Dates Announced For 2014 S&W Live Free Or Die State IDPA Championship

by Editor 7. July 2014 09:00
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – Following last year’s wildly successful Live Free Or Die state match, Pioneer Sportsmen Club in Dunbarton, New Hampshire, has announced that the Blockbuster-themed 2014 Smith & Wesson Live Free Or Die State IDPA Championship will take place October 17, 18 and 19.

In addition to determining the state title, the championship will also serve as the final leg of the popular King of New England contest. The 18th Annual Massachusetts State Championship and the New England Regional, both sponsored by Smith & Wesson, make up the first and second legs, respectively, of the series.

“IDPA at Pioneer has seen tremendous growth since the program was revamped last year and we’re continuing those efforts this year. Thanks once again to the generous support of title sponsor Smith & Wesson, the 2014 Live Free Or Die State IDPA Championship is a must attend event for New Hampshire’s expanding IDPA community,” said Jon Wolfe, match director for the championship.

Last year’s championship sold-out in record time and shooters are encouraged to mark their calendars. Online registration for the 2014 Smith & Wesson Live Free Or Die State IDPA Championship will take place on Monday, July 21 at www.MatchReg.com.

“There is no doubt that IDPA is thriving in New Hampshire and that is thanks to the hardworking volunteers at Pioneer Sportsmen Club who have built a great program and given New England an exciting new championship match no shooter wants to miss. Smith & Wesson is happy to contribute to the ongoing success of IDPA in the New England region,” said Paul Pluff of Smith & Wesson.

Companies interested in sponsoring the Live Free Or Die State Championship should contact the sponsorship coordinator at psi.sponsorship@gmail.com.

For more information on IDPA, or to join the nearly 24,000 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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GLOCK Sponsors 2014 IDPA U.S. National Championship

by Editor 7. July 2014 07:00
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – 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, has returned as a major sponsor of IDPA’s annual U.S. National Championship.

“The list of supporters of the IDPA U.S. Nationals reads like a Who’s Who of the shooting industry and chief among them is GLOCK. Thanks to their continued generosity IDPA continues to be the fastest growing shooting sport. We’re proud to once again be working with GLOCK to bring our members another great championship event,” said Robert Ray, membership and marketing director for IDPA.

GLOCK joins Brownells, Harris Publications, the National Shooting Sports Foundation and Wilson Combat as a gold level sponsor of the championship which takes place September 9 thru 13 at the U.S. Shooting Academy in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The match is expected to draw over 300 of the sport’s top shooters.

“GLOCK is proud to support the U.S. National Championship," said Josh Dorsey, VP of Sales and Marketing for GLOCK, Inc., "The IDPA competition realistically portrays the scenarios and the processes of dealing with situations you might face in real life. Competitors should have the opportunity to experience and excel at all levels here and we wish them all the best at the event.”

For more information on IDPA, or to join the nearly 24,000 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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Registration Open As California State IDPA Championship Returns to Sacramento

by Editor 2. July 2014 06:45
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Following on the success of last year’s state championship, Sacramento Defensive Pistol Shooters (www.sdps-idpa.org) will again host the California State IDPA Championship which is scheduled to take place on Saturday, October 4, 2014.

Held at the Sacramento Valley Shooting Center (www.sacvalley.org), this fully sanctioned Tier 3 championship event will consist of 11 stages and is limited to 175 total competitors holding a current IDPA classification of Marksman or higher. Registration for the 2014 California State IDPA Championship is currently open to competitors, as well for those seeking to work the match as staff.

The state’s top shooters will compete 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 honors. In addition to trophies, prizes will be awarded by a random draw open to all competitors.

Ideally located in the heart of central California, the setting for the 2014 California State IDPA Championship is just a few hours from several popular Golden State destinations including the California wine country, the Sierra Nevada Mountains and, of course, Lake Tahoe. Shooters are encouraged to take advantage of their time in the area to extend their stay and visit these tourist destinations.

IDPA members looking to compete in the match should register early as slots are sure to fill up fast for this premier defensive pistol match. For more information on the 2014 California State IDPA Championship, or to register, please visit the match website at http://sdps-idpa.org/2014/index.html.

 

 

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Harris Publications Sponsors 2014 IDPA U.S. National Championship

by Editor 1. July 2014 06:45
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – The International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) announced that Harris Publications, a leading publisher of special interest publications and owner of such titles as Combat Handguns and the popular websites Tactical-Life.com and PersonalDefenseWorld.com, is returning as a major sponsor of the IDPA U.S. National Championship.

“We are extremely pleased to again be working with Harris Publications to put on this year’s U.S. Nationals. Harris has always been a strong supporter of IDPA and we’re proud to continue that great relationship,” said Robert Ray, membership and marketing director for IDPA.

Harris Publications joins Brownells, the National Shooting Sports Foundation and Wilson Combat as a gold level sponsor of the championship which takes place September 9 thru 13 at the U.S. Shooting Academy in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The match is expected to draw over 300 of the sport’s top shooters.

“Harris couldn't be more proud to continue our support of a sport we believe so much in. IDPA participants are a special breed of progressive folks, always looking to improve their personal best. We commend them for their achievements and participation with the world's greatest bunch of folks you could ever meet,” said Shirley Steffen of Harris Publications.

For more information on IDPA, or to join the nearly 24,000 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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Registration Opens For 2014 Smith & Wesson IDPA Back Up Gun Nationals

by Editor 30. June 2014 06:45
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – The International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) announced that open registration for the second annual Smith & Wesson Back Up Gun Nationals will take place Tuesday, July 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 consists 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 2014 Smith & Wesson Back Up Gun Nationals will take place November 6-8, 2014, 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. 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).

For more information on IDPA, the Smith & Wesson IDPA Back Up Gun Nationals or to join the nearly 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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DeSoto Rifle and Pistol Club to Host the 2014 Miss'ippi Showdown

by Editor 25. June 2014 09:40
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COMO, Miss. - The DeSoto Rifle and Pistol Club in Como, will host 70 of the top shooters from Mississippi, Tennessee, Arkansas, Louisiana, Alabama, and Texas this July 26th, for a premier 2014 Mississippi IDPA match.

“As only one of two IDPA clubs in the state of Mississippi, we are working hard to bring IDPA back to the minds of people in and around our area” said Will Schmied, President of the DeSoto Rifle and Pistol Club. “Future plans include Tier 2 sanctioned matches.”

IDPA competition is the most practical of the shooting sports. During competition a shooter can expect to face several stages, or courses of fire, each designed around a potential real world scenario featuring a variety of targets and obstacles, which he or she must navigate in the shortest period of time with the highest degree of accuracy.

The International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) is the international governing body for the sport of Defensive Shooting. With 350 affiliated clubs and over 23,000 members, IDPA is the largest competitive pistol organization in the U.S. providing competitive shooting opportunities for shooters of all ages and skill levels.

For more information about the DeSoto Rifle and Pistol Club, please visit www.desotogunrange.com or call Chris Schmied, Business Officer, at 901-568-7420. For more information on the International Defensive Pistol Association, visit www.IDPA.com or contact the IDPA at (870) 545-3886.

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Brownells Sponsors 2014 IDPA U.S. National Championship

by Editor 24. June 2014 07:15
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – Brownells – The World's Largest Supplier of Firearms Accessories and Gunsmithing Tools™ − is back as a major sponsor of the International Defensive Pistol Association’s U.S. National Championship.

Brownells joins the National Shooting Sports Foundation and Wilson Combat as a gold level sponsor of the 2014 championship which takes place September 9 thru 13 at the U.S. Shooting Academy in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The match is expected to draw over 300 of the sport’s top shooters.

“Few companies understand the competitive shooter better than Brownells,” said Joyce Wilson, executive director for IDPA. “They have always been a generous supporter of our matches around the country and IDPA is pleased to announce that Brownells will once again be a major sponsor of our U.S. Nationals.”

“IDPA is a great organization with many fun and challenging matches throughout the country. It is especially exciting to be sponsoring the U.S. Nationals again which is always one of our favorite events of the year,” said Brownells President/COO, Matt Buckingham.

For more information on IDPA, or to join the nearly 24,000 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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Latest Issue of the Tactical Journal Now Online

by Editor 17. June 2014 07:15
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – The latest issue of the Tactical Journal, the quarterly membership publication of the International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) is now available online.

Focusing on the importance of increasing female participation in IDPA, Tactical Journal contributor Jaci Janes takes a critical look at where IDPA currently stands and where we need to go from here.

“Anyone who’s involved in IDPA knows that we have a unique and special thing going, with an incredible amount of wonderful people participating. The problem is that a relatively small number of people ever get the chance to experience it, and an even fewer amount of women will see that our sport has a great deal to offer,” writes Janes in her cover story, ‘Drawing Women to the IDPA.’

In major match coverage, Tactical Journal Editor Robert Ray reports on one of IDPA’s premier matches, the Smith & Wesson Indoor Nationals, noting, “I have often said that IDPA people are good people no matter where you go and the people at S&W are the best example of that statement. They go out of their way to make sure you have a good time and that you have the best match possible.”

Additional features include Phil Torres’ look at the importance of Squad Safety Officers – more commonly referred to at ‘Squad Moms.’ Ken Reed talks eye safety in ‘Another Side of Z87.1 Eyewear,’ while Team RangeLog’s Morgan Allen offers up valuable insights in his ‘Pro-Tips’ article. Finally, IDPA offers up advice on getting local press coverage for your next match.

Also in this issue is Joyce Wilson’s ‘Director’s Message,’ Kitty Richard’s regular column, ‘From A Woman’s Perspective,’ Jason Mather’s look at the GoPro for filming your match performance, Robert Ray’s review of the Lionheart LH9 pistol, Rick Breneman’s report from the Washington State Championship, tips on starting your own King of New England style series and the popular Trophy Room section featuring IDPA members who recently paid a visit to the winner’s circle at their match.

“IDPA members are really responding to the new layout of our redesigned Tactical Journal and we’ve received great feedback on this issue which offers a wide range of content that any fan of IDPA and defensive shooting will appreciate,” said Ray.

This and past issues of the Tactical Journal are posted here on IDPA.com. For more information on IDPA, or to join the nearly 24,000 IDPA members competing each week, visit www.IDPA.com.

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Wilson Combat Back As Major Sponsor Of 2014 IDPA U.S. National Championship

by Editor 17. June 2014 06:45
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – The International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) announced that Wilson Combat, the famed 1911 manufacturer, is back as one of the major sponsors of IDPA’s annual U.S. National Championship.

Wilson Combat joins the National Shooting Sports Foundation as a gold level sponsor of the championship which takes place September 9 thru 13 at the U.S. Shooting Academy in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The match is expected to draw over 300 of the sport’s top shooters.

“We are very pleased to have the ongoing support of Wilson Combat, one of the most recognized names in custom 1911 pistols for competition and personal defense use, as well as a favorite among many IDPA members,” said Robert Ray, membership and marketing director for IDPA.

“Wilson Combat is excited to be back as a sponsor of the 2014 IDPA U.S National Championships. We are extremely proud of IDPA and everything it does for shooting sports around the nation. We look forward to supporting this match for many years to come,” Tressa Bohannan, marketing director for Wilson Combat.

For more information on IDPA, or to join the nearly 24,000 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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King of New England Stages Announced For 2014 Massachusetts State IDPA

by Editor 4. June 2014 07:15
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – Organizers of the 18th Annual Massachusetts State IDPA Championship, presented by Smith & Wesson, announced the four stages that will be part of this year’s Apex King of New England series.

The Massachusetts State IDPA Championship is the first leg of a three match King of New England series which is once again presented by Apex Tactical Specialties. The three event concurrent competition features four (4) stages from each of New England’s biggest IDPA matches.

The stages counting towards the 2014 King of New England title are stages 2, 3, 8 and 9. Stage 5 will serve as the alternate King of New England stage. You can review all 10 stages of the course of fire online at IDPA.com.

“The Massachusetts State Championship is ready to kick things off in the battle for the King of New England and we think the four stages we’ve selected are a fitting start for this popular series,” said John Catterall, match director for the championship.

The match will be hosted by the Rod & Gun Club of New Bedford which has hosted the match since 1997. Match staff and VIPs are set to shoot on Friday, June 6, followed by the main body of competitors taking on the 10 stage match Saturday and Sunday, June 7 and 8.

For more information on IDPA, 18th Annual Massachusetts State IDPA Championship, presented by Smith & Wesson, 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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