Vogel Takes 7th Straight S&W IDPA Indoor Nationals Title With SSP Win

by Editor 26. February 2014 07:40
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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Once again Bob Vogel successfully defended his Stock Service Pistol division title at the International Defensive Pistol Association’s (IDPA) 2014 Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship, marking this as the seventh straight year he has won his division at the match.

Vogel won the title with a final time of 161.59 with 49 points down – the fastest overall time of any competitor in the championship. In addition to claiming the SSP title, Vogel’s finish also earned him High Industry honors.

“Bob Vogel remains IDPA’s top ranked shooter with an impressive string of wins at our biggest and toughest matches. I join with his fellow competitors in congratulating Bob on this latest victory,” said Joyce Wilson, executive director of IDPA.

Second place in the SSP division went to James Meyers who claimed first Master and the Most Accurate award with his time of 180.53 seconds and 27 points down. Chris Chamberlin finished third with 187.21 (72). David Dolio with 205.35 (53) and Randi Rogers with 219.85 (121) rounded out the top five. Rogers also picked up the High Lady title.

Elsewhere in the division Christopher Schatz took first Expert with 220.48 (100). Daniel Humphreys finished first Sharpshooter with 222.10 (82) and Michael Cracco claimed first Marksman with 301.91 (95).

The 2014 Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship took place February 20-22 at the Smith & Wesson Shooting Sports Center in Springfield, Mass., drawing many of the shooting sports' top pistol and revolver shooters from across the country and outside the U.S. Full results are available online at IDPA.com.

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 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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Defending ESR Champ Miculek Wins at Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor Nationals

by Editor 25. February 2014 09:53
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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Team Smith & Wesson’s Jerry Miculek once again topped the revolver field to claim the Enhanced Service Revolver title at the 2014 Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship.

Miculek is ranked a Distinguished Master in the ESR division. He won the division with a final time of 235.66 seconds with 105 points down.

“Watching Jerry compete is always a highlight for many of the shooters competing. Nobody can do what Jerry does which is why he once again came out on top at this year’s Smith & Wesson Indoor Nationals,” said Joyce Wilson, executive director of IDPA.

Finishing second overall behind Miculek was Gene Gelberger, first Master with 277.28 (126), followed by William Richards with 331.78 (171) taking first Expert. Brian Abbott, who finished first Sharpshooter with 333.04 (176), and Edgar Coronado with 366.34 (132) rounded out the top five. Phil Torres claimed first Marksman with 517.06 (276).

The 2014 Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship took place February 20-22 at the Smith & Wesson Shooting Sports Center in Springfield, Mass., drawing many of the shooting sports' top pistol and revolver shooters from across the country and outside the U.S. Full results are available online at IDPA.com.

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 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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Brandon Wright Repeats As ESP Champ At Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor Nationals

by Editor 25. February 2014 09:43
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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – For the second year in a row, Brandon Wright of Team ITI captured the Enhanced Service Pistol title at the Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship.

Wright outpaced his nearest competitor, Nils Jonasson, by 10.11 seconds, winning six of the 13 stages to finish with a final time of 164.51 with 38 points down. Overall in the match Wright placed second just 2.92 seconds behind.

“This was another great match for Brandon who continues to assert his dominance in the ESP division. The Smith & Wesson Indoor National Championship is always a very technically challenging match but Brandon made it look easy,” said Joyce Wilson, executive director of IDPA.

Second place overall in the division went to Blade-Tech’s Nils Jonasson who finished as the first Master with 174.62 (63). Team Comp-Tac’s Gordon Carrell finished third with 190.06 (78) while Team Armscor’s Mike Seeklander placed fourth and won High Military honors with 191.88 (76). Team RangeLog’s Morgan Allen rounded out the top five with his final time of 199.92 (103).

Elsewhere within the ESP division Clint Bowen claimed first Expert with 212.67 (88). James Martino won High Senior with 225.47 (89). Brian Daku took first Sharpshooter with 254.55 (111). The match’s High Distinguished Senior was Joseph Kulin with 336.70 (162). Corey Beaudreau won High Marksman with 369.43 (154).

The 2014 Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship took place February 20-22 at the Smith & Wesson Shooting Sports Center in Springfield, Mass., drawing many of the shooting sports' top pistol and revolver shooters from across the country and outside the U.S. Full results are available online at IDPA.com.

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 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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Venezuela’s Sanchez Takes High International At S&W IDPA Indoor Nationals

by Editor 25. February 2014 09:01
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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Venezuela’s lock on the High International title at the Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship remains in place as Miguel Angel Sanchez led a Venezuelan sweep of the top four spots in the contest among non-U.S. shooters.

Some 30 shooters representing Italy, Venezuela and the U.S. Territory of Puerto Rico battled for the High International title.

Sanchez, who competed as a Master in the Stock Service Pistol division, finished with a time of 221.45 seconds with 110 points down. Second place went to Nelso Lopez Iglesias, a Master shooter in the Enhanced Service Pistol division, with 227.76 (80).

Coming in third was the 2012 winner and fellow countryman Juan Carlos Gonzalez Valdez who competed as a Master in the Enhanced Service Pistol division, finishing with 227.76 (80). Rounding out the top five were Rafahel Gandica, another ESP Master, with 243.34 (142) and Puerto Rico’s Max Rivera who finished with 278.53 (149) competing as an SSP Master.

“The Smith & Wesson Indoor Nationals always draws a large number of international shooters. This year we welcome Miguel as our newest International champion,” said Joyce Wilson, executive director of IDPA.

The 2014 Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship took place February 20-22 at the Smith & Wesson Shooting Sports Center in Springfield, Mass., drawing many of the shooting sports' top pistol and revolver shooters from across the country and outside the U.S. Full results are available online at IDPA.com.

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 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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Glenn Shelby Takes CDP Title At S&W IDPA Indoor Nationals

by Editor 25. February 2014 08:54
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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Team Wilson Combat returned to the winner’s circle at the Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship as Glenn Shelby claimed the Custom Defensive Pistol title this past weekend in Springfield, Mass.

Shelby, who competes as a Distinguished Master in the division, previously won the CDP title in 2012 and is currently the reigning IDPA National Champion. He won the 2014 Smith & Wesson Indoor Nationals CDP title with a final time of 201.51 seconds with 82 points down.

“Glenn is just such a talented shooter that he makes winning in CDP look easy. It is with great pleasure that I join his fellow competitors and all IDPA members in congratulating him on his victory,” said Joyce Wilson, executive director of IDPA.

Second place in the division, finishing just 4.16 seconds out of first, was David Olhasso, a Distinguished Master shooting for Team Smith & Wesson, with 205.67 (86). Third in the division went to Robert Evans the first Master with 234.45 (87). Rounding out the top five were Team Smith & Wesson’s Dan Burwell, also a Distinguished Master, with 239.86 (104) and Team Colt’s Mark Redl with 241.19 (90).

Elsewhere in the division, Nicholas Henry finished first Expert with 244.51 (158). David Galante took home first Sharpshooter with 298.22 (124), while Andy Holton claimed first Marksman with 331.08 (151). Junior shooter Austin Proulx won High Press honors with 276.52 (104).

The 2014 Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship took place February 20-22 at the Smith & Wesson Shooting Sports Center in Springfield, Mass., drawing many of the shooting sports' top pistol and revolver shooters from across the country and outside the U.S. Full results are available online at IDPA.com.

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 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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Lentz Repeats With SSR Win At 2014 Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor Nationals

by Editor 25. February 2014 08:35
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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – With a final time of 240.18 seconds with 78 points down, Team Smith & Wesson’s Josh Lentz captured the Stock Service Revolver title for the second year in a row and the fourth time in his career competing in the Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship.

Lentz, who also shoots for the XS Sight Systems shooting team and is a Distinguished Master within the division, previously won the SSR title in 2010, 2011 and 2013.

“Josh finished with another outstanding performance, bringing his total number of Indoor National title wins to four – a record that I am sure will grow larger and larger over the coming years,” said Joyce Wilson, executive director of IDPA.

Finishing second behind Lentz was Ken Ortbach who placed first Expert with a time of 260.30 (70). Joe Linskey, the SSR Distinguished Master who won the title in 2012, finished third with 262.00 (91). Rounding out the top five were Caleb Giddings, first Master, with 288.79 (125) and Juan Cheng with 289.72 (100).

Elsewhere in the division Matt Holmes captured first Sharpshooter with 310.12 (90) while Francis Dufault took first Marksman with 450.06 (227).

The 2014 Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship took place February 20-22 at the Smith & Wesson Shooting Sports Center in Springfield, Mass., drawing many of the shooting sports' top pistol and revolver shooters from across the country and outside the U.S. Full results are available online at IDPA.com.

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 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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Smith & Wesson’s Randi Rogers Wins High Lady At S&W IDPA Back Up Gun Nationals

by Editor 19. November 2013 09:37
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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Randi Rogers, wearing her new Smith & Wesson shooting team jersey, and armed with her new M&P Compact 9mm, continued her amazing win streak in IDPA competition with her High Lady title win at the inaugural Smith & Wesson IDPA Back Up Gun Nationals.

Randi Rogers spent the match shooting side-by-side with friend and Smith & Wesson teammate Julie Golob who returned to competition after the birth of her second daughter earlier this year. The two swapped stage wins back and forth on the first four stages until Rogers settled in, claiming eight more stage wins – two of them overall stage wins in the division.

Rogers finished the match and took the High Lady title with a final time of 212.20 seconds, shooting 98 points down, which placed her sixth Master and seventh overall in the Pistol division, and 11th among all competitors in the championship.

“Randi is hands down IDPA’s top woman shooter and consistently among the top shooters overall. She has not been defeated in IDPA competition in a number of years and her performance this weekend shows why,” said Joyce Wilson, executive director of IDPA.

Second place went to Golob who finished with a time of 261.56 seconds shooting 132 points down. Joyce Wilson took third among the women with 324.76 (103), followed by Judith Szczygiel in fourth with 326.56 (149). Rounding out the top five was Tammy Lyne who scored one stage win and finished with 353.93 (235).

All five women competed in the Pistol division.

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.

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Revolver King Jerry Miculek Tops Field At S&W IDPA Back Up Gun Nationals

by Editor 19. November 2013 09:28
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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Going into the inaugural Smith & Wesson IDPA Back Up Gun Nationals one question sat on everyone’s mind: could a revolver shooter – namely Jerry Miculek – beat everybody? That question was definitively answered Saturday evening when Team Smith & Wesson’s great revolver shooter won the Revolver division title with the fastest overall time in the competition.

Miculek’s final time of 166.50 seconds (with 43 points down) outpaced the Pistol division champion, Mike Seeklander, by 3.69 seconds. Miculek won all but one of the 13 stages in the division, and topped the entire field on six stages. In addition to winning the Revolver title, Miculek won High Industry honors in the division and was the high overall senior.

“Jerry is simply amazing to watch, often taking more time to retrieve his revolver from its start position on a stage than putting the required five rounds on target. His incredible performance, not to mention four of the top 10 times coming from wheelgunners, demonstrates that in defensive applications, the revolver can go toe-to-toe with a pistol,” said Joyce Wilson, executive director of IDPA.

Finishing second behind Miculek was Kirk Crego whose 198.93 seconds with 40 points down put him fifth overall in the match. Team Smith & Wesson’s other top wheelgunner, Josh Lentz, took third in the division, and sixth overall, with 202.84 (59). Joe Linskey, shooting for Wolff Gunsprings/TDS, placed fourth in the division and 10th overall with 209.42 (33). Rounding out the top five was Simon Golob who finished first Master with 231.68 (76).

Elsewhere in the division, Kristofer Sines took first Expert with 249.49 (70). Michael French claimed first Sharpshooter with 254.91 (60), while Chad McLean went home with first Marksman with 274.42 (57). Paul Chamberlain, competing as a Sharpshooter, claimed High Distinguished Senior honors with 311.27 (119), and Christian Sauer won first Novice with 384.98 (136).

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.

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Mike Seeklander Wins Pistol Title At S&W IDPA Back Up Gun Nationals

by Editor 19. November 2013 09:18
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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Despite wearing a wireless microphone and having a video camera in his face for most of the match, Team Armscor’s Mike Seeklander captured the Pistol division title at the inaugural Smith & Wesson IDPA Back Up Gun Nationals.

Seeklander, who was taping a future episode of the Outdoor Channel’s Shooting Gallery television show, won three stages before posting a final time of 170.19 seconds with 37 points down. His was the second fastest overall time behind that of Team Smith & Wesson’s Jerry Miculek, the Revolver division champion.

“With Mike pulling double duty during the match, both competing and filming, nobody was sure where exactly he’d finish. Then when his final times were posted, talk began that he might just win the match, and sure enough he did,” said Joyce Wilson, executive director of IDPA.

“Mike is great shooter and so well liked among his fellow competitors that seeing him win the inaugural Smith & Wesson Back Up Gun Nationals made a lot of IDPA members happy.”

Taking second behind Seeklender was Team Panteao’s Dave Harrington, who not only finished first Master with 193.82 (30) but also won one stage and took High Industry for the division. Dylan Kenneson, representing the Sig Sauer Academy, was recognized as the match’s most accurate, shooting just 17 points down while finishing third in the division as the second Master with 195.14. Team HK’s Jason Koon picked up third Master with 203.79 (86) while James Meyers won two stages and claimed both fourth Master and High Law Enforcement with 204.46 (44).

Elsewhere in the division, IDPA’s top lady shooter, and the newest member of Team Smith & Wesson, Randi Rogers won two stages and claimed the High Lady title with her final time of 212.20 seconds, shooting 98 points down. Greg Snyder, competing as a Master, took High Military Veteran with 219.91 (65). The U.S. Coast Guard’s Chad Barber, competing as an Expert, won High Military with 261.38 (141). Clark Coneby, a Sharpshooter, won High Junior with 264.95 (76). Tim Arnold won first Expert with 236.82 (55). Pasquile Vitetta, Jr. took first Sharpshooter with 259.96 (84), while Justin Fitch finished first Marksman with 298.09 (99) and Bill Henderson took home first Novice with 415.85 (206).

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.

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Yost Crowned King of New England After Live Free Or Die High Senior Win

by Editor 23. October 2013 10:28
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – Team Panteao’s Tom Yost wrapped up his run at the King of New England with a second place finish in the Enhanced Service Pistol division at the Smith & Wesson Live Free Or Die State IDPA Championship, claiming the High Senior title and his place in history as the first ever ESP King of New England.

Presented by Apex Tactical Specialties, the King of New England series recognizes the top shooters competing in the Massachusetts State Championship, the New England Regional and the Live Free Or Die, with the title going to the competitor with the top cumulative score, in their division, from four pre-selected stages from each of the three championships.

Yost previously won the ESP title at both the Massachusetts State Championship and the New England Regional, giving him a 26.23 second lead over Joe Linskey of team Wolff Gunsprings/Tactical Defense Solutions.

Yost finished the Live Free Or Die ahead of Linskey by 5.28 seconds with his final time of 258.82 (49) to Linskey’s 264.10 (26). In the King of New England series, Yost finished with a final combined time of 274.50, followed by Linskey with 305.36 and Nick Bedio with 332.40.

“Tom is arguably one of the best shooters in IDPA and now he has the King of New England title to prove it. Congratulations to Tom on taking High Senior at the Live Free Or Die and for being crowned King – Long Live the King,” said Ken Lambert, match director for the Smith & Wesson Live Free Or Die.

Elsewhere in the ESP division contest at the Live Free Or Die, Ed Stettmeier won the overall division title with 215.68 seconds and 38 points down. Joe Linskey took Most Accurate honors with just 26 points down. Terrance Robertson, an ESP Master, won High Distinguished Senior with 308.85 (110). Lance Boehlke finished first Sharpshooter with 352.82 (108). The U.S. Coast Guard’s Chad Barber took home High Military honors with 413.18 (79) competing as a Sharpshooter. Pasquile Vitetta Jr. finished first Marksman with 442.25 (123). Sandy Lincoln, the division’s only Novice, finished with 929.97 (360).

The sold out 2013 Smith & Wesson Live Free Or Die State IDPA Championship took place October 18-20 and was hosted by the Pioneer Sportsmen Club in Dunbarton, N.H.

The match was sponsored by a number of firearms industry leaders, including Apex Tactical Specialties, Comp-Tac Victory Gear, iMarksman, New England Tactical, RangeLog, Ruger, Safariland, SIG SAUER, Taurus and Smith & Wesson, the title sponsor of the match.

For more information on IDPA, 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.

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