Smith & Wesson Sponsors IDPA's Carolina Cup Championship

by Editor 23. April 2012 20:10
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – Smith & Wesson, the 160-year-old firearms maker headquartered in Springfield, Mass., will be a major sponsor of the upcoming Carolina Cup championship, according to officials with the International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA).

As part of their support for the match Smith & Wesson will serve as a stage sponsor as well as the sponsor of a side match which will feature the company's newest pistol, the M&P Shield. Smith & Wesson will also be hosting a demonstration bay during the match to allow competitors and spectators the opportunity to test-fire a wide variety of their firearms.

“We are extremely grateful to again have Smith & Wesson as a major sponsor of the Carolina Cup,” said Scott Ruby, sponsor coordinator for the Carolina Cup. “Smith & Wesson is one of the firearms industry's strongest supporters of recreational and competitive shooting in America, and particularly IDPA where the company has been one of the early leaders in promoting the sport.”

The Carolina Cup is one of IDPA's three major championships and will take place June 14-16 at The Range in Oxford, North Carolina. More than 360 of IDPA's top shooters are expected to put upwards of 75,000 rounds downrange in pursuit of titles in Custom Defensive Pistol, Enhanced Service Pistol, Stock Service Pistol, Stock Service Revolver and Enhanced Service Revolver, the five divisions in IDPA competition.

Considered by many to be among the most popular matches in IDPA competition, the Carolina Cup is known for its challenging courses of fire that creatively test all of a shooter's skills. Due to both the match's popularity and the explosive growth in IDPA membership, the Carolina Cup has been sold out since early March. For more information on the championship visit www.The-CarolinaCup.com, or use #carolinacup to follow match news and competitor updates on Twitter.

Founded in 1996, the International Defensive Pistol Association is the international governing body for IDPA competition which offers shooters a fun, safe, and challenging format to practice and test their gun handling skills through defensive-based scenarios. Today IDPA stands as the fastest growing shooting sport in the United States with nearly 20,000 members from all 50 states and 54 foreign countries. IDPA's 321 affiliated clubs offer weekly and monthly matches as well as host major championships.

To find a club near you, join IDPA, or just learn more about this exciting and fun defensive pistol shooting sport, visit www.IDPA.com. You can also follow @OfficialIDPA on Twitter, like ShootIDPA on Facebook, watch IDPA TV, or check out the Down Zero Blog to keep up with the latest news.

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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.

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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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Team IDPA at the 2012 NRA Show - Day 3

by Editor 16. April 2012 21:56
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The third and final day of the 2012 NRA Show saw Team IDPA meeting with some of the biggest gun makers in the firearms world, including Taurus, whose new CEO, Mark Kresser, talked to Joyce Wilson about shooting a little IDPA himself in the coming months. Joyce Rubino from Colt talked shop, and shooting. And of course, no NRA tour of gun makers would be complete without a visit to Smith & Wesson, which in case you didn't know hosts a little IDPA match and get together each year...just a small event you may have heard people talking about.

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Smith & Wesson Unveils New M&P Shield™

by Editor 12. April 2012 14:06
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S&W M&P Shield

Smith & Wesson Corp. today announced the introduction of the company’s new slim, concealable, lightweight, striker-fired polymer pistol with the unveiling of the M&P Shield™.  Available in 9mm and .40 S&W, the new M&P Shield features a slim design combined with the proven and trusted features found in the M&P Pistol Series. From the pistol’s easily concealed one-inch profile to its optimized 18-degree grip angle, the M&P Shield offers professional-grade features that provide simple operation and reliable performance.

“Throughout the industry, there has been a progressive demand for a reliable, accurate self defense firearm,” said Mario Pasantes, Smith & Wesson’s Senior Vice President of Marketing and Global Professional Sales. “Whether used as a backup for police personnel, an undercover firearm for plain-clothes officers or a dependable carry gun for private citizens, the M&P Shield expertly fulfills the need. Built to professional standards and backed by Smith & Wesson’s reputation for innovation and quality control, the M&P Shield adds another high performance option to our company’s broad line of purpose built firearms.”

Chambered in 9mm and .40 S&W for proven stopping power, the M&P Shield features a high-strength polymer frame with a black, Melonite® coated stainless steel slide and barrel. Both models are standard with a 3.1-inch barrel, which contributes to an overall length of 6.1 inches and an unloaded weight of 19 ounces. For fast tracking and smooth target acquisition, the M&P Shield is standard with a 5.3-inch sight radius and has been enhanced with a short, consistent trigger pull measuring 6.5 pounds. Featuring a quick and audible reset made possible by the striker-fired action, the M&P Shield allows multiple rounds to be placed on target both consistently and accurately.

The accuracy of the pistol has been further refined with a white dot stainless steel front sight and a white two-dot stainless steel rear sight. The M&P Shield retains familiar operating features on the left side of the frame, including a simple takedown lever, flat profile slide stop, magazine release and thumb safety. The flush mounted safety allows users to carry the pistol comfortably and confidently. For improved firearm control, the M&P Shield is standard with a fixed textured backstrap and additional texturing at the forward portion of the grip. An extended trigger guard has also been added for operation of the pistol with or without gloves.

Internal features of the new M&P Shield mirror the standard M&P Series. Its stainless steel internal chassis reduces flex while providing a stable shooting platform and its low-bore axis helps maintain ease-of-use and a comfortable feel. Other familiar features include a passive trigger safety that prevents the pistol from firing if dropped and a sear release lever that eliminates the need to press the trigger in order to disassemble the firearm. A loaded chamber indicator is located on top of the slide.

The M&P Shield is shipped with both an extended and flat magazine offering users the ability to customize the length of the grip. The 9mm M&P Shield offers an 8+1 or 7+1 magazine capacity while the .40 S&W M&P Shield is standard with either a 7+1 or 6+1 magazine capacity. The M&P Shield will also be introduced in a California compliant model. Both the 9mm and .40 S&W M&P Shield have an MSRP of $449 and are available now.

As an added bonus, Smith & Wesson has worked with the industry’s top holster, laser and after-market sight manufacturers so that owners can personalize their M&P Shield with high quality accessories that are immediately available from various providers.

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