Springfield Armory Sponsors Smith & Wesson IDPA Back Up Gun Nationals

by Editor 30. October 2013 08:15
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – Springfield Armory, one of the most recognized names in competition shooting, will be a major sponsor of the Smith & Wesson IDPA Back Up Gun Nationals, according to the International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA).

Springfield Armory joins Apex Tactical Specialties, Harris Publications, Michigan Ammo Company, the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the Self Defense Association, SIG SAUER and Smith & Wesson, the title sponsor, in supporting this latest IDPA national championship event. As part of their support, Springfield Armory will host the hospitality suite for competitors and staff.

“When it comes to promoting the shooting sports in America, Springfield Armory has been a leader and one of the most generous corporate sponsors in the industry. We are very happy to once again partner with Springfield Armory to bring IDPA members another great championship event,” said Joyce Wilson, executive director for IDPA.

“Springfield is excited to be part of such a great event, and hope all of the competitors are at the top of their game,” Chad Dyer of Springfield Armory.

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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Self Defense Association Sponsors Smith & Wesson IDPA Back Up Gun Nationals

by Editor 29. October 2013 09:09
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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, has signed on as one of the major sponsors of the Smith & Wesson IDPA Back Up Gun Nationals.

The Self Defense Association joins Apex Tactical Specialties, Harris Publications, Michigan Ammo Company, the National Shooting Sports Foundation, SIG SAUER and Smith & Wesson, the title sponsor, in supporting this latest IDPA national championship event. As part of their support, the Self Defense Association will be hosting a hospitality suite for competitors and staff.

“We’re very pleased to welcome the Self Defense Association as one of the major sponsors of the inaugural Smith & Wesson Back Up Gun Nationals and deeply appreciate their generous support of IDPA’s newest national championship,” said Robert Ray, membership and marketing director for IDPA.

“At the Self Defense Association we believe whole heartedly in training, and IDPA is an ideal outlet for CCW permit holders to enhance their shooting and gun handling skills. We’re proud to support IDPA and the Smith & Wesson Back Up Gun Nationals,” said Darryl Swagerty of the Self Defense Association.

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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Yost Crowned King of New England After Live Free Or Die High Senior Win

by Editor 23. October 2013 10:28
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – Team Panteao’s Tom Yost wrapped up his run at the King of New England with a second place finish in the Enhanced Service Pistol division at the Smith & Wesson Live Free Or Die State IDPA Championship, claiming the High Senior title and his place in history as the first ever ESP King of New England.

Presented by Apex Tactical Specialties, the King of New England series recognizes the top shooters competing in the Massachusetts State Championship, the New England Regional and the Live Free Or Die, with the title going to the competitor with the top cumulative score, in their division, from four pre-selected stages from each of the three championships.

Yost previously won the ESP title at both the Massachusetts State Championship and the New England Regional, giving him a 26.23 second lead over Joe Linskey of team Wolff Gunsprings/Tactical Defense Solutions.

Yost finished the Live Free Or Die ahead of Linskey by 5.28 seconds with his final time of 258.82 (49) to Linskey’s 264.10 (26). In the King of New England series, Yost finished with a final combined time of 274.50, followed by Linskey with 305.36 and Nick Bedio with 332.40.

“Tom is arguably one of the best shooters in IDPA and now he has the King of New England title to prove it. Congratulations to Tom on taking High Senior at the Live Free Or Die and for being crowned King – Long Live the King,” said Ken Lambert, match director for the Smith & Wesson Live Free Or Die.

Elsewhere in the ESP division contest at the Live Free Or Die, Ed Stettmeier won the overall division title with 215.68 seconds and 38 points down. Joe Linskey took Most Accurate honors with just 26 points down. Terrance Robertson, an ESP Master, won High Distinguished Senior with 308.85 (110). Lance Boehlke finished first Sharpshooter with 352.82 (108). The U.S. Coast Guard’s Chad Barber took home High Military honors with 413.18 (79) competing as a Sharpshooter. Pasquile Vitetta Jr. finished first Marksman with 442.25 (123). Sandy Lincoln, the division’s only Novice, finished with 929.97 (360).

The sold out 2013 Smith & Wesson Live Free Or Die State IDPA Championship took place October 18-20 and was hosted by the Pioneer Sportsmen Club in Dunbarton, N.H.

The match was sponsored by a number of firearms industry leaders, including Apex Tactical Specialties, Comp-Tac Victory Gear, iMarksman, New England Tactical, RangeLog, Ruger, Safariland, SIG SAUER, Taurus and Smith & Wesson, the title sponsor of the match.

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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Dolio Crowned King of New England After Smith & Wesson Live Free Or Die IDPA Championship

by Editor 23. October 2013 10:19
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – Dave Dolio won the King of New England Stock Service Pistol title after his second place finish at the Smith & Wesson Live Free Or Die State IDPA Championship this past weekend.

Dolio, who finished second to the Live Free Or Die’s SSP champion, Rob Lacroix, finished the match as first Master with six stage wins and a final time of 281.79 (83), giving him the King of New England title with a final combined time of 300.81 seconds.

Presented by Apex Tactical Specialties, the King of New England series recognizes the top shooters competing in the Massachusetts State Championship, the New England Regional and the Live Free Or Die, with the title going to the competitor with the top cumulative score, in their division, from four pre-selected stages from each of the three championships.

Dolio went into this weekend’s Live Free Or Die with a clear lead in the King of New England contest after winning the SSP title at both the Massachusetts State Championship and the New England Regional.

“Dave has had a great season and here in New England he’s usually the guy to beat. I want to join the rest of his subjects in congratulating him on being crowned the King of New England,” said Ken Lambert, match director for the Smith & Wesson Live Free Or Die.

Elsewhere in the SSP division contest at the Live Free Or Die, Mason Lane took first Expert and High Junior with 316.67 (72). Lee Adams won High Military Veteran with 329.48 (106). Albert Chin took first Sharpshooter with 366.31 (128). Tara Lyon added to her list of IDPA accomplishments this season with both the High Lady, 491.65 (151), and the Queen of New England titles. Daniel Veiner finished first Marksman with 493.79 (164). High International went to Jaime Carmichael of Nova Scotia with 534.42 (97), and Ralph Berrett placed first Novice with 686.45 (277).

The sold out 2013 Smith & Wesson Live Free Or Die State IDPA Championship took place October 18-20 and was hosted by the Pioneer Sportsmen Club in Dunbarton, N.H.

The match was sponsored by a number of firearms industry leaders, including Apex Tactical Specialties, Comp-Tac Victory Gear, iMarksman, New England Tactical, RangeLog, Ruger, Safariland, SIG SAUER, Taurus and Smith & Wesson, the title sponsor of the match.

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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Tara Lyon Takes High Lady, Queen of New England at the S&W Live Free Or Die IDPA Championship

by Editor 23. October 2013 09:58
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – Going into this weekend’s Smith & Wesson Live Free Or Die State IDPA Championship Tara Lyon was in the lead for the Queen of New England. After the match not only did she take the High Lady title but picked up the title of Queen as well.

Lyon, who competed as a Sharpshooter in the Stock Service Pistol division, finished the match with a final time of 491.65 seconds with 151 points down.

The Queen of New England series recognizes the top female competitor shooting in the Massachusetts State Championship, the New England Regional and the Live Free Or Die, with the title going to the woman with the top cumulative score from four pre-selected stages from each of the three championships.

Lyon also claimed the High Lady title at the Smith & Wesson New England Regional and finished second among the women competing at the Massachusetts State Championship.

“It’s good to be the King, but it’s better to be the Queen. Congratulations to Her Royal Highness, Queen Tara, on another outstanding performance...and Long Live the Queen,” said Ken Lambert, match director for the Smith & Wesson Live Free Or Die.

Lyon captured the Queen of New England title with a combined score of 545.82. Second place went to Dori Smith with 673.41 while third place went to Samantha Galante with 799.13.

Elsewhere in the SSP division contest at the Live Free Or Die, Rob Lacroix won the overall division title with 280.78 (86). Mason Lane took first Expert and High Junior with 316.67 (72). Lee Adams won High Military Veteran with 329.48 (106). Albert Chin took first Sharpshooter with 366.31 (128). Daniel Veiner finished first Marksman with 493.79 (164). High International went to Jaime Carmichael of Nova Scotia with 534.42 (97), and Ralph Berrett placed first Novice with 686.45 (277).

The sold out 2013 Smith & Wesson Live Free Or Die State IDPA Championship took place October 18-20 and was hosted by the Pioneer Sportsmen Club in Dunbarton, N.H.

The match was sponsored by a number of firearms industry leaders, including Apex Tactical Specialties, Comp-Tac Victory Gear, iMarksman, New England Tactical, RangeLog, Ruger, Safariland, SIG SAUER, Taurus and Smith & Wesson, the title sponsor of the match.

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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Stettmeier Dominates ESP At Smith & Wesson Live Free Or Die

by Editor 22. October 2013 10:37
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – With nine of 13 stage wins, including posting the fastest overall time on eight of them, Ed Stettmeier dominated the Smith & Wesson Live Free Or Die State IDPA Championship to win the Enhanced Service Pistol title.

Stettmeier, a Master level shooter, finished the match with a final time of 215.68 seconds with 38 points down. In addition to earning the ESP title he also collected High Industry honors.

“Ed’s was the standout performance of the match and he made what was a difficult course of fire for most look easy,” said Ken Lambert, match director for the Smith & Wesson Live Free Or Die.

Second place and first Master went to Team Panteao’s Tom Yost who won one stage before posting a final time of 258.82 (49). Yost captured High Senior as well as the ESP title in the King of New England series.

Third place in the match went to Joe Linskey of team Wolff Gunsprings/Tactical Defense Solutions who also won one stage finishing in 264.10 seconds. Linskey’s 26 points down earned him the match’s Most Accurate title. He also picked up the High Law Enforcement title.

Rounding out the top five were David Girardin with two stage wins and a final time of 266.31 (115), followed by Nick Bedio who finished first Expert with 281.56 (68).

Elsewhere in the division, Terrance Robertson, an ESP Master, won High Distinguished Senior with 308.85 (110). Lance Boehlke finished first Sharpshooter with 352.82 (108). The U.S. Coast Guard’s Chad Barber took home High Military honors with 413.18 (79) competing as a Sharpshooter. Pasquile Vitetta Jr. finished first Marksman with 442.25 (123). Sandy Lincoln, the division’s only Novice, finished with 929.97 (360).

The sold out 2013 Smith & Wesson Live Free Or Die State IDPA Championship took place October 18-20 and was hosted by the Pioneer Sportsmen Club in Dunbarton, N.H.

The match was sponsored by a number of firearms industry leaders, including Apex Tactical Specialties, Comp-Tac Victory Gear, iMarksman, New England Tactical, RangeLog, Ruger, Safariland, SIG SAUER, Taurus and Smith & Wesson, the title sponsor of the match.

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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Lacroix Takes SSP Title At Smith & Wesson Live Free Or Die IDPA Championship

by Editor 22. October 2013 10:29
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – Rob Lacroix outpaced Dave Dolio by just 1.01 seconds to claim the Stock Service Pistol division title this past weekend at the Smith & Wesson Live Free Or Die State IDPA Championship.

Lacroix, who is a Master in the division, won four of the 13 stages and finished with a final time of 280.78 seconds with 86 points down. Dolio won six stages before finishing first Master with 281.79 (83). His second place finish also gave Dolio the win in the King of New England series.

“The SSP battle was a tight match up at the Live Free Or Die, with Rob narrowly holding off Dave to take the title. ON behalf of everybody at the Pioneer Sportsmen Club I want to congratulate Rob on a job well done,” said Ken Lambert, match director for the Smith & Wesson Live Free Or Die.

Rounding out the top five were Brian Steskla in third with 286.65 (57), Mason Lane, first Expert and High Junior winner, in fourth with 316.67 (72), and Lee Adams, who took home High Military Veteran with his final time of 329.48 (106).

Elsewhere in the division, Albert Chin took first Sharpshooter with 366.31 (128). Tara Lyon added to her list of IDPA accomplishments this season with both the High Lady, 491.65 (151), and the Queen of New England titles. Daniel Veiner finished first Marksman with 493.79 (164). High International went to Jaime Carmichael of Nova Scotia with 534.42 (97), and Ralph Berrett placed first Novice with 686.45 (277).

The sold out 2013 Smith & Wesson Live Free Or Die State IDPA Championship took place October 18-20 and was hosted by the Pioneer Sportsmen Club in Dunbarton, N.H.

The match was sponsored by a number of firearms industry leaders, including Apex Tactical Specialties, Comp-Tac Victory Gear, iMarksman, New England Tactical, RangeLog, Ruger, Safariland, SIG SAUER, Taurus and Smith & Wesson, the title sponsor of the match.

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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Colt’s Mark Redl Wins Live Free Or Die CDP, King of New England Titles

by Editor 22. October 2013 10:15
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – Team Colt’s Mark Redl took home top honors at the 2013 Smith & Wesson Live Free Or Die State IDPA Championship, winning both the Custom Defensive Pistol and the King of New England titles.

After his main challenger, Craig Buckland of team Wolff Gunsprings/Tactical Defense Solutions, suffered an ammunition failure at the chronograph resulting in a match disqualification for equipment, Redl outpaced his nearest competitor by 5.35 seconds to take the Live Free Or Die title.

In the King of New England series presented by Apex Tactical Specialties, Redl easily claimed the CDP portion of the series by more than 19 seconds.

The King of New England series recognizes the top shooters competing in the Massachusetts State Championship, the New England Regional and the Live Free Or Die, with the title going to the competitor with the top cumulative score, in their division, from four pre-selected stages from each of the three championships.

“Congratulations to Mark on both his Live Free Or Die CDP win and for taking the 2013 King of New England CDP title,” said Ken Lambert, match director for the Smith & Wesson Live Free Or Die.

Redl finished the match with five stage wins and a final time of 305.16 seconds with 98 points down. Second pace went to Bob Biehl, first Expert, with 310.51 (51). Biehl also finished second in the King of New England series with 345.33 to Redl’s 325.91.

Third place went to the first Master, Andrew Marocchini, with 315.50 (57). Aaron Haines finished fourth with 325.36 (98) while Matt Holmes placed fifth with 330.37 (103).

Elsewhere in the division, Kevin Wagner won first Sharpshooter with 403.94 (114). Cristian Arcilla finished first Marksman with 458.34 (166), and Heather Kies took first Novice with 698.03 (244).

The sold out 2013 Smith & Wesson Live Free Or Die State IDPA Championship took place October 18-20 and was hosted by the Pioneer Sportsmen Club in Dunbarton, N.H.

The match was sponsored by a number of firearms industry leaders, including Apex Tactical Specialties, Comp-Tac, iMarksman, New England Tactical, RangeLog, Ruger, Safariland, SIG SAUER, Taurus and Smith & Wesson, the title sponsor of the match.

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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Gelberger’s Live Free Or Die ESR Win Crowns Him King of New England

by Editor 22. October 2013 07:53
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – One of New England’s top wheelgunners, Gene Gelberger, took home his third major title with his Enhanced Service Revolver division win this past weekend at the Smith & Wesson Live Free Or Die State IDPA Championship, and in doing so claimed the added title of King of New England.

Gelberger, a Master level shooter within the division, captured the ESR title after winning eight of the 13 stages and posting a final time of 391.34 seconds with 131 points down. Earlier this season Gelberger won the ESR title at both the 17th Annual Massachusetts State Championship and the New England Regional, which were also sponsored by Smith & Wesson.

“Gene has gone three for three in New England’s major matches this season. Whether as a competitor or working as staff, Gene’s a fixture at area IDPA matches to the point that it wouldn’t be a revolver competition without him there,” said Ken Lambert, match director for the Smith & Wesson Live Free Or Die.

Finishing second just 5.32 seconds behind Gelberger was Bill Richards who placed second with five stage wins and a final time of 396.34 (191). Jerry Richard took third with 478.81 (110).

In addition to winning the Live Free Or Die ESR title, Gelberger’s victory locked up his run on the Enhanced Service Revolver portion of the King of New England series. Presented by Apex Tactical Specialties, the King of New England recognizes the top shooters competing in the Massachusetts State Championship, the New England Regional and the Live Free Or Die.

The King of New England title goes to the competitor with the top cumulative score, in their division, made up from four pre-selected stages from each of the three championships. Gelberer finished the series with a final time of 420.61 seconds across the 12 stage course of fire.

The sold out 2013 Smith & Wesson Live Free Or Die State IDPA Championship took place October 18-20 and was hosted by the Pioneer Sportsmen Club in Dunbarton, N.H.

The match was sponsored by a number of firearms industry leaders, including Apex Tactical Specialties, Comp-Tac, iMarksman, New England Tactical, RangeLog, Ruger, Safariland, SIG SAUER, Taurus and Smith & Wesson, the title sponsor of the match.

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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Doti Edges Out Klassanos To Win Live Free Or Die SSR, King of New England Titles

by Editor 22. October 2013 07:31
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – With just 0.42 seconds separating the two, Dennis Doti edged out Chris Klassanos in the battle for the Stock Service Revolver title at the Smith & Wesson Live Free Or Die State IDPA Championship.

The SSR competition came down the 13th and final stage of the match. After 12 stages Wil Cournoyer led with 362.72, followed by Doti with 373.67 and Klassanos with 376.19. Cournoyer also held the lead over Doti in the Kind of New England series, setting up the final stage, the fourth King of New England stage at the Live Free Or Die, as the determining stage in both contests.

Presented by Apex Tactical Specialties, the King of New England series recognizes the top shooters competing in the Massachusetts State Championship, the New England Regional and the Live Free Or Die, with the title going to the competitor with the top cumulative score, in their division, from four pre-selected stages from each of the three championships.

Klassanos won stage 13 with 46.41 and 9 points down, picking up 2.1 seconds on Doti who finished with 48.51 (7), though not enough for Klassanos to overtake him. With both titles on the line, Cournoyer had a disastrous stage finishing with 82.34 and giving up 33.83 seconds to Doti, along with both titles.

“The Stock Service Revolver contest was the closest of the championship, and with both the match and the King of New England titles on the line on the final stage, it provided for the most dramatic finish of the weekend,” said Ken Lambert, match director for the Smith & Wesson Live Free Or Die.

With the help of two stage wins, Doti won the SSR title with a final time of 422.18 seconds and 67 points down. Klassanos, who won five of the 13 stages, took second with 422.60 (143) followed by Cournoyer with three stage wins and a final time of 445.06 (75). Rounding out the top five were Chris DeForge who scored one stage win before finishing with 463.76 (100), and Greg Hayes with two stage wins and a time of 474.24 (114).

The sold out 2013 Smith & Wesson Live Free Or Die State IDPA Championship took place October 18-20 and was hosted by the Pioneer Sportsmen Club in Dunbarton, N.H.

The match was sponsored by a number of firearms industry leaders, including Apex Tactical Specialties, Comp-Tac Victory Gear, iMarksman, New England Tactical, RangeLog, Ruger, Safariland, SIG SAUER, Taurus and Smith & Wesson, the title sponsor of the match.

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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