This Weekend's Match Theme... Sold Out

by Editor 7. June 2012 11:29
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If there is a theme to this weekend's three major IDPA matches it's “Sold Out”. The Missouri and South Carolina State Championships, and the Golden Gate Regional, are all sold out, and for the most part have been for some time.

Of course, the huge demand for slots in IDPA's major championships is no surprise considering the explosive growth in membership. As of June 1, IDPA's total membership stands at 20,672, which represents a 9.72% increase since the first of this year. And IDPA's rate of growth shows no signs of slowing down.

Here's the info on this weekend's sold out championships:

Golden Gate Regional IDPA Championships
Friday and Saturday, June 8-9
Richmond Rod & Gun Club
3155 Goodrick Avenue
Richmond, California
Pre-Match Briefing
147 Competitors - UPDATE: 3 slots open for Saturday
11 Stages
165 Rounds

NOTE: As of late last night three Saturday slots to the Golden Gate Regional have opened up due to last minute cancellations. If you would like to enter, go to www.GoldenGate-IDPA.com, pay the match fee through PayPal then download the match application and email it to registration@GoldenGate-IDPA.com. We spoke to Steve Cachia who assured us that if you end up as shooter #4 when going for one of those three slots, your match fee will be refunded. Good luck.

Missouri State IDPA Championship - BackStoppers Challenge
Saturday, June 9
Arnold Rifle and Pistol Club
187 Competitors - Sold Out
10-11 Stages
150+ Rounds

 

South Carolina State IDPA Championship
Saturday, June 9
Skip-J Range
Anderson, SC
180 Competitors - Sold Out a month ago
11 Stages
149 Rounds

If you're looking to get a slot in one of IDPA's upcoming major matches then make sure to get your match application in as soon as possible. Like today...meaning right now.

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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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Countdown To The Cup: No "I" In Team

by Editor 5. June 2012 21:35
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There may be no "I" in team but there sure are Teams in IDPA. As more companies expand their presence in the shooting sports, more and more shooters are competing under a team's banner, and in the process helping to raise awareness of both the brand and the sport. Here's a look at the some of the shooting teams that will be competing at the 2012 Carolina Cup.

 

Team Comp-Tac
Gordon Carrell
Gregg Garrett (Capt)
Randi Rogers


Team ITI
Laura Torres-Reyes
Brandon Wright
Gary Byerly


Team Panteao
Dave Harrington
Bob Vogel
Tom Yost (Capt)


Team RangeLog
Morgan Allan
Scott Bourgeois
Toni Dandreamatteo
Ken Lambert
Ravin Perry
Rob Tate

Team Safariland
Tierani Hendrix
Bobby McGee
Bob Vogel

 

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Federal Premium To Sponsor Smith & Wesson Side Match At IDPA's Carolina Cup

by Editor 28. May 2012 19:58
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – As the popularity of the pistol shooting sports like IDPA continues to surge, more and more companies are playing an important role in the growth of competitive shooting matches around America. One of those companies is Federal Premium Ammunition which is helping to provide more shooting opportunities through their support of the upcoming Carolina Cup.

Officials with the International Defensive Pistol Association announced that Federal Premium Ammunition has joined the growing list of sponsors for the 2012 Carolina Cup and will supply the ammunition for the Smith & Wesson side match which features the company's newest pistol, the M&P Shield.

Federal Premium Ammunition joins Remington Arms and Smith & Wesson, the Carolina Cup's two major sponsors, and Blade-Tech, Comp-Tac, GlockTriggers.com, Safariland and Trijicon in supporting the championship.

“The list of Carolina Cup sponsors reads like a Who's Who of shooting sports industry leaders and we welcome the generous support of Federal Premium Ammunition, one of the shooting world's most respected ammunition brands,” said Scott Ruby, sponsor coordinator for the Carolina Cup.

The Carolina Cup, one of IDPA's three major championships, will take place June 14-16 at The Range in Oxford, North Carolina. More than 370 of IDPA's top 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 courses of fire that creatively test 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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Countdown To The Cup: Welcome To Oxford, N.C.

by Editor 24. May 2012 15:14
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The Carolina Cup is just 9 days away. One of IDPA three big championship matches, the Cup - as many refer to it - draws competitors from all over the country. For a number of shooters this is their first time to the Cup. So we've put together, with a little help from fellow Carolina Cup competitor Lee Bautista, a list of local hotels, restaurants and businesses to help you find what you need while in Oxford, N.C.

If you have additions you'd like to recommend for this list, please email them to media@idpa.com and include the business name, address, phone number and website link if available.

Hotels

Restaurants

  • Mazatlan Mexican Restaurant - 106 East Industry Drive Oxford, NC 27565  (919) 603-0001
  • China Wok - 308 Granville Cors Oxford, NC 27565  (919) 690-8835
  • George's Oxford Village Family - 104 East Industry Drive Oxford, NC 27565  (919) 603-3760
  • Milano's Restaurant - 127 Williamsboro Street Oxford, NC 27565  (919) 693-6444
  • House of Ribeyes - 102 Roxboro Road Oxford, NC 27565  (919) 693-9282
  • Sunrise Biscuits of Oxford - 128 Williamsboro Street Oxford, NC 27565  (919) 693-6178
  • Pizza Hut - 907 Linden Avenue Oxford, NC 27565  (919) 693-4696
  • Subway - 911 Linden Ave. Oxford Plaza Oxford, NC 27565  (919) 693-5509
  • Cracker Barrel - 1002 Ruin Creek Road Henderson, NC 27536  (252) 431-9111
  • Pino's Italian Restaurant - 901 S Beckford Drive #D Henderson, NC 27536  (252) 438-1341
  • Nunnery-Freeman Bar-B-Q - 1645 Norlina Road Henderson, NC 27536  (252) 438-4751
  • Waffle House - 1135 Ruin Creek Road Henderson, NC 27537  (252) 431-9102
  • Taco Bell - 1737 Dabney Drive Henderson, NC 27536  (252) 436-9072

Gun Shops

  • Duke & Pat's Gun Shop - 2564 Enon Road Oxford, NC 27565  (919) 693-4504
  • Hobgoods Fire Arms - 144 Hillsboro Street Oxford, NC 27565  (919) 339-4570

Area Businesses

  • Wal-Mart Supercenter - 1015 Lewis Street Oxford, NC 27565  (919) 693-2900
  • Gupton's Sporting Goods - 324 South Garnett Street Henderson, NC 27536  (252) 492-2311
  • Lowe's Home Improvement - 166 Dabney Rd Henderson, NC 27537  (252) 436-0050
  • Oxford Ace Hardware - 119 Hillsboro Street Oxford, NC 27565 (919) 693-1126
  • Walgreens -201 Hillsboro Street Oxford, NC 27565  (919) 603-1469
  • Market Place Cinema - 907 South Beckford Drive Henderson, NC 27536  (252) 438-9060


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Blade-Tech Joins Other Industry Leaders In Sponsoring IDPA's Carolina Cup Shooting Championship

by Editor 23. May 2012 16:01
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – Blade-Tech, a leading manufacturer of custom, production thermoplastic, injection molded tactical holsters, knife sheaths and magazine pouches, will be stage sponsor of the 2012 Carolina Cup shooting championship, according to officials with the International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA).

Blade-Tech, which is one of the most popular holster brands in IDPA competition, joins Remington Arms and Smith & Wesson, the Carolina Cup's two major sponsors, and Comp-Tac, GlockTriggers.com, Safariland and Trijicon in supporting the championship.

“Thanks to companies like Blade-Tech competitive pistol shooting is thriving, and their generous support of the Carolina Cup has helped to make this one of the biggest and best championship events on the IDPA schedule,” said Scott Ruby, sponsor coordinator for the Carolina Cup.

"Blade-Tech is a proud sponsor of IDPA Carolina Cup,” said Ryan Preece, media relations manager for Blade-Tech Industries. “The Carolina Cup is one of the premier matches in IDPA. We are thankful for the chance to sponsor the competition, and Blade-Tech will be on hand at the event to demonstrate and answer shooters' questions about our newest products.”

The Carolina Cup, one of IDPA's three major championships, will take place June 14-16 at The Range in Oxford, North Carolina. More than 360 of IDPA's top 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 courses of fire that creatively test 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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From Poland, With Kitty: Honor Roll of Champions

by Editor 22. May 2012 18:25
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Well it looks like our woman in Olsztyn (Poland), Kitty Richards, took a break from all that partying - Polish Style - and managed to smuggle out of the country the final official results from the 2012 IDPA Polish National Championship. Here are your division champions, and, of course, High Lady. Look for the complete stage-by-stage results to be posted on IDPA.com shortly.

CDP Champion - Leszek Sokolowski CDP Master 236.89
ESP Champion - Marco Pedrana ESP Master 204.94
SSP Champion - Tomasz Redecki SSP Expert 224.52
ESR Champion - Marcin Galalazka ESR Expert 301.45
SSR Champion - Andrej Lipa SSR Expert 303.13
High Lady - Joanna Lenczewska ESP Expert 297.70

Congratulations to the 2012 Polish National Champions, and congratulations to the match staff and volunteers for a job well done. Thanks to the magic of the intertube, we have this video of your 2012 Polish Nats CDP Div. Champion Leszek Sokolowski in action. And yes, if you look closely you'll spot Kitty and Joanna working the match.

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From Poland, With Kitty: Now This Is A Trophy!

by Editor 21. May 2012 21:13
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Kitty Richards called the IDPA Polish National Championship trophy design "very neat". We call it AWESOME. With World War II vintage military vehicles and guns, tons of local media coverage, and this sweet trophy, it's pretty clear that IDPA Poland knows how to throw a championship match.

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From Poland, With Kitty: Press. Press. Pull.

by Editor 21. May 2012 20:59
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So, besides the world's greatest stage props, the IDPA Polish National Championship drew a ton of local media attention including TV Poland. Don't worry though, Kitty assured us she was ready for her close up.

This match was a REALLY a big deal in Poland! TVP (TV Poland) came out to do an interview with Ken Ortbach and Joanna Lenczweska, and some "papparazzi" attended as well. The local radio station was also on hand. They had flying drones (no sh*t!) with cameras attached to take aerial views of the shooters running the stages. It was all very impressive! - Kitty

ABOVE: Drones? Really? Who covers an IDPA match with a camera mounted drone? Well apparently TV Poland does. BELOW: The local radio station was also on the range covering the match.

BELOW: We have no idea what his name is but we assume this photographers name is Polish for Yamil.

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From Poland, With Kitty: It's All Over, But For The Vodka...

by Editor 21. May 2012 20:02
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Our woman in Olsztyn (Poland), Kitty Richards, files this late breaking report from the IDPA Polish National Championship. Unfortunately we don't yet have the full match results but IDPA's correspondent for Eastern Europe sends us this update...

The inaugural IDPA Polish National Championship is now in the books.  Shooters smiled, laughed and moaned their way through the challenging stages, but at the end of the day, they all agreed on one thing: the match director, staff and host club for the PNC did a great job.

The hotly contested SSR Division was won by Adrej Lipa of Lithuania, who bested Przemysław Lewandowski of Poland (2nd place) and the USA's Ken Ortbach (3rd). I was thrilled to earn one of the very cool custom-made trophies for 3rd place SSP Marksman. But the big news of the day is that The Polish Pistolera, Joanna Lenczweska, won 2nd ESP SS AND took High Lady – what a homecoming for her! Will the three US shooters be back as soon as possible to shoot the Polish National Championship again?  TAK!  (YES!) - Kitty

Thanks to Kitty for keeping us in the loop. Congratulations to Ken and Joanna on a job well done. And a very special thank you to IDPA Poland for the warm hospitality and for taking such good care of your American colleagues. We can't wait for next year's championship.

ABOVE: Ken Ortbach is presented a trophy by Club MD Jacek Ostrzycki BELOW: Jacek Ostrzycki with the "Babe Bay" SOs - Joanna & Kitty, who ran Bay 4

ABOVE & BELOW: The Polish Pistolera, Joanna Lenczweska, collects her trophies from Jacek Ostrzycki.

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