Rules Clarifications for Fourth Quarter, 2013

by Editor 3. December 2013 17:28
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Earlier this fall, all members received a communications from me regarding the Rules Clarifications process. This process was established to address any issues not covered in the current rulebook and assists us in reducing HQ employee overload (spending HQ resource time on answering the same questions repeatedly), and make clarifications visible to all members.

Today, we have posted the first quarterly clarifications document. This document addresses requests that were submitted through Nov. 5th. Submissions after that period will be addressed in the Q1, 2014 Clarifications document. Some requests may not be listed if it was determined by the team that no clarification was needed, or if the request was for a rule change rather than a clarification. One request, that for a more comprehensive definition of slide lightening, is being researched. The team feels that this is too crucial to the integrity of the sport to clarify at this time. We are further exploring a definition that will be fair to the competitors as well as easy for match officials to administrate. This is not a topic to be undertaken lightly as we definitely do not want to start down the path of the equipment race as other sports have. We want to maintain the focus on readily available equipment that is not cost prohibitive to the new shooter. While we don't want to outlaw decorative engraving on personal firearms, we also will not condone the appearance of the necessity to remove inordinate amounts of material from the slide to indicate a competitive advantage. We hope to have a full definition at the next review, however, we will not make this decision lightly or before all members of the clarification team and the Board of Directors are comfortable with this decision and the direction that it will take the sport. We thank you for your patience.

I encourage all Area Coordinators, Safety Officer Instructors and Match Directors to familiarize themselves with the clarifications and cascade to their shooters.

The Q4 Rulebook Clarifications document can be found here.

– Joyce Wilson, Executive Director of IDPA

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Registration Now Open For 2014 IDPA Costa Rican National Championship

by Editor 26. November 2013 07:35
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – Officials with IDPA Costa Rica and the International Defensive Pistol Association, the international governing body for IDPA competition, announced that online shooter registration is now open for the 2014 Costa Rican National Championship, which is set to take place April 10-12 in San Jose, Costa Rica.

The championship will be hosted at Rancho Arizona and is expected to draw top shooters from Costa Rica, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Guatemala, Honduras, Panama, Venezuela, Chile, Argentina, Austria and the United States.

“We are once again rolling out the red carpet for our fellow IDPA shooters in the U.S. and around the region, and this coming April Costa Rica will be the place to be for outstanding IDPA action, great weather and warm Costa Rican hospitality,” said Match Director Rodrigo Carvajal.

The 2014 Costa Rican IDPA National Championship will see upwards of 100 international shooters gunning for both national pride and the Costa Rican title in Custom Defensive Pistol, Enhanced Service Pistol, Stock Service Pistol, Stock Service Revolver and Enhanced Service Revolver, the five divisions in IDPA competition.

The championship will feature 12 stages, shot in a one-day format, and a round count of approximately 165 rounds. Safety Officers and staff will compete on Thursday, April 10.

Registration is open and will close on March 11, 2014.

Shooters interested in competing in the 2014 Costa Rican IDPA National Championship should contact Rodrigo Carvajal at rodrigo@asotipra.com or visit IDPACostaRica.com for more information. Regular match updates will also be available on IDPA Costa Rica’s Facebook page.

For more information on IDPA, 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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Smith & Wesson’s Randi Rogers Wins High Lady At S&W IDPA Back Up Gun Nationals

by Editor 19. November 2013 09:37
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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Randi Rogers, wearing her new Smith & Wesson shooting team jersey, and armed with her new M&P Compact 9mm, continued her amazing win streak in IDPA competition with her High Lady title win at the inaugural Smith & Wesson IDPA Back Up Gun Nationals.

Randi Rogers spent the match shooting side-by-side with friend and Smith & Wesson teammate Julie Golob who returned to competition after the birth of her second daughter earlier this year. The two swapped stage wins back and forth on the first four stages until Rogers settled in, claiming eight more stage wins – two of them overall stage wins in the division.

Rogers finished the match and took the High Lady title with a final time of 212.20 seconds, shooting 98 points down, which placed her sixth Master and seventh overall in the Pistol division, and 11th among all competitors in the championship.

“Randi is hands down IDPA’s top woman shooter and consistently among the top shooters overall. She has not been defeated in IDPA competition in a number of years and her performance this weekend shows why,” said Joyce Wilson, executive director of IDPA.

Second place went to Golob who finished with a time of 261.56 seconds shooting 132 points down. Joyce Wilson took third among the women with 324.76 (103), followed by Judith Szczygiel in fourth with 326.56 (149). Rounding out the top five was Tammy Lyne who scored one stage win and finished with 353.93 (235).

All five women competed in the Pistol division.

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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Revolver King Jerry Miculek Tops Field At S&W IDPA Back Up Gun Nationals

by Editor 19. November 2013 09:28
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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Going into the inaugural Smith & Wesson IDPA Back Up Gun Nationals one question sat on everyone’s mind: could a revolver shooter – namely Jerry Miculek – beat everybody? That question was definitively answered Saturday evening when Team Smith & Wesson’s great revolver shooter won the Revolver division title with the fastest overall time in the competition.

Miculek’s final time of 166.50 seconds (with 43 points down) outpaced the Pistol division champion, Mike Seeklander, by 3.69 seconds. Miculek won all but one of the 13 stages in the division, and topped the entire field on six stages. In addition to winning the Revolver title, Miculek won High Industry honors in the division and was the high overall senior.

“Jerry is simply amazing to watch, often taking more time to retrieve his revolver from its start position on a stage than putting the required five rounds on target. His incredible performance, not to mention four of the top 10 times coming from wheelgunners, demonstrates that in defensive applications, the revolver can go toe-to-toe with a pistol,” said Joyce Wilson, executive director of IDPA.

Finishing second behind Miculek was Kirk Crego whose 198.93 seconds with 40 points down put him fifth overall in the match. Team Smith & Wesson’s other top wheelgunner, Josh Lentz, took third in the division, and sixth overall, with 202.84 (59). Joe Linskey, shooting for Wolff Gunsprings/TDS, placed fourth in the division and 10th overall with 209.42 (33). Rounding out the top five was Simon Golob who finished first Master with 231.68 (76).

Elsewhere in the division, Kristofer Sines took first Expert with 249.49 (70). Michael French claimed first Sharpshooter with 254.91 (60), while Chad McLean went home with first Marksman with 274.42 (57). Paul Chamberlain, competing as a Sharpshooter, claimed High Distinguished Senior honors with 311.27 (119), and Christian Sauer won first Novice with 384.98 (136).

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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Mike Seeklander Wins Pistol Title At S&W IDPA Back Up Gun Nationals

by Editor 19. November 2013 09:18
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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Despite wearing a wireless microphone and having a video camera in his face for most of the match, Team Armscor’s Mike Seeklander captured the Pistol division title at the inaugural Smith & Wesson IDPA Back Up Gun Nationals.

Seeklander, who was taping a future episode of the Outdoor Channel’s Shooting Gallery television show, won three stages before posting a final time of 170.19 seconds with 37 points down. His was the second fastest overall time behind that of Team Smith & Wesson’s Jerry Miculek, the Revolver division champion.

“With Mike pulling double duty during the match, both competing and filming, nobody was sure where exactly he’d finish. Then when his final times were posted, talk began that he might just win the match, and sure enough he did,” said Joyce Wilson, executive director of IDPA.

“Mike is great shooter and so well liked among his fellow competitors that seeing him win the inaugural Smith & Wesson Back Up Gun Nationals made a lot of IDPA members happy.”

Taking second behind Seeklender was Team Panteao’s Dave Harrington, who not only finished first Master with 193.82 (30) but also won one stage and took High Industry for the division. Dylan Kenneson, representing the Sig Sauer Academy, was recognized as the match’s most accurate, shooting just 17 points down while finishing third in the division as the second Master with 195.14. Team HK’s Jason Koon picked up third Master with 203.79 (86) while James Meyers won two stages and claimed both fourth Master and High Law Enforcement with 204.46 (44).

Elsewhere in the division, IDPA’s top lady shooter, and the newest member of Team Smith & Wesson, Randi Rogers won two stages and claimed the High Lady title with her final time of 212.20 seconds, shooting 98 points down. Greg Snyder, competing as a Master, took High Military Veteran with 219.91 (65). The U.S. Coast Guard’s Chad Barber, competing as an Expert, won High Military with 261.38 (141). Clark Coneby, a Sharpshooter, won High Junior with 264.95 (76). Tim Arnold won first Expert with 236.82 (55). Pasquile Vitetta, Jr. took first Sharpshooter with 259.96 (84), while Justin Fitch finished first Marksman with 298.09 (99) and Bill Henderson took home first Novice with 415.85 (206).

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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S&W Back Up Gun Nationals: Stage 13 - Carjacking Hostage

by Editor 15. November 2013 13:35
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SCENARIO: After successfully thwarting a carjacking, the remaining thugs have taken your family hostage. You must chase them down and rescue your family.

PROCEDURE:

String One: Loaded with 5 rounds, chambered. Arms length for T1, gun pointed at the base of the target with strong hand only. At the signal while retreating engage T1 with 5 head shoots strong hand only. Reload for next string.

String Two: Start standing behind line with gun pointed at the X on the floor. Engage T2-T3 with 2 rounds engage S1. Reload for next string.

String Three: Start standing in front of the door with weak hand on door knob, gun pointed at X on the door at signal open door engage cascading targets then engage S2-S3.

SCORING: Limited Vickers
ROUND COUNT:
15
TARGETS: 6 IDPA, 3 Steel, 1 Non-Threat
SCORED HITS: 5 on T1, 2 on T2-T3 and 1 on T4, T5 and T6. Steel Must Fall.

STAGE DESIGN: Mike Critser

STAGE SPONSOR: Comp-Tac Victory Gear
WEBSITE: www.Comp-Tac.com

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S&W Back Up Gun Nationals: Stage 12 - Car Jacking

by Editor 15. November 2013 12:35
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SCENARIO: You are heading out of town for a weekend vacation when you stop for a red light and are surrounded by a group of thugs intent on carjacking you. What they don’t know is that you and your family are competitive IDPA shooters. Save your family.

PROCEDURE:

Start at P1, gun loaded with 5 rounds, chambered. Gun on the passenger seat. Start seated behind the steering wheel with hands at 10 & 2.

String One: At the signal engage T2-T3 with 2 rounds engage S-1 though opening left side of the car windshield.  Reload for next string.

String Two: At signal engage T-1 with 5 rounds from right side of the windshield. Reload for next string.

String Three: At signal engage T2-T3 with 2 rounds engage S2. Though the right side of the windshield.

SCORING: Limited Vickers
ROUND COUNT:
15
TARGETS: 12 IDPA, 1 Steel, 5 Non-Threat
SCORED HITS: 1 hit on T1-T10 and 2 on T11 & T12. Steel Must Fall.

STAGE DESIGN: Brian Steskla

STAGE SPONSOR: Apex Tactical Specialties
WEBSITE: www.ApexTactical.com

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S&W Back Up Gun Nationals: Stage 11 - Camping With Wild Boars

by Editor 15. November 2013 11:00
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SCENARIO: You are camping with the family in a remote area, when you are attacked by wild Boars. Save your family.

PROCEDURE:

String One: At P1 seated in tent, gun loaded, in bag. At the buzzer, retrieve gun and engage charging boar (T1-T5) with 1 round each, far to near.

String Two: At P2 seated at the campfire, log in hand at the buzzer, drop log on the activator. Retrieve gun from nearby log, and engage T6-T10 with 1 round each to the body, in tactical priority.

String Three: At P3, gun at low ready. At the buzzer engage T6-T10 with one round to each head, in tactical priority.

SCORING: Limited Vickers
ROUND COUNT:
 15
TARGETS: 10 IDPA, 3 Non-Threat
SCORED HITS: 1 on T1-T5. 1 body and 1 head on T6-T10

STAGE DESIGN: Brian Steskla

STAGE SPONSOR: FMG Publications
WEBSITE: www.FMGPublications.com

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Local Retailer Guns & Gear Sponsors S&W IDPA Back Up Gun Nationals

by Editor 12. November 2013 08:30
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – Once again Guns & Gear, a family owned firearms and accessories store located in Agawam, Mass., will be supporting a major IDPA match at Smith & Wesson as the local retailer signs on as a stage sponsor of the inaugural Smith & Wesson IDPA Back Up Gun Nationals.


“IDPA clubs all around the country work closely with local federally licensed firearms retailers with many sponsoring matches. Here in Springfield, Guns & Gear has been a great partner in supporting Smith & Wesson’s competitions,” said Robert Ray, membership and marketing director for IDPA.

Guns & Gear joins Apex Tactical Specialties, Brownells, Comp-Tac Victory Gear, FMG Publications, GLOCK, Harris Publications, Michigan Ammo Company, the National Shooting Sports Foundation, Panteao Productions, the Self Defense Association, SIG SAUER, Springfield Armory, Taurus, Wilson Combat and Smith & Wesson, the title sponsor, in supporting this latest IDPA national championship event.

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.

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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S&W Back Up Gun Nationals: Stage 10 - Firewood Shootout

by Editor 11. November 2013 16:45
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SCENARIO: You are cutting and splitting firewood with your friends when bad guys spot you and decide you look like easy prey, so they try to take your equipment. You see that they have guns and try to warn your friend. As you are fighting out of harm’s way, they grab your friend as cover.

PROCEDURE:

String One: Standing at P1, facing down range with gun at low ready. On the buzzer, engage T1-T5 with one round each in tactical priority.

String Two: At P2, same as string #1.

String Three: At P3, same as string #1.

SCORING: Limited Vickers
ROUND COUNT:
15
TARGETS: 5 IDPA, 2 Non-Threat
SCORED HITS: Best Three On Target

STAGE DESIGN: Warren Baker

STAGE SPONSOR: Michigan Ammo Co.

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