Miculek Outpaces Lentz to Claim Smith & Wesson ESR Indoor Title

by Editor 5. March 2015 15:40
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – Team Smith & Wesson shooters, and two of the top wheelgun shooters in the shooting sports, Jerry Miculek and Josh Lentz battled for the Enhanced Service Revolver division title at the Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor Nationals with Miculek taking the championship by 13.69 seconds.

Miculek won 10 of the 13 stages on his way to posting a final time of 263.81 seconds with 80 down. Lentz, who won the other three stages, finished with 64 points down in a time of 277.50.

“Jerry Miculek continues to dominate the revolver shooting sports. His talent and skill with a wheelgun is unparalleled so it’s no surprise that he’s collected yet another IDPA national title,” said Joyce Wilson, executive director of IDPA.

Rounding out the top five in the division were Bill Thorpe, an Expert class shooter, with 377.54 (121). Master shooter Ken Ortbach claimed fourth with 379.87 (129) while Roger Coutant, another Expert, took fifth with 444.99 (187).

Smith & Wesson has hosted the IDPA Indoor National Championship on the indoor ranges of their Shooting Sports Center for 18 years. One of the most popular matches on the IDPA competition calendar, the Indoor Nationals serves as the official start of the IDPA season.

For more information on IDPA, the Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor Nationals 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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Defending ESR Champ Miculek Wins at Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor Nationals

by Editor 25. February 2014 09:53
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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Team Smith & Wesson’s Jerry Miculek once again topped the revolver field to claim the Enhanced Service Revolver title at the 2014 Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship.

Miculek is ranked a Distinguished Master in the ESR division. He won the division with a final time of 235.66 seconds with 105 points down.

“Watching Jerry compete is always a highlight for many of the shooters competing. Nobody can do what Jerry does which is why he once again came out on top at this year’s Smith & Wesson Indoor Nationals,” said Joyce Wilson, executive director of IDPA.

Finishing second overall behind Miculek was Gene Gelberger, first Master with 277.28 (126), followed by William Richards with 331.78 (171) taking first Expert. Brian Abbott, who finished first Sharpshooter with 333.04 (176), and Edgar Coronado with 366.34 (132) rounded out the top five. Phil Torres claimed first Marksman with 517.06 (276).

The 2014 Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship took place February 20-22 at the Smith & Wesson Shooting Sports Center in Springfield, Mass., drawing many of the shooting sports' top pistol and revolver shooters from across the country and outside the U.S. Full results are available online at IDPA.com.

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 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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Revolver King Jerry Miculek Tops Field At S&W IDPA Back Up Gun Nationals

by Editor 19. November 2013 09:28
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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Going into the inaugural Smith & Wesson IDPA Back Up Gun Nationals one question sat on everyone’s mind: could a revolver shooter – namely Jerry Miculek – beat everybody? That question was definitively answered Saturday evening when Team Smith & Wesson’s great revolver shooter won the Revolver division title with the fastest overall time in the competition.

Miculek’s final time of 166.50 seconds (with 43 points down) outpaced the Pistol division champion, Mike Seeklander, by 3.69 seconds. Miculek won all but one of the 13 stages in the division, and topped the entire field on six stages. In addition to winning the Revolver title, Miculek won High Industry honors in the division and was the high overall senior.

“Jerry is simply amazing to watch, often taking more time to retrieve his revolver from its start position on a stage than putting the required five rounds on target. His incredible performance, not to mention four of the top 10 times coming from wheelgunners, demonstrates that in defensive applications, the revolver can go toe-to-toe with a pistol,” said Joyce Wilson, executive director of IDPA.

Finishing second behind Miculek was Kirk Crego whose 198.93 seconds with 40 points down put him fifth overall in the match. Team Smith & Wesson’s other top wheelgunner, Josh Lentz, took third in the division, and sixth overall, with 202.84 (59). Joe Linskey, shooting for Wolff Gunsprings/TDS, placed fourth in the division and 10th overall with 209.42 (33). Rounding out the top five was Simon Golob who finished first Master with 231.68 (76).

Elsewhere in the division, Kristofer Sines took first Expert with 249.49 (70). Michael French claimed first Sharpshooter with 254.91 (60), while Chad McLean went home with first Marksman with 274.42 (57). Paul Chamberlain, competing as a Sharpshooter, claimed High Distinguished Senior honors with 311.27 (119), and Christian Sauer won first Novice with 384.98 (136).

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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Another Rainy Match, Another National IDPA Title For Team Smith & Wesson’s Miculek

by Editor 25. September 2013 07:00
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TULSA, Okla. – Once again the world’s best revolver shooter, Jerry Miculek, found himself shooting through the rain, and just like last year did so all the way to another national Enhanced Service Revolver division title with his dominating performance in the 2013 IDPA U.S. National Championship in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Miculek won with a time of 294.66 seconds and 76 points down. Taking stage wins on 12 of the 17 stages, Miculek outpaced his nearest competitor by 114.29 seconds.

“With the regularity that Jerry Miculek wins matches, I’m beginning to think he’s less of a shooter and more of a force of nature. Despite the off and on rain, Jerry shot undeterred and picked up yet another IDPA National Championship title,” said Joyce Wilson, executive director of IDPA.

Second place in the division went to Wayne Ritchie who finished first Expert with 408.95 and 73 points down. Darrell Sells placed third in the division to take first Sharpshooter with 424.76 and 112 points down. T.J. Milam, the first Master, was fourth with 427.99 and 149 points down, while Deon Greenwood, second Expert, rounded out the top five with 440.91 with 176 points down.

Elsewhere in the division, Brad Ludolph claimed first Marksman honors with his time of 493.52 seconds with 142 points down.

The 2013 IDPA U.S. National Championship took place September 19-22 in Tulsa, Okla., drawing many of the shooting sports' top pistol and revolver shooters.

For more information on IDPA, the 2013 IDPA U.S. National Championship, 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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S&W’s Wheelgun Champ Miculek Wins Comp-Tac Republic Of Texas IDPA Championship

by Editor 28. May 2013 07:55
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HEMPSTEAD, Texas – Team Smith & Wesson’s Jerry Miculek won the Enhanced Service Revolver division title this Memorial Day weekend at the Lone Star State’s premier IDPA competition, the Comp-Tac Republic of Texas Championship.

Miculek, who is ranked a Distinguished Master in IDPA, but also widely regarded as the world’s greatest revolver shooter, won all but one of the 10 stages on his way to winning the title with a final time of 215.94 with 55 points down.

“There is nothing you can say about Jerry and his skills with a revolver that hasn’t already been said. He never ceases to amaze shooters and his presence on any range is always a welcome sight to his fellow competitors,” said Joyce Wilson, executive director of IDPA.

Placing second behind Miculek was Deon Greenwood, first Expert, with 293.69 (91), followed by Robert Briggs, also an Expert class shooter, with 316.52 (41). Fourth place went to James Ash, first Sharpshooter, with 331.22 (51) while fifth place went to Claude Clark, another Sharpshooter who finished with 410.76 (133).

Duane Hemphill took first Marksman in the ESR division with a time of 418.62 seconds and 50 points down.

Complete, searchable match results can be found online at IDPA.com.

Sanctioned by the International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) the Republic of Texas Championship was held at the ImpactZone Range in Hempstead and drew over 200 top shooters from throughout Texas and across the United States.

The match received strong industry support with sponsorship from ACADEMI, Armadillo Concealment, Brian Enos, Competitive Concealment, CrossBreed Holsters, Cypress Firearms, Dillon Precision, Don’s Guide Rods, GLC Shooting Academy, GlockTriggers.com, Grip Reductions, Hi-Viz Shooting Systems, Starline Brass, Target Acquired, and title sponsor Comp-Tac Victory Gear.

For more information on IDPA, the 2013 Comp-Tac Republic of Texas IDPA Championship or to get started in this fun and exciting defensive pistol shooting sport, 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 news and updates on the DOWN ZERO Blog.

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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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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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Team Smith & Wesson’s Miculek Shoots Thru Downpour to Take IDPA Title

by Editor 26. September 2012 02:05
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OXFORD, N.C. – When he wasn’t carrying a revolver Team Smith & Wesson’s Jerry Miculek was carrying an umbrella as he shot his way through a downpour at the 2012 IDPA National Championships to win, once again, the Enhanced Service Revolver title.

Miculek is ranked a Distinguished Master by the International Defensive Pistol Association but is widely recognized around the world as the best revolver shooter ever, and his string of consecutive ESR division titles bears that out. He won the 2012 National title with a time of 298.14 seconds and 75 points down.

“There is nobody in the shooting sports like Jerry Miculek. Besides being a once-in-a-lifetime shooting talent, Jerry is above all an ambassador for the sports he competes in and the companies he represents,” said Joyce Wilson, executive director of IDPA.

“While most top shooters would leave the range immediately after shooting in the rain, Jerry stayed behind and spent time talking to the match staff and volunteers. That’s why you’ll never find an IDPA club or match where Jerry Miculek isn’t warmly welcomed.”

Taking on a wheelgun icon isn’t easy but that didn’t stop those from trying. Finishing second to Miculek was Team RangeLog’s Toni Dandreamatteo, the only ESR Master competing, who posted a time of 396.26 with 167 points down. First ESR Expert went to Irvin Earles with 526.95 (224), while first Sharpshooter went to Emilio Franco, Jr. with 414.94 (127) and Raymond Duroy, the only ESR Marksman, finished with 542.88 (245).

The 2012 IDPA National Championships took place September 19-22 in Oxford, N.C., drawing many of the shooting sports' top pistol and revolver shooters.

Fore more information, or to get started in this fun and exciting defensive pistol shooting sport, 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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On To Nationals: The Day Of The Downpour

by Editor 19. September 2012 06:34
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The 2012 IDPA National Championships officially begin today, but yesterday saw the SO staff out on the range desperately trying to in as many stages as possible when the rain was its lightest or there was a break. Unfortunately it was a downpour most of the day with thunder storms rolling through around 3:00pm.

We have it on good authority - from none-other-than The Weather Channel - that today will be much better with just a 10% chance of rain. The rest of the week is supposed to be clear as well if a bit cloudy at times.

Despite the downpour IDPA welcomed back the TV crew from Shooting Gallery and the show's host Michael Bane, a good friend of IDPA. They'll be back out on the range today and rumor has it they might break out the Phantom camera - you know, the one that does that super slow-mo that makes shooting look uber cool. If you see them be sure to say hello (when they aren't filming of course).

One guy you won't see on the range is Jerry Miculek. In order to attend a match outside the U.S., the Team Smith & Wesson Revo King shot the entire match in yesterday's downpour...all 16 stages.

Afterwards you could find Miculek hanging out with the Safety Officers talking about the stages, shooting with his family and how to Wal-Mart your gun - a very funny story that proves once again how the single best revolver shooter in history is a true man of the people. Which is probably why nobody doesn't like Jerry Miculek...nobody.

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