Starting Thursday IDPA To Preview Smith & Wesson Indoor Nationals Stages

by Editor 13. February 2013 09:47
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – The International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) announced that it will begin previewing all 13 stages of the 2013 Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship beginning Thursday, February 14.

The Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor Nationals marks the official start of IDPA’s competition season and will see over 300 of the sport’s top competitors, all gunning for the coveted title of Indoor National Champion in one of its five divisions and 10 categories.

As the country’s fastest growing shooting sport, fueled by the increased demand in concealed carry permits and the need for personal protection, entry into the sold-out match is one of the most difficult, especially considering IDPA’s membership currently exceeds 21,000 and represents more than 50 nations.

As with previous major matches, to help bring the action of the 2013 Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship to members across America and around the globe, IDPA will post its DOWN ZERO blog a daily preview of select stages along with their scenarios and shooting procedures.

“Starting Thursday morning, February 14, we will preview the stage or stages from one of the seven shooting bays at the Smith & Wesson Indoor Nationals. Then each day after we will reveal another shooting bay’s stage set up until the match officially begins on Thursday, February 21,” explained Joyce Wilson, executive director of IDPA.

IDPA members and others interested in the scenarios and stage designs featured in this year’s match, as well as past matches, should visit the DOWN ZERO blog, the official blog of IDPA.

“With the tremendous popularity of the Smith & Wesson championship, we want all IDPA members to see the unique course design of this year’s Indoor Nationals. It’s our hope that these stages will fuel the creativity of IDPA clubs and match directors, and help them develop new and challenging courses of fire to benefit the thousands of IDPA members competing in weekly matches at the local level,” added Wilson.

Taking place February 21-23, at the Smith & Wesson Shooting Sports Center in Springfield, Massachusetts, the 2013 Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor Nationals are sponsored by Action Target, Apex Tactical Specialties, Heckler & Koch, Hogue Grips, Militec, PowerTech/Smith & Wesson Flashlights, Pro Ears, Rainier Ballistics, Ritchie Leather, Safariland, Samson, StormLake Barrels, Swab-its, Taylor Brands/Smith & Wesson Knives, and major match sponsors ACADEMI, Brownells, Comp-Tac Victory Gear, CORBON, GLOCK, GlockTriggers.com, Harris Publications, Michigan Ammo Company, Mossberg, the National Shooting Sports Foundation, Nighthawk Custom, Panteao Productions, Ruger, Speed Shooter Specialties, Taurus, Trijicon, Wilson Combat and match host Smith & Wesson among others.

For more information on IDPA, or to find a club near you, visit www.IDPA.com. You can also follow the Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship online by following @OfficialIDPA on Twitter, using hashtag #SWIN, like ShootIDPA on Facebook, watch IDPA TV, or check for regular updates on the DOWN ZERO Blog.

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Action Target, H&K, Pro Ears Join Industry Sponsors Of IDPA’s Smith & Wesson Indoor Nationals

by Editor 13. February 2013 07:00
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – Industry leaders Action Target, Heckler & Koch and Pro Ears, as well as Militec, Ritchie Leather, Samson, StormLake Barrels and Taylor Brands/Smith & Wesson Knives, have signed on as sponsors of the upcoming Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship to be held February 21-23 in Springfield, Mass.

The International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) announced that these companies have joined the long list of those supporting the match, including Apex Tactical Specialties, Hogue Grips, PowerTech/Smith & Wesson Flashlights, Rainier Ballistics, Safariland, Swab-its and major match sponsors ACADEMI, Brownells, Comp-Tac Victory Gear, CORBON, GLOCK, GlockTriggers.com, Harris Publications, Michigan Ammo Company, Mossberg, the National Shooting Sports Foundation, Nighthawk Custom, Panteao Productions, Ruger, Speed Shooter Specialties, Taurus, Trijicon, Wilson Combat and match host Smith & Wesson.

“On behalf of the 21,000-plus members of IDPA, and especially those competing in the 2013 Smith & Wesson Indoor Nationals, I wish to thank Action Target, Heckler & Koch, Militec, Pro Ears, Ritchie Leather, Samson, StormLake Barrels and Taylor Brands for their continued, and very generous, support for the shooting sports,” said said Robert Ray, membership and marketing director for IDPA.

Widely regarded as one of the finest competitive shooting events in the country, the Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship represents the official start of IDPA’s competition season. More than 300 of the sport’s best shooters are expected to compete for titles in Custom Defensive Pistol, Enhanced Service Pistol, Stock Service Pistol, Stock Service Revolver and Enhanced Service Revolver, the five divisions within IDPA.

The sold-out 2013 Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship will take place on the indoor ranges of the Smith & Wesson Shooting Sports Center in Springfield, Massachusetts on Thursday, February 21, and will conclude with the awards banquet on Saturday, February 23.

For more information on IDPA, the Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship or to find a club near you, visit www.IDPA.com. You can also connect with IDPA online by following @OfficialIDPA on Twitter, like ShootIDPA on Facebook, watch IDPA TV, or check for regular updates on the DOWN ZERO Blog.

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Nighthawk Custom Back At IDPA’s Smith & Wesson Indoor Nationals As Major Sponsor

by Editor 12. February 2013 07:27
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – Nighthawk Custom, manufacturer of high quality custom 1911-style handguns, has returned as a major sponsor of the prestigious Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship according to an announcement by officials with the International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA).

“We’re pleased to welcome back Nighthawk Custom as one of the major sponsors of the Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor Nationals. Each year the Indoor Nationals sets the bar for quality shooting events and that’s thanks to the generous support of sponsors like Nighthawk Custom,” said Robert Ray, membership and marketing director for IDPA.

Nighthawk Custom joins ACADEMI, Brownells, Comp-Tac Victory Gear, CORBON, GLOCK, GlockTriggers.com, Harris Publications, Michigan Ammo Company, Mossberg, the National Shooting Sports Foundation, Panteao Productions, Ruger, Speed Shooter Specialties, Taurus, Trijicon, Wilson Combat and match host Smith & Wesson as a major sponsor of the competition. Additional industry sponsors include Apex Tactical Specialties, Hogue Grips, PowerTech/Smith & Wesson Flashlights, Rainier Ballistics, Safariland and Swab-its.

Widely regarded as one of the finest competitive shooting matches in the country, the Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship represents the official start of IDPA’s competition season. More than 300 of the sport’s best shooters are expected to compete for titles in Custom Defensive Pistol, Enhanced Service Pistol, Stock Service Pistol, Stock Service Revolver and Enhanced Service Revolver, the five divisions within IDPA.

The 2013 Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship will take place February 21-23 on the indoor ranges of the Smith & Wesson Shooting Sports Center in Springfield, Massachusetts.

For more information on IDPA, the Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship or to find a club near you, visit www.IDPA.com. You can also connect with IDPA online by following @OfficialIDPA on Twitter, like ShootIDPA on Facebook, watch IDPA TV, or check for regular updates on the DOWN ZERO Blog.

About Nighthawk Custom:
Nighthawk Custom, located in Berryville, Arkansas, is the manufacturer of superior quality 1911-style pistols. Founded in 2003, the team gunsmiths at Nighthawk Custom have over 50 years of combined experience specializing in the 1911. Nighthawk Custom builds 1911's using no MIM parts and the finest finish in the industry. All Nighthawk Custom 1911's come with a lifetime guarantee. For more information on Nighthawk Custom or their line of 1911-style pistols, visit www.nighthawkcustom.com or call toll free 1-877-268-4867.

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Speed Shooter Specialties Back As Major Sponsor Of IDPA’s Smith & Wesson Indoor Nationals

by Editor 11. February 2013 07:23
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – The International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) announced that Speed Shooter Specialties, one of the top online retailers catering to competition shooters using Smith & Wesson products, has returned as a major sponsor of the 2013 Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship.

Speed Shooter Specialties joins ACADEMI, Brownells, Comp-Tac Victory Gear, CORBON, GLOCK, GlockTriggers.com, Harris Publications, Michigan Ammo Company, Mossberg, the National Shooting Sports Foundation, Panteao Productions, Ruger, Taurus, Trijicon, Wilson Combat and match host Smith & Wesson as a major sponsor of the competition. As part of their sponsorship Speed Shooter Specialties will sponsor one of the 13 stages in the championship match.

“Speed Shooter Specialties is one of the most popular sources for competition equipment thanks to their focus on the competition shooter and their tireless commitment to supporting the shooting sports. We’re very pleased to welcome them back as a major sponsor of the Smith & Wesson Indoor Nationals,” said Robert Ray, membership and marketing director for IDPA.

“The efforts of IDPA, its members and sponsors are crucial to keeping the shooting sports available to all. We’re very excited to be a returning sponsor of such a legendary match,” said Kenny Dickerson of Speed Shooter Specialties.

Regarded as one of the finest competitive shooting matches in the country, the Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship represents the official start of IDPA’s competition season. More than 300 of the sport’s best shooters are expected to compete for titles in Custom Defensive Pistol, Enhanced Service Pistol, Stock Service Pistol, Stock Service Revolver and Enhanced Service Revolver, the five divisions within IDPA.

The 2013 Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship will take place February 21-23 on the indoor ranges of the Smith & Wesson Shooting Sports Center in Springfield, Massachusetts.

For more information on IDPA, the Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship or to find a club near you, visit www.IDPA.com. You can also connect with IDPA online by following @OfficialIDPA on Twitter, like ShootIDPA on Facebook, watch IDPA TV, or check for regular updates on the DOWN ZERO Blog.

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Safariland, Hogue, Apex And Others Sponsor IDPA’s Smith & Wesson Indoor Nationals

by Editor 8. February 2013 10:14
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – Safariland, Hogue Grips and Apex Tactical Specialties, along with PowerTech/Smith & Wesson Flashlights, Rainier Ballistics and Swab-its, have signed on as sponsors of the upcoming Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship to be held February 21-23 in Springfield, Mass.

The International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) announced that the six sponsors have been added to the rapidly growling list of companies supporting the match, including the match’s major sponsors ACADEMI, Brownells, Comp-Tac Victory Gear, CORBON, GLOCK, GlockTriggers.com, Harris Publications, Michigan Ammo Company, Mossberg, the National Shooting Sports Foundation, Panteao Productions, Ruger, Taurus, Trijicon, Wilson Combat and match host Smith & Wesson.

“Each year industry support for the Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor Nationals eclipses that from the previous year, which is a testament to both the growing importance of IDPA competitions in America and the reputation Smith & Wesson’s match has as one of the best shooting competitions in any discipline,” said Joyce Wilson, executive director for IDPA.

Widely regarded as one of the finest competitive shooting events in the country, the Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship represents the official start of IDPA’s competition season. More than 300 of the sport’s best shooters are expected to compete for titles in Custom Defensive Pistol, Enhanced Service Pistol, Stock Service Pistol, Stock Service Revolver and Enhanced Service Revolver, the five divisions within IDPA.

“Thanks to the generous support from our friends at Safariland, Hogue Grips, Apex Tactical Specialties, Rainier Ballistics, Swab-its and PowerTech/Smith & Wesson Flashlights, the 2013 championship is shaping up to be one of the best Indoor Nationals of all time,” added Wilson.

The sold-out 2013 Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship will take place on the indoor ranges of the Smith & Wesson Shooting Sports Center in Springfield, Massachusetts on Thursday, February 21, and will conclude with the awards banquet on Saturday, February 23.

For more information on IDPA, the Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship or to find a club near you, visit www.IDPA.com. You can also connect with IDPA online by following @OfficialIDPA on Twitter, like ShootIDPA on Facebook, watch IDPA TV, or check for regular updates on the DOWN ZERO Blog.

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Michigan Ammo Co. Returns As Major Sponsor Of IDPA’s Smith & Wesson Indoor Nationals

by Editor 8. February 2013 07:21
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – The Michigan Ammo Company is returning as a major sponsor of the 2013 Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship according to an announcement by the International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA).

“The Michigan Ammo Company has been extremely generous in its support for the shooting sports and IDPA in particular. We’re very pleased to welcome them back as one of the major sponsors of the Smith & Wesson Indoor Nationals,” said Robert Ray, membership and marketing director for IDPA.

The Michigan Ammo Company joins ACADEMI, Brownells, Comp-Tac Victory Gear, CORBON, GLOCK, GlockTriggers.com, Harris Publications, Mossberg, the National Shooting Sports Foundation, Panteao Productions, Ruger, Taurus, Trijicon, Wilson Combat and match host Smith & Wesson as a major sponsor of the competition. As part of their sponsorship the Michigan Ammo Company will sponsor one of the 13 stages in the championship match.

“It is a pleasure and an honor to support the Smith & Wesson Indoor Nationals. It is truly a professionally run match with skilled shooters competing. I look forward to continuing our relationship with IDPA and the S&W Indoor Nationals,” said Mike Patrick, president of Michigan Ammo Company.

Regarded as one of the finest competitive shooting matches in the country, the Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship represents the official start of IDPA’s competition season. More than 300 of the sport’s best shooters are expected to compete for titles in Custom Defensive Pistol, Enhanced Service Pistol, Stock Service Pistol, Stock Service Revolver and Enhanced Service Revolver, the five divisions within IDPA.

The 2013 Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship will take place February 21-23 on the indoor ranges of the Smith & Wesson Shooting Sports Center in Springfield, Massachusetts.

For more information on IDPA, the Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship or to find a club near you, visit www.IDPA.com. You can also connect with IDPA online by following @OfficialIDPA on Twitter, like ShootIDPA on Facebook, watch IDPA TV, or check for regular updates on the DOWN ZERO Blog.

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Harris Publications Takes On Major Sponsor Role At IDPA’s Smith & Wesson Indoor Nationals

by Editor 6. February 2013 07:17
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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, has once again signed-on as a major sponsor of the 2013 Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship.

Harris Publications joins ACADEMI, Brownells, Comp-Tac Victory Gear, CORBON, GLOCK, GlockTriggers.com, Mossberg, the National Shooting Sports Foundation, Panteao Productions, Ruger, Taurus, Trijicon, Wilson Combat and match host Smith & Wesson as a major sponsor of the competition. As part of its sponsorship for the match, Harris Publications will host a Thursday night hospitality and registration suite for the benefit of all competitors attending the match.

“Harris Publications has been a longtime supporter of IDPA and the Smith & Wesson Indoor Nationals in particular. As one of the leading media voices in the shooting community, Harris Publications has been on top of and covered every major development in concealed carry firearms and their various magazines have become one of the go-to sources for IDPA members for the latest news. We greatly appreciate their generous and continued support for IDPA,” said Joyce Wilson, executive director for IDPA.

“Harris Publications is honored to continue to play a supportive role at Smith & Wesson’s IDPA event. Harris has been working with Smith & Wesson for over thirty years and supporting IDPA's events and efforts as well. We look forward to strengthening our role to offer exposure to IDPA and grow its participants. We wish all three hundred shooters, the best of luck,” said Shirley Steffen of Harris Publications.

Regarded as one of the finest competitive shooting matches in the country, the Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship represents the official start of IDPA’s competition season. More than 300 of the sport’s best shooters are expected to compete for titles in Custom Defensive Pistol, Enhanced Service Pistol, Stock Service Pistol, Stock Service Revolver and Enhanced Service Revolver, the five divisions within IDPA.

The 2013 Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship will take place February 21-23 on the indoor ranges of the Smith & Wesson Shooting Sports Center in Springfield, Massachusetts.

For more information on IDPA, the Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship or to find a club near you, visit www.IDPA.com. You can also connect with IDPA online by following @OfficialIDPA on Twitter, like ShootIDPA on Facebook, watch IDPA TV, or check for regular updates on the DOWN ZERO Blog.

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Randi Rogers of Comp-Tac Begins Season with Win at Coast Rica IDPA

by Editor 5. February 2013 10:25
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HOUSTON, Texas - Randi Rogers of Comp-Tac Victory Gear begins her season by winning the High Lady title at the Costa Rica IDPA National Championship. The match was held February 1-2, 2013, in San Jose, Costa Rica.

The Costa Rica IDPA Championship challenged competitors with 12 stages totaling 169 rounds. Stages included challenges of moving targets, steel, and targets ranging from two to 25 yards. Shooters competed from positions of standing, kneeling, prone and from inside a car. Rogers won High Lady and finished third Master in the Stock Service Pistol division with a total time of 199.53 seconds.

"Traveling to Costa Rica has been an amazing and rewarding experience. Shooting abroad can be challenging with the travel and the regional differences in shooting. The Costa Rica IDPA club put on one of the best IDPA matches I have been to and I was excited to shoot well enough to bring home high lady," said Randi Rogers of Team Comp-Tac.

In addition to sending team members Randi Rogers and Gordon Carrell, Comp-Tac Victory Gear was also a two stage sponsor at the Costa Rica IDPA National Championship. "Comp-Tac strives to serve competitive shooters at home and abroad. We are proud to have been part of the 2nd Costa Rica Nationals and look forward to helping all shooting sports continue to grow," explained owner and president of Comp-Tac Gregg Garrett.

Team Comp-Tac's next match is the Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor Nationals, February 21-23, 2013, at the Smith & Wesson Shooting Sports Center in Springfield, Massachusetts.

For more information on Team Comp-Tac and the full line of Comp-Tac Victory Gear holsters and accessories, visit www.Comp-Tac.com, like Comp-Tac on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CompTac, or follow @CompTac on Twitter.

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Taurus Carries On As Major Sponsor Of IDPA’s Smith & Wesson Indoor Nationals

by Editor 5. February 2013 07:35
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – Taurus, one of the world's foremost manufacturers of firearms and spearhead of the Carry On movement to promote the concealed carry lifestyle, has signed on as a major sponsor of the 2013 Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship, according to an announcement by officials with the International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA).

Taurus joins ACADEMI, Brownells, Comp-Tac Victory Gear, CORBON, GLOCK, GlockTriggers.com, Mossberg, the National Shooting Sports Foundation, Panteao Productions, Ruger, Trijicon, Wilson Combat and match host Smith & Wesson as a major sponsor of the competition.

“Taurus has long been one of the major firearms makers and one of the the industry’s strongest leaders. Recently though Taurus has expanded on its leadership role by supporting more shooting sports activities and launching the Carry On movement to reach the ever-growing pool of CCW holders, including IDPA members. We’re extremely pleased to have Taurus on board as one of the major sponsors of the Smith & Wesson Indoor Nationals,” said Joyce Wilson, executive director for IDPA

“At Taurus we recognize the important role that the shooting sports play in helping our customers develop and hone their skills. IDPA, and its basis in the personal protection practice of concealed carry, parallels our own focus on the concealed carry lifestyle which is why we are proud to sponsor and support this year’s IDPA Indoor Nationals,” said Mark Kresser, president and CEO of Taurus USA.

Regarded as one of the finest competitive shooting matches in the country, the Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship represents the official start of IDPA’s competition season. More than 300 of the sport’s best shooters are expected to compete for titles in Custom Defensive Pistol, Enhanced Service Pistol, Stock Service Pistol, Stock Service Revolver and Enhanced Service Revolver, the five divisions within IDPA.

The 2013 Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship will take place February 21-23 on the indoor ranges of the Smith & Wesson Shooting Sports Center in Springfield, Massachusetts.

For more information on IDPA, the Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship or to find a club near you, visit www.IDPA.com. You can also connect with IDPA online by following @OfficialIDPA on Twitter, like ShootIDPA on Facebook, watch IDPA TV, or check for regular updates on the DOWN ZERO Blog.

About Taurus:
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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Puerto Rico’s IDPA Nationals Offers Shooters International Feel, Right At Home

by Editor 31. January 2013 07:27
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – IDPA shooters looking to experience the excitement and challenge of international competition should look no further than the upcoming Puerto Rico IDPA National Championship taking place in Caguas, Puerto Rico on March 16 and 17.

Hosted by the RL Shooting Club and organized by match director Max Rivera and assistant match director Tom Yost of Smith & Wesson, one of the major match sponsors, this year’s Puerto Rico IDPA Nationals will bring together over 150 top shooters from Costa Rica, Mexico, Puerto Rico, the United States and Venezuela.

“IDPA competition is really taking off in Puerto Rico thanks to the hard work of Max Rivera and local IDPA members focused on making the U.S. territory a shooting destination for our competitors,” said Joyce Wilson, executive director of the International Defensive Pistol Association.

“Over the last few years IDPA has seen incredible growth and with IDPA clubs in 54 countries the demand for more matches with an international flavor has never been greater,” added Wilson. “The Puerto Rico IDPA Nationals gives American IDPA members with little to no experience competing outside the U.S. the opportunity to experience a true international competition without really having to leave the country.”

The 2013 Puerto Rico IDPA National Championship will feature a 12-stage course of fire with a round count of 190. Registration for the match is open and slots are still available. The match fee is just $120.

In addition to major match support from Smith & Wesson, the Puerto Rico National Championship is being sponsored by Blade-Tech, Century International Arms, Comp-Tac Victory Gear, Fiocchi Ammunition, Fobus Holsters & Pouches and Uncle Mike’s Law Enforcement.

Complete match information, including registration, hotel information and firearms permitting information can be found at www.IDPAPR.com.

For more information on IDPA, the 2013 Puerto Rico IDPA National Championship or to find a club near you, visit www.IDPA.com. You can also connect with IDPA online by following @OfficialIDPA on Twitter, like ShootIDPA on Facebook, watch IDPA TV, or check for regular updates on the DOWN ZERO Blog.

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