Smith & Wesson Corp., hosted the 3rd Annual International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) Indoor National Championships over the weekend, awarding five division titles during the three-day event. Despite inclement weather conditions that blanketed the northeast, over 250 competitors took part in the IDPA event, which is considered by many to be one of the premier matches of the season.
As the smoke settled after 4,000 plus rounds of spent ammunition, five national champions were named including Team Smith & Wesson members Jerry Miculek and David Olhasso. Competing in the Enhanced Service Revolver (ESR) Division, the legendary Jerry Miculek stood atop the leader board after capturing the division title for an unprecedented ninth time. With his Smith & Wesson Model 625 revolver, Miculek captured the ESR title with a 29.62-point lead over the closest competitor. In the Custom Defensive Pistol (CDP) Division, fellow Smith & Wesson teammate David Olhasso successfully defended his division title using an M&P45 pistol. Olhasso’s final score of 158.35 was enough to capture the division title, while also earning him the coveted High Industry award.
“Due to the hard work and ingenuity that our match directors, range staff and Smith & Wesson team members have demonstrated over the last three years, the IDPA Indoor Nationals is one of the most highly anticipated and enjoyed matches of the season,” said Tom Kelly, Vice President of Marketing for Smith & Wesson. “In spite of the winter storms that kept several competitors from attending, this year’s match was extremely successful. By taking advantage of the unique atmosphere of the Smith & Wesson Shooting Sports Center and a dedicated group of range and safety officers, we were able to incorporate some very challenging courses of fire. Smith & Wesson is honored to have had the opportunity to host the match for a third consecutive year and we would like to congratulate and thank all of the participants who contributed to its success.”
Throughout the three-day event, additional members of Team Smith & Wesson delivered solid performances. Craig Buckland, fresh off winning two division titles in January, earned 1st Place in Master Class in the Stock Service Revolver (SSR) Division competing with his Smith & Wesson Model 67. Fellow teammate Tony Phan took home 3rd Place in the Master Class of the CDP Division shooting an M&P45 pistol and John Bagakis was awarded 2nd Master Class in the ESR Division. Tony Miele, Manager of the Smith & Wesson Performance Center, earned 2nd Place in the SSR Expert Class. Rounding out top finishes with Smith & Wesson firearms was Dan Burwell, who secured 1st Place Master in the Stock Service Pistol (SSP) Division along with the Most Accurate award shooting an M&P9L.
The 2010 Indoor National Championships featured 12 exciting courses of fire involving low-light and no-light conditions, moving targets and defensive shooting scenarios. In addition to the three-days of intense competitions, participants had the opportunity to participate in a variety of events including Smith & Wesson factory tours and training seminars.
Smith & Wesson would like to congratulate and recognize all of the Division Champions and Special Category Winners
CDP Champion: David Olhasso
ESP Champion: Robert Vogel
SSP Champion: Dave Sevigny
ESR Champion: Jerry Miculek
SSR Champion: Josh Lentz
High Senior: Scott Warren
High Lady: Randi Rogers
High Law Enforcement: Robert Vogel
High Press: Bryce Towsley
High Industry: David Olhasso
High International: Hans Silbitzer
High Military: Elliott Peterson
Most Accurate: Dan Burwell
About Smith & Wesson
Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation (NASDAQ: SWHC) is a U.S.-based, global provider of products and services for safety, security, protection and sport. The company designs and constructs facility perimeter security solutions for military and commercial applications, and delivers a broad portfolio of firearms and related training to the military, law enforcement and sports markets. SWHC companies include Smith & Wesson Corp., the globally recognized manufacturer of quality firearms; Universal Safety Response, a full-service perimeter security integrator, barrier manufacturer and installer; and Thompson/Center Arms Company, Inc., a premier designer and manufacturer of premium hunting firearms. SWHC facilities are located in Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, and Tennessee. For more information on Smith & Wesson and its companies, call (800) 331-0852 or log on to www.smith-wesson.com; www.usrgrab.com; or www.tcarms.com.