iMarksman Sponsors Smith & Wesson Live Free Or Die State IDPA Championship

by Editor 6. September 2013 09:35
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – iMarksman, provider of the most affordable, realistic, and innovative training systems currently on the market, has signed on to sponsor the 2013 Smith & Wesson Live Free Or Die State IDPA Championship.

iMarksman joins RangeLog, SIG SAUER, Taurus and Smith & Wesson, the title sponsor of the match, as one of the main sponsors of the sold out championship event slated to take place October 18-20 at the Pioneer Sportsmen Club in Dunbarton, N.H.

“We are very pleased to welcome iMarksman as a sponsor of the 2013 Smith & Wesson Live Free Or Die State IDPA Championship, and thank them for their generous support,” said Ken Lambert, match director.

“iMarksman is committed to sponsoring firearm training and competition events, like IDPA's Live Free Or Die State Championship. There is no better test of shooting skill than the pressure of the competition timer, and iMarksman is proud to provide shooters with the training tools they need to practice off the range," said Andrey Safanyuk, CEO of iSniper, Inc., makers of iMarksman®.

In addition to determining the New Hampshire state title, the match will also serve as the final leg of the King of New England contest presented by Apex Tactical. The 17th Annual Massachusetts State Championship and the New England Regional, both sponsored by Smith & Wesson, make up the first and second legs, respectively, of the newly announced series.

For more information on IDPA, or to join the more than 22,000 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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Brian Steskla Named Match Director Of 2013 Smith & Wesson IDPA BUG Nationals

by Editor 6. September 2013 07:35
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – The International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) and Smith & Wesson announced that Brian Steskla has been named Match Director of the inaugural Smith & Wesson IDPA Back Up Gun Nationals to take place in Springfield, Mass. November 14-16, 2013.

Smith & Wesson, which for the past 16 years has organized, sponsored and hosted the IDPA Indoor National Championship, is the driving force behind the launch of this new national level championship that will also be held on the indoor ranges of the Smith & Wesson Shooting Sports Center. Upwards of 200 top IDPA shooters are expected to compete for the new national champion title in either the Pistol or Revolver division.

“I am honored to have been selected by IDPA and Smith & Wesson to take the reins of IDPA’s newest national championship event,” said Brian Steskla. “As a sport based on concealed carry scenarios, there is a great demand among IDPA shooters for an opportunity to test their skills with the back up gun. I’m looking forward to working with a talented team of safety officers to put together the kind of exciting and challenging championship course of fire that shooters have come to expect from a Smith & Wesson event.”

Steskla, who is a 17-year veteran of law enforcement in the state of Connecticut, and an NRA certified Handgun/Shotgun Law Enforcement Instructor, brings more than 8 years of experience as an IDPA competitor and five years as an IDPA Safety Officer to his role as Match Director.

“Brian is an excellent choice for Match Director and his experience as both a competitor and a Safety Officer at numerous competitions gives him excellent insight into what makes for a good match. Not only does his selection bode well for this inaugural national championship but it also reflects Smith & Wesson’s commitment to helping IDPA develop top flight match staff,” said Joyce Wilson, executive director for IDPA.

The Smith & Wesson IDPA Back Up Gun Nationals will feature 13 stages with a round count of 180. Registration has begun and a few slots are still available for those interested in competing. Registration is being conducted online at MatchReg.com/BUG.

For more information on IDPA, the inaugural Smith & Wesson IDPA Back Up Gun Nationals or to join the more than 22,000 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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Safariland Joins Major Sponsors Of IDPA’s U.S. National Championship

by Editor 3. September 2013 07:25
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – The International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) announced that Safariland®, one of the leading holster brands and longtime supporter of the shooting sports, has signed on as one of the major sponsors of the 2013 IDPA U.S. National Championship.

The match takes place September 19 thru 21 on the ranges of the U.S. Shooting Academy in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and officials expect to draw over 300 of the sport’s top competitors.

“Safariland has always been one of the companies in our industry that recognizes the importance of the shooting sports, and they have always been generous with their support – particularly when partnering with IDPA. Thanks to Safariland, and our many other generous sponsors, the U.S. Nationals is shaping up to be a great championship event,” said Joyce Wilson, executive director of IDPA.

“We are very excited for this year’s IDPA U.S. National Championship,” said Scott Carnahan, Vice President, Equipment Category Marketing, The Safariland Group. “There will be a lot of talent at this year’s nationals including Team Safariland’s top-rated IDPA shooters Robert Vogel and Bobby McGee. Safariland is looking forward to seeing this year’s competitors prove their exceptional shooting skills and have a great time.”

In addition to Safariland, the 2013 IDPA U.S. National Championship is supported by a who’s who of firearms and shooting sports industry leaders, including the National Shooting Sports Foundation, Brownells, Comp-Tac Victory Gear, Harris Publications, Nighthawk Custom, Ruger, Smith & Wesson, Taurus and Wilson Combat.

For more information on IDPA, the 2013 IDPA U.S. National Championship, or to join the more than 22,000 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.

About Safariland® Established in 1964, Safariland® has earned worldwide renown and a leadership position in the industry for its technologically advanced holsters and other gear to the law enforcement, military, concealment and competitive sporting markets. Safariland holsters, belts and accessories provide users with high-quality tools to perform their jobs safely and effectively. Safariland is credited for developing the first Level III retention holster for the uniformed duty market. With a reputation for INNOVATION NOT IMITATION®, the Safariland brand continues its position as the worldwide leader in retention holsters. Safariland is a part of The Safariland Group family of brands. For more information, visit www.safariland.com/dutygear.

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IDPA Welcomes Nighthawk Custom As Return Sponsor Of U.S. Nationals

by Editor 30. August 2013 07:25
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – The International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) welcomes returning sponsor Nighthawk Custom, manufacturer of high quality custom 1911-style handguns, to the growing list of companies supporting the 2013 IDPA U.S. National Championship.

“Support for this year’s Nationals continues to grow thanks to the wonderful generosity of the companies that are strong proponents of the shooting sports, like Nighthawk Custom,” said Robert Ray, membership and marketing director for IDPA.

Along with Nighthawk Custom, the 2013 IDPA U.S. National Championship is supported by a who’s who of firearms and shooting sports industry leaders, including the National Shooting Sports Foundation, Brownells, Comp-Tac Victory Gear, Harris Publications, Ruger, Smith & Wesson, Taurus and Wilson Combat.

The match will take place September 19 thru 21 on the ranges of the U.S. Shooting Academy in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and officials expect to draw over 300 of the sport’s top competitors.

For more information on IDPA, the 2013 IDPA U.S. National Championship, or to join the more than 22,000 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.

About Nighthawk Custom: Nighthawk Custom, located in Berryville, Arkansas, is the manufacturer of superior quality 1911-style pistols. Founded in 2003, the team gunsmiths at Nighthawk Custom have over 50 years of combined experience specializing in the 1911. Nighthawk Custom builds 1911's using no MIM parts and the finest finish in the industry. All Nighthawk Custom 1911's come with a lifetime guarantee. For more information on Nighthawk Custom or their line of 1911-style pistols, visit www.nighthawkcustom.com or call toll free 1-877-268-4867.

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Comp-Tac Back As Major Sponsor Of IDPA’s U.S. National Championship

by Editor 28. August 2013 07:31
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – One of the strongest supporters of the International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA), Comp-Tac Victory Gear, a leading manufacturer of holsters and accessories, has returned as a major sponsor of IDPA’s U.S. National Championship.

Comp-Tac joins a growing list of firearms and shooting sports industry leaders, including the National Shooting Sports Foundation, Brownells, Harris Publications, Ruger, Smith & Wesson, Taurus and Wilson Combat, as a gold level sponsor of the U.S. Nationals. The match will will take place September 19 thru 21 on the ranges of the U.S. Shooting Academy in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and officials expect to draw over 300 of the sport’s top competitors.

“IDPA enjoys one of the best and most productive working relationships of any shooting organization with its sponsors, and Comp-Tac Victory Gear is a perfect example. Over the years Comp-Tac has grown to become a top brand among our members, and we once again welcome the opportunity to work together to bring IDPA shooters another great championship,” said Joyce Wilson, executive director of IDPA.

“Comp-Tac’s rise to IDPA’s most popular holster brand is a reflection of not only our commitment to making great products but our strong belief in supporting the shooting sports,” said said Gregg Garrett, owner and president of Comp-Tac.

“Comp-Tac is a proud sponsor of numerous IDPA competitions here in America and abroad, and we are especially pleased to partner with IDPA officials on this year’s U.S. National Championship.”

In addition to being a major sponsor of the U.S. National Championship, Comp-Tac will be represented in the competition by Team Comp-Tac members Gordon Carrell and Randi Rogers, the four-time defending women’s national champion.

For more information on IDPA, the 2013 IDPA U.S. National Championship, or to join the more than 22,000 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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New England Tactical Sponsors Smith & Wesson Live Free Or Die State IDPA Championship

by Editor 26. August 2013 07:20
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – The 2013 Smith & Wesson Live Free Or Die State IDPA Championship continues to pick up support as match officials have announced that New England Tactical, a leading source for firearms training in New Hampshire, has signed on as a major sponsor.

New England Tactical joins RangeLog, SIG SAUER, Taurus and Smith & Wesson, the title sponsor of the match, as one of the main sponsors of the sold out championship event slated to take place October 18-20 at the Pioneer Sportsmen Club in Dunbarton, N.H.

“We are very pleased to add New England Tactical to our growing list of sponsors. With more and more sponsor support rolling in, this year’s championship is poised to be one of the best in years,” said Ken Lambert, match director.

In addition to determining the New Hampshire state title, the match will also serve as the final leg of the King of New England contest presented by ApexTactical. The 17th Annual Massachusetts State Championship and the New England Regional, both sponsored by Smith & Wesson, make up the first and second legs, respectively, of the newly announced series.

For more information on IDPA, or to join the more than 22,000 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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Ruger On Board As Major Sponsor Of IDPA’s U.S. National Championship

by Editor 26. August 2013 07:15
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – Ruger, the legendary American firearms manufacturer and industry leader, has renewed its commitment to the International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) and will be one of the major sponsors of IDPA’s 2013 U.S. National Championship.

“Ruger is one of the great names in the firearms industry, for both the firearms they make and the important role they play in promoting the shooting sports,” said Robert Ray, membership and marketing director for IDPA. “We’re extremely pleased to welcome back Ruger as a major sponsor of IDPA’s U.S. Nationals.”

Ruger joins the National Shooting Sports Foundation, Brownells, Harris Publications, Smith & Wesson, Taurus and Wilson Combat as a gold level sponsor of the U.S. Nationals which will take place September 19 thru 21 on the ranges of the U.S. Shooting Academy in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Match officials expect to draw over 300 of the sport’s top shooters to compete the championship.

For more information on IDPA, the 2013 IDPA U.S. National Championship, or to join the more than 22,000 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.

About Ruger:
Sturm, Ruger & Co., Inc. is one of the nation's leading manufacturers of high-quality firearms for the commercial sporting market. The only full-line manufacturer of American-Made firearms, Ruger offers consumers over 400 variations of more than 30 product lines. From the ubiquitous 10/22® and Mini-14® Rifles, to the new and exciting Ruger American Rifle™, SR22® Pistol and SR1911™. Our Awarding Winning Products (the Gunsite Scout Rifle, the LC9™, the SR9c™, the LCR® and the LCP®) all prove that Ruger has a rugged, reliable firearm to meet every shooter's needs. For more information visit www.Ruger.com.

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Tara Lyon Takes High Lady At IDPA's S&W New England Regional

by Editor 21. August 2013 07:25
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HARVARD, Mass. – Tara Lyon outpaced defending women’s champ, Kimberly Buckland, to take the High Lady title at the Smith & Wesson New England Regional IDPA Championship.

Lyon, who competed as a Sharpshooter in the Stock Service Pistol (SSP) division, won six of 14 stages before taking the title with her final time of 515.15 seconds with 214 points down.

“Tara is a constant presence on New England’s IDPA ranges where she not only competes but often works the matches as well. I look forward to seeing Tara return to the winner’s circle again in the future,” said Bob Biehl, match director for the 2013 New England Regional.

Finishing in second place was Buckland who competed in the Enhanced Service Pistol (ESP) division as a Marksman. Buckland dominated Lyon on eight stages but finished with and overall time of 550.16 seconds and a total of 154 points down.

Also competing as a Marksman in ESP was Dori Smith who took third with 704.06 (269). Rounding out the top five were SSP Marksmen Samantha Galante in fourth with 761.83 (371) and Brooke Cheney placing fifth with 853.88 (313).

Sanctioned by the International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) the Smith & Wesson New England Regional IDPA Championship was held Friday, Saturday and Sunday, August 16-18, at the Harvard Sportsmen’s Club located in Harvard, Massachusetts and drew 189 competitors.

Complete match results can be found online at MetroWestTactical.com.

For more information on IDPA, or to join the more than 22,000 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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Miller Wins Tight Battle For SSR Title At IDPA’s New England Regional

by Editor 21. August 2013 07:20
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HARVARD, Mass. – Just 1.09 seconds separated the top four shooters in the Stock Service Revolver division at the Smith & Wesson New England Regional IDPA Championship with Robert Miller taking the title.

With wins on four of 14 stages, Miller, classified an Expert in the division, managed to hold off Wil Cournoyer, Dennis Doti, and Chris DeForge in the championship’s closest event and won the SSR title with a time of 467.10 seconds with 118 points down.

Cournoyer, also an Expert, finished second with 467.37 (100), followed by Doti, a Sharpshooter, with 467.47 (124) and DeForge, an Expert, with 468.19 (62).

“The Stock Service Revolver competition was a true nail-biter with the hopes and dreams of all four top shooters hinging on the placement of any one shot in the match,” said Bob Biehl, match director for the 2013 New England Regional.

Rounding out the top five was Sharpshooter Greg Hayes who finished with a time of 552.33 seconds with 172 points down. Elsewhere in the division, Chip Dufault finished first Marksman with 595.91 (217).

Sanctioned by the International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) the Smith & Wesson New England Regional IDPA Championship was held Friday, Saturday and Sunday, August 16-18, at the Harvard Sportsmen’s Club located in Harvard, Massachusetts and drew 189 competitors.

Complete match results can be found online at MetroWestTactical.com.

For more information on IDPA, or to join the more than 22,000 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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Craig Buckland Wins Back-to-Back CDP Titles At IDPA’s New England Regional

by Editor 21. August 2013 07:15
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HARVARD, Mass. – The Wolff Gunsprings/Tactical Defense Solutions shooter Craig Buckland picked up his second straight Custom Defensive Pistol title at the Smith & Wesson New England Regional IDPA Championship.

With division wins on half of the match’s 14 stages, Buckland, a Master class shooter, managed to outpace Team Colt’s Mark Redl by just over 12 seconds with his final winning time of 291.25 seconds and 57 points down.

“Craig shot a very strong match with Mark right on his heels. With two consecutive CDP victories in the books, it’s clear that Craig knows how to put together a winning run here at the New England Regional,” said Bob Biehl, match director for this year’s championship.

Redl placed second with five stage wins to take first Master with 303.86 seconds and 99 points down. Third place went to the first Expert, Aaron Haines, with 353.56 (105). Matthew Holmes, third Master, placed fourth with one stage win and 355.52 (87) while second Expert Bob Biehl who rounded out the top five with 368.22 (95).

Elsewhere in the division, Frank Palka, an Expert in the division, won High Distinguished Senior honors with a final time of 418.17 seconds and 57 points down. Kevin Wagner took first Sharpshooter with 435.36 (104) and Andy Holton claimed first Marksman with 489.83 (114).

Sanctioned by the International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) the Smith & Wesson New England Regional IDPA Championship was held Friday, Saturday and Sunday, August 16-18, at the Harvard Sportsmen’s Club located in Harvard, Massachusetts and drew 189 competitors.

Complete match results can be found online at MetroWestTactical.com.

For more information on IDPA, or to join the more than 22,000 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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