Nighthawk Custom Returns As Major Sponsor Of IDPA U.S. National Championship

by Editor 11. August 2014 07:30
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – The International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) announced that Nighthawk Custom, manufacturer of high quality custom 1911-style handguns, is back as one of the major sponsors of the upcoming IDPA U.S. National Championship.

“It is a pleasure to welcome back Nighthawk Custom as one of the major sponsors of IDPA’s U.S. National Championship. Thanks to companies like Nighthawk, our national level competitions continue to set the standard for handgun competition,” said Robert Ray, membership and marketing director for IDPA.

Nighthawk Custom joins ACADEMI, Blade-Tech, Brownells, Comp-Tac, CZ-USA, GLOCK, Harris Publications, the National Shooting Sports Foundation, Ruger, Smith & Wesson, Walther and Wilson Combat as a gold level sponsor of the championship which takes place September 9 thru 13 at the U.S. Shooting Academy in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The match is expected to draw over 300 of the sport’s top shooters.

For more information on IDPA, or to join the nearly 24,000 IDPA 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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Nighthawk Custom To Again Sponsor S&W IDPA Indoor Nationals

by Editor 22. January 2014 07:45
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – Nighthawk Custom, manufacturer of high quality custom 1911-style handguns, has returned as a major sponsor of the sold-out 2014 Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship.

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

“Thanks to the support of industry leaders like Nighthawk Custom, the Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor Nationals is one of our most popular matches and certainly the best supported. We appreciate Nighthawk Custom’s continued sponsorship of major IDPA championships,” said Robert Ray, membership and marketing director for the International Defensive Pistol Assn.

Nighthawk Custom joins Apex Tactical Specialties, Colt, the National Shooting Sports Foundation, Panteao Productions, Rand Brands and Smith & Wesson, the title sponsor, in supporting the match.

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 industry support from companies like Nighthawk Custom.

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, 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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Music City Cup III: Stage 8

by Editor 30. October 2013 20:30
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SCENARIO: Why does this ALWAYS happen to me! You found yourself once again in the wrong place. Save the innocent and yourself from the dangerous thugs.

PROCEDURE: Start standing at P1, pistol holstered and loaded to division capacity. Hands relaxed by side.

At the signal, move to P2 and engage PP1 and T1-T6 while utilizing cover. Move to P3 and engage PP2, T7-T8 threats while utilizing cover. Any legal IDPA reload is allowed.

SCORING: Vickers Count
ROUND COUNT:
18
TARGETS: 8 IDPA, 2 Steel, 3 Non-Threat
SCORED HITS: Best Two On Target, Steel Must Fall
CONCEALMENT: Required

STAGE DESIGN: J. Michael Bresson

STAGE SPONSOR: Swab-its
WEBSITE: www.Bore-tips.com

STAGE SPONSOR: Rainier Ballistics
WEBSITE: www.NighthawkCustom.com

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IDPA Welcomes Nighthawk Custom As Return Sponsor Of U.S. Nationals

by Editor 30. August 2013 07:25
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – The International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) welcomes returning sponsor Nighthawk Custom, manufacturer of high quality custom 1911-style handguns, to the growing list of companies supporting the 2013 IDPA U.S. National Championship.

“Support for this year’s Nationals continues to grow thanks to the wonderful generosity of the companies that are strong proponents of the shooting sports, like Nighthawk Custom,” said Robert Ray, membership and marketing director for IDPA.

Along with Nighthawk Custom, the 2013 IDPA U.S. National Championship is supported by a who’s who of firearms and shooting sports industry leaders, including the National Shooting Sports Foundation, Brownells, Comp-Tac Victory Gear, Harris Publications, Ruger, Smith & Wesson, Taurus and Wilson Combat.

The match will take place September 19 thru 21 on the ranges of the U.S. Shooting Academy in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and officials expect to draw over 300 of the sport’s top competitors.

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.

About Nighthawk Custom: Nighthawk Custom, located in Berryville, Arkansas, is the manufacturer of superior quality 1911-style pistols. Founded in 2003, the team gunsmiths at Nighthawk Custom have over 50 years of combined experience specializing in the 1911. Nighthawk Custom builds 1911's using no MIM parts and the finest finish in the industry. All Nighthawk Custom 1911's come with a lifetime guarantee. For more information on Nighthawk Custom or their line of 1911-style pistols, visit www.nighthawkcustom.com or call toll free 1-877-268-4867.

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Nighthawk Custom Back At IDPA’s Smith & Wesson Indoor Nationals As Major Sponsor

by Editor 12. February 2013 07:27
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – Nighthawk Custom, manufacturer of high quality custom 1911-style handguns, has returned as a major sponsor of the prestigious Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship according to an announcement by officials with the International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA).

“We’re pleased to welcome back Nighthawk Custom as one of the major sponsors of the Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor Nationals. Each year the Indoor Nationals sets the bar for quality shooting events and that’s thanks to the generous support of sponsors like Nighthawk Custom,” said Robert Ray, membership and marketing director for IDPA.

Nighthawk Custom joins ACADEMI, Brownells, Comp-Tac Victory Gear, CORBON, GLOCK, GlockTriggers.com, Harris Publications, Michigan Ammo Company, Mossberg, the National Shooting Sports Foundation, Panteao Productions, Ruger, Speed Shooter Specialties, Taurus, Trijicon, Wilson Combat and match host Smith & Wesson as a major sponsor of the competition. Additional industry sponsors include Apex Tactical Specialties, Hogue Grips, PowerTech/Smith & Wesson Flashlights, Rainier Ballistics, Safariland and Swab-its.

Widely regarded as one of the finest competitive shooting matches in the country, the Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship represents the official start of IDPA’s competition season. 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.

The 2013 Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship will take place February 21-23 on the indoor ranges of the Smith & Wesson Shooting Sports Center in Springfield, Massachusetts.

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.

About Nighthawk Custom:
Nighthawk Custom, located in Berryville, Arkansas, is the manufacturer of superior quality 1911-style pistols. Founded in 2003, the team gunsmiths at Nighthawk Custom have over 50 years of combined experience specializing in the 1911. Nighthawk Custom builds 1911's using no MIM parts and the finest finish in the industry. All Nighthawk Custom 1911's come with a lifetime guarantee. For more information on Nighthawk Custom or their line of 1911-style pistols, visit www.nighthawkcustom.com or call toll free 1-877-268-4867.

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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.

BRAND # OF GUNS
% OF TOTAL
BRAND # OF GUNS
% OF TOTAL
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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