Steskla Returns As Match Director For 2014 Smith & Wesson IDPA BUG Nationals

by Editor 24. July 2014 07:41
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – The International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) and Smith & Wesson announced that Brian Steskla will once again take the reins as Match Director of one of IDPA’s most popular new events – the Smith & Wesson IDPA Back Up Gun Nationals.

“Thanks to Brian’s leadership, and the tireless efforts of his team, last year’s inaugural Back Up Gun Nationals turned out to be one of the most popular matches on the 2013 schedule,” said Joyce Wilson, executive director for IDPA.

“Under Brian’s guidance, and with the incredible commitment from our gracious hosts at Smith & Wesson, the match this year is sure set a new standard for fun and excitement.”

The 2014 Back Up Gun Nationals will be hosted by Smith & Wesson, taking place on the indoor ranges of the company’s Shooting Sports Center. The match is scheduled for November 6-8 and an estimated 300 top IDPA shooters are expected to contest the national title.

“It is a pleasure to once again head such an important match on the IDPA competition calendar. Shooter feedback after the 2013 championship was overwhelmingly positive and I have a great team of safety officers and administrative staff to thank for that. There is no doubt that this November we will deliver another spectacular Smith & Wesson IDPA competition that shooters will talk about for months afterward,” said Brian Steskla.

Online registration for the championship is currently open but slots are limited as the match is expected to sell out. The competition is open to any current IDPA member. To register, go to MatchReg.com/BUG. To select a classification, IDPA members should use their highest classification in the three pistol divisions (CDP, ESP, SSP) or the two revolver divisions (ESR, SSR).

For more information on IDPA, the Smith & Wesson IDPA Back Up Gun Nationals or to join the nearly 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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Brian Steskla Named Match Director Of 2013 Smith & Wesson IDPA BUG Nationals

by Editor 6. September 2013 07:35
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – The International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) and Smith & Wesson announced that Brian Steskla has been named Match Director of the inaugural Smith & Wesson IDPA Back Up Gun Nationals to take place in Springfield, Mass. November 14-16, 2013.

Smith & Wesson, which for the past 16 years has organized, sponsored and hosted the IDPA Indoor National Championship, is the driving force behind the launch of this new national level championship that will also be held on the indoor ranges of the Smith & Wesson Shooting Sports Center. Upwards of 200 top IDPA shooters are expected to compete for the new national champion title in either the Pistol or Revolver division.

“I am honored to have been selected by IDPA and Smith & Wesson to take the reins of IDPA’s newest national championship event,” said Brian Steskla. “As a sport based on concealed carry scenarios, there is a great demand among IDPA shooters for an opportunity to test their skills with the back up gun. I’m looking forward to working with a talented team of safety officers to put together the kind of exciting and challenging championship course of fire that shooters have come to expect from a Smith & Wesson event.”

Steskla, who is a 17-year veteran of law enforcement in the state of Connecticut, and an NRA certified Handgun/Shotgun Law Enforcement Instructor, brings more than 8 years of experience as an IDPA competitor and five years as an IDPA Safety Officer to his role as Match Director.

“Brian is an excellent choice for Match Director and his experience as both a competitor and a Safety Officer at numerous competitions gives him excellent insight into what makes for a good match. Not only does his selection bode well for this inaugural national championship but it also reflects Smith & Wesson’s commitment to helping IDPA develop top flight match staff,” said Joyce Wilson, executive director for IDPA.

The Smith & Wesson IDPA Back Up Gun Nationals will feature 13 stages with a round count of 180. Registration has begun and a few slots are still available for those interested in competing. Registration is being conducted online at MatchReg.com/BUG.

For more information on IDPA, the inaugural Smith & Wesson IDPA Back Up Gun Nationals or to join the more than 22,000 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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Buckland Scores CDP Title Win At New England Regional IDPA Championship

by Editor 21. August 2012 01:10
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HARVARD, Mass. – Craig Buckland, shooting for Wolff Gunsprings and Tactical Defense Solutions, captured the Custom Defensive Pistol division title and finished eighth among all competitors this past weekend at the 2012 New England Regional IDPA Championship in Harvard, Mass.

Buckland outpaced all CDP shooters on five of the 12 stages and finished the match with a time of 261.66 seconds and scoring 66 points down.

“Craig is among the top shooters in IDPA so it comes as no surprise that he'd dominate the Custom Defensive Pistol division at this year's New England Regional,” said Joyce Wilson, executive director of IDPA.

Mike Alexander, who finished the match just 6.04 seconds behind Buckland, took first Master with 267.70 and 66 points down. Second Master went to David Girardin with 283.87 (59), followed by Brian Steskla, third Master with 306.65 (73), and Charles Zaniboni finishing fourth Master with 307.38 (123).

Also taking top honors in the CDP division were Robert Lacroix, who won first Expert and finished third overall in the division with and impressive 280.48 (69); Carl Manoogian who placed first Sharpshooter with 306.41 (58); and John Domfort of Team Tactical Defense Solutions finishing first Marksman with 396.14 (124).

Sponsored in part by New England-based firearms makers Ruger and Sig Sauer, the 2012 New England Regional IDPA Championship was hosted by the MetroWest Tactical IDPA club and held August 17-19 at the Harvard Sportsmen's Club in Harvard, Mass. The match drew nearly 160 top IDPA competitors from throughout New England. For more information on the match and the full results, visit www.MetroWestTactical.com.

Fore more information on the International Defensive Pistol Association, or to get started in this fun and exciting defensive pistol shooting sport, visit www.IDPA.com. You can also follow @OfficialIDPA on Twitter, like ShootIDPA on Facebook, watch IDPA TV, or check out the Down Zero Blog to keep up with the latest news.

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