Smith & Wesson Named Title Sponsor Of Live Free Or Die State IDPA Championship

by Editor 16. May 2013 07:49
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – Organizers of New Hampshire’s IDPA championship announced that iconic American firearms maker Smith & Wesson will be the title sponsor of the Granite State’s 2013 state match. The Smith & Wesson Live Free Or Die State IDPA Championship is scheduled to take place October 18-19.

The championship will be hosted by the Pioneer Sportsmen Club in Dunbarton, N.H. In addition to determining the state title, the match will also serve as the final leg of the King of New England contest. The 17th Annual Massachusetts State Championship and the New England Regional, both sponsored by Smith & Wesson, make up the first and second legs, respectively, of the newly announced series.

“Participation in IDPA events is on the rise all across the country and here in New Hampshire it’s really taking off with Pioneer Sportsmen leading the way,” explained Ken Lambert, match director for the championship.

“Thanks to the generous support of our title sponsor Smith & Wesson, the Live Free Or Die State IDPA Championship is set to cap a great shooting season for New Hampshire’s IDPA community.”

“Our sponsorship of the Live Free Or Die State Championship reflects Smith & Wesson’s ongoing commitment to New England’s thriving shooting sports community. IDPA has seen tremendous growth in the last few years and Smith & Wesson is proud to see that growth continue, especially here in New England,” said Paul Pluff of Smith & Wesson.

Registration details for the Smith & Wesson Live Free Or Die State IDPA Championship will be announced shortly. Companies interested in sponsoring the Live Free Or Die State Championship should contact the sponsorship coordinator at

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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 global military, law enforcement, and consumer markets. The company's brands include Smith & Wesson, M&P and Thompson/Center Arms. Smith & Wesson facilities are located in Massachusetts and Maine. For more information on Smith & Wesson, call (800) 331-0852 or log on to

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IDPA To Crown The King of New England

by Editor 25. April 2013 07:07
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – The International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA), in cooperation with the match directors of New England’s three main championships, today announced the format for the King of New England, a brand new three event concurrent competition to take place this season.

“The format for the King of New England is simple and designed to spotlight not just three excellent matches but also New England’s top local shooters. We think it will be very popular with members living and competing in New England, and help increase participation in all three matches,” explained Robert Ray.

Working with the match directors from the Massachusetts and New Hampshire state championships, as well as the New England regional, four stages will be selected in each of the three matches. These 12 stages will make up the course of fire that will determine the King of New England winners in each of IDPA’s five divisions. Match directors will select one alternate stage which will be substituted in the event that one of the four selected stages is thrown out.

Competitors shooting in a single division in all three events will contest the King of New England with winners named based on the best combined scores from the 12 selected King of New England Stages.

The first leg of the race for King of New England will be the 17th Annual Massachusetts State IDPA Championship, presented by Smith & Wesson, taking place June 1-2 in North Dartmouth at the Rod & Gun Club of New Bedford.

The second leg of the contest will be the 2013 Smith & Wesson New England Regional IDPA Championship scheduled for Aug. 16-18 at the Harvard Sportsmen's Club in Harvard, Mass.

The final leg of the series will be the Live Free Or Die State IDPA Championship which is will be held at Pioneer Sportsmen in Dunbarton, New Hampshire and is scheduled for Oct. 18-19.

For more information on IDPA, or to get started in this fun and exciting defensive pistol shooting sport, visit 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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