NE Regional Stage 6: Barrel Retreat

by Editor 15. August 2012 16:23
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Jim Martin designed this barrel-a-palooza for Stage 6 of the New England Regional IDPA Championship. Called Barrel Retreat, it's an 18 round stage featuring 9 targets with 3 non-threats thrown in for good measure. Tomorrow we take a look at another three stages as part of our course of fire preview.

SCENARIO: Sometimes retreat is the only way forward.

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

PROCEDURE: Draw and engage T1-T9 while moving. T1 and T2 must be engaged in tactical sequence, T3-T9 as they become visible. Shooter may change direction to advance, if needed, but all shots must be taken on the move. Barrels are visual barriers, no available cover on this stage.

SCORING:         Vickers, 18 Rounds Minimum
TARGETS:         9 IDPA, 3 Non-Threat
SCORED HITS:   Best 2 on Paper
START-STOP:     Audible-Last Shot
PENALTIES:       Per IDPA Rules
CONCEALMENT:  Required

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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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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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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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From Texas, With Kitty: And The Winner Is....

by Editor 2. July 2012 09:26
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The full match results from this weekend's Texas State IDPA Championship have been posted on the Collin County IDPA's website, but here is a look at the highlights.

CDP Div. Champion
Zeb Pomerenke 218.09 (19) EX

ESP Div. Champion
Brian Strickler 186.25 (27) MA

SSP Div. Champion
Gordon Carrell 181.12 (12) DM

ESR Div. Champion
Greg Kratochvil 258.10 (20) EX

SSR Div. Champion
Todd Speck 309.63 (25) SS

High Lady
Randi Rogers 212.17 (32) ESP/MA

High Law Enforcement
Buddy Best 235.34 (25) SSP/MA

High Senior
Mark Thompson 206.56 (38) ESP/EX

High Dist. Senior
Sam Jones 317.63 (37) ESP/SS

High Military Veteran
Bill Go 224.67 (38) SSP/MA

High Junior
Nathan Higdon 250.60 (46) CDP/EX

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From Texas, With Kitty: Bragging Rights

by Editor 1. July 2012 09:01
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By all accounts - and we do mean all - yesterday's Texas State IDPA Championship was a huge success. And that's due in no small part to the dedicated work of the match hosts, Collin County IDPA, who have built a strong club structure for developing excellent SOs and MDs. Check out Kitty's feature in yesterday's The Shooting Wire on how CCIDPA is winning bragging rights for the best SO staff in IDPA.

Besides a top-flight staff, and Comp-Tac's air-conditioned tent, the Texas championship also boasted IDPA dignitaries Bill and Joyce Wilson, who stopped by to see Cody, C.J., and the rest of Collin County IDPA put on a flawless match. Also attending the match was Zulu, Bill's and Joyce's new seven week old Belgian Shepherd Dog (or Malinois) puppy. No word yet on whether Zulu will be the new IDPA mascot.
ABOVE: MD Cody Ray and SOI C.J. Pruszynski welcome shooters to the match.
BELOW: Brian Strickler makes a few suggestions about Tiger Team rule changes, and Bubba was happy to hear them.

ABOVE: Armadillos were all over Northeast Texas. Meaning Team Armadillo Concealment was everywhere in Greenville.
BELOW: Kitty Richards hangs out with Bill Wilson who, along with Joyce, stopped by to see Collin Co. IDPA in action.

ABOVE: Bubba puts Comp-Tac's AC unit through extensive testing before giving it a Tiger Team seal of approval.
BELOW: That don't hunt, but she probably shoots. Joyce and Bill Wilson's new puppy, Zulu.

Photos courtesy of Kitty Richards.

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From Texas, With Kitty: Texas State Stages 9-12

by Editor 29. June 2012 18:09
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Kitty's team got the remaining four stage diagrams (stages 9-12) for Saturday's Texas State IDPA Championship out of the Lone Start State and to DOWN ZERO. And just in time to share them with you before the action starts tomorrow morning. Special thanks to the many heroes of the Steel Railroad that risked life and limb to smuggle the stage info out of Texas. Chalk this up as one more win over America's Team by the Steeler Nation.

Click to see stages 1 thru 4.
Click to see stages 5 thru 8.

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From Texas, With Kitty: Texas State Stages 5-8

by Editor 29. June 2012 10:15
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Kitty 'Secret Squirrel' Richards has come through again with the stage diagrams (stages 5-8) for Saturday's Texas State IDPA Championship. The famed Steel Railroad of Kitty's fellow Steelers fans delivered these images to DOWN ZERO in the wee hours of the morning. We're expecting the final four diagrams later today.

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