Smith & Wesson’s Randi Rogers Wins High Lady At S&W IDPA Back Up Gun Nationals

by Editor 19. November 2013 09:37
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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Randi Rogers, wearing her new Smith & Wesson shooting team jersey, and armed with her new M&P Compact 9mm, continued her amazing win streak in IDPA competition with her High Lady title win at the inaugural Smith & Wesson IDPA Back Up Gun Nationals.

Randi Rogers spent the match shooting side-by-side with friend and Smith & Wesson teammate Julie Golob who returned to competition after the birth of her second daughter earlier this year. The two swapped stage wins back and forth on the first four stages until Rogers settled in, claiming eight more stage wins – two of them overall stage wins in the division.

Rogers finished the match and took the High Lady title with a final time of 212.20 seconds, shooting 98 points down, which placed her sixth Master and seventh overall in the Pistol division, and 11th among all competitors in the championship.

“Randi is hands down IDPA’s top woman shooter and consistently among the top shooters overall. She has not been defeated in IDPA competition in a number of years and her performance this weekend shows why,” said Joyce Wilson, executive director of IDPA.

Second place went to Golob who finished with a time of 261.56 seconds shooting 132 points down. Joyce Wilson took third among the women with 324.76 (103), followed by Judith Szczygiel in fourth with 326.56 (149). Rounding out the top five was Tammy Lyne who scored one stage win and finished with 353.93 (235).

All five women competed in the Pistol division.

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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Revolver King Jerry Miculek Tops Field At S&W IDPA Back Up Gun Nationals

by Editor 19. November 2013 09:28
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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Going into the inaugural Smith & Wesson IDPA Back Up Gun Nationals one question sat on everyone’s mind: could a revolver shooter – namely Jerry Miculek – beat everybody? That question was definitively answered Saturday evening when Team Smith & Wesson’s great revolver shooter won the Revolver division title with the fastest overall time in the competition.

Miculek’s final time of 166.50 seconds (with 43 points down) outpaced the Pistol division champion, Mike Seeklander, by 3.69 seconds. Miculek won all but one of the 13 stages in the division, and topped the entire field on six stages. In addition to winning the Revolver title, Miculek won High Industry honors in the division and was the high overall senior.

“Jerry is simply amazing to watch, often taking more time to retrieve his revolver from its start position on a stage than putting the required five rounds on target. His incredible performance, not to mention four of the top 10 times coming from wheelgunners, demonstrates that in defensive applications, the revolver can go toe-to-toe with a pistol,” said Joyce Wilson, executive director of IDPA.

Finishing second behind Miculek was Kirk Crego whose 198.93 seconds with 40 points down put him fifth overall in the match. Team Smith & Wesson’s other top wheelgunner, Josh Lentz, took third in the division, and sixth overall, with 202.84 (59). Joe Linskey, shooting for Wolff Gunsprings/TDS, placed fourth in the division and 10th overall with 209.42 (33). Rounding out the top five was Simon Golob who finished first Master with 231.68 (76).

Elsewhere in the division, Kristofer Sines took first Expert with 249.49 (70). Michael French claimed first Sharpshooter with 254.91 (60), while Chad McLean went home with first Marksman with 274.42 (57). Paul Chamberlain, competing as a Sharpshooter, claimed High Distinguished Senior honors with 311.27 (119), and Christian Sauer won first Novice with 384.98 (136).

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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Mike Seeklander Wins Pistol Title At S&W IDPA Back Up Gun Nationals

by Editor 19. November 2013 09:18
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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Despite wearing a wireless microphone and having a video camera in his face for most of the match, Team Armscor’s Mike Seeklander captured the Pistol division title at the inaugural Smith & Wesson IDPA Back Up Gun Nationals.

Seeklander, who was taping a future episode of the Outdoor Channel’s Shooting Gallery television show, won three stages before posting a final time of 170.19 seconds with 37 points down. His was the second fastest overall time behind that of Team Smith & Wesson’s Jerry Miculek, the Revolver division champion.

“With Mike pulling double duty during the match, both competing and filming, nobody was sure where exactly he’d finish. Then when his final times were posted, talk began that he might just win the match, and sure enough he did,” said Joyce Wilson, executive director of IDPA.

“Mike is great shooter and so well liked among his fellow competitors that seeing him win the inaugural Smith & Wesson Back Up Gun Nationals made a lot of IDPA members happy.”

Taking second behind Seeklender was Team Panteao’s Dave Harrington, who not only finished first Master with 193.82 (30) but also won one stage and took High Industry for the division. Dylan Kenneson, representing the Sig Sauer Academy, was recognized as the match’s most accurate, shooting just 17 points down while finishing third in the division as the second Master with 195.14. Team HK’s Jason Koon picked up third Master with 203.79 (86) while James Meyers won two stages and claimed both fourth Master and High Law Enforcement with 204.46 (44).

Elsewhere in the division, IDPA’s top lady shooter, and the newest member of Team Smith & Wesson, Randi Rogers won two stages and claimed the High Lady title with her final time of 212.20 seconds, shooting 98 points down. Greg Snyder, competing as a Master, took High Military Veteran with 219.91 (65). The U.S. Coast Guard’s Chad Barber, competing as an Expert, won High Military with 261.38 (141). Clark Coneby, a Sharpshooter, won High Junior with 264.95 (76). Tim Arnold won first Expert with 236.82 (55). Pasquile Vitetta, Jr. took first Sharpshooter with 259.96 (84), while Justin Fitch finished first Marksman with 298.09 (99) and Bill Henderson took home first Novice with 415.85 (206).

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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Local Retailer Guns & Gear Sponsors S&W IDPA Back Up Gun Nationals

by Editor 12. November 2013 08:30
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – Once again Guns & Gear, a family owned firearms and accessories store located in Agawam, Mass., will be supporting a major IDPA match at Smith & Wesson as the local retailer signs on as a stage sponsor of the inaugural Smith & Wesson IDPA Back Up Gun Nationals.


“IDPA clubs all around the country work closely with local federally licensed firearms retailers with many sponsoring matches. Here in Springfield, Guns & Gear has been a great partner in supporting Smith & Wesson’s competitions,” said Robert Ray, membership and marketing director for IDPA.

Guns & Gear joins Apex Tactical Specialties, Brownells, Comp-Tac Victory Gear, FMG Publications, GLOCK, Harris Publications, Michigan Ammo Company, the National Shooting Sports Foundation, Panteao Productions, the Self Defense Association, SIG SAUER, Springfield Armory, Taurus, Wilson Combat and Smith & Wesson, the title sponsor, in supporting this latest IDPA national championship event.

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.

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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Coast Guard Academy Members and Cadets Volunteer Personal Time to Help Design Stages For Smith & Wesson Back Up Gun Nationals

by Editor 8. November 2013 13:29
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – The International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) and Smith & Wesson announced that they have are once again turned to the Staff and cadets of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy’s Practical Shooting Team to assist Smith & Wesson to design stages for the inaugural Smith & Wesson IDPA Back Up Gun National Championship.

Since 2009 members of the Coast Guard Academy community have taken a break from their busy schedules to volunteer their personal time, under the direction of IDPA and Smith & Wesson, to assist with designing and staffing stages at the Smith & Wesson Indoor Nationals, making the cadets a fixture at that championship.

“Smith & Wesson has worked closely with members of the Coast Guard Academy staff and cadets for several years now and we wouldn’t dream of putting together another major championship without calling in volunteers from the Academy as reinforcements. The staff and cadets bring creative stage designs, tremendous enthusiasm and a tireless work ethic to our matches, and their professionalism is a great credit to the Coast Guard,” said Paul Pluff of Smith & Wesson.

In addition to volunteering to design two of the 13 stages and working as Safety Officers, with the oversight of Smith & Wesson, at the Back Up Gun Nationals, USCGA cadets will also be called upon to present the colors at the championship’s awards banquet.

“We’re honored to once again be asked by Smith & Wesson to be a part of this event. Serving the public is the heart of every Coastie, serving the sport is just icing on the cake as it gives our young leaders in training an opportunity to develop the knowledge, skills and abilities using firearms in realistic scenarios. For some of them it will be their first major championship, there is no better event than this to take on the buzzer for the first time,” said Chad Barber of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.

The USCGA Practical Shooting Team was formed in the early 70’s to compete against the other service academies. After 2001 the team turned its focus towards law enforcement qualifications and other competitions. As a result of their training and experience senior cadets on the team have been afforded internship opportunities during summer training periods with several of the Coast Guard’s Tactical Law Enforcement Teams (TACLET), Maritime Safety and Security Teams’s (MSST) and Maritime Security Response Team (MSRT).

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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Comp-Tac Sponsors S&W IDPA Back Up Gun Nationals

by Editor 8. November 2013 08:35
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – Comp-Tac Victory Gear, a leading manufacturer of holsters and accessories, continues its ongoing support for IDPA competition with its sponsorship of the inaugural Smith & Wesson IDPA Back Up Gun Nationals.

Comp-Tac Victory Gear joins Apex Tactical Specialties, Brownells, FMG Publications, Harris Publications, Michigan Ammo Company, the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the Self Defense Association, SIG SAUER, Springfield Armory, Taurus, Wilson Combat and Smith & Wesson, the title sponsor, in supporting this latest IDPA national championship event. As part of their support, Comp-Tac will sponsor one of the 13 stages in the course of fire.

“IDPA is blessed with many great working relationships with industry leaders and Comp-Tac is one of the companies that tops that list. Their sponsorship of the Smith & Wesson Back Up Gun Nationals reflects their deep commitment to this sport and its members, and we can not thank them enough,” said Joyce Wilson, executive director of IDPA.

“Supporting IDPA has been an extremely rewarding experience for Comp-Tac Victory Gear. Our support of the sport has given us a greater understanding of the firearms market and our customers through the feedback of the participants. The Back Up Gun Nationals will be an excellent opportunity for Comp-Tac to better understand consumer desires for carry options for sub-compact pistols and revolvers,” explained Gregg Garrett, owner and president of Comp-Tac Victory Gear.

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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Taurus Signs On To Sponsor S&W IDPA Back Up Gun Nationals

by Editor 7. November 2013 08:30
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – Taurus International Manufacturing, the leading manufacturer of concealed carry and small frame pistols and spearhead of the Carry On movement to promote the concealed carry lifestyle, is continuing its has signed on to sponsor of the inaugural Smith & Wesson IDPA Back Up Gun Nationals.

“We are very pleased to once again partner with Taurus on yet another major IDPA championship. Taurus really understands the concealed carry community and they’ve been particularly generous with their support for IDPA. On behalf of our 22,000-plus members, I want to thank Taurus for sponsoring this inaugural Back Up Gun Nationals,” said Robert Ray, membership and marketing director for IDPA.

Taurus® joins Apex Tactical Specialties, Brownells, FMG Publications, GLOCK, Harris Publications, Michigan Ammo Company, the National Shooting Sports Foundation, Panteao Productions, the Self Defense Association, SIG SAUER, Springfield Armory, Wilson Combat and Smith & Wesson, the title sponsor, in supporting this latest IDPA national championship event.

"Taurus is proud to be a partner for the Back Up Gun Nationals. The IDPA represents some of the best competitive shooting and we’re pleased that they are offering a match that focuses on the subcompact handgun and revolver market used by so many for concealed carry," said Mark Kresser, president and CEO of Taurus.

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.

About Taurus:
Taurus® is the global leader in revolver production. Taurus International Manufacturing, Inc. is proud to be the U.S. importer of all Taurus brand firearms manufactured in Brazil and to be the manufacturer of the model PT-22, PT-25 and PT-738 pistols made here in the US. Taurus International services all Taurus brand firearms under the LIFETIME REPAIR POLICY™ as well. For additional information about Taurus, visit www.taurususa.com.

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FMG Publications Sponsors Inaugural S&W IDPA Back Up Gun Nationals

by Editor 6. November 2013 08:30
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – FMG Publications, one of the leading magazine publishers catering to the firearms enthusiast and shooting sports participant, and owner of such well respected titles as American Handgunner and GUNS Magazine, has signed on to sponsor the inaugural Smith & Wesson IDPA Back Up Gun Nationals.

“FMG Publications has always been very supportive of IDPA and we’re very proud to have them joining us as a sponsor of the new Smith & Wesson Back Up Gun Nationals,” said Joyce Wilson, executive director of IDPA.

FMG Publications joins Apex Tactical Specialties, Brownells, GLOCK, Harris Publications, Michigan Ammo Company, the National Shooting Sports Foundation, Panteao Productions, the Self Defense Association, SIG SAUER, Springfield Armory, Wilson Combat and Smith & Wesson, the title sponsor, in supporting this latest IDPA national championship event. As part of their support, FMG Publications will sponsor one of the 13 stages in the course of fire.

"When the back up gun becomes the primary gun, it's good to know how to run it. We're excited to support this match as it encourages mastery of back up guns in real-life defensive scenarios. Since the folks at Smith & Wesson know a few things about back up guns and running top notch events, we're honored to partner with them as a stage sponsor," said Randy Molde, VP for business development at FMG Publications.

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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GLOCK Sponsors Inaugural S&W IDPA Back Up Gun Nationals

by Editor 5. November 2013 08:40
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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, extends its support for IDPA with sponsorship of the inaugural Smith & Wesson IDPA Back Up Gun Nationals.

“GLOCK has aways been very supportive of IDPA and our members with their generous sponsorship of matches around the country. We’re very pleased to once again partner with GLOCK to bring IDPA shooters another great national championship event,” said Joyce Wilson, executive director of IDPA.

GLOCK joins Apex Tactical Specialties, Brownells, Harris Publications, Michigan Ammo Company, the National Shooting Sports Foundation, Panteao Productions, the Self Defense Association, SIG SAUER, Springfield Armory, Wilson Combat and Smith & Wesson, the title sponsor, in supporting this latest IDPA national championship event. As part of their support, GLOCK will sponsor one of the 13 stages in the course of fire.

“GLOCK's involvement with the International Defensive Pistol Association has been extremely positive for our brand,” stated Josh Dorsey, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Smyrna, Ga. based GLOCK, Inc. “We relish the fact that so many organizations support the safe and responsible use of firearms; we wish the organizers, volunteers, competitors and more than 7,500 IDPA GLOCK users the best for this match and the subsequent 2014 IDPA season.”

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.

About GLOCK, Inc.
The GLOCK GROUP 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 approximately 65 percent of agencies within the United States choosing to carry GLOCK. Austrian-engineered, the group 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 http://us.glock.com.

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Panteao Productions Joins Growing List of S&W IDPA Back Up Gun Nationals Sponsors

by Editor 4. November 2013 08:35
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – Panteao Productions, a video production company that specializes in instructional videos from the top firearms instructors, has signed on to sponsor the inaugural Smith & Wesson IDPA Back Up Gun Nationals.

“IDPA has a strong relationship with Panteao Productions. Without fail, they have either filmed our biggest matches or sponsored them – often it’s both. We’re very pleased to welcome Panteao as one of the major sponsors of the Smith & Wesson Back Up Gun Nationals,” said Robert Ray, membership and marketing director for IDPA.

Panteao Productions joins Apex Tactical Specialties, Brownells, Harris Publications, Michigan Ammo Company, the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the Self Defense Association, SIG SAUER, Springfield Armory, Wilson Combat and Smith & Wesson, the title sponsor, in supporting this latest IDPA national championship event. As part of their support, Panteao Productions will sponsor one of the 13 stages in the course of fire.

“Panteao strongly believes in proper firearms training and continued practice to maintain those skills. IDPA is the best competitive shooting sport out there suited for that. Thanks to Smith & Wesson and IDPA, there is now a match devoted to the backup gun and we are proud to be a supporter," said Fernando Coelho, president and CEO of Panteao Productions.

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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