Gelberger Repeats As ESR Champ At IDPA’s New England Regional

by Editor 21. August 2013 07:05
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HARVARD, Mass. – For the second year in a row Gene Gelberger has taken the Enhanced Service Revolver division title at the Smith & Wesson New England Regional IDPA Championship.

Sanctioned by the International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA), the Smith & Wesson New England Regional IDPA Championship was held Friday, Saturday and Sunday, August 16-18, at the Harvard Sportsmen’s Club located in Harvard, Massachusetts and drew 189 competitors.

Gelberger, classified a Master within the division, won 11 of 14 stages in the match, posting a final winning time of 382.29 seconds with 109 points down.

“As New England wheelgunners go, Gene is one of the best and he proves that time and time again,” observed Bob Biehl, match director for the 2013 New England Regional.

Placing second in the division was William Richards, an Expert class shooter, with 445.89 (118). Jerry Richard, also an Expert, placed third with 508.84 (120) while Marksman Andrew MacGray took fourth with 520.24 (127).

Complete match results can be found online at MetroWestTactical.com.

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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Panteao’s Tom Yost Wins ESP At IDPA’s New England Regional

by Editor 21. August 2013 07:00
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HARVARD, Mass. – By a little over two seconds, Team Panteao’s Tom Yost held off Ed Stettmeier to take the Enhanced Service Pistol division title at the Smith & Wesson New England Regional IDPA Championship.

Yost, who finished the match with three stage wins and a final time of 273.69 seconds and 66 points down, claimed not only the ESP title but also the High Senior and High Industry awards.

“Tom is one of the region's top competitive shooters and continues to rack up wins every season. In a division with some very strong competition, Tom managed to shoot a consistent, steady match to lock up yet another championship title,” said Bob Biehl, match director for the 2013 New England Regional.

Stettmeier finished first Master and second in the division trailing Yost by 2.33 seconds with a time of 276.02 and 93 points down. Stettmeier also took top honors on three of the 14 stages in the match’s course of fire.

Third place in the match went to Joe Linskey who claimed Most Accurate and High Law Enforcement honors by winning two stages and posting a final time of 292.96 seconds with just 41 points down. Fourth place went to Nick Bedio, first Sharpshooter, with 297.07 (87), followed by David Girardin, third Master, in fifth with two stage wins and 307.01 (127).

Elsewhere in the division, Jerry Tetreau finished first Expert with 325.12 (85). Justin Fitch finished first Marksman with 499.82 (153). Chad Barber of the U.S. Coast Guard claimed High Military as an ESP Sharpshooter with his final time of 442.84 seconds and 91 points down.

Sanctioned by the International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) the Smith & Wesson New England Regional IDPA Championship was held Friday, Saturday and Sunday, August 16-18, at the Harvard Sportsmen’s Club located in Harvard, Massachusetts and drew 189 competitors.

Complete match results can be found online at MetroWestTactical.com.

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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Registration Underway For The 2013 California State IDPA Championship

by Editor 14. August 2013 11:00
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Organizers of the 2013 California State IDPA Championship announced that registration is underway and slots are still available for the Golden State’s premier defensive pistol competition.

The California State IDPA Championship will take place Saturday, October 5 and is a fully sanctioned IDPA championship event limited to 150 total competitors classified Marksman and above. The match fee is $75, going up to $100 after September 1. Shooters interested in competing can download the match registration PDF.

Featuring 11 stages and 134 round count, the 2013 California State IDPA Championship will take place at the Sacramento Valley Shooting Center (www.sacvalley.org) in Sloughhouse, Calif., the premier outdoor shooting range on the West Coast and the largest and best privately held range West of the Mississippi. The championship is being hosted by the Sacramento Defensive Pistol Shooters.

This year’s championship has received a great deal of support from the industry including generous contributions from premier sponsors Glock and LA Police Gear. Additional match sponsors include Academi, Apex Tactical Specialties, BenStoeger.com, BrianEnos.com, Brownells, Comp-Tac Victory Gear, Dillon Precision, Hi Viz, Lee Precision, Kahr Arms, MidwayUSA, Redding Reloading Equipment, Safariland, Sierra, Springer Precision and Zero Bullet Company.

In addition to competing for the five IDPA division titles, as well as Most Accurate, High Lady, High Junior, High Senior, High Distinguished Senior, High Industry, High Press, High International, High Military and High Law Enforcement, the match will include a prize table and raffle open to all competitors with prizes awarded by random draw.

For more information on the 2013 California State IDPA Championship, contact Match Director Duane Chinnow at (916) 879-0120 or by email dchinnow@sbcglobal.net.

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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Gun Goddess and TekMat Sponsor IDPA’s Smith & Wesson New England Regional

by Editor 12. August 2013 09:45
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – Gun Goddess and TekMat have signed on as gold sponsors of the 2013 Smith & Wesson New England Regional IDPA Championship.

Gun Goddess and TekMat join Apex Tactical Specialties, Blade-Tech Industries, Montana Gold Bullet, MyGunDB, the National Shooting Sports Foundation, Ruger, SIG SAUER, Tactical Defense Solutions and Smith & Wesson, the title sponsor of the match, in supporting the New England Regional which is among the region’s largest defensive pistol shooting competitions.

“We’re extremely pleased to announce the additional support for this year’s championship from Gun Goddess and TekMat. As IDPA continues to grow so too does the generous sponsorship from companies, like Gun Goddess and TekMat, that are committed to expanding shooting sports opportunities around the country,” said Dori Smith of the MetroWest Tactical IDPA club.

The Smith & Wesson New England Regional IDPA Championship will take place August 16-18 at the Harvard Sportsmen's Club in Harvard, Massachusetts and will again be hosted by the MetroWest Tactical IDPA club.

The 2013 Smith & Wesson New England Regional IDPA Championship is expected to draw upwards of 200 of the region’s top shooters. Registration for the event opened back on May 1 and match officials report that the competition sold out, with a waiting list of shooters hoping for a last minute opening.

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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IDPA Previews Smith & Wesson New England Regional Course Of Fire

by Editor 12. August 2013 06:35
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – Starting with the King of New England stages, organizers of the 2013 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.

Sanctioned by the International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA), the New England Regional IDPA Championship will take place August 16-18 at the Harvard Sportsmen's Club in Harvard, 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 newly established King of New England, which is being presented by Apex Tactical Specialties. In June the 17th 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. Match Director Bob Biehl has selected the following stages as the New England Regional Championship’s portion of the series:

Stage 2 - Movie Theater
Stage 8 - Economic Breakdown
Stage 11 - Interrupting Your Nap
Stage 14 - Restaurant Beat Down
Stage 6 - I Want To Ride My Bike (alternate)

IDPA, which is the country’s fastest growing shooting sport, has seen tremendous growth in the last few years fueled by the surging demand in concealed carry permits and the increasing need for personal protection. Such rapid growth has made competitions like the New England Regional extremely popular.

For more information on IDPA, the Smith & Wesson New England Regional, 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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CSOs Named For Smith & Wesson New England Regional IDPA Championship

by Editor 7. August 2013 07:30
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – Bob Biehl, Match Director of the 2013 Smith & Wesson New England Regional IDPA Championship, announced the team of Chief Safety Officers (CSO) that will help run the championship.

Biehl named John Catterall, Gene Gelberger, Aaron Haines, Michael Joffe, Ken Lambert, Dave Ritchie and Dave Solimini as the lead safety and scoring officials who will oversee the staff running the 14 stages of the competition.

Working side-by-side with Biehl will be Alan Vail who has taken on the role of Assistant Match Director.

“Every competitor knows that the staff can either make or break a match. That’s why it’s so important to pick a team of CSOs that not only have a great deal of match experience, but also know how to put the shooters first. Alan and I have a terrific team in place and we’re looking forward to another outstanding championship,” said Bob Biehl.

The sold-out Smith & Wesson New England Regional will take place August 16-18 at the Harvard Sportsmen's Club in Harvard, Massachusetts and is again being hosted by the MetroWest Tactical IDPA club.

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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Apex Tactical Specialties Sponsors Smith & Wesson New England Regional IDPA Championship

by Editor 7. August 2013 07:25
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – Apex Tactical Specialties has signed on as a gold sponsor of the 2013 Smith & Wesson New England Regional IDPA Championship.

Apex joins Blade-Tech Industries, Montana Gold Bullet, MyGunDB, the National Shooting Sports Foundation, Ruger, SIG SAUER, Tactical Defense Solutions and Smith & Wesson, the title sponsor of the match, in supporting the New England Regional which is among the region’s largest defensive pistol shooting competitions.

In addition to sponsoring the Smith & Wesson New England Regional, Apex is also the presenting sponsor of the King of New England series which is made up of three major New England matches, including the New England Regional.

“Apex has been extremely generous in their support for the shooting sports and particularly IDPA competition here in New England. We could not be more pleased to welcome them as one of our major sponsors,” said Dori Smith of the MetroWest Tactical IDPA club.

“Apex is proud to support the Smith & Wesson New England Regional and the greater IDPA community across the region. IDPA competition is exploding in the Northeast and that’s thanks in part to great matches like the New England Regional,” said Scott Folk of Apex.

The Smith & Wesson New England Regional IDPA Championship will take place August 16-18 at the Harvard Sportsmen's Club in Harvard, Massachusetts and will again be hosted by the MetroWest Tactical IDPA club.

The 2013 Smith & Wesson New England Regional IDPA Championship is expected to draw upwards of 200 of the region’s top shooters. Registration for the event opened on May 1 and match officials report that the competition is sold out with a waiting list of shooters hoping for a last minute opening.

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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RangeLog Sponsors Smith & Wesson Live Free Or Die State IDPA Championship

by Editor 6. August 2013 07:15
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – RangeLog, creators of the leading online-based personal logbook for tracking firearms maintenance, training and competitive performance, is continuing its strong support for IDPA competition with its sponsorship of the 2013 Smith & Wesson Live Free Or Die State IDPA Championship.

RangeLog joins SIG SAUER, Taurus and Smith & Wesson, the title sponsor of the match, as one of the main sponsors of the sold out championship event slated to take place October 18-20 at the Pioneer Sportsmen Club in Dunbarton, N.H.

“RangeLog has quickly become the go-to service for shooters looking to accurately track their shooting performance, and many IDPA shooters count themselves among the members of this increasingly popular service,” said Ken Lambert, match director.

“On behalf of all those competing in the Smith & Wesson Live Free Or Die State IDPA Championship, I want to thank RangeLog for their very generous support.”

"RangeLog is a proud supporter of the shooting sports, so we welcome the opportunity to sponsor events like the IDPA Live Free Or Die State Championship,” said Rob Tate, RangeLog’s director of shooting sports and an IDPA competitor. “In the coming months, RangeLog will be launching a valuable online registration and scoring tool for clubs, to assist with managing events just like this one. By committing to making matches more successful and efficient, we are reaffirming our company's dedication to improving the experience for competitors."

In addition to determining the New Hampshire state title, the match will also serve as the final leg of the King of New England contest presented by ApexTactical. The 17th Annual Massachusetts State Championship and the New England Regional, both sponsored by Smith & Wesson, make up the first and second legs, respectively, of the newly announced series.

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.

About RangeLog LLC
RangeLog, LLC (www.RangeLog.com) is a privately held, US-based organization that provides organized shooting sports with solutions for managing memberships and classifications. RangeLog also created of the world's first online and mobile log book solution for the firearms industry. RangeLog.com is used by thousands of shooting enthusiasts throughout the world as a way to track and analyze personal performance, maintenance and competition results.

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Montana Gold Bullet Sponsors Smith & Wesson New England Regional IDPA Championship

by Editor 2. August 2013 07:35
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – Montana Gold Bullet will be a gold sponsor of the 2013 Smith & Wesson New England Regional IDPA Championship.

Montana Gold Bullet joins Blade-Tech Industries, MyGunDB, the National Shooting Sports Foundation, Ruger, SIG SAUER, Tactical Defense Solutions and Smith & Wesson, the title sponsor of the match, in supporting the New England Regional which is among the region’s largest defensive pistol shooting competitions.

“We want to thank Montana Gold Bullet for their continued and generous support for the shooting sports and especially the Smith & Wesson New England Regional IDPA Championship,” said Dori Smith of the MetroWest Tactical IDPA club.

The Smith & Wesson New England Regional IDPA Championship will take place August 16-18 at the Harvard Sportsmen's Club in Harvard, Massachusetts and will again be hosted by the MetroWest Tactical IDPA club.

The 2013 Smith & Wesson New England Regional IDPA Championship is expected to draw upwards of 200 of the region’s top shooters. Registration for the event opened on May 1 and match officials report that the competition is sold out with a waiting list of shooters hoping for a last minute opening.

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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Registration Opens For Inaugural Smith & Wesson IDPA Back Up Gun Nationals

by Editor 31. July 2013 17:30
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – The International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) announced that open registration for the first ever Smith & Wesson Back Up Gun Nationals will take place tomorrow, Thursday, August 1, starting at noon eastern time.

Based on the small, subcompact pistols and revolvers used for concealed carry and personal defense, the Smith & Wesson IDPA Back Up Gun Nationals will be a fully sanctioned championship consisting of shooting strings utilizing a maximum of five rounds and stages made up of one or more shooting strings with multiple starts allowing competitors to reload off the clock.

The inaugural Smith & Wesson Back Up Gun Nationals will take place November 14-16, 2013, and will be held on the indoor ranges of the Smith & Wesson Shooting Sports Center in Springfield, Massachusetts. Competitors will compete in either the Pistol or Revolver division.

The competition is open to any current IDPA member. To register, go to MatchReg.com/BUG starting at noon eastern time on Thursday, August 1. 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).

An earlier registration period has been offered to a select group of pre-qualified shooters based on their top performance in the 2012 IDPA U.S. National Championship and the 2013 Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship. These pre-qualified slots are not transferable and any slot not taken will be available for the general, open registration which is conducted on a first come, first served basis.

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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