Joyce Wilson, executive director of the International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA), announced that the IDPA Headquarters Shooting Team will be competing in the 2012 Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship, using M&P pistols manufactured by match host Smith & Wesson.

“Smith & Wesson has been a perennial supporter of the shooting sports, our Second Amendment rights and a charter supporter of IDPA. While many of the HQ staff are 1911 shooters, as a show of appreciation for Smith & Wesson’s continued support of IDPA’s local, regional and national championships, Team IDPA will compete at the Smith & Wesson match with their model M&P pistols,” announced Wilson.

The International Defensive Pistol Association, which boasts nearly 19,000 members, was established with the primary goal of providing the concealed carry permit holder with a recreational venue to practice defensive-based handgun skills.

“Smith & Wesson is proud of our long term commitment to all shooting sports, including IDPA, and are pleased to welcome the IDPA Headquarters Shooting Team at the 15th Annual Smith & Wesson Indoor National Championships. We look forward to a continued collaboration with IDPA,” said Tom Yost of Smith & Wesson.

Since its formation in 1996 IDPA has grown to become one of the most active practical pistol sports with weekly competitions held all across the country. Among those competing in IDPA competition are factory supported shooting teams like Team Smith & Wesson which has earned multiple titles and awards over the years.

The Championship, scheduled for February 23-25, 2012, in Springfield, Mass., will be held at the Smith & Wesson Shooting Sports Center. The IDPA Headquarters Shooting Team will be represented in competition by Team Captain Joyce Wilson, Robert Ray, Terry Burba and Kitty Richards.

“Team IDPA is looking forward to competing on Team Smith & Wesson’s home court and we’re putting Team S&W on notice that when the timer sounds at this year’s Indoor Nationals, they’ll need to bring their “A” game if they plan to go toe-to-toe with Team IDPA,” said Wilson, throwing down the gauntlet.

For more information about the International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA), including a schedule of upcoming competitions for 2012, visit www.IDPA.com.

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