On To Nationals: This Says It All

by Editor 19. September 2012 09:45
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Listen to Super Dave. He knows about that which he speaks.

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On To Nationals: Preview of Stage 9

by Editor 19. September 2012 08:20
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On stage 9 you find yourself in the prestigious pizza delivery industry...lucky you. 'Here's Your Pizza!' is sponsored by Wolff Gunsprings and was designed by Frank Glover.

CSO: Your CSO for this stage will be Terry Burba.

SCENARIO: You are working a second job delivering pizzas. Sometimes your job gets more exciting than you would like.

PROCEDURE: Start loaded and holstered, standing at P1 with pizza box in left hand and right hand on door bell. At SO command, push door bell and engage T1-T5 with 3 rounds each in tactical priority.

SCORING: Vickers
ROUND COUNT: 15
TARGETS: 5
CONCEALMENT: Required

STAGE SPONSOR: Wolff Gunsprings
WEBSITE: www.Gunsprings.com

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On To Nationals: Preview of Stage 8

by Editor 19. September 2012 08:15
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Stage 8 is the 'Standards' stage designed by Ron Rhoden and sponsored by Amendment 2 Gear.

CSO: Your CSO for this stage will be Ron Rhoden.

PROCEDURE: Start behind barricade (P1) loaded with 3 rounds only. At signal, engage one of the outside targets around barricade with 3 rounds, emergency reload and engage the other outside target with 3 rounds from opposite side of barricade. Perform a tactical reload and move to next bar- ricade (P2). At P2, engage outside targets with 3 rounds each from both sides of barricade. Move to P3 and engage one of the inside targets with 3 rounds to the head from one side of barricade. Then engage the other inside target with 3 rounds from the other side of barricade. Remember, all reloads begin and end behind cover.

Targets will be scored as follows: 6 rounds anywhere on T1&T4, headshots only on T2&T3.

SCORING: Limited Vickers
ROUND COUNT: 18
TARGETS: 4
CONCEALMENT: Required

STAGE SPONSOR: Amendment 2 Gear
WEBSITE: www.2Gearllc.com
TWITTER: @2GearLLC
FACEBOOK: facebook.com/2Gear

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On To Nationals: Preview of Stage 5

by Editor 19. September 2012 08:10
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Called 'No More Peach for Me,' stage 5 presents you with a home invasion that catches you snoozing on the couch. This stage was designed by Tammy Lyne and is sponsored by Remington Arms Company.

CSO: Your CSO for this stage will be Chris Roper.

SCENARIO: You are passed out from drinking too much “peach” when you awake to a home invasion.

PROCEDURE: Start lying on couch, fingers interlaced on chest, loaded gun and reloads on table where indicated. At signal, push over pepper popper, retrieve gun and engage T1 with 6 rounds while seated on couch. Then exit house while engaging T2-T6 in tactical priority with a minimum of 2 rounds each.

SCORING: Vickers
ROUND COUNT: 16
TARGETS: 6
CONCEALMENT: NOT Required

STAGE SPONSOR: Remington Arms Company
WEBSITE: www.Remington.com
TWITTER: @RemingtonArms
FACEBOOK: facebook.com/RemingtonArmsCompany

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On To Nationals: Preview of Stage 3

by Editor 19. September 2012 08:05
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Stage 3 of the match is called 'Strong and Weak II' and is a straight forward test of a competitor's gun handling and shooting skills. The stage was designed by Frank Glover and is sponsored by Ruger.

CSO: Your CSO for this stage will be Cindy Bowser.

STRING 1: Start standing hands relaxed at P1. At signal engage targets with 2 rounds each in tactical sequence (1-1-2-1-1). Strong hand only!

STRING 2: Start as String 1. At signal, engage targets with 2 shots each in the head weak hand only!

SCORING: Limited Vickers
ROUND COUNT: 12
TARGETS: 3
CONCEALMENT: NOT Required

STAGE SPONSOR: Ruger
WEBSITE: www.Ruger.com
FACEBOOK: facebook.com/Ruger
YOUTUBE: YouTube.com/RugerFirearms

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On To Nationals: Preview of Stage 2

by Editor 19. September 2012 08:00
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It's time to save Earl a third time. The second stage of the 2012 Nationals is called 'Saving Earl III' and sponsored by GlockTriggers.com. The stage was designed by Frank Glover and Toni Dandreamatteo, who apparently aren't big fans of this Earl guy because they keep putting him in harm's way.

CSO: Your CSO for this stage will be Kenneth Burgess.

SCENARIO: You and your buddy Earl are taking a shortcut through an alley, when three guys jump into the alley and shoot Earl. As you encounter these threats and move to get Earl to safety, more bad guys appear.

PROCEDURE: Start holstered and loaded with 6 rounds only standing at P1. At signal, engage T1-T3 with 2 rounds each while advancing toward Earl. While dragging Earl to safety, engage T4-T6 with 2 rounds each. From cover at P2 engage PP1 until it falls & T-7 with 2 rounds.

SCORING: Vickers
ROUND COUNT: 15
TARGETS: 7
CONCEALMENT: Required

STAGE SPONSOR: GlockTriggers.com
WEBSITE: www.GlockTriggers.com
TWITTER: @GlockTriggers
FACEBOOK: facebook.com/GlockTriggers

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On To Nationals: Preview of Stage 1

by Editor 19. September 2012 07:30
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It's an 'Auto Ambush' on stage 1 of this year's IDPA National Championships. Designed by Frank Glover, this stage has you in a bad part of town thanks to your GPS. The six guys approaching you don't seem too friendly. Looks like it's time to turn that mini-van into a war wagon.

CSO: Your CSO for this stage will be Kenneth Burgess.

SCENARIO: Your GPS has sent you through a bad part of town when a gang of thieves think you look like a victim because you are driving a mini-van.

PROCEDURE: Start loaded and holstered sitting in van, left hand on steering wheel, right hand touching GPS. At signal, engage T1-T6 with 2 rounds each in tactical priority.

SCORING: Vickers
ROUND COUNT: 12
TARGETS: 6
CONCEALMENT: Required

STAGE SPONSOR: Blade-Tech
WEBSITE: www.Blade-Tech.com
FACEBOOK: facebook.com/BladeTechInd

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On To Nationals: The Day Of The Downpour

by Editor 19. September 2012 06:34
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The 2012 IDPA National Championships officially begin today, but yesterday saw the SO staff out on the range desperately trying to in as many stages as possible when the rain was its lightest or there was a break. Unfortunately it was a downpour most of the day with thunder storms rolling through around 3:00pm.

We have it on good authority - from none-other-than The Weather Channel - that today will be much better with just a 10% chance of rain. The rest of the week is supposed to be clear as well if a bit cloudy at times.

Despite the downpour IDPA welcomed back the TV crew from Shooting Gallery and the show's host Michael Bane, a good friend of IDPA. They'll be back out on the range today and rumor has it they might break out the Phantom camera - you know, the one that does that super slow-mo that makes shooting look uber cool. If you see them be sure to say hello (when they aren't filming of course).

One guy you won't see on the range is Jerry Miculek. In order to attend a match outside the U.S., the Team Smith & Wesson Revo King shot the entire match in yesterday's downpour...all 16 stages.

Afterwards you could find Miculek hanging out with the Safety Officers talking about the stages, shooting with his family and how to Wal-Mart your gun - a very funny story that proves once again how the single best revolver shooter in history is a true man of the people. Which is probably why nobody doesn't like Jerry Miculek...nobody.

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On To Nationals: Preview of Stage 15

by Editor 18. September 2012 20:00
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Nobody interrupts you when you're grilling. Nobody! But that seems to be exactly what stage designer Frank Glover has in store for you on stage 15, 'On My New Deck.' Sponsored by Remington Arms Company, the Big Green Machine of the firearms industry, this is all about you facing off against the Purple Gang...and they don't stand a chance.

CSO: Your CSO for this stage will be Rodrigo Carvajal.

SCENARIO: You are trying out your new grill on your newly completed deck when you are attacked by “Little Willy” and his Purple gang.

PROCEDURE: Start loaded and holstered standing at grill (P1), holding spatula in strong hand. At signal, engage T1-T6 with 2 rounds each from low cover of grill.

SCORING: Vickers
ROUND COUNT: 12
TARGETS: 6
CONCEALMENT: Required

STAGE SPONSOR: Remington Arms Company
WEBSITE: www.Remington.com
TWITTER: @RemingtonArms
FACEBOOK: facebook.com/RemingtonArmsCompany

 

Final Stage Reveals Wednesday and Thursday, Sept. 19-20, During The Match

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On To Nationals: Smoke 'Em If You Got 'Em

by Editor 18. September 2012 08:03
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With Nationals just around the corner, and victory in sight, you'll need a good stogie in your bag to help commemorate the big win. Since DOWN ZERO knows little-to-nothing about a good cigar - other than they cost a lot - we turned to IDPA's resident expert, and StogieReview.com's co-founder, Walt White (yes, of WaltInPA.com fame), for a list of go-to victory cigars you need to consider. 

1) Padron Family Reserve - 45 Years

If you have an honest-to-God, serious reason to celebrate (As in, you just beat up on Bob Vogel at Nationals) and you want to top off the experience with a fine cigar, in my mind there is no better choice than the Padron Family Reserve 45 Years. Sure, it aint cheap at about $26.00, but price is no object in this situation, right?


Padron has an excellent reputation for their higher end cigars, such as the Anniversary Line.  With each step up the ladder, starting at the Anniversary 1964, then moving up to the 1926, and so on and so forth, cigars get better and better. The Family Reserve 45 years is the top rung and is there for good reason.


This cigar is full of rich and complex flavors and there is wonderful balance between flavor and power. While these may be a little stout for early on in the day, they are always great in the afternoon and evening. (read the full review)


2) Ashton ESG

Of all the cigars on this list, the Ashton ESG has been the one I’m not sure about. It has been taken off and added back in, countless times. It is tough, at $25.00 it isn’t something many people smoke often. It is also about 2x the price of its cousin, the Ashton VSG, and simply put, not 2x as good.


With all that in mind, if you are going to pop open an high end bottle to celebrate, you might as well throw aside the thoughts of expense. You will experience buyer's remorse after handing over your money but it will drift away as you set flame to foot.


The Ashton ESG is easy on the palate and isn’t terribly powerful either. It can be enjoyed by a wide range of cigar enthusiasts. Even so, unless you’re looking for a status symbol I’d leave this one to more experienced cigar smokers. Not to sound all high and mighty, or pompous, but this cigar has a lot of complexity and a new smoker probably wouldn;t get their money back out of it. (read the full review)


3) Liga Privada T52 by Drew Estate

Whenever a discussion of Drew Estate and Liga Privada begins, there is always one single debate that is sure to pop up. Which is better, the Liga Privada No. 9 or the Liga Privada T52.

While the Liga Privada No. 9 is no slouch, I’m a T52 man, myself. I find this cigar to have big, bold flavors without having too much power. This means that I can enjoy them anytime, day or night, without worrying about my palate being battered and beaten.


There are two reasons why I don’t smoke the T52 as often as I’d like. First, they can be tough to come by as only Liga Privada Dealers carry them. There are plenty of them, so tracking them down isn’t difficult, but you probably aren’t going to find them in small Mom & Pop style shops. The second reason is cost, they tend to start at about $12.00 and go up with larger vitolas. (read the full review)


4) Oliva Serie V Liga Especial

The Oliva Serie V Liga Especial is a cigar that has been around for a few years now. They were all the rage when initially released and have become a staple in cigar shops across the country.


The Serie V runs between $6.50 and $9.00, depending on the size and shape selected, and is full bodied. It has an excellent mix of flavor to strength/power, making for a well balanced cigar, but can be a little much for those new to cigars.


If you are new to cigars but want to try the Oliva Serie V, light it up sometime in the evening after having eaten dinner. I find these cigars to be spicy, woody, and crisp on the palate. (read the full review)


5) EP Carrillo New Wave

When it comes to celebrating with a cigar, it isn’t always about smoking something rare and expensive. The important thing is highlighting your achievement with a quality cigar that will ultimately make the experience all that more pleasant.


The EP Carrillo New Wave is something everyone can afford and comes in between $5.00 and $6.00 per cigar. This cigar features a filler blend that isn’t overpowering and is topped off with a Connecticut Shade wrapper, which gives it a creamy aftertaste.

I find that these cigars are mild enough for beginners and have enough flavor for the seasoned cigar smoker. They go particularly well with a hot cup of coffee and can be enjoyed anytime throughout the day. (read the full review)


Humidor:

Over the past few years I have used a variety of devices to take my cigars on the go with me. Some devices work better than others, but I’ve had the best luck with Xikar Travel Humidors. They come in a variety of sizes, the most common being Five, Ten, and Fifteen Count Models.


The humidor itself is made of tough plastic and can easily handle being bumped and banged around in your range bag. The lid is secured by two latches on either side of the lid. A foam liner on the lid and bottom (additional foam dividers are provided with larger models)  keep cigars in place and prevent damage.


A small humidification device is recessed into the foam lid liner, which allows cigars to be stored for a moderate amount of time, without worry.

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