2016 is the 40th anniversary of IHMSA and we plan to make it special. 2016 is also the start of the new membership plan with lower dues. As you may know IHMSA has switched to a calendar year membership. That means that renewals will be due Jan.1 each year. Included in the new membership plan is an annual mailing of the March issue of the IHMSA News to every member. All issues of the IHMSA News will be available to members on our web site www.ihmsa.org. This printed issue has the match dates and range contact information for 2016. Keep this issue on your loading bench for handy reference during the year. You should have received your new IHMSA membership card. It is a new larger card with space for all the current IHMSA categories. You will need to transfer your membership information and any early 2016 matches you have shot to the new card. You will also receive the new 2016 rule book with updated rules for Practical Hunter and Ultra 500. Speaking of Ultra 500, Jan 1, 2016 marks the start of official IHMSA recognition of this exciting and challenging new sport. There is something about hitting, seeing, and hearing a target fall at over 1/3 of a mile away that will rekindle your love of this game we call Silhouette. It will be worth your effort to find a range that is shooting Ultra 500. Also new for 2016 is the Freedom Arms – IHMSA Revolver Challenge. Small Bore and Big Bore will be separate competitions. Entries between April 1 and Oct 15, 2016 will be counted. An entry form will be available to anyone interested. You will receive extra points for shooting an INT score and extra points for competing at State, Regional, and World Championship matches. The 40th annual World Championship this year will be special. You want to make plans to be in Oklahoma City during July 15- July 23. We have lowered the entries fees and registration costs to encourage more shooters and more entries. We will also have free sign up for State and Region teams this year. Bring your shooting buddies and bring home bragging rights to your range. On July 23 we will have the first World Championship match for Ultra 500. You can sign up at the match and it will be a 40rd match. We are waving the rule that you need to be classified before you compete in a championship match for this Ultra 500 match. Bring extra ammo as you don’t want to miss this event. Don’t forget your local matches and the hard working match directors who put in long hours getting the ranges ready for us to shoot. Without them we wouldn’t have a sport. If you can, get to a match early or stay late and give your match director a hand setting up or tearing down. I’m sure they would appreciate it.