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Welcome to The Tactical Brief

Welcome to the newest communication addition to IDPA! The Tactical Brief is a weekly snapshot of happenings in the sport from Headquarters to information from our local members. It's also full of tidbits from around our industry that's important to our membership as well. We'll also be tracking important news on firearm ownership and concealed carry and the legislation surrounding those topics. In short, it will hopefully be your one stop for information that is relevant to your firearm interests.

While we are ramping up our weekly topics, we're encouraging our Area Coordinators and Match Directors to submit topics of interest for publication. This is a great venue to publicize your upcoming sanctioned match or even spot light your local matches.

Members are also urged to contribute. Maybe you had an interesting experience at a local or sanctioned match, or found a new piece of gear that you’d like to report on.

Submitting info is easy, email brief@idpa.com. And don't forget to include hi-res photos (submitted as an attachment, not embedded) with your articles as well.

We'd love to hear from you.

Joyce Wilson, Executive Director


What do ACs do?
By Ken Reed, IDPA AC Mt., Wy., Ut., Id.
Ask anyone what an IDPA Area Coordinator (AC) does, and the answer will most likely be "Approve Stages." While that is indeed true, there is quite a lot more that ACs do for IDPA behind the scenes.

As you probably already know, an AC has an assigned area of the U.S. to support. (ACs for countries outside the U.S. are called International Points of Contact, and they make similar contributions.) An AC's area of responsibility may be part of a state, a state, or in some cases several states, depending on the density of clubs and shooters in those areas.

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Area Coordinator Updates

In the past few weeks, some changes have occurred in both the boundaries and assignments of the IDPA Area Coordinators (ACs). The responsibilities of this position are broad and our ACs work very hard in their roles. We would like to say thank you to the following ACs for their dedication and efforts in building IDPA: Joe Buchanan, Michael Bresson, Monte Gould and Ted Murphy. We would also like to welcome the members who have stepped up to take the reins in their regions:

Don Comfort NC and SC
Nicky Carter MS and TN
Cody Claxton MD and VA, effective June 10
Wayne Johnson CA and NV
Paul Jones
*Photo by Tatianna Lumiere
Eastern PA, DE and NJ
John Reihner Western PA, OH, WV
Joe Tyson IN and KY


Shooting program takes off in city school
Democrat & Chronicle
VideoBrief In the bowels of Charlotte High School in Rochester, New York, around the corner from the boiler room and directly beneath the swimming pool, shots ring out. It is hot, humid and noisy. Four young men are prone and propped up on their backpacks with Olympic-grade Daisy single-shot air rifles pointed down-range. Master Sgt. Shawn Legault paces behind them. The boys, students at Leadership Academy for Young Men, are part of one of the few marksmanship programs in a public high school.
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Reloading your own ammunition: Getting started
By Ken Jolly
I recently explained the motivations and reasons to reload, including cost and ammunition shortages. If you've made the decision that reloading is right for you, let's take a look at the steps needed to get started. First off, there are two primary accidents you must watch for in reloading: bad cases and the wrong amount of power. The type and weight of the bullet, overall cartridge length, type and weight of powder are all crucial to a safe load.
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Purple is the new pink
The Shooting Wire
With women entering the ranks of firearms owners at a record pace, the industry finds itself trying to catch up to meet the product needs and wishes of this important demographic. Purple is quickly becoming the color of choice for addressing the female consumer without stereotyping, and this rise of purple as a key color reflects the growing input of women.
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Utah police hail man who fatally shot unarmed carjacking suspect
The Associated Press via The Huffington Post
Police are hailing a man who shot and killed a would-be carjacker outside a Utah grocery store, saying he did the right thing by coming to the aid of the vehicle's owner. The 31-year-old man with a concealed weapons permit was in the Macey's parking lot in Orem, 45 miles south of Salt Lake City, when he heard a woman's screams as she was being pulled from her SUV by the suspect, investigators said. Police Capt. Ned Jackson said he does not think the shooter would face charges because he only fired his 9 mm pistol after the 27-year-old suspect lunged at him in an effort to grab the gun.
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Study: Majority of Americans prefer gun rights over expanded gun control
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
For the first time in nearly two decades, a majority of Americans favor the protection of gun rights over expanded gun control and believe firearms help prevent being a victim of crime, a study by the Pew Research Center reports. State data showing rapidly increased gun sales indicate that Pennsylvanians, who have long had a tradition of sports firearms, are increasingly acquiring handguns, the type of weapon traditionally associated with self-protection. Handgun sales increased by 171 percent between 2001 and 2013, according to data from state police.
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Texas Senate passes tax-free holiday to spur gun sales
The Texas Tribune
The Texas Senate gave the green light to a proposal to designate one weekend a year when Texas shoppers would not have to pay sales tax on guns. Senate Bill 228 would create a sales tax holiday for firearms, ammunition and hunting supplies during the last weekend in August.
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The 5 best short-range AR optics
OutdoorHub
What's the "best" anyway? It all depends on the ranking criteria, right? A great short-range AR optic must offer speed and just enough precision to hit something accurately inside of 200 yards, with a strong emphasis on less than 50 yards.
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More states are working toward campus carry
Campus Reform
Lawmakers across the country want to add their states to the short list of states that allow students, faculty and staff to legally carry concealed firearms on college campuses. There are only seven states that currently allow concealed firearms on campus with some exceptions depending on the state. Ten states are attempting to join that list.
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MATCH CALENDAR

Date Match Location
May 15 10th Annual Great Lakes Regional — Tier 3 Munger, Mich.
May 16 Battle-n-Benton II — Tier 2 Bauxite, Ark.
May 23 2015 Utah State IDPA Championship — Tier 3 Fairfield, Utah
May 24 2015 Republic of Texas IDPA Championship — Tier 4 Cresson, Texas
May 30 Arkansas State Bug Championship — Tier 2 Perryville, Ark.
May 31 2015 IL State Championship — Tier 3 Sparta, Ill.


 



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