Smith & Wesson Named Title Sponsor Of Live Free Or Die State IDPA Championship

by Editor 16. May 2013 07:49
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – Organizers of New Hampshire’s IDPA championship announced that iconic American firearms maker Smith & Wesson will be the title sponsor of the Granite State’s 2013 state match. The Smith & Wesson Live Free Or Die State IDPA Championship is scheduled to take place October 18-19.

The championship will be hosted by the Pioneer Sportsmen Club in Dunbarton, N.H. In addition to determining the state title, the match will also serve as the final leg of the King of New England contest. 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.

“Participation in IDPA events is on the rise all across the country and here in New Hampshire it’s really taking off with Pioneer Sportsmen leading the way,” explained Ken Lambert, match director for the championship.

“Thanks to the generous support of our title sponsor Smith & Wesson, the Live Free Or Die State IDPA Championship is set to cap a great shooting season for New Hampshire’s IDPA community.”

“Our sponsorship of the Live Free Or Die State Championship reflects Smith & Wesson’s ongoing commitment to New England’s thriving shooting sports community. IDPA has seen tremendous growth in the last few years and Smith & Wesson is proud to see that growth continue, especially here in New England,” said Paul Pluff of Smith & Wesson.

Registration details for the Smith & Wesson Live Free Or Die State IDPA Championship will be announced shortly. Companies interested in sponsoring the Live Free Or Die State Championship should contact the sponsorship coordinator at pioneeridpa@gmail.com.

To learn more about IDPA and defensive shooting, or to find a club near you, 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 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.

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New IDPA Rulebook Posted For Comment

by Editor 7. May 2013 11:56
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A DRAFT copy of the new IDPA Rulebook has been posted for review and comment by IDPA members. The feedback period will be open for three weeks to provide current IDPA members ample time to comment, followed by processing the final rulebook and the start of the Safety Officer (SO) training period. Below you will find more information on the SO certification and recertification process.

Click HERE to view a PDF of the Rulebook.

The proposed Rulebook will be posted for 3 weeks, from May 7th thru May 28th. To access the rulebook and make suggestions, you must be a current IDPA member. During this time, current members can make suggestions to it by logging in at www.idpa.com and selecting the Rules tab at the top. In the center of the page, click on the Propose A Change… option. You will need to Select a Category, and then fill out three pieces of information: the Specific Rule (Section), Issue with the Current Rule, and your Proposed Solution/Change prior to submitting the feedback.

To be efficient with the time of the Tiger Teams as they review these suggestions, there is a character limit in each box, allowing sufficient space to describe the issue while making it easy for the reviewers to assess the suggestion. In an effort to reduce duplication, each suggestion submitted will go into a submission queue and be approved for posting so that all members can see each proposal. The approval/posting process may take up to 2 business days before the suggestion is viewable by the membership. Contributors can make as many submissions as they desire, but only one suggestion per submission will be accepted. We expect a lot of traffic on this site, so please be patient as we review, and approve.

This online option will be the only channel for members to submit feedback on the rulebook. So that we may concentrate on serving our customers and working through the suggestions, Headquarters staff will not be monitoring any forums and will not accept suggestions or changes made verbally, via telephone or email. Only comments made through the website will be considered.

Each Tiger Team will review suggestions made to their area and act on them as needed. Once the feedback period ends, it will take a few weeks for us to update the rulebook and the SO recertification test questions. Please note that the updated rulebook will go into effect on October 1, 2013.

WEEK EVENT

States/ACs
(Note: States with multiple ACs
may be combined on this sheet)

1-Jul

Final Rulebook Posted
on IDPA.com

 
1-Jul

Recert Testing - Group 1
(Control Group)

TX/NM (Webb) All US
Area Coordinators

1-Jul

New SO Candidate Test
Available

 
8-Jul Recert Training- Group 2* CT/MA/ME/NH/NY/RI/VT (Yost)
PA/NJ (Murphy)
All SOI Candidates*
15-Jul Recert Testing - Group 3 FL (Biddle)
NC/SC (Byerly)
WV (Tate)
VA (Tate 2)
DC/DE/MD (HQ)
22-Jul Recert Testing - Group 4 OH (Buchanan)
TN/KY/MS (Breeson & Carter)
IL (Duckworth)
IN (Poe)
Al/GA (Werner)
MI (Cutitta)
29-Jul

Recert Testing - Group 5

WI/MN (Dilley)
MO/IA (Goede)
AR/LA/OK (Ritchie)
ID/MT/UT/WY (Reed)
CO/KS (Lada)
AZ (Barron)
AK/OR/WA(Wylie)
5-Aug Recert Testing - Group 6 CA (Gould)
ND/SD/NV/PR (HQ)
All International SOs (HQ)
Table Cell

New Rulebook effective
Oct. 1, 2013

 
   

*Note - International SOIs
are located in Costa Rica,
South Africa and the
Philippines. Any other
country must use a US-based
SOI until an SOI has been
assigned to that country in 2014.

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Join Us Saturday Evening For Cinco De Bane

by Editor 3. May 2013 07:14
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Little Woodrow's is located at 2019 Walker Street, an easy one block walk behind the George R. Brown Convention Center in Downtown Houston. The party starts after the NRA Show closes at 6:00pm. IDPA members attending the NRA Show are invited to head over and help us celebrate Michael Bane's birthday (a day early).

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Massachusetts State IDPA Announces Smith & Wesson As Presenting Sponsor

by Editor 3. May 2013 07:09
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – The Springfield, Massachusetts based firearms maker Smith & Wesson will be the presenting sponsor of the 17th Annual Massachusetts State IDPA Championship, according to an announcement by the match organizers.

The 17th Annual Massachusetts State IDPA Championship, presented by Smith & Wesson, will take place June 1-2 at the Rod & Gun Club of New Bedford in North Dartmouth. The match will feature a 10 stage course of fire with a 150 round count. It will also serve as the first leg of the newly announced King of New England contest.

“The name Smith & Wesson is near and dear to members of the Bay State shooting community. Throughout the years this American gun making icon has extended a helping hand to shooting clubs and matches, and we couldn’t be prouder to announce that our 17th Annual IDPA State Championship will bear the name Smith & Wesson,” said John Catterall.

“As a company headquartered in Springfield, Massachusetts, Smith & Wesson takes a great deal of pride in supporting the many local shooting competitions in which our own friends and neighbors compete. Considering our close working relationship with the Massachusetts IDPA members, we could think of no better way to express our appreciation for all they do than by sponsoring this year’s state championship,” said Paul Pluff of Smith & Wesson.

Registration for the 17th Annual Massachusetts State IDPA Championship, presented by Smith & Wesson, is now open and the entry form is available online. For additional information or to sponsor the match, email match officials at maidpachamp@yahoo.com.

For 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 consumer, law enforcement, and military markets. The company's brands include Smith & Wesson®, M&P® and Thompson/Center Arms(TM). 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.

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Chief Safety Officers Named For Comp-Tac Republic Of Texas IDPA Championship

by Editor 1. May 2013 10:18
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – Darrell Sells, match director of the 2013 Comp-Tac Republic of Texas IDPA Championship, announced the team of Chief Safety Officers (CSO) that will help run the championship.

Sells named Nicky Carter, Richard Davis, Bill Dittoe, Mike Fiorenza, Stephen Kay, Chris Keller, Glenn McKinney, Garry Newton, Mike Rys and Mike Sells as the lead safety and scoring officials who will oversee the staff running the 10 stages of the competition

“When it comes to running the top IDPA match in Texas it’s important to have a solid team backing you up on the range. We’ve put together a great group of volunteers headed up by an excellent CSO crew that knows how to run IDPA events that are both challenging and fun for competitors at all levels,” said Darrell Sells.

Serving as the Lone Star State’s premier defensive pistol shooting competition and state championship match, the sold-out Comp-Tac Republic of Texas IDPA Championship will take place Saturday, May 25 on the northwest side of Houston at the Impactzone Range in Hempstead.

The championship is being hosted by the Thunder Tactical Shooters IDPA club.

For more information on IDPA, the 2013 Comp-Tac Republic of Texas IDPA Championship 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 news and updates on the DOWN ZERO Blog.

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Taurus Sponsors 2013 IDPA U.S. National Championship

by Editor 1. May 2013 08:05
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – The International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) announced that Taurus, one of the world's foremost manufacturers of firearms and spearhead of the Carry On movement to promote the concealed carry lifestyle, will be a major sponsor of the 2013 IDPA U.S. National Championship.

“Taurus is once again demonstrating its steadfast commitment to the shooting sports by generously sponsoring the 2013 IDPA U.S. National Championship. As a sport born out of the real world concealed carry movement, we’re grateful to have the support of a company that so fully embraces and promotes the concept of personal responsibility and self defense like Taurus does,” said Joyce Wilson, executive director of IDPA.

“Taurus is a firm believer in the value of competition as a way to improve one’s shooting skills. We are also equally firm in our belief in the right, and responsibility, to carry concealed for personal protection," said Mark Kresser, president and CEO of Taurus.

“Based in sound concealed carry principles, IDPA matches are the perfect venue for both which is why Taurus is proud to sponsor this year’s IDPA U.S. Nationals.”

Hosted by the U.S. Shooting Academy in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the 2013 IDPA U.S. National Championship will take place September 19 thru 21 and is again expected to draw over 300 of the sport’s top shooters. Taurus joins the National Shooting Sports Foundation as a gold level sponsor of the event.

For 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 Taurus:
Taurus International Manufacturing, Inc. is proud to be the U.S. importer of all Taurus brand firearms manufactured in Brazil and to be the manufacturer of the model PT-22, PT-25 and PT-738 pistols made here in the US. Taurus International services all Taurus brand firearms under the LIFETIME REPAIR POLICY™ as well. For additional information about Taurus, visit www.taurususa.com.

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IDPA Rulebook Update

by Editor 30. April 2013 23:27
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I am proud to announce that the preliminary version of the updated IDPA rulebook will soon be available for member feedback. I realize that it has taken 18 months to see the entire project to completion, however, I have always felt that it was more important to get the whole process right than to just push something through quickly.

While, initially the membership will see only the rulebook, we now also have in place a complete Safety Officer training program as well. We also have a complete recertification process that includes online testing so that our members will not have to complete an additional classroom session. The scope of this work was unfathomable.

The proposed rulebook, vetted by the IDPA Board of Directors and Legal, will be posted on IDPA.com for member review and input May 7th thru May 28th. For more information about how to provide feedback, please see below.

The feedback period will be open for three weeks to provide current IDPA members ample time to comment, followed by processing the final rulebook and the start of the Safety Officer (SO) training period. Below you will find more information on the SO certification and recertification process.

This rulebook represents a significant change for IDPA in several ways. This is the first true update of the entire rulebook since the founding of the sport. I am extremely grateful to our founders for their foresight and the strong foundation they created that has kept us on the right path for more than 16 years. This is also the first time we have utilized a member-focused approach to updates, and the indefatigable work and commitment to our sport by the members of our Tiger Teams has been incredibly gratifying. The trial run of collecting member feedback on a draft rulebook adds a lot of time and work to the process, but I believe that it will be worth the effort.

Finally, the new IDPA.com website will help us manage these and future changes. The new website is invaluable, and much of our communication going forward will be provided on that site. Not many mature companies or organizations will tackle two very major projects of this nature simultaneously. We essentially have rebuilt a great deal of the foundation of the sport by reviewing and restructuring the rulebook and completely rebuilding the website. While we still have some growing pains to assess with the website, it has laid the foundation for our members and our clubs to be able to communicate more effectively. In these turbulent political times it is often easier to focus on what is wrong with an organization or system. I hope that the membership will look beyond these growing pains and see how much we are trying to enable the continued success of the sport from the ground up.

I am honored to be part of this organization as it responds to our recent unprecedented growth. I hope you are, as well.

IDPA Rulebook Feedback Information

The proposed RB will be posted for 3 weeks, from May 7th thru May 28th. To access the rulebook and make suggestions, you must be a current IDPA member. During this time, current members can make suggestions to it by logging in at www.idpa.com and selecting the Rules tab at the top. In the center of the page, click on the Propose A Change… option. You will need to Select a Category, and then fill out three pieces of information: the Specific Rule (Section), Issue with the Current Rule, and your Proposed Solution/Change prior to submitting the feedback.

To be efficient with the time of the Tiger Teams as they review these suggestions, there is a character limit in each box, allowing sufficient space to describe the issue while making it easy for the reviewers to assess the suggestion. In an effort to reduce duplication, each suggestion submitted will go into a submission queue and be approved for posting so that all members can see each proposal. The approval/posting process may take up to 2 business days before the suggestion is viewable by the membership. Contributors can make as many submissions as they desire, but only one suggestion per submission will be accepted. We expect a lot of traffic on this site, so please be patient as we review, and approve.

This online option will be the only channel for members to submit feedback on the rulebook. So that we may concentrate on serving our customers and working through the suggestions, Headquarters staff will not be monitoring any forums and will not accept suggestions or changes made verbally, via telephone or email. Only comments made through the website will be considered.

Each Tiger Team will review suggestions made to their area and act on them as needed. Once the feedback period ends, it will take a few weeks for us to update the rulebook and the SO recertification test questions. Please note that the updated rulebook will go into effect on October 1, 2013.

Safety Officer Training

Existing Safety Officer Recertification
Safety Officer (SO) recertification will begin as soon as a final rulebook is published on the IDPA website. At that time, we will begin the testing process and will also resume classes for new SOs. Recertifying SOs will be required to take an online test of 100 questions focused on changes/updates in the new rulebook. A score of 85% or higher is required to pass, and each recertifying SO will have 2 opportunities to pass the test. Immediate feedback on missed questions is provided within the software at the end of the exam. Although a time limit of 2 hours for the test exists, users may stop and save their work and return at a later time to finish. Anyone not passing the exam after 2 attempts will need to take the full length SO class from a Safety Officer Instructor (SOI).

The test will roll out by geographic area and is listed in the schedule below. Members of each group will receive an email a few days prior to their testing period containing the link to the testing area. Please confirm that your email address is correct on the IDPA website so that you receive this important email. Please note that the recertification test will be online only – no written tests will be accepted.

SOs are encouraged to take the exam within one week of receiving the emailed link for testing, thus performance of the testing database is not compromised. If this is not possible, users will have access to the exam for 30 days.

New Safety Officer Classes
New Safety Officer Classes can be scheduled as soon as a final rulebook has been posted and SOIs selected in your state. A new process, including a pre-test that must be taken prior to the class, will be outlined in the rulebook. To apply for the class, each candidate must meet the criteria for SOs as outlined in the Match Officials Handbook. An online-only pre-test, consisting of 50 questions, must be successfully completed prior to the class and proof of completion provided to the instructor (due date to be determined by the SO Instructor offering the class). Upon signing up for the class, the SOI will provide you with a link for the exam. If you are in need of an SO class, contact the Safety Officer Instructor in your area for a schedule or your Area Coordinator or more information.

International Members
As a brief update for our international members, we want to assure you we have not forgotten you. Since the rulebook is the foundation for growth, that has been our primary focus for some time. Once that is in place, we will begin to work on a sustainable, flexible model for our international clubs. One of our International shooters recently sent us a message in which he stated “Our country is different than the rest of the International clubs.” And he is right. But that is only one piece of the challenge. Every country has different needs and regulations. No two are even remotely similar. HQ needs a system to be developed for a scalable, adaptable system that can be used all over the world regardless of country specific requirements. Developing this system is going to be a challenge all unto itself. Based on everything we have on our plate right now, it is likely that we will not begin this work on an international management system until late 2013 or 2014. Until that time, no countries outside the US will have Area Coordinators or SOIs appointed. Any new SO training will take place by US-based instructor, with the exception of Costa Rica, the Philippines and South Africa. That means that each country will have access to any US-based SOIs for training needs this year, based on their availability and willingness to negotiate travel and dates. Members who were already SOs in each country will be able to recertify as SOs by taking the online exam (see schedule below).

WEEK EVENT

States/ACs
(Note: States with multiple ACs
may be combined on this sheet)

1-Jul

Final Rulebook Posted
on IDPA.com

 
1-Jul

Recert Testing - Group 1
(Control Group)

TX/NM (Webb) All US
Area Coordinators

1-Jul

New SO Candidate Test
Available

 
8-Jul Recert Training- Group 2* CT/MA/ME/NH/NY/RI/VT (Yost)
PA/NJ (Murphy)
All SOI Candidates*
15-Jul Recert Testing - Group 3 FL (Biddle)
NC/SC (Byerly)
WV (Tate)
VA (Tate 2)
DC/DE/MD (HQ)
22-Jul Recert Testing - Group 4 OH (Buchanan)
TN/KY/MS (Breeson & Carter)
IL (Duckworth)
IN (Poe)
Al/GA (Werner)
MI (Cutitta)
29-Jul

Recert Testing - Group 5

WI/MN (Dilley)
MO/IA (Goede)
AR/LA/OK (Ritchie)
ID/MT/UT/WY (Reed)
CO/KS (Lada)
AZ (Barron)
AK/OR/WA(Wylie)
5-Aug Recert Testing - Group 6 CA (Gould)
ND/SD/NV/PR (HQ)
All International SOs (HQ)
Table Cell

New Rulebook effective
Oct. 1, 2013

 
   

*Note - International SOIs
are located in Costa Rica,
South Africa and the
Philippines. Any other
country must use a US-based
SOI until an SOI has been
assigned to that country in 2014.

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NSSF Indoor Range and Retail Compliance Workshop June 2-4

by Editor 30. April 2013 15:21
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NEWTOWN, Conn. -- Shooting range owners and operators must manage and protect their businesses from risks and liability related to health and the environment. To ensure your business practices are in regulatory compliance and to improve management practices, the National Shooting Sports Foundation encourages you to enroll in its Indoor Range and Retail Compliance Workshop June 2-4 at the Black Wing Shooting Center in Columbus, Ohio.

NSSF is the trade association for the firearms and ammunition industry.

Failure to comply with the regulations applicable to your range business can expose you to significant fines and penalties, cleanup costs and potential criminal prosecution. All of this can potentially put you out of business.

The NSSF Indoor Range and Retail Compliance Workshop will feature a team of experts with hands-on experience in the fields of environmental law related to shooting ranges, OSHA compliance and inspection, and lead reclamation and range maintenance. Their years of experience will open your eyes to what can happen and provide you with recommended compliance strategies to protect your business for many years to come.

You'll also get first-hand knowledge of the workings of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives from members of NSSF’s team of retired ATF consultants, each with over 33 years of experience in ATF.

NSSF member retailers and state and federal agency employees should take advantage of the special early-bird registration by May 8 for significant savings on attending the workshop. Non-members can save on the price of both NSSF membership and the workshop by signing up for both before the early-bird deadline.

Learn more about speakers and how to register at the NSSF Indoor Range and Retail Compliance Workshop’s website.

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Comp-Tac Unveils New Single Magazine Pouch Design at NRA Show

by Editor 30. April 2013 12:41
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Comp-Tac Victory Gear, a leading manufacturer of holsters and accessories, invites outdoors enthusiasts to visit them at the 142nd National Rifle Association’s Annual Meetings & Exhibits, taking place at the George R. Brown Convention Center in downtown Houston, Texas, May 3-5, 2013.

During the show Comp-Tac’s newest Single Magazine Pouch design will be unveiled and on display at the Comp-Tac booth, #1808. The Single Magazine Pouch is one of Comp-Tac’s most popular products and the new design provides several additional features:

  • Sleek new look with narrower footprint allowing more magazine pouches on your belt.
  • Single Magazine Pouch is now reversible allowing user to swap from left or right side - depending on situation - with no adjustment.
  • Improved molding leads to cleaner, smoother draw.
  • Same great Kydex material for easy carry and use.
  • Available at the NRA show.

In addition to the new Single Magazine Pouch, Comp-Tac’s product experts, as well as Comp-Tac Shooting Team members Gregg Garrett, Gordon Carrell and Randi Rogers, will be on hand to answer questions and help attendees select the right gear for their shooting needs. Comp-Tac will have all the most popular holsters and accessories for sale at special NRA show prices.

Visitors to the booth are invited to load up on giveaways as well as register for a chance to win a Minotaur MTAC holster being given away each day of the exhibit. Daily winners will be selected by random drawing and will be notified by phone and email.

Comp-Tac’s owner and president, Gregg Garrett, will also be walking the show floor looking for attendees wearing a Comp-Tac Button (available at the Comp-Tac booth #1808) and awarding gift certificates throughout the three-day event.

“We are so excited to have the NRA Show right in our backyard here in Houston. This will be our first time exhibiting at an NRA Show and the entire Comp-Tac team is looking forward to meeting our customers and showcasing our line-up of championship winning gear,” said Garrett.

Admission to the event is free for current NRA members. More information on the event is available at the NRA Meetings & Exhibits website at www.nraam.org.

For more information on Team Comp-Tac and the full line of Comp-Tac Victory Gear holsters and accessories, visit www.Comp-Tac.com, like Comp-Tac on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CompTac, or follow @CompTac on Twitter.

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Registration Opens May 1 For 2013 S&W New England Regional IDPA Championship

by Editor 29. April 2013 08:21
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – The MetroWest Tactical IDPA club announced that registration for the 2013 Smith & Wesson New England Regional IDPA Championship will open at noon on Wednesday, May 1.

Registration will be handled online at MatchReg.com and the entry fee for this year’s championship will be $95.00.

The Smith & Wesson New England Regional IDPA Championship will take place August 16-18 at the Harvard Sportsmen's Club in Harvard, Massachusetts. In addition to being among the region’s largest defensive pistol shooting competitions, the match will also serve as the second leg of the newly announced King of New England event.

The championship will be shot as a single day format and feature 14 stages, 12 outdoor and two indoor for low-light scenarios, with a minimum round count of 205. Friday is reserved for staff, sponsors and VIPs to compete. Complete match details, including schedule and local hotel information, can be found on the MetroWest Tactical website.

For 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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