American gun making icon Colt has signed on as one of the returning major sponsors of the upcoming Smith & Wesson IDPA Back Up Gun Nationals.

Colt joins Apex Tactical Specialties, FMG Publications, GLOCK, the Sig Sauer Academy and Smith & Wesson, the title sponsor, in supporting this popular IDPA national championship event. As part of their support, Colt will sponsor one of the 14 stages of the course of fire.

“The name Colt is synonymous with defensive handguns, whether for the military or personal use, making them a natural partner for IDPA. We’re very grateful for Colt’s continued sponsorship of this important national championship event,” said Robert Ray, membership and marketing director for IDPA.

The 2014 Smith & Wesson Back Up Gun Nationals will be held November 6-8 on the indoor ranges of the company’s Shooting Sports Center.

For more information on IDPA, the 2014 Smith & Wesson IDPA Back Up Gun Nationals or to join the nearly 24,000 members competing each week, visit

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