Chief Safety Officers Named For 2014 Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor Nationals

by Editor 22. January 2014 07:25
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – Lou Denys, Match Director of the 2014 Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship, has announced the team of Chief Safety Officers that will help run the championship.

Denys named Chad Barber, Joe Buchanan, Gene Gellberger, Chris Klassanos, Ken Lambert, Kitty Richards, Taras Rudko and Brian Steskla as the lead safety and scoring officials who will oversee the staff running the 14 stages of the competition.

“The Smith & Wesson Indoor Nationals has always set the standard for top quality match staff with its dedicated team of experienced officials focused on delivering a great competition. I am proud to be working side-by-side with this extremely hardworking and dedicated group of volunteers,” said Lou Denys.

The 2014 Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship will take place February 20-22 on the indoor ranges of the Smith & Wesson Shooting Sports Center in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Regarded as one of the finest competitive shooting matches in the country, the always sold-out Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship represents the official start of IDPA’s competition season. More than 300 of the sport’s 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 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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Panteao Productions Returns To Sponsor S&W IDPA Indoor Nationals

by Editor 9. January 2014 08:00
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – The International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) announced that Panteao Productions, a video production company that specializes in instructional videos from top firearms instructors, will be a major sponsor of the sold-out 2014 Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship.

Now in its 17th year, the Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor Nationals will take place February 20-22 on the indoor ranges of the Smith & Wesson Shooting Sports Center in Springfield, Massachusetts.

As a returning sponsor Panteao Productions joins Apex Tactical Specialties, Colt, the National Shooting Sports Foundation, Rand Brands and Smith & Wesson, the title sponsor, in supporting the match. As part of their support, Panteao will sponsor one of the 14 stages in the course of fire.

“Panteao Productions has been a very strong supporter of IDPA competitions and we’re proud to welcome them back as a one of the major sponsors of the Smith & Wesson Indoor Nationals,” said Robert Ray, membership and marketing director for IDPA.

“We are very happy to be a part of the Indoor Nationals and a supporter of both Smith & Wesson and IDPA. The Indoor Nationals is one of the best IDPA matches and S&W always does an outstanding job with the stage designs,” said Fernando Coelho, president and CEO of Panteao Productions.

The Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship represents the official start of IDPA’s competition season and is regarded as one of the finest competitive shooting matches in the country, thanks to industry support from companies like Panteao Productions.

More than 300 of the sport’s 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 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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Terry Burba Named Assistant Match Director Of Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor Nationals

by Editor 9. January 2014 07:45
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – Lou Denys, Match Director of the upcoming 2014 Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship, has named Terry Burba as Assistant Match Director for the championship.

Celebrating its 17th consecutive year of competition, the Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship has grown to become one of the premier events in all the shooting sports, as well as serving as the official start of the competitive season for the International Defensive Pistol Association.

“Terry is one of the best known and most respected members of IDPA. Over the years he has volunteered countless hours to better the sport. Whether it’s working local matches or heading up the organization’s Tiger Teams effort to revamp the rules, Terry has given back to the sport like few others. He brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the Smith & Wesson Indoor Nationals and we’re very happy to have him take on the Assistant MD role,” said Lou Denys.

For the past three years Burba has been part of the match staff at the Indoor Nationals helping to design stages and working as one of the hand-picked Chief Safety Officers at the match.

“This is going to feel strange to be working a match without a timer in my hand. I want to thank Smith & Wesson for this opportunity to serve the IDPA community in this capacity. Without being assigned to a specific bay, I’ll be able to move around the range to help out where ever I can be of assistance. We are all looking forward to this year’s match and to being able to see all of the shooters who have made it so popular over the years,” said Burba.

The 2014 match will take place February 20-22. Already sold out, the championship 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.

For more information on IDPA, the Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship 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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2014 IDPA Costa Rican National Championship Looking For A Few Good SOs

by Editor 6. January 2014 08:30
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – As IDPA Costa Rica prepares for the 2014 Costa Rican National Championship in April, match officials are not only rolling out the red carpet for U.S. competitors but for U.S. certified Safety Officers as well.

“With shooters from 10 nations coming to compete, including from the United States and the U.S. Territory of Puerto Rico, we see the Costa Rica Nationals becoming one of the key international championships on the annual IDPA schedule,” said Match Director Rodrigo Carvajal.

“Many of our competitors will have shot major matches in the U.S. and are very familiar with the top SOs in America. That is why we are reaching out to them to help us make the 2014 Costa Rica National Championship one of the top events of the upcoming IDPA season.”

IDPA Safety Officers from America that are interested in competing in and officiating the Costa Rica Nationals are invited to contact Match Director Rodrigo Carvajal at rodrigo@asotipra.com for complete registration and match details.

The 2014 championship, which will take place April 10-12 in San Jose, Costa Rica, will be hosted at Rancho Arizona and is expected to draw top shooters from Costa Rica, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Guatemala, Honduras, Panama, Venezuela, Chile, Argentina, Austria and the United States.

The championship will feature 12 stages, shot in a one-day format, and a round count of approximately 165 rounds. Safety Officers and staff will compete on Thursday, April 10. Online registration is now open but will close March 11, 2014.

Shooters interested in competing in the 2014 Costa Rican IDPA National Championship should contact Carvajal or visit IDPACostaRica.com for more information. Regular match updates will also be available on IDPA Costa Rica’s Facebook page.

For more information on IDPA, or to join the more than 23,000 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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Rand Brands Is Newest Sponsor Of S&W IDPA Indoor Nationals

by Editor 6. January 2014 08:00
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – The International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) announced that Rand Brands, makers of Rand CLP for firearms, will be a major sponsor of the sold-out 2014 Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship.

Now in its 17th year, the Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor Nationals will take place February 20-22 on the indoor ranges of the Smith & Wesson Shooting Sports Center in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Rand Brands joins Apex Tactical Specialties, Colt, the National Shooting Sports Foundation and Smith & Wesson, the title sponsor, in supporting the match. As part of their support, Rand Brands will host a Friday night hospitality and registration suite for the benefit of all competitors attending the match.

“We are very pleased to welcome Rand Brands as the newest sponsor of the Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship and thank them for their generous support of IDPA competition,” said Robert Ray, membership and marketing director for IDPA.

“We are extremely excited to be working with IDPA as well as Smith & Wesson this year and hopefully for years to come. These are two organizations in the competitive shooting world that are widely recognized and unmatched in professionalism,” said Jon Miodonka, CEO of Rand Brands.

The Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship represents the official start of IDPA’s competition season and is regarded as one of the finest competitive shooting matches in the country, thanks to industry support from companies like Rand Brands.

For more information on IDPA, the Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship 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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Colt Sponsors 2014 S&W IDPA Indoor Nationals

by Editor 6. January 2014 07:30
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – American gun making icon Colt has signed on as a major sponsor of the sold-out 2014 Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship, according to an announcement made today by officials with the International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA).

Colt joins Apex Tactical Specialties, the National Shooting Sports Foundation, Rand Brands and Smith & Wesson, the title sponsor, in supporting the match. As part of their support, Colt will sponsor one of the 14 stages in the course of fire.

“Colt is one of the best known brands in the world, and as maker of the legendary Colt 1911 they are a natural partner for IDPA where so many of our members not only compete with a 1911 but carry one as well. We’re grateful for Colt’s sponsorship and thank them for their continued support of the shooting sports,” said Robert Ray, membership and marketing director for IDPA.

“Supporting our industry and the shooting sports is extremely important to Colt,” said Joyce Rubino, Vice President of Marketing for Colt’s Manufacturing Company. “This is one of the great IDPA matches of the year, and we look forward to being part of this highly successful event. We also wish the best of luck to our own Mark Redl, who will be competing.”

Now in its 17th year, the Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor Nationals will take place February 20-22 on the indoor ranges of the Smith & Wesson Shooting Sports Center in Springfield, Massachusetts. The championship represents the official start of IDPA’s competition season and is regarded as one of the finest competitive shooting matches in the country, thanks to industry support from companies like Colt.

For more information on IDPA, the Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship 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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Smith & Wesson Taps Lou Denys As Match Director For 2014 IDPA Indoor Nationals

by Editor 16. December 2013 07:15
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – For the second year in a row, Lou Denys has been named Match Director of the prestigious Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship, according to an announcement made today by officials with the International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) and Smith & Wesson.

Because of the prominence of the Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship, now in its 17th consecutive year, as one of the premier events in all the shooting sports, the position of match director is one of the most important in competitive pistol shooting.

“I’m honored that Smith & Wesson and IDPA have once again asked me to oversee this important championship event. I am looking forward to working with a great team of safety officers and staff to insure the 2014 Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship maintains its well-deserved reputation for excellence,” said Lou Denys.

The Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship serves as the official start of the IDPA season. The 2014 match, which is already sold-out, will take place February 20-22 and draws over 300 of the best IDPA shooters to Springfield, Massachusetts to compete on the indoor ranges of the Smith & Wesson Shooting Sports Center.

For more information on IDPA, the Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship or to join the 22,000-plus IDPA members competing each week all across America, 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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Apex Tactical Specialties Back As Sponsor Of S&W IDPA Indoor Nationals

by Editor 12. December 2013 07:45
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – The International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) announced that Apex Tactical Specialties will be a major sponsor of the sold-out 2014 Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship.

Now in its 17th year, the Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor Nationals will take place February 20-22 on the indoor ranges of the Smith & Wesson Shooting Sports Center in Springfield, Massachusetts.

As a returning sponsor, Apex joins the National Shooting Sports Foundation and Smith & Wesson, the title sponsor, in supporting the match. As part of their support, Apex will sponsor one of the 13 stages in the course of fire.

“Apex Tactical Specialties has been very generous in their support for IDPA and we’re pleased to welcome them back as a sponsor of IDPA’s most popular match, the Smith & Wesson Indoor Nationals,” said Robert Ray, membership and marketing director for IDPA.

“The Smith & Wesson Indoor Nationals is IDPA’s hottest match and a great way to kick-off the start of each competition season. Apex is proud to again partner with IDPA to help bring great matches, like this one, to the IDPA calendar,” said Scott Folk of Apex.

The Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship represents the official start of IDPA’s competition season and is regarded as one of the finest competitive shooting matches in the country, thanks to industry support from companies like Apex Tactical Specialties.

More than 300 of the sport’s 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 join the 22,000-plus IDPA members competing each week all across America, 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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NSSF Back As Major Sponsor Of Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor Nationals

by Editor 10. December 2013 07:45
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), a longtime supporter of the International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) and the shooting matches hosted by Smith & Wesson, has returned as a major sponsor of the S&W IDPA Indoor Nationals.

Now in its 17th year, the 2014 Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship will take place February 20-22 on the indoor ranges of the Smith & Wesson Shooting Sports Center in Springfield, Massachusetts.

NSSF, which is the trade association for the firearms, ammunition, hunting and shooting sports industry, will be the official sponsor of the awards banquet taking place Saturday evening, February 22.

“The National Shooting Sports Foundation has led the industry’s effort to promote and support the shooting sports and IDPA has benefitted greatly from their very generous support,” said Joyce Wilson, executive director for IDPA. “On behalf of IDPA’s 22,000-plus members, and our match host, Smith & Wesson, I want to thank everybody at NSSF for all they do for the shooting sports.”

"IDPA remains one of the fastest-growing shooting sports in America, and NSSF is committed to helping the sport continue its record growth," said Chris Dolnack, NSSF senior vice president and chief marketing officer. "Best of luck to everyone competing at the indoor nationals!"

The Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship represents the official start of IDPA’s competition season and is regarded as one of the finest competitive shooting matches in the country, thanks to help from organizations like NSSF and title sponsor Smith & Wesson.

More than 300 of the sport’s 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 join IDPA members competing each week all across America, 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 Procedure Announced For 2014 Smith & Wesson Indoor Nationals

by Editor 5. December 2013 08:40
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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 week the early registration process was announced for the 2014 championship match. Online registration based on priority points will begin at 1:00pm EST and continue throughout the day on Saturday, December 7. General registration will open at 6:00pm EST that same day.

 

 

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

2014 Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship
February 20-22, 2013

REGISTRATION PROCEDURE, PLEASE READ ALL OF THE FOLLOWING:

As a shooter in at least one of the last 5 years, you are entitled to register early. General registration opens at 6:00pm EST on December 7, 2013.

Priority registration opens on December 7, 2012 as follows:

5 year priority 1:00pm
4 year priority 2:00pm
3 year priority 3:00pm
2 year priority 4:00pm
1 year priority 5:00pm

As a prior competitor over the last five years you are already in the database. You can check your priority, and therefore, your registration time at www.MatchReg.com/SW/reg/priority.htm (please contact me if there are any errors or questions).

You can go to www.MatchReg.com/SW/reg/ 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 “2014match” (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 $175.00 USD, payable to Smith & Wesson 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
mtcritser@sbcglobal.net

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