The Bubba Report: Beast of the East – SO Day

by Editor 29. June 2013 13:23
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The Beast of the East got underway yesterday, and with our erstwhile field reporter Kitty Richards is tied up working the match, stepping in is our very own Lone Star State corespondent Terry Burba bringing you The Bubba Report.

Braving rain & thunderstorms (and even a tornado or two) the Easton, Pennsylvania area was ready to host the Beast of the East IDPA match. I left [The Republic of] Texas at 7:00am to finally arrive around 10:30pm. The range was a bit soggy in a few places, but the shooting areas had drained well and the SOs were able to get started without any delays.

Eleven stages from the warped minds of Match Director Ken Ortbach and Assistant MD Dan Jensen force shooters to really keep their heads in the game. This is an 'In Your Face' type of match requiring you to get on your sights fast and move quickly. There are a number of burn-it-down stages. And others force you to make clean accurate shots at distance.

And then there are some...well, you just hope you can hit SOMETHING! There is plenty of movement in this match; for both the shooter and the targets and non-threats.

The best I can say is, 'I survived.' I wish the same could be said for a couple of non-threat targets.

And a special note for one Lee Wills... You had better get here soon. Something seems to be happening to your pile of cookies.

There are two shooting sessions on Saturday, morning and afternoon, and one more session on Sunday still to come. Shooters are having fun and trying to stay cool. The weather has held off out of the shooting times, so we should be good for those remaining sessions.

More news to come from the next sessions. Let me leave you with a couple of pictures of the talk of the match… “Kitty & Debbie’s Tunnel of Love”

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Harris Publications To Sponsor 2013 IDPA U.S. National Championship

by Editor 27. June 2013 07:23
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – The International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) announced that Harris Publications, a leading publisher of special interest publications and owner of such titles as Combat Handguns and the popular websites Tactical-Life.com and PersonalDefenseWorld.com, will once again be one of the major sponsors of the IDPA U.S. National Championship.

Hosted by the U.S. Shooting Academy in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the 2013 IDPA U.S. National Championship will take place September 19 thru 21 and is again expected to draw over 300 of the sport’s top shooters. Harris Publications joins Brownells, Taurus and the National Shooting Sports Foundation as a gold level sponsor of the event.

“On behalf of the more than 22,000 IDPA members I want to thank Harris Publications for their continued, and generous, support for the International Defensive Pistol Association and the 2013 IDPA U.S. National Championship in particular,” said Joyce Wilson, executive director for IDPA.

In addition to supporting the IDPA Nationals, Harris Publications has over the years been one of the most active corporate sponsors of IDPA competitions, helping matches all across the United States.

“Harris is very proud to support IDPA whenever possible. Our team at Harris, constantly discusses how our magazines and websites must be tools – tools to help the good guys stay safe. Of course we want every reader to be pleased with the ‘new’ products we try so hard to secure first to test and evaluate for our followers. But every time we close a magazine or post something online, we say to ourselves, ‘did we do the best possible job conveying solid tactics, to keep the good guys one step ahead.’  At the end of the day, that's what it's all about. We think that this is also the essence of IDPA. We share their mission," said Shirley Steffen of Harris Publications.

For more information on IDPA, the 2013 IDPA U.S. National Championship, 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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New Rulebook (Final Version) Now Posted

by Editor 26. June 2013 12:00
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Thanks to the hard work of IDPA members on the Rulebook Tiger Teams, the final version of the new IDPA Rulebook, originally scheduled to be posted on Monday, July 1, is now available – ahead of schedule. You can find it posted here on IDPA.com.

A special thanks also goes out to all the IDPA members who submitted comments during the comment period. Your input is greatly appreciated.

Existing Safety Officer Recertification
Safety Officer (SO) recertification for existing SOs will begin on July 1st. The test will roll out by geographic area and is listed in the schedule below. Members of each group will receive an email a few days prior to their testing period containing the link to the testing area and the password.

DATE EVENT

STATES/AREAS

1-Jul

SO Recertification Testing - Group 1

TX/NM
All US Area Coordinators
8-Jul SO Recertification Testing- Group 2 CT/MA/ME/NH/NY/RI/VT (Yost)
PA/NJ
All SOI Candidates
15-Jul SO Recertification Testing - Group 3 FL
NC/SC
WV
VA
DC/DE/MD
22-Jul SO Recertification Testing - Group 4 OH
TN/KY/MS
IL
IN
Al/GA
MI
29-Jul

SO Recertification Testing - Group 5

WI/MN
MO/IA
AR/LA/OK
ID/MT/UT/WY
CO/KS
AZ
AK/OR/WA
5-Aug SO Recertification Testing - Group 6 CA
ND/SD/NV/PR
All International SOs*
1-Oct

New Rulebook Goes Into Effect Oct. 1, 2013

 

*Note - International SOIs are located in Costa Rica, South Africa and the Philippines. Any other country must use a US-based SOI until an SOI has been assigned to that country in 2014.

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MyGunDB Returns As Smith & Wesson New England Regional IDPA Championship Sponsor

by Editor 26. June 2013 07:23
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – MyGunDB, the best way to manage your firearm collection, has once again signed on as a major sponsor of the 2013 Smith & Wesson New England Regional IDPA Championship.

MyGunDB joins Blade-Tech Industries, the National Shooting Sports Foundation and Smith & Wesson, the title sponsor of the match, in supporting the New England Regional which is among the region’s largest defensive pistol shooting competitions.

“MyGunDB recognizes the important role the shooting sports plays in the daily lives of firearms owners and has once again stepped up to generously support the New England Regional IDPA Championship,” said Dori Smith of the MetroWest Tactical IDPA club.

"It's an honor to be able to give back to the shooting community," said Alan Ellis, the creator of MyGunDB. "It is incredible seeing so many participants signing up as it shows the ever increasing popularity of IDPA and the shooting sports in general."

The Smith & Wesson New England Regional IDPA Championship will take place August 16-18 at the Harvard Sportsmen's Club in Harvard, Massachusetts and will again be hosted by the MetroWest Tactical IDPA club.

The New England Regional is expected to draw upwards of 200 of the region’s top shooters. Registration for the event opened on May 1 and match officials report that the competition is sold out with a growing waiting list of shooters hoping for a last minute opening.

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.

About MyGunDB:
Founded by Alan Ellis in July 2011, Intelligent Firearm Solutions, LLC, the parent company of the MyGunDB product line, has grown to be the leader in firearm inventory software for collectors and enthusiasts. The company is now an official sponsor of the NRA National Matches at Camp Perry for 2013-2015, and a proud supporter of IDPA and the CMP. Though MyGunDB began as a small, free, utility program that the founder needed personally when he realized no other software met his needs, it has evolved into a full blown firearm dashboard based on the feedback of its users through online forums and other communities. For more information, please visit http://MyGunDB.com.

 

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Cabela’s Honors “Hometown Heroes” June 26 – 28

by Editor 21. June 2013 12:23
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Cabela’s stores nationwide will honor the contributions of those who serve our country and communities by offering employee pricing to all veterans, active duty military and reserves, law enforcement, firefighters, and EMS personnel beginning Wednesday, June 26 through Friday, June 28. The Hometown Heroes event recognizes the service and sacrifice of those who protect and serve every day.

“Cabela’s values the contributions of our nation’s military and service personnel,” said Cabela’s Chief Executive Officer Tommy Millner. “Making them honorary employees, and extending our employee discount to them as we prepare to celebrate Independence Day, is our way of saying thank you for keeping us safe.”

To participate in the Hometown Heroes event, veterans, active duty military, reserves, law enforcement, fire and EMS personnel should present their service ID at check out at their local Cabela’s store. Upon doing so, they will receive Cabela’s employee discount on virtually everything in the store. Some restrictions apply; see store for complete details.

For more information, please contact Cabela’s at 541-349-5760 or visit www.cabelas.com/springfield.

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Blade-Tech Sponsors Smith & Wesson New England Regional IDPA Championship

by Editor 18. June 2013 07:27
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – Blade-Tech Industries, the leading manufacturer of custom thermoplastic and injection molded tactical holsters and magazine pouches, has signed on as one of the primary sponsors of the 2013 Smith & Wesson New England Regional IDPA Championship.

The Smith & Wesson New England Regional IDPA Championship will take place August 16-18 at the Harvard Sportsmen's Club in Harvard, Massachusetts and will again be hosted by the MetroWest Tactical IDPA club.

Blade-Tech joins the National Shooting Sports Foundation and Smith & Wesson, the title sponsor of the match, in supporting the New England Regional which is among the region’s largest defensive pistol shooting competitions.

“We are very pleased to add Blade-Tech to our growing list of sponsors. Blade-Tech has been a longtime supporter of the shooting sports and we’re grateful for their generous sponsorship of this year’s championship,” said Dori Smith of the MetroWest Tactical IDPA club.

"Blade-Tech is honored to continue its support of the IDPA and to sponsor the New England Regional Championship. We are thankful for the opportunity to participate in such a quality event," said Ryan Preece of Blade-Tech.

The 2013 Smith & Wesson New England Regional IDPA Championship is expected to draw upwards of 200 of the region’s top shooters. Registration for the event opened on May 1 and match officials report that slots are filled with additional shooters on a wait list hoping for a last minute slot opening.

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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NSSF Announces $200,000 in Grants for Collegiate Shooting

by Editor 13. June 2013 13:42
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NEWTOWN, Conn. -- The National Shooting Sports Foundation® invites public and private colleges to apply for a total of $200,000 in grants through its Collegiate Shooting Sports InitiativeSM (CSSISM).

To encourage the development of new programs, NSSF this year will restrict the grants to colleges and universities seeking to establish brand new shooting clubs and teams, and also those seeking support for new programs established during the 2013 spring semester.

NSSF®, the trade association for the firearms, ammunition, hunting and shooting sports industry, has awarded more than $900,000 in grants to 75 colleges to support shooting clubs and teams. Grant guidelines and applications are available at www.nssf.org/college. Applicants may request up to $10,000.

"Our goal is to tap into the large interest in target shooting at the collegiate level and to provide opportunities for students to shoot competitively and recreationally," said NSSF Manager of Shooting Promotions Zach Snow. "We are very pleased that CSSI grants have helped colleges across the country develop target shooting and firearm safety programs."

Schools that have received CSSI grants range from large universities to smaller community colleges and include Harvard, Yale, George Mason, Purdue Ecclesia College, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, CalState Channel Islands, Pratt Community College, Michigan State University, University of Florida and Texas A&M.

CSSI grant-supported programs have helped double participation at the ACUI Intercollegiate Clay Target Championship over the last five years. Snow reports that the ACUI office receives an average of 10 inquiries per month from parents, students and coaches asking how to start a college team and get involved with the ACUI tournament.

While competition attracts one type of student, recreational target shooting draws students who want an introduction to the shooting sports and firearms safety. NSSF grants are helping to establish these campus-organized clubs. Such widespread interest prompted NSSF to develop its "How to Start a Club" resource guide. The guide is filled with helpful advice on starting both competitive teams and recreational shooting clubs, and includes samples of membership forms and club bylaws.

Anyone interested in starting or strengthening a college shotgun, rifle or pistol team or club can find resources and grant opportunities at www.nssf.org/college.

Watch a brief video about the Collegiate Shooting Sports Initiative.

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Brownells To Sponsor 2013 IDPA U.S. National Championship

by Editor 12. June 2013 07:35
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – Brownells – The World's Largest Supplier of Firearms Accessories and Gunsmithing Tools™ − will be one of the major sponsors of the 2013 IDPA U.S. National Championship, according to an announcement by officials with the International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA).

Hosted by the U.S. Shooting Academy in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the 2013 IDPA U.S. National Championship will take place September 19 thru 21 and is again expected to draw over 300 of the sport’s top shooters. Brownells joins Taurus and the National Shooting Sports Foundation as a gold level sponsor of the event.

“As one of the industry’s great family-owned businesses, Brownells has always been committed to giving back to the shooting sports,” said Joyce Wilson, executive director of IDPA. “Thanks to the generosity of Frank and Pete Brownell, and all the folks who work tirelessly to make Brownells a favorite supplier to competition shooters, the shooting sports are thriving – especially IDPA.”

In addition to supporting the IDPA Nationals, Brownells has over the years been one of the most active corporate sponsors of IDPA competitions, helping matches at every level.

"The IDPA is one of the premier shooting sports organizations in the world," said Brownells President/COO, Matt Buckingham. "It is really our privilege to have our name associated with such a great event. I'd encourage anyone with an interest in competitive, practical pistol shooting to check out the IDPA."

For more information on IDPA, the 2013 IDPA U.S. National Championship, 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.

About Brownells:
Founded in 1939, Brownells is an Iowa-based, family-owned company that supplies more than 82,000 firearms parts, accessories, reloading components, gunsmithing tools, and ammunition to armorers, gunsmiths, the military, and shooters worldwide. In addition to their industry-leading 100% lifetime guarantee - forever - on EVERY product sold, their staff of veteran Gun Techs is available to assist customers with technical help to fix any gun-related problem - free of charge. There are no minimum order sizes or return/exchange fees. To place an order, or for more information, call 800-741-0015 or visit www.brownells.com.

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Taurus Sponsors Smith & Wesson Live Free Or Die State IDPA Championship

by Editor 10. June 2013 07:35
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – This October the Granite State will be hosting its first IDPA state championship since 2010, thanks in part to the generous support of sponsors like Taurus.

Taurus, one of the world's foremost manufacturers of firearms and spearhead of the Carry On movement to promote the concealed carry lifestyle, has signed on as a major sponsor of the event, joining Smith & Wesson, the title sponsor of the match.

The 2013 Smith & Wesson Live Free Or Die State IDPA Championship takes place October 18-19 and will be hosted by the Pioneer Sportsmen Club in Dunbarton, N.H.

“We can’t thank Taurus enough for their generous support of IDPA and the Live Free Or Die State Championship,” said Ken Lambert, match director. “Taurus is unabashedly supporting the concealed carry movement in the U.S. and IDPA shooters understand how important that is and appreciate the commitment Taurus has shown.”

“Taurus is proud to support the Live Free Or Die State Championship as part of our ongoing commitment to promoting the shooting sports,” said Mark Kresser, president and CEO of Taurus. “We expect this to be one of the hottest matches on the IDPA New England schedule and we wish the best of luck to all those competing.”

In addition to determining the New Hampshire state title, the match will also serve as the final leg of the King of New England contest presented by Apex Tactical. The 17th Annual Massachusetts State Championship and the New England Regional, both sponsored by Smith & Wesson, make up the first and second legs, respectively, of the newly announced series.

Registration details for the Smith & Wesson Live Free Or Die State IDPA Championship will be announced shortly. Companies interested in sponsoring the Live Free Or Die State Championship should contact the sponsorship coordinator at psi.sponsorship@gmail.com.

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.

About Taurus:
Taurus International Manufacturing, Inc. is proud to be the U.S. importer of all Taurus brand firearms manufactured in Brazil and to be the manufacturer of the model PT-22, PT-25 and PT-738 pistols made here in the US. Taurus International services all Taurus brand firearms under the LIFETIME REPAIR POLICY™ as well. For additional information about Taurus, visit www.taurususa.com.

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10 Ways to Prevent Wildfires While Target Shooting This Summer

by Editor 7. June 2013 15:04
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PROVO, Utah – June 8, 2013 – As the days get longer and the weather gets nicer, more and more shooters will be heading outdoors this summer to practice with their favorite firearms. With summer, however, also comes the increased risk of wildfires. As we saw last year in the western half of the U.S., fires are easily started and readily blamed on firearms use. If you plan to target shoot on public land this season, make sure you understand the regulations and take the necessary precautions to prevent the chance of wildfires. Here are 10 suggestions:

 

1) Bring a bucket of water – This may seem obvious, but shooters often fail to bring enough water to put a fire out. A 5-gallon bucket of water at the ready while shooting could prevent a disaster if a fire does start. We recommend placing the bucket near the targets you'll be shooting. That way, if a fire starts, you won't have to waste precious time carrying a heavy bucket all the way to where your targets are set up.

2) Shoot on quality steel targetsAction Target's steel targets are designed to minimize risks to both the shooter and the environment. The flat target surface with no exposed bolts, clamps or brackets allows for predictable bullet splatter, and the angle of the target plate forces bullet fragments down toward the feet of the target. Uneven shooting surfaces produce unpredictable splatter and ricochet which increases the surface area exposed to sparks and hot bullet fragments.

3) Place your targets on dirt or gravel – Make sure your target is placed on a level, unvegetated surface of dirt or small grained gravel. Placing a target in tall grass increases the risk of fire.

4) Don't shoot trash – Trash like old couches and TVs can often be found on public land but are dangerous fire hazards when shot. Because there is often no surface hard enough to cause the bullet to break up, hot rounds can build up inside and eventually create enough heat to cause a fire.

5) Don't shoot with steel core ammo – Ammo that contains a steel core may spark when it hits a rock or a metal object. To avoid any chance of sparking, do not use steel ammunition and avoid shooting in rocky areas.

6) Bring a shovel and an old blanket – Use the shovel to dig a trench around your targets before shooting to ensure that any fire caused by sparks can be easily contained. Place the blanket near the targets you'll be shooting so it's easily available if needed. A blanket is one of the best ways to smother a fire and can be even more effective than water.

7) Never shoot exploding targets – Binary exploding targets made of ammonium nitrate and aluminum powder (commonly known as Tannerite when combined) are popular among recreational shooters. While the byproducts of the explosion do not produce a fire hazard, they are often blamed for starting wild fires. Exploding targets (listed as “other pyrotechnic devices”) are outlawed on public lands by the Bureau of Land Management's Fire Prevention Order.

8) Don't use incendiary or tracer ammo – Incendiary and tracer ammo are also outlawed on public lands by the BLM's Fire Prevention Order. Any ammo that “burns” can easily ignite grass and brush and should not be used in flammable areas.

9) Don't smoke – Even if you're following all safety precautions in regard to shooting, you can still easily start a wildfire by smoking. If you're shooting in a dry location, make sure that all cigarette butts are properly extinguished or avoid smoking at all.

10) Park your vehicle away from dry grass – Several fires last year were started by vehicles parked in tall grass. While it may not seem like a hazard, the hot undercarriage of a car or truck can easily create enough heat to ignite dry grass.

You may not be able to plan for every possible scenario, but just taking a few extra precautions while shooting can greatly reduce the risk of starting a fire. Just remember that every time you set foot on public land, you represent the shooting community, and one bad decision could affect everyone.

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