Mossberg Sponsoring Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor Nationals

by Editor 27. November 2012 08:00
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – The International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) announced that O.F. Mossberg & Sons, Inc., the oldest family-owned firearms manufacturer in America and the largest pump-action shotgun maker in the world, will be one of the major sponsors of the Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship.

Well known for its support of hunting and the shooting sports, Mossberg joins Brownells, the National Shooting Sports Foundation and match host Smith & Wesson as one of the major sponsors of the match. 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.

“We are so very pleased to have Mossberg, one of the great names in firearms, sponsoring the 2013 Indoor Nationals. They’ve been strong supporters of hunting and conservation efforts, youth shooting sports initiatives and veterans programs, so their support of IDPA is greatly appreciated by our organization’s 21,000-plus members,” said Joyce Wilson, executive director for IDPA.

“We are proud to be involved in one of the largest and most prestigious shooting events in the sport," said Tom Taylor, vice president of sales and marketing at Mossberg. "While competitors at the IDPA Indoor Nationals may not be shooting a shotgun or rifle, Mossberg certainly understands the importance of supporting all disciplines of shooting sports. We also know IDPA competitors are inclined to participate in other areas where Mossberg products may be used such as other shotgun and rifle shooting sports, hunting or real life personal defense.”

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 O.F. Mossberg & Sons, Inc.
Founded in 1919, O.F. Mossberg & Sons, Inc. is the oldest family-owned firearms manufacturer in America, and is the largest pump-action shotgun manufacturer in the world. Leading the way with over 100 design and utility patents to its credit, and standing as the first ISO 9001 Certified long-gun manufacturer, Mossberg is considered to be one of the most innovative firearms manufacturers in U.S. History. For more information on commercial, special purpose, law enforcement and military shotguns, rifles and accessories, please visit their website at www.mossberg.com.

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Brownells Again Sponsoring Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor Nationals

by Editor 13. November 2012 08:15
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – The International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) announced that Brownells – The World's Largest Supplier of Firearms Accessories and Gunsmithing Tools™ − will once again be one of the major sponsors of the Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship.

Brownells, which is a long-time and passionate supporter of the shooting sports, will provide lunch to competitors and staff throughout the three-day match as part of their generous sponsorship. 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.

“There is so much more to a great match than just targets and scores, and the people at Brownells know that better than just about anybody else. As a family-owned business they have spent three generations defining what excellence in customer service really means and we could not be happier to have them back sponsoring the Smith & Wesson Indoor Nationals and taking care of our competitors,” said Joyce Wilson, executive director for IDPA.

“Shooting isn’t just about the match, it’s about the total experience, and Smith & Wesson and IDPA both understand this. We’re delighted to be able to play a small part in making the Indoor Nationals a great shooting experience,” said Frank Brownell, Chairman of The Board for Brownells, Inc.

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 Brownells:
Founded in 1939, Brownells is an Iowa-based, family-owned company that supplies more than 75,000 firearms parts, accessories, reloading components, gunsmithing tools, and ammunition to armorers, gunsmiths, the military, and shooters worldwide. In addition to their industry-leading 100% lifetime guarantee - forever - on EVERY product sold, their staff of veteran Gun Techs is available to assist customers with technical help to fix any gun-related problem - free of charge. There are no minimum order sizes or return/exchange fees. To place an order, or for more information, call 800-741-0015 or visit www.brownells.com.

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Infographic: Ammo Of The 2012 IDPA Nationals

by Editor 8. November 2012 10:10
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Smith & Wesson Announces Registration Process For Its Popular IDPA Indoor Nationals

by Editor 6. November 2012 07:26
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – Smith & Wesson, the 160-year-old American firearms maker and host of the 2013 Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship, and the International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) announced that online registration for the 2013 Indoor Nationals will take place on Saturday, December 8, 2012.

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.

Due to the incredible popularity of the Indoor Nationals, which draws more than 300 of IDPA’s top competitors and routinely sells out in a matter of minutes, organizers have outlined the priority points system being used for this year’s registration process.

IDPA members that have competed in the championship in one or more of the last four years will receive one (1) priority point for each year they participated in the match. Competitors can check their priority points ranking on the match registration site. Online registration will begin at 8:00am EST Saturday morning, December 8 and proceed as follows:

8:00 AM – Registration opens for shooters with four (4) priority points
10:00 AM – Registration opens for shooters with three (3) priority points
12:00 PM – Registration opens for shooters with two (2) priority points
2:00 PM – Registration opens for shooters with one (1) priority point
4:00 PM – General registration opens for all remaining shooters

General registration for all IDPA members will follow the priority point registration and will start at 4:00pm EST on December 8. Any remaining slots still available at that time will be awarded on a first-come-first-served basis.

An outline of the complete match registration process has been emailed to past competitors but is also posted on IDPA’s Down Zero blog. All IDPA shooters interested in entering the 2013 Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship are encouraged to carefully review and familiarize themselves with the procedure prior to the start of online registration on December 8, 2012.

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.

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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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