IDPA Announces Dates For 2014 S&W New England Regional Championship

by Editor 2. April 2014 07:25
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – The International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) announced the dates for the 2014 New England Regional IDPA Championship, and that the match will once again be sponsored by Smith & Wesson.

Taking place the weekend of August 15-17, the 2014 Smith & Wesson New England Regional IDPA Championship will be hosted by the MetroWest Tactical IDPA club at the Harvard Sportsmen’s Club.

“Over the past 17 years Smith & Wesson has developed a great working relationship with the IDPA clubs in New England. The dedicated and talented volunteers of our neighboring IDPA clubs have always assisted Smith & Wesson with the matches we host and we’re proud to lend our support to the 2014 New England Regional,” said Paul Pluff of Smith & Wesson.

“Smith & Wesson has always been a generous benefactor of the major shooting matches here in New England and we’re very pleased to once again have this American gun making icon as our title sponsor,” said Michael Joffe, sponsor coordinator for the 2014 New England Regional.

Registration for the 2014 Smith & Wesson New England Regional IDPA Championship is expected to open on May 1 and shooters are encouraged to register as quickly as possible in anticipation of a quick sell-out. In addition to determining New England’s top IDPA shooter, the New England Regional serves as the second leg of the three match King of New England series. Presented again this year by Apex Tactical Specialties, the King of New England is a three event concurrent competition featuring four stages from each of New England’s biggest IDPA matches. The series kicks off June 7-8 with the Massachusetts State IDPA Championship, presented by Smith & Wesson.

For information on sponsoring 2014 Smith & Wesson New England Regional, contact sponsorship coordinator Michael Joffe at sponsors@metrowesttactical.com.

For more information on IDPA, or to join the more than 24,000 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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Smith & Wesson Title Sponsor of 2014 Costa Rican IDPA National Championship

by Editor 7. March 2014 10:15
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – Rodrigo Carvajal, match director for the 2014 Costa Rican IDPA National Championship announced that Smith & Wesson will be the title sponsor of this year’s match.

The 2014 Smith & Wesson Costa Rican IDPA National Championship takes place April 10-12 in San Jose, Costa Rica, and will be hosted by IDPA Costa Rica at Rancho Arizona. The championship is expected to draw top shooters from Costa Rica, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Guatemala, Honduras, Panama, Venezuela, Chile, Argentina, Austria and the United States.

“The Costa Rican National Championship continues to grow in popularity among shooters from throughout the region and that is thanks to the strong support we receive from our sponsors. We are very proud to be working with our title sponsor, Smith & Wesson, to bring IDPA members the best Costa Rican Nationals ever,” said Carvajal.

This year’s 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 will close March 11, 2014.

“Smith & Wesson has been supporting IDPA matches since the sport started, and each year our sponsorship extends further and further across the U.S. As IDPA grows internationally, so too does our support and Smith & Wesson is very pleased to be this year’s title sponsor of the Costa Rican IDPA National Championship,” said Paul Pluff of Smith & Wesson.

Shooters interested in competing in the 2014 Smith & Wesson 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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2014 King of New England Kicks Off With Mass. State IDPA Presented by Smith & Wesson

by Editor 4. March 2014 07:00
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – The quest for the 2014 King of New England title begins with the 18th Annual Massachusetts State IDPA Championship which organizers announced today will once again be presented by Smith & Wesson, the Springfield, Mass.-based firearms maker.

The match will be hosted by the Rod & Gun Club of New Bedford which has hosted the match since 1997. Match staff and VIPs are set to shoot on Friday, June 6, followed by the main body of competitors taking on the 10 stage course of fire Saturday and Sunday, June 7 and 8.

Registration for the 18th Annual Massachusetts State IDPA Championship, presented by Smith & Wesson, has already opened and the match has sold-out in record time. IDPA members interested in shooting the match can put their name on the wait list.

“We are excited to once again host the Massachusetts State IDPA Championship and very pleased to be working with presenting sponsor Smith & Wesson to provide IDPA members with the high level championship they’ve come to expect when chasing the Massachusetts state title,” said John Catterall, match director for the championship.

“Smith & Wesson enjoys a close relationship with local IDPA clubs and competitors who have always supported our IDPA Indoor National Championship and our newest event, the IDPA Back Up Gun Nationals. For all they do to promote and grow the shooting sports, Smith & Wesson is proud to sponsor this year’s Massachusetts State IDPA Championship,” said Paul Pluff of Smith & Wesson.

In addition to determining the Bay State’s top IDPA shooters, the Massachusetts State IDPA Championship is also the first leg of a three match King of New England series. Presented again this year by Apex Tactical Specialties, the King of New England is a three event concurrent competition featuring four (4) stages from each of New England’s biggest IDPA matches. The 2013 series was extremely popular with both match directors and competitors.

IDPA members interested in competing for the 2014 King of New England title must compete in all three events to qualify for the title, and are encouraged to register for each of the remaining events as soon as registration is announced.

For more information on IDPA, the 18th Annual Massachusetts State IDPA Championship, presented by Smith & Wesson, or to find a club near you, 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 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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Jim Martino Wins High Senior Title At S&W IDPA Indoor Nationals

by Editor 26. February 2014 07:55
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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Jim Martino captured the High Senior title at the 2014 Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship this past weekend in Springfield, Mass.

Martino, who competed as a Master in the Enhanced Service Pistol division, finished with a final time of 225.47 seconds with 89 points down.

“Jim shot a terrific match against a top flight list of competitors. The race for the Senior title is always a challenging one and Jim showed he can run with the best of them,” said Joyce Wilson, executive director of IDPA.

Second place in the Senior category went to Eugene Jankowski, a Master in the Stock Service Pistol division, with 238.40 (114). Mark Redl, a Custom Defensive Pistol Master and member of Team Colt, took third with 241.19 (90), while defending champ Scott Warren, an ESP Master, finished fourth with 247.98 (148). SSP Expert shooter Lance Boehlke placed fifth with 253.61 (90).

The 2014 Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship took place February 20-22 at the Smith & Wesson Shooting Sports Center in Springfield, Mass., drawing many of the shooting sports' top pistol and revolver shooters from across the country and outside the U.S. Full results are available online at IDPA.com.

For more information on IDPA, the Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship or to find a club near you, 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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Rogers Makes It 6 In A Row With High Lady Win At S&W IDPA Indoor Nationals

by Editor 26. February 2014 07:50
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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Team Smith & Wesson’s Randi Rogers has extended her Indoor Nationals win streak another year picking up her sixth consecutive High Lady title at the Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship.

Competing as a Master in the Stock Service Pistol division, the sales and marketing manager from holster maker Comp-Tac Victory Gear finished fourth Master and fifth in the division to claim the High Lady award with her final time of 219.85 with 121 points down.

“Winning the High Lady title is never easy when Randi Rogers is competing against you. She is an incredible shooter and with a six year win streak at the Indoor Nationals, meaning she’s all but unbeatable at the moment,” said Joyce Wilson, executive director of IDPA.

As part of its continued focus on women shooters, Smith & Wesson again this year recognized not just the top female shooter but the top three, and honored Colleen Vaccaro as the second High Lady finishing in ESP as a Expert with 258.24 (100) and Joanna Lenczewska as third High Lady with her SSR Expert finish of 332.46 (140).

The 2014 Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship took place February 20-22 at the Smith & Wesson Shooting Sports Center in Springfield, Mass., drawing many of the shooting sports' top pistol and revolver shooters from across the country and outside the U.S. Full results are available online at IDPA.com.

For more information on IDPA, the Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship or to find a club near you, 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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Weston Land Crowned Junior Champion At S&W IDPA Indoor Nationals

by Editor 26. February 2014 07:45
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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Weston Land outgunned Ashley Rheuark, the reining National Junior Champion, to claim the High Junior title at the 2014 Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship.

Land competed in the Stock Service Pistol division as a Master and finished in a final time of 238.21 seconds with 69 points down.

“Congratulations to Weston on a great match performance. He faced strong competition and came out on top with the title,” said Joyce Wilson, executive director of IDPA.

Just 11.70 seconds behind in second place was Rheuark who posted a time of 249.91 with 91 points down after competing as a Master in the Enhanced Service Pistol division. Third place went to Padraic Sullivan, an SSP Sharpshooter, with 265.78 (94), while fourth place went to the defending High Junior, Austin Proulx, who finished with 276.52 (104) as an Expert in the Custom Defensive Pistol division. Rounding out the top five was Mason Lane, an SSP Master with 292.64 (155).

The 2014 Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship took place February 20-22 at the Smith & Wesson Shooting Sports Center in Springfield, Mass., drawing many of the shooting sports' top pistol and revolver shooters from across the country and outside the U.S. Full results are available online at IDPA.com.

For more information on IDPA, the Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship or to find a club near you, 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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Vogel Takes 7th Straight S&W IDPA Indoor Nationals Title With SSP Win

by Editor 26. February 2014 07:40
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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Once again Bob Vogel successfully defended his Stock Service Pistol division title at the International Defensive Pistol Association’s (IDPA) 2014 Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship, marking this as the seventh straight year he has won his division at the match.

Vogel won the title with a final time of 161.59 with 49 points down – the fastest overall time of any competitor in the championship. In addition to claiming the SSP title, Vogel’s finish also earned him High Industry honors.

“Bob Vogel remains IDPA’s top ranked shooter with an impressive string of wins at our biggest and toughest matches. I join with his fellow competitors in congratulating Bob on this latest victory,” said Joyce Wilson, executive director of IDPA.

Second place in the SSP division went to James Meyers who claimed first Master and the Most Accurate award with his time of 180.53 seconds and 27 points down. Chris Chamberlin finished third with 187.21 (72). David Dolio with 205.35 (53) and Randi Rogers with 219.85 (121) rounded out the top five. Rogers also picked up the High Lady title.

Elsewhere in the division Christopher Schatz took first Expert with 220.48 (100). Daniel Humphreys finished first Sharpshooter with 222.10 (82) and Michael Cracco claimed first Marksman with 301.91 (95).

The 2014 Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship took place February 20-22 at the Smith & Wesson Shooting Sports Center in Springfield, Mass., drawing many of the shooting sports' top pistol and revolver shooters from across the country and outside the U.S. Full results are available online at IDPA.com.

For more information on IDPA, the Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship or to find a club near you, 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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Defending ESR Champ Miculek Wins at Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor Nationals

by Editor 25. February 2014 09:53
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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Team Smith & Wesson’s Jerry Miculek once again topped the revolver field to claim the Enhanced Service Revolver title at the 2014 Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship.

Miculek is ranked a Distinguished Master in the ESR division. He won the division with a final time of 235.66 seconds with 105 points down.

“Watching Jerry compete is always a highlight for many of the shooters competing. Nobody can do what Jerry does which is why he once again came out on top at this year’s Smith & Wesson Indoor Nationals,” said Joyce Wilson, executive director of IDPA.

Finishing second overall behind Miculek was Gene Gelberger, first Master with 277.28 (126), followed by William Richards with 331.78 (171) taking first Expert. Brian Abbott, who finished first Sharpshooter with 333.04 (176), and Edgar Coronado with 366.34 (132) rounded out the top five. Phil Torres claimed first Marksman with 517.06 (276).

The 2014 Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship took place February 20-22 at the Smith & Wesson Shooting Sports Center in Springfield, Mass., drawing many of the shooting sports' top pistol and revolver shooters from across the country and outside the U.S. Full results are available online at IDPA.com.

For more information on IDPA, the Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship or to find a club near you, 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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Brandon Wright Repeats As ESP Champ At Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor Nationals

by Editor 25. February 2014 09:43
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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – For the second year in a row, Brandon Wright of Team ITI captured the Enhanced Service Pistol title at the Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship.

Wright outpaced his nearest competitor, Nils Jonasson, by 10.11 seconds, winning six of the 13 stages to finish with a final time of 164.51 with 38 points down. Overall in the match Wright placed second just 2.92 seconds behind.

“This was another great match for Brandon who continues to assert his dominance in the ESP division. The Smith & Wesson Indoor National Championship is always a very technically challenging match but Brandon made it look easy,” said Joyce Wilson, executive director of IDPA.

Second place overall in the division went to Blade-Tech’s Nils Jonasson who finished as the first Master with 174.62 (63). Team Comp-Tac’s Gordon Carrell finished third with 190.06 (78) while Team Armscor’s Mike Seeklander placed fourth and won High Military honors with 191.88 (76). Team RangeLog’s Morgan Allen rounded out the top five with his final time of 199.92 (103).

Elsewhere within the ESP division Clint Bowen claimed first Expert with 212.67 (88). James Martino won High Senior with 225.47 (89). Brian Daku took first Sharpshooter with 254.55 (111). The match’s High Distinguished Senior was Joseph Kulin with 336.70 (162). Corey Beaudreau won High Marksman with 369.43 (154).

The 2014 Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship took place February 20-22 at the Smith & Wesson Shooting Sports Center in Springfield, Mass., drawing many of the shooting sports' top pistol and revolver shooters from across the country and outside the U.S. Full results are available online at IDPA.com.

For more information on IDPA, the Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship or to find a club near you, 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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Venezuela’s Sanchez Takes High International At S&W IDPA Indoor Nationals

by Editor 25. February 2014 09:01
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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Venezuela’s lock on the High International title at the Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship remains in place as Miguel Angel Sanchez led a Venezuelan sweep of the top four spots in the contest among non-U.S. shooters.

Some 30 shooters representing Italy, Venezuela and the U.S. Territory of Puerto Rico battled for the High International title.

Sanchez, who competed as a Master in the Stock Service Pistol division, finished with a time of 221.45 seconds with 110 points down. Second place went to Nelso Lopez Iglesias, a Master shooter in the Enhanced Service Pistol division, with 227.76 (80).

Coming in third was the 2012 winner and fellow countryman Juan Carlos Gonzalez Valdez who competed as a Master in the Enhanced Service Pistol division, finishing with 227.76 (80). Rounding out the top five were Rafahel Gandica, another ESP Master, with 243.34 (142) and Puerto Rico’s Max Rivera who finished with 278.53 (149) competing as an SSP Master.

“The Smith & Wesson Indoor Nationals always draws a large number of international shooters. This year we welcome Miguel as our newest International champion,” said Joyce Wilson, executive director of IDPA.

The 2014 Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship took place February 20-22 at the Smith & Wesson Shooting Sports Center in Springfield, Mass., drawing many of the shooting sports' top pistol and revolver shooters from across the country and outside the U.S. Full results are available online at IDPA.com.

For more information on IDPA, the Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship or to find a club near you, 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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