Comp-Tac’s Randi Rogers Takes High Lady at IDPA National Championship

by Editor 25. September 2013 07:30
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TULSA, Okla. – Comp-Tac’s Randi Rogers – the newest member of Team Smith & Wesson – claimed yet another High Lady title with her dominating performance at this year’s IDPA U.S. National Championship.

Competing in the Stock Service Pistol division, Rogers finished as the third Master, fourth in the division and 11th overall on her way to winning the High Lady title with a final time of 262.59 seconds while shooting 66 points down.

“Randi Rogers may have won the High Lady title but her incredible performance this past weekend shows she’s not simply the top woman in the sport, but one of its top shooters – period,” said Joyce Wilson, executive director of IDPA.

Placing second behind Rogers in the race for High Lady was rising star Ashley Rheuark. A 15-year-old competing as an ESP Master, Rheuark won the High Junior title with her 327.89 (61). Third place went to Team RangeLog’s Colleen Vaccaro, and ESP Expert, with her 345.90 (88). Rounding out the top five were Norma Judith Legados, and ESP Master, with 347.54 (124), and Cindy Bowser, and ESP Expert, with 356.93 (65).

The 2013 IDPA U.S. National Championship took place September 19-22 in Tulsa, Okla., drawing many of the shooting sports' top pistol and revolver shooters.

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.

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Team Smith & Wesson’s Josh Lentz Takes SSR National Title

by Editor 25. September 2013 07:10
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TULSA, Okla. – Team Smith & Wesson’s Josh Lentz captured the national Stock Service Revolver division title this past weekend at the 2013 IDPA U.S. National Championship in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Lentz, who is one of the shooters ranked a Distinguished Master in the SSR division, took top honors on five of the 17 stages to finish with a final time of 327.75 seconds and 54 points down.

“With his teammate Jerry Miculek, Josh delivered a one-two punch in the revolver divisions for Team Smith & Wesson. He’s an extraordinarily talented wheelgunner and I’m sure we’ll see several more SSR national trophies added to Josh’s trophy case in the coming years,” said Joyce Wilson, executive director of IDPA.

Finishing over 18 seconds behind Lentz in second place was fellow Distinguished Master Joseph Linskey who completed the match in a time of 346.23 seconds with 49 points down. Third place went to the other Distinguished Master in the championship, Kirk Crego, the defending champion. Crego posted a final time of 352.73 with 77 points down.

Rounding out the top five were Jess Christensen, the first Master, in fourth with 355.78 (81), and Tom Becker, second Master, in fifth with 363.20 (88). Elsewhere in the division Steve Duich claimed first Expert with 382.99 (71), Bill Schroll won first Sharpshooter with 413.66 (62), and Phil Torres took first Marksman with 531.55 (90). Juan Cheng, the only international shooter in the division, finished second Expert with 392.21 (75).

The 2013 IDPA U.S. National Championship took place September 19-22 in Tulsa, Okla., drawing many of the shooting sports' top pistol and revolver shooters.

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.

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Another Rainy Match, Another National IDPA Title For Team Smith & Wesson’s Miculek

by Editor 25. September 2013 07:00
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TULSA, Okla. – Once again the world’s best revolver shooter, Jerry Miculek, found himself shooting through the rain, and just like last year did so all the way to another national Enhanced Service Revolver division title with his dominating performance in the 2013 IDPA U.S. National Championship in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Miculek won with a time of 294.66 seconds and 76 points down. Taking stage wins on 12 of the 17 stages, Miculek outpaced his nearest competitor by 114.29 seconds.

“With the regularity that Jerry Miculek wins matches, I’m beginning to think he’s less of a shooter and more of a force of nature. Despite the off and on rain, Jerry shot undeterred and picked up yet another IDPA National Championship title,” said Joyce Wilson, executive director of IDPA.

Second place in the division went to Wayne Ritchie who finished first Expert with 408.95 and 73 points down. Darrell Sells placed third in the division to take first Sharpshooter with 424.76 and 112 points down. T.J. Milam, the first Master, was fourth with 427.99 and 149 points down, while Deon Greenwood, second Expert, rounded out the top five with 440.91 with 176 points down.

Elsewhere in the division, Brad Ludolph claimed first Marksman honors with his time of 493.52 seconds with 142 points down.

The 2013 IDPA U.S. National Championship took place September 19-22 in Tulsa, Okla., drawing many of the shooting sports' top pistol and revolver shooters.

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.

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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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iMarksman Sponsors Smith & Wesson Live Free Or Die State IDPA Championship

by Editor 6. September 2013 09:35
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – iMarksman, provider of the most affordable, realistic, and innovative training systems currently on the market, has signed on to sponsor the 2013 Smith & Wesson Live Free Or Die State IDPA Championship.

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

“We are very pleased to welcome iMarksman as a sponsor of the 2013 Smith & Wesson Live Free Or Die State IDPA Championship, and thank them for their generous support,” said Ken Lambert, match director.

“iMarksman is committed to sponsoring firearm training and competition events, like IDPA's Live Free Or Die State Championship. There is no better test of shooting skill than the pressure of the competition timer, and iMarksman is proud to provide shooters with the training tools they need to practice off the range," said Andrey Safanyuk, CEO of iSniper, Inc., makers of iMarksman®.

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.

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Brian Steskla Named Match Director Of 2013 Smith & Wesson IDPA BUG Nationals

by Editor 6. September 2013 07:35
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – The International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) and Smith & Wesson announced that Brian Steskla has been named Match Director of the inaugural Smith & Wesson IDPA Back Up Gun Nationals to take place in Springfield, Mass. November 14-16, 2013.

Smith & Wesson, which for the past 16 years has organized, sponsored and hosted the IDPA Indoor National Championship, is the driving force behind the launch of this new national level championship that will also be held on the indoor ranges of the Smith & Wesson Shooting Sports Center. Upwards of 200 top IDPA shooters are expected to compete for the new national champion title in either the Pistol or Revolver division.

“I am honored to have been selected by IDPA and Smith & Wesson to take the reins of IDPA’s newest national championship event,” said Brian Steskla. “As a sport based on concealed carry scenarios, there is a great demand among IDPA shooters for an opportunity to test their skills with the back up gun. I’m looking forward to working with a talented team of safety officers to put together the kind of exciting and challenging championship course of fire that shooters have come to expect from a Smith & Wesson event.”

Steskla, who is a 17-year veteran of law enforcement in the state of Connecticut, and an NRA certified Handgun/Shotgun Law Enforcement Instructor, brings more than 8 years of experience as an IDPA competitor and five years as an IDPA Safety Officer to his role as Match Director.

“Brian is an excellent choice for Match Director and his experience as both a competitor and a Safety Officer at numerous competitions gives him excellent insight into what makes for a good match. Not only does his selection bode well for this inaugural national championship but it also reflects Smith & Wesson’s commitment to helping IDPA develop top flight match staff,” said Joyce Wilson, executive director for IDPA.

The Smith & Wesson IDPA Back Up Gun Nationals will feature 13 stages with a round count of 180. Registration has begun and a few 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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Tara Lyon Takes High Lady At IDPA's S&W New England Regional

by Editor 21. August 2013 07:25
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HARVARD, Mass. – Tara Lyon outpaced defending women’s champ, Kimberly Buckland, to take the High Lady title at the Smith & Wesson New England Regional IDPA Championship.

Lyon, who competed as a Sharpshooter in the Stock Service Pistol (SSP) division, won six of 14 stages before taking the title with her final time of 515.15 seconds with 214 points down.

“Tara is a constant presence on New England’s IDPA ranges where she not only competes but often works the matches as well. I look forward to seeing Tara return to the winner’s circle again in the future,” said Bob Biehl, match director for the 2013 New England Regional.

Finishing in second place was Buckland who competed in the Enhanced Service Pistol (ESP) division as a Marksman. Buckland dominated Lyon on eight stages but finished with and overall time of 550.16 seconds and a total of 154 points down.

Also competing as a Marksman in ESP was Dori Smith who took third with 704.06 (269). Rounding out the top five were SSP Marksmen Samantha Galante in fourth with 761.83 (371) and Brooke Cheney placing fifth with 853.88 (313).

Sanctioned by the International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) the Smith & Wesson New England Regional IDPA Championship was held Friday, Saturday and Sunday, August 16-18, at the Harvard Sportsmen’s Club located in Harvard, Massachusetts and drew 189 competitors.

Complete match results can be found online at MetroWestTactical.com.

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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Miller Wins Tight Battle For SSR Title At IDPA’s New England Regional

by Editor 21. August 2013 07:20
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HARVARD, Mass. – Just 1.09 seconds separated the top four shooters in the Stock Service Revolver division at the Smith & Wesson New England Regional IDPA Championship with Robert Miller taking the title.

With wins on four of 14 stages, Miller, classified an Expert in the division, managed to hold off Wil Cournoyer, Dennis Doti, and Chris DeForge in the championship’s closest event and won the SSR title with a time of 467.10 seconds with 118 points down.

Cournoyer, also an Expert, finished second with 467.37 (100), followed by Doti, a Sharpshooter, with 467.47 (124) and DeForge, an Expert, with 468.19 (62).

“The Stock Service Revolver competition was a true nail-biter with the hopes and dreams of all four top shooters hinging on the placement of any one shot in the match,” said Bob Biehl, match director for the 2013 New England Regional.

Rounding out the top five was Sharpshooter Greg Hayes who finished with a time of 552.33 seconds with 172 points down. Elsewhere in the division, Chip Dufault finished first Marksman with 595.91 (217).

Sanctioned by the International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) the Smith & Wesson New England Regional IDPA Championship was held Friday, Saturday and Sunday, August 16-18, at the Harvard Sportsmen’s Club located in Harvard, Massachusetts and drew 189 competitors.

Complete match results can be found online at MetroWestTactical.com.

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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Craig Buckland Wins Back-to-Back CDP Titles At IDPA’s New England Regional

by Editor 21. August 2013 07:15
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HARVARD, Mass. – The Wolff Gunsprings/Tactical Defense Solutions shooter Craig Buckland picked up his second straight Custom Defensive Pistol title at the Smith & Wesson New England Regional IDPA Championship.

With division wins on half of the match’s 14 stages, Buckland, a Master class shooter, managed to outpace Team Colt’s Mark Redl by just over 12 seconds with his final winning time of 291.25 seconds and 57 points down.

“Craig shot a very strong match with Mark right on his heels. With two consecutive CDP victories in the books, it’s clear that Craig knows how to put together a winning run here at the New England Regional,” said Bob Biehl, match director for this year’s championship.

Redl placed second with five stage wins to take first Master with 303.86 seconds and 99 points down. Third place went to the first Expert, Aaron Haines, with 353.56 (105). Matthew Holmes, third Master, placed fourth with one stage win and 355.52 (87) while second Expert Bob Biehl who rounded out the top five with 368.22 (95).

Elsewhere in the division, Frank Palka, an Expert in the division, won High Distinguished Senior honors with a final time of 418.17 seconds and 57 points down. Kevin Wagner took first Sharpshooter with 435.36 (104) and Andy Holton claimed first Marksman with 489.83 (114).

Sanctioned by the International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) the Smith & Wesson New England Regional IDPA Championship was held Friday, Saturday and Sunday, August 16-18, at the Harvard Sportsmen’s Club located in Harvard, Massachusetts and drew 189 competitors.

Complete match results can be found online at MetroWestTactical.com.

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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David Dolio Claims SSP Title At IDPA’s S&W New England Regional

by Editor 21. August 2013 07:10
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HARVARD, Mass. – In the match’s most heavily contested division, David Dolio claimed the Stock Service Pistol title at the Smith & Wesson New England Regional IDPA Championship.

Dolio topped a field of over 100 shooters and racked up wins on five of 14 stages before posting his final winning run of 299.37 seconds and 104 points down. The Master class shooter outpaced his nearest competitor, Brian Steskla, by just 3.88 seconds.

“David is an excellent shooter, one of the best, and you have to be when you’re competing in the Stock Service Pistol division where so many of New England’s shooters compete,” said Bob Biehl, match director for the 2013 New England Regional.

With two stage wins and his final time of 303.25, and 66 points down, Steskla placed second as the first Master. Lee Adams won High Military Veteran honors, taking third in the division and second Master with one stage win and 312.99 (63), while Matthew Farley finished fourth for first Expert with 326.46 (100) and Rob Lacroix placed fifth for third Master with three stage wins and 329.41 (129).

Elsewhere in the division, Mason Lane, an Expert, won the High Junior title with 375.02 (89). Michael French finished first Sharpshooter with 384.20 (106). Jack Hamel took first Marksman with 491.57 (196). And High Lady honors went to Tara Lyon, a Sharpshooter, with 515.15 (214).

Sanctioned by the International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) the Smith & Wesson New England Regional IDPA Championship was held Friday, Saturday and Sunday, August 16-18, at the Harvard Sportsmen’s Club located in Harvard, Massachusetts and drew 189 competitors.

Complete match results can be found online at MetroWestTactical.com.

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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