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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Mike Seeklander Wins Pistol Title At S&W IDPA Back Up Gun Nationals

by Editor 19. November 2013 09:18
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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Despite wearing a wireless microphone and having a video camera in his face for most of the match, Team Armscor’s Mike Seeklander captured the Pistol division title at the inaugural Smith & Wesson IDPA Back Up Gun Nationals.

Seeklander, who was taping a future episode of the Outdoor Channel’s Shooting Gallery television show, won three stages before posting a final time of 170.19 seconds with 37 points down. His was the second fastest overall time behind that of Team Smith & Wesson’s Jerry Miculek, the Revolver division champion.

“With Mike pulling double duty during the match, both competing and filming, nobody was sure where exactly he’d finish. Then when his final times were posted, talk began that he might just win the match, and sure enough he did,” said Joyce Wilson, executive director of IDPA.

“Mike is great shooter and so well liked among his fellow competitors that seeing him win the inaugural Smith & Wesson Back Up Gun Nationals made a lot of IDPA members happy.”

Taking second behind Seeklender was Team Panteao’s Dave Harrington, who not only finished first Master with 193.82 (30) but also won one stage and took High Industry for the division. Dylan Kenneson, representing the Sig Sauer Academy, was recognized as the match’s most accurate, shooting just 17 points down while finishing third in the division as the second Master with 195.14. Team HK’s Jason Koon picked up third Master with 203.79 (86) while James Meyers won two stages and claimed both fourth Master and High Law Enforcement with 204.46 (44).

Elsewhere in the division, IDPA’s top lady shooter, and the newest member of Team Smith & Wesson, Randi Rogers won two stages and claimed the High Lady title with her final time of 212.20 seconds, shooting 98 points down. Greg Snyder, competing as a Master, took High Military Veteran with 219.91 (65). The U.S. Coast Guard’s Chad Barber, competing as an Expert, won High Military with 261.38 (141). Clark Coneby, a Sharpshooter, won High Junior with 264.95 (76). Tim Arnold won first Expert with 236.82 (55). Pasquile Vitetta, Jr. took first Sharpshooter with 259.96 (84), while Justin Fitch finished first Marksman with 298.09 (99) and Bill Henderson took home first Novice with 415.85 (206).

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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Local Retailer Guns & Gear Sponsors S&W IDPA Back Up Gun Nationals

by Editor 12. November 2013 08:30
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – Once again Guns & Gear, a family owned firearms and accessories store located in Agawam, Mass., will be supporting a major IDPA match at Smith & Wesson as the local retailer signs on as a stage sponsor of the inaugural Smith & Wesson IDPA Back Up Gun Nationals.


“IDPA clubs all around the country work closely with local federally licensed firearms retailers with many sponsoring matches. Here in Springfield, Guns & Gear has been a great partner in supporting Smith & Wesson’s competitions,” said Robert Ray, membership and marketing director for IDPA.

Guns & Gear joins Apex Tactical Specialties, Brownells, Comp-Tac Victory Gear, FMG Publications, GLOCK, Harris Publications, Michigan Ammo Company, the National Shooting Sports Foundation, Panteao Productions, the Self Defense Association, SIG SAUER, Springfield Armory, Taurus, Wilson Combat and Smith & Wesson, the title sponsor, in supporting this latest IDPA national championship event.

The Smith & Wesson IDPA Back Up Gun Nationals will take place November 14-16 and feature a 13-stage course of fire with a round count of 180. Held on the indoor ranges of the Smith & Wesson Shooting Sports Center in Springfield, Massachusetts, match officials expect the event to draw upwards of 200 top IDPA shooters vying for titles in either the Pistol or Revolver 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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Coast Guard Academy Members and Cadets Volunteer Personal Time to Help Design Stages For Smith & Wesson Back Up Gun Nationals

by Editor 8. November 2013 13:29
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – The International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) and Smith & Wesson announced that they have are once again turned to the Staff and cadets of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy’s Practical Shooting Team to assist Smith & Wesson to design stages for the inaugural Smith & Wesson IDPA Back Up Gun National Championship.

Since 2009 members of the Coast Guard Academy community have taken a break from their busy schedules to volunteer their personal time, under the direction of IDPA and Smith & Wesson, to assist with designing and staffing stages at the Smith & Wesson Indoor Nationals, making the cadets a fixture at that championship.

“Smith & Wesson has worked closely with members of the Coast Guard Academy staff and cadets for several years now and we wouldn’t dream of putting together another major championship without calling in volunteers from the Academy as reinforcements. The staff and cadets bring creative stage designs, tremendous enthusiasm and a tireless work ethic to our matches, and their professionalism is a great credit to the Coast Guard,” said Paul Pluff of Smith & Wesson.

In addition to volunteering to design two of the 13 stages and working as Safety Officers, with the oversight of Smith & Wesson, at the Back Up Gun Nationals, USCGA cadets will also be called upon to present the colors at the championship’s awards banquet.

“We’re honored to once again be asked by Smith & Wesson to be a part of this event. Serving the public is the heart of every Coastie, serving the sport is just icing on the cake as it gives our young leaders in training an opportunity to develop the knowledge, skills and abilities using firearms in realistic scenarios. For some of them it will be their first major championship, there is no better event than this to take on the buzzer for the first time,” said Chad Barber of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.

The USCGA Practical Shooting 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 Smith & Wesson IDPA Back Up Gun Nationals will take place November 14-16 and feature a 13-stage course of fire with a round count of 180. Held on the indoor ranges of the Smith & Wesson Shooting Sports Center in Springfield, Massachusetts, match officials expect the event to draw upwards of 200 top IDPA shooters vying for titles in either the Pistol or Revolver division.

Registration is open 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 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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