Comp-Tac Releases Holsters for New M&P Shield

by Editor 27. April 2012 08:56
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HOUSTON, Texas. - Comp-Tac Victory Gear, a leading manufacturer of holsters for the concealed carry and competition market, announced the pre sale of three new model holsters specifically designed for the new Smith & Wesson M&P Shield pistol chambered in 9mm. The holsters will go into production starting Friday April 24th.

Known for its versatile concealed carry holsters, Comp-Tac is one of the few manufacturers offering holsters for the new M&P Shield. The Comp-Tac MTAC, Infidel and CTAC model holsters are available for online ordering now at www.Comp-Tac.com.

"When we first got a look at the new M&P Shield a few weeks ago, we knew right away that it was going to be very popular. Our engineers got to work immediately on designing these three popular holster models to accommodate the Shield," explained Comp-Tac owner and President Gregg Garrett.

Compt-Tac MTAC Holster

The Minotaur Tuckable Adjustable Cant (MTAC) holster is an inside the waistband hybrid design combining the comfort of leather with the secure and quick draw of Kydex. The MTAC is available in right- or left-handed models, with belt widths of 1.25, 1.5 and 1.75 inches, and with either black or chestnut colored leather backing. Additional colors and style options are available for the holster's belt mounting clips. The MTAC has a factory direct price of $85.00.

The Concealable Tuckable Adjustable Cant (CTAC) model is an excellent choice for warmer climates offering an all Kydex body with leather mounting brackets for the flexible adjustable clips. The CTAC is available in either a right- or left-handed configuration for belt widths of 1.25, 1.5 and 1.75 inches and several different belt mounting clip color and style options. The CTAC has a factory direct price of $80.00.

The all Kydex Infidel holster offers the most versatility in mounting options with four different mounting systems to best fit the user's individual needs. The Infidel holster is also available in either a right- or left-handed configuration for belt widths of 1.25, 1.5 and 1.75 inches. The factory direct price for the Infidel ranges from $63.00 to $68.00 depending on the mounting option selected.

In addition to the MTAC, CTAC and Infidel holsters, Comp-Tac will expand their M&P Shield specific model offerings across the entire product line.

For more information on Team Comp-Tac and the full line of Comp-Tac holsters and gear, visit www.Comp-Tac.com or follow Comp-Tac on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CompTac.

About Comp-Tac:
Comp-Tac Victory Gear, a leading manufacturer of holsters for the personal defense and competition market, was formed in 2001 with the intention of designing holsters of the highest quality. Currently, Comp-Tac offers over 30 products with 92,000 possible variations to accommodate each individual's lifestyle and needs. Thanks to the great support of their customers Comp-Tac continues to grow and refine their product line.

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Smith & Wesson Sponsors IDPA's Carolina Cup Championship

by Editor 23. April 2012 20:10
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – Smith & Wesson, the 160-year-old firearms maker headquartered in Springfield, Mass., will be a major sponsor of the upcoming Carolina Cup championship, according to officials with the International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA).

As part of their support for the match Smith & Wesson will serve as a stage sponsor as well as the sponsor of a side match which will feature the company's newest pistol, the M&P Shield. Smith & Wesson will also be hosting a demonstration bay during the match to allow competitors and spectators the opportunity to test-fire a wide variety of their firearms.

“We are extremely grateful to again have Smith & Wesson as a major sponsor of the Carolina Cup,” said Scott Ruby, sponsor coordinator for the Carolina Cup. “Smith & Wesson is one of the firearms industry's strongest supporters of recreational and competitive shooting in America, and particularly IDPA where the company has been one of the early leaders in promoting the sport.”

The Carolina Cup is one of IDPA's three major championships and 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 nearly 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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Blade Tech, Comp-Tac Top Holsters at 2011 IDPA World Shoot

by Editor 21. April 2012 11:04
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You can't compete in International Defensive Pistol Association competition without a gun. And, obviously, you can't use the gun without a holster. So which companies make the most popular holsters in IDPA? Well the equipment survey results from the 2011 IDPA World Shoot (found on pages 26-33 in Vol. 15, Issue 4 of the Tactical Journal) gives us a snapshot of what the top shooters are using.

Much like the competitors' choice in competition firearms, of the 42 brands competitors listed it was two well known companies that dominated the holster survey. Blade Tech and Comp-Tac Victory Gear combined for a total of 231 users, or 62.1% of all holsters used in the match. Blade Tech had 118 shooters (31.7%) using their gear, edging out Comp-Tac who were the preferred holster maker for 113 shooters (30.4%).

Top Holsters at 2011 IDPA World Shoot

The top seven holster brands, which included Blackhawk, Fobus, Ready Tactical Products, Safariland and Uncle Mikes, accounted for 83.1% of all holsters at the match. Below is a breakdown of each brand, the total number of models used and what percentage of the 2011 IDPA World Shoot competitors each manufacture captured.

BRAND # OF HOLSTERS
% OF TOTAL
BRAND # OF HOLSTERS % OF TOTAL
5.11 1 0.3% Heinie 1 0.3%
Ace 1 0.3% Homeade 1 0.3%
Amadini Ghost 1 0.3% Kirkpatrick
1 0.3%
Blackhawk 1 9 5.1% Kytac
3 0.8%
Cal Tec  1 0.3% Master Tac 3 0.8%
CC Holsters  1 0.3% Mitch Rosen 1 0.3%
Compact  1 0.3% OLG
1 0.3%
D&D  4 1.1% Rapid Tactical 1 0.3%
De Santis 1 0.3% Raven 1 0.3%
Deadeye Luke 1 0.3% Ready Tactical Products 12 3.2%
Double Alpha 2 0.5% Safariland 23 6.2%
Fobus
1 1 3.0% Sparks 1 0.3%
Front Line
 1 0.3% Springfield 1 0.3%
Garrett  1 0.3% Tactical Kydex 2 0.5%
G-Code  1 0.3% Talon Tactical 6 1.6%
Ghost International  1 0.3% TKC 1 0.3%
Glock  1 0.3% TKW 7 1.9%
Grip Tac  1 0.3%  Uncle Mikes 13 3.5%
Gunberg  1 0.3% Wilson 9 2.4%
 Hazel Gunleather 1 0.3%  X-Concealment 1 0.3%

 

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With 67%, Glock and S&W Dominate List of IDPA World Shoot Guns

by Editor 20. April 2012 15:59
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In the Tactical Journal (Vol. 15, Issue 4) you'll find on pages 26-33 the equipment survey results from the 2011 IDPA World Shoot. Looking at the brands of handguns used by competitors one fact stands out above all else, two manufacturers, Glock and Smith & Wesson, dominate the list.

Glock 34

Together the two gun making titans account for 67% of all handguns. They are also the only manufactures that had individual models in the double digits. Glock had the most guns at the match with 37.3% of the shooters choosing Gunny's favorite blaster. Of the 142 Glock pistols used at the World Shoot, the Glock G34 was the most popular model with 62 shooters (16.3%) competing with the longer slide competition model. Right behind it was the G17 which had 57 shooters (15%) campaigning with the company's flagship pistol.

Smith & Wesson had 29.7% of the World Shoot market with a total of 113 pistols and revolvers. Their M&P 9mm pistol accounted for 10.2% of all guns and was used by 39 competitors. The M&P Pro 9mm, S&W's direct challenger to the G34, found its way into the holsters of 18 competitors (4.7%). The last model to break into double digits was the Model 686 revolver from Smith & Wesson with 12 competitors (3.1%) carrying it.

As for the most popular platform at the IDPA World Shoot, the striker-fired pistol, led by Glock and Smith & Wesson models, made up 57% of all the handguns with 217 shooters opting to compete with that design. The venerable 1911 had 96 competitors (25.2%) selecting it. If you were to add in the double-stack variants that number goes up to 111 or 29.1%. Below is a breakout of each brand, the total number of models used and what percentage of the World Shoot competitors each manufacture captured.

BRAND # OF GUNS
% OF TOTAL
BRAND # OF GUNS
% OF TOTAL
ADC 1 0.3% Nighthawk 4 1.0%
Amadini 2 0.5% Para 2 0.5%
Beretta 1 0.3% Pistol Dynamics 1 0.3%
Canada 1 0.3% Predator Tactical 2 0.5%
Caracal 2 0.5% Remington 1 0.3%
Caspian 5 1.3% Ruger 2 0.5%
Chiappa 1 0.3% Sig Sauer 3 0.8%
Colt 7 1.8% Springfield Armory 18 4.7%
CZ 3 0.8% STI 22 5.8%
Dan Wesson 1 0.3% SVI 1 0.3%
Kimber 16 4.2% Tanfoglio 4 1.0%
Les Baer 3 0.8% Taurus 2 0.5%
Lightning Strike Tech
1 0.3% Wilson Combat 20 5.2%

 

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Remington Arms Sponsors IDPA's Carolina Cup Championship

by Editor 18. April 2012 18:10
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – The International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) announced that Remington Arms Company, one of the firearms industry's leading manufacturers of firearms and sporting goods products for the hunting, shooting sports, law enforcement and military markets, will be a major sponsor of the upcoming Carolina Cup championship.

The Carolina Cup is one of IDPA's three major championships and will take place June 14-16 at The Range in Oxford, North Carolina. More than 300 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.

As one of the main sponsors of the Carolina Cup Remington will sponsor two stages in The Range's Remington Shoot House. Match competitors and attendees will also have the opportunity to test various Remington firearms, including the Model 1911 R1 pistol, in Remington's demonstration bay.

“Remington has been a tremendous supporter of both The Range and the Carolina Cup. Headquartered right here in North Carolina, we have worked closely with Remington officials to provide greater opportunities for recreational shooters, and their generous sponsorship of the Remington Shoot House and the Carolina Cup represents the culmination of those efforts,” said Scott Ruby, sponsor coordinator for the Carolina Cup.

The Carolina Cup is one of the most popular matches on the IDPA competition calendar and is known for its challenging courses of fire designed to 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.

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 nearly 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.

About Remington Arms Company, LLC: Remington Arms Company, LLC, ("Remington") headquartered in Madison, N.C., designs, produces and sells sporting goods products for the hunting and shooting sports markets, as well as solutions to the military, government and law enforcement markets. Founded in 1816 in upstate New York, the Company is one of the nation's oldest continuously operating manufacturers. Remington is the only U.S. manufacturer of both firearms and ammunition products and one of the largest domestic producers of shotguns and rifles. The Company distributes its products throughout the U.S. and in over 55 foreign countries. More information about the Company can be found at www.remington.com.

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Slots Still Available for Alabama State Championship This Weekend

by Editor 18. April 2012 14:37
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Kevin Collins informed Down Zero that the 2012 Alabama State IDPA Championship is filling up quickly but approximately 15 slots are still available to compete this Saturday, April 21. You can review the current registration to see who's already entered in the match.

Expanded this year to accommodate 200 shooters, the Alabama State Championship will take place at the Central Alabama Gun Club (directions) and will feature 12 stages with a 200 round count. And according to Kevin, “lots of movers.”

The match also has lots of sponsors, including: 5.11, Alabama Defensive Pistol Academy, Atalanta Arms & Ammo, BrianEnos.com, Brownells, Chris' Winning Shooting Accessories, Comp-Tac Victory Gear, D-Lead, Defensive Options Group, DryFire Practice, Genuine Bull Hide, Glock, Gulf States Distributors, Hi-Viz Shootig Systems, Hogue Grips, Lasco Fittings, Magnus Bullets, Mill-Rose Industrial, Precision Delta Ammunition & Bullets, Ready Tactical Products, Safariland, Starline, The Gun Shoppe, UniqueTek.com, Walter Craig’s The Sportsmans Headquarters and Zero Bullet Company.

The match application, liability release, match schedule and CAGC range map are all available online. This match is also an STI Contingency Program match.

If you plan to attend and need lodging, the match hotel is the Comfort Inn & Suites. The match rate is $69.95 for a single, or $74.95 for a double, and you must call to get these rates. Rooms are reserved under the “2012 Alabama IDPA Match”.

For more information you can contact match officials at 2012alabama@gmail.com.

Hotel Info:
Comfort Inn & Suites
10015 Chantilly Parkway
Montgomery, AL 36117
(334) 532-4444

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Team IDPA at the 2012 NRA Show - Day 3

by Editor 16. April 2012 21:56
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The third and final day of the 2012 NRA Show saw Team IDPA meeting with some of the biggest gun makers in the firearms world, including Taurus, whose new CEO, Mark Kresser, talked to Joyce Wilson about shooting a little IDPA himself in the coming months. Joyce Rubino from Colt talked shop, and shooting. And of course, no NRA tour of gun makers would be complete without a visit to Smith & Wesson, which in case you didn't know hosts a little IDPA match and get together each year...just a small event you may have heard people talking about.

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IDPA Reception at 2012 NRA Show

by Editor 15. April 2012 07:54
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Saturday night after Day 2 of the NRA Show, Michael Bane - host of the Outdoor Channel's Shooting Gallery and one of the earliest members of IDPA - hosted a reception for IDPA at the Morgan Street Brewery. The room was packed with show exhibitors and friends of IDPA. Thanks to Panteao Productions guests went home with a copy of the Down Zero and IDPA World Championship DVDs, as well as a signed copy of Michael's book Trail Safe. A huge THANK YOU goes out to Michael Bane, and the Outdoor Channel, for graciously hosting a terrific get together with great friends...and really good beer.

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Team IDPA at the 2012 NRA Show - Day 2

by Editor 15. April 2012 00:05
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Day 2 at the NRA Show was amazingly busy thanks to rain in St. Louis. With literally tens of thousands of people on the show floor, getting around for Team IDPA got to be a challenge. Thankfully we made it through another day and another round of meetings with sponsors and friends. Of course, for some people there always seems to be time to check out the guns.

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Team IDPA at the 2012 NRA Show - Day 1

by Editor 13. April 2012 23:17
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Lots of meetings today on the floor at the NRA Show in St. Louis. Joyce Wilson, Kitty Richards and Terry 'Bubba' Burba were visiting with various IDPA sponsors and friends. Here are a couple shots of Team IDPA in action. If you are attending the NRA Show then be on the lookout for Joyce, Kitty and Bubba and be sure to stop them to say hi.

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