SIG SAUER Sponsors Smith & Wesson New England Regional IDPA Championship

by Editor 22. July 2014 07:45
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – Noted New Hampshire firearms maker SIG SAUER® has signed on as one of the returning premier sponsors of the 2014 Smith & Wesson New England Regional IDPA Championship.

Taking place the weekend of August 15-17, the 2014 Smith & Wesson New England Regional IDPA Championship is again being hosted by the MetroWest Tactical IDPA club at the Harvard Sportsmen’s Club.

“We are very pleased to welcome back SIG SAUER as one of our premier sponsors and thank them for their generous support of this and other IDPA matches,” said Michael Joffe, sponsor coordinator for the 2014 New England Regional.

In addition to determining New England’s top IDPA shooter, the New England Regional serves as the second leg of the King of New England series. Presented again this year by Apex Tactical Specialties, the King of New England is a three event concurrent competition featuring four stages from each of New England’s biggest IDPA matches.

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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SIG SAUER Returns As Sponsor Of S&W IDPA Indoor Nationals

by Editor 3. February 2014 18:25
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – New Hampshire firearms maker SIG SAUER® has signed on as one of the major sponsors of the sold-out 2014 Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship.

Now in its 17th year, the Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor Nationals is one of the shooting sports’ most popular events, thanks to broad industry support from companies like SIG SAUER.

“SIG SAUER continues to support IDPA, both nationally and locally at their training facility in New Hampshire, and we’re very pleased to welcome them back as a major sponsor of the Smith & Wesson Indoor Nationals,” said Robert Ray, membership and marketing director for IDPA.

SIG SAUER joins Apex Tactical Specialties, Blade-Tech, Brownells, Colt, Comp-Tac Victory Gear, CORBON, FMG Publications, GunUp.com, the National Shooting Sports Foundation, Nighthawk Custom, Panteao Productions, Rand Brands, the Self Defense Association, Wilson Combat and Smith & Wesson, the title sponsor, in supporting the match.

As part of their support, SIG SAUER will host the reception prior to the Saturday evening awards banquet.

“The staff of the SIG Academy looks forward to the S&W IDPA Indoor Nationals every year. It is a fantastic event and venue, we are excited to sponsor the match as always. IDPA competitions fall directly in line with our “train how you fight” philosophy so what better way to put shooter skills to the test than at this highly competitive match,” said Adam Painchaud, director of the SIG SAUER Academy.

The match is scheduled to take place February 20-22 on the indoor ranges of the Smith & Wesson Shooting Sports Center in Springfield, Massachusetts. 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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Sig Sauer Sponsors Smith & Wesson IDPA Back Up Gun Nationals

by Editor 22. October 2013 06:55
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – The International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) announced that New Hampshire firearms maker SIG SAUER® will be one of the major sponsors of the upcoming Smith & Wesson IDPA Back Up Gun Nationals.

SIG SAUER joins Apex Tactical Specialties, Harris Publications, Michigan Ammo Company, the National Shooting Sports Foundation and Smith & Wesson, the title sponsor, in supporting this latest IDPA national championship event. As part of their support, SIG SAUER will host the the reception prior to the Saturday evening awards banquet.

“The inaugural Back Up Gun National Championship is drawing a great deal of support from the firearms industry and we’re very happy to add the name SIG SAUER to the growing list of sponsors,” said Joyce Wilson, executive director for IDPA.

“We are excited to sponsor and participate in the Smith & Wesson Back Up Gun Nationals this year. The Sig Sauer Academy believes strongly in responsible concealed carry and the training to back it up. This unique match is a great opportunity to test skills in a fun, competitive environment with the handgun most often carried. It’s one thing to run a match with your five inch competition gun, it’s a different ballgame running your subcompact,” said Adam Painchaud, director of the Sig Sauer Academy.

The Smith & Wesson IDPA Back Up Gun Nationals will take place November 14-16 and feature a 13-stage course of fire 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 event to draw upwards of 200 top IDPA shooters vying for titles in either the Pistol or Revolver division.

Registration is open and just 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.

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Live Free Or Die Stage 3: Birthday Party Part 2

by Editor 16. October 2013 13:15
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SCENARIO: Your daughter wasn’t impressed with your special birthday meal, and the piñata you made out of a dead cat was just gross. This party isn’t going well, but you’re sure she is going to like the new handgun you got her (even if it did come off one of the dead marauders from stage 2). Unfortunately, party crashers have arrived. They weren’t invited, so open her present early and teach them a lesson.

PROCEDURE: Start seated at P1 with firearm unloaded, in IDPA box. Ammo carriers loaded, in box on table. Hands holding an MRE packet.

Engage T1-T6 with 2 rounds each. NOTE: The lid to the IDPA box hits the button that activates the swinger T1. Poppers behind T2 and T3 activate T4 and T5. T1 and T4 are not disappearing. T6 is at 25 yards.

SCORING: Vickers Count
ROUND COUNT:
12
TARGETS: 6 IDPA, 2 Non-Threat
SCORED HITS: Best Two On Target
CONCEALMENT: Required

STAGE DESIGN: Metro West Tactical

STAGE SPONSOR: Sig Sauer
WEBSITE: www.SigSauer.com

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US Nationals '13 Stage 16: Leaving On A Jet Plane

by Editor 18. September 2013 07:00
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SCENARIO: You are flying to an IDPA match when terrorists take over the jet. An air marshal seated next to you starts to intervene and gets shot. A terrorist leans over to take the marshal’s gun and you see your chance.

PROCEDURE: Start at P1, your gun loaded and on dummy. Strong hand holding “strike pen” both hands touching knees.

At the signal, drive your Tactical Pen into T1. Pick up the gun and engage T2-T4 with 2 rounds each in tactical priority from low cover.

SCORING: Vickers Count
ROUND COUNT:
6
TARGETS: 3 IDPA, 1 Non-Threat
SCORED HITS: Best Two On Target
CONCEALMENT: Not Required

STAGE DESIGN: John May and Robert Ray

STAGE SPONSOR: Sig Sauer
WEBSITE: www.SigSauer.com

 

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SIG SAUER Sponsors Smith & Wesson Live Free Or Die State IDPA Championship

by Editor 31. July 2013 07:30
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – Granite State gun maker SIG SAUER® and the SIG SAUER Academy are giving a big boost to the New Hampshire IDPA community and sponsoring the 2013 Smith & Wesson Live Free Or Die State IDPA Championship.

SIG SAUER Academy joins Taurus and Smith & Wesson, the title sponsor of the match, as one of the main sponsors of the championship event slated to take place October 18-20 at the Pioneer Sportsmen Club in Dunbarton, N.H.

“It’s been three years since New Hampshire has seen an IDPA state championship, so we are especially pleased to have the generous local support of the world famous training center out at SIG,” said Ken Lambert, match director. “Thanks to the SIG Academy and our other sponsors, Granite State IDPA is roaring back.”

After selling out in just three hours, organizers added a second full day of competition to accommodate the enthusiastic demand from local IDPA competitors eager to take on the challenges of a New Hampshire state match.

“Action shooting sports like IDPA hold a soft spot in the hearts of all of us out here at the SIG Academy so we are proud to provide support to our brethren over at Pioneer for the state IDPA championship” said Adam Painchaud, director of the SIG SAUER Academy.

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 Specialties. 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 SIG SAUER®, Inc.
SIG SAUER, Inc. is the largest member of a worldwide business group of firearms manufacturers that includes SIG SAUER GmbH & Co. KG in Germany and Swiss Arms AG in Switzerland. This global network of companies gives SIG SAUER a world-class firearms knowledge base, unparalleled design expertise, and extensive manufacturing capacity, enabling the company to respond quickly and effectively to changing market conditions and the needs of its military, law enforcement, and commercial markets worldwide. SIG SAUER is an ISO 9001: 2008 certified company more than 800 employees. For more information on SIG SAUER, any of its products, or the SIG SAUER Academy‚Ą†, log on to www.sigsauer.com.

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SIG SAUER Sponsors Smith & Wesson New England Regional IDPA Championship

by Editor 17. July 2013 07:25
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – New Hampshire firearms maker SIG SAUER® has signed on as one of the premier sponsors of the 2013 Smith & Wesson New England Regional IDPA Championship.

The Smith & Wesson New England Regional IDPA Championship will take place August 16-18 at the Harvard Sportsmen's Club in Harvard, Massachusetts and will again be hosted by the MetroWest Tactical IDPA club.

SIG SAUER joins Blade-Tech Industries, MyGunDB, the National Shooting Sports Foundation, Tactical Defense Solutions and Smith & Wesson, the title sponsor of the match, in supporting the New England Regional which is among the region’s largest defensive pistol shooting competitions.

“We’re grateful to have the support of one of New England’s premier firearms makers. SIG SAUER pistols and rifles are held in the highest regard, as is their commitment to the shooting sports. We’re proud to work with SIG SAUER to make this year’s New England IDPA Regional the best yet,” said Dori Smith of the MetroWest Tactical IDPA club.

“SIG SAUER is devoted to supporting rifle and pistol matches worldwide, and being a sponsor of the New England Regional IDPA Championship is a great fit for us,” said Jarrod McDevitt, rifle product and competitive shooting program manager. “We are investing more in shooting sports than ever before to help ensure future generations get the opportunity to enjoy matches like this. We appreciate all the hard work volunteers put into making events like this so great and are happy to be part of it.”

The 2013 Smith & Wesson New England Regional IDPA Championship is expected to draw upwards of 200 of the region’s top shooters. Registration for the event opened on May 1 and match officials report that the competition is sold out with a waiting list of shooters hoping for a last minute opening.

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 SIG SAUER®, Inc.
SIG SAUER, Inc. is the largest member of a worldwide business group of firearms manufacturers that includes SIG SAUER GmbH & Co. KG in Germany and Swiss Arms AG in Switzerland. This global network of companies gives SIG SAUER a world-class firearms knowledge base, unparalleled design expertise, and extensive manufacturing capacity, enabling the company to respond quickly and effectively to changing market conditions and the needs of its military, law enforcement, and commercial markets worldwide. SIG SAUER is an ISO 9001: 2008 certified company more than 800 employees. For more information on SIG SAUER, any of its products, or the SIG SAUER Academy‚Ą†, log on to www.sigsauer.com.

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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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