CZ's Mink Claims IDPA ESP National Title

by Editor 26. September 2012 02:10
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OXFORD, N.C. – Matt Mink of Team CZ-USA captured the national title in the Enhanced Service Pistol division at the 2012 International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) National Championships this past weekend in Oxford, N.C.

Ranked as a Distinguished Master in IDPA, Mink finished the match with a time of 238.93 and 48 points down, placing him in the top five in match accuracy, and over 10.5 seconds ahead of his nearest competitor.

“Matt is recognized as one of the strongest pistol shooters in the nation and proved it this past weekend with a very strong performance in a heavily contested ESP contest where his final time, the second fastest in the match, won him the title,” said Joyce Wilson, executive director of IDPA.

Second place in the division went to Brandon Wright, the Team ITI member who claimed the ESP title earlier this year at the Carolina Cup. Wright took first Master with 249.46 (61). Eric Fuson placed third overall in the division for second Master with 250.76 (36) while Team RangeLog’s Ravin Perry grabbed third Master honors with 257.62 (94). Rounding out the top five was James McGinty, last year’s division champion, and a Distinguished Master, who finished with 262.90 (78).

Elsewhere in the division Scott Warren finished fourth Master and sixth overall in ESP, but more importantly his final time of 264.96 with 79 points down earned him Senior National Champion honors as well.

Juan Carlos Gonzalez of Venezuela won the International title with his ESP performance of 305.22 (72). Wayne Ritchie finished first Expert with 312.13 (73), followed by Bill Muncy, first Sharpshooter with 324.87 (95), Tammy Lyne as the top Lady in ESP with 395.06 (157), and Richard Valvo claiming first Marksman with 398.26 (131).

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.

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CZ-USA Sponsors IDPA’s 2012 National Championships

by Editor 31. July 2012 08:08
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – Firearms maker CZ-USA will be a gold level sponsor of the upcoming International Defensive Pistol Association’s 2012 National Championships taking place September 19-22 in Oxford, N.C., according to an announcement made today by IDPA officials.

“With shooters from across the country preparing for this year’s IDPA National Championships, we’re pleased to have such a strong response from the firearms industry and are particularly grateful for the generous support of CZ-USA, a company whose products are well known within the global shooting sports community,” said Joyce Wilson, executive director of IDPA.

CZ-USA joins previously announced major sponsor, the National Shooting Sports Foundation, in supporting the championships. As part of their match support CZ-USA will host one of the expo shooting bays during the competition. Matthew Mink, a member of the CZ-USA Shooting Team and a former IDPA National Champion, will also represent CZ-USA in the competition.

“The top defensive competitors in the country gather at the IDPA National Championships to pit their skills and equipment against each other. CZ-USA is proud to once again be involved in the match,” said Jason Morton of CZ-USA.

The IDPA National Championships is the pinnacle event of the IDPA competitive season and will take place at The Range in Oxford, N.C., where more than 300 top shooters will be 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.

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

About CZ-USA:
CZ-USA is the exclusive U.S. importer for firearms from Ceska Zbrojovka and Zbrojovka Brno in the Czech Republic as well as their line of shotguns from Huglu, Turkey. CZ-USA is the holding company for Dan Wesson, a premium handgun manufacturer in New York, and the Safari Classics line of custom sporting rifles. For more information visit

About International Defensive Pistol Association:
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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