CSOs Named For Smith & Wesson New England Regional IDPA Championship

by Editor 7. August 2013 07:30
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – Bob Biehl, Match Director of the 2013 Smith & Wesson New England Regional IDPA Championship, announced the team of Chief Safety Officers (CSO) that will help run the championship.

Biehl named John Catterall, Gene Gelberger, Aaron Haines, Michael Joffe, Ken Lambert, Dave Ritchie and Dave Solimini as the lead safety and scoring officials who will oversee the staff running the 14 stages of the competition.

Working side-by-side with Biehl will be Alan Vail who has taken on the role of Assistant Match Director.

“Every competitor knows that the staff can either make or break a match. That’s why it’s so important to pick a team of CSOs that not only have a great deal of match experience, but also know how to put the shooters first. Alan and I have a terrific team in place and we’re looking forward to another outstanding championship,” said Bob Biehl.

The sold-out Smith & Wesson New England Regional will take place August 16-18 at the Harvard Sportsmen's Club in Harvard, Massachusetts and is again being hosted by the MetroWest Tactical IDPA club.

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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Apex Tactical Specialties Sponsors Smith & Wesson New England Regional IDPA Championship

by Editor 7. August 2013 07:25
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – Apex Tactical Specialties has signed on as a gold sponsor of the 2013 Smith & Wesson New England Regional IDPA Championship.

Apex joins Blade-Tech Industries, Montana Gold Bullet, MyGunDB, the National Shooting Sports Foundation, Ruger, SIG SAUER, Tactical Defense Solutions and Smith & Wesson, the title sponsor of the match, in supporting the New England Regional which is among the region’s largest defensive pistol shooting competitions.

In addition to sponsoring the Smith & Wesson New England Regional, Apex is also the presenting sponsor of the King of New England series which is made up of three major New England matches, including the New England Regional.

“Apex has been extremely generous in their support for the shooting sports and particularly IDPA competition here in New England. We could not be more pleased to welcome them as one of our major sponsors,” said Dori Smith of the MetroWest Tactical IDPA club.

“Apex is proud to support the Smith & Wesson New England Regional and the greater IDPA community across the region. IDPA competition is exploding in the Northeast and that’s thanks in part to great matches like the New England Regional,” said Scott Folk of Apex.

The Smith & Wesson New England Regional IDPA Championship will take place August 16-18 at the Harvard Sportsmen's Club in Harvard, Massachusetts and will again be hosted by the MetroWest Tactical IDPA club.

The 2013 Smith & Wesson New England Regional IDPA Championship is expected to draw upwards of 200 of the region’s top shooters. Registration for the event opened on May 1 and match officials report that the competition is sold out with a waiting list of shooters hoping for a last minute opening.

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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RangeLog Sponsors Smith & Wesson Live Free Or Die State IDPA Championship

by Editor 6. August 2013 07:15
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – RangeLog, creators of the leading online-based personal logbook for tracking firearms maintenance, training and competitive performance, is continuing its strong support for IDPA competition with its sponsorship of the 2013 Smith & Wesson Live Free Or Die State IDPA Championship.

RangeLog joins 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.

“RangeLog has quickly become the go-to service for shooters looking to accurately track their shooting performance, and many IDPA shooters count themselves among the members of this increasingly popular service,” said Ken Lambert, match director.

“On behalf of all those competing in the Smith & Wesson Live Free Or Die State IDPA Championship, I want to thank RangeLog for their very generous support.”

"RangeLog is a proud supporter of the shooting sports, so we welcome the opportunity to sponsor events like the IDPA Live Free Or Die State Championship,” said Rob Tate, RangeLog’s director of shooting sports and an IDPA competitor. “In the coming months, RangeLog will be launching a valuable online registration and scoring tool for clubs, to assist with managing events just like this one. By committing to making matches more successful and efficient, we are reaffirming our company's dedication to improving the experience for competitors."

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 ApexTactical. 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.

About RangeLog LLC
RangeLog, LLC (www.RangeLog.com) is a privately held, US-based organization that provides organized shooting sports with solutions for managing memberships and classifications. RangeLog also created of the world's first online and mobile log book solution for the firearms industry. RangeLog.com is used by thousands of shooting enthusiasts throughout the world as a way to track and analyze personal performance, maintenance and competition results.

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Montana Gold Bullet Sponsors Smith & Wesson New England Regional IDPA Championship

by Editor 2. August 2013 07:35
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – Montana Gold Bullet will be a gold sponsor of the 2013 Smith & Wesson New England Regional IDPA Championship.

Montana Gold Bullet joins Blade-Tech Industries, MyGunDB, the National Shooting Sports Foundation, Ruger, SIG SAUER, Tactical Defense Solutions and Smith & Wesson, the title sponsor of the match, in supporting the New England Regional which is among the region’s largest defensive pistol shooting competitions.

“We want to thank Montana Gold Bullet for their continued and generous support for the shooting sports and especially the Smith & Wesson New England Regional IDPA Championship,” said Dori Smith of the MetroWest Tactical IDPA club.

The Smith & Wesson New England Regional IDPA Championship will take place August 16-18 at the Harvard Sportsmen's Club in Harvard, Massachusetts and will again be hosted by the MetroWest Tactical IDPA club.

The 2013 Smith & Wesson New England Regional IDPA Championship is expected to draw upwards of 200 of the region’s top shooters. Registration for the event opened on May 1 and match officials report that the competition is sold out with a waiting list of shooters hoping for a last minute opening.

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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Registration Opens For Inaugural Smith & Wesson IDPA Back Up Gun Nationals

by Editor 31. July 2013 17:30
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – The International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) announced that open registration for the first ever Smith & Wesson Back Up Gun Nationals will take place tomorrow, Thursday, August 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 will be a fully sanctioned championship consisting 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 inaugural Smith & Wesson Back Up Gun Nationals will take place November 14-16, 2013, 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 starting at noon eastern time on Thursday, August 1. 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).

An earlier registration period has been offered to a select group of pre-qualified shooters based on their top performance in the 2012 IDPA U.S. National Championship and the 2013 Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship. These pre-qualified slots are not transferable and any slot not taken will be available for the general, open registration which is conducted on a first come, first served basis.

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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SIG SAUER Sponsors Smith & Wesson Live Free Or Die State IDPA Championship

by Editor 31. July 2013 07:30
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – Granite State gun maker SIG SAUER® and the SIG SAUER Academy are giving a big boost to the New Hampshire IDPA community and sponsoring the 2013 Smith & Wesson Live Free Or Die State IDPA Championship.

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

“It’s been three years since New Hampshire has seen an IDPA state championship, so we are especially pleased to have the generous local support of the world famous training center out at SIG,” said Ken Lambert, match director. “Thanks to the SIG Academy and our other sponsors, Granite State IDPA is roaring back.”

After selling out in just three hours, organizers added a second full day of competition to accommodate the enthusiastic demand from local IDPA competitors eager to take on the challenges of a New Hampshire state match.

“Action shooting sports like IDPA hold a soft spot in the hearts of all of us out here at the SIG Academy so we are proud to provide support to our brethren over at Pioneer for the state IDPA championship” said Adam Painchaud, director of the SIG SAUER Academy.

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 Specialties. 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.

About SIG SAUER®, Inc.
SIG SAUER, Inc. is the largest member of a worldwide business group of firearms manufacturers that includes SIG SAUER GmbH & Co. KG in Germany and Swiss Arms AG in Switzerland. This global network of companies gives SIG SAUER a world-class firearms knowledge base, unparalleled design expertise, and extensive manufacturing capacity, enabling the company to respond quickly and effectively to changing market conditions and the needs of its military, law enforcement, and commercial markets worldwide. SIG SAUER is an ISO 9001: 2008 certified company more than 800 employees. For more information on SIG SAUER, any of its products, or the SIG SAUER Academy℠, log on to www.sigsauer.com.

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Ruger Sponsors Smith & Wesson New England Regional IDPA Championship

by Editor 29. July 2013 07:35
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – Ruger, the legendary American firearms manufacturer and industry leader, has signed on as one of the premier sponsors of the 2013 Smith & Wesson New England Regional IDPA Championship.

The Smith & Wesson New England Regional IDPA Championship will take place August 16-18 at the Harvard Sportsmen's Club in Harvard, Massachusetts and will again be hosted by the MetroWest Tactical IDPA club.

Ruger joins Blade-Tech Industries, MyGunDB, the National Shooting Sports Foundation, Sig Sauer, Tactical Defense Solutions and Smith & Wesson, the title sponsor of the match, in supporting the New England Regional which is among the region’s largest defensive pistol shooting competitions.

“We are proud to announce that New England firearms maker Ruger has joined the growing list of companies sponsoring the Smith & Wesson New England Regional IDPA Championship,” said Dori Smith of the MetroWest Tactical IDPA club. “Ruger is well known and well respected for their unwavering support for the shooting sports, and we are grateful to them for their generous support of this year’s championship.”

The 2013 Smith & Wesson New England Regional IDPA Championship is expected to draw upwards of 200 of the region’s top shooters. Registration for the event opened on May 1 and match officials report that the competition is sold out with a waiting list of shooters hoping for a last minute opening.

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.

About Ruger:
Sturm, Ruger & Co., Inc. is one of the nation's leading manufacturers of high-quality firearms for the commercial sporting market. The only full-line manufacturer of American-Made firearms, Ruger offers consumers over 400 variations of more than 30 product lines. From the ubiquitous 10/22® and Mini-14® Rifles, to the new and exciting Ruger American Rifle™, SR22® Pistol and SR1911™. Our Awarding Winning Products (the Gunsite Scout Rifle, the LC9™, the SR9c™, the LCR® and the LCP®) all prove that Ruger has a rugged, reliable firearm to meet every shooter's needs. For more information visit www.Ruger.com.

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

by Editor 26. July 2013 07:35
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – Renowned 1911 manufacturer Wilson Combat has once again signed on as a major sponsor of IDPA’s U.S. National Championship according to an announcement by officials with the International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA).

Hosted by the U.S. Shooting Academy in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the 2013 IDPA U.S. National Championship will take place September 19 thru 21 and is again expected to draw over 300 of the sport’s top shooters. Wilson Combat joins Brownells, Harris Publications, Smith & Wesson, Taurus and the National Shooting Sports Foundation as a gold level sponsor of the event.

“Wilson Combat continues to be one of IDPA’s most generous supporters,” said Robert Ray, membership and marketing director for IDPA. “Over the past 16 years IDPA and Wilson Combat have worked together to grow the shooting sports and provide a home for the thousands of gun owners who enjoy the thrill and camaraderie of a truly practical shooting sport based on defensive scenarios. IDPA deeply appreciates all that Wilson Combat has done over the years.”

“This annual gathering of IDPA’s very best shooters is a great test of defensive shooting skills and the U.S. National Championship is one of our very favorite matches. We wish the best of luck to all the competitors,” said Tressa Logue, marketing director of 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 Asmerica, 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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Demand Pushes Live Free Or Die IDPA Match To 2nd Day

by Editor 17. July 2013 07:35
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – After selling out in just three hours, and with more than 60 shooters on a wait list, organizers of the 2013 Smith & Wesson Live Free Or Die State IDPA Championship have expanded the match to include a second full day of competition on Sunday, October 20.

Hosted by the Pioneer Sportsmen Club in Dunbarton, N.H., the Smith & Wesson Live Free Or Die State IDPA Championship will now take place October 18 thru 20. Shooters will compete on either Saturday or Sunday, October 19 and 20, while staff and VIPs will shoot for score on Friday, October 18.

The response by New Hampshire-area IDPA members to the IDPA program at Pioneer, and the announcement that after a two year hiatus the Granite State would once again hold an IDPA state championship event, has been tremendous and reflects the energy and enthusiasm for the sport seen all across the country.

“When we decided to relaunch a state IDPA championship in New Hampshire we had no idea what to expect in terms of the response from shooters,” observed Ken Lambert, match director. “Obviously the response has been nothing short of overwhelmingly enthusiastic, and we’re proud to announce we’ll be open for business on Sunday, October 20.”

Those currently on the wait list will be able to select their squad, and the day they would like to shoot, today based on the slots available. Any additional open slots for the match will become available starting on Thursday, July 18 when the registration site will open up to current IDPA members who can register on a first come, first served basis until the match is full.

In addition to expanding to host more competitors, the Live Free Or Die State IDPA Championship has received strong support from sponsors such as Smith & Wesson, the title sponsor, Taurus and Apex Tactical Specialties which is sponsoring the King of New England which concludes with the Live Free Or Die match.

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

To learn more about IDPA and defensive shooting, or to find a club near you, 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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SIG SAUER Sponsors Smith & Wesson New England Regional IDPA Championship

by Editor 17. July 2013 07:25
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – New Hampshire firearms maker SIG SAUER® has signed on as one of the premier sponsors of the 2013 Smith & Wesson New England Regional IDPA Championship.

The Smith & Wesson New England Regional IDPA Championship will take place August 16-18 at the Harvard Sportsmen's Club in Harvard, Massachusetts and will again be hosted by the MetroWest Tactical IDPA club.

SIG SAUER joins Blade-Tech Industries, MyGunDB, the National Shooting Sports Foundation, Tactical Defense Solutions and Smith & Wesson, the title sponsor of the match, in supporting the New England Regional which is among the region’s largest defensive pistol shooting competitions.

“We’re grateful to have the support of one of New England’s premier firearms makers. SIG SAUER pistols and rifles are held in the highest regard, as is their commitment to the shooting sports. We’re proud to work with SIG SAUER to make this year’s New England IDPA Regional the best yet,” said Dori Smith of the MetroWest Tactical IDPA club.

“SIG SAUER is devoted to supporting rifle and pistol matches worldwide, and being a sponsor of the New England Regional IDPA Championship is a great fit for us,” said Jarrod McDevitt, rifle product and competitive shooting program manager. “We are investing more in shooting sports than ever before to help ensure future generations get the opportunity to enjoy matches like this. We appreciate all the hard work volunteers put into making events like this so great and are happy to be part of it.”

The 2013 Smith & Wesson New England Regional IDPA Championship is expected to draw upwards of 200 of the region’s top shooters. Registration for the event opened on May 1 and match officials report that the competition is sold out with a waiting list of shooters hoping for a last minute opening.

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.

About SIG SAUER®, Inc.
SIG SAUER, Inc. is the largest member of a worldwide business group of firearms manufacturers that includes SIG SAUER GmbH & Co. KG in Germany and Swiss Arms AG in Switzerland. This global network of companies gives SIG SAUER a world-class firearms knowledge base, unparalleled design expertise, and extensive manufacturing capacity, enabling the company to respond quickly and effectively to changing market conditions and the needs of its military, law enforcement, and commercial markets worldwide. SIG SAUER is an ISO 9001: 2008 certified company more than 800 employees. For more information on SIG SAUER, any of its products, or the SIG SAUER Academy℠, log on to www.sigsauer.com.

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