Kimber to Sponsor 2015 Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor Nationals

by Editor 11. February 2015 13:07
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YONKERS, N.Y., February 11, 2015 — Kimber, Mfg., Inc., the world’s largest manufacturer of 1911-style pistols is proud to announce that it will be returning in 2015 as a sponsor of the 18th Annual Smith & Wesson International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) Indoor Nationals.

Kimber joins ACADEMI, Apex Tactical Specialties, Comp-Tac Victory Gear, FMG Publications, GLOCK, the National Rifle Association, XS Sight Systems and the title sponsor, Smith & Wesson, in supporting the IDPA Indoor Nationals. As part of their support, Kimber will be co-hosting the Safety Officer Appreciation Dinner and donating a Kimber 1911-style pistol for the match prize table.

Kimber will also be sending a member of its Shooting Team to compete in this year’s match. The Kimber Shooting Team is comprised of its own engineering, manufacturing, marketing and sales employees.

“Kimber is honored to be the defensive pistol choice of so many American gun owners,” said Richard Kirk, Kimber’s head of marketing & communications. “It makes sense to support the IDPA and Smith & Wesson in helping to introduce recreational and competitive shooting sports to the thousands of new gun owners that emerge every year.”

The Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship is considered the official start of the IDPA season that draws over 300 of the best IDPA shooters to compete at the Smith & Wesson Shooting Sports Center in Springfield, Massachusetts. The 2015 match will be held February 26-28. More information on the match can be found by visiting

Kimber Mfg., Inc. is an American company that designs and manufactures premium firearms for individual, sporting, law enforcement and military markets. Complete information on Kimber firearms, accessories and Less-Lethal products is available by visiting or by calling (888) 243-4522. A detailed product catalog is available upon request. Kimber can also be found on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram.

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Kimber Sponsors Smith & Wesson IDPA Back Up Gun Nationals

by Editor 24. October 2014 07:15
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – Kimber, an American company that designs and manufactures premium firearms for sporting, law enforcement and military markets, has joined the growing list of major sponsors supporting the 2014 Smith & Wesson IDPA Back Up Gun Nationals.

Kimber joins Apex Tactical Specialties, Colt, FMG Publications, GLOCK, the Sig Sauer Academy, XS Sight Systems and Smith & Wesson, the title sponsor, in supporting this popular IDPA national championship event. As part of their support, Kimber will sponsor one of the 14 stages of the course of fire.

“We are extremely pleased to welcome Kimber as one of the major sponsors of the Smith & Wesson Back Up Gun Nationals. Kimber is a well known brand among IDPA members and 1911 fans alike, and we’re grateful to have their support at this year’s championship,” said Robert Ray, membership and marketing director for IDPA.

The 2014 Smith & Wesson Back Up Gun Nationals will be held November 6-8 on the indoor ranges of the company’s Shooting Sports Center.

For more information on IDPA, the 2014 Smith & Wesson IDPA Back Up Gun Nationals or to join the nearly 24,000 members competing each week, visit

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With 67%, Glock and S&W Dominate List of IDPA World Shoot Guns

by Editor 20. April 2012 15:59
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In the Tactical Journal (Vol. 15, Issue 4) you'll find on pages 26-33 the equipment survey results from the 2011 IDPA World Shoot. Looking at the brands of handguns used by competitors one fact stands out above all else, two manufacturers, Glock and Smith & Wesson, dominate the list.

Glock 34

Together the two gun making titans account for 67% of all handguns. They are also the only manufactures that had individual models in the double digits. Glock had the most guns at the match with 37.3% of the shooters choosing Gunny's favorite blaster. Of the 142 Glock pistols used at the World Shoot, the Glock G34 was the most popular model with 62 shooters (16.3%) competing with the longer slide competition model. Right behind it was the G17 which had 57 shooters (15%) campaigning with the company's flagship pistol.

Smith & Wesson had 29.7% of the World Shoot market with a total of 113 pistols and revolvers. Their M&P 9mm pistol accounted for 10.2% of all guns and was used by 39 competitors. The M&P Pro 9mm, S&W's direct challenger to the G34, found its way into the holsters of 18 competitors (4.7%). The last model to break into double digits was the Model 686 revolver from Smith & Wesson with 12 competitors (3.1%) carrying it.

As for the most popular platform at the IDPA World Shoot, the striker-fired pistol, led by Glock and Smith & Wesson models, made up 57% of all the handguns with 217 shooters opting to compete with that design. The venerable 1911 had 96 competitors (25.2%) selecting it. If you were to add in the double-stack variants that number goes up to 111 or 29.1%. Below is a breakout of each brand, the total number of models used and what percentage of the World Shoot competitors each manufacture captured.

ADC 1 0.3% Nighthawk 4 1.0%
Amadini 2 0.5% Para 2 0.5%
Beretta 1 0.3% Pistol Dynamics 1 0.3%
Canada 1 0.3% Predator Tactical 2 0.5%
Caracal 2 0.5% Remington 1 0.3%
Caspian 5 1.3% Ruger 2 0.5%
Chiappa 1 0.3% Sig Sauer 3 0.8%
Colt 7 1.8% Springfield Armory 18 4.7%
CZ 3 0.8% STI 22 5.8%
Dan Wesson 1 0.3% SVI 1 0.3%
Kimber 16 4.2% Tanfoglio 4 1.0%
Les Baer 3 0.8% Taurus 2 0.5%
Lightning Strike Tech
1 0.3% Wilson Combat 20 5.2%


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