Rand Brands Sponsors Smith & Wesson New England Regional IDPA Championship

by Editor 8. August 2014 10:30
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – Rand Brands, makers of Rand CLP for firearms, has signed on as one of the premier sponsors of the 2014 Smith & Wesson New England Regional IDPA Championship.

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

“We’re proud to welcome Rand Brands as a premier sponsor of the Smith & Wesson New England Regional. Thanks in part to their support, this match remains one of the most popular on the IDPA competition calendar,” said Michael Joffe, sponsor coordinator for the New England Regional.

In addition to determining New England’s top IDPA shooter, the New England Regional serves as the second leg of the 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.

For more information on IDPA, or to join the nearly 24,000 IDPA 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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Walther Sponsors 2014 IDPA U.S. National Championship

by Editor 8. August 2014 07:45
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – The International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) announced that noted firearms maker Walther Arms will be a major sponsor of the upcoming IDPA U.S. National Championship.

“Thanks to the generous support of major sponsor Walther Arms the 2014 U.S. Nationals is poised to be one of the best showcases of defensive shooting that IDPA has ever held,” said Robert Ray, membership and marketing director for IDPA.

Walther joins ACADEMI, Blade-Tech, Brownells, Comp-Tac, CZ-USA, GLOCK, Harris Publications, the National Shooting Sports Foundation, Ruger, Smith & Wesson and Wilson Combat as a gold level sponsor of the championship which takes place September 9 thru 13 at the U.S. Shooting Academy in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The match is expected to draw over 300 of the sport’s top shooters.

“We are very excited about our participation and association with the IDPA. This organization sets a terrific standard for applicable small arms applications in the world of personal defense. I am glad we could take this step as a company to participate in this season’s match,” said Everett Deger, director of marketing at Walther Arms Inc.

For more information on IDPA, or to join the nearly 24,000 IDPA 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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IDPA Previews Smith & Wesson New England Regional Course Of Fire

by Editor 7. August 2014 07:35
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – Starting with the King of New England stages, organizers of the 2014 Smith & Wesson New England Regional IDPA Championship are previewing all 14 stages of the course of fire competitors will face at this year’s championship.

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

In addition to determining the regional champion in each of IDPA’s five handgun competition divisions, the match also serves as the second leg of the popular King of New England series, which is being presented by Apex Tactical Specialties. In June the 18th Annual Massachusetts State IDPA Championship, presented by Smith & Wesson, kicked off the series which concludes with New Hampshire’s Smith & Wesson Live Free Or Die State IDPA Championship in October.

Four stages from each of the three major New England championships make up the 12 stage challenge. The following stages represent the New England Regional Championship’s portion of the King of New England:

Stage 1 - Graveyard Shift at the Warehouse
Stage 3 - Never Stop for Directions
Stage 6 - On The Move
Stage 7 - Trouble in Iquitos 1
Stage 10 - Working the Angles (alternate)

For more information on IDPA, or to join the nearly 24,000 IDPA 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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Ruger Sponsors 2014 IDPA U.S. National Championship

by Editor 6. August 2014 07:30
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – The International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) announced that one of the nation’s most respected gun makers, Ruger Firearms, has signed on as one of the major sponsors of the 2014 IDPA U.S. National Championship.

“There is a rich tradition at Ruger of supporting the American shooter and the shooting sports. We’re very pleased to have the support of such a well respected gun maker and to be working with them on this year’s IDPA U.S. Nationals,” said Robert Ray, membership and marketing director for IDPA.

Ruger joins ACADEMI, Blade-Tech, Brownells, Comp-Tac, CZ-USA, GLOCK, Harris Publications, the National Shooting Sports Foundation, Smith & Wesson and Wilson Combat as a gold level sponsor of the championship which takes place September 9 thru 13 at the U.S. Shooting Academy in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The match is expected to draw over 300 of the sport’s top shooters.

For more information on IDPA, or to join the nearly 24,000 IDPA 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 Sponsors Smith & Wesson New England Regional IDPA Championship

by Editor 31. July 2014 10:35
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – American gun making icon Colt has signed on as one of the premier sponsors of the 2014 Smith & Wesson New England Regional IDPA Championship.

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

“We are very pleased to welcome Colt as one of the premier sponsors of this year’s New England Regional. Thanks to the generous sponsorship of companies like Colt, the New England Regional is one of IDPA’s best supported and best attended regional championships year after year,” said Michael Joffe, sponsor coordinator for the New England Regional.

In addition to determining New England’s top IDPA shooter, the New England Regional serves as the second leg of the 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.

For more information on IDPA, or to join the nearly 24,000 IDPA 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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A Girl & A Gun Sending Women’s Squad to IDPA U.S. National Championship

by Editor 31. July 2014 07:45
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – Among the 300-plus shooters competing for the 2014 IDPA U.S. National Championship this September will be a select group of women from the fast growing national women’s program, A Girl & A Gun Women’s Shooting League.

A Girl & A Gun is the ladies-only organization established by women shooters for women shooters for the pistol, rifle and shotgun sports. Founded in February of 2011 in Austin, Texas, A Girl & A Gun today has more than 2,500 members in 67 chapters across 23 states, making it the fastest growing women's shooting organization.

In partnership with the International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA), A Girl & A Gun held an introductory IDPA postal competition for its members with 12 women randomly selected to represent the organization at IDPA’s 2014 U.S. National Championship being held September 9-13 at the U.S. Shooting Academy in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

The all-ladies squad of AG&AG members will be coached through the match by Team Comp-Tac’s Randi Rogers, the reigning Women’s National Champion.

“I have been in the IDPA family for eight years and A Girl and A Gun was created as a resource to share my love of the shooting sports with as many women as possible. To sponsor the first all-ladies squad gives me a huge sense of accomplishment and pride,” said Julianna Crowder, president of A Girl & A Gun.

Representing A Girl & A Gun in the 2014 IDPA U.S. Nationals will be Andrea Lawrence of Missouri, Heidi Darst, Robin Keating, Victoria Kogan, Memarie Lawrence, Tina Maldonado, Christy Ross and Ashley West of Texas, Jennie Van Tuyl and Tiffany Venters of Washington and Renee Krawiec and Wendy Troutman of Wyoming.

"IDPA embraces different organizations to form symbiotic relationships. When A Girl & A Gun Founder Julianna Crowder approached me with the idea of exposing her organization to IDPA, I thought it was a great way to introduce the sport to more women and I hope that we can develop more relationships like this one,” said Joyce Wilson, executive director of IDPA.

For more information on A Girl & A Gun, or to find a club near you, visit www.AGirlAndAGunClub.com. For more information on IDPA, or to join the nearly 24,000 IDPA 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 Back As Sponsor Of Smith & Wesson IDPA Back Up Gun Nationals

by Editor 30. July 2014 07:45
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – Officials with the International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) announced that Apex Tactical Specialties has once again signed on as a major sponsor of the Smith & Wesson IDPA Back Up Gun Nationals taking place November 6-8, 2014.

As part of their support Apex will be one of the stage sponsors for the competition. The company will be represented in the match by Team Apex’s Scott and Maddy Folk.

“Last year’s Smith & Wesson Back Up Gun Nationals was one of the best events of the season and we could not wait to be a part of this year’s championship. Apex is proud to continue its support of IDPA and the championships hosted by Smith & Wesson,” said Scott Folk of Apex.

The 2014 Back Up Gun Nationals will be held on the indoor ranges of the company’s Shooting Sports Center. Match officials estimate that 300 top IDPA shooters will be on hand to contest the national title.

“IDPA matches rely on the generous support of companies like Apex Tactical Specialties. Thanks to their sponsorship, the 2014 Back Up Gun Nationals is sure to be another huge success,” said Robert Ray, membership and marketing director for IDPA.

Registration for the match has begun and just a handful of slots are still available for those interested in competing. Registration is being conducted online at MatchReg.com/BUG.

For more information on IDPA, the Smith & Wesson IDPA Back Up Gun Nationals or to join the nearly 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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Steskla Returns As Match Director For 2014 Smith & Wesson IDPA BUG Nationals

by Editor 24. July 2014 07:41
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – The International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) and Smith & Wesson announced that Brian Steskla will once again take the reins as Match Director of one of IDPA’s most popular new events – the Smith & Wesson IDPA Back Up Gun Nationals.

“Thanks to Brian’s leadership, and the tireless efforts of his team, last year’s inaugural Back Up Gun Nationals turned out to be one of the most popular matches on the 2013 schedule,” said Joyce Wilson, executive director for IDPA.

“Under Brian’s guidance, and with the incredible commitment from our gracious hosts at Smith & Wesson, the match this year is sure set a new standard for fun and excitement.”

The 2014 Back Up Gun Nationals will be hosted by Smith & Wesson, taking place on the indoor ranges of the company’s Shooting Sports Center. The match is scheduled for November 6-8 and an estimated 300 top IDPA shooters are expected to contest the national title.

“It is a pleasure to once again head such an important match on the IDPA competition calendar. Shooter feedback after the 2013 championship was overwhelmingly positive and I have a great team of safety officers and administrative staff to thank for that. There is no doubt that this November we will deliver another spectacular Smith & Wesson IDPA competition that shooters will talk about for months afterward,” said Brian Steskla.

Online registration for the championship is currently open but slots are limited as the match is expected to sell out. The competition is open to any current IDPA member. To register, go to MatchReg.com/BUG. To select a classification, IDPA members should use their highest classification in the three pistol divisions (CDP, ESP, SSP) or the two revolver divisions (ESR, SSR).

For more information on IDPA, the Smith & Wesson IDPA Back Up Gun Nationals or to join the nearly 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 SAUER Sponsors Smith & Wesson New England Regional IDPA Championship

by Editor 22. July 2014 07:45
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – Noted New Hampshire firearms maker SIG SAUER® has signed on as one of the returning premier sponsors of the 2014 Smith & Wesson New England Regional IDPA Championship.

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

“We are very pleased to welcome back SIG SAUER as one of our premier sponsors and thank them for their generous support of this and other IDPA matches,” said Michael Joffe, sponsor coordinator for the 2014 New England Regional.

In addition to determining New England’s top IDPA shooter, the New England Regional serves as the second leg of the 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.

For more information on IDPA, or to join the nearly 24,000 IDPA 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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Registration Opens Today For S&W Live Free Or Die State IDPA Match

by Editor 21. July 2014 07:35
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – Online registration for the 2014 Smith & Wesson Live Free Or Die State IDPA Championship opens today, Monday, July 21, at noon eastern time at www.MatchReg.com.

Hosted again by the Pioneer Sportsmen Club in Dunbarton, New Hampshire, last year’s Live Free Or Die sold out in record time. Match officials expect another sell out this year and encourage IDPA members to register as early as possible once online registration goes live at noon. The match will take place October 17-19, 2014.

In addition to determining the state title, the Smith & Wesson Live Free Or Die will also serve as the final leg of the popular King of New England contest presented by Apex Tactical Specialties. The 18th Annual Massachusetts State Championship and the New England Regional, both also sponsored by Smith & Wesson, make up the first and second legs, respectively, of the series.

Companies interested in sponsoring the Live Free Or Die State Championship should contact the sponsorship coordinator at psi.sponsorship@gmail.com.

For more information on IDPA, or to join the nearly 24,000 IDPA 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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