Smith & Wesson Names Lou Denys Match Director For 2013 IDPA Indoor Nationals

by Editor 10. October 2012 04:00
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – Lou Denys has been named Match Director of the prestigious 2013 Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship according to an announcement made today by officials with the International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) and Smith & Wesson.

Now in its 16th consecutive year, the Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship has grown to become one of the premier events in all the shooting sports, making the position of match director one of the most important in competitive pistol shooting.

“I’m honored that IDPA and Smith & Wesson have asked me to oversee what is arguably IDPA’s crown jewel event. This match has a rich and well-deserved reputation for excellence and I am looking forward to working with a great team of safety officers and staff to insure the 2013 Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship is the best yet,” said Lou Denys.

The Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship serves as the official start of the IDPA season. The 2013 match will take place February 21-23 and is expected to draw over 300 of the best IDPA shooters to Springfield, Massachusetts to compete on the indoor ranges of the Smith & Wesson Shooting Sports Center.

“Each year the Smith & Wesson Indoor Nationals has set the tone for the IDPA competition season with unique, creative and challenging stages that are the hallmark of the Smith & Wesson match. Like all IDPA members I am excited to see what Lou has in store for us this year and know it will be a course of fire that’s second to none,” said Joyce Wilson, executive director for IDPA.

Fore more information on IDPA, 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.

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ACADEMI To Host ‘Intro To IDPA’ Tuesday, Oct. 9 In Salem, Conn.

by Editor 5. October 2012 07:15
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – The fastest growing shooting sport is about to grow even larger as the International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) announced thatACADEMI, a leading, privately-held training and security solutions provider serving government and commercial customers worldwide, will host an ‘Intro to IDPA’ seminar Tuesday evening, October 9, at their facility in Salem, Conn.

"ACADEMI is very pleased to hold this first-ever IDPA seminar at our Salem facility. It's exciting for us to host this event for our local customers and we look forward to holding more events in the future," said Kevin Walker, ACADEMI’s vice president of training services.

The ‘Intro to IDPA’ seminar will take place from 6:00pm to 10:00pm and will be taught by Mike Critser, Dave Galante of Colt and Tom Yost of Smith & Wesson. Designed for those new to IDPA competition, the seminar will cover safety, equipment, rules, scoring, proper use of cover and what to expect at your first match.

Pre-registration is not required and those interested in getting started in IDPA competition are encouraged to attend. The seminar will include both classroom time and range time. Participants will need the following gear:

- Handgun
- Holster
- 3 Magazines (total), or speedloaders for a revolver
- Magazine or speedloader pouches
- Approximately 100 rounds of ammunition
- Concealment garment (such as a vest)
- Eye protection, hearing protection and a hat

For more information on ACADEMI’s ‘Intro to IDPA’ seminar, contact Chris Fleming at cfleming@academi.com or call 252-435-2050. ACADEMI’s facility is located at 79 New London Road, Salem, Conn. 06420.

Fore more information on IDPA 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.

About ACADEMI:
ACADEMI is a leading provider of training and security services in support of the U.S. Government and other customers, focused on worldwide operations including counterterrorism, force protection, law enforcement and security operations. The company serves multiple U.S. Government Agencies, the U.S. Department of Defense and numerous law-enforcement and commercial customers. ACADEMI’s proven ability to provide turnkey, end-to-end training and technical services, along with its unmatched track record of exceptional performance, has enabled the company to establish a competitive advantage well-recognized by its customers. For more information, please visit www.ACADEMI.com.

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Argentina Welcomes IDPA’s Terry Burba

by Editor 3. October 2012 07:15
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – Defensive pistol shooters in Argentina, one of the many member countries of the International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA), are set to welcome one of IDPA’s best known and most respected ambassadors of the sport.

On Saturday, October 6, IDPA Argentina will host a special postal match and Argentine barbecue in honor of Terry Burba, one of the facilitators of IDPA’s Tiger Team project which the organization established to help update and codify the organization’s rules, as well as expand the sport within the U.S. and around the world.

“We are extremely honored to have our good friend Terry Burba visit Argentina and compete with members of the growing IDPA Argentina community,” said Mariana Corrales, organizer and chief host for the event.

The honorary four-stage match will take place in Buenos Aires at the 100-year-old Asociacion de Tiro y Gimnasia de Quilmes gun club with Jorge Chaves serving as the Match Director.

Shooting clubs in Argentina were formed by the military to promote and train Argentineans on how to shoot, with the ultimate goal being national defense. In fact, shooters visiting the Asociacion de Tiro y Gimnasia de Quilmes facility are greeted by a sign that translated into english reads, “Here you learn to defend the Country.”

“While Argentina has a rich shooting sports tradition that dates back over a century, IDPA Argentina was only just formed in 2010, and we are still growing and introducing the sport to Argentine shooters. Terry’s visit is very important to our community because it reaffirms the bonds between Argentina and fellow IDPA members in the United States, and helps build local awareness of the sport,” explained Corrales.

“It is a great privilege to represent IDPA outside the United States and I am both humbled and honored by the warm welcome extended by IDPA Argentina. As a shooter I look forward to competing side-by-side with my fellow IDPA members, and as a Texan I look forward to experiencing Argentine hospitality and their delicious barbecue born from the gaucho traditions,” said Burba.

Fore more information on IDPA, 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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Smith & Wesson To Celebrate 16 Years Of IDPA Indoor Nationals

by Editor 2. October 2012 07:15
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – Celebrating its 16th year of defensive pistol shooting excellence, the International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) and legendary American firearms maker Smith & Wesson today announced the dates of the 2013 Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship.

Regarded as one of the finest competitive shooting matches in the country, regardless of discipline, the Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship represents the start of the 2013 IDPA season. The 2013 match will take place February 21-23 and is expected to draw over 300 of the best IDPA shooters to Springfield, Massachusetts to compete on the indoor ranges of the Smith & Wesson Shooting Sports Center.

“From the very beginning Smith & Wesson has been one of IDPA’s most generous sponsors and dedicated partners. And over the last 15 years the Indoor National Championship hosted by Smith & Wesson has grown to become not only our sport’s most popular match but also the flagship event that symbolizes the kickoff of the competitive season,” said Joyce Wilson, executive director for IDPA.

“We are proud and excited to once again play host to the Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship, now in its 16th consecutive year,” said Paul Pluff of Smith & Wesson. “Every winter we look forward to this match and plan year-round to insure that this is not only the premier shooting sports event in the nation, but also a unique and challenging match that will attract shooters from all around the world.”

Fore more information on IDPA, 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 Smith & Wesson:
Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation (NASDAQ Global Select: SWHC) is a U.S.-based leader in firearm manufacturing and design, delivering a broad portfolio of quality firearms, related products and training to the global military, law enforcement, and consumer markets. The company's brands include Smith & Wesson, M&P and Thompson/Center Arms. Smith & Wesson facilities are located in Massachusetts and Maine. For more information on Smith & Wesson, call (800) 331-0852 or log on to www.smith-wesson.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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Here Come The Gun Cats...

by Editor 1. October 2012 10:01
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Thanks to help from IDPA members, and shooters like Team Smith & Wesson's Julie Golob, the UVM Gun Cats have won Action Target's September Steel Target Giveaway with a last minute push for votes. Above is a shot of the shotgun team members reacting to news that they now have to shoot IDPA (with S&W firearms of course). Look for them at the 2013 Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship. Lucky for them, they already have concealment vests.

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Team Glock’s Tori Nonaka Wins IDPA Junior National Championship

by Editor 26. September 2012 02:55
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OXFORD, N.C. – Team Glock’s Tori Nonaka claimed the Junior National title this past weekend at the 2012 IDPA National Championships in Oxford, N.C.

Competing in the Enhanced Service Pistol division, Nonaka finished the match with a final time of 340.21 with 99 points down to win the Junior title.

“This was a very difficult match on a technical level and especially for the Junior shooters. Tori put in a strong performance and posted a final time that secured her the title,” said Joyce Wilson, executive director of IDPA. 

Finishing second in the Junior competition was Weston Land in the Stock Service Pistol division with 399.23 (83), followed by Trey Chase, also in SSP, with 416.43 (218) in third. Fourth and fifth place went to the Wills brothers with Team Para’s Lee Wills competing in ESP with 483.88 (155) and Team RangeLog’s Jesse Wills in Enhanced Service Revolver with 532.89 (186).

The 2012 IDPA National Championships took place September 19-22 in Oxford, N.C., drawing many of the shooting sports' top pistol 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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Gonzalez Wins IDPA’s International Title For Team Venezuela

by Editor 26. September 2012 02:45
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OXFORD, N.C. – Following up on his title win earlier this year at the Smith & Wesson Indoor Nationals, Juan Carlos Gonzalez of Venezuela won the International Championship title last weekend at the 2012 IDPA National Championships.

Facing off against a very strong field of competitors from Venezuela, as well as Austria, Costa Rica, Italy, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Romania and the United Kingdom, Gonzalez took top International shooter honors with a strong performance in the Enhanced Service Pistol division where he finished with a time of 305.22 and 72 points down.

“Juan Carlos has made the Venezuelan shooting community proud winning the International title in both IDPA national matches,” said Joyce Wilson, executive director for IDPA. “With more than 50 countries participating in IDPA, the race for the International title continues to grow in importance, giving Juan Carlos and the rest of our friends in Venezuela a whole lot more competition in the future.”

Second place in the International title race went to fellow Venezuelan Vrikson Acosta who finished with 316.21 (137), while third place went to Costa Rica’s Rodrigo Carvajal with 318.11 (119) and fourth went to Nelso Lopez Iglesias of Venezuela who posted a final time of 332.01 (95) in the Stock Service Pistol division.

Ricardo Zanotti of Venezuela rounded out the top five with 333.73 (153). Alberto Soto of Costa Rica took top International honors in the Custom Service Pistol division with 334.65 (112) and Venezuela’s Juan Cheng did the same in Stock Service Revolver with 420.05 (206).

The 2012 IDPA National Championships took place September 19-22 in Oxford, N.C., drawing many of the shooting sports' top pistol 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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Scott Warren Captures IDPA’s Senior National Championship Title

by Editor 26. September 2012 02:40
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OXFORD, N.C. – Scott Warren captured the Senior National Championship title at the 2012 International Defensive Pistol Association National Championships this past weekend in Oxford, N.C.

Going up against some of the best Senior shooters in the nation, Warren finished sixth overall in the Enhanced Service Pistol division with 264.96 and 79 points down giving him the top time among Senior shooters in all five divisions.

“When you look at the contest for Senior National Champion you know that Scott will be in the hunt and right there among the top shooters. This year he outshot an extremely talented group of competitors to prove he’s not just among the best, but is the best,” said Joyce Wilson, executive director for IDPA.

Coming in behind Warren in second place was the defending champion Tom Yost of Team Panteao. Yost, who competed in the Stock Service Pistol division, finished the match with a final time of 274.94 with 89 points down.

Third place in the Senior contest went to Matt Sims in the Custom Defensive Pistol division with 292.08 (70). Fourth place went to Team Smith & Wesson’s Jerry Miculek, the 2012 Enhanced Service Revolver National Champion, with 298.12 (75). Rounding out the top five was Bill Go of the ACADEMI shooting team who competed in SSP and finished with 305.80 (73).

Gregg Kratochvil took top senior honors in the Stock Service Revolver division with a time of 371.38 and 93 points down.

The 2012 IDPA National Championships took place September 19-22 in Oxford, N.C., drawing many of the shooting sports' top pistol 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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Rogers Finishes Perfect IDPA Season For Team Comp-Tac

by Editor 26. September 2012 02:30
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OXFORD, N.C. – Randi Rogers of Team Comp-Tac went into the 2012 IDPA National Championships with a perfect undefeated season on the line. She came out as the International Defensive Pistol Association’s Women’s National Champion, and that perfect season intact.

Competing in the Stock Service Pistol division where she finished 10th overall among 114 competitors, and placed ninth among the Master class shooters, Rogers posted a final time of 301.99 with 114 points down.

“Randi is one of the most gifted women shooters in all the shooting sports,” said Joyce Wilson, executive director for IDPA. “Randi has collected countless titles in several disciplines but we proudest of her accomplishments here in IDPA where she is simply a powerhouse.”

Rogers' main competition was Michelle Wood, the Master class shooter in all five of IDPA’s divisions who fell just 0.72 seconds behind Rogers at the 2012 Carolina Cup. Wood wasn’t expected to compete but holstered up at the last minute to make a run at the title in SSP but finished second with 314.22 (112).

Third place among the women went to Colleen Vaccaro in SSP who finished with 369.28 (94). Rounding out the top five were Karyn Byerly, also in SSP, with 377.91 (138) and Tammy Lyne, the top woman in ESP, with 395.06 (157) finishing fourth and fifth respectively.

Coming in sixth among the women was Joanna Lenczewska, the CDP division’s top woman shooter 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 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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Kirk Crego Takes Stock Service Revolver Title At IDPA Nationals

by Editor 26. September 2012 02:25
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OXFORD, N.C. – Kirk Crego outpaced two of IDPA’s top wheelgunners to claim the Stock Service Revolver division title this past weekend at the International Defensive Pistol Association’s (IDPA) 2012 National Championships.

Facing off against Joe Linskey, the 2012 Smith & Wesson Indoor Nationals champion, and Gregg Kratochvil, the 2012 Carolina Cup champion, Crego won seven of 16 stages and outpaced his closest competitor by 22.5 seconds with a final time of 338.59 seconds and 52 points down.

“With his performance at Nationals, Kirk has established that there is a new contender in the Stock Service Revolver, and he just happens to be the 2012 National Champion,” said Joyce Wilson, executive director for IDPA.

Coming in second behind Crego was Tom Becker, first Master with 361.09 (102), Joe Linskey, the only Distinguished Master in SSR, with 369.45, Gregg Kratochvil at second Master with 371.38, and Caleb Giddings rounding out the top five at third Master with 386.52 (90).

Elsewhere in the division, Ken Ortbach took first Expert with 402.19 (99), while Juan Cheng of Venezuela, the only International shooter in SSR, claimed first Sharpshooter and Michael French finished first Marksman with 529.45 (203).

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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