Linskey Cruises to Smith & Wesson Indoor Nationals Revolver Win

by Editor 5. March 2015 15:34
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – Joe Linskey won eight of the 13 stages to outpace his nearest competitor by over 60 seconds on his way to winning the Stock Service Revolver division title at the Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor Nationals this past weekend in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Linskey, who won the Indoor title previously in 2012, and is one of a handful of Distinguished Masters in IDPA, finished the match in a final time of 281.75 seconds while shooting 49 points down.

“It is great to see Joe return to the winner’s circle at the Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor Nationals. Joe is an accomplished revolver shooter as evidenced by his victory here in Springfield,” said Joyce Wilson, executive director of IDPA.

Taking second in the division was Joel Penney with 348.30 and 97 points down. Chris DeForge took third with 350.05 and 90 points down while Wil Cournoyer and John Iacomini rounded out the top five with 353.37 (66) and 358.13 (96) respectively.

Smith & Wesson has hosted the IDPA Indoor National Championship on the indoor ranges of their Shooting Sports Center for 18 years. One of the most popular matches on the IDPA competition calendar, the Indoor Nationals serves as the official start of the IDPA season.

For more information on IDPA, the Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor Nationals or to join the more than 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’s Mason Lane Wins High Junior and Most Accurate at S&W Indoor Nationals

by Editor 5. March 2015 15:25
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – Mason Lane of the Sig Sauer Academy shooting team not only claimed the High Junior title at the 2015 Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor Nationals but also took home the award for Most Accurate.

Lane finished the match in eighth place overall among the 320-plus competitors and took third in the highly competitive Stock Service Pistol division where he posted a final time of 228.26 second while shooting an amazing 31 points down.

“Mason shot an outstanding match and, despite being just 17, is proving to be a serious challenger to IDPA’s best shooters. The Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor Nationals is always a difficult, technical match to shoot, yet Mason made it look easy,” said Joyce Wilson, executive director of IDPA.

Second place in the competition for High Junior went to 16-year-old Ashley Rheuark who finished 10th overall in the match with her final time of 232.01 seconds (52) in the Enhanced Service Pistol division. Though she competed for the Junior title, hers was the best time posted by any woman in the match.

Rounding out the top five were ESP shooters Padraic Sullivan with 258.94 (82), Eric West with 265.64 (126) and Justin Winstead with 294.20 (78).

Smith & Wesson has hosted the IDPA Indoor National Championship on the indoor ranges of their Shooting Sports Center for 18 years. One of the most popular matches on the IDPA competition calendar, the Indoor Nationals serves as the official start of the IDPA season.

For more information on IDPA, the Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor Nationals or to join the more than 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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Nils Jonasson Claims ESP Title at Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor Nationals

by Editor 5. March 2015 15:18
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – Team Blade-Tech’s Nils Jonasson outpaced the defending champion and Team Smith & Wesson shooter Brandon Wright to take the Enhanced Service Pistol division title at the Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor Nationals this past weekend in Springfield, Massachusetts.

With a final time of 193.03 seconds with 54 points down, Jonasson finished the match as the second fastest overall shooter among the more than 320 that competed.

“Since joining us at our national championships, Nils has emerged as a major favorite to win in ESP. Any shooter looking to make a run at the ESP title needs to first get past Nils, and that’s no easy feat,” said Joyce Wilson, executive director of IDPA.

Wright, who placed fifth overall in the championship, finished 24.43 seconds behind Jonasson with a time of 217.46 seconds and 56 points down. Team RangeLog’s Morgan Allen took first Master honors and seventh overall with 227.69 (55). Rounding out the top five were Wilson Combat’s BJ Norris with 229.63 (53) and ninth overall followed by 16-year-old Ashley Rheuark who finished 10th overall with 232.01 (52).

Elsewhere in the Enhanced Service Pistol division, Scott Folk of Team Apex won first Expert with 258.72 (56), Venezuela’s Gerardo Hidalgo took first Sharpshooter and the High International title with 290.51 (80) and John Ware of the U.S. Coast Guard finished first Marksman with 376.10 (88).

Smith & Wesson has hosted the IDPA Indoor National Championship on the indoor ranges of their Shooting Sports Center for 18 years. One of the most popular matches on the IDPA competition calendar, the Indoor Nationals serves as the official start of the IDPA season.

For more information on IDPA, the Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor Nationals or to join the more than 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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Apex Sponsors Smith & Wesson PanAmerican Invitational IDPA Championship

by Editor 3. March 2015 08:15
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LOS OSOS, Calif. – Apex Tactical Specialties announced it will be one of the major sponsors of the Smith & Wesson PanAmerican Invitational IDPA Championship this month in Puerto Rico.

“As IDPA continues to grow both here and outside the continental U.S., Puerto Rico is emerging as a top destination for IDPA competitors looking to expand their shooting schedule. Apex is pleased to support the PanAm and Puerto Rico’s thriving shooting sports community,” said Scott Folk of Apex.

As part of their sponsorship Apex will sponsor one of the 16 stages of the match. The Smith & Wesson PanAmerican Invitational IDPA Championship will take place March 26-28 at the RL Shooting Club in Caguas, Puerto Rico. Additional information on the match is available at www.IDPAPR.com.

For more information on IDPA, or to join the more than 24,000 members competing each week, visit www.IDPA.com.

For more information on parts and services from Apex Tactical Specialties, visit www.ApexTactical.com, like Apex Tactical on Facebook or follow @ApexTactical on Twitter and Instagram. Instructional videos on the installation of Apex parts are available on Apex's YouTube channel.

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IDPA Partners With Action Target To Create Official Steel Practice Target

by Editor 3. March 2015 07:00
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PROVO, Utah – Action Target announced today that it has partnered up with the International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) to create the organization’s official steel practice target named the PT IDPA Practice Torso.

The new target, which is available for sale on Action Target’s online store (www.letargets.com), features a regulation torso shape including scoring zones with reactive swinging plates to provide instant visual and audible feedback for accurate shots. “We were really excited to work with Action Target on this project because of their ability to take our requirements and come up with an innovative solution,” IDPA Executive Director Joyce Wilson said. “Specifically, we wanted a steel target that encourages shooters to focus on accuracy. To do this, we diminished the sizes of the down zero zones by two inches to encourage tighter groupings in training which can lead to better scores in competition.”

While the PT IDPA Practice Torso is designed specifically for competitive handgun training, it is built with 3/8-inch AR550 armor steel which can withstand any standard handgun round and is also rated for rifle use at 100 yards. It is also designed with the safety of the shooter in mind with no exposed bolts, clamps or brackets for a completely flat shooting surface that produces predictable splatter patterns and reduces the risk of ricochet coming back at the shooter.

“A lot of work went into the design of this target,” Chris Hess, Action Target’s product marketing manager over steel targets, said. “Not only did we ensure that the torso dimensions of the target perfectly match IDPA regulation, we also created a new patent pending hinge design for the reactive plates that minimizes the number of parts needed and provides consistent reaction on every shot. This new design will soon be used on all of our reactive steel targets.”

The PT IDPA Practice Torso made its first debut at the 2014 IDPA National Championship held in Tulsa, Okla., where the prototypes were tested by competitors and IDPA executives. Two-time national IDPA champion and member of the Smith & Wesson shooting team Tom Yost was especially influential in the creation of the target and suggested improvements that led to the final patent pending design.

“As a competitive shooter, this is exactly the kind of target I want to train with,” Yost said. “Practicing on steel helps build muscle memory for accurate shots better than anything else because it provides instant feedback that you can hear and see. Those habits built shooting on steel transfer perfectly to the official cardboard target.”

The PT IDPA Practice Torso comes with the buyer’s choice of a 1-foot, 2-foot, 3-foot or 4-foot stand and will begin shipping March 13.

Product Specifications:
- As Low As: $339
- Height: 5’ (with recommended 3’ stand)
- Weight: 59 lbs.
- Torso Dimensions: 12” x 25.75” (adjusted for target angle)
- Reactive -0 Square Dimensions: 3” x 3”
- Reactive -0 Circle Dimensions: 6”
- Steel Grade: 3/8” AR550
- Handgun Shooting Distance: 10 yards+
- Rifle Shooting Distance: 100 yards+ using ammunition below 3,000 fps

For more information on Action Target, visit www.ActionTarget.com. To learn more about Action Target products or to purchase items online, visit www.LETargets.com.

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Atlanta Arms Announces 2015 Smith & Wesson IDPA Sponsorship

by Editor 26. February 2015 13:46
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Covington, GA - Atlanta Arms finest commercially remanufactured and match grade ammunition manufacturer is proud to announce their sponsorship with the 18th Annual Smith & Wesson International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) Indoor Nationals.

“We’re excited to support this year’s match. Giving back to the shooting community is something we feel strongly about,” said Jason Koon, CEO.

Atlanta Arms will be sending National and World Champion shooters, Jason Koon and KC Eusebio to compete at the top levels. They will be using Atlanta Arms 9mm 147 grain hollow points as their choice of ammunition.

The 2015 Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor Nationals takes place February 26-28 and will draw upwards of 350 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, visit www.IDPA.com.

For more information and the full range of products currently offered by Atlanta Arms, please visit www.atlantaarms.com.

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Colt Back As Major Sponsor Of Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor Nationals

by Editor 25. February 2015 06:20
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – The American gun making icon Colt is back as a major sponsor of the Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship taking place this week.

“Colt is one of the world’s renowned firearms makers with a long and storied history. IDPA is very pleased to once again be working with Colt to bring IDPA competitors another great Indoor National Championship,” said Robert Ray, membership and marketing director for IDPA.

Colt joins ACADEMI, Apex Tactical Specialties, Blade-Tech, Brownells, Comp-Tac Victory Gear, FMG Publications, GLOCK, Harris Publications, the National Rifle Association, the Self Defense Association, Sig Sauer Academy, Springfield Armory, Wilson Combat, XS Sight Systems and Smith & Wesson, the title sponsor, in supporting the IDPA Indoor Nationals.

The Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship, now in its 18th consecutive year, serves as the official start of the IDPA season. The 2015 match takes place February 26-28 and will draw upwards of 350 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 Nationals or to join the more than 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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Blade-Tech Sponsors Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor Nationals

by Editor 25. February 2015 06:20
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Blade-Tech Industries, the leading manufacturer of custom production thermoplastic and injection molded concealment and competition holsters, is returning as a major sponsor of the Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship taking place this week.

Blade-Tech joins ACADEMI, Apex Tactical Specialties, Brownells, Colt, Comp-Tac Victory Gear, FMG Publications, GLOCK, Harris Publications, the National Rifle Association, the Self Defense Association, Sig Sauer Academy, Springfield Armory, Wilson Combat, XS Sight Systems and Smith & Wesson, the title sponsor, in supporting the IDPA Indoor Nationals.

“It’s a pleasure to welcome back Blade-Tech as one of the major sponsors of the Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor Nationals. Blade-Tech continues to be a proud sponsor of this and other IDPA events around the country,” said Robert Ray, membership and marketing director for IDPA.

The Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship, now in its 18th consecutive year, serves as the official start of the IDPA season. The 2015 match takes place February 26-28 and will draw upwards of 350 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 Nationals or to join the more than 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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Self Defense Assn. Sponsoring Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor Nationals

by Editor 24. February 2015 07:25
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – The Self Defense Association (SDA), which provides training and educational resources, up-to-date information on state firearms laws, and financial support to such organizations as Project Child-Safe, will once again be a major sponsor supporting this week’s Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship.

“IDPA is proud to continue our relationship with the Self Defense Association and appreciate their generous support for the Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor Nationals,” said Robert Ray, membership and marketing director for IDPA.

The Self Defense Association joins ACADEMI, Apex Tactical Specialties, Brownells, Comp-Tac Victory Gear, FMG Publications, GLOCK, Harris Publications, the National Rifle Association, Sig Sauer Academy, Springfield Armory, Wilson Combat, XS Sight Systems and Smith & Wesson, the title sponsor, in supporting the IDPA Indoor Nationals. As part of their sponsorship, the Self Defense Association will host one of the nightly hospitality suites open to all competitors and staff participating in the championship.

The Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship, now in its 18th consecutive year, serves as the official start of the IDPA season. The 2015 match takes place February 26-28 and will draw upwards of 350 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 Nationals or to join the more than 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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Springfield Armory Returns To Sponsor Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor Nationals

by Editor 24. February 2015 07:20
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – One of the best known names in competition shooting, Springfield Armory, is returning as a major sponsor supporting this week’s Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship.

“Springfield Armory has a long history of supporting the shooting sports and IDPA is grateful for their continued sponsorship of the Smith & Wesson Indoor Nationals,” said Robert Ray, membership and marketing director for IDPA.

Springfield Armory joins ACADEMI, Apex Tactical Specialties, Brownells, Comp-Tac Victory Gear, FMG Publications, GLOCK, Harris Publications, the National Rifle Association, the Self Defense Association, Sig Sauer Academy, Wilson Combat, XS Sight Systems and Smith & Wesson, the title sponsor, in supporting the IDPA Indoor Nationals. As part of their sponsorship, Springfield Armory will host one of the nightly hospitality suites open to all competitors and staff participating in the championship.

The Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship, now in its 18th consecutive year, serves as the official start of the IDPA season. The 2015 match takes place February 26-28 and will draw upwards of 350 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 Nationals or to join the more than 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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