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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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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Over 100 Shooters Help Kick Off IDPA In New Hampshire

by Editor 20. May 2013 09:35
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DUNBARTON, N.H. ( May 19, 2013) This past Saturday the Pioneer Sportsmen Club in Dunbarton, N.H. saw a record turnout with over 100 shooters competing in the club’s first match of the 2013 IDPA season.

Thanks to the hard work of organizers Ken Lambert, Dave Mowbray and Rob Lacroix, each seasoned competitors with regional and national experience in International Defensive Pistol Association competition, Saturday’s match not only set a new IDPA record at Pioneer but also attracted 35 shooters new to the sport of defensive shooting.

"When we set about relaunching the IDPA program at Pioneer we were hoping to increase turnout to an average of 60 to 80 shooters a match. Topping 100 shooters at our first event was a great surprise and bodes well for an excellent season ahead,” said Lambert.

Winners from this weekend’s match were:

CDP Champion: Lee Adams – Master – 98.67 (16)
ESP Champion: Craig Philips – Master – 89.06 (13)
SSP Champion: Brian Caira – Expert – 106.14 (30)
ESR Champion: Gene Gelberger – Master – 110.81 (19)
SSR Champion: Greg Hayes – Sharpshooter – 156.23 (39)

High Senior: Brian Caira – SSP Expert – 106.14 (30)
High Lady: Dori Smith – ESP - Marksman – 222.15 (79)
High Law Enforcement: Joe Parks ESP – Marksman – 222.15 (79)
High Industry: Matt Holmes ESP – Master – 117.17 (34)
High Junior: Mason Lane SSP – Expert – 135.23 (31)
High Military Veteran: Craig Philips ESP – Master – 89.09 (13)
Most Accurate: Craig Philips ESP – Master – 89.06 (13)

The next Pioneer IDPA match is set for Saturday, June 15 with registration beginning at 9:00 am and first shots fired at 10:00 am. The 2013 match schedule will culminate in the much anticipated Smith & Wesson Live Free Or Die State IDPA Championship which will be held October 18-19 and serve as the final leg of the brand new King of New England series.

For more information on the IDPA program at the Pioneer Sportsmen Club, please contact the IDPA Club Chair at pioneeridpa@gmail.com or visit www.PioneerSportsmen.org. You can also find Pioneer Sportsmen on Facebook at www.facebook.com/PioneerSportsmenInc.

About Pioneer Sportsmen Inc.:
Pioneer Sportsmen Inc. is a privately owned sport shooting club located in Dunbarton, New Hampshire and offers a broad range of activities from archery to silhouette shooting. Monthly meetings are every first Thursday at 7:00 pm, members and visitors are welcome. Pioneer's facilities encompass 65 acres located approximately 4 mi. west of Concord, N.H. off I-89, exit 2 on state highway 13. There are 5 outdoor pistol ranges, a 100 yard rifle range, outdoor archery courses, a clubhouse, a heated indoor year round 8 point 50 foot pistol range and a heated indoor year round 12 point 25 meter archery range.

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GLC Shooting Academy Sponsors Comp-Tac Republic Of Texas IDPA Championship

by Editor 20. May 2013 07:30
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – The International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) announced that GLC Shooting Academy, a Texas based shooting school founded by Gordon Carrell and dedicated to improving shooters’ skills for recreation, competition or self-defense, has signed on as a stage sponsor of the 2013 Comp-Tac Republic of Texas IDPA Championship.

GLC Shooting Academy joins ACADEMI, Armadillo Concealment and Comp-Tac Victory Gear, the title sponsor of the match, in supporting the Lone Star State’s premier defensive pistol shooting competition and state championship match.

“Gordon Carrell is one of IDPA’s top, and most respected shooters. He has also given back to the sport, dedicating his time and talents to making IDPA the best it can be. GLC Shooting Academy’s support of the Comp-Tac Republic of Texas IDPA Championship is just one more example of Gordon’s commitment to his fellow shooters,” said Joyce Wilson, executive director of IDPA.

In addition to sponsoring the match, Carrell, who has been the reigning Texas Stock Service Pistol division champion for the last 10 years, will be competing this year in the Enhanced Service Pistol division.

Taking place on Saturday, May 25 on the northwest side of Houston at the Impactzone Range in Hempstead, the sold-out Comp-Tac Republic of Texas IDPA Championship will feature 218 top shooters from throughout Texas, all vying for the championship title in Custom Defensive Pistol, Enhanced Service Pistol, Stock Service Pistol, Stock Service Revolver or Enhanced Service Revolver, the five divisions in IDPA competition.

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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Smith & Wesson Named Title Sponsor Of Live Free Or Die State IDPA Championship

by Editor 16. May 2013 07:49
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – Organizers of New Hampshire’s IDPA championship announced that iconic American firearms maker Smith & Wesson will be the title sponsor of the Granite State’s 2013 state match. The Smith & Wesson Live Free Or Die State IDPA Championship is scheduled to take place October 18-19.

The championship will be hosted by the Pioneer Sportsmen Club in Dunbarton, N.H. In addition to determining the state title, the match will also serve as the final leg of the King of New England contest. The 17th Annual Massachusetts State Championship and the New England Regional, both sponsored by Smith & Wesson, make up the first and second legs, respectively, of the newly announced series.

“Participation in IDPA events is on the rise all across the country and here in New Hampshire it’s really taking off with Pioneer Sportsmen leading the way,” explained Ken Lambert, match director for the championship.

“Thanks to the generous support of our title sponsor Smith & Wesson, the Live Free Or Die State IDPA Championship is set to cap a great shooting season for New Hampshire’s IDPA community.”

“Our sponsorship of the Live Free Or Die State Championship reflects Smith & Wesson’s ongoing commitment to New England’s thriving shooting sports community. IDPA has seen tremendous growth in the last few years and Smith & Wesson is proud to see that growth continue, especially here in New England,” said Paul Pluff of Smith & Wesson.

Registration details for the Smith & Wesson Live Free Or Die State IDPA Championship will be announced shortly. Companies interested in sponsoring the Live Free Or Die State Championship should contact the sponsorship coordinator at pioneeridpa@gmail.com.

To learn more about IDPA and defensive shooting, or to find a club near you, 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 updates on the DOWN ZERO Blog.

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.

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New IDPA Rulebook Posted For Comment

by Editor 7. May 2013 11:56
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A DRAFT copy of the new IDPA Rulebook has been posted for review and comment by IDPA members. The feedback period will be open for three weeks to provide current IDPA members ample time to comment, followed by processing the final rulebook and the start of the Safety Officer (SO) training period. Below you will find more information on the SO certification and recertification process.

Click HERE to view a PDF of the Rulebook.

The proposed Rulebook will be posted for 3 weeks, from May 7th thru May 28th. To access the rulebook and make suggestions, you must be a current IDPA member. During this time, current members can make suggestions to it by logging in at www.idpa.com and selecting the Rules tab at the top. In the center of the page, click on the Propose A Change… option. You will need to Select a Category, and then fill out three pieces of information: the Specific Rule (Section), Issue with the Current Rule, and your Proposed Solution/Change prior to submitting the feedback.

To be efficient with the time of the Tiger Teams as they review these suggestions, there is a character limit in each box, allowing sufficient space to describe the issue while making it easy for the reviewers to assess the suggestion. In an effort to reduce duplication, each suggestion submitted will go into a submission queue and be approved for posting so that all members can see each proposal. The approval/posting process may take up to 2 business days before the suggestion is viewable by the membership. Contributors can make as many submissions as they desire, but only one suggestion per submission will be accepted. We expect a lot of traffic on this site, so please be patient as we review, and approve.

This online option will be the only channel for members to submit feedback on the rulebook. So that we may concentrate on serving our customers and working through the suggestions, Headquarters staff will not be monitoring any forums and will not accept suggestions or changes made verbally, via telephone or email. Only comments made through the website will be considered.

Each Tiger Team will review suggestions made to their area and act on them as needed. Once the feedback period ends, it will take a few weeks for us to update the rulebook and the SO recertification test questions. Please note that the updated rulebook will go into effect on October 1, 2013.

WEEK EVENT

States/ACs
(Note: States with multiple ACs
may be combined on this sheet)

1-Jul

Final Rulebook Posted
on IDPA.com

 
1-Jul

Recert Testing - Group 1
(Control Group)

TX/NM (Webb) All US
Area Coordinators

1-Jul

New SO Candidate Test
Available

 
8-Jul Recert Training- Group 2* CT/MA/ME/NH/NY/RI/VT (Yost)
PA/NJ (Murphy)
All SOI Candidates*
15-Jul Recert Testing - Group 3 FL (Biddle)
NC/SC (Byerly)
WV (Tate)
VA (Tate 2)
DC/DE/MD (HQ)
22-Jul Recert Testing - Group 4 OH (Buchanan)
TN/KY/MS (Breeson & Carter)
IL (Duckworth)
IN (Poe)
Al/GA (Werner)
MI (Cutitta)
29-Jul

Recert Testing - Group 5

WI/MN (Dilley)
MO/IA (Goede)
AR/LA/OK (Ritchie)
ID/MT/UT/WY (Reed)
CO/KS (Lada)
AZ (Barron)
AK/OR/WA(Wylie)
5-Aug Recert Testing - Group 6 CA (Gould)
ND/SD/NV/PR (HQ)
All International SOs (HQ)
Table Cell

New Rulebook effective
Oct. 1, 2013

 
   

*Note - International SOIs
are located in Costa Rica,
South Africa and the
Philippines. Any other
country must use a US-based
SOI until an SOI has been
assigned to that country in 2014.

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Massachusetts State IDPA Announces Smith & Wesson As Presenting Sponsor

by Editor 3. May 2013 07:09
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – The Springfield, Massachusetts based firearms maker Smith & Wesson will be the presenting sponsor of the 17th Annual Massachusetts State IDPA Championship, according to an announcement by the match organizers.

The 17th Annual Massachusetts State IDPA Championship, presented by Smith & Wesson, will take place June 1-2 at the Rod & Gun Club of New Bedford in North Dartmouth. The match will feature a 10 stage course of fire with a 150 round count. It will also serve as the first leg of the newly announced King of New England contest.

“The name Smith & Wesson is near and dear to members of the Bay State shooting community. Throughout the years this American gun making icon has extended a helping hand to shooting clubs and matches, and we couldn’t be prouder to announce that our 17th Annual IDPA State Championship will bear the name Smith & Wesson,” said John Catterall.

“As a company headquartered in Springfield, Massachusetts, Smith & Wesson takes a great deal of pride in supporting the many local shooting competitions in which our own friends and neighbors compete. Considering our close working relationship with the Massachusetts IDPA members, we could think of no better way to express our appreciation for all they do than by sponsoring this year’s state championship,” said Paul Pluff of Smith & Wesson.

Registration for the 17th Annual Massachusetts State IDPA Championship, presented by Smith & Wesson, is now open and the entry form is available online. For additional information or to sponsor the match, email match officials at maidpachamp@yahoo.com.

For more information on IDPA, or to get started in this fun and exciting 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 consumer, law enforcement, and military markets. The company's brands include Smith & Wesson®, M&P® and Thompson/Center Arms(TM). 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.

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Chief Safety Officers Named For Comp-Tac Republic Of Texas IDPA Championship

by Editor 1. May 2013 10:18
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – Darrell Sells, match director of the 2013 Comp-Tac Republic of Texas IDPA Championship, announced the team of Chief Safety Officers (CSO) that will help run the championship.

Sells named Nicky Carter, Richard Davis, Bill Dittoe, Mike Fiorenza, Stephen Kay, Chris Keller, Glenn McKinney, Garry Newton, Mike Rys and Mike Sells as the lead safety and scoring officials who will oversee the staff running the 10 stages of the competition

“When it comes to running the top IDPA match in Texas it’s important to have a solid team backing you up on the range. We’ve put together a great group of volunteers headed up by an excellent CSO crew that knows how to run IDPA events that are both challenging and fun for competitors at all levels,” said Darrell Sells.

Serving as the Lone Star State’s premier defensive pistol shooting competition and state championship match, the sold-out Comp-Tac Republic of Texas IDPA Championship will take place Saturday, May 25 on the northwest side of Houston at the Impactzone Range in Hempstead.

The championship is being hosted by the Thunder Tactical Shooters IDPA club.

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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Taurus Sponsors 2013 IDPA U.S. National Championship

by Editor 1. May 2013 08:05
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – The International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) announced that Taurus, one of the world's foremost manufacturers of firearms and spearhead of the Carry On movement to promote the concealed carry lifestyle, will be a major sponsor of the 2013 IDPA U.S. National Championship.

“Taurus is once again demonstrating its steadfast commitment to the shooting sports by generously sponsoring the 2013 IDPA U.S. National Championship. As a sport born out of the real world concealed carry movement, we’re grateful to have the support of a company that so fully embraces and promotes the concept of personal responsibility and self defense like Taurus does,” said Joyce Wilson, executive director of IDPA.

“Taurus is a firm believer in the value of competition as a way to improve one’s shooting skills. We are also equally firm in our belief in the right, and responsibility, to carry concealed for personal protection," said Mark Kresser, president and CEO of Taurus.

“Based in sound concealed carry principles, IDPA matches are the perfect venue for both which is why Taurus is proud to sponsor this year’s IDPA U.S. Nationals.”

Hosted by the U.S. Shooting Academy in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the 2013 IDPA U.S. National Championship will take place September 19 thru 21 and is again expected to draw over 300 of the sport’s top shooters. Taurus joins the National Shooting Sports Foundation as a gold level sponsor of the event.

For more information on IDPA, or to get started in this fun and exciting 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 Taurus:
Taurus International Manufacturing, Inc. is proud to be the U.S. importer of all Taurus brand firearms manufactured in Brazil and to be the manufacturer of the model PT-22, PT-25 and PT-738 pistols made here in the US. Taurus International services all Taurus brand firearms under the LIFETIME REPAIR POLICY™ as well. For additional information about Taurus, visit www.taurususa.com.

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