With 67%, Glock and S&W Dominate List of IDPA World Shoot Guns

by Editor 20. April 2012 15:59
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In the Tactical Journal (Vol. 15, Issue 4) you'll find on pages 26-33 the equipment survey results from the 2011 IDPA World Shoot. Looking at the brands of handguns used by competitors one fact stands out above all else, two manufacturers, Glock and Smith & Wesson, dominate the list.

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Together the two gun making titans account for 67% of all handguns. They are also the only manufactures that had individual models in the double digits. Glock had the most guns at the match with 37.3% of the shooters choosing Gunny's favorite blaster. Of the 142 Glock pistols used at the World Shoot, the Glock G34 was the most popular model with 62 shooters (16.3%) competing with the longer slide competition model. Right behind it was the G17 which had 57 shooters (15%) campaigning with the company's flagship pistol.

Smith & Wesson had 29.7% of the World Shoot market with a total of 113 pistols and revolvers. Their M&P 9mm pistol accounted for 10.2% of all guns and was used by 39 competitors. The M&P Pro 9mm, S&W's direct challenger to the G34, found its way into the holsters of 18 competitors (4.7%). The last model to break into double digits was the Model 686 revolver from Smith & Wesson with 12 competitors (3.1%) carrying it.

As for the most popular platform at the IDPA World Shoot, the striker-fired pistol, led by Glock and Smith & Wesson models, made up 57% of all the handguns with 217 shooters opting to compete with that design. The venerable 1911 had 96 competitors (25.2%) selecting it. If you were to add in the double-stack variants that number goes up to 111 or 29.1%. Below is a breakout of each brand, the total number of models used and what percentage of the World Shoot competitors each manufacture captured.

ADC 1 0.3% Nighthawk 4 1.0%
Amadini 2 0.5% Para 2 0.5%
Beretta 1 0.3% Pistol Dynamics 1 0.3%
Canada 1 0.3% Predator Tactical 2 0.5%
Caracal 2 0.5% Remington 1 0.3%
Caspian 5 1.3% Ruger 2 0.5%
Chiappa 1 0.3% Sig Sauer 3 0.8%
Colt 7 1.8% Springfield Armory 18 4.7%
CZ 3 0.8% STI 22 5.8%
Dan Wesson 1 0.3% SVI 1 0.3%
Kimber 16 4.2% Tanfoglio 4 1.0%
Les Baer 3 0.8% Taurus 2 0.5%
Lightning Strike Tech
1 0.3% Wilson Combat 20 5.2%


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Slots Still Available for Alabama State Championship This Weekend

by Editor 18. April 2012 14:37
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Kevin Collins informed Down Zero that the 2012 Alabama State IDPA Championship is filling up quickly but approximately 15 slots are still available to compete this Saturday, April 21. You can review the current registration to see who's already entered in the match.

Expanded this year to accommodate 200 shooters, the Alabama State Championship will take place at the Central Alabama Gun Club (directions) and will feature 12 stages with a 200 round count. And according to Kevin, “lots of movers.”

The match also has lots of sponsors, including: 5.11, Alabama Defensive Pistol Academy, Atalanta Arms & Ammo, BrianEnos.com, Brownells, Chris' Winning Shooting Accessories, Comp-Tac Victory Gear, D-Lead, Defensive Options Group, DryFire Practice, Genuine Bull Hide, Glock, Gulf States Distributors, Hi-Viz Shootig Systems, Hogue Grips, Lasco Fittings, Magnus Bullets, Mill-Rose Industrial, Precision Delta Ammunition & Bullets, Ready Tactical Products, Safariland, Starline, The Gun Shoppe, UniqueTek.com, Walter Craig’s The Sportsmans Headquarters and Zero Bullet Company.

The match application, liability release, match schedule and CAGC range map are all available online. This match is also an STI Contingency Program match.

If you plan to attend and need lodging, the match hotel is the Comfort Inn & Suites. The match rate is $69.95 for a single, or $74.95 for a double, and you must call to get these rates. Rooms are reserved under the “2012 Alabama IDPA Match”.

For more information you can contact match officials at 2012alabama@gmail.com.

Hotel Info:
Comfort Inn & Suites
10015 Chantilly Parkway
Montgomery, AL 36117
(334) 532-4444

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Team IDPA at the 2012 NRA Show - Day 3

by Editor 16. April 2012 21:56
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The third and final day of the 2012 NRA Show saw Team IDPA meeting with some of the biggest gun makers in the firearms world, including Taurus, whose new CEO, Mark Kresser, talked to Joyce Wilson about shooting a little IDPA himself in the coming months. Joyce Rubino from Colt talked shop, and shooting. And of course, no NRA tour of gun makers would be complete without a visit to Smith & Wesson, which in case you didn't know hosts a little IDPA match and get together each year...just a small event you may have heard people talking about.

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IDPA Reception at 2012 NRA Show

by Editor 15. April 2012 07:54
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Saturday night after Day 2 of the NRA Show, Michael Bane - host of the Outdoor Channel's Shooting Gallery and one of the earliest members of IDPA - hosted a reception for IDPA at the Morgan Street Brewery. The room was packed with show exhibitors and friends of IDPA. Thanks to Panteao Productions guests went home with a copy of the Down Zero and IDPA World Championship DVDs, as well as a signed copy of Michael's book Trail Safe. A huge THANK YOU goes out to Michael Bane, and the Outdoor Channel, for graciously hosting a terrific get together with great friends...and really good beer.

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Team IDPA at the 2012 NRA Show - Day 2

by Editor 15. April 2012 00:05
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Day 2 at the NRA Show was amazingly busy thanks to rain in St. Louis. With literally tens of thousands of people on the show floor, getting around for Team IDPA got to be a challenge. Thankfully we made it through another day and another round of meetings with sponsors and friends. Of course, for some people there always seems to be time to check out the guns.

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Team IDPA at the 2012 NRA Show - Day 1

by Editor 13. April 2012 23:17
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Lots of meetings today on the floor at the NRA Show in St. Louis. Joyce Wilson, Kitty Richards and Terry 'Bubba' Burba were visiting with various IDPA sponsors and friends. Here are a couple shots of Team IDPA in action. If you are attending the NRA Show then be on the lookout for Joyce, Kitty and Bubba and be sure to stop them to say hi.

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St. Louis Here We Come...

by Editor 11. April 2012 19:20
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The whole of NRA Nation is gathering this weekend in St. Louis for the 2012 National Rifle Association Annual Meeting & Exhibit. And IDPA will be there too.

Joyce Wilson and some key IDPA folks – think Tiger Team Facilitator Terry 'Bubba' Burba – will be roaming the show floor meeting with industry leaders, IDPA sponsors and Tactical Journal advertisers. There might even be a little time spent checking out new guns.

The NRA Show, as it's known, is one of the largest trade shows in the firearms industry, second only to the world famous SHOT Show. Attendance estimates range anywhere from 'Holy Cow' to 'Oh. My. God.' but with local St. Louis weather calling for rain all weekend, it's likely there will be well over 60,000 attendees.

If you are one of those 60,000+ attending this year's show then be sure to be on the look out for Joyce, Bubba and the others. And be sure to stop them and say 'Hi.' Also, don't be shy about visiting the many generous sponsors and advertisers that have helped make IDPA the fastest growing shooting sport in America....and the best.

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