 (38) SSP/MA

High Junior
Nathan Higdon 250.60 (46) CDP/EX

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New Bob Vogel Video from Panteao

by Editor 2. July 2012 08:17
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Columbia, SC, June 30, 2012 – Here multi-World and National Champion shooter Robert Vogel shows you how to best approach and shoot a stage, or course of fire, in Practical shooting competition. Robert reviews the gear he uses in USPSA and IDPA as well as the targets for both sports and their respective scoring methods. Using both IDPA and USPSA rules as a guideline, Robert demonstrates match stages from the perspective of each sport. He also demonstrates the El Presidente drill, Mozambique drill, and One-and-One Drill. With the competition and membership numbers quickly growing in both of these shooting sports this video will give you an edge in getting to the next level and achieving your goals.

Panteao is accepting pre-orders for the DVD and expects it to be released in July.

About Panteao Productions
Panteao Productions is a video production company that produces instructional videos from the top firearms instructors in the world. For more information about Panteao, visit www.panteaoproductions.com.

You can follow @PanteaoVideos on Twitter and find us on Facebook.

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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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From Texas, With Kitty: Texas State Stages 9-12

by Editor 29. June 2012 18:09
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Kitty's team got the remaining four stage diagrams (stages 9-12) for Saturday's Texas State IDPA Championship out of the Lone Start State and to DOWN ZERO. And just in time to share them with you before the action starts tomorrow morning. Special thanks to the many heroes of the Steel Railroad that risked life and limb to smuggle the stage info out of Texas. Chalk this up as one more win over America's Team by the Steeler Nation.

Click to see stages 1 thru 4.
Click to see stages 5 thru 8.

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From Texas, With Kitty: Texas State Stages 5-8

by Editor 29. June 2012 10:15
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Kitty 'Secret Squirrel' Richards has come through again with the stage diagrams (stages 5-8) for Saturday's Texas State IDPA Championship. The famed Steel Railroad of Kitty's fellow Steelers fans delivered these images to DOWN ZERO in the wee hours of the morning. We're expecting the final four diagrams later today.

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From Texas, With Kitty: The Who's Who Of Sponsors

by Editor 29. June 2012 09:15
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