King of New England Stages Announced For 2014 Massachusetts State IDPA

by Editor 4. June 2014 07:15
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – Organizers of the 18th Annual Massachusetts State IDPA Championship, presented by Smith & Wesson, announced the four stages that will be part of this year’s Apex King of New England series.

The Massachusetts State IDPA Championship is the first leg of a three match King of New England series which is once again presented by Apex Tactical Specialties. The three event concurrent competition features four (4) stages from each of New England’s biggest IDPA matches.

The stages counting towards the 2014 King of New England title are stages 2, 3, 8 and 9. Stage 5 will serve as the alternate King of New England stage. You can review all 10 stages of the course of fire online at IDPA.com.

“The Massachusetts State Championship is ready to kick things off in the battle for the King of New England and we think the four stages we’ve selected are a fitting start for this popular series,” said John Catterall, match director for the championship.

The match will be hosted by the Rod & Gun Club of New Bedford which has hosted the match since 1997. Match staff and VIPs are set to shoot on Friday, June 6, followed by the main body of competitors taking on the 10 stage match Saturday and Sunday, June 7 and 8.

For more information on IDPA, 18th Annual Massachusetts State IDPA Championship, presented by Smith & Wesson, or to join IDPA members competing each week, 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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Massachusetts State Stage 9: It Was Chad’s Idea

by Editor 3. June 2014 06:09
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THIS IS A KING OF NEW ENGLAND STAGE

SCENARIO: While at the Inaugural Smith & Wesson IDPA Back-Up Gun National Championship, your friend Chad said you should be “Always Ready” when working at your gun store, just in case you are overrun by the infamous Bad Ass Bunny and her crew of cookie fairies. On Chad’s advice, you have a BUG in a handy place.

PROCEDURE: Start standing at P1 behind table, hands relaxed at sides, firearm loaded to division capacity and holstered. Ammo carriers loaded to division capacity and stowed per IDPA rules. Back-Up Gun compliant firearm (8.2.6) loaded with 5 rounds in the closed box on the table.

Engage T1-T3 and the two poppers with 1 round each from your firearm. T1 is more than 2 yards away from the single exposure drop-turners T2 & T3. The two poppers activating the drop-turners are more than two yards away from the drop-turners. There is no cover on the stage. After engaging T1-T3 place your firearm on the table into the “hot box” with the muzzle facing down range (safety on/decocked, if applicable). Pick up the BUG gun (6.25) from the box and engage T4-T7 with 1 round each. T4-T7 are arranged in an array to simulate a threat falling to the ground – engage the array from the top to the bottom. The shooter remains standing behind the table at P1 for the entire stage.

SCORING: Vickers Count
ROUND COUNT:
 9
TARGETS: 7 IDPA, 2 Non-Threat
SCORED HITS: Best One On Target, Steel Must Fall
CONCEALMENT: Not Required

STAGE DESIGN: John Catterall

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Massachusetts State Stage 8: Boldly Go Where No Man Has Gone Before

by Editor 3. June 2014 06:08
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THIS IS A KING OF NEW ENGLAND STAGE

SCENARIO: “I need a smoother trigger, Scotty!” Shoot them as you see them, per IDPA rules.

PROCEDURE: Standing at P1, hands relaxed at sides, firearm loaded to division capacity and holstered. Ammo carriers loaded to division capacity and stowed per IDPA rules.

Engage T1-T2 while on the move forward. Engage remaining targets as they become visible. Shooter must step on the Pressure Pad at P2 to activate movers before engaging T5. T8 is only available from P3.

SCORING: Vickers Count
ROUND COUNT:
 18
TARGETS: 9 IDPA, 3 Non-Threat
SCORED HITS: Best Two On Target
CONCEALMENT: Required

STAGE DESIGN: David Bold

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Massachusetts State Stage 5: Go Get ’Em

by Editor 3. June 2014 06:05
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THIS IS THE KING OF NEW ENGLAND - ALTERNATE STAGE

SCENARIO: Shoot them as you see them, per IDPA rules

PROCEDURE: Start standing at barrel designating P1, hands relaxed at sides, firearm loaded to division capacity and holstered. Ammo carriers loaded to division capacity and stowed per IDPA rules.

Engage T1-T3 while on the move to P2 (6.26). Engage T4-T6 from P2. Engage three partial hard cover targets (4.9.2) T7-T9 from P3. T1-T3 cannot be safely re-engaged from P2 (3.8.3).

SCORING: Vickers Count
ROUND COUNT:
 18
TARGETS: 9 IDPA, 3 Non-Threat
SCORED HITS: Best Two On Target
CONCEALMENT: Required

STAGE DESIGN: Robert Frade

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Massachusetts State Stage 3: Jason’s First Try

by Editor 3. June 2014 06:03
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THIS IS A KING OF NEW ENGLAND STAGE

SCENARIO: Shoot them as you see them – per IDPA rules.

PROCEDURE: Start standing centered on wall designating P1, hands relaxed at sides, firearm loaded to division capacity and holstered. Ammo carriers loaded to division capacity and stowed per IDPA rules.

On the start signal move to the right edge of the wall designating P1 and engage targets as you move down the hallway.

SCORING: Vickers Count
ROUND COUNT:
 18
TARGETS: 7 IDPA, 2 Non-Threat, 4 Poppers
SCORED HITS: Best Two On Target, Steel Must Fall
CONCEALMENT: Required

STAGE DESIGN: Jason Soares

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Massachusetts State Stage 2: Fit for a King (or Queen)

by Editor 3. June 2014 06:01
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THIS IS A KING OF NEW ENGLAND STAGE

SCENARIO: Standards Stage

PROCEDURE: For both strings: start standing at barrel designating P1, hands relaxed at sides, firearm loaded to division capacity and holstered. Ammo carriers loaded to division capacity and stowed per IDPA rules.

String 1: Engage T1-T3 with 2 rounds each, weak hand only (3.19.2).

String 2: Engage T4-T5 with 2 rounds each, strong hand only (3.19.1) then perform a Loaded Chamber/Cylinder Reload and engage T6, T7 and T8 with 2 rounds each freestyle (3.19.4)

SCORING: Vickers Count
ROUND COUNT:
 16
TARGETS: 8 IDPA, 2 Non-Threat
SCORED HITS: Best Two On Target
CONCEALMENT: Not Required

STAGE DESIGN: John Catterall

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IDPA Announces Dates For 2014 S&W New England Regional Championship

by Editor 2. April 2014 07:25
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – The International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) announced the dates for the 2014 New England Regional IDPA Championship, and that the match will once again be sponsored by Smith & Wesson.

Taking place the weekend of August 15-17, the 2014 Smith & Wesson New England Regional IDPA Championship will be hosted by the MetroWest Tactical IDPA club at the Harvard Sportsmen’s Club.

“Over the past 17 years Smith & Wesson has developed a great working relationship with the IDPA clubs in New England. The dedicated and talented volunteers of our neighboring IDPA clubs have always assisted Smith & Wesson with the matches we host and we’re proud to lend our support to the 2014 New England Regional,” said Paul Pluff of Smith & Wesson.

“Smith & Wesson has always been a generous benefactor of the major shooting matches here in New England and we’re very pleased to once again have this American gun making icon as our title sponsor,” said Michael Joffe, sponsor coordinator for the 2014 New England Regional.

Registration for the 2014 Smith & Wesson New England Regional IDPA Championship is expected to open on May 1 and shooters are encouraged to register as quickly as possible in anticipation of a quick sell-out. In addition to determining New England’s top IDPA shooter, the New England Regional serves as the second leg of the three match King of New England series. Presented again this year by Apex Tactical Specialties, the King of New England is a three event concurrent competition featuring four stages from each of New England’s biggest IDPA matches. The series kicks off June 7-8 with the Massachusetts State IDPA Championship, presented by Smith & Wesson.

For information on sponsoring 2014 Smith & Wesson New England Regional, contact sponsorship coordinator Michael Joffe at sponsors@metrowesttactical.com.

For more information on IDPA, or to join the more than 24,000 members competing each week, 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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2014 King of New England Kicks Off With Mass. State IDPA Presented by Smith & Wesson

by Editor 4. March 2014 07:00
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – The quest for the 2014 King of New England title begins with the 18th Annual Massachusetts State IDPA Championship which organizers announced today will once again be presented by Smith & Wesson, the Springfield, Mass.-based firearms maker.

The match will be hosted by the Rod & Gun Club of New Bedford which has hosted the match since 1997. Match staff and VIPs are set to shoot on Friday, June 6, followed by the main body of competitors taking on the 10 stage course of fire Saturday and Sunday, June 7 and 8.

Registration for the 18th Annual Massachusetts State IDPA Championship, presented by Smith & Wesson, has already opened and the match has sold-out in record time. IDPA members interested in shooting the match can put their name on the wait list.

“We are excited to once again host the Massachusetts State IDPA Championship and very pleased to be working with presenting sponsor Smith & Wesson to provide IDPA members with the high level championship they’ve come to expect when chasing the Massachusetts state title,” said John Catterall, match director for the championship.

“Smith & Wesson enjoys a close relationship with local IDPA clubs and competitors who have always supported our IDPA Indoor National Championship and our newest event, the IDPA Back Up Gun Nationals. For all they do to promote and grow the shooting sports, Smith & Wesson is proud to sponsor this year’s Massachusetts State IDPA Championship,” said Paul Pluff of Smith & Wesson.

In addition to determining the Bay State’s top IDPA shooters, the Massachusetts State IDPA Championship is also the first leg of a three match King of New England series. Presented again this year by Apex Tactical Specialties, the King of New England is a three event concurrent competition featuring four (4) stages from each of New England’s biggest IDPA matches. The 2013 series was extremely popular with both match directors and competitors.

IDPA members interested in competing for the 2014 King of New England title must compete in all three events to qualify for the title, and are encouraged to register for each of the remaining events as soon as registration is announced.

For more information on IDPA, the 18th Annual Massachusetts State IDPA Championship, presented by Smith & Wesson, or to find a club near you, 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.

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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S&W Indoor Nationals: Stage 6 - Gun Store Hold-Up

by Editor 17. February 2014 22:25
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SCENARIO: While working at the local gun store less than desirable members of society decide to become gun owners by illegal means.

PROCEDURE: Start at P1, firearm in the drawer (either side at the shooters discretion), loaded magazine in the gun, chamber empty. Revolver loaded and cylinder closed. Spare loading devices in the drawer.

At the signal, take low cover (at least one knee on the floor) and engage T1-T6 with 2 rounds each in tactical priority. Opening the drawer will activate the mover.

SCORING: Vickers
ROUND COUNT:
12
TARGETS: 6 IDPA, 2 Non-Threat
SCORED HITS: Best 2 on Paper
CONCEALMENT: Not Required

STAGE DESIGN: Brian Steskla

STAGE SPONSOR: Apex Tactical Specialties
WEBSITE: www.ApexTactical.com

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Apex Tactical Specialties Back As Sponsor Of S&W IDPA Indoor Nationals

by Editor 12. December 2013 07:45
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – The International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) announced that Apex Tactical Specialties will be a major sponsor of the sold-out 2014 Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship.

Now in its 17th year, the Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor Nationals will take place February 20-22 on the indoor ranges of the Smith & Wesson Shooting Sports Center in Springfield, Massachusetts.

As a returning sponsor, Apex joins the National Shooting Sports Foundation and Smith & Wesson, the title sponsor, in supporting the match. As part of their support, Apex will sponsor one of the 13 stages in the course of fire.

“Apex Tactical Specialties has been very generous in their support for IDPA and we’re pleased to welcome them back as a sponsor of IDPA’s most popular match, the Smith & Wesson Indoor Nationals,” said Robert Ray, membership and marketing director for IDPA.

“The Smith & Wesson Indoor Nationals is IDPA’s hottest match and a great way to kick-off the start of each competition season. Apex is proud to again partner with IDPA to help bring great matches, like this one, to the IDPA calendar,” said Scott Folk of Apex.

The Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship represents the official start of IDPA’s competition season and is regarded as one of the finest competitive shooting matches in the country, thanks to industry support from companies like Apex Tactical Specialties.

More than 300 of the sport’s best shooters are expected to compete for titles in Custom Defensive Pistol, Enhanced Service Pistol, Stock Service Pistol, Stock Service Revolver and Enhanced Service Revolver, the five divisions within IDPA.

For more information on IDPA, the Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship or to join the 22,000-plus IDPA 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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