NE Regional Stage 5: Airline Safety

by Editor 15. August 2012 11:50
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It's 'Go Time' aboard the plane. Designed by Jim Martin, Stage 5 at the New England Regional features 18 targets that match up perfectly with your 18 rounds. Just look out for those 6 non-threats....It's Go Time!

SCENARIO: A pilot of a hijacked plane, you are the only lawfully armed person on board who can save the day.

START POSITION: Seated at P1 facing up range. Firearm loaded to division capacity in IDPA box at P2. Ammo carriers next to the box.

PROCEDURE: Retrieve firearm and engage T1-T9 from P2 using doorway as cover. Advance to P3 and engage T10-T18 using drinks cart as cover. Cart can be moved only by hand. T1-T9 may not be reengaged once shooter leaves P2.

SCORING:         Vickers, 18 Rounds Minimum
TARGETS:         18 IDPA, 6 Non-Threat
SCORED HITS:   Best 1 on Paper
START-STOP:     Audible-Last Shot
PENALTIES:       Per IDPA Rules
CONCEALMENT:  Required

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Brownells Launches Large Selection of High-Quality, Popular Reloading Supplies

by Editor 15. August 2012 10:35
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Brownells – The World's Largest Supplier of Firearms Accessories and Gunsmithing Tools™ - is excited to announce that it now offers an expansive line of reloading supplies from the most reputable brands on the market today – all backed by Brownells industry-exclusive, unconditional lifetime guarantee.

The new Brownells Reloading line features dies, presses and tools from RCBS, Lee Precision, Lyman, Redding, Sinclair International, and many more.  In addition to stocking a wide-array of equipment, the offerings also include components from major manufacturers including Hornady, Nosler, Sierra, Hodgdon, Remington, Winchester, and others.

"We are excited to launch our new reloading category," said Pete Brownell, President/CEO of Brownells. "Much like the addition of our ammunition line last year, the 'You asked, we listened' philosophy played a major part in our decision. We found that many of our customers enjoy reloading and find it to be a cost saver, so we're happy to provide them with the supplies they want."

As a part of the Brownells Reloading official launch, customers are encouraged to take advantage of a reloading-specific, limited-time offer that allows them to receive a $10 discount on orders totaling more than $99, a $20 discount on orders totaling more than $199, or a $30 discount on orders totaling more than $299. These offers are valid Thursday, August 16, 2012 through Monday, August 20, 2012.

Founded in 1939, Brownells is an Iowa-based, family-owned company that supplies more than 75,000 firearms parts, accessories, reloading components, gunsmithing tools, and ammunition to armorers, gunsmiths, and shooters worldwide. In addition to their industry leading 100% lifetime guarantee on EVERY product sold, their staff of veteran Gun Techs are available to assist customers with any need – free of charge. There are no minimum order sizes or fees. To place an order, or for more information, call 800-741-0015 or visit www.brownells.com.

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NE Regional Stage 4: Corners

by Editor 15. August 2012 08:00
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We've got more stages. Continuing with our preview of the 12 stages shooters will see at the 2012 New England Regional IDPA Championship, here's a look at Stage 4 which was designed by Dave Solimini of MetroWest Tactical.

SCENARIO: While working in the shed you hear screams. Do what is necessary.

START POSITION: Standing at P1 with hands on Xs. Firearm loaded to division capacity and holstered. Ammo carriers loaded to division capacity on the body.

PROCEDURE: At start signal, engage all targets using available cover.

SCORING:         Vickers, 18 Rounds Minimum
TARGETS:         9 IDPA, 2 Non-Threat
SCORED HITS:   Best 2 on Paper
START-STOP:     Audible-Last Shot
PENALTIES:       Per IDPA Rules
CONCEALMENT:  Required

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Smith & Wesson Returns As Major Sponsor Of IDPA National Championships

by Editor 15. August 2012 01:00
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – The International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) announced that Smith & Wesson, one of the most respected, and best known names in firearms and shooting sports, will once again be a major sponsor of the 2012 IDPA National Championships.

Smith & Wesson joins ACADEMI, CrossBreed Holsters, CZ-USA, the National Shooting Sports Foundation, and Woolrich Elite Series as a gold level sponsor of the match. As part of their sponsorship Smith & Wesson will host the event's marquee social gathering, the IDPA National Championships Awards Banquet. The company will also be represented in competition by Team Smith & Wesson shooters Jerry Miculek, the defending Enhanced Service Revolver division champion, and David Olhasso.

“Smith & Wesson has been involved as a partner, and a sponsor to many of our major matches, since the earliest days of IDPA. Thanks to their very generous support and unwavering commitment to the shooting sports, IDPA is today the fastest growing of the competitive shooting disciplines, which is why we are so pleased to welcome them back as a major sponsor of our National Championships,” said Joyce Wilson, executive director for IDPA.

“Smith & Wesson is once again honored to be a gold level sponsor of the 2012 IDPA National Championships and host of the event’s marquee social gathering. The IDPA National Championships set the bar for all other competitive shooting events and we are committed and excited to be a partner in the growth of one of the most exciting shooting disciplines available today,” said Paul Pluff of Smith & Wesson.

The IDPA National Championships will take place September 19-22 at The Range in Oxford, N.C. As the pinnacle event of the IDPA competitive season, the match will draw more than 300 top shooters 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.

Fore more information, or to get started in 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 Smith & Wesson:
Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation (NASDAQ Global Select: SWHC) is a U.S.-based leader in firearm manufacturing and design, delivering a broad portfolio of quality firearms, related products and training to the global military, law enforcement, and consumer markets. The company's brands include Smith & Wesson, M&P and Thompson/Center Arms. Smith & Wesson facilities are located in Massachusetts and Maine. For more information on Smith & Wesson, call (800) 331-0852 or log on to www.smith-wesson.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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NE Regional Stage 3: Take The Shot?

by Editor 14. August 2012 17:10
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Today's final stage preview from this weekend's New England Regional Championship is called 'Take The Shot?' and was designed by MetroWest Tactical's Dave Ritchie. This is a 12-round (min) stage with 6 IDPA targets, 1 steel and 2 non-threats.

SCENARIO: A nice picnic turns into an ambush scene. Protect the baby and yourself.

START POSITION: Standing at P1, firearm loaded to division capacity, holstered. Ammunition carriers stowed on the body. Indicate ready by picking up baby carrier at P1 with weak hand.

PROCEDURE: Engage T1 through T6 with 2 rounds each. Carrier must remain in hand until securely placed on the table. T1 and T2 must be engaged while retreating or from cover. Popper behind T4 activates T5 and T6, T4 is a disappearing target, T6 is not.

SCORING:         Vickers, 12 Rounds Minimum
TARGETS:         6 IDPA, 2 Non-Threat, 1 Steel
SCORED HITS:   Best 2 on Paper, Steel Must Fall
START-STOP:     Audible-Last Shot
PENALTIES:       Per IDPA Rules
CONCEALMENT:  Required

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NE Regional Stage 2: Blind Copy

by Editor 14. August 2012 12:50
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Stage 2 of the 2012 New England Regional Championship is called 'Blind Copy.' Designed by Match Director Michael Joffe of MetroWest Tactical, this is a Limited Vickers stage with a maximum round count of 12. It features 3 IDPA targets and 1 non-threat. Here's the layout...

SCENARIO: Skill drill.

START POSITION: Standing P1 (middle of the barrier), facing downrange, hands relaxed at sides. Firearm loaded to division capacity, holstered. Ammo carriers stowed on the body.

PROCEDURE: Engage T1-T3 from P2-P4. One of the two positions P2 and P4 on the left and right of the barrier is a low cover position (shooter’s choice), P3 is prone shooting through the port. Each target has to be engaged with at least 1 round from each shooting position. Opening the port activates the NT mover. All IDPA cover rules apply.

SCORING:         Limited Vickers, 12 Rounds Maximum
TARGETS:          3 IDPA, 1 Non-Threat
SCORED HITS:   Best 4 on Paper, Steel Must Fall
START-STOP:     Audible-Last Shot
PENALTIES:       Per IDPA Rules
CONCEALMENT:  Not Required

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NE Regional Stage 1: Move With Cover

by Editor 14. August 2012 08:50
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This Friday marks the start of the New England Regional IDPA Championship which is being hosted by MetroWest Tactical at the Harvard Sportsmen's Club. SOs and staff will shoot Friday, with the main body of shooters competing Saturday and Sunday. Match Director Michael Joffe and his team have put together 12 exciting stages for the 191-round-count (min) match. Thanks to the " A-O·kay" from Area Coordinator Tom Yost and IDPA Executive Director Joyce Wilson, DOWN ZERO will be showcasing all 12 stages beginning today.

Stage 1 of the 2012 New England Regional is called 'Move With Cover.' This 17-round stage was designed by Jon Nierenburg and features 8 IDPA targets, 2 non-threats and 1 steel popper. Here's the low-down...

SCENARIO: You and your partner are called to the scene of a traffic accident when armed robbers come running out of the bank across the street. The robbers see your patrol car and immediately start blasting. You put your patrol car in gear and use it as cover to get across the street to better cover while returning fire. Based on the BoA Robbery in Brentwood, TN – May 6, 2002.

START POSITION: Standing at P1, hands relaxed at sides. Firearm loaded to division capacity, holstered. Ammunition carriers stowed on the body.

PROCEDURE: At the start signal press the button with your strong hand to start the car moving. Draw and engage T1-T9 while using the car as cover on the move to P2.

SCORING:         Vickers, 17 Rounds Minimum
TARGETS:         8 IDPA, 2 Non-Threat, 1 Steel
SCORED HITS:   Best 2 on Paper, Steel Must Fall
START-STOP:     Audible-Last Shot
PENALTIES:       Per IDPA Rules
CONCEALMENT:  Required

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ACADEMI Joins Major Sponsors List for 2012 IDPA National Championships

by Editor 13. August 2012 07:29
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – ACADEMI, a leading, privately-held training and security solutions provider serving government and commercial customers worldwide, was named a gold level sponsor of the upcoming 2012 IDPA National Championships, according to officials with the International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA).

“ACADEMI has a well deserved reputation for excellence in firearms training, providing shooters with world-class instruction at their state-of-the-art facilities. They are also dedicated supporters of the shooting sports, like IDPA, and we are grateful to have them involved in this year's National Championships as one of our major sponsors,” said Robert Ray, membership and marketing director for IDPA.

ACADEMI joins CrossBreed Holsters, CZ-USA, the National Shooting Sports Foundation, and Woolrich Elite Series as a gold level sponsor of the match.

“As one of the leading firearms training facilities in the United States, ACADEMI is focused on providing firearms owners with state-of-the-art training. Our curriculum is continually tested and refined and we are committed to providing our customers with the very best and latest training methods. Our support for the shooting sports reflects our ongoing commitment to constant skills development. Through shooting competitions, gun owners are given the chance to test and evaluate their skills as they work towards achieving their goals. We're proud to be a part of that effort as sponsors of the IDPA National Championships,” said Bill Go of ACADEMI.

The IDPA National Championships will take place September 19-22 at The Range in Oxford, N.C. As the pinnacle event of the IDPA competitive season, the match will draw more than 300 top shooters 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.

Fore more information, or to get started in 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 ACADEMI:
ACADEMI is a leading provider of training and security services in support of the U.S. Government and other customers, focused on worldwide operations including counterterrorism, force protection, law enforcement and security operations. The company serves multiple U.S. Government Agencies, the U.S. Department of Defense and numerous law-enforcement and commercial customers. ACADEMI’s proven ability to provide turnkey, end-to-end training and technical services, along with its unmatched track record of exceptional performance, has enabled the company to establish a competitive advantage well-recognized by its customers. For more information, please visit www.ACADEMI.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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Comp-Tac Offers “Hand to Hand” Delivery at IDPA Nationals

by Editor 10. August 2012 07:30
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HOUSTON, Texas - Comp-Tac Victory Gear, a leading manufacturer of concealed carry and competition holsters, will be a vendor at the upcoming 2012 IDPA National Championship September 18th- 23rd in Oxford, N.C. Any customer who orders between now and August 31st will have the option of picking up their items at the competition.

For a customer to take advantage of the “Hand to Hand” delivery option they will need to make a note of “Picking up at IDPA Nationals” in their order comments. Orders will initially be charged shipping and handling, but the shipping cost will be refunded, in cash, on site when the order is picked up. If for some reason the order is not picked up by 12:00pm on Saturday September 22nd the order will be mailed to the customer after the event.

"Team Comp-Tac will be on site at the IDPA National Championships and we want to give our customers, especially our International customers, the chance to have their items hand delivered at the match. Order now and we will personally hand deliver our holsters to you, intact with our famous Smarties!” said Gregg Garrett, owner and President of Comp-Tac who will also be competing in the match.

Comp-Tac holsters were one of the most popular holsters used at the 2011 IDPA World Championships. In addition to the company’s already popular Competition Kit and Pro Competition Kit, Comp-Tac’s newest product, The International, a Drop /Offset holster will be available on site.

For any questions please contact Comp-Tac customer service at 281-209-3040. For more information on the full line of Comp-Tac holsters and gear, visit www.Comp-Tac.com, follow Comp-Tac on Facebook, or visit our Blog.

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IDPA Announces CrossBreed Holsters As National Championships Sponsor

by Editor 7. August 2012 06:00
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – Officials with the International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) announced that CrossBreed Holsters, manufacturer of top quality holsters, has signed on as one of the major sponsors of the 2012 IDPA National Championships taking place September 19-22 in Oxford, N.C.

“We are grateful to have the support of CrossBreed Holsters. In just a few short years CrossBreed has built a strong reputation within the concealed carry market as well as among IDPA members. That's why their sponsorship of the National Championships will be welcome news to our members, especially those competing,” said Robert Ray, membership and marketing director for IDPA.

CrossBreed Holsters joins CZ-USA, the National Shooting Sports Foundation, and Woolrich Elite Series as a gold level sponsor of the match.

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 CrossBreed Holsters:
Crossbreed Holsters, LLC was started in 2005 by Mark Craighead, an avid shooter and CCW permit holder who at an early age was introduced to firearms by his father. After collecting the proverbial box of holsters Mark decided to design his own, incorporating the best features and design elements. As the Crossbreed Holsters brand grew in popularity, it quickly gained national recognition as a maker of some of the best and most functional concealment holsters on the market. For more information and to view the full line of CrossBreed products, visit www.crossbreedholsters.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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