Federal Premium To Sponsor Smith & Wesson Side Match At IDPA's Carolina Cup

by Editor 28. May 2012 19:58
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – As the popularity of the pistol shooting sports like IDPA continues to surge, more and more companies are playing an important role in the growth of competitive shooting matches around America. One of those companies is Federal Premium Ammunition which is helping to provide more shooting opportunities through their support of the upcoming Carolina Cup.

Officials with the International Defensive Pistol Association announced that Federal Premium Ammunition has joined the growing list of sponsors for the 2012 Carolina Cup and will supply the ammunition for the Smith & Wesson side match which features the company's newest pistol, the M&P Shield.

Federal Premium Ammunition joins Remington Arms and Smith & Wesson, the Carolina Cup's two major sponsors, and Blade-Tech, Comp-Tac, GlockTriggers.com, Safariland and Trijicon in supporting the championship.

“The list of Carolina Cup sponsors reads like a Who's Who of shooting sports industry leaders and we welcome the generous support of Federal Premium Ammunition, one of the shooting world's most respected ammunition brands,” said Scott Ruby, sponsor coordinator for the Carolina Cup.

The Carolina Cup, one of IDPA's three major championships, will take place June 14-16 at The Range in Oxford, North Carolina. More than 370 of IDPA's top shooters are expected to put upwards of 75,000 rounds downrange in pursuit of titles in Custom Defensive Pistol, Enhanced Service Pistol, Stock Service Pistol, Stock Service Revolver and Enhanced Service Revolver, the five divisions in IDPA competition.

Considered by many to be among the most popular matches in IDPA competition, the Carolina Cup is known for its challenging courses of fire that creatively test all of a shooter's skills. Due to both the match's popularity and the explosive growth in IDPA membership, the Carolina Cup has been sold out since early March.

For more information on the championship visit www.The-CarolinaCup.com, or use #carolinacup to follow match news and competitor updates on Twitter.

Founded in 1996, the International Defensive Pistol Association is the international governing body for IDPA competition which offers shooters a fun, safe, and challenging format to practice and test their gun handling skills through defensive-based scenarios. Today IDPA stands as the fastest growing shooting sport in the United States with over 20,000 members from all 50 states and 54 foreign countries. IDPA's 321 affiliated clubs offer weekly and monthly matches as well as host major championships.

To find a club near you, join IDPA, or just learn more about this exciting and fun defensive pistol shooting sport, visit www.IDPA.com. You can also follow @OfficialIDPA on Twitter, like ShootIDPA on Facebook, watch IDPA TV, or check out the Down Zero Blog to keep up with the latest news.

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Blade-Tech Joins Other Industry Leaders In Sponsoring IDPA's Carolina Cup Shooting Championship

by Editor 23. May 2012 16:01
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – Blade-Tech, a leading manufacturer of custom, production thermoplastic, injection molded tactical holsters, knife sheaths and magazine pouches, will be stage sponsor of the 2012 Carolina Cup shooting championship, according to officials with the International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA).

Blade-Tech, which is one of the most popular holster brands in IDPA competition, joins Remington Arms and Smith & Wesson, the Carolina Cup's two major sponsors, and Comp-Tac, GlockTriggers.com, Safariland and Trijicon in supporting the championship.

“Thanks to companies like Blade-Tech competitive pistol shooting is thriving, and their generous support of the Carolina Cup has helped to make this one of the biggest and best championship events on the IDPA schedule,” said Scott Ruby, sponsor coordinator for the Carolina Cup.

"Blade-Tech is a proud sponsor of IDPA Carolina Cup,” said Ryan Preece, media relations manager for Blade-Tech Industries. “The Carolina Cup is one of the premier matches in IDPA. We are thankful for the chance to sponsor the competition, and Blade-Tech will be on hand at the event to demonstrate and answer shooters' questions about our newest products.”

The Carolina Cup, one of IDPA's three major championships, will take place June 14-16 at The Range in Oxford, North Carolina. More than 360 of IDPA's top shooters are expected to put upwards of 75,000 rounds downrange in pursuit of titles in Custom Defensive Pistol, Enhanced Service Pistol, Stock Service Pistol, Stock Service Revolver and Enhanced Service Revolver, the five divisions in IDPA competition.

Considered by many to be among the most popular matches in IDPA competition, the Carolina Cup is known for its challenging courses of fire that creatively test all of a shooter's skills. Due to both the match's popularity and the explosive growth in IDPA membership, the Carolina Cup has been sold out since early March.

For more information on the championship visit www.The-CarolinaCup.com, or use #carolinacup to follow match news and competitor updates on Twitter.

Founded in 1996, the International Defensive Pistol Association is the international governing body for IDPA competition which offers shooters a fun, safe, and challenging format to practice and test their gun handling skills through defensive-based scenarios. Today IDPA stands as the fastest growing shooting sport in the United States with over 20,000 members from all 50 states and 54 foreign countries. IDPA's 321 affiliated clubs offer weekly and monthly matches as well as host major championships.

To find a club near you, join IDPA, or just learn more about this exciting and fun defensive pistol shooting sport, visit www.IDPA.com. You can also follow @OfficialIDPA on Twitter, like ShootIDPA on Facebook, watch IDPA TV, or check out the Down Zero Blog to keep up with the latest news.

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Safariland Sponsors Upcoming IDPA Carolina Cup

by Editor 20. May 2012 12:09
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – The International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) announced that Safariland, the makers of a broad range of law enforcement and security products and services, as well as competition specific holsters, will sponsor the upcoming 2012 Carolina Cup championship.

Safariland is one of the longest running and most respected names in competitive pistol shooting, as well as a major supporter of shooting matches around the country. They join Remington Arms and Smith & Wesson, the Carolina Cup’s two major sponsors, and Comp-Tac, GlockTriggers.com and Trijicon in supporting the championship. As part of their support for the match Safariland will sponsor two of the match’s 16 stages.

“We’re extremely grateful to have Safariland, one of the most widely recognized names in shooting competition, on board as a sponsor of the 2012 Carolina Cup,” said Scott Ruby, sponsor coordinator for the Carolina Cup. “Safariland has always been a strong supporter of the shooting sports, and in particular IDPA. Their generous support of the Carolina Cup is one of the reasons it’s among the best matches in the country.”

“We are very pleased to see the continued growth of IDPA, especially the Carolina Cup, and we wish all the competitors good luck in what is one of IDPA most challenging competitions,” said Scott Carnahan, VP of Safariland and Team Safariland Captain.

“Safariland is proud to be represented in this year’s Carolina Cup by Team Safariland members Bob Vogel, Bobby McGee and Tierani Hendrix who will be competing in the match with their new IDPA rigs.”

The Carolina Cup, one of IDPA’s three major championships, will take place June 14-16 at The Range in Oxford, North Carolina. More than 360 of IDPA’s top shooters are expected to put upwards of 75,000 rounds downrange in pursuit of titles in Custom Defensive Pistol, Enhanced Service Pistol, Stock Service Pistol, Stock Service Revolver and Enhanced Service Revolver, the five divisions in IDPA competition.

Considered by many to be among the most popular matches in IDPA competition, the Carolina Cup is known for its challenging courses of fire that creatively test all of a shooter’s skills. Due to both the match’s popularity and the explosive growth in IDPA membership, the Carolina Cup has been sold out since early March.

For more information on the championship visit www.The-CarolinaCup.com, or use #carolinacup to follow match news and competitor updates on Twitter.

Founded in 1996, the International Defensive Pistol Association is the international governing body for IDPA competition which offers shooters a fun, safe, and challenging format to practice and test their gun handling skills through defensive-based scenarios. Today IDPA stands as the fastest growing shooting sport in the United States with over 20,000 members from all 50 states and 54 foreign countries. IDPA’s 321 affiliated clubs offer weekly and monthly matches as well as host major championships.

To find a club near you, join IDPA, or just learn more about this exciting and fun defensive pistol shooting sport, visit www.IDPA.com. You can also follow @OfficialIDPA on Twitter, like ShootIDPA on Facebook, watch IDPA TV, or check out the Down Zero Blog to keep up with the latest news.

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IDPA's Carolina Cup Adds GlockTriggers.com to Growing List of Sponsors

by Editor 16. May 2012 18:05
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – The International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) announced that GlockTriggers.com, the manufacture of custom competition drop-in trigger systems for Glock pistols, will be a stage sponsor at the 2012 Carolina Cup championship.

GlockTriggers.com joins Remington Arms and Smith & Wesson, the Carolina Cup's two major sponsors, as well as Comp-Tac and Trijicon in supporting the championship.

“We are so pleased to have GlockTriggers.com back this year as a sponsor of the Carolina Cup. Many of our competitors, as well a number of those within IDPA, are fans of their custom trigger work, and appreciate the strong support GlockTriggers.com has provided this and other IDPA competitions,” said Scott Ruby, sponsor coordinator for the Carolina Cup.

As part of their support for the match, Glock Triggers.com will sponsor two of the match's 16 stages and be on hand during the match to speak with shooters and demonstrate their products.

“We're big fans of the International Defensive Pistol Association here at GlockTriggers.com and proud to support the Carolina Cup, as well as other IDPA matches around the country. Our products are designed to help competition shooters perform at their highest level which is why we are looking forward to returning to the Cup to visit with friends and see some of the best shooters in world in action,” said Jeff Wilson, president of GlockTriggers.com.

The Carolina Cup, one of IDPA's three major championships, will take place June 14-16 at The Range in Oxford, North Carolina. More than 360 of IDPA's top shooters are expected to put upwards of 75,000 rounds downrange in pursuit of titles in Custom Defensive Pistol, Enhanced Service Pistol, Stock Service Pistol, Stock Service Revolver and Enhanced Service Revolver, the five divisions in IDPA competition.

Considered by many to be among the most popular matches in IDPA competition, the Carolina Cup is known for its challenging courses of fire that creatively test all of a shooter's skills. Due to both the match's popularity and the explosive growth in IDPA membership, the Carolina Cup has been sold out since early March.

For more information on the championship visit www.The-CarolinaCup.com, or use #carolinacup to follow match news and competitor updates on Twitter. For information on the full line of GlockTriggers.com's products visit their website or find them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GlockTriggers.

Founded in 1996, the International Defensive Pistol Association is the international governing body for IDPA competition which offers shooters a fun, safe, and challenging format to practice and test their gun handling skills through defensive-based scenarios. Today IDPA stands as the fastest growing shooting sport in the United States with over 20,000 members from all 50 states and 54 foreign countries. IDPA's 321 affiliated clubs offer weekly and monthly matches as well as host major championships.

To find a club near you, join IDPA, or just learn more about this exciting and fun defensive pistol shooting sport, visit www.IDPA.com. You can also follow @OfficialIDPA on Twitter, like ShootIDPA on Facebook, watch IDPA TV, or check out the Down Zero Blog to keep up with the latest news.

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Comp-Tac Joins On As Sponsor of IDPA's Carolina Cup

by Editor 7. May 2012 17:29
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – The International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) announced that Comp-Tac Victory Gear, a leading manufacturer of holsters for the personal defense and competition market, will sponsor the upcoming 2012 Carolina Cup championship.

Comp-Tac joins Remington Arms and Smith & Wesson, the Carolina Cup's two major sponsors, and Trijicon in supporting the championship and will sponsor two of the match's 16 stages. In addition to sponsoring the match, Comp-Tac will be represented in the competition by Team Comp-Tac members Gordon Carrell, Randi Rogers and the team captain, Gregg Garrett.

“Comp-Tac has generously supported IDPA competitions around the country, so it is no surprise that their holsters are among the most popular in use by IDPA shooters, both on and off the range. That's why we're extremely pleased to have Comp-Tac Victory Gear on board as a sponsor of the 2012 Carolina Cup,” said Scott Ruby, sponsor coordinator for the Carolina Cup.

“The Carolina Cup has proven to offer the best of Southern hospitality and IDPA’s top course design. This event is one of the biggest matches in IDPA each year and also one of the most challenging for participants looking to develop and test their personal defense shooting skills. Comp-Tac is proud to support the Carolina Cup and the shooting community through sponsoring matches and events each year.” said Gregg Garrett, founder and president of Comp-Tac Victory Gear.

The Carolina Cup, one of IDPA's three major championships, will take place June 14-16 at The Range in Oxford, North Carolina. More than 360 of IDPA's top shooters are expected to put upwards of 75,000 rounds downrange in pursuit of titles in Custom Defensive Pistol, Enhanced Service Pistol, Stock Service Pistol, Stock Service Revolver and Enhanced Service Revolver, the five divisions in IDPA competition.

Considered by many to be among the most popular matches in IDPA competition, the Carolina Cup is known for its challenging courses of fire that creatively test all of a shooter's skills. Due to both the match's popularity and the explosive growth in IDPA membership, the Carolina Cup has been sold out since early March.

For more information on the championship visit www.The-CarolinaCup.com, or use #carolinacup to follow match news and competitor updates on Twitter.

Founded in 1996, the International Defensive Pistol Association is the international governing body for IDPA competition which offers shooters a fun, safe, and challenging format to practice and test their gun handling skills through defensive-based scenarios. Today IDPA stands as the fastest growing shooting sport in the United States with over 20,000 members from all 50 states and 54 foreign countries. IDPA's 321 affiliated clubs offer weekly and monthly matches as well as host major championships.

To find a club near you, join IDPA, or just learn more about this exciting and fun defensive pistol shooting sport, visit www.IDPA.com. You can also follow @OfficialIDPA on Twitter, like ShootIDPA on Facebook, watch IDPA TV, or check out the Down Zero Blog to keep up with the latest news.

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IDPA Announces Trijicon's Sponsorship of Carolina Cup

by Editor 30. April 2012 18:04
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – The International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) announced that Trijicon, manufacturer of Brilliant Aiming Solutions™ for the hunting, shooting, military and law enforcement markets, will be a sponsor of the upcoming Carolina Cup championship.

The Carolina Cup, one of IDPA's three major championships, will take place June 14-16 at The Range in Oxford, North Carolina. More than 360 of IDPA's top shooters are expected to put upwards of 75,000 rounds downrange in pursuit of titles in Custom Defensive Pistol, Enhanced Service Pistol, Stock Service Pistol, Stock Service Revolver and Enhanced Service Revolver, the five divisions in IDPA competition.

Trijicon joins Remington Arms and Smith & Wesson, the Carolina Cup's two major sponsors, and will be a stage sponsor for two of the match's 16 stages.

“Thanks to the strong industry support from companies like Trijicon, the Carolina Cup continues to grow in popularity and remains one of the premier pistol matches in America,” said Scott Ruby, sponsor coordinator for the Carolina Cup. “We deeply appreciate Trijicon's continued generosity.”

Considered by many to be among the most popular matches in IDPA competition, the Carolina Cup is known for its challenging courses of fire that creatively test all of a shooter's skills. Due to both the match's popularity and the explosive growth in IDPA membership, the Carolina Cup has been sold out since early March. For more information on the championship visit www.The-CarolinaCup.com, or use #carolinacup to follow match news and competitor updates on Twitter.

Founded in 1996, the International Defensive Pistol Association is the international governing body for IDPA competition which offers shooters a fun, safe, and challenging format to practice and test their gun handling skills through defensive-based scenarios. Today IDPA stands as the fastest growing shooting sport in the United States with nearly 20,000 members from all 50 states and 54 foreign countries. IDPA's 321 affiliated clubs offer weekly and monthly matches as well as host major championships.

To find a club near you, join IDPA, or just learn more about this exciting and fun defensive pistol shooting sport, visit www.IDPA.com. You can also follow @OfficialIDPA on Twitter, like ShootIDPA on Facebook, watch IDPA TV, or check out the Down Zero Blog to keep up with the latest news.

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Smith & Wesson Sponsors IDPA's Carolina Cup Championship

by Editor 23. April 2012 20:10
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – Smith & Wesson, the 160-year-old firearms maker headquartered in Springfield, Mass., will be a major sponsor of the upcoming Carolina Cup championship, according to officials with the International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA).

As part of their support for the match Smith & Wesson will serve as a stage sponsor as well as the sponsor of a side match which will feature the company's newest pistol, the M&P Shield. Smith & Wesson will also be hosting a demonstration bay during the match to allow competitors and spectators the opportunity to test-fire a wide variety of their firearms.

“We are extremely grateful to again have Smith & Wesson as a major sponsor of the Carolina Cup,” said Scott Ruby, sponsor coordinator for the Carolina Cup. “Smith & Wesson is one of the firearms industry's strongest supporters of recreational and competitive shooting in America, and particularly IDPA where the company has been one of the early leaders in promoting the sport.”

The Carolina Cup is one of IDPA's three major championships and will take place June 14-16 at The Range in Oxford, North Carolina. More than 360 of IDPA's top shooters are expected to put upwards of 75,000 rounds downrange in pursuit of titles in Custom Defensive Pistol, Enhanced Service Pistol, Stock Service Pistol, Stock Service Revolver and Enhanced Service Revolver, the five divisions in IDPA competition.

Considered by many to be among the most popular matches in IDPA competition, the Carolina Cup is known for its challenging courses of fire that creatively test all of a shooter's skills. Due to both the match's popularity and the explosive growth in IDPA membership, the Carolina Cup has been sold out since early March. For more information on the championship visit www.The-CarolinaCup.com, or use #carolinacup to follow match news and competitor updates on Twitter.

Founded in 1996, the International Defensive Pistol Association is the international governing body for IDPA competition which offers shooters a fun, safe, and challenging format to practice and test their gun handling skills through defensive-based scenarios. Today IDPA stands as the fastest growing shooting sport in the United States with nearly 20,000 members from all 50 states and 54 foreign countries. IDPA's 321 affiliated clubs offer weekly and monthly matches as well as host major championships.

To find a club near you, join IDPA, or just learn more about this exciting and fun defensive pistol shooting sport, visit www.IDPA.com. You can also follow @OfficialIDPA on Twitter, like ShootIDPA on Facebook, watch IDPA TV, or check out the Down Zero Blog to keep up with the latest news.

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Remington Arms Sponsors IDPA's Carolina Cup Championship

by Editor 18. April 2012 18:10
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – The International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) announced that Remington Arms Company, one of the firearms industry's leading manufacturers of firearms and sporting goods products for the hunting, shooting sports, law enforcement and military markets, will be a major sponsor of the upcoming Carolina Cup championship.

The Carolina Cup is one of IDPA's three major championships and will take place June 14-16 at The Range in Oxford, North Carolina. More than 300 of IDPA's top shooters are expected to put upwards of 75,000 rounds downrange in pursuit of titles in Custom Defensive Pistol, Enhanced Service Pistol, Stock Service Pistol, Stock Service Revolver and Enhanced Service Revolver, the five divisions in IDPA competition.

As one of the main sponsors of the Carolina Cup Remington will sponsor two stages in The Range's Remington Shoot House. Match competitors and attendees will also have the opportunity to test various Remington firearms, including the Model 1911 R1 pistol, in Remington's demonstration bay.

“Remington has been a tremendous supporter of both The Range and the Carolina Cup. Headquartered right here in North Carolina, we have worked closely with Remington officials to provide greater opportunities for recreational shooters, and their generous sponsorship of the Remington Shoot House and the Carolina Cup represents the culmination of those efforts,” said Scott Ruby, sponsor coordinator for the Carolina Cup.

The Carolina Cup is one of the most popular matches on the IDPA competition calendar and is known for its challenging courses of fire designed to test all of a shooter's skills. Due to both the match's popularity and the explosive growth in IDPA membership, the Carolina Cup has been sold out since early March. For more information on the championship visit www.The-CarolinaCup.com.

Founded in 1996, the International Defensive Pistol Association is the international governing body for IDPA competition which offers shooters a fun, safe, and challenging format to practice and test their gun handling skills through defensive-based scenarios. Today IDPA stands as the fastest growing shooting sport in the United States with nearly 20,000 members from all 50 states and 54 foreign countries. IDPA's 321 affiliated clubs offer weekly and monthly matches as well as host major championships.

To find a club near you, join IDPA, or just learn more about this exciting and fun defensive pistol shooting sport, visit www.IDPA.com. You can also follow @OfficialIDPA on Twitter, like ShootIDPA on Facebook, watch IDPA TV, or check out the Down Zero Blog to keep up with the latest news.

About Remington Arms Company, LLC: Remington Arms Company, LLC, ("Remington") headquartered in Madison, N.C., designs, produces and sells sporting goods products for the hunting and shooting sports markets, as well as solutions to the military, government and law enforcement markets. Founded in 1816 in upstate New York, the Company is one of the nation's oldest continuously operating manufacturers. Remington is the only U.S. manufacturer of both firearms and ammunition products and one of the largest domestic producers of shotguns and rifles. The Company distributes its products throughout the U.S. and in over 55 foreign countries. More information about the Company can be found at www.remington.com.

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IDPA Capitalizes on Growth by Expanding Marketing and Communication Efforts

by Editor 11. April 2012 19:02
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – The International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) is proud to welcome one of the firearms industry’s leading communications experts, Paul Erhardt, to expand the organization’s social media, public relations and marketing efforts.

Since founding marketing and communications firm Erhardt & Associates in 2007, Erhardt has built a consistent, proven record of providing creative solutions to marketing challenges. He is recognized as one of the most prolific public relations experts in the industry having recently led the effort in spotlighting the practical shooting sports. Erhardt’s work is innovative and often goes viral within the industry. His campaigns have regularly expanded beyond the world of firearms, sparking the interest of mainstream media.

“Paul’s work is well known throughout the industry. He has crafted literally hundreds of press releases, handled multiple social media accounts and shares a passion for shooting in his columns for The Shooting Wire. His work has generated exposure not only for the industry, but for shooting sports as well. We have already seen rapid growth fueled by the interest Paul has cultivated among shooters,” said Joyce Wilson, executive director of IDPA.

“IDPA is experiencing explosive growth with 800 to 900 new members joining monthly. With Paul’s help, IDPA will work to maintain this growth. We aim to capitalize on the social nature that has made IDPA so popular and we are thrilled to have Paul as part of the IDPA team.”

With the popularity of firearms ownership and concealed carry licensing at an all-time high, the International Defensive Pistol Association membership rolls have grown by 40% since 2007. The organization now has nearly 20,000 members. With 320 affiliated clubs around the country, IDPA is a shooting sport that is both accessible and in demand.

Working with Wilson and the rest of the IDPA staff and leadership, Erhardt will help develop a comprehensive marketing strategy focused on recruitment and retention while greatly expanding the organization’s communications effort to members, clubs and sponsors all while preserving the unique culture and brand that has made IDPA so successful.

“The number of new gun owners in America has been skyrocketing and many are looking for opportunities to get active. IDPA is a great place for them to start as a truly new shooter friendly sport. At the same time there is also a deep loyalty among the membership. Both headquarters and current members are dedicated to sharing IDPA. It’s exciting to be able to contribute to those efforts and further grow this fun and dynamic sport,” said Erhardt.

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