Smith & Wesson Congratulates Competitors of 2013 IDPA Indoor National Championships

by Editor 27. February 2013 17:40
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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (February 27, 2013) – Smith & Wesson Corp. today announced the successful completion of the 16th Annual International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) Indoor National Championships. Held at the Smith & Wesson Employee Shooting Sports Center in Springfield, Massachusetts, this year’s match featured over 320 competitors from across the United States, three foreign nations and the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico. The IDPA Indoor Nationals have long been recognized as one of the inaugural matches of the competitive shooting season with five division titles and 11 special category winners being awarded after three days of intense, but friendly competition.

The 2013 match lived up to its reputation with many competitors calling this year’s event one of the most technically difficult matches in IDPA history. After the final score was calculated, some of the shooting industry’s most prominent names appeared atop their respective leaderboards. Past IDPA Champions including Smith & Wesson’s own Jerry Miculek, Dan Burwell and Josh Lentz were able to capitalize on what some may call home-field advantage by winning titles in the Custom Defensive Pistol (CDP), Enhanced Service Revolver (ESR) and Stock Service Revolver (SSR) divisions.

Competing in the revolver division, it was no surprise to see Team Smith & Wesson members leading in almost every category. Team member Josh Lentz was able to reclaim the SSR title for a third time at the Indoor Nationals. Lentz used a Smith & Wesson Model 686 for this year’s win. Jerry Miculek once again took to the podium as the ESR champion, his seventh consecutive title in the match. In the history of the Indoor Nationals, Jerry has remained undefeated in this division using his Smith & Wesson Model 625.

In the CDP division, not only did Dan Burwell earn top honors, but he also secured another Distinguished Master (DM) classification. With this win, Burwell is now a triple DM in ESP, SSP and CDP. He is the second person in history to earn the prestigious classification in all three semi-auto divisions in the sport. Also to be congratulated, David Olhasso placed second DM and third overall in the CDP Division. Both used Smith & Wesson M&P45 pistols.

Outside of Smith & Wesson’s shooting team, defending Stock Service Pistol (SSP) champion Robert Vogel re-captured the division title while earning the fastest overall time (154.37) for a fifth consecutive year. Rounding out this year’s division winners was Brandon Wright, who used a Smith & Wesson M&P Pro in 9mm to earn the Enhanced Service Pistol (ESP) title and DM classification.

“The IDPA Indoor Nationals are considered by many to be one of the most prestigious and well-organized matches of the competitive shooting season,” said James Debney, President and CEO of Smith & Wesson. “This recognition is a direct result of the tireless efforts made by numerous people including event coordinators, safety officers, volunteers, and sponsors. Through their dedication and that of IDPA, Smith & Wesson has had the distinct honor of hosting this match for six consecutive years. On behalf of our company, I would like to congratulate all of the division and special category winners as well as those individuals working behind the scenes that have made this match a championship unlike any other.”

IDPA and Smith & Wesson also welcomed 27 military veterans, including wounded warriors and disabled shooters, to compete in this year’s match. Team Smith & Wesson member and adaptive athlete Trevor Baucom was once again seen making his way through the 12 challenging stages of fire. The proactive steps taken by the IDPA and Smith & Wesson for greater involvement of disabled shooters in competitive matches have allowed the shooting industry to further extend its welcome to all competitors. A sport based with roots in concealed carry, Baucom opted to compete with an M&P Shield in 9mm in the match, marking the first time the compact 9mm has been used at the IDPA Indoor Nationals.

Smith & Wesson would like to congratulate and recognize all of the Division Champions and Special Category Winners:

CDP Champion: Dan Burwell
ESP Champion: Brandon Wright
SSP Champion: Robert Vogel
ESR Champion: Jerry Miculek
SSR Champion: Josh Lentz
High Senior: Scott Warren
High Lady: Randi Rogers
High Law Enforcement: Robert Vogel
High Press: Austin Prouix
High Industry: Robert Vogel
High International: Luis Ricardo Zanotti
High Junior: Austin Prouix
High Military: Barton Nanney
High Military Veteran: Rob Tate
Most Distinguished Senior: Dan Smith
Most Accurate: Juan Carlos Gonzalez Valdez

Photos Courtesy of Yamil Sued and Jim Scoutten

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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Warren Claims High Senior Title At Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor Nationals

by Editor 27. February 2013 07:45
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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – For the fourth time in six years Scott Warren of Warren Tactical Sights has claimed the High Senior title at the International Defensive Pistol Association’s Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship.

Warren, who previously won the title in 2008, 2009 and 2010, finished ninth overall in the match and third Master in the Enhanced Service Pistol division with a final time of 200.08 seconds with 76 points down.

“Scott has always been one of IDPA’s top competitors and among the best pistol shooters in America. Regardless of who’s competing in the match, Scott is going to bring his ‘A’ game and that’s exactly what he did this past weekend at the Smith & Wesson Indoor Nationals,” said Joyce Wilson, executive director of IDPA.

Second place in the Senior category went to Dave Harrington of Team Panteao, competing as a Master in the ESP division, with 203.66 (54). Team Smith & Wesson’s Jerry Miculek, who won the Enhanced Service Revolver title, finished third among the Seniors with 215.47 (55). Rounding out the top five were Bill Go of Academi with 229.07 (62) as a Master in the Stock Service Pistol division and James Martino, the 2012 defending champ and an ESP Master, who finished with 233,88 (78).

The 2013 Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship took place February 21-23 at the Smith & Wesson Shooting Sports Center in Springfield, Mass., drawing many of the shooting sports' top pistol shooters from 28 states, one U.S. territory and three foreign nations.

For more information on IDPA, the Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship 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.

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Venezuela’s Zanotti Takes High International At Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor Nationals

by Editor 27. February 2013 07:40
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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – With 19 shooters representing three nations and one U.S. territory all competing for the title of High International, it was Venezuela’s Luis Ricardo Zanotti who came out on top this past weekend at the 2013 Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship.

Zanotti, who competed as a Master in the Stock Service Pistol division, led a Venezuelan sweep of the top three spots with a final time of 203.97 and 76 points down. Second place went to the 2012 defending champ Juan Carlos Gonzalez Valdez who competed as a Master in the Enhanced Service Pistol division and finished with 205.52 (31), capturing for Venezuela the coveted title of Most Accurate. Third place went to Carlos Henao, an SSP Sharpshooter, with 288.60 (122).

Rounding out the top five were Mexico’s Fausto Gerard, an SSP Sharpshooter, with 304.19 (121) and Italy’s Federico Iannelli who is an SSP Master and finished with 305.54 (97).

“While we see tremendous growth in IDPA here in the U.S., our membership internationally continues to expand as well. We are so pleased to have a regular presence of international competitors at our major matches and I want to congratulate Luis and Juan Carlos for leading Team Venezuela to victory at the Smith & Wesson Indoor Nationals,” said Joyce Wilson, executive director of IDPA.

The 2013 Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship took place February 21-23 at the Smith & Wesson Shooting Sports Center in Springfield, Mass., drawing many of the shooting sports' top pistol shooters from 28 states, one U.S. territory and three foreign nations.

For more information on IDPA, the Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship 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.

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Proulx Claims Junior & Press Titles At Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor Nationals

by Editor 27. February 2013 07:35
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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Competing as an Expert in the Custom Defensive Pistol division at the International Defensive Pistol Association’s (IDPA) 2013 Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship, Austin Proulx claimed the High Junior title with a time of 314.79 with 113 points down.

Proulx, who writes for the IDPA’s Tactical Journal magazine, also contested and won the High Press title.

“Everybody at IDPA headquarters could not be happier for Austin. This young man has demonstrated both a talent for shooting IDPA and writing about it, and we look forward to reading his take on the match in an upcoming issue of the Tactical Journal,” said Joyce Wilson, executive director of IDPA.

Among the Junior shooters, second place went to Lee Wills of Team Para who finished with 347.60 and 134 points down competing in the Enhanced Service Pistol division as a Marksman. Duncan McNaughton, also competing in ESP as a Marksman, finished third with 411.35 and 214 points down.

In the Press category where Proulx faced a cadre of older, more experienced shooters, shooting sports photographer Yamil Sued took second with 351.65 (138) shooting as a Sharpshooter in the Stock Service Pistol division, followed by Bryce Towsley, an ESP Marksman, with 417.29 (162). ShootingUSA’s Jim Scoutten, an SSP Marksman, and John Scoutten, a Marksman in the Enhanced Service Revolver division, filmed the match for an upcoming episode of their popular television show, but when they weren’t filming they competed and finished with 529.54 (237) and 539.77 (222) respectively.

The 2013 Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship took place February 21-23 at the Smith & Wesson Shooting Sports Center in Springfield, Mass., drawing many of the shooting sports' top pistol shooters from 28 states, one U.S. territory and three foreign nations.

For more information on IDPA, the Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship 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.

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Randi Rogers Goes 5 Straight At Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor Nationals

by Editor 27. February 2013 07:30
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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – For the fifth year in a row Smith & Wesson and the International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) crowned Randi Rogers the High Lady champion of the Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship.

Competing for Comp-Tac Victory Gear where she not only shoots for the team but also manages the holster maker’s marketing efforts, Rogers outgunned a talented group of women by winning nine of the 12 stages and finishing second Master and third overall in the Stock Service Pistol division with a time of 202.60 with 93 points down.

Rogers finished 11th overall among all 324 competitors competing in all five divisions.

“Right now Randi is the dominant female competitor in IDPA, but it’s her desire and ability to go toe-to-toe with her male counterparts that is so impressive. When Randi enters the match she isn’t there just to win High Lady, she in it to win it all. And though she may have beat me handily in the High Lady competition, her performance this year should make all the women in IDPA proud,” said Joyce Wilson, executive director of IDPA.

As part of its continued focus on women shooters, Smith & Wesson this year recognized not just the top female shooter but the top three, and honored Michelle Wood as the second High Lady finishing in SSP as a Master with 261.82 (132) and Cindy Bowser as third High Lady with her ESP Expert finish of 263.82 (132).

The 2013 Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship took place February 21-23 at the Smith & Wesson Shooting Sports Center in Springfield, Mass., drawing many of the shooting sports' top pistol shooters from 28 states, one U.S. territory and three foreign nations.

For more information on IDPA, the Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship 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.

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Lentz Returns As SSR Champ At 2013 Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor Nationals

by Editor 27. February 2013 07:25
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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – For the third time since 2010, Josh Lentz of Team Smith & Wesson took home the Stock Service Revolver title at the International Defensive Pistol Association’s (IDPA) Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship.

Lentz, who also shoots for the XS Sight Systems shooting team and is a Distinguished Master within the division, previously won the SSR title in 2010 and 2011. This year Lentz took the title with a time of 238.02 while shooting just 35 points down.

“Josh is a wonderfully talented revolver shooter who is proving time and time again that he is the one to beat in Stock Service Revolver competition. His win this weekend at Smith & Wesson only solidifies further his place at the top,” said Joyce Wilson, executive director of IDPA.

Finishing second behind Lentz was the 2012 defending champion and SSR Distinguished Master Joe Linskey who finished second overall in the division with a time of 251.56 and 59 points down. Kirk Crego, another SSR Distinguished Master, placed third overall with 259.09 (40). Tom Becker took first Master finishing fourth overall with 278.54 (63) followed by Gene Gelberger with 284.31 (99).

Elsewhere in the division Ken Ortbach captured first Expert while finishing fifth overall with 299.02 (87). Franco Emilio Jr. took first Sharpshooter with 318.07 (104), which will move him up to Expert class, and Tom Miller took first Marksman with 438.43 (171).

The 2013 Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship took place February 21-23 at the Smith & Wesson Shooting Sports Center in Springfield, Mass., drawing many of the shooting sports' top pistol shooters from 28 states, one U.S. territory and three foreign nations.

For more information on IDPA, the Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship 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.

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Miculek Takes Another ESR At 2013 Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor Nationals

by Editor 27. February 2013 07:15
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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Once again the world’s greatest wheelgun shooter took home the Enhanced Service Revolver title at the International Defensive Pistol Association’s (IDPA) 2013 Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship as Jerry Miculek of Team Smith & Wesson topped the division with blistering time of 215.47 shooting just 55 points down.

Miculek, who is ranked a Distinguished Master in the ESR division – IDPA’s highest skill classification – has won this title several times including every year since 2007.

“Well beyond Jerry’s extraordinary ability with a revolver, or with any firearm for that matter, it’s his wonderful personality, humor and southern charm that has endeared him to so many shooters. It is always a great pleasure to watch Jerry in action on an IDPA range, shooting and of course winning,” said Joyce Wilson, executive director of IDPA.

Finishing second overall behind Miculek was Brian Gonsalves who finished first Expert with a time of 291.79 and 65 points down. Gregg Kratochvil placed third overall and finished first Master with 298.49 (78). Warren Baker, another ESR Master, finished fourth overall with 335.24 (129) followed by T.J. Milam who took first Sharpshooter with 341.61 (127), Sean Cheney, another ESR Sharpshooter, with 345.68 (137), and Andrew Macgray who took first Marksman with 391.56 (131).

The 2013 Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship took place February 21-23 at the Smith & Wesson Shooting Sports Center in Springfield, Mass., drawing many of the shooting sports' top pistol shooters from 28 states, one U.S. territory and three foreign nations.

For more information on IDPA, the Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship 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.

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Vogel Takes 6th Straight S&W IDPA Indoor Nationals Title With SSP Win

by Editor 27. February 2013 07:10
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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – This past weekend Bob Vogel successfully defended his Stock Service Pistol division title at the International Defensive Pistol Association’s (IDPA) 2013 Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship, marking this as the sixth straight year the Team Panteao shooter has won his division at the match.

Vogel, who was the first competitor in IDPA to claim the sport’s Distinguished Master classification in all three pistol divisions, won all but two stages in the championship to outpace his nearest competitor by nearly 30 seconds and finish with a final time of 154.37 with 29 points down.

In addition to claiming the SSP title, Vogel’s finish also earned him High Law Enforcement and High Industry honors.

“Bob Vogel is riding an incredible win streak in IDPA that extends back to the 2007 IDPA Nationals. With his performance this weekend at the Smith & Wesson Indoor Nationals, it’s hard to imagine that win streak won’t continue for some time,” said Joyce Wilson, executive director of IDPA.

Second place in the SSP division went to Team RangeLog’s Rob Tate who claimed first Master and the High Military Veteran title with his time of 184.16 and 66 points down. Randi Rogers of Team Comp-Tac took second Master and, for the fifth year in a row, the High Lady title posting a final time of 202.60 (93). Third Master went to David Dolio with 203.96 (58) while fourth Master and the High International title went to Luis Ricardo Zanotti of Venezuela who finished with a time of 203.97 (76).

Elsewhere in the division Nick Bedio took first Expert honors with 228.48 (61) and will move up to Master class, while Justin Sitler finished first Sharpshooter with 264.01 (102) and will move up to Expert class. Jack Hamel will move up to Sharpshooter after taking first Marksman with 347.39 (160).

The U.S. Coast Guard Academy’s Barton Nanney claimed the High Military title on the strength of a final time of 281.41 (65) in the SSP division.

The 2013 Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship took place February 21-23 at the Smith & Wesson Shooting Sports Center in Springfield, Mass., drawing many of the shooting sports' top pistol shooters from 28 states, one U.S. territory and three foreign nations.

For more information on IDPA, the Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship 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.

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Brandon Wright Takes ESP Title At Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor Nationals

by Editor 27. February 2013 07:05
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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Brandon Wright, captain of the International Training, Inc. shooting team (Team ITI), captured the Enhanced Service Pistol title at the International Defensive Pistol Association’s (IDPA) 2013 Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship this past weekend.

Wright outpaced his nearest competitor, James McGinty, by 11.61 seconds, winning six of the 12 stages to finish with a final time of 166.01 with 34 points down.

“Brandon put in a dominating performance this year at the Smith & Wesson Indoor Nationals, finishing with the second best time of any shooter in any division. With his win this past Saturday IDPA congratulates Brandon on becoming IDPA’s newest Distinguished Master,” said Joyce Wilson, executive director of IDPA.

Second place overall in the division went to McGinty, one of IDPA’s Distinguished Masters, who finished with a final time of 177.62 (59). Third place overall in the division went to Wright’s fellow Team ITI teammate, and Team RangeLog member, Morgan Allen who took first Master with three stage wins and a time of 182.35 (53). Team Comp-Tac’s Gordon Carrell took second Master with 185.30 (51), followed by Scott Warren of Warren Tactical Sights who took third Master as well as the overall title of High Senior with 200.08 (76), and Team RangeLog’s Ravin Perry finishing fourth Master with 202.96 (111).

Elsewhere within the ESP division Eric Phinney took first Expert with 204.94 (63) which moves him up to Master class. Timothy Smith finished first Sharpshooter with 263.52 (81) to move him up to Expert while Jimmy McColgan claimed first Marksman 287.73 (93) and will move up to Sharpshooter. Cindy Bowser took top lady within ESP, finishing third among all women with 263.27 (84). Dan Smith won the High Distinguished Senior title with 276.09 (98). The coveted title of Most Accurate went to Venezuela’s Juan Carlos Gonzalez Valdez 205.52 (31).

The 2013 Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship took place February 21-23 at the Smith & Wesson Shooting Sports Center in Springfield, Mass., drawing many of the shooting sports' top pistol shooters from 28 states, one U.S. territory and three foreign nations.

For more information on IDPA, the Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship 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.

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Dan Burwell, IDPA’s New 3 Division Distinguished Master With CDP Win At S&W

by Editor 27. February 2013 07:00
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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – For just the second time since establishing the new classification, the International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) crowned a three-division Distinguished Master when Dan Burwell of Team Smith & Wesson won the Custom Defensive Pistol title at the 2013 Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship this past weekend.

Burwell, who was already a Distinguished Master – the highest skill classification in IDPA – in the Stock Service Pistol and Enhanced Service Pistol divisions, took the title with a final time of 192.01 seconds with 65 points down.

“Dan put on a brilliant shooting display winning three of the 12 stages while facing off against both Glenn Shelby and David Olhasso who are each past CDP champions. With this win, Dan becomes our sport’s second three division Distinguished Master and I join the entire IDPA community in congratulating him on a job well done,” said Joyce Wilson, executive director of IDPA.

Second place in the division, finishing just 4.4 seconds out of first, was the defending CDP champion, Glenn Shelby of the Wilson Combat shooting team. Shelby finished with a time of 196.41 with 53 points down. Third in the division went to another Team Smith & Wesson shooter, David Olhasso, with 201.92 (83). Both Shelby and Olhasso are classified as Distinguished Masters within the CDP division.

Fourth in the division finishing as first Master was Chris Chamberlin with a time of 203.11 (65). Finishing fifth overall in the division, and second Master, was Craig Buckland shooting for Wolff Springs.

Elsewhere in the division, Ryan Spencer who placed first Expert with 213.91 (54) will move up to Master class while Dave Corsino moves to Expert class after taking first Sharpshooter with 286.75 (108). Junior shooter Austin Proulx, an Expert in CDP, took High Junior and High Press honors with a time of 314.79 (113) while Mike Strangia took first Marksman with 416.44 (199).

The 2013 Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship took place February 21-23 at the Smith & Wesson Shooting Sports Center in Springfield, Mass., drawing many of the shooting sports' top pistol shooters from 28 states, one U.S. territory and three foreign nations.

For more information on IDPA, the Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship 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.

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