IDPA Previewing U.S. National Championship Course Of Fire

by Editor 16. September 2013 09:35
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – The International Defensive Pistol Association’s (IDPA) U.S. National Championship kicks-off this Thursday bringing together the sport’s top shooters in a chase for the title in one of five divisions and 11 categories.

Fueled by the increased demand for concealed carry permits, IDPA remains the country’s fastest growing shooting sport. To give IDPA members and fans an inside look at the shooting challenges competitors will face at this year’s U.S. Nationals, the organization is previewing online all 17 stages of the championship.

“On Saturday we began previewing on IDPA’s website and Facebook page the stages of this year’s U.S. National Championship. Each day we will add a few more stages until all 17 are posted online for review before that match officially kicks off on Thursday,” said 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, or ‘Like’ IDPA’s Facebook page.

“We know that IDPA match directors all around the U.S., and in our more than 50 member nations, are always looking for new, challenging scenarios to incorporate into their own matches. Our hope is that course designers will see the site as a valuable resource to help them improve their local matches,” added Wilson.

Taking place September 19 thru 21 on the ranges of the U.S. Shooting Academy in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the 2013 IDPA U.S. National Championship is sponsored by Brownells, Comp-Tac Victory Gear, CZ-USA, FNH-USA, GLOCK, Harris Publications, the National Shooting Sports Foundation, Nighthawk Custom, Ruger, Safariland, Smith & Wesson, Taurus and Wilson Combat, among others.

For more information on IDPA, the 2013 IDPA U.S. National Championship, 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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FNH USA Sponsors IDPA’s U.S. National Championship

by Editor 16. September 2013 07:42
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – The International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) announced that famed firearms maker FNH USA has added its name to the list of prominent companies sponsoring the 2013 IDPA U.S. National Championship taking place this week in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

FNH USA joins a veritable who’s who of firearms and shooting sports industry leaders supporting the match, including the National Shooting Sports Foundation, Brownells, Comp-Tac Victory Gear, CZ-USA, GLOCK, Harris Publications, Nighthawk Custom, Ruger, Safariland, Smith & Wesson, Taurus and Wilson Combat.

“In recent years FNH USA has risen to the forefront of companies promoting the shooting sports here in America. As a major sponsor of IDPA’s 2013 U.S. National Championship, FNH USA continues its commitment to the American shooter with generous support for our flagship event,” said Robert Ray, membership and marketing director for IDPA.

This year’s championship takes place September 19 thru 21 on the ranges of the U.S. Shooting Academy in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and officials expect to draw over 300 of the sport’s top competitors.

For more information on IDPA, the 2013 IDPA U.S. National Championship, 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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CZ-USA Once Again Sponsoring IDPA’s U.S. National Championship

by Editor 13. September 2013 14:14
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – Firearms maker CZ-USA is once again playing a major role in competitive shooting as one of the main sponsors of the International Defensive Pistol Association’s (IDPA) 2013 IDPA U.S. National Championship.

CZ-USA joins a who’s who of firearms and shooting sports industry leaders supporting the match, including the National Shooting Sports Foundation, Brownells, Comp-Tac Victory Gear, GLOCK, Harris Publications, Nighthawk Custom, Ruger, Safariland, Smith & Wesson, Taurus and Wilson Combat.

“CZ pistols are known worldwide as competitive shooters across the globe rely on CZ to take them to the winner’s circle. We are very pleased to have CZ-USA back as one of the top sponsors of IDPA’s 2013 U.S. National Championship,” said Robert Ray, membership and marketing director for IDPA.

This year’s championship takes place September 19 thru 21 on the ranges of the U.S. Shooting Academy in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and officials expect to draw over 300 of the sport’s top competitors.

For more information on IDPA, the 2013 IDPA U.S. National Championship, 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 CZ-USA:
CZ-USA is the exclusive U.S. importer for firearms from Ceska Zbrojovka and Zbrojovka Brno in the Czech Republic as well as their line of shotguns from Huglu, Turkey. CZ-USA is the holding company for Dan Wesson, a premium handgun manufacturer in New York, and the Safari Classics line of custom sporting rifles. For more information visit www.cz-usa.com.

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Official IDPA Cardboard Target Now Available From Law Enforcement Targets

by Editor 13. September 2013 10:49
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Law Enforcement Targets, Inc. (LET) announced that it will begin offering the official International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) cardboard target. Company officials recently completed negotiations and production of the target. IDPA was created in 1996 to promote a shooting sport based on defensive pistol techniques.

David O’Meara (Division Manager for LET) stated, “LET is very pleased to be aligned with IDPA and we feel confident that this new partnership will strengthen each other’s’ organizational goals.” This arrangement will allow LET to reach the interest of more shooters and IDPA will benefit by the broad geographical reach of LET, especially beyond the borders of the U.S.A.

The IDPA targets are available now through LET and will be accompanied by a paper practice target used to learn the particular scoring zones of the official cardboard version.

About Law Enforcement Targets, Inc.
Law Enforcement Targets, Inc. is a designer and full service provider of training targets and supplies for military, government agencies, law enforcement, gun clubs and shooting enthusiasts. Serving loyal customers since 1992, LET is dedicated to providing the best targets, training tools, and shooting accessories.

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NSSF Sponsors Inaugural Smith & Wesson IDPA Back Up Gun Nationals

by Editor 13. September 2013 08:05
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the trade association for the firearms, ammunition, hunting and shooting sports industry, continues its overall mission to promote the shooting sports in America with sponsorship of the inaugural Smith & Wesson IDPA Back Up Gun Nationals taking place November 14-16, 2013.

Officials with the International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) announced that as part of NSSF’s sponsorship the organization will host the awards banquet taking place Saturday evening, November 16.

“NSSF understands better than anyone else the vital role competitive shooting plays in recruiting new gun owners and educating them on safe, responsible firearms ownership. They also understand the importance of recognizing excellence in the sport and have graciously offered to host our awards banquet where we will celebrate the accomplishments of all those competing,” said Joyce Wilson, executive director of IDPA.

"IDPA remains one of the fastest-growing shooting sports in America, and NSSF is committed to helping the sport continue its record growth," said Chris Dolnack, NSSF senior vice president and chief marketing officer. "Best of luck to everyone competing at this inaugural event!"

The Smith & Wesson IDPA Back Up Gun Nationals will feature 13 stages 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 new championship event to draw upwards of 200 top IDPA shooters vying for titles in either the Pistol or Revolver division.

Registration for the match has begun and 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 National Shooting Sports Foundation:
The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) is the trade association for the firearms, ammunition, hunting and shooting sports industry. Its mission is to promote, protect and preserve hunting and the shooting sports. Formed in 1961, NSSF has a membership of more than 7,000 manufacturers, distributors, firearms retailers, shooting ranges, sportsmen's organizations and publishers.

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IDPA Welcomes Latest Club, New York’s Pathfinder Fish & Game

by Editor 12. September 2013 10:03
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – The International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA), the fastest growing shooting sport in the nation, has added a new club, Pathfinder Fish & Game located in Fulton, N.Y.

Pathfinder Fish & Game is well known among Mid-Atlantic area competition shooters who have frequented the club to compete in the variety of shooting sports it hosts. Adding the very popular IDPA expands the club’s offerings to better support the local shooting community.

“Pathfinder Fish & Game is excited to add another great recreational shooting activity for our members,” said Bob Russell, the club’s IDPA contact. “With the rapid growth of IDPA, coupled with the increase in the number of concealed carry permit holders, there is a real need for a defensive-style competitive shooting format for those looking to test their skills.”

The club is training and certifying IDPA sanctioned safety officers to run matches which will be hosted every second Sunday of the month, April through November. In addition to monthly competition, plans are underway to add an introduction to IDPA seminar for the growing number of women who are now first time firearms owners.

For additional information visit www.pathfinderfishandgame.com or contact Pathfinder’s IDPA Club Coordinator Bob Russell at russellfltn@aol.com. For more information on the International Defensive Pistol Association, or to join its 22,000 members, visit www.IDPA.com.


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GLOCK Returns As Major Sponsor Of IDPA’s U.S. National Championship

by Editor 12. September 2013 08:05
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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, is back as a major sponsor of the International Defensive Pistol Association’s (IDPA) 2013 IDPA U.S. National Championship.

This year’s championship takes place September 19 thru 21 on the ranges of the U.S. Shooting Academy in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and officials expect to draw over 300 of the sport’s top competitors.

“GLOCK remains one of the most popular pistols among IDPA members, both for competition and for concealed carry,” said Joyce Wilson, executive director of IDPA. “We’re very pleased to once again welcome GLOCK as a major sponsor and one of the companies whose generosity is helping to make the 2013 U.S. National Championship one of the best.”

“IDPA has provided a sport that tests shooter capabilities and familiarity with their pistol. It takes a personal commitment and a whole lot of practice to get a shooter to the point where they can master these real-life scenarios," stated GLOCK VP of Sales and Marketing, Josh Dorsey.

In addition to GLOCK, the 2013 IDPA U.S. National Championship is supported by a who’s who of firearms and shooting sports industry leaders, including the National Shooting Sports Foundation, Brownells, Comp-Tac Victory Gear, Harris Publications, Nighthawk Custom, Ruger, Safariland, Smith & Wesson, Taurus, White Hat Holsters and Wilson Combat.

For more information on IDPA, the 2013 IDPA U.S. National Championship, 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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Lone Star Medics Sponsors Lone Star IDPA Championship

by Editor 11. September 2013 11:16
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – The International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) announced that Lone Star Medics has signed on as a platinum level sponsor of the 2013 Lone Star IDPA Championship.

“We want to thank Lone Star Medics for their continued commitment to the shooting sports and their generous support for this year’s Lone Star IDPA Championship,” said Brian Ehrler, match director for the championship.

The Lone Star IDPA Championship will take place October 11-12 in Cresson, Texas at the CCCS Range Complex. Hosted by Cross Timbers Action Shooting, the championship is expected to feature 225 of the state’s top IDPA shooters.

For more information on IDPA, or to join the more than 22,000 members competing each week all across America, visit www.IDPA.com.

You can further connect with the IDPA community through IDPA’s social media, such as @OfficialIDPA on Twitter and ShootIDPA on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Tumblr, or check for regular news and updates on the organization’s DOWN ZERO Blog.

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IDPA Welcomes White Hat Holsters As U.S. National Championship Sponsor

by Editor 11. September 2013 07:26
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – White Hat Holsters, makers of gun gear for the good guys, has signed on as a major sponsor of the International Defensive Pistol Association’s (IDPA) 2013 IDPA U.S. National Championship.

“We’re extremely pleased to welcome White Hat Holsters, our newest Nationals sponsor, and thank them for their very generous support for IDPA and this year’s championship,” said Robert Ray, membership and marketing director for IDPA.

White Hat Holsters joins a who’s who of firearms and shooting sports industry leaders supporting the match, including the National Shooting Sports Foundation, Brownells, Comp-Tac Victory Gear, Harris Publications, Nighthawk Custom, Ruger, Safariland, Smith & Wesson, Taurus and Wilson Combat.

"We are super excited to support IDPA this year and are looking forward to some great competition. Congratulations to all the competitors and thanks to IDPA for all you do to further the shooting sports!" said Tony Farah of White Hat Holsters.

This year’s championship takes place September 19 thru 21 on the ranges of the U.S. Shooting Academy in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and officials expect to draw over 300 of the sport’s top competitors.

For more information on IDPA, the 2013 IDPA U.S. National Championship, 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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iMarksman Sponsors Smith & Wesson Live Free Or Die State IDPA Championship

by Editor 6. September 2013 09:35
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – iMarksman, provider of the most affordable, realistic, and innovative training systems currently on the market, has signed on to sponsor the 2013 Smith & Wesson Live Free Or Die State IDPA Championship.

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

“We are very pleased to welcome iMarksman as a sponsor of the 2013 Smith & Wesson Live Free Or Die State IDPA Championship, and thank them for their generous support,” said Ken Lambert, match director.

“iMarksman is committed to sponsoring firearm training and competition events, like IDPA's Live Free Or Die State Championship. There is no better test of shooting skill than the pressure of the competition timer, and iMarksman is proud to provide shooters with the training tools they need to practice off the range," said Andrey Safanyuk, CEO of iSniper, Inc., makers of iMarksman®.

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

For more information on IDPA, or to join the more than 22,000 members competing each week all across America, visit www.IDPA.com.

You can further connect with the IDPA community through IDPA’s social media, such as @OfficialIDPA on Twitter and ShootIDPA on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Tumblr, or check for regular news and updates on the organization’s DOWN ZERO Blog.

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