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Jeff Stover
01-12-2013, 10:21 PM
A summary of today’s IBS Annual Meeting is now posted at www.internationalbenchrest.com.
Also, on our site is my PowerPoint presentation for viewing.

Below are some highlights:
In the wake of the demise of Precision Shooting magazine, the IBS EBoard considered two options: buying space in NBRSA’s Precision Rifleman Magazine; or pursue a Web option. After careful review of many factors, the IBS Executive Board has agreed in principle to partner with www.accurateshooter.com. This site receives 130,000 unique visitors per week. This arrangement does NOT replace internationalbenchrest.com or IBSmagazine.com.

The partnership with accurateshooter.com will result in unprecedented coverage of all IBS Nationals (600, 1000, Score, Group) plus 12 “featured matches” per year. For those that want to see the entire results data, the full information will be on the IBS website and linked from accurateshooter.com.

This represents the first phase of the partnership. The second phase will be the development, from scratch, of a new match scoring and reporting system for all disciplines. The system could operate as a “virtual machine” without Internet access at the range. If a range has Internet connectivity, it is envisioned to be able to offer real time results on the Web. We may be looking at a paradigm shift in benchrest scoring and dissemination of information, results and shooter rankings.

One of the other ideas we discussed today was a special match later that may be held later this year. It would be a 300 yard competition and be open to rifles in various flavors: LV/HV 6PPC, VFS/H 30BR, 600/1000 yard Light Gun, F-Class and maybe others. Which of these rifles can prevail at 300 yards? We envision a day of practice and a single day of competition with one warm-up and five targets for aggregate. IBS rules will be used. We are exploring both range and possible sponsors. The working title is the accurateshooter.com/IBS 300 Yard Battle. We are pretty serious about pursuing this special shoot, it is not a "pipedream". I have already talked to one match director about using his range.

Effective February 1, 2013, IBS dues will fall to $45 per year (international dues will be reduced accordingly). Members may elect to pay a special $5 fee to receive two small informational mailings per year from IBS.

Major agenda items decisions:
>Varmint Hunter and Hunter Classes were merged into a single (6-power) class: Hunter Class (while maintaining separate records for each).
>Shooters must now be a member of IBS to compete at IBS tournaments (Williamsport 1000 Yard Club members may continue to compete at IBS 1000 yard Nationals).
>In 1000 yard shooting, the colors left by paint-marked bullets may be used to help determine crossfires.
>Bylaws were amended to allow the EBoard to institute Internet-based voting. The members were cautioned that this is a complicated matter that will take some time to implement.
>The President was authorized to appoint up to two additional members to each discipline committee (designed to ensure geographic representation).

See the IBS website for more details.

Jeff Stover
IBS President

Al Nyhus
01-13-2013, 06:24 AM
Jeff, thanks for the update. And thanks to everyone in the IBS that volunteers their time to make this work.

Good shootin'. -Al

Apollo
01-13-2013, 10:47 AM
Jeff and other IBS executives; Thanks for all you do. Your work is appreciated.

Stanley

Jerry W
01-13-2013, 11:21 AM
>Shooters must now be a member of IBS to compete at IBS tournaments (Williamsport 1000 Yard Club members may continue to compete at IBS 1000 yard Nationals).

Jeff - Just to be perfectly clear - no more reciprocity for NBRSA members? To shoot a registered IBS Benchrest match you have to be an IBS member?

Thanks - Jerry

zippy06
01-13-2013, 08:07 PM
Yea.
Make everybody pay their fair share. :p



Oh, wrong site. Sorry.
I carry both memberships......:p
I have only met Jeff. Nice guy.

Thanks to everyone who volunteers their time and in some cases money.

Joe Salt
01-13-2013, 09:40 PM
Zippy lets not go there it took a lot of my time and effort to get the clubs to honor each others memberships and get the LG. class on the same page. And I still belong to the I.B.S. Thank you!

Joe Salt

zippy06
01-14-2013, 07:37 PM
Hi Joe. More history. Thanks.
I am just a new guy. My second yr. helping to run VFS at WWCCA. And NBRSA Group(muscle the targets stands and wait for Bill Gammon to stop shooting). I might get his camping spot.......:)
This sport is great. A ton of nice people.....
Tim B.

zippy06
01-14-2013, 07:39 PM
Zippy lets not go there it took a lot of my time and effort to get the clubs to honor each others memberships and get the LG. class on the same page. And I still belong to the I.B.S. Thank you!

Joe Salt

Why would clubs not honor memberships????
I thought, the gate was open for everyone at competitions. The more the merrier I thought........
Tim B.

David Halblom
01-14-2013, 08:19 PM
Why would clubs not honor memberships????
I thought, the gate was open for everyone at competitions. The more the merrier I thought........
Tim B.
anymore, for registered matches.

Joe Salt
01-15-2013, 10:00 AM
Zippy the reason I wanted it that way because to many good shooters did not want to join the IBS to just shoot the Nationals, and they were losing a lot of shooter because of that!

Joe Salt

Steelhead1
01-15-2013, 11:44 AM
I am trying to figure out why IBS would utilize Accurateshooter instead of this site? I mean the young guy that owns accurateshooter is in Ca, a state that is or has been erroding the shooting sports because of their firearms restrictions, so why dump money into a state thats opposed to firearms? It seems to me there were other viable solutions and although I live out west there aren't many IBS shoots, I have been a member of the IBS so I could get the magazine for the most part. Accurate shooter has a nice site but sure seems counter productive to support a site in an antigun state! Just sayin!

sdean
01-15-2013, 12:50 PM
I am trying to figure out why IBS would utilize Accurateshooter instead of this site? I mean the young guy that owns accurateshooter is in Ca, a state that is or has been erroding the shooting sports because of their firearms restrictions, so why dump money into a state thats opposed to firearms? It seems to me there were other viable solutions and although I live out west there aren't many IBS shoots, I have been a member of the IBS so I could get the magazine for the most part. Accurate shooter has a nice site but sure seems counter productive to support a site in an antigun state! Just sayin!

My gunsmith lives in New York. That means I should quit him? Even worse he posts on accurateshooter. Just sayin.

zippy06
01-15-2013, 08:05 PM
Zippy the reason I wanted it that way because to many good shooters did not want to join the IBS to just shoot the Nationals, and they were losing a lot of shooter because of that!

Joe Salt

Joe and Dave. I think, I get it. Registered matches......
You posted clubs......

Firearms, magazines(PS), club memberships, driving/gas, range fees, NRA memberships, .........MONEY........
They all sound like they go together. But, they don't. I get some of the strangest reasons/excuses about this stuff.
But, everyone wants to come out to the club as a guest......:confused:

Jeff Stover
01-15-2013, 09:39 PM
I will address a couple of questions or comments posed above.

We chose accurateshooter.com for a couple reasons. First they will do the actual write ups and add other media as it becomes available for our largest shoots. That site has 130,000 unique visitors per WEEK. Further they have IT guys (that are shooters) that have the skills to deliver a cutting edge scoring and reporfting system. The latter being what I call phase 2. We are keeping the IBS website.

In regard to "reciprocity" (actually has not been so for years): the members of IBS submitted a petition in 2011 to end the policy of accepting NBRSA cards at out shoots. I actively campaigned against it and it did not pass at the 2012 members meeting. The same petition was submitted in 2012. I supported it this time around for two reasons. We need all the members we can get right now. Secondly, as I read the minutes of this past fall's NBRSA director's meeting, a motion was made to accept IBS cards on a one-year trial basis. That motion excluded the Nationals and was predicated on IBS buying four pages in Precision Rifleman magazine. Even in that greatly watered down form the petition did not even get a second. I believe IBS has taken the high road for YEARS, but it was time to require shooters at our registered matches to be a member. That is the case with most other sanctioning bodies. That is all I will say in the matter; it is settled.

We are looking forward to our new partnership with accurateshooter.com.

Steelhead1: that is a fascinating observation.

Jeff Stover
IBS President