IDPA Announces GlockTriggers.com Will Sponsor 2012 IDPA National Championships

by Editor 21. August 2012 01:00
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – The International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) announced that GlockTriggers.com, the premier manufacturer of custom trigger systems for Glock pistols, is once again supporting IDPA's top event and will be one of the major sponsors of the 2012 IDPA National Championships.

“We're proud to welcome back GlockTriggers.com as one of this year's major sponsors of the IDPA National Championships,” said Robert Ray, membership and marketing director for IDPA. “With so many members competing in IDPA events with a Glock pistol, news of GlockTriggers.com's strong support for the match will be very well received.”

GlockTriggers.com, which will be represented in the competition by defending national champion Bob Vogel, the sport's most dominant shooter, joins ACADEMI, CrossBreed Holsters, CZ-USA, the National Shooting Sports Foundation, Smith & Wesson, and Woolrich Elite Series as a gold level sponsor of the match.

“GlockTriggers.com is excited, and proud, to play such an important role in supporting IDPA's National Championships. IDPA is growing by leaps and bounds and we're seeing more and more members turning to GlockTriggers.com to get the most performance out of their competition Glocks,” said Jeff Wilson, president and CEO of GlockTriggers.com.

The IDPA National Championships will take place September 19-22 at The Range in Oxford, N.C. As the pinnacle event of the IDPA competitive season, the match will draw more than 300 top shooters vying for the coveted title of National Champion in Custom Defensive Pistol, Enhanced Service Pistol, Stock Service Pistol, Stock Service Revolver and Enhanced Service Revolver, the five divisions in IDPA competition.

Fore more information, 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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Founded in 1996, the International Defensive Pistol Association is the international governing body for IDPA competition which offers shooters a fun, safe, and challenging format to practice and test their gun handling skills through defensive-based scenarios. Today IDPA stands as the fastest growing shooting sport in the United States with over 20,000 members from all 50 states and 54 foreign countries. IDPA's 321 affiliated clubs offer weekly and monthly matches as well as host major championships.

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Colt and EAR-East Sponsor IDPA's Carolina Cup

by Editor 10. June 2012 09:05
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – One of IDPA's biggest championship events just got bigger thanks to the support of firearms industry icon Colt's Manufacturing Company and the hearing protection firm EAR-East, which according to officials with the International Defensive Pistol Association have both signed on as sponsors of this weekend's Carolina Cup.

Colt and EAR-East join Remington Arms and Smith & Wesson, the Carolina Cup's two major sponsors, as well as Blade-Tech, Comp-Tac, Federal Premium Ammunition, GlockTriggers.com, Panteao Productions, Precision Delta, Safariland and Trijicon in supporting the championship.

Colt and EAR-East will each sponsor one of the 16 stages in the match. The Carolina Cup takes place June 14-16 in Oxford, North Carolina with over 370 of IDPA's top competitors expected to attend.

“With the Carolina Cup just days away, excitement for the match is building,” said Scott Ruby, sponsor coordinator for the Carolina Cup. “This year we'll have a record number of shooters competing and that's thanks to the great support we've received from the industry and companies like Colt and EAR-East.”

The Carolina Cup is one of IDPA's three major championships and will be held at The Range in Oxford, where shooters are expected to put upwards of 75,000 rounds downrange in pursuit of titles in Custom Defensive Pistol, Enhanced Service Pistol, Stock Service Pistol, Stock Service Revolver and Enhanced Service Revolver, the five divisions in IDPA competition.

A competitor slot to the Carolina Cup is one of the most highly sought after in the sport due to the match's reputation of providing one of the most challenging courses of fire. Stages are known for their creativity and how they test a shooter's entire skill set. Due to both the match's popularity and the explosive growth in IDPA membership, the Carolina Cup has been sold out since early March.

For more information on the championship visit www.The-CarolinaCup.com, or use #carolinacup to follow match news and competitor updates on Twitter.

Founded in 1996, the International Defensive Pistol Association is the international governing body for IDPA competition which offers shooters a fun, safe, and challenging format to practice and test their gun handling skills through defensive-based scenarios. Today IDPA stands as the fastest growing shooting sport in the United States with over 20,000 members from all 50 states and 54 foreign countries. IDPA's 321 affiliated clubs offer weekly and monthly matches as well as host major championships.

To find a club near you, join IDPA, or just learn more about this exciting and fun 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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Countdown To The Cup: Lee Bautista Is Shooter Ready

by Editor 7. June 2012 18:46
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There's no denying the importance the Carolina Cup holds  as one of IDPA's three major matches. Known by those that have shot the match as one of, if not the most challenging of IDPA's championships, preparing for The Cup can take on a life its own for some shooters. DOWN ZERO talked to Lee Bautista about his preparations. And yes, he's the same Lee Bautista that helped us put together the list of local eateries and other business to make your trip to Oxford, N.C. a little easier. Take a look at his picture so you know who to thank when you cross paths with Lee later next week.

DZ: When did you start shooting competitively?
LB: I shot my first IDPA Classifier in June 2009. So, looking back, I got the bug around April that year. The first time I shot a handgun was in February '09 with our neighborhood gun club at an indoor range.

DZ: When did you join and start shooting IDPA?
LB: I shot my first match in April 2009 at the Mecklenburg Wildlife Club in Charlotte, NC. It looks like I joined IDPA very soon after in May and then classified in June.

DZ: How many times have you shot the Carolina Cup?
LB: Once, the 2011 Carolina Cup which I shot in a single day.

DZ: What division did you shoot in and where did you finish?
LB: I shot in the Stock Service Pistol (SSP) division finishing 9th of 33 Experts.

DZ: What division are you shooting this year?
LB: This year I'll be shooting Enhanced Service Pistol (ESP) where I am classified as a Sharpshooter.

DZ: Why the change from SSP to ESP?
LB: I really wanted to start advancing equally in both SSP and ESP Divisions using the same pistol setup; so now that I have a classification for Expert in SSP, I've been working towards a match bump to ESP/EX. Then, for the next three or four years, shoot for a bump to SSP/MA and ESP/MA, if that's even achievable for me. I'll definitely be trying.

DZ: What part of your shooting are you focusing on the most leading up to The Cup?
LB: Mental toughness and specifically working on keeping my head in the game when distracted or when things don't go my way. It's a long day so, this means shooting as many major matches that I can leading up to the Cup to get acclimated. Basic skills like shooting on the move, timing of the gun and reloading from different positions during practice sessions have also been a focus.

DZ: Are there any specific drills you are incorporating into your practice sessions?
LB: Lately, I'm going back to basics and working on group shooting at 25 yards to work on trigger control, doing Matt Burkett Timing Drills to really learn the timing of the gun at speed and then doing Brian Enos' transition drills. In looking back at past major matches, these are some things I need to focus on during live fire practice sessions. It's tough because the gains are small and I'm not at all patient with this process! For dry fire sessions, I've been doing par times for tac reloads and sight acquisition drills from different positions or from the draw (based off of Steve Anderson's book) and movement from position to position. Getting out of cars safely and quickly too. Since live fire practice is only once or twice a month, I am reliant upon dry fire to maintain a current skill set while still getting some practice in.

DZ: What gear will you shoot in The Cup?
LB: I'll be shooting a Glock 34 (with a GlockTriggers.com kit) from a Comp-Tac Holster/Mag Pouches. My ammo is handloaded, and my vest is an old Eotac vest.


DZ: Any particular brand of shooting glasses and hearing protection? Range bag? Etc?
LB: I'm using the persimmon colored lenses for the Oakley Flak Jacket frame since they work well in low light as well as during sunny days. They also work well for driving, so they serve a dual purpose. For hearing protection, I've been switching back and forth between Howard Leight Impact Sport electronic muffs and EarPro Sonic Defenders depending upon comfort. Sometimes earplugs are all I need and the EarPros are cheap to replace since I seem to lose them frequently. My range bag is that big black MidwayUSA Special that you see everywhere you go. Sometimes I just carry around the smaller insert that it comes with. I also haul around a CamelBak for most of the year since I typically drink a liter or more of water per match as it's easier to carry water that way than in the heavy bag.

DZ: Any formal sponsors?
LB: No formal sponsors.

DZ: What do you like most about shooting The Cup?
LB: The Carolina Cup is one of the most sought after major matches in IDPA. The number one thing I like is the camaraderie. When I look over to the bay on either side, I see so many folks that I know from the region and even shooters from other states or countries. It's nice to wave hello as we're all truly pulling for each other to do well. And who can resist giving Toni Honey Bunny a big hug? Frank and his staff are pros at running so many shooters through, so the pace of the match is very good. That would be a close second.

DZ: What is the hardest part about shooting The Cup?
LB: To me, the Cup is like the Daytona 500 of shooting sports. Participating proves that you've dedicated a considerable amount of time to compete. So, the hardest part about shooting the Cup is the (self-imposed) pressure to do well and meet a goal.

DZ: Any guess as to where you will finish this year?
LB: My goal is to finish in the top three in my division and classification and have a great time at the match.

DZ: If you could beat any shooter at this year's Carolina Cup who would it be?
LB: At the level that I'm competing in, there are a number of local and regional shooters where we have a healthy, friendly competitive nature between all of us. You know who you are!

DZ: Is there anything else you want to mention about your preparation for The Cup?
LB: For me, the biggest part of shooting major matches is doing all you can to manage stress and stay focused during game week. So, things like following a checklist, ensuring a good night's sleep, eating well, a positive attitude, and staying healthy have the greatest of gains. The shooting will fall into place.

DOWN ZERO wants to thank Lee for taking time away from his Carolina Cup preparation to speak with us. Next up, we talk to Team RangeLog's Ken Lambert about his plans for....The Cup.

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IDPA Adds Panteao Productions And Precision Delta To Carolina Cup Sponsor List

by Editor 6. June 2012 12:00
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – Officials with the International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) announced the addition of Panteao Productions and Precision Delta to the growing list of sponsors of the upcoming Carolina Cup taking place June 14-16 in Oxford, N.C.

Panteao Productions and Precision Delta join Remington Arms and Smith & Wesson, the Carolina Cup's two major sponsors, as well as Blade-Tech, Comp-Tac, Federal Premium Ammunition, GlockTriggers.com, Safariland and Trijicon in supporting the championship.

Panteao Productions and Precision Delta will each sponsor one of the 16 stages in the match, which is expected to draw over 370 of IDPA's top competitors.

“We're extremely fortunate to have the strong support of companies like Panteao Productions and Precision Delta whose generosity has helped make the Carolina Cup one of the largest and most popular competitions in IDPA,” said Scott Ruby, sponsor coordinator for the Carolina Cup.

In addition to sponsoring the match, Panteao Productions will be represented in the competition by shooting team members Dave Harrington, team captain Tom Yost, and Bob Vogel, the Carolina Cup's defending Stock Service Pistol champion.

The Carolina Cup, one of IDPA's three major championships, will be held at The Range in Oxford, North Carolina where shooters are expected to put upwards of 75,000 rounds downrange in pursuit of titles in Custom Defensive Pistol, Enhanced Service Pistol, Stock Service Pistol, Stock Service Revolver and Enhanced Service Revolver, the five divisions in IDPA competition.

Considered by many to be among the most popular matches in IDPA competition, the Carolina Cup is known for its challenging course of fire that creatively tests all of a shooter's skills. Due to both the match's popularity and the explosive growth in IDPA membership, the Carolina Cup has been sold out since early March.

For more information on the championship visit www.The-CarolinaCup.com, or use #carolinacup to follow match news and competitor updates on Twitter.

Founded in 1996, the International Defensive Pistol Association is the international governing body for IDPA competition which offers shooters a fun, safe, and challenging format to practice and test their gun handling skills through defensive-based scenarios. Today IDPA stands as the fastest growing shooting sport in the United States with over 20,000 members from all 50 states and 54 foreign countries. IDPA's 321 affiliated clubs offer weekly and monthly matches as well as host major championships.

To find a club near you, join IDPA, or just learn more about this exciting and fun 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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Federal Premium To Sponsor Smith & Wesson Side Match At IDPA's Carolina Cup

by Editor 28. May 2012 19:58
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – As the popularity of the pistol shooting sports like IDPA continues to surge, more and more companies are playing an important role in the growth of competitive shooting matches around America. One of those companies is Federal Premium Ammunition which is helping to provide more shooting opportunities through their support of the upcoming Carolina Cup.

Officials with the International Defensive Pistol Association announced that Federal Premium Ammunition has joined the growing list of sponsors for the 2012 Carolina Cup and will supply the ammunition for the Smith & Wesson side match which features the company's newest pistol, the M&P Shield.

Federal Premium Ammunition joins Remington Arms and Smith & Wesson, the Carolina Cup's two major sponsors, and Blade-Tech, Comp-Tac, GlockTriggers.com, Safariland and Trijicon in supporting the championship.

“The list of Carolina Cup sponsors reads like a Who's Who of shooting sports industry leaders and we welcome the generous support of Federal Premium Ammunition, one of the shooting world's most respected ammunition brands,” said Scott Ruby, sponsor coordinator for the Carolina Cup.

The Carolina Cup, one of IDPA's three major championships, will take place June 14-16 at The Range in Oxford, North Carolina. More than 370 of IDPA's top shooters are expected to put upwards of 75,000 rounds downrange in pursuit of titles in Custom Defensive Pistol, Enhanced Service Pistol, Stock Service Pistol, Stock Service Revolver and Enhanced Service Revolver, the five divisions in IDPA competition.

Considered by many to be among the most popular matches in IDPA competition, the Carolina Cup is known for its challenging courses of fire that creatively test all of a shooter's skills. Due to both the match's popularity and the explosive growth in IDPA membership, the Carolina Cup has been sold out since early March.

For more information on the championship visit www.The-CarolinaCup.com, or use #carolinacup to follow match news and competitor updates on Twitter.

Founded in 1996, the International Defensive Pistol Association is the international governing body for IDPA competition which offers shooters a fun, safe, and challenging format to practice and test their gun handling skills through defensive-based scenarios. Today IDPA stands as the fastest growing shooting sport in the United States with over 20,000 members from all 50 states and 54 foreign countries. IDPA's 321 affiliated clubs offer weekly and monthly matches as well as host major championships.

To find a club near you, join IDPA, or just learn more about this exciting and fun 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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Blade-Tech Joins Other Industry Leaders In Sponsoring IDPA's Carolina Cup Shooting Championship

by Editor 23. May 2012 16:01
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – Blade-Tech, a leading manufacturer of custom, production thermoplastic, injection molded tactical holsters, knife sheaths and magazine pouches, will be stage sponsor of the 2012 Carolina Cup shooting championship, according to officials with the International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA).

Blade-Tech, which is one of the most popular holster brands in IDPA competition, joins Remington Arms and Smith & Wesson, the Carolina Cup's two major sponsors, and Comp-Tac, GlockTriggers.com, Safariland and Trijicon in supporting the championship.

“Thanks to companies like Blade-Tech competitive pistol shooting is thriving, and their generous support of the Carolina Cup has helped to make this one of the biggest and best championship events on the IDPA schedule,” said Scott Ruby, sponsor coordinator for the Carolina Cup.

"Blade-Tech is a proud sponsor of IDPA Carolina Cup,” said Ryan Preece, media relations manager for Blade-Tech Industries. “The Carolina Cup is one of the premier matches in IDPA. We are thankful for the chance to sponsor the competition, and Blade-Tech will be on hand at the event to demonstrate and answer shooters' questions about our newest products.”

The Carolina Cup, one of IDPA's three major championships, will take place June 14-16 at The Range in Oxford, North Carolina. More than 360 of IDPA's top shooters are expected to put upwards of 75,000 rounds downrange in pursuit of titles in Custom Defensive Pistol, Enhanced Service Pistol, Stock Service Pistol, Stock Service Revolver and Enhanced Service Revolver, the five divisions in IDPA competition.

Considered by many to be among the most popular matches in IDPA competition, the Carolina Cup is known for its challenging courses of fire that creatively test all of a shooter's skills. Due to both the match's popularity and the explosive growth in IDPA membership, the Carolina Cup has been sold out since early March.

For more information on the championship visit www.The-CarolinaCup.com, or use #carolinacup to follow match news and competitor updates on Twitter.

Founded in 1996, the International Defensive Pistol Association is the international governing body for IDPA competition which offers shooters a fun, safe, and challenging format to practice and test their gun handling skills through defensive-based scenarios. Today IDPA stands as the fastest growing shooting sport in the United States with over 20,000 members from all 50 states and 54 foreign countries. IDPA's 321 affiliated clubs offer weekly and monthly matches as well as host major championships.

To find a club near you, join IDPA, or just learn more about this exciting and fun 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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Safariland Sponsors Upcoming IDPA Carolina Cup

by Editor 20. May 2012 12:09
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – The International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) announced that Safariland, the makers of a broad range of law enforcement and security products and services, as well as competition specific holsters, will sponsor the upcoming 2012 Carolina Cup championship.

Safariland is one of the longest running and most respected names in competitive pistol shooting, as well as a major supporter of shooting matches around the country. They join Remington Arms and Smith & Wesson, the Carolina Cup’s two major sponsors, and Comp-Tac, GlockTriggers.com and Trijicon in supporting the championship. As part of their support for the match Safariland will sponsor two of the match’s 16 stages.

“We’re extremely grateful to have Safariland, one of the most widely recognized names in shooting competition, on board as a sponsor of the 2012 Carolina Cup,” said Scott Ruby, sponsor coordinator for the Carolina Cup. “Safariland has always been a strong supporter of the shooting sports, and in particular IDPA. Their generous support of the Carolina Cup is one of the reasons it’s among the best matches in the country.”

“We are very pleased to see the continued growth of IDPA, especially the Carolina Cup, and we wish all the competitors good luck in what is one of IDPA most challenging competitions,” said Scott Carnahan, VP of Safariland and Team Safariland Captain.

“Safariland is proud to be represented in this year’s Carolina Cup by Team Safariland members Bob Vogel, Bobby McGee and Tierani Hendrix who will be competing in the match with their new IDPA rigs.”

The Carolina Cup, one of IDPA’s three major championships, will take place June 14-16 at The Range in Oxford, North Carolina. More than 360 of IDPA’s top shooters are expected to put upwards of 75,000 rounds downrange in pursuit of titles in Custom Defensive Pistol, Enhanced Service Pistol, Stock Service Pistol, Stock Service Revolver and Enhanced Service Revolver, the five divisions in IDPA competition.

Considered by many to be among the most popular matches in IDPA competition, the Carolina Cup is known for its challenging courses of fire that creatively test all of a shooter’s skills. Due to both the match’s popularity and the explosive growth in IDPA membership, the Carolina Cup has been sold out since early March.

For more information on the championship visit www.The-CarolinaCup.com, or use #carolinacup to follow match news and competitor updates on Twitter.

Founded in 1996, the International Defensive Pistol Association is the international governing body for IDPA competition which offers shooters a fun, safe, and challenging format to practice and test their gun handling skills through defensive-based scenarios. Today IDPA stands as the fastest growing shooting sport in the United States with over 20,000 members from all 50 states and 54 foreign countries. IDPA’s 321 affiliated clubs offer weekly and monthly matches as well as host major championships.

To find a club near you, join IDPA, or just learn more about this exciting and fun 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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IDPA's Carolina Cup Adds GlockTriggers.com to Growing List of Sponsors

by Editor 16. May 2012 18:05
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – The International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) announced that GlockTriggers.com, the manufacture of custom competition drop-in trigger systems for Glock pistols, will be a stage sponsor at the 2012 Carolina Cup championship.

GlockTriggers.com joins Remington Arms and Smith & Wesson, the Carolina Cup's two major sponsors, as well as Comp-Tac and Trijicon in supporting the championship.

“We are so pleased to have GlockTriggers.com back this year as a sponsor of the Carolina Cup. Many of our competitors, as well a number of those within IDPA, are fans of their custom trigger work, and appreciate the strong support GlockTriggers.com has provided this and other IDPA competitions,” said Scott Ruby, sponsor coordinator for the Carolina Cup.

As part of their support for the match, Glock Triggers.com will sponsor two of the match's 16 stages and be on hand during the match to speak with shooters and demonstrate their products.

“We're big fans of the International Defensive Pistol Association here at GlockTriggers.com and proud to support the Carolina Cup, as well as other IDPA matches around the country. Our products are designed to help competition shooters perform at their highest level which is why we are looking forward to returning to the Cup to visit with friends and see some of the best shooters in world in action,” said Jeff Wilson, president of GlockTriggers.com.

The Carolina Cup, one of IDPA's three major championships, will take place June 14-16 at The Range in Oxford, North Carolina. More than 360 of IDPA's top shooters are expected to put upwards of 75,000 rounds downrange in pursuit of titles in Custom Defensive Pistol, Enhanced Service Pistol, Stock Service Pistol, Stock Service Revolver and Enhanced Service Revolver, the five divisions in IDPA competition.

Considered by many to be among the most popular matches in IDPA competition, the Carolina Cup is known for its challenging courses of fire that creatively test all of a shooter's skills. Due to both the match's popularity and the explosive growth in IDPA membership, the Carolina Cup has been sold out since early March.

For more information on the championship visit www.The-CarolinaCup.com, or use #carolinacup to follow match news and competitor updates on Twitter. For information on the full line of GlockTriggers.com's products visit their website or find them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GlockTriggers.

Founded in 1996, the International Defensive Pistol Association is the international governing body for IDPA competition which offers shooters a fun, safe, and challenging format to practice and test their gun handling skills through defensive-based scenarios. Today IDPA stands as the fastest growing shooting sport in the United States with over 20,000 members from all 50 states and 54 foreign countries. IDPA's 321 affiliated clubs offer weekly and monthly matches as well as host major championships.

To find a club near you, join IDPA, or just learn more about this exciting and fun 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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