IDPA Announces Inaugural Smith & Wesson IDPA Back Up Gun Nationals

by Editor 17. April 2013 07:01
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – The International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) and Smith & Wesson announced that the 161-year-old legendary American firearms maker will be the title sponsor of IDPA’s first ever Back Up Gun Nationals to take place November 14-16, 2013.

Smith & Wesson, which for the past 16 years has organized, sponsored and hosted the IDPA Indoor National Championship, is again leading the way as the driving force behind the organization of this new national level championship that will also be held at the Smith & Wesson Shooting Sports Center in Springfield, Massachusetts.

“With the huge increase in concealed carry permits, the demand for the subcompact handgun has grown exponentially, yet the back up gun has seen limited use in competition. That ends this year as IDPA is pleased to once more partner with Smith & Wesson to bring our members a new national championship designed specifically for the back up gun,” said Joyce Wilson, executive director for IDPA.

Based on the small, subcompact pistols and revolvers used for concealed carry and personal defense, the Smith & Wesson IDPA Back Up Gun Nationals will be a fully sanctioned championship consisting of shooting strings utilizing a maximum of five rounds and stages made up of one or more shooting strings with multiple starts allowing competitors to reload off the clock.

“Smith & Wesson is honored to bring IDPA members the first ever Back Up Gun Nationals. For 16 years Smith & Wesson has helped grow the sport, and the new Back Up Gun National Championship represents our ongoing commitment to expanding the shooting sports,” said Paul Pluff of Smith & Wesson.

The inaugural Smith & Wesson IDPA Back Up Gun Nationals is expected to draw upwards of 200 top IDPA shooters to compete for the title of national champion in either the Pistol or Revolver division. The registration process for the new championship event is expected to be announced later this spring.

For more information on IDPA, the inaugural Smith & Wesson IDPA Back Up Gun Nationals 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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‘Live Free Or Die’ IDPA Returns To Pioneer Sportsmen

by Editor 13. April 2013 11:09
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – IDPA is about to heat up in the ‘Live Free Or Die’ state as Pioneer Sportsmen in Dunbarton, New Hampshire prepares for the 2013 match season.

Led by a new team of experienced IDPA competitors with regional and national match experience, Ken Lambert, Dave Mowbray and Rob Lacroix, Pioneer IDPA announced their 2013 match schedule.

“IDPA clubs around the country are seeing surges in match attendance as IDPA membership swells to over 22,000. We’re excited to see defensive shooting competition on the rise in New Hampshire, and with Ken, Dave and Rob heading up the program, Pioneer matches will likely set new attendance records – Live Free Or Die-style,” said Joyce Wilson, executive director of the International Defensive Pistol Association.

The Pioneer IDPA season will begin on Saturday, May 18 and conclude on the weekend of October 18-19 when Pioneer Sportsmen hosts the 2013 Live Free Or Die State IDPA Championship. The 2013 match dates are:

– Saturday, May 18
– Saturday, June 15
– Saturday, July 20 - IDPA Classifier
– Saturday, August 24
– Saturday, September 21
– Friday and Saturday, October 18-19 - Live Free Or Die State IDPA Championship

Each monthly match will consist of six stages with one a low light or no light stage. Match registration will take place at 9:00am with the shooter safety meeting at 9:45am followed by a shotgun start. The match fee for the monthly match, including the classifier, will be $20.00.

Complete match details for the Live Free Or Die State IDPA Championship will be announced in the coming weeks.

For more information on the Pioneer IDPA program, or to volunteer, contact Ken, Dave and Rob 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.

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Armadillo Concealment Sponsors Comp-Tac Republic Of Texas IDPA Championship

by Editor 12. April 2013 07:15
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – The International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) announced that Armadillo Concealment, makers of custom-fitted concealment vests for use in IDPA competition, will be a stage sponsor of the 2013 Comp-Tac Republic of Texas IDPA Championship.

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

“Armadillo Concealment is one of the fastest growing brands in IDPA with many of our female members, and several of our top shooters, turning to their custom-fitted vests to deliver superior performance under the most competitive match conditions. We’re grateful to Armadillo Concealment for their generous support of IDPA,” said Robert Ray.

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, liking ShootIDPA on Facebook, watching IDPA TV, or checking for regular news and updates on the DOWN ZERO Blog.

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New England Regional IDPA Championship Picks Up Smith & Wesson As Title Sponsor

by Editor 10. April 2013 07:41
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – Organizers of the New England Regional IDPA Championship announced that Smith & Wesson, the 161-year-old legendary firearms maker that calls Springfield, Massachusetts home, will be the title sponsor of this year’s championship.

The 2013 Smith & Wesson New England Regional IDPA Championship will take place August 16-18 at the Harvard Sportsmen's Club in Harvard, Mass. The MetroWest Tactical IDPA club will again host the event which is among the region’s largest defensive pistol shooting competitions.

“Smith & Wesson once again proves how important it views the shooting sports with their generous support for the 2013 New England Regional,” said Joyce Wilson, executive director for IDPA. “IDPA is extremely grateful to Smith & Wesson for their continued sponsorship of major IDPA matches both in New England and around the country.”

“Smith & Wesson is pleased to once again support the New England Regional and especially this year as the main title sponsor of the match,” said Paul Pluff of Smith & Wesson. “Smith & Wesson has a long tradition of supporting the shooting sports and we’re particularly proud to be a leader in that effort in our own backyard right here in New England.”

The 2013 Smith & Wesson New England Regional IDPA Championship is expected draw upwards of 160 of the region’s top shooters. Registration for the event is not yet open but match officials expect to make that announcement shortly.

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 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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Colorado Shooting Competition Canceled In Wake Of New Gun Control Laws

by Editor 1. April 2013 07:28
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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. – Organizers of the Rocky Mountain Western States Regional IDPA Championship, initially scheduled to take place July 4-6 in Montrose, Colorado, have announced that the match is being canceled in the wake of Colorado’s recently passed gun control laws.

An estimated 300-plus shooters from the neighboring states and across the country were expected to attend the three-day competitive shooting event. This is the second shooting competition to abandon the state after a recent announcement by firearms maker Ruger that it was moving the 2013 Ruger Rimfire Challenge World Championship out of Colorado.

“With these new Colorado laws going into effect July 1, and based on the ambiguous way in which they were written, we have decided to cancel the Rocky Mountain Western States Regional IDPA Championship,” said event organizer Walt Proulx of Grand Junction.

“Due to the growing number of hunters and shooters choosing to boycott Colorado, and the risk that these laws as written will turn law-abiding citizens into criminals, we were left with no other choice but to cancel what was planned to be one of IDPA’s major regional championships, and one strongly supported by Montrose-area businesses.”

Cancellation of the Rocky Mountain Western States Regional adds to the negative economic impact resulting from the passage of Colorado’s recent gun control legislation. Already, Colorado-based firearms accessories manufacturer Magpul Industries Corp. has announced its intention to leave the state, and Michael Bane, an independent producer for the Outdoor Channel, has said he will cease production of four of the channel’s popular shooting programs in Colorado.

Hunters and shooters, as well as the firearms industry, play a major role in Colorado’s economy. According to data from the National Shooting Sports Foundation, over $590 million in annual economic impact is generated by the firearms industry in the state while Colorado’s 259,200 hunters spend another $465 million annually.

For more information on IDPA visit www.IDPA.com. You can also follow the latest news from IDPA via @OfficialIDPA on Twitter, ShootIDPA on Facebook, IDPA TV on YouTube, and IDPA’s official blog, the DOWN ZERO Blog.

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IDPA Previews Stages From This Weekend’s Puerto Rico IDPA Nationals

by Editor 15. March 2013 07:30
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – Shooters from Costa Rica, Mexico, Puerto Rico, the United States and Venezuela with go head-to-head for the Puerto Rico IDPA National Championship title this weekend, and the International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) is giving you a look at the 12 stage course of fire they’ll face.

Diagrams of all 12 stages of the championship, along with their scenarios and the instructions shooters will receive, are posted on IDPA’s DOWN ZERO Blog. Stages for this and other matches can be found on the blog under Stage Diagrams.

The 2013 Puerto Rico IDPA National Championship takes place in Caguas, Puerto Rico on Saturday and Sunday, March 16 and 17. The RL Shooting Club is hosting the championship which was organized by match director Max Rivera and assistant match director Tom Yost of Smith & Wesson, one of the major match sponsors.

Over 150 shooters are expected to compete for the title in Custom Defensive Pistol, Enhanced Service Pistol, Stock Service Pistol, Stock Service Revolver and Enhanced Service Revolver, the five divisions within IDPA.

The Puerto Rico IDPA Nationals have received significant support from the shooting sports industry. The championship is being sponsored by Blade-Tech, Century International Arms, Comp-Tac Victory Gear, Fiocchi Ammunition, Fobus Holsters & Pouches, Safariland, Smith & Wesson and Uncle Mike’s Law Enforcement.

Complete match information and can be found at www.IDPAPR.com.

For more information on IDPA, or to find a club near you, visit www.IDPA.com. You can also follow the Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship online by following @OfficialIDPA on Twitter, like ShootIDPA on Facebook, watch IDPA TV, or check for regular updates on the DOWN ZERO Blog.

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Comp-Tac Sponsors This Weekend’s Puerto Rico IDPA Nationals

by Editor 12. March 2013 07:24
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – The International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) announced that noted holster and accessories manufacturer, the Houston-based Comp-Tac Victory Gear, will be a major sponsor of the 2013 Puerto Rico IDPA National Championship taking place this weekend in Caguas, Puerto Rico.

The Puerto Rico IDPA Nationals have received significant support from the shooting sports industry. Along with Comp-Tac Victory Gear, the championship is being sponsored by Blade-Tech, Century International Arms, Fiocchi Ammunition, Fobus Holsters & Pouches, Safariland, Uncle Mike’s Law Enforcement and Smith & Wesson.

“IDPA in Puerto Rico is taking off and, thanks to the generous support of sponsors like Comp-Tac, our National Championship is growing into an important major match for both international and U.S. shooters,” said Max Rivera, match director for the Puerto Rico IDPA Nationals.

Hosted by the RL Shooting Club and organized by Rivera and assistant match director Tom Yost of Smith & Wesson, this year’s Puerto Rico IDPA Nationals will bring together over 150 top shooters from Costa Rica, Mexico, Puerto Rico, the United States and Venezuela. The match will take place on March 16 and 17.

“Comp-Tac is committed to supporting IDPA at home and abroad. We are excited to be a part of IDPA growing internationally and are proud to be a major sponsor of the 2013 Puerto Rico IDPA Nationals,” said Gregg Garrett, owner and president of Comp-Tac Victory Gear.

The 2013 Puerto Rico IDPA National Championship will feature a 12-stage course of fire with a round count of 190. Registration for the match is open and slots are still available. The match fee is just $120.

Complete match information, including registration, hotel information and firearms permitting information can be found at www.IDPAPR.com.

For more information on IDPA, the 2013 Puerto Rico IDPA National Championship 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.

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Safariland Sponsors Upcoming Puerto Rico IDPA Nationals

by Editor 7. March 2013 07:23
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – Safariland, a leading holster manufacturer and longtime supporter of the shooting sports, will be a major sponsor of the International Defensive Pistol Association’s (IDPA) 2013 Puerto Rico IDPA National Championship taking place in Caguas, Puerto Rico on March 16 and 17.

The Puerto Rico IDPA Nationals have received significant support from the shooting sports industry. Along with Safariland, the championship is being sponsored by Blade-Tech, Century International Arms, Comp-Tac Victory Gear, Fiocchi Ammunition, Fobus Holsters & Pouches, Uncle Mike’s Law Enforcement and Smith & Wesson.

In addition to sponsoring the championship, Safariland will be represented in the competition by Team Safariland member Bobby McGee.

“We are grateful to Safariland and all our sponsors for their generous support of the Puerto Rico IDPA Nationals. Safariland has always been a proud supporter of the shooting sports and it will be a great pleasure to welcome Team Safariland’s Bobby McGee to Puerto Rico,” said Max Rivera, match director for the Puerto Rico IDPA Nationals.

Hosted by the RL Shooting Club and organized by match director Max Rivera and assistant match director Tom Yost of Smith & Wesson, this year’s Puerto Rico IDPA Nationals will bring together over 150 top shooters from Costa Rica, Mexico, Puerto Rico, the United States and Venezuela.

“The Puerto Rico IDPA Nationals is expanding IDPA’s international presence and emerging as a key early season match for shooters. We are proud to be one of the sponsors and wish Team Safariland members good luck and a fun, safe match for all,” said Scott Carnahan, VP of Safariland and Bianchi.

The 2013 Puerto Rico IDPA National Championship will feature a 12-stage course of fire with a round count of 190. Registration for the match is open and slots are still available. The match fee is just $120.

Complete match information, including registration, hotel information and firearms permitting information can be found at www.IDPAPR.com.

U.S. shooters interested in competing in the Puerto Rico IDPA Nationals should register by March 10 in order to insure their firearms permitting paperwork is processed in time for the match.

For more information on IDPA, the 2013 Puerto Rico IDPA National Championship 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.

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Warren Claims High Senior Title At Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor Nationals

by Editor 27. February 2013 07:45
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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – For the fourth time in six years Scott Warren of Warren Tactical Sights has claimed the High Senior title at the International Defensive Pistol Association’s Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship.

Warren, who previously won the title in 2008, 2009 and 2010, finished ninth overall in the match and third Master in the Enhanced Service Pistol division with a final time of 200.08 seconds with 76 points down.

“Scott has always been one of IDPA’s top competitors and among the best pistol shooters in America. Regardless of who’s competing in the match, Scott is going to bring his ‘A’ game and that’s exactly what he did this past weekend at the Smith & Wesson Indoor Nationals,” said Joyce Wilson, executive director of IDPA.

Second place in the Senior category went to Dave Harrington of Team Panteao, competing as a Master in the ESP division, with 203.66 (54). Team Smith & Wesson’s Jerry Miculek, who won the Enhanced Service Revolver title, finished third among the Seniors with 215.47 (55). Rounding out the top five were Bill Go of Academi with 229.07 (62) as a Master in the Stock Service Pistol division and James Martino, the 2012 defending champ and an ESP Master, who finished with 233,88 (78).

The 2013 Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship took place February 21-23 at the Smith & Wesson Shooting Sports Center in Springfield, Mass., drawing many of the shooting sports' top pistol shooters from 28 states, one U.S. territory and three foreign nations.

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 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.

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Venezuela’s Zanotti Takes High International At Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor Nationals

by Editor 27. February 2013 07:40
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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – With 19 shooters representing three nations and one U.S. territory all competing for the title of High International, it was Venezuela’s Luis Ricardo Zanotti who came out on top this past weekend at the 2013 Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship.

Zanotti, who competed as a Master in the Stock Service Pistol division, led a Venezuelan sweep of the top three spots with a final time of 203.97 and 76 points down. Second place went to the 2012 defending champ Juan Carlos Gonzalez Valdez who competed as a Master in the Enhanced Service Pistol division and finished with 205.52 (31), capturing for Venezuela the coveted title of Most Accurate. Third place went to Carlos Henao, an SSP Sharpshooter, with 288.60 (122).

Rounding out the top five were Mexico’s Fausto Gerard, an SSP Sharpshooter, with 304.19 (121) and Italy’s Federico Iannelli who is an SSP Master and finished with 305.54 (97).

“While we see tremendous growth in IDPA here in the U.S., our membership internationally continues to expand as well. We are so pleased to have a regular presence of international competitors at our major matches and I want to congratulate Luis and Juan Carlos for leading Team Venezuela to victory at the Smith & Wesson Indoor Nationals,” said Joyce Wilson, executive director of IDPA.

The 2013 Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship took place February 21-23 at the Smith & Wesson Shooting Sports Center in Springfield, Mass., drawing many of the shooting sports' top pistol shooters from 28 states, one U.S. territory and three foreign nations.

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 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.

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