IDPA Previews 17th Annual Massachusetts IDPA Championship Course Of Fire

by Editor 30. May 2013 07:15
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – Organizers of the 17th Annual Massachusetts State IDPA Championship, presented by Smith & Wesson, are previewing all 10 stages of the course of fire competitors will face this weekend.

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.

Sanctioned by the International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA), the Massachusetts State IDPA Championship will take place Saturday and Sunday, June 1-2, at the Rob & Gun Club of New Bedford located in North Dartmouth.

In addition to determining the state champion in each of IDPA’s five handgun competition divisions, the match also serves as the first leg of the newly established King of New England, which is being presented by Apex Tactical Specialties.

Four stages from each of three major New England championships, starting with the Massachusetts State Championship, will make up the 12 stage challenge. To kick off the King of New England, John Catterall, match director of the Massachusetts State match, has selected the following stages as the Massachusetts State Championship portion of the series:

Stage 1 - Hallway Clearance
Stage 4 - Shrimp Mozambique
Stage 7 - Deep in the Heart of Texas
Stage 8 - Reload Skill Drill: Fast or Slow?
Stage 9 - Easy As 1-2-3 (alternate)

IDPA, which is the country’s fastest growing shooting sport, has seen tremendous growth in the last few years fueled by the surging demand in concealed carry permits and the increasing need for personal protection. Such rapid growth has made competitions like the Massachusetts State Championship extremely popular.

For more information on IDPA, the 17th Annual Massachusetts State IDPA Championship presented by Smith & Wesson, or to join the more than 22,000 members competing each week all across America, visit www.IDPA.com.

You can further connect with the IDPA community through IDPA’s social media, such as @OfficialIDPA on Twitter and ShootIDPA on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Tumblr, or check for regular news and updates on the organization’s DOWN ZERO Blog.

 

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Gordon Carrell Continues Win Streak At Comp-Tac Republic Of Texas

by Editor 28. May 2013 08:15
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HEMPSTEAD, Texas – For the past 10 years Gordon Carrell has won the Stock Service Pistol title at the Lone Star State’s IDPA championship. This year however, the Team Comp-Tac shooter decided to take a different path, winning instead the Enhanced Service Pistol division title at the Comp-Tac Republic of Texas Championship.

Carrell captured not only the ESP title but also took top honors as the High Industry shooter and the title of Most Accurate, shooting just 11 points down with an overall top time of 151.80 seconds. Carrell outpaced his nearest competitor, defending champion Brian Stricker, by 15.74 seconds, winning seven of the 10 stages within the division with five of those stage wins topping the entire field of over 200 competitors.

“Gordon shot a brilliant match and dominated his division with a combination of both speed and accuracy, the kind of which wins you the title every time,” said Joyce Wilson, executive director of IDPA.

Second place overall in the division went to Brian Stricker who won one stage and took first Master with 167.54 (42). Team RangeLog’s Morgan Allen finished third for second Master with 178.92 (40), followed by Robert Powell, third Master, with 184.14 (62) and David Rowe, who finished first Expert, with 211.36 (63) and one stage win.

Elsewhere in the division, Dillon Rys claimed first Sharpshooter by winning one stage and finishing with 224.10 (78). Ray Duroy, a Sharpshooter within ESP, won the High Distinguished Senior title with a time of 231.11 (38). Scott Zwahr won first Marksman with 257.13 (63) while Michelle Azar took first Novice with 488.50 (187).

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 this Memorial Day weekend at the ImpactZone Range in Hempstead and drew over 200 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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Gregg Kratochvil Takes SSR Title At Comp-Tac Republic Of Texas IDPA Championship

by Editor 28. May 2013 08:05
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HEMPSTEAD, Texas – Gregg Kratochvil claimed the Stock Service Revolver division title this Memorial Day weekend at the Lone Star State’s premier IDPA competition, the Comp-Tac Republic of Texas Championship.

Kratochvil, who earlier this season won the Enhanced Service Revolver title at the 11th Annual West Texas IDPA Regional, topped the division on five of the 10 stages before posting a final time of 252.66 seconds, shooting 35 points down.

“Gregg is one of the great gentlemen of our sport and a fantastic wheelgunner to boot. His win this weekend is just one more example of why Gregg is one of the top-ranked revolver shooters in the America,” said Joyce Wilson, executive director of IDPA.

Taking second place with three stage wins was Garry Newton who finished in 266.40 seconds with 39 points down. Third place went to Jack Davis with two stage wins and first Expert honors with a time of 274.66 (52). Fourth in the division went to the hardest working wheelgunner in the competition, Match Director Darrell Sells, who ended the match with 45 points down in a time of 311.97 seconds. Rounding out the top five was Todd Speck with 327.58 (64).

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 more than 200 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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S&W’s Wheelgun Champ Miculek Wins Comp-Tac Republic Of Texas IDPA Championship

by Editor 28. May 2013 07:55
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HEMPSTEAD, Texas – Team Smith & Wesson’s Jerry Miculek won the Enhanced Service Revolver division title this Memorial Day weekend at the Lone Star State’s premier IDPA competition, the Comp-Tac Republic of Texas Championship.

Miculek, who is ranked a Distinguished Master in IDPA, but also widely regarded as the world’s greatest revolver shooter, won all but one of the 10 stages on his way to winning the title with a final time of 215.94 with 55 points down.

“There is nothing you can say about Jerry and his skills with a revolver that hasn’t already been said. He never ceases to amaze shooters and his presence on any range is always a welcome sight to his fellow competitors,” said Joyce Wilson, executive director of IDPA.

Placing second behind Miculek was Deon Greenwood, first Expert, with 293.69 (91), followed by Robert Briggs, also an Expert class shooter, with 316.52 (41). Fourth place went to James Ash, first Sharpshooter, with 331.22 (51) while fifth place went to Claude Clark, another Sharpshooter who finished with 410.76 (133).

Duane Hemphill took first Marksman in the ESR division with a time of 418.62 seconds and 50 points down.

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 over 200 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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Pomerenke Repeats With CDP Win At Comp-Tac Republic Of Texas IDPA Championship

by Editor 28. May 2013 07:45
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HEMPSTEAD, Texas – Zeb Pomerenke once again took the Custom Defensive Pistol division title at the Lone Star State’s premier IDPA competition, the Comp-Tac Republic of Texas Championship, held this Memorial Day weekend at the ImpactZone Range in Hempstead.

Pomerenke, who won the state title in 2012, took top division honors on three of the 10 stages in this year’s match on his way to claiming the title with a final time of 190.18 seconds and 32 points down. Pomerenke placed eighth overall in the competition. The Master class shooter outpaced his nearest competitor, Steve Jolly, by 22.81 seconds.

“Zeb shot a strong match and with his repeat performance as the Lone Star State’s CDP champ he’s quickly moving up the ranks within the sport,” said Joyce Wilson, executive director of IDPA.

Steve Jolly finished as the first Master with a time of 212.99 and 29 points down. Third overall in the division went to Mark Thompson who won first Expert, winning one stage and finishing with 217.63 (47). Dale Rychlik placed fourth in the division and second Master with one stage win and 220.32 (40), while Johnathon Miller took fifth and second Expert with his time of 222.77 (30).

Elsewhere in the division, Jim Bone claimed first Sharpshooter with 237.97 (60), Andre Toennis took first Marksman with 271.34 (46) and Gleen Baker, a Novice class competitor, finished with 528.76 with 78 points down.

Complete, searchable match results can be found online at IDPA.com.

Sanctioned by the International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) the Republic of Texas Championship drew over 200 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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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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