Brownells "30 Days of Thanks" Sweepstakes Offers Great Daily Prizes

by Editor 5. November 2012 10:51
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Brownells – The World's Largest Supplier of Firearms Accessories and Gunsmithing Tools™- is celebrating November, the month of thanks, in a big way. The "30 Days of Thanks" Sweepstakes is Brownells way of showing their appreciation for all of their customers' support throughout the year.

Each day during the month of November, one lucky winner will receive a thank-you gift courtesy of Brownells. Prizes range from eyewear and AR-15 accessories, to riflescopes and holographic sights. Brownells will give away nearly $4,000 in total prizes throughout the month.

To be eligible for prizes, customers must enter the drawing each day. This can be done by clicking "Like" on the Brownells Facebook page, then filling out the sweepstakes form. Customers without a Facebook membership may visit the sweepstakes sign-up page on Brownells website.

Daily prizes will be revealed at 9AM (CST) on the Brownells Facebook page and the sweepstakes area of the website. Winners will be announced the following day at 12PM (CST). Friday, Saturday and Sunday winners will be named at 12PM (CST) on Mondays.

The sweepstakes ends on Saturday, December 1, 2012.

Founded in 1939, Brownells is an Iowa-based, third-generation family-owned company that supplies more than 75,000 firearms parts, accessories, reloading components, gunsmithing tools, and ammunition to armorers, gunsmiths, and shooters worldwide. In addition to their industry leading 100% lifetime satisfaction guarantee – forever - on every product sold, their staff of veteran Gun Techs is available to assist customers with technical help to fix any gun-related problem – free of charge. There are no minimum order sizes, charges or return fees. To place an order, or for more information, call 800-741-0015 or visit

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Registration Procedure Announced For 2013 Smith & Wesson Indoor Nationals

by Editor 4. November 2012 16:49
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The Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship is one of the most popular shooting matches in the country, selling out last year in a matter of just minutes. This weekend the early registration process was announced for the 2013 championship match. Online registration based on priority points will begin at 8:00am EST and continue throughout the day on Saturday, December 8. General registration will open at 4:00pm EST that same day.


The following is the announcement that was distributed via email this weekend:

2013 Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship
February 21-23, 2013


As a shooter in at least one of the last 4 years, you are entitled to register early. General registration opens at 4:00pm EST on December 8, 2012.

Priority registration opens on December 8, 2012 as follows:

4 year priority 8:00am
3 year priority 10:00am
2 year priority 12:00Noon
1 year priority 2:00pm

You are already in the database. You can check your priority, and therefore, your registration time at (please contact me if there are any errors or questions).

You can go to at any time to complete your personal info, class, division etc. You enter your IDPA member number EXACTLY as it is listed on the priority list, on the left side of the page. Enter the password “2013match” (without the “) (you should change the password to keep others from changing your data). Complete or correct any info there and click the save “shooter button”.

At any time AFTER your priority registration time begins, you can log back in, click on the “My Squad” link and put yourself into a squad. It is critically important that you exit the program by clicking on the “return to shooter home” link, then exiting the program. Otherwise your squad choice will not be saved and you will lose your slot in the match.

If you keep the squad page open, it may appear that there are slots open when they have been filled. This is because your data does not save until you exit the record. This match fills within minutes; you could lose your slot by not choosing quickly, then exiting the program. You can monitor the squads with this link.

The squad info is date and time stamped. If you choose your squad before your priority time, you will be deleted from the squad (without notice) and may choose from any remaining slots (if available).

You should then IMMEDIATELY mail a check in the amount of $150.00 USD, payable to S&W Indoor National to:

Mike Critser
21 Williams Road
Trumbull, CT 06611

When I receive your check, you will see a “paid” next to your name in the squad list. If I do not receive your check within 14 days, you will be deleted from the match without notice.

Mike Critser

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It's OK, You've Got Official Approval

by Editor 2. November 2012 13:50
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Remington Arms Company, LLC Acquires TAPCO

by Editor 2. November 2012 11:24
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MADISON, N.C. – Remington Arms Company, LLC (Remington), part of the Freedom Group Family of Companies, announced today it has acquired The American Parts Company Inc. (TAPCO).

TAPCO is a designer and marketer of American-made aftermarket accessories and replacement parts for handguns, rifles, shotguns, modern sporting rifles and other tactical firearms.  All aspects of the product development cycle are managed from within the company. State of the art computer aided design, rapid prototyping and extensive testing have allowed TAPCO to bring innovative and dependable products to the shooting marketplace.

“TAPCO has been in business for more than 25 years and has established market strength through its high quality U.S.-made products,” said George Kollitides, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Freedom Group.  “This acquisition will enhance our positioning in the accessories market and allow us to further our research and development capabilities.”

“With the acquisition of TAPCO, Remington continues to demonstrate its commitment to the firearm parts and accessories business,” said Scott Blackwell, President of Freedom Group. “TAPCO is well-known as a leader in delivering innovative and dependable products to the shooting marketplace. We are excited about the breadth of the products they bring to our portfolio, and we look forward to utilizing our resources to ensure our consumers and OEM partners benefit from this important acquisition.  We welcome TAPCO and its employees into our family of companies.”

TAPCO will continue day-to-day operations at its Kennesaw, Georgia, facility.

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

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Comp-Tac Victory Gear Top Holster Choice At IDPA National Championship

by Editor 2. November 2012 10:12
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HOUSTON, Texas – When it comes to a holster for carrying on and off the range Comp-Tac Victory Gear is the top choice among IDPA competitors, according to the results of the equipment survey conducted by the International Defensive Pistol Association during their 2012 National Championship this past September.

The survey found that among the 29 holster brands used in the competition, more than a third (35.2%) of the competitors shot the match using a holster manufactured by Comp-Tac Victory Gear, a leading maker of holsters for the personal defense and competition market.

In addition to being the top holster for competition, 15.2% of the IDPA competitors at the National Championship indicated Comp-Tac as their preferred holster choice for concealed carry use, making the Texas-based holster maker the top CCW holster brand out of the 63 named by shooters.

The results of the 2012 IDPA National Championship equipment survey mirror those of the one conducted in June during the 2012 Carolina Cup, when IDPA competitors at that match also selected Comp-Tac as the top holster brand for competition (30.3%) and concealed carry (21.4%).

“We’re extremely proud of the confidence IDPA members have shown in Comp-Tac by making us their top holster choice for competition and personal defense use,” said Gregg Garrett , owner and president of Comp-Tac Victory Gear.

“Being selected this shooting season as the top holster at both the Carolina Cup and the IDPA National Championship is a reflection of the commitment Comp-Tac employees have to designing and making the best holsters on the market, as well as our company’s commitment to supporting and growing the shooting sports.”

The 2012 IDPA National Championship equipment survey was conducted among all 344 competitors with 304 indicating a competition holster preference and 198 indicating a concealed carry holster preference. Results from the Carolina Cup survey were based on a smaller sample with 122 and 117 competitors indicating preferences for competition and concealed carry respectively.

For more information on Comp-Tac’s support of the shooting sports, or on the full line of Comp-Tac Victory Gear holsters and accessories, visit You can also keep up with the latest news by liking Comp-Tac on Facebook at or following @CompTac on Twitter.

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Infographic: 2012 IDPA Nationals

by Editor 1. November 2012 07:00
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Swab-Its Returns As Sponsor Of IDPA’s Music City Cup II

by Editor 31. October 2012 08:30
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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Super Brush, makers of Swab-its® brand firearms cleaning swabs for every job, announced that they are returning as a sponsor of the Volunteer State’s largest IDPA match, the Music City Cup II, which takes place this weekend at the Music City Tactical Shooters’ range in Dickson, Tennessee.

This is the second year for the Music City Cup, which exploded last year as Tennessee’s largest gathering of IDPA competitors and quickly became one of IDPA’s major must-attend matches. Despite the near crippling impact hurricane Sandy has had on the east coast, organizers still expect upwards of 200 shooters to compete in the 13-stage event.

“When we started the Music City Cup last year we never expected it to become Tennessee’s biggest IDPA competition. Now, thanks to the generous support of sponsors like Swab-its, the Music City Cup II is one of IDPA’s premier matches and certainly one of the South’s best,” said Michael Bresson, match director for the Music City Cup.

“Swab-its is proud to once again sponsor the Music City Cup and help continue the expansion of shooting opportunities for IDPA members in the Volunteer State. Our support for the Music City Cup II is part of our continuing commitment to promote the shooting sports,” said Cathy Desorcy, product manager for Swab-its. “Thanks to the feedback we get from Music City Cup competitors on our Swab-its brand Bore-tips and Gun-tips, we’re making sure that we continue to provide shooters with the kind of innovative cleaning products they need.”

As part or their sponsorship, Swab-its has donated packs of their popular Bore-Tips™ and Gun-Tips™ firearms cleaning swabs to be distributed at the match.

Designed to be lint-free and reusable, foam Bore-tips from Swab-its provide the ultimate in barrel bore cleaning with their tight bore-fitting 360-degree cleaning surface, delivering improved barrel cleaning and maximum lubrication. Bore-tips are available in a six-piece pack in .357cal/9mm, .22cal, .243cal, or .30cal, and in a five-piece pack for either .40cal or .45cal.

Gun-tips from Swab-its are lint-free, reusable foam swabs that offer gun owners superior firearms detailing versatility. Used in conjunction with Bore-tips as part of a regular firearms cleaning and lubricating regimen, the Gun-tips swab kits give hunters, sportsmen, and gunsmiths the ability to protect and preserve their firearms like never before. Gun-tips come in a variety of shapes, sizes and lengths to ensure cleaning and lubricating of all parts of the firearm, while leaving no residue of lint commonly found in other cleaning devices.

With Swab-its, you Clean It Like You Mean It.

For more information on the International Defensive Pistol Association and the Music City Cup II, visit For more information on the complete line of Swab-its lint-free, reusable gun cleaning swabs, visit

Swab-its products are available at your local firearms dealer, or from one of these online retailers, Brownells, Dillon Precision, Graf & Sons, MidwayUSA or direct from Swab-its.

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IDPA Insights: Carolina Cup Eyes and Ears

by Editor 25. October 2012 07:00
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When it comes to eye and ear protection, the preferences of IDPA members shooting the 2012 Carolina Cup are wide ranging. The rather nondescript category of 'Other' leads with 30.4% of eye protection, made up of a variety of brands with minimal representation or just random eyewear deemed protective enough for use on the range. Among the major brands, Rudy Project (17.6%) edged out Oakley (16.7%), followed by ESS (13.7%). Prescription glasses account for 11.8%, presenting ample opportunity for eyewear makers to expand their presence with RX versions of their shooting glasses.  

When it comes to hearing protection the distribution by brand among Carolina Cup shooters was much more even. Peltor (24.5%) led with EAR Inc. (17.0%) and Howard Leight (12.3%) trailing. Unfortunately, survey responses did not clarify if the hearing protection in question was electronic or not. Nor did they provide for a more exact assessment of what percentage was of the molded in-ear style of hearing protection.

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NSSF Returns As Major Sponsor Of Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor Nationals

by Editor 25. October 2012 06:00
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – Continuing its mission to promote and support the shooting sports, the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the trade association for the firearms, ammunition, hunting and shooting sports industry, has again signed on as a major sponsor of the Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship, according to an announcement by officials with the International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) and Smith & Wesson.

Celebrating its 16th year of defensive pistol shooting excellence, the 2013 Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship will take place February 21-23 on the indoor ranges of the Smith & Wesson Shooting Sports Center in Springfield, Massachusetts. As part of their sponsorship, NSSF will be the official sponsor of the awards banquet taking place Saturday evening, February 23.

“The National Shooting Sports Foundation has been a tireless advocate for the shooting sports, helping take participation to all-time highs. Smith & Wesson and IDPA are extremely grateful for the generous support NSSF has given to the Indoor Nationals over the years and the important role the organization has played in making this one of the best and most popular events in competitive shooting,” said Joyce Wilson, executive director for IDPA.

“IDPA's growth over the past few years has been nothing short of remarkable, and NSSF is committed to helping the sport continue its record growth," said Chris Dolnack, NSSF senior vice president and chief marketing officer. "NSSF is proud to support IDPA and this year's Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship."

Regarded as one of the finest competitive shooting matches in the country, the Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship represents the official start of IDPA’s competition season. More than 300 of the sports’ 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 find a club near you, visit 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 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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IDPA Insights: Glock, S&W Rule On and Off the Range

by Editor 24. October 2012 09:15
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At the inaugural IDPA World Shoot in 2011 results from the equipment survey showed that together Glock (37%) and Smith & Wesson (30%) combined for 67% of the handguns used in the competition. That position of dominance hasn't changed with the two again combining for the overwhelming majority of the handguns at the 2012 Carolina Cup. 

Results from equipment surveys returned by 126 of the 324 shooters showed that 70.6% of the competitors chose either a Glock (35.7%) or a Smith & Wesson (34.9%). The most popular model by far was the Glock 34 which accounted for 51.5% of all the Glocks used in the match. With another 26.7% going to the Glock 17, the two models approach 80% of Glocks used in the match.

For Smith & Wesson which makes a model of firearm for each of IDPA's five divisions, variants of the M&P accounted for 68% of the S&W handguns used. Revolvers – where S&W is the undisputed King of Kings – wheelgunners accounted for 27.3% of S&W's total.

The use of Glocks and Smith & Wesson's M&P fuels the dominance of the striker-fired pistol, at least at the IDPA's Carolina Cup but presumably across the other major IDPA events. Between striker-fired handguns and the 1911 platforms (including the double-stack variants), little room is left for the DA/SA (or DAO) hammer-style pistol which pulled just 5.6% of the pistols at the match.

Included in this equipment survey was a request for information regarding CCW habits. Of those that responded, 92.9% of IDPA shooters competing in the 2012 Carolina Cup have a CCW. As for their preference in a carry gun, the results follow closely their preferences in a competition gun. Glock (31.8%) and Smith & Wesson (23.6%) combined for 55.4% of the CCW handguns. As one would expect, models and brands not found on the competition range – such as Kahr and Ruger – find their way into the CCW profile of the IDPA shooter, reflecting those brands' strong performance in the CCW consumer market. Please note that the survey asked for the competitor's primary CCW handgun and not a list of all the makes and models they carry.

Since IDPA is a sport based on personal defense scenarios, it is difficult to determine to what extent the CCW gun influences the choice of competition gun, or if it's the competition gun driving the CCW firearm choice. It's likely that competition is ultimately the key influencer since it provides the opportunity to build proficiency and thus reaffirming the CCW holders choice in a carry gun.

Regardless, the breakdown in CCW firearm type mirrors that of the competition choice with striker-fired models and 1911 variants the clear preferred choices.

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