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‚Ą†, log on to www.sigsauer.com.

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Tactical Defense Solutions Sponsors Smith & Wesson New England Regional IDPA Championship

by Editor 15. July 2013 07:25
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – Tactical Defense Solutions, the number one source for defensive carry and duty-suitable ammunition offering complex solutions for life’s simple problems, will be a gold sponsor of the 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.

Tactical Defense Solutions joins Blade-Tech Industries, MyGunDB, the National Shooting Sports Foundation 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.

“Tactical Defense Solutions has been a constant presence at IDPA matches throughout New England and we are proud to have them as a gold sponsor of this year’s championship,” said Dori Smith of the MetroWest Tactical IDPA club.

"We are proud to support the local shooters here in New England and, as IDPA shooters ourselves, we especially look forward to competing in this year’s New England Regional IDPA Championship,” said John Domfort of Tactical defense Solutions.

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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Smith & Wesson Once Again Sponsors IDPA U.S. National Championship

by Editor 11. July 2013 07:25
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – For the last 16 years Smith & Wesson has sponsored the International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) Nationals, so it’s no surprise that this 161-year-old American gun making icon has signed on as a major sponsor of this year’s IDPA U.S. National Championship.

“Smith & Wesson is one of the most respected, and best known names in firearms and shooting sports, and that’s no more true than here at IDPA. For the past 16 years we have counted on Smith & Wesson as a corporate sponsor and a true partner in promoting competition shooting. We cannot thank the leadership and dedicated employees of Smith & Wesson enough for their generosity and commitment to the International Defensive Pistol Association,” said Joyce Wilson, executive director for IDPA.

In addition to supporting the IDPA Nationals, this year Smith & Wesson has taken on the role of major match sponsor for a number of IDPA events including the 17th Annual MassachusettsState Championship, the New England Regional Championship, the Live Free Or Die State Championship, the newly announced Smith & Wesson hosted Back Up Gun Nationals and, of course, their own Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor Nationals.

"More than any other company Smith & Wesson recognizes the important role pistol shooting competitions play in developing good gun handling skills. As more and more people join the ranks of first time firearms owners, we hope they look to organizations like IDPA to fully realize the fun and excitement that comes with safe, responsible firearms ownership," said Paul Pluff of Smith & Wesson.

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. Smith & Wesson joins Brownells, Harris Publications, Taurus and the National Shooting Sports Foundation as a gold level sponsor of the event.

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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Harris Publications To Sponsor 2013 IDPA U.S. National Championship

by Editor 27. June 2013 07:23
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – The International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) announced that Harris Publications, a leading publisher of special interest publications and owner of such titles as Combat Handguns and the popular websites Tactical-Life.com and PersonalDefenseWorld.com, will once again be one of the major sponsors of the IDPA U.S. National Championship.

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. Harris Publications joins Brownells, Taurus and the National Shooting Sports Foundation as a gold level sponsor of the event.

“On behalf of the more than 22,000 IDPA members I want to thank Harris Publications for their continued, and generous, support for the International Defensive Pistol Association and the 2013 IDPA U.S. National Championship in particular,” said Joyce Wilson, executive director for IDPA.

In addition to supporting the IDPA Nationals, Harris Publications has over the years been one of the most active corporate sponsors of IDPA competitions, helping matches all across the United States.

“Harris is very proud to support IDPA whenever possible. Our team at Harris, constantly discusses how our magazines and websites must be tools – tools to help the good guys stay safe. Of course we want every reader to be pleased with the ‘new’ products we try so hard to secure first to test and evaluate for our followers. But every time we close a magazine or post something online, we say to ourselves, ‘did we do the best possible job conveying solid tactics, to keep the good guys one step ahead.’  At the end of the day, that's what it's all about. We think that this is also the essence of IDPA. We share their mission," said Shirley Steffen of Harris Publications.

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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MyGunDB Returns As Smith & Wesson New England Regional IDPA Championship Sponsor

by Editor 26. June 2013 07:23
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – MyGunDB, the best way to manage your firearm collection, has once again signed on as a major sponsor of the 2013 Smith & Wesson New England Regional IDPA Championship.

MyGunDB joins Blade-Tech Industries, the National Shooting Sports Foundation 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.

“MyGunDB recognizes the important role the shooting sports plays in the daily lives of firearms owners and has once again stepped up to generously support the New England Regional IDPA Championship,” said Dori Smith of the MetroWest Tactical IDPA club.

"It's an honor to be able to give back to the shooting community," said Alan Ellis, the creator of MyGunDB. "It is incredible seeing so many participants signing up as it shows the ever increasing popularity of IDPA and the shooting sports in general."

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 New England Regional 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 growing 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 MyGunDB:
Founded by Alan Ellis in July 2011, Intelligent Firearm Solutions, LLC, the parent company of the MyGunDB product line, has grown to be the leader in firearm inventory software for collectors and enthusiasts. The company is now an official sponsor of the NRA National Matches at Camp Perry for 2013-2015, and a proud supporter of IDPA and the CMP. Though MyGunDB began as a small, free, utility program that the founder needed personally when he realized no other software met his needs, it has evolved into a full blown firearm dashboard based on the feedback of its users through online forums and other communities. For more information, please visit http://MyGunDB.com.

 

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Blade-Tech Sponsors Smith & Wesson New England Regional IDPA Championship

by Editor 18. June 2013 07:27
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – Blade-Tech Industries, the leading manufacturer of custom thermoplastic and injection molded tactical holsters and magazine pouches, has signed on as one of the primary 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.

Blade-Tech joins the National Shooting Sports Foundation 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 very pleased to add Blade-Tech to our growing list of sponsors. Blade-Tech has been a longtime supporter of the shooting sports and we’re grateful for their generous sponsorship of this year’s championship,” said Dori Smith of the MetroWest Tactical IDPA club.

"Blade-Tech is honored to continue its support of the IDPA and to sponsor the New England Regional Championship. We are thankful for the opportunity to participate in such a quality event," said Ryan Preece of Blade-Tech.

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 slots are filled with additional shooters on a wait list hoping for a last minute slot 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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Crunch Time

by joyce@idpa.com 17. June 2013 21:52
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Today was filled with meetings. After three years, it's all the same but I have to remember that we have a lot of first time racers that haven't heard all the information about the race, the scoring procedure and how to do the fly-bys.  It's always interesting to hear their questions and it makes me remember my first race as well.  

Its now crunch time.  We have strategized to the best of our ability and have run scenario after scenario as to what will happen with the weather and the winds.  We got our laundry done, we've eaten the last great meal that we'll probably get for the next four days and now we have replaced our baggage to take only what we barely will need. We will attempt to sleep tonight but when that alarm goes off early in the morning, we probably won't have needed it. We meet for breakfast tomorrow morning at 6am and have our last weather briefing at 6:30. We will head to the airport shortly thereafter so that we are in the planes ready to start promptly at 8 am.  We take off in our race number order.  Our team is number 30.  The tower will launch us into the air probably every 45 seconds to one minute apart. And the race will be on. 

This year we are using the SPOT trackers. You can follow us at www.trackleaders.com/arc13. Look for team 30. This is the first year that the race is using the trackers so it will be interesting to see how it works.  Please remember that while this is not new technology, it is new for the race.  These are electronic devices that can and/or may fail due to any number of possible causes.  Please, please do not get concerned or try to call authorities if for some reason you see our track disappear.  We will be turning the trackers off when we land and since its new, may not realize if it malfunctions or the battery dies.  We all have ELTs (electronic locator transmitters) on our planes that automatically send a signal if we are in trouble. 

Thanks for following our team.  You can also follow us on Facebook at Xxtreme Aviatrixx and on our website, www.Xxtremeaviatrixx.com. 

We will keep you posted as we can. (Remember, we don't want to give our secrets away to our competitors :-))

Joyce

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Pre-race activities

by joyce@idpa.com 16. June 2013 23:38
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We are all settled in Pasco for all the pre-race activities. Getting all of our personal and airplane credentialling done on Friday gave us Saturday to have our own sort of pre-race melt down. Dianna is the best at getting us ready for the race as we took a nice long walk (long for me, around 6 miles) in the morning, and once I was convinced she wasn't trying to kill me, she scheduled us for a really nice relaxing 2 hour massage at wonderful local spa in the afternoon. We followed that with great dinner at PF Changs and called it a night. My Internet wasn't working so unfortunately I couldn't tell you about all the fun we had on Saturday.

Today started with breakfast at the hotel and a great visit with friends we met at the race two years ago.  That's one of the neat things about the race; meeting people and keeping in touch. Its a whole lot like the shooting sports, you can meet people at a match and maybe not see them for a while but catch up like it was yesterday when you do see them.

We had our first mandatory meeting this morning, it was a great safety seminar on mountain flying.  We will be flying through and around a whole bunch of really large mountains. There is a whole lot of different information to consider when flying around mountains. The plane sometimes performs differently and the winds will drive the plane differently. Add to that the fact that if you get into a dead end canyon, you may have to turn around in a space much smaller than you are used to and it can be an extremely dangerous situation.

We had lunch and then another meeting.  This year every team will be using two different tracking systems. The first is the Bad Elf GPS tracker which will track our altitude and ground track and the second is the Spot tracker which will track essentially the same information but allow you to follow us on the race route.  The website is www.trackleaders.com and if you click on Air Race Classic, you can follow all of the racers. Our team is number 30 so make sure you watch for us.

We had the official start banquet this evening where they announce all of the race teams. It's fun to put names with faces and meet new racers.  It's great to see so many college teams in the race this year.

Tomorrow we have lots of meetings from safety briefings to understanding how to the fly by.  It will be a busy day. We have to do our last minute planning, our laundry and make sure we have a way to get all of our stuff to the finish line.  It's getting down to crunch time and the race is about to start. We have A plan and we think its a pretty darn good one. As always, we will keep you posted. Joyce

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IDPA HQ Phones and Internet are back

by IDPA HQ 13. June 2013 08:57
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Communications with IDPA HQ and Wilson Combat are back.

The phone company replaced the stolen phone lines and we're talking again. Thank you for your patience while we were incommunicado.

IDPA HQ

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