NSSF Sponsors Smith & Wesson IDPA Back Up Gun Nationals

by Editor 4. November 2014 07:35
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the trade association for the firearms, ammunition, hunting and shooting sports industry, has returned as one of the major sponsors of the 2014 Smith & Wesson IDPA Back Up Gun Nationals.

“We are very pleased to welcome back NSSF as our banquet sponsor for the 2014 Smith & Wesson IDPA Back Up Gun Nationals,” said Robert Ray, membership and marketing director for IDPA.

NSSF joins Apex Tactical Specialties, Brownells, Colt, Comp-Tac, FMG Publications, GLOCK, Harris Publications, Kimber, the Sig Sauer Academy, Springfield Armory, Wilson Combat, XS Sight Systems and Smith & Wesson, the title sponsor, in supporting this popular IDPA national championship event.

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 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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NSSF Report Shows IDPA Members Spend Upwards of $30 Million Annually

by Editor 15. July 2014 07:35
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – A new Industry Intelligence Report based on the results of a survey conducted by the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) and the International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) shows that U.S. IDPA members deliver significant economic impact by spending upwards of $30 million annually on shooting equipment for the sport.

The report, titled Profile of International Defensive Pistol Association Shooters, provides a look at the target shooting-related habits and expenditures of IDPA’s U.S. members. In addition to the $30 million spent annually by IDPA shooters on their sport, the report shows that approximately 91% of members hold a concealed carry permit while 14% are concealed carry instructors in their state.

“Thanks to the help of the research team at the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the firearms industry now has a clear, in-depth look at the profile of a typical U.S. IDPA member. Competitive shooters represent some of the most active purchasers when it comes to firearms and related gear, and this new Industry Intelligence Report from NSSF bears that out,” said Joyce Wilson, executive director of IDPA.

“NSSF’s research into the habits of recreational target shooters shows that their economic impact is considerable. When we delve further into the pool of target shooters and look at those dedicated to competition, as we have with the IDPA shooter, we find that recreational shooting is very much a lifestyle and the resulting economic impact is substantial,” said NSSF Research Coordinator Dianne Vrablic, who headed up this project.

In addition to the overall $30 million economic impact of IDPA’s U.S. members, the report also shows that:

  • More than six in 10 IDPA members indicated that they are likely to purchase a handgun in the coming year.
  • More than six in 10 respondents indicated that they reload ammunition, primarily for handgun and rifle. A smaller percent age of participants also reload for shotgun.
  • More than seven in 10 respondents are members of a shooting range and pay an average annual membership fee of $163.
  • More than 5 in 10 IDPA members surveyed indicated that they compete in IDPA events 6 to 20 times per year, with 14 events being the average number of IDPA matches/events attended annually.
  • Based on the responses from IDPA members, the average amount of estimated 2013 expenditures for competitive shooting equipment totaled $1,580.83. Equipment includes firearms, accessories, reloading equipment and components.
  • IDPA shooters participate in other shooting disciplines such as USPSA, steel, 3-gun, trap/skeet, sporting clays, long-range shooting, silhouette, zombie target shooting, Cowboy Action Shooting and more.
  • While IDPA members shop in a wide variety of locations for shooting-related merchandise, the top two locations indicated in this survey were “online” (7 in 10 respondents) and “independent gun store” (5 in 10 respondents).

To download the full NSSF Industry Intelligence Report, Profile of International Defensive Pistol Association Shooters, visit this website. For more information on IDPA or to become a members, visit www.IDPA.com.

About NSSF:
The National Shooting Sports Foundation is the trade association for the firearms industry. Its mission is to promote, protect and preserve hunting and the shooting sports. Formed in 1961, NSSF has a membership of more than 10,000 manufacturers, distributors, firearms retailers, shooting ranges, sportsmen's organizations and publishers. For more information, visit www.nssf.org.

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 nearly 24,000 members from all 50 states and 54 foreign countries. IDPA's 300 affiliated clubs offer weekly and monthly matches as well as host major championships.

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NSSF Returns As Major Sponsor Of 2014 IDPA U.S. National Championship

by Editor 3. June 2014 07:30
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – The International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) announced that the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the trade association for the firearms, ammunition, hunting and shooting sports industry, will for the seventh year in a row be a major sponsor of IDPA’s annual U.S. National Championship.

Since 2008, the close working relationship between IDPA and NSSF has helped grow participation in IDPA dramatically. As part of the organization’s overall mission to promote the shooting sports in America, NSSF has again partnered with IDPA to make the sport’s National Championship one of the best.

“We are very pleased to once again be working with NSSF and to have their generous support as we prepare to host this year’s IDPA U.S. National Championship. It is with the help of sponsors like NSSF that IDPA has been able to hold such a wonderful showcase for the premier shooters in our sport” said Joyce Wilson, executive director of IDPA.

"IDPA's growth continues to be nothing short of remarkable, and NSSF is committed to helping the sport continue its record growth," said Chris Dolnack, NSSF senior vice president and chief marketing officer. "NSSF is proud to support IDPA and this year's 2014 IDPA National Championships."

Hosted by the U.S. Shooting Academy in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the 2014 IDPA U.S. National Championship will take place September 9 thru 13 and are again expected to draw over 300 of the sport’s top shooters. NSSF will be a gold level sponsor of the event.

For more information on IDPA, or to join the more the nearly 24,000 IDPA members competing each week around the country, 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.

About NSSF:
The National Shooting Sports Foundation is the trade association for the firearms industry. Its mission is to promote, protect and preserve hunting and the shooting sports. Formed in 1961, NSSF has a membership of more than 10,000 manufacturers, distributors, firearms retailers, shooting ranges, sportsmen's organizations and publishers. For more information, visit www.nssf.org.

About IDPA:
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 22,000 members from all 50 states and 54 foreign countries. IDPA's 400+ affiliated clubs offer weekly and monthly matches as well as host major championships.

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Firearms Industry Economic Impact Nearly Doubles in Five Years

by Editor 3. April 2014 17:27
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NEWTOWN, Conn. – The total economic impact of the firearms and ammunition industry in the United States increased from $19.1 billion in 2008 to $37.7 billion in 2013, a 97 percent increase, while the total number of full-time equivalent jobs rose from more than 166,000 to more than 245,000, a 48 percent increase in that five-year period, according to a new report released by the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the industry’s trade association.

“We have seen dramatic, unprecedented during peacetime growth in the firearms and ammunition industry that is the direct result of consumer demand for our products in the last five years,” said Stephen L. Sanetti, NSSF president and chief executive officer. “While our nation’s overall economic recovery has been slow since 2008, our industry has been a true bright spot, increasing our direct workforce by nearly half, adding jobs that pay an average of more than $47,700 in wages and benefits. Supplier and induced jobs* were also increased by about half since 2008, even as we increased federal tax payments by 93 percent, Pittman-Robertson excise taxes that support wildlife conservation by 83 percent and state business taxes by 77 percent.”

The Firearms and Ammunition Industry Economic Impact Report: 2013 provides a state by state breakdown of job numbers, wages and output covering direct, supplier and induced employment, as well as federal excise taxes paid. Access the full report here.

For more information, log on to www.nssf.org.

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INFOGRAPHIC: How Wildlife is Thriving Because of Guns and Hunting

by Editor 27. March 2014 08:04
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Target Shooting In America

by Editor 25. January 2014 19:15
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NSSF Back As Major Sponsor Of Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor Nationals

by Editor 10. December 2013 07:45
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), a longtime supporter of the International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) and the shooting matches hosted by Smith & Wesson, has returned as a major sponsor of the S&W IDPA Indoor Nationals.

Now in its 17th year, the 2014 Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship will take place February 20-22 on the indoor ranges of the Smith & Wesson Shooting Sports Center in Springfield, Massachusetts.

NSSF, which is the trade association for the firearms, ammunition, hunting and shooting sports industry, will be the official sponsor of the awards banquet taking place Saturday evening, February 22.

“The National Shooting Sports Foundation has led the industry’s effort to promote and support the shooting sports and IDPA has benefitted greatly from their very generous support,” said Joyce Wilson, executive director for IDPA. “On behalf of IDPA’s 22,000-plus members, and our match host, Smith & Wesson, I want to thank everybody at NSSF for all they do for the shooting sports.”

"IDPA remains one of the fastest-growing shooting sports in America, and NSSF is committed to helping the sport continue its record growth," said Chris Dolnack, NSSF senior vice president and chief marketing officer. "Best of luck to everyone competing at the indoor nationals!"

The Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship represents the official start of IDPA’s competition season and is regarded as one of the finest competitive shooting matches in the country, thanks to help from organizations like NSSF and title sponsor Smith & Wesson.

More than 300 of the sport’s best shooters are expected to compete for titles in Custom Defensive Pistol, Enhanced Service Pistol, Stock Service Pistol, Stock Service Revolver and Enhanced Service Revolver, the five divisions within IDPA.

For more information on IDPA, the Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship or to join IDPA 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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NSSF Sponsors Inaugural Smith & Wesson IDPA Back Up Gun Nationals

by Editor 13. September 2013 08:05
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the trade association for the firearms, ammunition, hunting and shooting sports industry, continues its overall mission to promote the shooting sports in America with sponsorship of the inaugural Smith & Wesson IDPA Back Up Gun Nationals taking place November 14-16, 2013.

Officials with the International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) announced that as part of NSSF’s sponsorship the organization will host the awards banquet taking place Saturday evening, November 16.

“NSSF understands better than anyone else the vital role competitive shooting plays in recruiting new gun owners and educating them on safe, responsible firearms ownership. They also understand the importance of recognizing excellence in the sport and have graciously offered to host our awards banquet where we will celebrate the accomplishments of all those competing,” said Joyce Wilson, executive director of IDPA.

"IDPA remains one of the fastest-growing shooting sports in America, and NSSF is committed to helping the sport continue its record growth," said Chris Dolnack, NSSF senior vice president and chief marketing officer. "Best of luck to everyone competing at this inaugural event!"

The Smith & Wesson IDPA Back Up Gun Nationals will feature 13 stages with a round count of 180. Held on the indoor ranges of the Smith & Wesson Shooting Sports Center in Springfield, Massachusetts, match officials expect the new championship event to draw upwards of 200 top IDPA shooters vying for titles in either the Pistol or Revolver division.

Registration for the match has begun and a handful of slots are still available for those interested in competing. Registration is being conducted online at MatchReg.com/BUG.

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.

About National Shooting Sports Foundation:
The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) is the trade association for the firearms, ammunition, hunting and shooting sports industry. Its mission is to promote, protect and preserve hunting and the shooting sports. Formed in 1961, NSSF has a membership of more than 7,000 manufacturers, distributors, firearms retailers, shooting ranges, sportsmen's organizations and publishers.

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NSSF Announces $200,000 in Grants for Collegiate Shooting

by Editor 13. June 2013 13:42
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NEWTOWN, Conn. -- The National Shooting Sports Foundation® invites public and private colleges to apply for a total of $200,000 in grants through its Collegiate Shooting Sports InitiativeSM (CSSISM).

To encourage the development of new programs, NSSF this year will restrict the grants to colleges and universities seeking to establish brand new shooting clubs and teams, and also those seeking support for new programs established during the 2013 spring semester.

NSSF®, the trade association for the firearms, ammunition, hunting and shooting sports industry, has awarded more than $900,000 in grants to 75 colleges to support shooting clubs and teams. Grant guidelines and applications are available at www.nssf.org/college. Applicants may request up to $10,000.

"Our goal is to tap into the large interest in target shooting at the collegiate level and to provide opportunities for students to shoot competitively and recreationally," said NSSF Manager of Shooting Promotions Zach Snow. "We are very pleased that CSSI grants have helped colleges across the country develop target shooting and firearm safety programs."

Schools that have received CSSI grants range from large universities to smaller community colleges and include Harvard, Yale, George Mason, Purdue Ecclesia College, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, CalState Channel Islands, Pratt Community College, Michigan State University, University of Florida and Texas A&M.

CSSI grant-supported programs have helped double participation at the ACUI Intercollegiate Clay Target Championship over the last five years. Snow reports that the ACUI office receives an average of 10 inquiries per month from parents, students and coaches asking how to start a college team and get involved with the ACUI tournament.

While competition attracts one type of student, recreational target shooting draws students who want an introduction to the shooting sports and firearms safety. NSSF grants are helping to establish these campus-organized clubs. Such widespread interest prompted NSSF to develop its "How to Start a Club" resource guide. The guide is filled with helpful advice on starting both competitive teams and recreational shooting clubs, and includes samples of membership forms and club bylaws.

Anyone interested in starting or strengthening a college shotgun, rifle or pistol team or club can find resources and grant opportunities at www.nssf.org/college.

Watch a brief video about the Collegiate Shooting Sports Initiative.

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NSSF Indoor Range and Retail Compliance Workshop June 2-4

by Editor 30. April 2013 15:21
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NEWTOWN, Conn. -- Shooting range owners and operators must manage and protect their businesses from risks and liability related to health and the environment. To ensure your business practices are in regulatory compliance and to improve management practices, the National Shooting Sports Foundation encourages you to enroll in its Indoor Range and Retail Compliance Workshop June 2-4 at the Black Wing Shooting Center in Columbus, Ohio.

NSSF is the trade association for the firearms and ammunition industry.

Failure to comply with the regulations applicable to your range business can expose you to significant fines and penalties, cleanup costs and potential criminal prosecution. All of this can potentially put you out of business.

The NSSF Indoor Range and Retail Compliance Workshop will feature a team of experts with hands-on experience in the fields of environmental law related to shooting ranges, OSHA compliance and inspection, and lead reclamation and range maintenance. Their years of experience will open your eyes to what can happen and provide you with recommended compliance strategies to protect your business for many years to come.

You'll also get first-hand knowledge of the workings of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives from members of NSSF’s team of retired ATF consultants, each with over 33 years of experience in ATF.

NSSF member retailers and state and federal agency employees should take advantage of the special early-bird registration by May 8 for significant savings on attending the workshop. Non-members can save on the price of both NSSF membership and the workshop by signing up for both before the early-bird deadline.

Learn more about speakers and how to register at the NSSF Indoor Range and Retail Compliance Workshop’s website.

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