Team Panteao's Vogel Wins 6th Straight IDPA National Title

by Editor 26. September 2012 02:20
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OXFORD, N.C. – For the sixth straight year IDPA‘s only three division Distinguished Master, Bob Vogel, has claimed the title of IDPA’s ‘Top Gun’ winning the Stock Service Pistol division title at the International Defensive Pistol Association’s 2012 National Championships.

The Panteao Productions-sponsored shooter not only outgunned the entire field of 340+ shooters by 30 or more seconds this past weekend, but also claimed the title of Most Accurate to go along with his SSP win. Vogel finished the match with six stage wins and a time of 206.62 seconds with just 31 points down over 16 extremely challenging shooting stages.

“The course design at the 2012 IDPA Nationals was technically very difficult and presented a serious challenge for even the most accurate of shooters. Apparently it wasn’t difficult enough as Bob made it look easy while picking up his sixth consecutive IDPA National title and extending an IDPA unbeaten streak that dates back to 2007,” said Joyce Wilson, executive director for IDPA.

Finishing second in the division and taking first Master was Team RangeLog’s Rob Tate with a time of 254.23 and 76 points down. Tom Yost, the captain of Team Panteao, finished second Master, as well as top Senior within the division, with 274.94 (89). Rounding out the top five were David McDonald with a time of 276.20 (69) to place third Master and Deon Martin taking fourth Master with 284.10 (60).

Also taking top honors in the SSP division were Team Comp-Tac's Randi Rogers who once again won High Lady while finishing ninth Master with 301.99 (114), and Nelso Lopez Iglesias of Venezuela who was the division’s top International shooter with 332.01 (95). Jon Antrim topped the Expert class with 323.54 (115), Brandon Chin was first Sharpshooter with 360.02 (157) and Randy Smith took home first Marksman honors with 412.93 (80).

The 2012 IDPA National Championships took place September 19-22 in Oxford, N.C., drawing many of the shooting sports' top pistol and revolver shooters.

Fore more information, or to get started in this fun and exciting defensive pistol shooting sport, visit www.IDPA.com. You can also connect with IDPA online by following @OfficialIDPA on Twitter, like ShootIDPA on Facebook, watch IDPA TV, or check for regular updates on the DOWN ZERO Blog.

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Wilson Combat’s Shelby Repeats As IDPA's CDP National Champ

by Editor 26. September 2012 02:15
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OXFORD, N.C. – Glenn Shelby of the Wilson Combat shooting team made it two in a row with his win this past weekend in the Custom Defensive Pistol division at the 2012 International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) National Championships.

Shelby, who is one of the few Distinguished Masters in IDPA, captured the title for the second year in a row by posting a final time of 248.48 seconds and finishing as the fourth most accurate shooter in the match with just 44 points down.

“Glenn is a truly outstanding shooter who faced an uphill battle in defending his 2011 title win, especially against such a strong contingent of top level CDP competitors,” said Joyce Wilson, executive director of IDPA.

Second place in the division went to another Distinguished Master, Team Smith & Wesson's David Olhasso, who finished with a time of 250.23 (42). Third place and firt Master honors went to Gary Byerly of Team ITI, this year's Carolina Cup winner, who finished with 266.17 (69). Chris Chamberlain took fourth in the division and secodn Master with 286.70 (69), while Matt Sims claimed third Master with 292.08 (70) to finish fifth overall and the division’s top Senior competitor.

Elsewhere in CDP, Chris Donovan took first Expert with 299.20 (60), first Sharpshooter went to Joel Garner with 372.99 (106), and David Galante took home first Marksman with 461.53 (153).

Alberto Soto of Costa Rica finished as the top International competitor in CDP with 334.65 (112) and Joanna Lenczewska placed as the division’s top Lady with 414.18 (187).

The 2012 IDPA National Championships took place September 19-22 in Oxford, N.C., drawing many of the shooting sports' top pistol and revolver shooters.

Fore more information, or to get started in this fun and exciting defensive pistol shooting sport, visit www.IDPA.com. You can also connect with IDPA online by following @OfficialIDPA on Twitter, like ShootIDPA on Facebook, watch IDPA TV, or check for regular updates on the DOWN ZERO Blog.

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CZ's Mink Claims IDPA ESP National Title

by Editor 26. September 2012 02:10
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OXFORD, N.C. – Matt Mink of Team CZ-USA captured the national title in the Enhanced Service Pistol division at the 2012 International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) National Championships this past weekend in Oxford, N.C.

Ranked as a Distinguished Master in IDPA, Mink finished the match with a time of 238.93 and 48 points down, placing him in the top five in match accuracy, and over 10.5 seconds ahead of his nearest competitor.

“Matt is recognized as one of the strongest pistol shooters in the nation and proved it this past weekend with a very strong performance in a heavily contested ESP contest where his final time, the second fastest in the match, won him the title,” said Joyce Wilson, executive director of IDPA.

Second place in the division went to Brandon Wright, the Team ITI member who claimed the ESP title earlier this year at the Carolina Cup. Wright took first Master with 249.46 (61). Eric Fuson placed third overall in the division for second Master with 250.76 (36) while Team RangeLog’s Ravin Perry grabbed third Master honors with 257.62 (94). Rounding out the top five was James McGinty, last year’s division champion, and a Distinguished Master, who finished with 262.90 (78).

Elsewhere in the division Scott Warren finished fourth Master and sixth overall in ESP, but more importantly his final time of 264.96 with 79 points down earned him Senior National Champion honors as well.

Juan Carlos Gonzalez of Venezuela won the International title with his ESP performance of 305.22 (72). Wayne Ritchie finished first Expert with 312.13 (73), followed by Bill Muncy, first Sharpshooter with 324.87 (95), Tammy Lyne as the top Lady in ESP with 395.06 (157), and Richard Valvo claiming first Marksman with 398.26 (131).

The 2012 IDPA National Championships took place September 19-22 in Oxford, N.C., drawing many of the shooting sports' top pistol and revolver shooters.

Fore more information, or to get started in this fun and exciting defensive pistol shooting sport, visit www.IDPA.com. You can also connect with IDPA online by following @OfficialIDPA on Twitter, like ShootIDPA on Facebook, watch IDPA TV, or check for regular updates on the DOWN ZERO Blog.

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Team Smith & Wesson’s Miculek Shoots Thru Downpour to Take IDPA Title

by Editor 26. September 2012 02:05
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OXFORD, N.C. – When he wasn’t carrying a revolver Team Smith & Wesson’s Jerry Miculek was carrying an umbrella as he shot his way through a downpour at the 2012 IDPA National Championships to win, once again, the Enhanced Service Revolver title.

Miculek is ranked a Distinguished Master by the International Defensive Pistol Association but is widely recognized around the world as the best revolver shooter ever, and his string of consecutive ESR division titles bears that out. He won the 2012 National title with a time of 298.14 seconds and 75 points down.

“There is nobody in the shooting sports like Jerry Miculek. Besides being a once-in-a-lifetime shooting talent, Jerry is above all an ambassador for the sports he competes in and the companies he represents,” said Joyce Wilson, executive director of IDPA.

“While most top shooters would leave the range immediately after shooting in the rain, Jerry stayed behind and spent time talking to the match staff and volunteers. That’s why you’ll never find an IDPA club or match where Jerry Miculek isn’t warmly welcomed.”

Taking on a wheelgun icon isn’t easy but that didn’t stop those from trying. Finishing second to Miculek was Team RangeLog’s Toni Dandreamatteo, the only ESR Master competing, who posted a time of 396.26 with 167 points down. First ESR Expert went to Irvin Earles with 526.95 (224), while first Sharpshooter went to Emilio Franco, Jr. with 414.94 (127) and Raymond Duroy, the only ESR Marksman, finished with 542.88 (245).

The 2012 IDPA National Championships took place September 19-22 in Oxford, N.C., drawing many of the shooting sports' top pistol and revolver shooters.

Fore more information, or to get started in this fun and exciting defensive pistol shooting sport, visit www.IDPA.com. You can also connect with IDPA online by following @OfficialIDPA on Twitter, like ShootIDPA on Facebook, watch IDPA TV, or check for regular updates on the DOWN ZERO Blog.

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Sued To Photograph 2012 IDPA National Championships

by Editor 17. September 2012 07:40
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – Joyce Wilson, executive director of the International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA), announced today that the organization is once again working with popular shooting sports photographer Yamil Sued, who will be covering the action at this year’s IDPA National Championships.

“We are very pleased to announce that after the tremendous response we received from competitors at last year’s IDPA World Shoot, Yamil Sued will again be working with IDPA as our official photographer for the 2012 IDPA National Championships,” said Wilson.

Sued has nearly 30 years of experience as a professional photographer. A graduate of the prestigious Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, California, Sued has handled product and action photography for several well known brands within the firearms industry including The Beta Company, Brownells, Bushmaster, Bushnell Outdoor Products, Comp-Tac Victory Gear, Cor-Bon Ammunition, FNH USA, IDPA, Insight Tech-Gear, Leupold & Stevens, MGM Targets, MidwayUSA, Rainier Ballistics, Rock Castle Shooting Center, Sig Sauer, Smith & Wesson and Vortex Optics.

His work has appeared in various publications such as American Handgunner, The Tactical Journal, the Glock Annual, Gun Games, GUNS, Krause Publications, Shooting Illustrated and Shooting Sports USA. He is also a photographer and writer for the newly relaunched Japanese magazine, Gun.

Sued will be on hand throughout the entire match, which takes place September 19-22, at The Range in Oxford, N.C., and his work will be featured daily on IDPA’s Facebook page and the organization’s official blog, DOWN ZERO.

Fore more information, or to get started in this fun and exciting defensive pistol shooting sport, visit www.IDPA.com. You can also follow the IDPA National Championships online by following @OfficialIDPA on Twitter, using hashtag #IDPANats, like ShootIDPA on Facebook, watch IDPA TV, or check for regular updates on the DOWN ZERO Blog.

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Harris Publications Sponsors 2012 IDPA National Championships

by Editor 17. September 2012 05:30
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – Harris Publications, a leading publisher of special interest publications and owner of such titles as Combat Handguns and the popular website Tactical-Life.com, will be a gold level sponsor of the upcoming International Defensive Pistol Association’s 2012 National Championships taking place this week in Oxford, N.C., according to an announcement made today by IDPA officials.

“IDPA has had a very close working relationship with Harris Publications which has always been a strong supporter of the shooting sports and IDPA in particular,” said Joyce Wilson, executive director of IDPA.

“Through the various firearms titles offered by the Harris Tactical Group, IDPA members have followed every new product announcement and firearm innovation from an insider’s perspective that only the editors at Harris Publications provide. We greatly appreciate their continued support, especially since their publications are favorites among IDPA members.”

As a gold level sponsor of the match Harris Publications joins a list of the shooting sports industry’s who’s who, including ACADEMI, Comp-Tac Victory Gear, Cheaper Than Dirt!, CrossBreed Holsters, CZ-USA, GLOCK, GlockTriggers.com, the National Shooting Sports Foundation, Remington, Smith & Wesson, Wilson Combat and Woolrich Elite Series.

As part of Harris Publications’ sponsorship, Combat Handguns and Tactical Knives will each sponsor one of the 16 stages in the course of fire at this year’s National Championships.

The 2012 IDPA National Championships are being held September 19-22 at The Range in Oxford, N.C. As the pinnacle event of the IDPA competitive season, the match will draw more than 350 top shooters vying for the coveted title of National Champion in Custom Defensive Pistol, Enhanced Service Pistol, Stock Service Pistol, Stock Service Revolver and Enhanced Service Revolver, the five divisions in IDPA competition.

Fore more information, or to get started in this fun and exciting defensive pistol shooting sport, visit www.IDPA.com. You can also follow the IDPA National Championships online by following @OfficialIDPA on Twitter, using hashtag #IDPANats, like ShootIDPA on Facebook, watch IDPA TV, or check for regular updates on the Down Zero Blog.

About International Defensive Pistol Association:
Founded in 1996, the International Defensive Pistol Association is the international governing body for IDPA competition which offers shooters a fun, safe, and challenging format to practice and test their gun handling skills through defensive-based scenarios. Today IDPA stands as the fastest growing shooting sport in the United States with over 20,000 members from all 50 states and 54 foreign countries. IDPA's 321 affiliated clubs offer weekly and monthly matches as well as host major championships.

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IDPA To Preview Four National Championship Stages Starting Saturday

by Editor 14. September 2012 01:05
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – Next week’s International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) National Championships will bring together over 350 of the sport’s top competitors, all gunning for the coveted title of National Champion in one of its five divisions and 11 categories.

As the country’s fastest growing shooting sport, fueled by the increased demand in concealed carry permits and the need for personal protection, entry into the match is one of the most difficult, especially considering IDPA’s membership exceeds 20,000 and represents more than 50 nations.

To help bring the action of the 2012 IDPA National Championships to members across America and around the globe, IDPA announced it will provide an online preview beginning this weekend of stage designs from the match.

“Starting Saturday evening, September 15, we will preview one stage from the National Championships. Then each night after we will reveal another stage until the match officially begins on Wednesday, September 19. During the match on Wednesday and Thursday the remaining stage diagrams will be posted so members can review all 16 stages of the National Championships course of fire,” explained Joyce Wilson, executive director of IDPA.

IDPA members and others interested in the scenarios and stage designs featured in this year’s match should visit the DOWN ZERO blog, the official blog of IDPA, at 8:00pm ET September 15 through18. The remaining 12 stage diagrams will be posted on the blog throughout the day on Wednesday and Thursday, September 19 and 20.

“We want all IDPA members to see the state-of-the-art course design at this year’s National Championships. Our hope is that IDPA clubs and match directors will take advantage of this opportunity and share these creative and innovative stage designs with their local members,” added Wilson.

Taking place September 19-22, at The Range in Oxford, N.C., the 2012 IDPA National Championships are sponsored by ACADEMI, Comp-Tac Victory Gear, Cheaper Than Dirt!, CrossBreed Holsters, CZ-USA, GLOCK, GlockTriggers.com, Harris Publications, the National Shooting Sports Foundation, Remington, Smith & Wesson, Wilson Combat and Woolrich Elite Series, among others.

Fore more information, or to get started in this fun and exciting defensive pistol shooting sport, visit www.IDPA.com. You can also follow the IDPA National Championships online by following @OfficialIDPA on Twitter, using hashtag #IDPANats, like ShootIDPA on Facebook, watch IDPA TV, or check for regular updates on the DOWN ZERO blog.

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Remington Sponsors 2012 IDPA National Championships

by Editor 13. September 2012 01:05
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – The International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) announced that Remington Arms Company, one of America’s oldest and most respected firearms makers, will be a major sponsor of the 2012 IDPA National Championships.

“The name Remington needs no introduction, especially to IDPA members who are more than familiar with this iconic American brand. Dating back to its founding in 1816, Remington’s commitment to the shooting sports is measured not in years or decades, but centuries, and we are proud to count them among the major sponsors of this year’s IDPA National Championships," said Robert Ray, membership and marketing director for IDPA.

As a gold level sponsor of the match Remington joins a list of the shooting sports industry’s who’s who, including ACADEMI, Comp-Tac Victory Gear, Cheaper Than Dirt!, CrossBreed Holsters, CZ-USA, GLOCK, GlockTriggers.com, the National Shooting Sports Foundation, Smith & Wesson, Wilson Combat and Woolrich Elite Series.

As part of their support, Remington will sponsor two of the 16 stages in the course of fire at this year’s National Championships. Additionally, Remington will be represented in the competition by Carlos Martinez.

The 2012 IDPA National Championships will take place September 19-22 at The Range in Oxford, N.C. As the pinnacle event of the IDPA competitive season, the match will draw more than 300 top shooters vying for the coveted title of National Champion in Custom Defensive Pistol, Enhanced Service Pistol, Stock Service Pistol, Stock Service Revolver and Enhanced Service Revolver, the five divisions in IDPA competition.

Fore more information, or to get started in this fun and exciting defensive pistol shooting sport, visit www.IDPA.com. You can also follow @OfficialIDPA on Twitter, like ShootIDPA on Facebook, watch IDPA TV, or check out the Down Zero Blog to keep up with the latest news.

About Remington Arms Company, LLC:
Remington Arms Company, LLC, ("Remington") headquartered in Madison, N.C., designs, produces and sells sporting goods products for the hunting and shooting sports markets, as well as solutions to the military, government and law enforcement markets. Founded in 1816 in upstate New York, the Company is one of the nation's oldest continuously operating manufacturers. Remington is the only U.S. manufacturer of both firearms and ammunition products and one of the largest domestic producers of shotguns and rifles. The Company distributes its products throughout the U.S. and in over 55 foreign countries. More information about the Company can be found at www.remington.com.

About International Defensive Pistol Association:
Founded in 1996, the International Defensive Pistol Association is the international governing body for IDPA competition which offers shooters a fun, safe, and challenging format to practice and test their gun handling skills through defensive-based scenarios. Today IDPA stands as the fastest growing shooting sport in the United States with over 20,000 members from all 50 states and 54 foreign countries. IDPA's 321 affiliated clubs offer weekly and monthly matches as well as host major championships.

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Cheaper Than Dirt! Sponsors 2012 IDPA National Championships

by Editor 6. September 2012 01:05
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – The International Defensive Pistol Association and Cheaper Than Dirt!, America’s ultimate shooting sports discounter, announced today that the popular internet retailer will once again be a major sponsor of the IDPA National Championships.

The 2012 IDPA National Championships will take place September 19-22 at The Range in Oxford, N.C. As the pinnacle event of the IDPA competitive season, the match will draw more than 300 top shooters vying for the coveted title of National Champion in Custom Defensive Pistol, Enhanced Service Pistol, Stock Service Pistol, Stock Service Revolver and Enhanced Service Revolver, the five divisions in IDPA competition.

“We’re extremely pleased to welcome back Cheaper Than Dirt! as one of the major sponsors of the IDPA National Championships and deeply appreciate their generous support of this and other IDPA competitions,” said Robert Ray, membership and marketing director for IDPA.

Cheaper Than Dirt! joins a growing list of shooting sports industry leaders, including ACADEMI, Comp-Tac Victory Gear, CrossBreed Holsters, CZ-USA, GLOCK, GlockTriggers.com, the National Shooting Sports Foundation, Smith & Wesson, Wilson Combat and Woolrich Elite Series, as a gold level sponsor of the match. In addition to sponsoring two of the 16 stages in this year’s National Championships course of fire, Cheaper Than Dirt! will be represented in the competition by shooting team member Jerry Miculek.

“Cheaper Than Dirt! is proud to support the IDPA and our customers that participate in this great shooting sport,” said Roberta Wilson, chief operating officer at Cheaper Than Dirt! “Along with the IDPA, we serve the new and experienced shooter, promote competition, and value the right of self defense and the Second Amendment.”

Fore more information, or to get started in this fun and exciting defensive pistol shooting sport, visit www.IDPA.com. You can also follow @OfficialIDPA on Twitter, like ShootIDPA on Facebook, watch IDPA TV, or check out the Down Zero Blog to keep up with the latest news.

About Cheaper Than Dirt!
Cheaper Than Dirt! prides itself on being America's Ultimate Shooting Sports Discounter since 1993. Cheaper Than Dirt boasts over 100,000 items available for purchase through their website and catalog. For most items, Cheaper Than Dirt offers a generous 90 day return policy. For more information, or to place an order, visit www.CheaperThanDirt.com or call 1-800-421-8047.

About International Defensive Pistol Association:
Founded in 1996, the International Defensive Pistol Association is the international governing body for IDPA competition which offers shooters a fun, safe, and challenging format to practice and test their gun handling skills through defensive-based scenarios. Today IDPA stands as the fastest growing shooting sport in the United States with over 20,000 members from all 50 states and 54 foreign countries. IDPA's 321 affiliated clubs offer weekly and monthly matches as well as host major championships.

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GLOCK Joins Industry Leaders In Sponsoring 2012 IDPA National Championships

by Editor 4. September 2012 01:05
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – The International Defensive Pistol Association today announced that GLOCK, the nation’s leading pistol provider to American law enforcement agencies and maker of some of the most popular pistols used in the shooting sports, will be a major sponsor of the 2012 IDPA National Championships.

“GLOCK is one of the most popular brands of pistol used in IDPA competition, accounting for a third of all the pistols used by competitors during last year’s inaugural IDPA World Shoot. Thanks to their continued strong support of the shooting sports, and the 2012 IDPA National Championships in particular, you’ll likely see a GLOCK in the hands of a majority of shooters again this year,” said Robert Ray, membership and marketing director for IDPA.

GLOCK joins ACADEMI, Comp-Tac Victory Gear, CrossBreed Holsters, CZ-USA, GlockTriggers.com, the National Shooting Sports Foundation, Smith & Wesson, Wilson Combat and Woolrich Elite Series as a gold level sponsor of the match. In addition to sponsoring the match, GLOCK will be presented in the competition by Team GLOCK shooter Tori Nonaka. 

“GLOCK is excited to return and support the fine efforts IDPA plays in the development of safe, competitive competitions for all handgun owners. Refinement of tactics and the execution of specific real life experiences during the competitions fills a specific void in competitive shooting. IDPA is as real as it can get and we are proud to come aboard and support this National match for 2012,” said Ed Fitzgerald of GLOCK.

The IDPA National Championships will take place September 19-22 at The Range in Oxford, N.C. As the pinnacle event of the IDPA competitive season, the match will draw more than 300 top shooters vying for the coveted title of National Champion in Custom Defensive Pistol, Enhanced Service Pistol, Stock Service Pistol, Stock Service Revolver and Enhanced Service Revolver, the five divisions in IDPA competition.

For more information, or to get started in this fun and exciting defensive pistol shooting sport, visit www.IDPA.com. You can also follow @OfficialIDPA on Twitter, like ShootIDPA on Facebook, watch IDPA TV, or check out the Down Zero Blog to keep up with the latest news.

About GLOCK, Inc.:
GLOCK, Inc. is a leading global manufacturer of pistols and accessories. GLOCK’s superior engineering has produced a pistol with only 34 parts and a rugged polymer-frame, providing industry-leading reliability shot after shot. GLOCK is renowned for its pistols which are safe, featuring three safeties; simple, offering a low number of components to provide reliability; and fast, with no encumbering parts to slow the speed to fire. This combination makes GLOCK pistols the first choice among consumers and law enforcement, with 65% of agencies nationwide choosing to carry GLOCK. Austrian-engineered, the company has manufacturing facilities in the United States and Austria. Based in Smyrna, Ga., GLOCK, Inc. is an advocate for our nation’s law enforcement and military personnel, as well as all citizens’ Second Amendment right to bear arms. For more information, please visit www.teamglock.com.

About International Defensive Pistol Association:
Founded in 1996, the International Defensive Pistol Association is the international governing body for IDPA competition which offers shooters a fun, safe, and challenging format to practice and test their gun handling skills through defensive-based scenarios. Today IDPA stands as the fastest growing shooting sport in the United States with over 20,000 members from all 50 states and 54 foreign countries. IDPA’s 321 affiliated clubs offer weekly and monthly matches as well as host major championships.

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