Wilson Combat’s Shelby Repeats As IDPA's CDP National Champ

by Editor 26. September 2012 02:15
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OXFORD, N.C. – Glenn Shelby of the Wilson Combat shooting team made it two in a row with his win this past weekend in the Custom Defensive Pistol division at the 2012 International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) National Championships.

Shelby, who is one of the few Distinguished Masters in IDPA, captured the title for the second year in a row by posting a final time of 248.48 seconds and finishing as the fourth most accurate shooter in the match with just 44 points down.

“Glenn is a truly outstanding shooter who faced an uphill battle in defending his 2011 title win, especially against such a strong contingent of top level CDP competitors,” said Joyce Wilson, executive director of IDPA.

Second place in the division went to another Distinguished Master, Team Smith & Wesson's David Olhasso, who finished with a time of 250.23 (42). Third place and firt Master honors went to Gary Byerly of Team ITI, this year's Carolina Cup winner, who finished with 266.17 (69). Chris Chamberlain took fourth in the division and secodn Master with 286.70 (69), while Matt Sims claimed third Master with 292.08 (70) to finish fifth overall and the division’s top Senior competitor.

Elsewhere in CDP, Chris Donovan took first Expert with 299.20 (60), first Sharpshooter went to Joel Garner with 372.99 (106), and David Galante took home first Marksman with 461.53 (153).

Alberto Soto of Costa Rica finished as the top International competitor in CDP with 334.65 (112) and Joanna Lenczewska placed as the division’s top Lady with 414.18 (187).

The 2012 IDPA National Championships took place September 19-22 in Oxford, N.C., drawing many of the shooting sports' top pistol and revolver shooters.

Fore more information, or to get started in this fun and exciting defensive pistol shooting sport, 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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Harris Publications Sponsors 2012 IDPA National Championships

by Editor 17. September 2012 05:30
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – Harris Publications, a leading publisher of special interest publications and owner of such titles as Combat Handguns and the popular website Tactical-Life.com, will be a gold level sponsor of the upcoming International Defensive Pistol Association’s 2012 National Championships taking place this week in Oxford, N.C., according to an announcement made today by IDPA officials.

“IDPA has had a very close working relationship with Harris Publications which has always been a strong supporter of the shooting sports and IDPA in particular,” said Joyce Wilson, executive director of IDPA.

“Through the various firearms titles offered by the Harris Tactical Group, IDPA members have followed every new product announcement and firearm innovation from an insider’s perspective that only the editors at Harris Publications provide. We greatly appreciate their continued support, especially since their publications are favorites among IDPA members.”

As a gold level sponsor of the match Harris Publications joins a list of the shooting sports industry’s who’s who, including ACADEMI, Comp-Tac Victory Gear, Cheaper Than Dirt!, CrossBreed Holsters, CZ-USA, GLOCK, GlockTriggers.com, the National Shooting Sports Foundation, Remington, Smith & Wesson, Wilson Combat and Woolrich Elite Series.

As part of Harris Publications’ sponsorship, Combat Handguns and Tactical Knives will each sponsor one of the 16 stages in the course of fire at this year’s National Championships.

The 2012 IDPA National Championships are being held September 19-22 at The Range in Oxford, N.C. As the pinnacle event of the IDPA competitive season, the match will draw more than 350 top shooters vying for the coveted title of National Champion in Custom Defensive Pistol, Enhanced Service Pistol, Stock Service Pistol, Stock Service Revolver and Enhanced Service Revolver, the five divisions in IDPA competition.

Fore more information, or to get started in this fun and exciting defensive pistol shooting sport, visit www.IDPA.com. You can also follow the IDPA National Championships online by following @OfficialIDPA on Twitter, using hashtag #IDPANats, like ShootIDPA on Facebook, watch IDPA TV, or check for regular updates on the Down Zero Blog.

About International Defensive Pistol Association:
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 over 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.

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Remington Sponsors 2012 IDPA National Championships

by Editor 13. September 2012 01:05
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – The International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) announced that Remington Arms Company, one of America’s oldest and most respected firearms makers, will be a major sponsor of the 2012 IDPA National Championships.

“The name Remington needs no introduction, especially to IDPA members who are more than familiar with this iconic American brand. Dating back to its founding in 1816, Remington’s commitment to the shooting sports is measured not in years or decades, but centuries, and we are proud to count them among the major sponsors of this year’s IDPA National Championships," said Robert Ray, membership and marketing director for IDPA.

As a gold level sponsor of the match Remington joins a list of the shooting sports industry’s who’s who, including ACADEMI, Comp-Tac Victory Gear, Cheaper Than Dirt!, CrossBreed Holsters, CZ-USA, GLOCK, GlockTriggers.com, the National Shooting Sports Foundation, Smith & Wesson, Wilson Combat and Woolrich Elite Series.

As part of their support, Remington will sponsor two of the 16 stages in the course of fire at this year’s National Championships. Additionally, Remington will be represented in the competition by Carlos Martinez.

The 2012 IDPA National Championships will take place September 19-22 at The Range in Oxford, N.C. As the pinnacle event of the IDPA competitive season, the match will draw more than 300 top shooters vying for the coveted title of National Champion in Custom Defensive Pistol, Enhanced Service Pistol, Stock Service Pistol, Stock Service Revolver and Enhanced Service Revolver, the five divisions in IDPA competition.

Fore more information, or to get started in this fun and exciting 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.

About Remington Arms Company, LLC:
Remington Arms Company, LLC, ("Remington") headquartered in Madison, N.C., designs, produces and sells sporting goods products for the hunting and shooting sports markets, as well as solutions to the military, government and law enforcement markets. Founded in 1816 in upstate New York, the Company is one of the nation's oldest continuously operating manufacturers. Remington is the only U.S. manufacturer of both firearms and ammunition products and one of the largest domestic producers of shotguns and rifles. The Company distributes its products throughout the U.S. and in over 55 foreign countries. More information about the Company can be found at www.remington.com.

About International Defensive Pistol Association:
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 over 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.

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Cheaper Than Dirt! Sponsors 2012 IDPA National Championships

by Editor 6. September 2012 01:05
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – The International Defensive Pistol Association and Cheaper Than Dirt!, America’s ultimate shooting sports discounter, announced today that the popular internet retailer will once again be a major sponsor of the IDPA National Championships.

The 2012 IDPA National Championships will take place September 19-22 at The Range in Oxford, N.C. As the pinnacle event of the IDPA competitive season, the match will draw more than 300 top shooters vying for the coveted title of National Champion in Custom Defensive Pistol, Enhanced Service Pistol, Stock Service Pistol, Stock Service Revolver and Enhanced Service Revolver, the five divisions in IDPA competition.

“We’re extremely pleased to welcome back Cheaper Than Dirt! as one of the major sponsors of the IDPA National Championships and deeply appreciate their generous support of this and other IDPA competitions,” said Robert Ray, membership and marketing director for IDPA.

Cheaper Than Dirt! joins a growing list of shooting sports industry leaders, including ACADEMI, Comp-Tac Victory Gear, CrossBreed Holsters, CZ-USA, GLOCK, GlockTriggers.com, the National Shooting Sports Foundation, Smith & Wesson, Wilson Combat and Woolrich Elite Series, as a gold level sponsor of the match. In addition to sponsoring two of the 16 stages in this year’s National Championships course of fire, Cheaper Than Dirt! will be represented in the competition by shooting team member Jerry Miculek.

“Cheaper Than Dirt! is proud to support the IDPA and our customers that participate in this great shooting sport,” said Roberta Wilson, chief operating officer at Cheaper Than Dirt! “Along with the IDPA, we serve the new and experienced shooter, promote competition, and value the right of self defense and the Second Amendment.”

Fore more information, or to get started in this fun and exciting 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.

About Cheaper Than Dirt!
Cheaper Than Dirt! prides itself on being America's Ultimate Shooting Sports Discounter since 1993. Cheaper Than Dirt boasts over 100,000 items available for purchase through their website and catalog. For most items, Cheaper Than Dirt offers a generous 90 day return policy. For more information, or to place an order, visit www.CheaperThanDirt.com or call 1-800-421-8047.

About International Defensive Pistol Association:
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 over 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.

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GLOCK Joins Industry Leaders In Sponsoring 2012 IDPA National Championships

by Editor 4. September 2012 01:05
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – The International Defensive Pistol Association today announced that GLOCK, the nation’s leading pistol provider to American law enforcement agencies and maker of some of the most popular pistols used in the shooting sports, will be a major sponsor of the 2012 IDPA National Championships.

“GLOCK is one of the most popular brands of pistol used in IDPA competition, accounting for a third of all the pistols used by competitors during last year’s inaugural IDPA World Shoot. Thanks to their continued strong support of the shooting sports, and the 2012 IDPA National Championships in particular, you’ll likely see a GLOCK in the hands of a majority of shooters again this year,” said Robert Ray, membership and marketing director for IDPA.

GLOCK joins ACADEMI, Comp-Tac Victory Gear, CrossBreed Holsters, CZ-USA, GlockTriggers.com, the National Shooting Sports Foundation, Smith & Wesson, Wilson Combat and Woolrich Elite Series as a gold level sponsor of the match. In addition to sponsoring the match, GLOCK will be presented in the competition by Team GLOCK shooter Tori Nonaka. 

“GLOCK is excited to return and support the fine efforts IDPA plays in the development of safe, competitive competitions for all handgun owners. Refinement of tactics and the execution of specific real life experiences during the competitions fills a specific void in competitive shooting. IDPA is as real as it can get and we are proud to come aboard and support this National match for 2012,” said Ed Fitzgerald of GLOCK.

The IDPA National Championships will take place September 19-22 at The Range in Oxford, N.C. As the pinnacle event of the IDPA competitive season, the match will draw more than 300 top shooters vying for the coveted title of National Champion in Custom Defensive Pistol, Enhanced Service Pistol, Stock Service Pistol, Stock Service Revolver and Enhanced Service Revolver, the five divisions in IDPA competition.

For more information, or to get started in this fun and exciting 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.

About GLOCK, Inc.:
GLOCK, Inc. is a leading global manufacturer of pistols and accessories. GLOCK’s superior engineering has produced a pistol with only 34 parts and a rugged polymer-frame, providing industry-leading reliability shot after shot. GLOCK is renowned for its pistols which are safe, featuring three safeties; simple, offering a low number of components to provide reliability; and fast, with no encumbering parts to slow the speed to fire. This combination makes GLOCK pistols the first choice among consumers and law enforcement, with 65% of agencies nationwide choosing to carry GLOCK. Austrian-engineered, the company has manufacturing facilities in the United States and Austria. Based in Smyrna, Ga., GLOCK, Inc. is an advocate for our nation’s law enforcement and military personnel, as well as all citizens’ Second Amendment right to bear arms. For more information, please visit www.teamglock.com.

About International Defensive Pistol Association:
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 over 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.

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IDPA Adds Wilson Combat As 2012 National Championships Sponsor

by Editor 29. August 2012 01:15
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – Officials with the International Defensive Pistol Association today announced that Wilson Combat, one of the most recognizable names in the manufacture of fine custom-built 1911 pistols, has joined the growing list of sponsors for IDPA’s 2012 National Championships taking place September 19-22 in North Carolina.

“If there is one name that’s synonymous with IDPA and the sport of defensive pistol shooting then it is Wilson Combat. IDPA and Wilson Combat have a long and close relationship with both having been founded by Bill Wilson, and today that relationship continues with the company’s generous, and continued sponsorship, of IDPA’s National Championships,” said Robert Ray, membership and marketing director for IDPA.

Wilson Combat joins ACADEMI, Comp-Tac Victory Gear, CrossBreed Holsters, CZ-USA, GlockTriggers.com, the National Shooting Sports Foundation, Smith & Wesson, and Woolrich Elite Series as a gold level sponsor of the match. Wilson Combat will be represented at the IDPA Nationals by shooting team members Eric Fuson, Greg Martin and defending CDP champion Glen Shelby. As part of their sponsorship Wilson Combat will host a hospitality suite during registration, as well as a demonstration bay on the range for competitors to test fire Wilson Combat firearms.

“Wilson Combat is a strong proponent of the shooting sports sponsoring several matches around the country, but it's safe to say that the IDPA Nationals is our favorite match of the year. Wilson Combat has been involved in the match since day one and will always be a part of this great and challenging competition. With so many IDPA competitors using a Wilson Combat 1911 in competition, the IDPA Nationals represents one of our best opportunities for customer feedback on how our pistols perform under pressure,” said John May of Wilson Combat.

The IDPA National Championships will take place at The Range in Oxford, N.C. As the pinnacle event of the IDPA competitive season, the match will draw more than 300 top shooters vying for the coveted title of National Champion in Custom Defensive Pistol, Enhanced Service Pistol, Stock Service Pistol, Stock Service Revolver and Enhanced Service Revolver, the five divisions in IDPA competition.

Fore more information, or to get started in this fun and exciting 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.

About International Defensive Pistol Association:
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 over 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.

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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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