Infographic: 2012 IDPA Nationals

by Editor 1. November 2012 07:00
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NSSF Returns As Major Sponsor Of Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor Nationals

by Editor 25. October 2012 06:00
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – Continuing its mission to promote and support the shooting sports, the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the trade association for the firearms, ammunition, hunting and shooting sports industry, has again signed on as a major sponsor of the Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship, according to an announcement by officials with the International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) and Smith & Wesson.

Celebrating its 16th year of defensive pistol shooting excellence, the 2013 Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship will take place February 21-23 on the indoor ranges of the Smith & Wesson Shooting Sports Center in Springfield, Massachusetts. As part of their sponsorship, NSSF will be the official sponsor of the awards banquet taking place Saturday evening, February 23.

“The National Shooting Sports Foundation has been a tireless advocate for the shooting sports, helping take participation to all-time highs. Smith & Wesson and IDPA are extremely grateful for the generous support NSSF has given to the Indoor Nationals over the years and the important role the organization has played in making this one of the best and most popular events in competitive shooting,” said Joyce Wilson, executive director for IDPA.

“IDPA's growth over the past few years has been nothing short of remarkable, and NSSF is committed to helping the sport continue its record growth," said Chris Dolnack, NSSF senior vice president and chief marketing officer. "NSSF is proud to support IDPA and this year's Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship."

Regarded as one of the finest competitive shooting matches in the country, the Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship represents the official start of IDPA’s competition season. More than 300 of the sports’ best shooters are expected to compete for titles in Custom Defensive Pistol, Enhanced Service Pistol, Stock Service Pistol, Stock Service Revolver and Enhanced Service Revolver, the five divisions within IDPA.

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 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 National Shooting Sports Foundation:
The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) is the trade association for the firearms, ammunition, hunting and shooting sports industry. Its mission is to promote, protect and preserve hunting and the shooting sports. Formed in 1961, NSSF has a membership of more than 7,000 manufacturers, distributors, firearms retailers, shooting ranges, sportsmen's organizations and publishers.

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Coast Guard Academy To Design Stages For 2013 Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor Nationals

by Editor 19. October 2012 06:00
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – The International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) and Smith & Wesson have announced that for the fifth year in a row members of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy’s Combat Arms Team will take part in the Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship, designing two of the 12 stages and working the match as Safety Officers.

Now in its 16th consecutive year, the Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship has grown to become one of the premier events in all the shooting sports, and marks the official start of the IDPA competition season.

The Coast Guard Academy’s role in the production of the Smith & Wesson Indoor Nationals began in 2009 when the Combat Arms Team had 18 cadets and five staff participating in the match and one of the stages was based on a Coast Guard design.

Since then the Coast Guard Academy has been a fixture at the championship and designed and run the competition’s most prominent stage located on the public range area of the Smith & Wesson Shooting Sports Center complex. The cadets have also had the privilege each year of presenting the colors at the awards banquet.

“Smith & Wesson has worked closely with collegiate shooting teams in New England and has established a strong working relationship with the Coast Guard Academy. The Academy’s Combat Arms Team has built a reputation for designing some of the most creative stages at the Indoor Nationals and their professionalism is a credit to Coast Guard. It is a great pleasure to once again welcome the cadets of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy to the Smith & Wesson Indoor Nationals,” said Joyce Wilson, executive director for IDPA.

“It’s an honor for the team to represent both the U.S. Coast Guard and the Academy while serving the shooting community. We are extremely proud of the important role the Academy’s Combat Arms Team plays in this championship and look forward to working with the staff and competitors,” said Chad Barber of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.

“Though the Smith & Wesson Indoor Nationals kicks-off the IDPA shooting season, for those cadets that are seniors, the match represents an exciting culmination of a leadership and planning exercise that will serve them well as they prepare to dedicate their futures to the service of the Nation.”

The USCGA Combat Arms Team was formed in the early 70’s to compete against the other service academies. After 2001 the team turned its focus towards law enforcement qualifications and other competitions. As a result of their training and experience senior cadets on the team have been afforded internship opportunities during summer training periods with several of the Coast Guard’s Tactical Law Enforcement Teams (TACLET), Maritime Safety and Security Teams’s (MSST) and Maritime Security Response Team (MSRT).

The 2013 match will take place February 21-23 and is expected to draw over 300 of the best IDPA shooters to Springfield, Massachusetts to compete on the indoor ranges of the Smith & Wesson Shooting Sports Center.

Fore more information on IDPA, the 2013 Smith & Wesson Indoor National Championship or to find a club near you, 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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Dandreamatteo Named Assistant Match Director Of Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor Nationals

by Editor 15. October 2012 07:30
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – Lou Denys, Match Director of the upcoming 2013 Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship, has named Toni Dandreamatteo as Assistant Match Director for the championship.

Celebrating its 16th consecutive year, the Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship has grown to become one of the premier events in all the shooting sports, as well as serving as the official start of the competition season for the International Defensive Pistol Association.

“Toni is one of the best known and most respected members of the IDPA shooting community. With literally hundreds, if not thousands of hours spent working IDPA’s major matches, Toni is an invaluable member of any match staff and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience. I’m extremely pleased to have Toni on our team for the Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor Nationals and look forward to working with him,” said Denys.

The 2013 match will take place February 21-23 and is expected to draw over 300 of the best IDPA shooters to Springfield, Massachusetts to compete on the indoor ranges of the Smith & Wesson Shooting Sports Center.

“It is a great honor to be asked by Lou Denys and Smith & Wesson to play such an important role in IDPA’s marquee event.” said Dandreamatteo. “The Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship is known for its challenging courses of fire, warm hospitality and excellent staff, and I consider it a privilege to work with such a wonderful group of individuals committed to giving competitors the best match experience possible.”

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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Smith & Wesson Names Lou Denys Match Director For 2013 IDPA Indoor Nationals

by Editor 10. October 2012 04:00
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – Lou Denys has been named Match Director of the prestigious 2013 Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship according to an announcement made today by officials with the International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) and Smith & Wesson.

Now in its 16th consecutive year, the Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship has grown to become one of the premier events in all the shooting sports, making the position of match director one of the most important in competitive pistol shooting.

“I’m honored that IDPA and Smith & Wesson have asked me to oversee what is arguably IDPA’s crown jewel event. This match has a rich and well-deserved reputation for excellence and I am looking forward to working with a great team of safety officers and staff to insure the 2013 Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship is the best yet,” said Lou Denys.

The Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship serves as the official start of the IDPA season. The 2013 match will take place February 21-23 and is expected to draw over 300 of the best IDPA shooters to Springfield, Massachusetts to compete on the indoor ranges of the Smith & Wesson Shooting Sports Center.

“Each year the Smith & Wesson Indoor Nationals has set the tone for the IDPA competition season with unique, creative and challenging stages that are the hallmark of the Smith & Wesson match. Like all IDPA members I am excited to see what Lou has in store for us this year and know it will be a course of fire that’s second to none,” said Joyce Wilson, executive director for IDPA.

Fore 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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ACADEMI To Host ‘Intro To IDPA’ Tuesday, Oct. 9 In Salem, Conn.

by Editor 5. October 2012 07:15
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – The fastest growing shooting sport is about to grow even larger as the International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) announced thatACADEMI, a leading, privately-held training and security solutions provider serving government and commercial customers worldwide, will host an ‘Intro to IDPA’ seminar Tuesday evening, October 9, at their facility in Salem, Conn.

"ACADEMI is very pleased to hold this first-ever IDPA seminar at our Salem facility. It's exciting for us to host this event for our local customers and we look forward to holding more events in the future," said Kevin Walker, ACADEMI’s vice president of training services.

The ‘Intro to IDPA’ seminar will take place from 6:00pm to 10:00pm and will be taught by Mike Critser, Dave Galante of Colt and Tom Yost of Smith & Wesson. Designed for those new to IDPA competition, the seminar will cover safety, equipment, rules, scoring, proper use of cover and what to expect at your first match.

Pre-registration is not required and those interested in getting started in IDPA competition are encouraged to attend. The seminar will include both classroom time and range time. Participants will need the following gear:

- Handgun
- Holster
- 3 Magazines (total), or speedloaders for a revolver
- Magazine or speedloader pouches
- Approximately 100 rounds of ammunition
- Concealment garment (such as a vest)
- Eye protection, hearing protection and a hat

For more information on ACADEMI’s ‘Intro to IDPA’ seminar, contact Chris Fleming at cfleming@academi.com or call 252-435-2050. ACADEMI’s facility is located at 79 New London Road, Salem, Conn. 06420.

Fore more information on IDPA 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 ACADEMI:
ACADEMI is a leading provider of training and security services in support of the U.S. Government and other customers, focused on worldwide operations including counterterrorism, force protection, law enforcement and security operations. The company serves multiple U.S. Government Agencies, the U.S. Department of Defense and numerous law-enforcement and commercial customers. ACADEMI’s proven ability to provide turnkey, end-to-end training and technical services, along with its unmatched track record of exceptional performance, has enabled the company to establish a competitive advantage well-recognized by its customers. For more information, please visit www.ACADEMI.com.

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Argentina Welcomes IDPA’s Terry Burba

by Editor 3. October 2012 07:15
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – Defensive pistol shooters in Argentina, one of the many member countries of the International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA), are set to welcome one of IDPA’s best known and most respected ambassadors of the sport.

On Saturday, October 6, IDPA Argentina will host a special postal match and Argentine barbecue in honor of Terry Burba, one of the facilitators of IDPA’s Tiger Team project which the organization established to help update and codify the organization’s rules, as well as expand the sport within the U.S. and around the world.

“We are extremely honored to have our good friend Terry Burba visit Argentina and compete with members of the growing IDPA Argentina community,” said Mariana Corrales, organizer and chief host for the event.

The honorary four-stage match will take place in Buenos Aires at the 100-year-old Asociacion de Tiro y Gimnasia de Quilmes gun club with Jorge Chaves serving as the Match Director.

Shooting clubs in Argentina were formed by the military to promote and train Argentineans on how to shoot, with the ultimate goal being national defense. In fact, shooters visiting the Asociacion de Tiro y Gimnasia de Quilmes facility are greeted by a sign that translated into english reads, “Here you learn to defend the Country.”

“While Argentina has a rich shooting sports tradition that dates back over a century, IDPA Argentina was only just formed in 2010, and we are still growing and introducing the sport to Argentine shooters. Terry’s visit is very important to our community because it reaffirms the bonds between Argentina and fellow IDPA members in the United States, and helps build local awareness of the sport,” explained Corrales.

“It is a great privilege to represent IDPA outside the United States and I am both humbled and honored by the warm welcome extended by IDPA Argentina. As a shooter I look forward to competing side-by-side with my fellow IDPA members, and as a Texan I look forward to experiencing Argentine hospitality and their delicious barbecue born from the gaucho traditions,” said Burba.

Fore more information on IDPA, 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 updates on the DOWN ZERO Blog.

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Smith & Wesson To Celebrate 16 Years Of IDPA Indoor Nationals

by Editor 2. October 2012 07:15
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – Celebrating its 16th year of defensive pistol shooting excellence, the International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) and legendary American firearms maker Smith & Wesson today announced the dates of the 2013 Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship.

Regarded as one of the finest competitive shooting matches in the country, regardless of discipline, the Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship represents the start of the 2013 IDPA season. The 2013 match will take place February 21-23 and is expected to draw over 300 of the best IDPA shooters to Springfield, Massachusetts to compete on the indoor ranges of the Smith & Wesson Shooting Sports Center.

“From the very beginning Smith & Wesson has been one of IDPA’s most generous sponsors and dedicated partners. And over the last 15 years the Indoor National Championship hosted by Smith & Wesson has grown to become not only our sport’s most popular match but also the flagship event that symbolizes the kickoff of the competitive season,” said Joyce Wilson, executive director for IDPA.

“We are proud and excited to once again play host to the Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship, now in its 16th consecutive year,” said Paul Pluff of Smith & Wesson. “Every winter we look forward to this match and plan year-round to insure that this is not only the premier shooting sports event in the nation, but also a unique and challenging match that will attract shooters from all around the world.”

Fore 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.

About International Defensive Pistol Association:
Founded in 1996, the International Defensive Pistol Association is the international governing body for IDPA competition which offers shooters a fun, safe, and challenging format to practice and test their gun handling skills through defensive-based scenarios. Today IDPA stands as the fastest growing shooting sport in the United States with over 20,000 members from all 50 states and 54 foreign countries. IDPA's 321 affiliated clubs offer weekly and monthly matches as well as host major championships.

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Team Glock’s Tori Nonaka Wins IDPA Junior National Championship

by Editor 26. September 2012 02:55
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OXFORD, N.C. – Team Glock’s Tori Nonaka claimed the Junior National title this past weekend at the 2012 IDPA National Championships in Oxford, N.C.

Competing in the Enhanced Service Pistol division, Nonaka finished the match with a final time of 340.21 with 99 points down to win the Junior title.

“This was a very difficult match on a technical level and especially for the Junior shooters. Tori put in a strong performance and posted a final time that secured her the title,” said Joyce Wilson, executive director of IDPA. 

Finishing second in the Junior competition was Weston Land in the Stock Service Pistol division with 399.23 (83), followed by Trey Chase, also in SSP, with 416.43 (218) in third. Fourth and fifth place went to the Wills brothers with Team Para’s Lee Wills competing in ESP with 483.88 (155) and Team RangeLog’s Jesse Wills in Enhanced Service Revolver with 532.89 (186).

The 2012 IDPA National Championships took place September 19-22 in Oxford, N.C., drawing many of the shooting sports' top pistol shooters.

Fore more information, 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 updates on the DOWN ZERO Blog.

 

 

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Gonzalez Wins IDPA’s International Title For Team Venezuela

by Editor 26. September 2012 02:45
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OXFORD, N.C. – Following up on his title win earlier this year at the Smith & Wesson Indoor Nationals, Juan Carlos Gonzalez of Venezuela won the International Championship title last weekend at the 2012 IDPA National Championships.

Facing off against a very strong field of competitors from Venezuela, as well as Austria, Costa Rica, Italy, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Romania and the United Kingdom, Gonzalez took top International shooter honors with a strong performance in the Enhanced Service Pistol division where he finished with a time of 305.22 and 72 points down.

“Juan Carlos has made the Venezuelan shooting community proud winning the International title in both IDPA national matches,” said Joyce Wilson, executive director for IDPA. “With more than 50 countries participating in IDPA, the race for the International title continues to grow in importance, giving Juan Carlos and the rest of our friends in Venezuela a whole lot more competition in the future.”

Second place in the International title race went to fellow Venezuelan Vrikson Acosta who finished with 316.21 (137), while third place went to Costa Rica’s Rodrigo Carvajal with 318.11 (119) and fourth went to Nelso Lopez Iglesias of Venezuela who posted a final time of 332.01 (95) in the Stock Service Pistol division.

Ricardo Zanotti of Venezuela rounded out the top five with 333.73 (153). Alberto Soto of Costa Rica took top International honors in the Custom Service Pistol division with 334.65 (112) and Venezuela’s Juan Cheng did the same in Stock Service Revolver with 420.05 (206).

The 2012 IDPA National Championships took place September 19-22 in Oxford, N.C., drawing many of the shooting sports' top pistol shooters.

Fore more information, 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 updates on the DOWN ZERO Blog

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