Safariland Returns As Sponsor Of 2014 California State IDPA Championship

by Editor 22. September 2014 07:15
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. – A regular contributor to the shooting sports, Safariland (www.safariland.com) is returning as a major sponsor for the California State IDPA Championship taking place on Saturday, October 4, 2014.

Safariland joins Black and Blue Bullets, Comp-Tac Victory Gear, Dillon Precision and Springer Precision as one of the lead sponsors of California’s premier defensive shooting pistol competition.

Held at the Sacramento Valley Shooting Center (www.sacvalley.org), this fully sanctioned Tier 3 championship event will consist of 11 stages and is limited to 175 total competitors holding a current IDPA classification of Marksman or higher. The 2014 California State IDPA Championship is sold out but interested shooters can sign up on the wait list to take advantage of any last minute cancellations.

The state’s top shooters will compete for the five IDPA division titles as well as Most Accurate, High Lady, High Junior, High Senior, High Distinguished Senior, High Industry, High Press, High International, High Military and High Law Enforcement honors. In addition to trophies, prizes will be awarded by a random draw open to all competitors.

For more information on the 2014 California State IDPA Championship, or to register, please visit the match website.

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Safariland Sponsors 2014 IDPA U.S. National Championship

by Editor 27. August 2014 08:15
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – The International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) announced that Safariland®, one of the leading holster and law enforcement equipment brands, as well as longtime supporter of the shooting sports, will once again be a major sponsor of the IDPA U.S. National Championship.

“We are pleased to welcome back Safariland and Bianchi as one of the major corporate sponsors of IDPA’s U.S. Nationals. Safariland has a long record of supporting the shooting sports, and sponsoring individual shooters, and we are proud to be working with them once again,” said Robert Ray, membership and marketing director for IDPA.

Safariland joins ACADEMI, Blade-Tech, Brownells, Comp-Tac, CZ-USA, GLOCK, Harris Publications, the National Shooting Sports Foundation, Nighthawk Custom, 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.

“Very proud to be part of the IDPA Nationals as all the hard working volunteers put on such a well-run event, good luck to everyone involved.” said Scott Carnahan, Vice President, Safariland and Bianchi of The Safariland Group.

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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Safariland Renews IDPA Partnership With February-March Membership Drive

by Editor 29. January 2014 07:20
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – Holster maker Safariland® is renewing its partnership with the International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA), offering new and renewing members that sign up between February 1 thru March 31 a special 50% Holsters.com discount card.

New and renewing IDPA members will receive a one-time-use discount card for use on Holsters.com. The Holsters.com card is good for the purchase of gear with a retail value totaling up to a maximum of $1,000 before the 50% discount is applied – allowing IDPA members to save up to $500 in new Safariland®, Bianchi®, Break-Free® and KleenBore™ products.

“Our 2013 Safariland IDPA membership promotion was a huge success, helping us reach record numbers. We’re very pleased to once again partner with Safariland and thank them for their ongoing support of IDPA,” said Joyce Wilson, executive director of IDPA.

“2013 was another great year for IDPA and we are glad that we were able to participate in the new member and renewing member program. We are pleased to offer this program again, be sure to take advantage while the offer is there! You will see that we offer a wide range of products to meet your needs for IDPA and more,” said Scott Carnahan, VP of Safariland and Bianchi.

To take advantage of this special Safariland promotion current (or lapsed) members of IDPA should use the online renewal process. Those joining IDPA for the very first time should fill out the new member online application. Once the new membership or renewal process is completed, IDPA will send you your Holsters.com 50% discount card along with your membership materials.

For more information on IDPA, 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.

About Safariland
Established in 1964, Safariland® has earned worldwide renown and a leadership position in the industry for its technologically advanced holsters and other gear to the law enforcement, military, concealment and competitive sporting markets. Safariland holsters, belts and accessories provide users with high-quality tools to perform their jobs safely and effectively. Safariland is credited for developing the first Level III retention holster for the uniformed duty market. With a reputation for INNOVATION NOT IMITATION®, the Safariland brand continues its position as the worldwide leader in retention holsters. Safariland is a part of The Safariland Group family of brands. For more information, visit www.safariland.com/dutygear.

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Music City Cup III: Stage 7

by Editor 29. October 2013 19:25
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SCENARIO: You are coming home from a night of undercover work. When you are walking to your front door, you are greeted by home invaders.

PROCEDURE: Start standing at P1 hands relaxed at your side. pistol holstered and loaded to division capacity.

At the signal, engage T1 and PP1 while utilizing cover at P1. Move to P2 and engage threats while utilizing cover to clear the house. Move through your house and engage remaining threat targets utilizing cover. Any legal IDPA reload is available.

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: Safariland
WEBSITE: www.Safariland.com

STAGE SPONSOR: AnimalCustoms.com
WEBSITE: www.AnimalCustoms.com

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Safariland Sponsors Smith & Wesson Live Free Or Die IDPA Match

by Editor 15. October 2013 07:45
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – When competitors hit the range this weekend for the International Defensive Pistol Association’s 2013 Smith & Wesson Live Free Or Die State IDPA Championship it’s going to be thanks to support from sponsors like Safariland®.

Safariland, one of the leading holster brands and longtime supporter of the shooting sports, joins Apex Tactical Specialties, Brownells, Comp-Tac Victory Gear, iMarksman, New England Tactical, RangeLog, Ruger, SIG SAUER, Taurus and Smith & Wesson, the title sponsor of the match, as one of the main sponsors of the sold out championship event taking place October 18-20 at the Pioneer Sportsmen Club in Dunbarton, N.H.

“The return of the New Hampshire IDPA state championship, the Live Free Or Die match, is one of the big stories in the New England IDPA community. And the number of industry icons, like Safariland, that are supporting the match has got every shooter excited,” said Ken Lambert, match director. “On behalf of the match, the staff and the Granite State IDPA shooters, I want to thank Safariland for all they’ve done for IDPA.”

“Safariland has a long tradition of promoting the shooting sports, and those competing every week across the country. We are proud to be among the companies supporting New Hampshire’s fast growing IDPA community and the Live Free Or Die State Championship,” said Scott Carnahan, Vice President, Equipment Category Marketing, The Safariland Group.

In addition to determining the New Hampshire state title, the match will also serve as the final leg of the King of New England contest presented by Apex Tactical. 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.

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.

About Safariland®
Established in 1964, Safariland® has earned worldwide renown and a leadership position in the industry for its technologically advanced holsters and other gear to the law enforcement, military, concealment and competitive sporting markets. Safariland holsters, belts and accessories provide users with high-quality tools to perform their jobs safely and effectively. Safariland is credited for developing the first Level III retention holster for the uniformed duty market. With a reputation for INNOVATION NOT IMITATION®, the Safariland brand continues its position as the worldwide leader in retention holsters. Safariland is a part of The Safariland Group family of brands. For more information, visit www.safariland.com/dutygear.

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US Nationals '13 Stage 17: Stranglehold

by Editor 18. September 2013 08:00
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SCENARIO: You have been invited to attend a small, intimate Ted Nugent concert as a backstage VIP. However, militant animal rights activists attack The Nuge and assault concert goers. Defend Uncle Ted and his fans.

PROCEDURE: Start at P1, gun loaded and concealed, strong arm at full extension above your head.

At the signal, draw your gun and engage T1-T3 with 3 rounds each in tactical priority.

 

SCORING: Vickers Count
ROUND COUNT:
9
TARGETS: 3 IDPA, 1 Non-Threat
SCORED HITS: Best Three On Target
CONCEALMENT: Required

STAGE DESIGN: John May & Robert Ray

STAGE SPONSOR: Safariland
WEBSITE: www.Safariland.com

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US Nationals '13 Stage 4: The Hills Have Stills

by Editor 15. September 2013 10:00
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SCENARIO: You are doing a little back wood hiking when you stumble upon an Ozark moonshine still. The moonshiners don’t take to kindly to that and start shooting.

PROCEDURE: Start at P1, strong hand holding hiking stick. Gun loaded and concealed.

At the signal, advance to P2 while engaging T1 with 5 rounds in the lower scoring zone and 1 in the upper scoring zone. From P2 engage T2-T6 with 2 rounds each using all available cover.

 

SCORING: Vickers Count
ROUND COUNT:
16
TARGETS: 6 IDPA, 1 Non-Threat
SCORED HITS: Best Six on T1, Best Two On The Rest
CONCEALMENT: Required

STAGE DESIGN: John May & Robert Ray

STAGE SPONSOR: Safariland
WEBSITE: www.Safariland.com

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Safariland Joins Major Sponsors Of IDPA’s U.S. National Championship

by Editor 3. September 2013 07:25
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – The International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) announced that Safariland®, one of the leading holster brands and longtime supporter of the shooting sports, has signed on as one of the major sponsors of the 2013 IDPA U.S. National Championship.

The match takes 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.

“Safariland has always been one of the companies in our industry that recognizes the importance of the shooting sports, and they have always been generous with their support – particularly when partnering with IDPA. Thanks to Safariland, and our many other generous sponsors, the U.S. Nationals is shaping up to be a great championship event,” said Joyce Wilson, executive director of IDPA.

“We are very excited for this year’s IDPA U.S. National Championship,” said Scott Carnahan, Vice President, Equipment Category Marketing, The Safariland Group. “There will be a lot of talent at this year’s nationals including Team Safariland’s top-rated IDPA shooters Robert Vogel and Bobby McGee. Safariland is looking forward to seeing this year’s competitors prove their exceptional shooting skills and have a great time.”

In addition to Safariland, 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, Nighthawk Custom, Ruger, Smith & Wesson, Taurus and Wilson Combat.

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 Safariland® Established in 1964, Safariland® has earned worldwide renown and a leadership position in the industry for its technologically advanced holsters and other gear to the law enforcement, military, concealment and competitive sporting markets. Safariland holsters, belts and accessories provide users with high-quality tools to perform their jobs safely and effectively. Safariland is credited for developing the first Level III retention holster for the uniformed duty market. With a reputation for INNOVATION NOT IMITATION®, the Safariland brand continues its position as the worldwide leader in retention holsters. Safariland is a part of The Safariland Group family of brands. For more information, visit www.safariland.com/dutygear.

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Safariland Sponsors Upcoming Puerto Rico IDPA Nationals

by Editor 7. March 2013 07:23
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – Safariland, a leading holster manufacturer and longtime supporter of the shooting sports, will be a major sponsor of the International Defensive Pistol Association’s (IDPA) 2013 Puerto Rico IDPA National Championship taking place in Caguas, Puerto Rico on March 16 and 17.

The Puerto Rico IDPA Nationals have received significant support from the shooting sports industry. Along with Safariland, the championship is being sponsored by Blade-Tech, Century International Arms, Comp-Tac Victory Gear, Fiocchi Ammunition, Fobus Holsters & Pouches, Uncle Mike’s Law Enforcement and Smith & Wesson.

In addition to sponsoring the championship, Safariland will be represented in the competition by Team Safariland member Bobby McGee.

“We are grateful to Safariland and all our sponsors for their generous support of the Puerto Rico IDPA Nationals. Safariland has always been a proud supporter of the shooting sports and it will be a great pleasure to welcome Team Safariland’s Bobby McGee to Puerto Rico,” said Max Rivera, match director for the Puerto Rico IDPA Nationals.

Hosted by the RL Shooting Club and organized by match director Max Rivera and assistant match director Tom Yost of Smith & Wesson, this year’s Puerto Rico IDPA Nationals will bring together over 150 top shooters from Costa Rica, Mexico, Puerto Rico, the United States and Venezuela.

“The Puerto Rico IDPA Nationals is expanding IDPA’s international presence and emerging as a key early season match for shooters. We are proud to be one of the sponsors and wish Team Safariland members good luck and a fun, safe match for all,” said Scott Carnahan, VP of Safariland and Bianchi.

The 2013 Puerto Rico IDPA National Championship will feature a 12-stage course of fire with a round count of 190. Registration for the match is open and slots are still available. The match fee is just $120.

Complete match information, including registration, hotel information and firearms permitting information can be found at www.IDPAPR.com.

U.S. shooters interested in competing in the Puerto Rico IDPA Nationals should register by March 10 in order to insure their firearms permitting paperwork is processed in time for the match.

For more information on IDPA, the 2013 Puerto Rico IDPA 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.

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Safariland, Hogue, Apex And Others Sponsor IDPA’s Smith & Wesson Indoor Nationals

by Editor 8. February 2013 10:14
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – Safariland, Hogue Grips and Apex Tactical Specialties, along with PowerTech/Smith & Wesson Flashlights, Rainier Ballistics and Swab-its, have signed on as sponsors of the upcoming Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship to be held February 21-23 in Springfield, Mass.

The International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) announced that the six sponsors have been added to the rapidly growling list of companies supporting the match, including the match’s major sponsors ACADEMI, Brownells, Comp-Tac Victory Gear, CORBON, GLOCK, GlockTriggers.com, Harris Publications, Michigan Ammo Company, Mossberg, the National Shooting Sports Foundation, Panteao Productions, Ruger, Taurus, Trijicon, Wilson Combat and match host Smith & Wesson.

“Each year industry support for the Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor Nationals eclipses that from the previous year, which is a testament to both the growing importance of IDPA competitions in America and the reputation Smith & Wesson’s match has as one of the best shooting competitions in any discipline,” said Joyce Wilson, executive director for IDPA.

Widely regarded as one of the finest competitive shooting events 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.

“Thanks to the generous support from our friends at Safariland, Hogue Grips, Apex Tactical Specialties, Rainier Ballistics, Swab-its and PowerTech/Smith & Wesson Flashlights, the 2013 championship is shaping up to be one of the best Indoor Nationals of all time,” added Wilson.

The sold-out 2013 Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship will take place on the indoor ranges of the Smith & Wesson Shooting Sports Center in Springfield, Massachusetts on Thursday, February 21, and will conclude with the awards banquet on Saturday, February 23.

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.

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