GLOCK Sponsors Inaugural S&W IDPA Back Up Gun Nationals

by Editor 5. November 2013 08:40
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – GLOCK, the nation’s leading pistol provider to American law enforcement agencies and maker of some of the most popular pistols used in the shooting sports, extends its support for IDPA with sponsorship of the inaugural Smith & Wesson IDPA Back Up Gun Nationals.

“GLOCK has aways been very supportive of IDPA and our members with their generous sponsorship of matches around the country. We’re very pleased to once again partner with GLOCK to bring IDPA shooters another great national championship event,” said Joyce Wilson, executive director of IDPA.

GLOCK joins Apex Tactical Specialties, Brownells, Harris Publications, Michigan Ammo Company, the National Shooting Sports Foundation, Panteao Productions, the Self Defense Association, SIG SAUER, Springfield Armory, Wilson Combat and Smith & Wesson, the title sponsor, in supporting this latest IDPA national championship event. As part of their support, GLOCK will sponsor one of the 13 stages in the course of fire.

“GLOCK's involvement with the International Defensive Pistol Association has been extremely positive for our brand,” stated Josh Dorsey, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Smyrna, Ga. based GLOCK, Inc. “We relish the fact that so many organizations support the safe and responsible use of firearms; we wish the organizers, volunteers, competitors and more than 7,500 IDPA GLOCK users the best for this match and the subsequent 2014 IDPA season.”

The Smith & Wesson IDPA Back Up Gun Nationals will take place November 14-16 and feature a 13-stage course of fire with a round count of 180. Held on the indoor ranges of the Smith & Wesson Shooting Sports Center in Springfield, Massachusetts, match officials expect the event to draw upwards of 200 top IDPA shooters vying for titles in either the Pistol or Revolver division.

Registration is open and just a handful of slots are still available for those interested in competing. Registration is being conducted online at

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

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

About GLOCK, Inc.
The GLOCK GROUP is a leading global manufacturer of pistols and accessories. GLOCK's superior engineering has produced a pistol with only 34 parts and a rugged polymer-frame, providing industry-leading reliability shot after shot. GLOCK is renowned for its pistols which are safe, featuring three safeties; simple, offering a low number of components to provide reliability; and fast, with no encumbering parts to slow the speed to fire. This combination makes GLOCK pistols the first choice among consumers and law enforcement, with approximately 65 percent of agencies within the United States choosing to carry GLOCK. Austrian-engineered, the group has manufacturing facilities in the United States and Austria. Based in Smyrna, Ga., GLOCK, Inc. is an advocate for our nation's law enforcement and military personnel, as well as all citizens' Second Amendment right to bear arms. For more information, please visit

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