Gregg Kratochvil Takes SSR Title At Comp-Tac Republic Of Texas IDPA Championship

by Editor 28. May 2013 08:05
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HEMPSTEAD, Texas – Gregg Kratochvil claimed the Stock Service Revolver division title this Memorial Day weekend at the Lone Star State’s premier IDPA competition, the Comp-Tac Republic of Texas Championship.

Kratochvil, who earlier this season won the Enhanced Service Revolver title at the 11th Annual West Texas IDPA Regional, topped the division on five of the 10 stages before posting a final time of 252.66 seconds, shooting 35 points down.

“Gregg is one of the great gentlemen of our sport and a fantastic wheelgunner to boot. His win this weekend is just one more example of why Gregg is one of the top-ranked revolver shooters in the America,” said Joyce Wilson, executive director of IDPA.

Taking second place with three stage wins was Garry Newton who finished in 266.40 seconds with 39 points down. Third place went to Jack Davis with two stage wins and first Expert honors with a time of 274.66 (52). Fourth in the division went to the hardest working wheelgunner in the competition, Match Director Darrell Sells, who ended the match with 45 points down in a time of 311.97 seconds. Rounding out the top five was Todd Speck with 327.58 (64).

Complete, searchable match results can be found online at IDPA.com.

Sanctioned by the International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) the Republic of Texas Championship was held at the ImpactZone Range in Hempstead and drew more than 200 top shooters from throughout Texas and across the United States.

The match received strong industry support with sponsorship from ACADEMI, Armadillo Concealment, Brian Enos, Competitive Concealment, CrossBreed Holsters, Cypress Firearms, Dillon Precision, Don’s Guide Rods, GLC Shooting Academy, GlockTriggers.com, Grip Reductions, Hi-Viz Shooting Systems, Starline Brass, Target Acquired, and title sponsor Comp-Tac Victory Gear.

For more information on IDPA, the 2013 Comp-Tac Republic of Texas IDPA Championship or to get started in this fun and exciting defensive pistol shooting sport, visit www.IDPA.com. You can also connect with IDPA online by following @OfficialIDPA on Twitter, like ShootIDPA on Facebook, watch IDPA TV, or check for regular news and updates on the DOWN ZERO Blog.

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S&W’s Wheelgun Champ Miculek Wins Comp-Tac Republic Of Texas IDPA Championship

by Editor 28. May 2013 07:55
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HEMPSTEAD, Texas – Team Smith & Wesson’s Jerry Miculek won the Enhanced Service Revolver division title this Memorial Day weekend at the Lone Star State’s premier IDPA competition, the Comp-Tac Republic of Texas Championship.

Miculek, who is ranked a Distinguished Master in IDPA, but also widely regarded as the world’s greatest revolver shooter, won all but one of the 10 stages on his way to winning the title with a final time of 215.94 with 55 points down.

“There is nothing you can say about Jerry and his skills with a revolver that hasn’t already been said. He never ceases to amaze shooters and his presence on any range is always a welcome sight to his fellow competitors,” said Joyce Wilson, executive director of IDPA.

Placing second behind Miculek was Deon Greenwood, first Expert, with 293.69 (91), followed by Robert Briggs, also an Expert class shooter, with 316.52 (41). Fourth place went to James Ash, first Sharpshooter, with 331.22 (51) while fifth place went to Claude Clark, another Sharpshooter who finished with 410.76 (133).

Duane Hemphill took first Marksman in the ESR division with a time of 418.62 seconds and 50 points down.

Complete, searchable match results can be found online at IDPA.com.

Sanctioned by the International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) the Republic of Texas Championship was held at the ImpactZone Range in Hempstead and drew over 200 top shooters from throughout Texas and across the United States.

The match received strong industry support with sponsorship from ACADEMI, Armadillo Concealment, Brian Enos, Competitive Concealment, CrossBreed Holsters, Cypress Firearms, Dillon Precision, Don’s Guide Rods, GLC Shooting Academy, GlockTriggers.com, Grip Reductions, Hi-Viz Shooting Systems, Starline Brass, Target Acquired, and title sponsor Comp-Tac Victory Gear.

For more information on IDPA, the 2013 Comp-Tac Republic of Texas IDPA Championship or to get started in this fun and exciting defensive pistol shooting sport, visit www.IDPA.com. You can also connect with IDPA online by following @OfficialIDPA on Twitter, like ShootIDPA on Facebook, watch IDPA TV, or check for regular news and updates on the DOWN ZERO Blog.

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Pomerenke Repeats With CDP Win At Comp-Tac Republic Of Texas IDPA Championship

by Editor 28. May 2013 07:45
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HEMPSTEAD, Texas – Zeb Pomerenke once again took the Custom Defensive Pistol division title at the Lone Star State’s premier IDPA competition, the Comp-Tac Republic of Texas Championship, held this Memorial Day weekend at the ImpactZone Range in Hempstead.

Pomerenke, who won the state title in 2012, took top division honors on three of the 10 stages in this year’s match on his way to claiming the title with a final time of 190.18 seconds and 32 points down. Pomerenke placed eighth overall in the competition. The Master class shooter outpaced his nearest competitor, Steve Jolly, by 22.81 seconds.

“Zeb shot a strong match and with his repeat performance as the Lone Star State’s CDP champ he’s quickly moving up the ranks within the sport,” said Joyce Wilson, executive director of IDPA.

Steve Jolly finished as the first Master with a time of 212.99 and 29 points down. Third overall in the division went to Mark Thompson who won first Expert, winning one stage and finishing with 217.63 (47). Dale Rychlik placed fourth in the division and second Master with one stage win and 220.32 (40), while Johnathon Miller took fifth and second Expert with his time of 222.77 (30).

Elsewhere in the division, Jim Bone claimed first Sharpshooter with 237.97 (60), Andre Toennis took first Marksman with 271.34 (46) and Gleen Baker, a Novice class competitor, finished with 528.76 with 78 points down.

Complete, searchable match results can be found online at IDPA.com.

Sanctioned by the International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) the Republic of Texas Championship drew over 200 top shooters from throughout Texas and across the United States.

The match received strong industry support with sponsorship from ACADEMI, Armadillo Concealment, Brian Enos, Competitive Concealment, CrossBreed Holsters, Cypress Firearms, Dillon Precision, Don’s Guide Rods, GLC Shooting Academy, GlockTriggers.com, Grip Reductions, Hi-Viz Shooting Systems, Starline Brass, Target Acquired, and title sponsor Comp-Tac Victory Gear.

For more information on IDPA, the 2013 Comp-Tac Republic of Texas IDPA Championship or to get started in this fun and exciting defensive pistol shooting sport, visit www.IDPA.com. You can also connect with IDPA online by following @OfficialIDPA on Twitter, like ShootIDPA on Facebook, watch IDPA TV, or check for regular news and updates on the DOWN ZERO Blog.

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Brandon Wright Captures SSP Title At Comp-Tac Republic Of Texas IDPA Championship

by Editor 28. May 2013 07:21
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HEMPSTEAD, Texas – One of the top IDPA shooters in the world, Brandon Wright of Team ITI, captured the Stock Service Pistol division title this Memorial Day weekend at the Lone Star State’s premier IDPA competition, the Comp-Tac Republic of Texas Championship.

Wright won five of 10 stages within the division, with two of those stage wins topping the entire field of over 200 competitors, and edged out his nearest competitor by 3.49 seconds with his final time of 152.01 seconds. Wright finished the match with 24 points down.

“Brandon is one of IDPA’s strongest competitors and with national and state titles to his credit, ranked among the very best in the sport. His performance this weekend at the Comp-Tac Republic of Texas Championship shows once again why he’s such a formidable competitor on the range,” said Joyce Wilson, executive director of IDPA.

Second place in SSP went to Chris Keller who took first Master with at time of 155.50 seconds and 28 points down. Keller also had five stage wins with two recorded as overall wins. Jeff Holthus finished third as second Master with 189.23 (18), followed by Karl Bergman who claimed third Master with 193.99 (66). Finishing fifth overall was Bill Go of ACADEMI whose final 198.45 seconds with 20 points down earned him both fourth Master as well as the High Senior title.

Elsewhere in the division, Arnold Brown finished first Expert and High Law Enforcement with 203.86 (34). Adam Sills won first Sharpshooter with 229.27 (36) while Clark Coneby captured first Marksman and High Junior with 220.20 (38). Braden Bergman, a Novice class competitor, finished with 392.33 (109). Charla Scott, an Expert class shooter, won the High Lady title with 287.24 (55), and Pedro Chapa, a Marksman, took home High Military with 328.73 (71).

Complete, searchable match results can be found online at IDPA.com.

Sanctioned by the International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) the Republic of Texas Championship was held at the ImpactZone Range in Hempstead and drew top shooters from throughout Texas and across the United States.

The match received strong industry support with sponsorship from ACADEMI, Armadillo Concealment, Brian Enos, Competitive Concealment, CrossBreed Holsters, Cypress Firearms, Dillon Precision, Don’s Guide Rods, GLC Shooting Academy, GlockTriggers.com, Grip Reductions, Hi-Viz Shooting Systems, Starline Brass, Target Acquired, and title sponsor Comp-Tac Victory Gear.

For more information on IDPA, the 2013 Comp-Tac Republic of Texas IDPA Championship or to get started in this fun and exciting defensive pistol shooting sport, visit www.IDPA.com. You can also connect with IDPA online by following @OfficialIDPA on Twitter, like ShootIDPA on Facebook, watch IDPA TV, or check for regular news and updates on the DOWN ZERO Blog.

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Comp-Tac Republic of Texas: Final Results

by Editor 26. May 2013 14:10
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Here are the official final results from the Comp-Tac Republic of Texas IDPA Championship. Top five overall in each division as well as the category winners are shown. Full results are posted online at IDPA.com.

CDP Division
190.18 (32) - Zeb Pomerenke (MA)
212.99 (29) - Steve Jolly (MA)
217.63 (47) - Mark Thompson (EX)
220.32 (40) - Dale Rychlik (MA)
222.77 (30) - Johnathon Miller (EX)

ESP Division
151.80 (11) - Gordon Carrell (MA)
167.54 (42) - Brian Stricker (MA)
178.92 (40) - Morgan Allen (MA)
184.14 (62) - Robert Powell (MA)
211.36 (63) - David Rowe (EX)

SSP Division
152.01 (24) - Brandon Wright (MA)
155.50 (28) - Chris Keller (MA)
189.23 (18) - Jeff Holthus (MA)
193.99 (66) - Karl Bergman (MA)
198.45 (20) - Bill Go (MA)

ESR Division
215.94 (55) - Jerry Miculek (DM)
293.69 (91) - Deon Greenwood (EX)
316.52 (41) - Robert Briggs (EX)
331.22 (51) - James Ash (SS)
410.76 (133) - Claude Clark (SS)

SSR Division
252.66 (35) - Gregg Kratochvil (MA)
266.40 (39) - Garry Newton (MA)
274.66 (52) - Jack Davis (EX)
311.97 (45) - Darrell Sells (EX)
327.58 (64) - Todd Speck (EX)

High Senior: Bill Go SSP (MA) 198.45 (20)
High Lady: Charla Scott SSP (EX) 287.24 (55)
High Law Enforcement: Arnold Brown SSP (EX) 203.86 (34)
High Industry: Gordon Carrell ESP (MA) 151.80 (11)
High Junior: Clark Coneby SSP (MM) 220.20 (38)
High Military: Pedro Chapa SSP (MM) 328.73 (71)
High Military Veteran: Mike McKinney CDP (EX) 242.05 (35)
High Dist. Senior: Ray Duroy ESP (SS) 231.11 (38)
Most Accurate: Gordon Carrell ESP (MA) 151.80 (11)

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U.S. District Court Dismisses Lawsuit to Ban Traditional Ammunition

by Editor 23. May 2013 16:44
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NEWTOWN, Conn. – The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia today dismissed a lawsuit brought by the radical anti-hunting Center for Biological Diversity and six other groups demanding the Environmental Protection Agency ban traditional ammunition containing lead components.

Traditional ammunition represents 95 percent of the U.S. market and is the staple ammunition for target shooters, hunters and law enforcement, with more than 10 billion rounds sold annually.

NSSF filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit last August. The court today agreed with NSSF that EPA does not have the authority to regulate traditional ammunition under the Toxic Substances Control Act.

EPA had already twice denied attempts by CBD to have the agency ban traditional ammunition, and the court had dismissed an earlier case brought by CBD seeking the same relief.

“We are gratified that the court has found this second frivolous lawsuit, which is essentially the same as the one dismissed last year, was equally without merit,” said Lawrence G. Keane, senior vice president and general counsel for the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the trade association for the firearms and ammunition industry. “This was a waste of taxpayers' dollars and EPA resources spent in having to defend a baseless lawsuit.”

CBD's serial petitioning of EPA and its repeated lawsuits were designed to cripple the shooting sports in America by banning the ammunition that millions of hunters and target shooters choose to use safely and responsibly.

"There is quite simply no sound science that shows the use of traditional ammunition has harmed wildlife populations or that it presents a health risk to humans who consume game taken with such ammunition," said Keane. "Banning traditional ammunition would cost tens of thousands of jobs in America and destroy wildlife conservation that is funded in part by an 11 percent excise tax on the sale of ammunition. The protection and management of wildlife is properly handled by the professional biologists in the state fish and game agencies, as it has been for over a hundred years.

In addition to NSSF, the National Rifle Association, Safari Club International and the Association of Battery Recyclers intervened in the case.

Organizations that joined CBD in its lawsuit were the Cascades Raptor Center of Oregon, the Loon Lake Loon Association of Washington, Preserve Our Wildlife of Florida, Tennessee Ornithological Society, Trumpeter Swan Society and Western Nebraska Resources Council.

NSSF was represented by Roger Martella and Christopher Bell from Sidley Austin.

Learn more about traditional ammunition.

For more information, log on to www.nssf.org.

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IDPA Previewing Comp-Tac Republic Of Texas Championship Stages

by Editor 22. May 2013 09:43
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – This weekend the Lone Star State’s top IDPA shooters will face off in the Comp-Tac Republic of Texas IDPA Championship, and the International Defensive Pistol Association is giving fans of the sport of defensive shooting a preview of the 10 challenging stages competitors will face as they run and gun their way towards the title.

IDPA members and others interested in the scenarios and stage designs featured in this year’s match, as well as those from past matches, should visit IDPA’s DOWN ZERO blog.

Fueled by the surging demand in concealed carry permits and the increasing need for personal protection, IDPA is now the country’s fastest growing shooting sport with matches like the Comp-Tac Republic of Texas IDPA Championship selling out in record time.

The Texas championship match will take place this Saturday, May 25 on the northwest side of Houston at the Impactzone Range in Hempstead. The competition, which is sponsored by ACADEMI, Armadillo Concealment, GLC Shooting Academy and Comp-Tac Victory Gear, the title sponsor of the match, will feature 218 top shooters from throughout Texas.

For more information on IDPA, the 2013 Comp-Tac Republic of Texas IDPA Championship or to join the more than 22,000 members competing each week all across America, visit www.IDPA.com. You can also connect with IDPA online by following @OfficialIDPA on Twitter, like ShootIDPA on Facebook, watch IDPA TV, or check for regular news and updates on the DOWN ZERO Blog.

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Apex Tactical Presents King of New England IDPA Series

by Editor 22. May 2013 07:23
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – Apex Tactical Specialties has been named the presenting sponsor of the International Defensive Pistol Association’s (IDPA) new King of New England series, a three event concurrent competition taking place this season.

The King of New England, presented by Apex Tactical Specialties, will feature four stages from each of New England’s three biggest IDPA competitions. Match directors from the 17th Annual Massachusetts State IDPA Championship, presented by Smith & Wesson (June 1-2), the 2013 Smith & Wesson New England Regional IDPA Championship (August 16-18) and the Smith & Wesson Live Free Or Die State IDPA Championship (October 18-19) are working together to provide IDPA members with this unique and fun specialty title challenge.

“Apex is very pleased to be the presenting sponsor of the King of New England contest. This new format encourages cooperation between match directors and offers local IDPA members a competition structure that promotes increased match participation. Apex is proud to be working with local leaders to help grow shooting sports participation in these three great New England matches,” said Scott Folk of Apex.

The first leg of the King of New England challenge will take place June 1-2 at the Rod & Gun Club of New Bedford when competitors gather for the 17th Annual Massachusetts State IDPA Championship, presented by Smith & Wesson.

“Thanks to the support of Apex Tactical Specialties, this year’s Massachusetts State IDPA Championship will have special meaning for many area shooters,” said John Catterall. “We’re looking forward to kicking off the King of New England and encourage all New England IDPA members to take a run at this new title.”

The second leg of the contest will take place August 16-18 during the Smith & Wesson New England Regional IDPA Championship at the Harvard Sportsmen's Club in Harvard, Mass.

The King of New England series will wrap up at the Smith & Wesson Live Free Or Die State IDPA Championship being held at the Pioneer Sportsmen Club in Dunbarton, New Hampshire, October 18-19.

The King of New England title will be awarded in each of the five IDPA divisions and is based on the best combined score from the 12 selected King of New England stages. In order to win the title of King of New England a shooter much compete in the same IDPA division in all three participating matches.

For more information on IDPA, the King of New England presented by Apex Tactical Specialties or to get started in this fun and exciting defensive pistol shooting sport, visit www.IDPA.com. You can also stay connected with the growing IDPA community online through @OfficialIDPA on Twitter, ShootIDPA on Facebook, IDPA TV, or the Down Zero Blog.

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Republic of Texas Stage 1: Smokey And The Bandits

by Editor 22. May 2013 06:40
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SCENARIO: While BBQing in your back yard, several thugs head into your neighborhood to cause trouble. One jumps the fence heading straight towards you in a sadistic rage; you then realize they have the neighbor kids surrounded in their back yard after hearing screams of terror.

PROCEDURE: Start standing at P1, facing up range, strong hand holding cooking utensil with utensil touching the grill, support hand touching knob, gun loaded to division capacity and holstered.

At the signal, turn, draw and engage target T1 with six (6) rounds while moving to P2. From cover at P2 engage targets T2-T5 with two (2) shots each, in tactical priority (barricade order).

SCORING: Vickers Count
ROUND COUNT:
 14
TARGETS: 5 IDPA, 2 Non-Threat
SCORED HITS: Best Two/Six Shots On Target
CONCEALMENT: Required

STAGE CSO: Nicky Carter

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Republic of Texas Stage 2: Disgruntled Employees

by Editor 22. May 2013 06:25
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SCENARIO: Due to budget cuts you had to lay off a number of employees. While going over some TPS reports, a number of disgruntled employees barge into your office with a couple secretaries held hostage at gunpoint, screaming “You are going to pay”. Grab your gun and take out the threats, being careful not to hit your secretaries as they wrestle to escape.

PROCEDURE: Start seated at P1 both hands on computer (as if you are typing), gun loaded to division capacity and placed in box with muzzle pointing down range.

At the signal, retrieve your gun from the box, and engage targets T1-T3 with three (3) shots each, in tactical sequence (1-1-3-2-2) using the desk as cover. Engage targets T4- T6 with three (3) shots each in tactical priority (barricade order), using cover.

SCORING: Vickers Count
ROUND COUNT:
 18
TARGETS: 6 IDPA, 2 Non-Threat
SCORED HITS: Best Three Shots On Target
CONCEALMENT: Required

STAGE CSO: Mike Fiorenza

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