IDPA Announces Self Defense Association As Latest Corporate Sponsor

by Editor 2. April 2015 07:10
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – The International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) announced that the Self Defense Association (SDA) has signed on as the latest corporate sponsor of IDPA.

“The Self Defense Association has partnered with IDPA to help expand an important segment of the broader shooting community. Our goal at IDPA is to reach out to new and existing firearms owners to encourage them to not only own guns, but to get out and shoot them in a safe, fun and challenging environment,” said Robert Ray, membership and marketing director for the International Defensive Pistol Assn.

Noting that approximately 91% of IDPA members hold a concealed carry permit, Ray added, “besides being an exciting sport, regularly competing in IDPA matches can help a gun owner become more competent and confident in the use of their defensive firearm.”

"IDPA is a great match for the Self Defense Association. SDA members are concealed carry permit holders who understand the right and responsibility of carrying,” said Darryl Swagerty of the Self Defense Association. “IDPA offers an exciting forum with simulated “real world” self-defense scenarios our members can participate in to practice and improve their concealed carry skills.”

The Self Defense Association joins ACADEMI, Alien Gear Holsters, Gun World Magazine, Handguns Magazine, Harris Publications, the National Shooting Sports Foundation, Smith & Wesson, Target Is Moving, Trijicon and Wilson Combat as a corporate sponsor of IDPA providing major financial support for the organization.

Each year IDPA members in the United States spend upwards of $30 million annually on shooting equipment for the sport with the average amount (of estimated 2013 expenditures) totaling $1,580.83. Equipment purchased by IDPA members includes firearms, accessories, reloading equipment and components.

For more information on IDPA, or to join the more than 24,000 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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Vogel Extends Win Streak at Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor Nationals

by Editor 5. March 2015 16:44
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – Bob Vogel, the top shooter in the International Defensive Pistol Association, extended his win streak at the Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor Nationals this past weekend by collecting the Stock Service Pistol division title for the eighth straight year.

Vogel won five of the 13 stages in the competition on his way to posting the fastest overall time of 181.15 seconds with just 32 points down. In addition to winning the SSP division, the Distinguished Master won the High Industry title.

“Bob is an unbelievable competitor with incredible shooting skills,” said Joyce Wilson, executive director of IDPA. “Watching Bob shoot is to watch him put on a clinic, and at the same time a very humbling experience for those of us who can only dream of competing at that level.”

Finishing second behind Vogel was Ed Stettmeier who finished as the division’s first Master, and third overall, with a final time of 211.39 seconds with 70 points down. Mason Lane, the High Junior and the championship’s most accurate competitor, placed third in SSP and eighth overall with 228.26 and 31 points down. Rounding out the top five were James Meyers who took High Law Enforcement with 237.12 (49) and Derek Zevada with 237.30 (82).

Elsewhere in the SSP division, Randi Rogers won the High Lady title with 247.46 (75). Ben West claimed first Master with 268.21 (74) while Anthony Spinelli took first Sharpshooter with 272.27 (69) and Joshua Bresett finished first Marksman with 328.35 (124).

Smith & Wesson has hosted the IDPA Indoor National Championship on the indoor ranges of their Shooting Sports Center for 18 years. One of the most popular matches on the IDPA competition calendar, the Indoor Nationals serves as the official start of the IDPA season.

For more information on IDPA, the Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor Nationals 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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Glenn Shelby Wins CDP Title at Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor Nationals

by Editor 5. March 2015 16:37
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – Wilson Combat’s Glenn Shelby returned to the winner’s circle when he captured the Custom Defensive Pistol division title at the Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor Nationals this past weekend in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Shelby, who is the dominating force in his division, claimed the CDP title with his final time of 217.45 seconds while shooting just 39 points down. Overall, Shelby placed fourth among the 328 shooters competing in the annual championship.

“Glenn is a tremendous shooting talent and has been the leading CDP competitor in IDPA over the last few years. Winning the Smith & Wesson Indoor Nationals, yet again, shows that 2015 is likely going to be another great year for Glenn,” said Joyce Wilson, executive director of IDPA.

Second place in the division went to Smith & Wesson’s David Olhasso who finished sixth overall with 225.16 (65). Shelby’s Wilson Combat teammate Austin Proulx took first Master and finished 16th overall with 241.81 (72). Rounding out the top five were Team Colt’s Mark Redl who finished fourth in the division, 18th overall and claimed the High Senior title with 243.58 (71) while Chris Chamberlin placed fifth, and 20th overall, with 245.32 (70).

Elsewhere in the Custom Defensive Pistol division, Bob Biehl took first Expert with 268.23 (50), Andy Holton won first Sharpshooter with 335.97 (119) and Danielle Vermeulen claimed first Marksman with 398.74 (142).

Smith & Wesson has hosted the IDPA Indoor National Championship on the indoor ranges of their Shooting Sports Center for 18 years. One of the most popular matches on the IDPA competition calendar, the Indoor Nationals serves as the official start of the IDPA season.

For more information on IDPA, the Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor Nationals 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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Randi Rogers Wins Smith & Wesson Indoor Nationals Ladies Title

by Editor 5. March 2015 16:30
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – Randi Rogers of Team Comp-Tac and Team Smith & Wesson claimed the Ladies title at the 2015 Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor Nationals this past weekend in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Rogers, who competed in the Stock Service Pistol division, finished with a final time of 247.46 seconds while shooting 75 points down. This is the seventh time Rogers has taken the Ladies title at the Indoor Nationals.

“Randi is one of the very best shooters in IDPA, and not just among the women. She holds multiple national and world titles in the shooting sports and we’re proud to recognize her among IDPA’s best,” said Joyce Wilson, executive director of IDPA.

Finishing second behind Rogers was fellow Smith & Wesson shooter Julie Golob who also competed in the SSP division and shot the match in 267.52 seconds with 86 points down. Third place went to Enhanced Service Pistol division shooter Joanna Lenczewska with 314.61 (133). Katie Rowe finished fourth with 382.04 (161) in SSP while Danielle Vermeulen rounded out the top five shooting a final time of 398.74 (142) in the Custom Defensive Pistol division.

Smith & Wesson has hosted the IDPA Indoor National Championship on the indoor ranges of their Shooting Sports Center for 18 years. One of the most popular matches on the IDPA competition calendar, the Indoor Nationals serves as the official start of the IDPA season.

For more information on IDPA, the Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor Nationals 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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Colt’s Mark Redl Wins Senior Title at Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor Nationals

by Editor 5. March 2015 16:19
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – Colt’s shooting team member Mark Redl won High Senior at the 2015 Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor Nationals this past weekend in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Redl competed as a Master in the Custom Defensive Pistol division where he finished fourth, and 18th overall out of the more than 320 shooters competing in the championship. He shot 71 points down and posted a final time of 243.58 seconds.

“Congratulations to Mark and Team Colt on taking High Senior at this year’s Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor Nationals. Mark faced off against some very strong shooters and held on to take the title,” said Joyce Wilson, executive director of IDPA.

Second place in the race for the Senior title went to Team Smith & Wesson’s Jerry Miculek who competed in the Enhanced Service Revolver division with 263.81 (80). Bob Biehl, another CDP shooter, finished third with 268.23 (50). Rounding out the top five were Walt Proulx competing in CDP with 276.48 (108) and Scott Warren who finished with 280.05 (122) while competing in the Enhanced Service Pistol division.

Smith & Wesson has hosted the IDPA Indoor National Championship on the indoor ranges of their Shooting Sports Center for 18 years. One of the most popular matches on the IDPA competition calendar, the Indoor Nationals serves as the official start of the IDPA season.

For more information on IDPA, the Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor Nationals 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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Miculek Outpaces Lentz to Claim Smith & Wesson ESR Indoor Title

by Editor 5. March 2015 15:40
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – Team Smith & Wesson shooters, and two of the top wheelgun shooters in the shooting sports, Jerry Miculek and Josh Lentz battled for the Enhanced Service Revolver division title at the Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor Nationals with Miculek taking the championship by 13.69 seconds.

Miculek won 10 of the 13 stages on his way to posting a final time of 263.81 seconds with 80 down. Lentz, who won the other three stages, finished with 64 points down in a time of 277.50.

“Jerry Miculek continues to dominate the revolver shooting sports. His talent and skill with a wheelgun is unparalleled so it’s no surprise that he’s collected yet another IDPA national title,” said Joyce Wilson, executive director of IDPA.

Rounding out the top five in the division were Bill Thorpe, an Expert class shooter, with 377.54 (121). Master shooter Ken Ortbach claimed fourth with 379.87 (129) while Roger Coutant, another Expert, took fifth with 444.99 (187).

Smith & Wesson has hosted the IDPA Indoor National Championship on the indoor ranges of their Shooting Sports Center for 18 years. One of the most popular matches on the IDPA competition calendar, the Indoor Nationals serves as the official start of the IDPA season.

For more information on IDPA, the Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor Nationals 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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Linskey Cruises to Smith & Wesson Indoor Nationals Revolver Win

by Editor 5. March 2015 15:34
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – Joe Linskey won eight of the 13 stages to outpace his nearest competitor by over 60 seconds on his way to winning the Stock Service Revolver division title at the Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor Nationals this past weekend in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Linskey, who won the Indoor title previously in 2012, and is one of a handful of Distinguished Masters in IDPA, finished the match in a final time of 281.75 seconds while shooting 49 points down.

“It is great to see Joe return to the winner’s circle at the Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor Nationals. Joe is an accomplished revolver shooter as evidenced by his victory here in Springfield,” said Joyce Wilson, executive director of IDPA.

Taking second in the division was Joel Penney with 348.30 and 97 points down. Chris DeForge took third with 350.05 and 90 points down while Wil Cournoyer and John Iacomini rounded out the top five with 353.37 (66) and 358.13 (96) respectively.

Smith & Wesson has hosted the IDPA Indoor National Championship on the indoor ranges of their Shooting Sports Center for 18 years. One of the most popular matches on the IDPA competition calendar, the Indoor Nationals serves as the official start of the IDPA season.

For more information on IDPA, the Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor Nationals 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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Sig’s Mason Lane Wins High Junior and Most Accurate at S&W Indoor Nationals

by Editor 5. March 2015 15:25
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – Mason Lane of the Sig Sauer Academy shooting team not only claimed the High Junior title at the 2015 Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor Nationals but also took home the award for Most Accurate.

Lane finished the match in eighth place overall among the 320-plus competitors and took third in the highly competitive Stock Service Pistol division where he posted a final time of 228.26 second while shooting an amazing 31 points down.

“Mason shot an outstanding match and, despite being just 17, is proving to be a serious challenger to IDPA’s best shooters. The Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor Nationals is always a difficult, technical match to shoot, yet Mason made it look easy,” said Joyce Wilson, executive director of IDPA.

Second place in the competition for High Junior went to 16-year-old Ashley Rheuark who finished 10th overall in the match with her final time of 232.01 seconds (52) in the Enhanced Service Pistol division. Though she competed for the Junior title, hers was the best time posted by any woman in the match.

Rounding out the top five were ESP shooters Padraic Sullivan with 258.94 (82), Eric West with 265.64 (126) and Justin Winstead with 294.20 (78).

Smith & Wesson has hosted the IDPA Indoor National Championship on the indoor ranges of their Shooting Sports Center for 18 years. One of the most popular matches on the IDPA competition calendar, the Indoor Nationals serves as the official start of the IDPA season.

For more information on IDPA, the Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor Nationals 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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Nils Jonasson Claims ESP Title at Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor Nationals

by Editor 5. March 2015 15:18
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – Team Blade-Tech’s Nils Jonasson outpaced the defending champion and Team Smith & Wesson shooter Brandon Wright to take the Enhanced Service Pistol division title at the Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor Nationals this past weekend in Springfield, Massachusetts.

With a final time of 193.03 seconds with 54 points down, Jonasson finished the match as the second fastest overall shooter among the more than 320 that competed.

“Since joining us at our national championships, Nils has emerged as a major favorite to win in ESP. Any shooter looking to make a run at the ESP title needs to first get past Nils, and that’s no easy feat,” said Joyce Wilson, executive director of IDPA.

Wright, who placed fifth overall in the championship, finished 24.43 seconds behind Jonasson with a time of 217.46 seconds and 56 points down. Team RangeLog’s Morgan Allen took first Master honors and seventh overall with 227.69 (55). Rounding out the top five were Wilson Combat’s BJ Norris with 229.63 (53) and ninth overall followed by 16-year-old Ashley Rheuark who finished 10th overall with 232.01 (52).

Elsewhere in the Enhanced Service Pistol division, Scott Folk of Team Apex won first Expert with 258.72 (56), Venezuela’s Gerardo Hidalgo took first Sharpshooter and the High International title with 290.51 (80) and John Ware of the U.S. Coast Guard finished first Marksman with 376.10 (88).

Smith & Wesson has hosted the IDPA Indoor National Championship on the indoor ranges of their Shooting Sports Center for 18 years. One of the most popular matches on the IDPA competition calendar, the Indoor Nationals serves as the official start of the IDPA season.

For more information on IDPA, the Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor Nationals 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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Apex Sponsors Smith & Wesson PanAmerican Invitational IDPA Championship

by Editor 3. March 2015 08:15
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LOS OSOS, Calif. – Apex Tactical Specialties announced it will be one of the major sponsors of the Smith & Wesson PanAmerican Invitational IDPA Championship this month in Puerto Rico.

“As IDPA continues to grow both here and outside the continental U.S., Puerto Rico is emerging as a top destination for IDPA competitors looking to expand their shooting schedule. Apex is pleased to support the PanAm and Puerto Rico’s thriving shooting sports community,” said Scott Folk of Apex.

As part of their sponsorship Apex will sponsor one of the 16 stages of the match. The Smith & Wesson PanAmerican Invitational IDPA Championship will take place March 26-28 at the RL Shooting Club in Caguas, Puerto Rico. Additional information on the match is available at www.IDPAPR.com.

For more information on IDPA, or to join the more than 24,000 members competing each week, visit www.IDPA.com.

For more information on parts and services from Apex Tactical Specialties, visit www.ApexTactical.com, like Apex Tactical on Facebook or follow @ApexTactical on Twitter and Instagram. Instructional videos on the installation of Apex parts are available on Apex's YouTube channel.

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