Terry Burba Named Assistant Match Director Of Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor Nationals

by Editor 9. January 2014 07:45
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – Lou Denys, Match Director of the upcoming 2014 Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship, has named Terry Burba as Assistant Match Director for the championship.

Celebrating its 17th consecutive year of competition, 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 competitive season for the International Defensive Pistol Association.

“Terry is one of the best known and most respected members of IDPA. Over the years he has volunteered countless hours to better the sport. Whether it’s working local matches or heading up the organization’s Tiger Teams effort to revamp the rules, Terry has given back to the sport like few others. He brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the Smith & Wesson Indoor Nationals and we’re very happy to have him take on the Assistant MD role,” said Lou Denys.

For the past three years Burba has been part of the match staff at the Indoor Nationals helping to design stages and working as one of the hand-picked Chief Safety Officers at the match.

“This is going to feel strange to be working a match without a timer in my hand. I want to thank Smith & Wesson for this opportunity to serve the IDPA community in this capacity. Without being assigned to a specific bay, I’ll be able to move around the range to help out where ever I can be of assistance. We are all looking forward to this year’s match and to being able to see all of the shooters who have made it so popular over the years,” said Burba.

The 2014 match will take place February 20-22. Already sold out, the championship 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.

For more information on IDPA, the Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship or to join 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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2014 IDPA Costa Rican National Championship Looking For A Few Good SOs

by Editor 6. January 2014 08:30
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – As IDPA Costa Rica prepares for the 2014 Costa Rican National Championship in April, match officials are not only rolling out the red carpet for U.S. competitors but for U.S. certified Safety Officers as well.

“With shooters from 10 nations coming to compete, including from the United States and the U.S. Territory of Puerto Rico, we see the Costa Rica Nationals becoming one of the key international championships on the annual IDPA schedule,” said Match Director Rodrigo Carvajal.

“Many of our competitors will have shot major matches in the U.S. and are very familiar with the top SOs in America. That is why we are reaching out to them to help us make the 2014 Costa Rica National Championship one of the top events of the upcoming IDPA season.”

IDPA Safety Officers from America that are interested in competing in and officiating the Costa Rica Nationals are invited to contact Match Director Rodrigo Carvajal at rodrigo@asotipra.com for complete registration and match details.

The 2014 championship, which will take place April 10-12 in San Jose, Costa Rica, will be hosted at Rancho Arizona and is expected to draw top shooters from Costa Rica, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Guatemala, Honduras, Panama, Venezuela, Chile, Argentina, Austria and the United States.

The championship will feature 12 stages, shot in a one-day format, and a round count of approximately 165 rounds. Safety Officers and staff will compete on Thursday, April 10. Online registration is now open but will close March 11, 2014.

Shooters interested in competing in the 2014 Costa Rican IDPA National Championship should contact Carvajal or visit IDPACostaRica.com for more information. Regular match updates will also be available on IDPA Costa Rica’s Facebook page.

For more information on IDPA, or to join the more than 23,000 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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Rand Brands Is Newest Sponsor Of S&W IDPA Indoor Nationals

by Editor 6. January 2014 08:00
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – The International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) announced that Rand Brands, makers of Rand CLP for firearms, will be a major sponsor of the sold-out 2014 Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship.

Now in its 17th year, the Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor Nationals will take place February 20-22 on the indoor ranges of the Smith & Wesson Shooting Sports Center in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Rand Brands joins Apex Tactical Specialties, Colt, the National Shooting Sports Foundation and Smith & Wesson, the title sponsor, in supporting the match. As part of their support, Rand Brands will host a Friday night hospitality and registration suite for the benefit of all competitors attending the match.

“We are very pleased to welcome Rand Brands as the newest sponsor of the Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship and thank them for their generous support of IDPA competition,” said Robert Ray, membership and marketing director for IDPA.

“We are extremely excited to be working with IDPA as well as Smith & Wesson this year and hopefully for years to come. These are two organizations in the competitive shooting world that are widely recognized and unmatched in professionalism,” said Jon Miodonka, CEO of Rand Brands.

The Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship represents the official start of IDPA’s competition season and is regarded as one of the finest competitive shooting matches in the country, thanks to industry support from companies like Rand Brands.

For more information on IDPA, the Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship or to join 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 2014 S&W IDPA Indoor Nationals

by Editor 6. January 2014 07:30
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – American gun making icon Colt has signed on as a major sponsor of the sold-out 2014 Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship, according to an announcement made today by officials with the International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA).

Colt joins Apex Tactical Specialties, the National Shooting Sports Foundation, Rand Brands and Smith & Wesson, the title sponsor, in supporting the match. As part of their support, Colt will sponsor one of the 14 stages in the course of fire.

“Colt is one of the best known brands in the world, and as maker of the legendary Colt 1911 they are a natural partner for IDPA where so many of our members not only compete with a 1911 but carry one as well. We’re grateful for Colt’s sponsorship and thank them for their continued support of the shooting sports,” said Robert Ray, membership and marketing director for IDPA.

“Supporting our industry and the shooting sports is extremely important to Colt,” said Joyce Rubino, Vice President of Marketing for Colt’s Manufacturing Company. “This is one of the great IDPA matches of the year, and we look forward to being part of this highly successful event. We also wish the best of luck to our own Mark Redl, who will be competing.”

Now in its 17th year, the Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor Nationals will take place February 20-22 on the indoor ranges of the Smith & Wesson Shooting Sports Center in Springfield, Massachusetts. The championship represents the official start of IDPA’s competition season and is regarded as one of the finest competitive shooting matches in the country, thanks to industry support from companies like Colt.

For more information on IDPA, the Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship or to join 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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Smith & Wesson Taps Lou Denys As Match Director For 2014 IDPA Indoor Nationals

by Editor 16. December 2013 07:15
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – For the second year in a row, Lou Denys has been named Match Director of the prestigious Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship, according to an announcement made today by officials with the International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) and Smith & Wesson.

Because of the prominence of the Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship, now in its 17th consecutive year, as one of the premier events in all the shooting sports, the position of match director is one of the most important in competitive pistol shooting.

“I’m honored that Smith & Wesson and IDPA have once again asked me to oversee this important championship event. I am looking forward to working with a great team of safety officers and staff to insure the 2014 Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship maintains its well-deserved reputation for excellence,” said Lou Denys.

The Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship serves as the official start of the IDPA season. The 2014 match, which is already sold-out, will take place February 20-22 and draws over 300 of the best IDPA shooters to Springfield, Massachusetts to compete on the indoor ranges of the Smith & Wesson Shooting Sports Center.

For more information on IDPA, the Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship or to join the 22,000-plus IDPA 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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Apex Tactical Specialties Back As Sponsor Of S&W IDPA Indoor Nationals

by Editor 12. December 2013 07:45
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – The International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) announced that Apex Tactical Specialties will be a major sponsor of the sold-out 2014 Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship.

Now in its 17th year, the Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor Nationals will take place February 20-22 on the indoor ranges of the Smith & Wesson Shooting Sports Center in Springfield, Massachusetts.

As a returning sponsor, Apex joins the National Shooting Sports Foundation and Smith & Wesson, the title sponsor, in supporting the match. As part of their support, Apex will sponsor one of the 13 stages in the course of fire.

“Apex Tactical Specialties has been very generous in their support for IDPA and we’re pleased to welcome them back as a sponsor of IDPA’s most popular match, the Smith & Wesson Indoor Nationals,” said Robert Ray, membership and marketing director for IDPA.

“The Smith & Wesson Indoor Nationals is IDPA’s hottest match and a great way to kick-off the start of each competition season. Apex is proud to again partner with IDPA to help bring great matches, like this one, to the IDPA calendar,” said Scott Folk of Apex.

The Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship represents the official start of IDPA’s competition season and is regarded as one of the finest competitive shooting matches in the country, thanks to industry support from companies like Apex Tactical Specialties.

More than 300 of the sport’s 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 join the 22,000-plus IDPA 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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NSSF Back As Major Sponsor Of Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor Nationals

by Editor 10. December 2013 07:45
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), a longtime supporter of the International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) and the shooting matches hosted by Smith & Wesson, has returned as a major sponsor of the S&W IDPA Indoor Nationals.

Now in its 17th year, the 2014 Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship will take place February 20-22 on the indoor ranges of the Smith & Wesson Shooting Sports Center in Springfield, Massachusetts.

NSSF, which is the trade association for the firearms, ammunition, hunting and shooting sports industry, will be the official sponsor of the awards banquet taking place Saturday evening, February 22.

“The National Shooting Sports Foundation has led the industry’s effort to promote and support the shooting sports and IDPA has benefitted greatly from their very generous support,” said Joyce Wilson, executive director for IDPA. “On behalf of IDPA’s 22,000-plus members, and our match host, Smith & Wesson, I want to thank everybody at NSSF for all they do for the shooting sports.”

"IDPA remains one of the fastest-growing shooting sports in America, and NSSF is committed to helping the sport continue its record growth," said Chris Dolnack, NSSF senior vice president and chief marketing officer. "Best of luck to everyone competing at the indoor nationals!"

The Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship represents the official start of IDPA’s competition season and is regarded as one of the finest competitive shooting matches in the country, thanks to help from organizations like NSSF and title sponsor Smith & Wesson.

More than 300 of the sport’s 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 join IDPA 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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Registration Now Open For 2014 IDPA Costa Rican National Championship

by Editor 26. November 2013 07:35
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – Officials with IDPA Costa Rica and the International Defensive Pistol Association, the international governing body for IDPA competition, announced that online shooter registration is now open for the 2014 Costa Rican National Championship, which is set to take place April 10-12 in San Jose, Costa Rica.

The championship will be hosted at Rancho Arizona and is expected to draw top shooters from Costa Rica, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Guatemala, Honduras, Panama, Venezuela, Chile, Argentina, Austria and the United States.

“We are once again rolling out the red carpet for our fellow IDPA shooters in the U.S. and around the region, and this coming April Costa Rica will be the place to be for outstanding IDPA action, great weather and warm Costa Rican hospitality,” said Match Director Rodrigo Carvajal.

The 2014 Costa Rican IDPA National Championship will see upwards of 100 international shooters gunning for both national pride and the Costa Rican title in Custom Defensive Pistol, Enhanced Service Pistol, Stock Service Pistol, Stock Service Revolver and Enhanced Service Revolver, the five divisions in IDPA competition.

The championship will feature 12 stages, shot in a one-day format, and a round count of approximately 165 rounds. Safety Officers and staff will compete on Thursday, April 10.

Registration is open and will close on March 11, 2014.

Shooters interested in competing in the 2014 Costa Rican IDPA National Championship should contact Rodrigo Carvajal at rodrigo@asotipra.com or visit IDPACostaRica.com for more information. Regular match updates will also be available on IDPA Costa Rica’s Facebook page.

For more information on IDPA, or to join the more than 22,000 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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Smith & Wesson’s Randi Rogers Wins High Lady At S&W IDPA Back Up Gun Nationals

by Editor 19. November 2013 09:37
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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Randi Rogers, wearing her new Smith & Wesson shooting team jersey, and armed with her new M&P Compact 9mm, continued her amazing win streak in IDPA competition with her High Lady title win at the inaugural Smith & Wesson IDPA Back Up Gun Nationals.

Randi Rogers spent the match shooting side-by-side with friend and Smith & Wesson teammate Julie Golob who returned to competition after the birth of her second daughter earlier this year. The two swapped stage wins back and forth on the first four stages until Rogers settled in, claiming eight more stage wins – two of them overall stage wins in the division.

Rogers finished the match and took the High Lady title with a final time of 212.20 seconds, shooting 98 points down, which placed her sixth Master and seventh overall in the Pistol division, and 11th among all competitors in the championship.

“Randi is hands down IDPA’s top woman shooter and consistently among the top shooters overall. She has not been defeated in IDPA competition in a number of years and her performance this weekend shows why,” said Joyce Wilson, executive director of IDPA.

Second place went to Golob who finished with a time of 261.56 seconds shooting 132 points down. Joyce Wilson took third among the women with 324.76 (103), followed by Judith Szczygiel in fourth with 326.56 (149). Rounding out the top five was Tammy Lyne who scored one stage win and finished with 353.93 (235).

All five women competed in the Pistol division.

For more information on IDPA, the inaugural Smith & Wesson IDPA Back Up Gun Nationals or to join the more than 22,000 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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Revolver King Jerry Miculek Tops Field At S&W IDPA Back Up Gun Nationals

by Editor 19. November 2013 09:28
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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Going into the inaugural Smith & Wesson IDPA Back Up Gun Nationals one question sat on everyone’s mind: could a revolver shooter – namely Jerry Miculek – beat everybody? That question was definitively answered Saturday evening when Team Smith & Wesson’s great revolver shooter won the Revolver division title with the fastest overall time in the competition.

Miculek’s final time of 166.50 seconds (with 43 points down) outpaced the Pistol division champion, Mike Seeklander, by 3.69 seconds. Miculek won all but one of the 13 stages in the division, and topped the entire field on six stages. In addition to winning the Revolver title, Miculek won High Industry honors in the division and was the high overall senior.

“Jerry is simply amazing to watch, often taking more time to retrieve his revolver from its start position on a stage than putting the required five rounds on target. His incredible performance, not to mention four of the top 10 times coming from wheelgunners, demonstrates that in defensive applications, the revolver can go toe-to-toe with a pistol,” said Joyce Wilson, executive director of IDPA.

Finishing second behind Miculek was Kirk Crego whose 198.93 seconds with 40 points down put him fifth overall in the match. Team Smith & Wesson’s other top wheelgunner, Josh Lentz, took third in the division, and sixth overall, with 202.84 (59). Joe Linskey, shooting for Wolff Gunsprings/TDS, placed fourth in the division and 10th overall with 209.42 (33). Rounding out the top five was Simon Golob who finished first Master with 231.68 (76).

Elsewhere in the division, Kristofer Sines took first Expert with 249.49 (70). Michael French claimed first Sharpshooter with 254.91 (60), while Chad McLean went home with first Marksman with 274.42 (57). Paul Chamberlain, competing as a Sharpshooter, claimed High Distinguished Senior honors with 311.27 (119), and Christian Sauer won first Novice with 384.98 (136).

For more information on IDPA, the inaugural Smith & Wesson IDPA Back Up Gun Nationals or to join the more than 22,000 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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