Registration Opens Today For S&W Live Free Or Die State IDPA Match

by Editor 21. July 2014 07:35
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – Online registration for the 2014 Smith & Wesson Live Free Or Die State IDPA Championship opens today, Monday, July 21, at noon eastern time at www.MatchReg.com.

Hosted again by the Pioneer Sportsmen Club in Dunbarton, New Hampshire, last year’s Live Free Or Die sold out in record time. Match officials expect another sell out this year and encourage IDPA members to register as early as possible once online registration goes live at noon. The match will take place October 17-19, 2014.

In addition to determining the state title, the Smith & Wesson Live Free Or Die will also serve as the final leg of the popular King of New England contest presented by Apex Tactical Specialties. The 18th Annual Massachusetts State Championship and the New England Regional, both also sponsored by Smith & Wesson, make up the first and second legs, respectively, of the series.

Companies interested in sponsoring the Live Free Or Die State Championship should contact the sponsorship coordinator at psi.sponsorship@gmail.com.

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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Smith & Wesson Sponsors 2014 IDPA U.S. National Championship

by Editor 14. July 2014 07:35
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – One of the longest ongoing supporters of the International Defensive Pistol Association, the 162-year-old firearms maker, Smith & Wesson, is once again sponsoring IDPA’s annual U.S. National Championship.

“This marks the 18th year that Smith & Wesson has sponsored IDPA’s national championship match, continuing one of the longest and most productive sponsor relationships in the shooting sports. We’re very pleased to once again be working with Smith & Wesson to bring our members another great championship event,” said Joyce Wilson, executive director for IDPA.

Smith & Wesson joins ACADEMI, Brownells, Comp-Tac, GLOCK, Harris Publications, the National Shooting Sports Foundation 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.

“Smith & Wesson has always supported the shooting sports, whether it’s sponsoring matches, supporting shooting organizations or fielding a team of sponsored shooters. We’re very proud to be a longtime partner with IDPA and look forward to continuing that relationship for many years to come,” said Paul Pluff of Smith & Wesson.

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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Dates Announced For 2014 S&W Live Free Or Die State IDPA Championship

by Editor 7. July 2014 09:00
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – Following last year’s wildly successful Live Free Or Die state match, Pioneer Sportsmen Club in Dunbarton, New Hampshire, has announced that the Blockbuster-themed 2014 Smith & Wesson Live Free Or Die State IDPA Championship will take place October 17, 18 and 19.

In addition to determining the state title, the championship will also serve as the final leg of the popular King of New England contest. The 18th Annual Massachusetts State Championship and the New England Regional, both sponsored by Smith & Wesson, make up the first and second legs, respectively, of the series.

“IDPA at Pioneer has seen tremendous growth since the program was revamped last year and we’re continuing those efforts this year. Thanks once again to the generous support of title sponsor Smith & Wesson, the 2014 Live Free Or Die State IDPA Championship is a must attend event for New Hampshire’s expanding IDPA community,” said Jon Wolfe, match director for the championship.

Last year’s championship sold-out in record time and shooters are encouraged to mark their calendars. Online registration for the 2014 Smith & Wesson Live Free Or Die State IDPA Championship will take place on Monday, July 21 at www.MatchReg.com.

“There is no doubt that IDPA is thriving in New Hampshire and that is thanks to the hardworking volunteers at Pioneer Sportsmen Club who have built a great program and given New England an exciting new championship match no shooter wants to miss. Smith & Wesson is happy to contribute to the ongoing success of IDPA in the New England region,” said Paul Pluff of Smith & Wesson.

Companies interested in sponsoring the Live Free Or Die State Championship should contact the sponsorship coordinator at psi.sponsorship@gmail.com.

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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Registration Opens For 2014 Smith & Wesson IDPA Back Up Gun Nationals

by Editor 30. June 2014 06:45
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – The International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) announced that open registration for the second annual Smith & Wesson Back Up Gun Nationals will take place Tuesday, July 1, starting at noon eastern time.

Based on the small, subcompact pistols and revolvers used for concealed carry and personal defense, the Smith & Wesson IDPA Back Up Gun Nationals consists of shooting strings utilizing a maximum of five rounds and stages made up of one or more shooting strings with multiple starts allowing competitors to reload off the clock.

The 2014 Smith & Wesson Back Up Gun Nationals will take place November 6-8, 2014, and will be held on the indoor ranges of the Smith & Wesson Shooting Sports Center in Springfield, Massachusetts. Competitors will compete in either the Pistol or Revolver division.

The competition is open to any current IDPA member. To register, go to MatchReg.com/BUG. To select a classification, IDPA members should use their highest classification in the three pistol divisions (CDP, ESP, SSP) or the two revolver divisions (ESR, SSR).

For more information on IDPA, the Smith & Wesson IDPA Back Up Gun Nationals or to join the nearly 24,000 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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King of New England Stages Announced For 2014 Massachusetts State IDPA

by Editor 4. June 2014 07:15
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – Organizers of the 18th Annual Massachusetts State IDPA Championship, presented by Smith & Wesson, announced the four stages that will be part of this year’s Apex King of New England series.

The Massachusetts State IDPA Championship is the first leg of a three match King of New England series which is once again presented by Apex Tactical Specialties. The three event concurrent competition features four (4) stages from each of New England’s biggest IDPA matches.

The stages counting towards the 2014 King of New England title are stages 2, 3, 8 and 9. Stage 5 will serve as the alternate King of New England stage. You can review all 10 stages of the course of fire online at IDPA.com.

“The Massachusetts State Championship is ready to kick things off in the battle for the King of New England and we think the four stages we’ve selected are a fitting start for this popular series,” said John Catterall, match director for the championship.

The match will be hosted by the Rod & Gun Club of New Bedford which has hosted the match since 1997. Match staff and VIPs are set to shoot on Friday, June 6, followed by the main body of competitors taking on the 10 stage match Saturday and Sunday, June 7 and 8.

For more information on IDPA, 18th Annual Massachusetts State IDPA Championship, presented by Smith & Wesson, 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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Massachusetts State Stage 10: The Big Mamou

by Editor 3. June 2014 06:10
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SCENARIO: Terrorists unleash a weapon of mass destruction in your hotel. Save your friends Mike and Aaron (and the poor lady who got off the elevator) from the Big Mamou.

PROCEDURE: Start standing at barrel designating P1, hands relaxed at sides, firearm loaded to division capacity and holstered. Ammo carriers loaded to division capacity and stowed per IDPA rules.

Engage T1-T4 in tactical sequence (3.4.2) either from P1 or while on the move to P2 (6.26). T1-T4 may be re-engaged from cover at P2 if necessary. At P2 engage T5-T8. A non-scoring popper behind T7 activates an Out-‘N-Back T6 target, which will disappear behind the NT (6.17). *Steel must fall to activate the mover – T6 is not visible until the steel behind T7 falls.

SCORING: Vickers Count
ROUND COUNT:
 16
TARGETS: 8 IDPA, 2 Non-Threat
SCORED HITS: Best Two On Target, Steel Must Fall*
CONCEALMENT: Required

STAGE DESIGN: John Catterall

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Massachusetts State Stage 9: It Was Chad’s Idea

by Editor 3. June 2014 06:09
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THIS IS A KING OF NEW ENGLAND STAGE

SCENARIO: While at the Inaugural Smith & Wesson IDPA Back-Up Gun National Championship, your friend Chad said you should be “Always Ready” when working at your gun store, just in case you are overrun by the infamous Bad Ass Bunny and her crew of cookie fairies. On Chad’s advice, you have a BUG in a handy place.

PROCEDURE: Start standing at P1 behind table, hands relaxed at sides, firearm loaded to division capacity and holstered. Ammo carriers loaded to division capacity and stowed per IDPA rules. Back-Up Gun compliant firearm (8.2.6) loaded with 5 rounds in the closed box on the table.

Engage T1-T3 and the two poppers with 1 round each from your firearm. T1 is more than 2 yards away from the single exposure drop-turners T2 & T3. The two poppers activating the drop-turners are more than two yards away from the drop-turners. There is no cover on the stage. After engaging T1-T3 place your firearm on the table into the “hot box” with the muzzle facing down range (safety on/decocked, if applicable). Pick up the BUG gun (6.25) from the box and engage T4-T7 with 1 round each. T4-T7 are arranged in an array to simulate a threat falling to the ground – engage the array from the top to the bottom. The shooter remains standing behind the table at P1 for the entire stage.

SCORING: Vickers Count
ROUND COUNT:
 9
TARGETS: 7 IDPA, 2 Non-Threat
SCORED HITS: Best One On Target, Steel Must Fall
CONCEALMENT: Not Required

STAGE DESIGN: John Catterall

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Massachusetts State Stage 8: Boldly Go Where No Man Has Gone Before

by Editor 3. June 2014 06:08
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THIS IS A KING OF NEW ENGLAND STAGE

SCENARIO: “I need a smoother trigger, Scotty!” Shoot them as you see them, per IDPA rules.

PROCEDURE: Standing at P1, hands relaxed at sides, firearm loaded to division capacity and holstered. Ammo carriers loaded to division capacity and stowed per IDPA rules.

Engage T1-T2 while on the move forward. Engage remaining targets as they become visible. Shooter must step on the Pressure Pad at P2 to activate movers before engaging T5. T8 is only available from P3.

SCORING: Vickers Count
ROUND COUNT:
 18
TARGETS: 9 IDPA, 3 Non-Threat
SCORED HITS: Best Two On Target
CONCEALMENT: Required

STAGE DESIGN: David Bold

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Massachusetts State Stage 7: Someone’s Knocking On The Door

by Editor 3. June 2014 06:07
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SCENARIO: Shoot them as you see them, per IDPA rules.

PROCEDURE: Start standing at P1 facing T1-T2, hands relaxed at sides, firearm loaded to division capacity and holstered. Ammo carriers loaded to division capacity and stowed per IDPA rules.

Engage T1-T2 in tactical sequence (3.4.2) while retreating to the Bianchi Barricade. T1-T2 may not be re-engaged from the Bianchi Barricade. Engage Popper on right side of the stage from the Bianchi Barricade then advance to P2 to engage the T3-T5 array. Open the door and engage the second popper and T6-T7 using either side of the doorway as cover.

SCORING: Vickers Count
ROUND COUNT:
 16
TARGETS: 7 IDPA, 2 Steel, 3 Non-Threat
SCORED HITS: Best Two On Target, Steel Must Fall
CONCEALMENT: Required

STAGE DESIGN: Mike Martin

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Massachusetts State Stage 6: Brought To You By The Number ‘8,’ Uh-Uh-Uh

by Editor 3. June 2014 06:06
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SCENARIO: Shoot them as you see them, per IDPA rules.

PROCEDURE: Start seated at table with your back against the back of the chair, hands on knees. Empty firearm placed in the closed box on table. Any loading devices needed for the stage may start placed anywhere on the table. The maximum allowable number of loading devices are indicated in Rule 8.1.4, however, the shooter may choose to use less than the maximum number allowed. All loading devices placed on the table at the start of the stage must be stowed per Rule 8.6 and all subparts when leaving the table.

Engage T1-T2 while seated, there is no cover available while engaging T1-T2, and, T1-T2 may not be re-engaged after leaving the table. Engage T3-T4 from either P2 position, the near side of the wall or the far side of the wall – shooter’s choice. Advance down range and engage T5 using cover when T5 becomes visible. All snow fence walls represent cover.

SCORING: Vickers Count
ROUND COUNT:
 15
TARGETS: 5 IDPA, 2 Non-Threat
SCORED HITS: Best Three On Target
CONCEALMENT: Required

STAGE DESIGN: Gene Gelberger

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