IDPA Announces Self Defense Association As Latest Corporate Sponsor

by Editor 2. April 2015 07:10
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – The International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) announced that the Self Defense Association (SDA) has signed on as the latest corporate sponsor of IDPA.

“The Self Defense Association has partnered with IDPA to help expand an important segment of the broader shooting community. Our goal at IDPA is to reach out to new and existing firearms owners to encourage them to not only own guns, but to get out and shoot them in a safe, fun and challenging environment,” said Robert Ray, membership and marketing director for the International Defensive Pistol Assn.

Noting that approximately 91% of IDPA members hold a concealed carry permit, Ray added, “besides being an exciting sport, regularly competing in IDPA matches can help a gun owner become more competent and confident in the use of their defensive firearm.”

"IDPA is a great match for the Self Defense Association. SDA members are concealed carry permit holders who understand the right and responsibility of carrying,” said Darryl Swagerty of the Self Defense Association. “IDPA offers an exciting forum with simulated “real world” self-defense scenarios our members can participate in to practice and improve their concealed carry skills.”

The Self Defense Association joins ACADEMI, Alien Gear Holsters, Gun World Magazine, Handguns Magazine, Harris Publications, the National Shooting Sports Foundation, Smith & Wesson, Target Is Moving, Trijicon and Wilson Combat as a corporate sponsor of IDPA providing major financial support for the organization.

Each year IDPA members in the United States spend upwards of $30 million annually on shooting equipment for the sport with the average amount (of estimated 2013 expenditures) totaling $1,580.83. Equipment purchased by IDPA members includes firearms, accessories, reloading equipment and components.

For more information on IDPA, or to join the more than 24,000 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.

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