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Smith & Wesson IDPA Back Up Gun Nationals Division Winners

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Article first appeared at Ammoland.com

Ammoland.com – Springfield, MA -(AmmoLand.com)- Smith & Wesson Corp. today announced that the International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) Back Up Gun (BUG) Nationals reached a successful conclusion over the weekend with more than 200 of the nation’s top shooters competing for divisional honors.

Held at the Smith & Wesson Employee Sports Center, the theme for this year’s match focused on the “Roaring Twenties,” which challenged competitors with intricate props and shooting obstacles inspired from the decade as they raced through 13 stages of fire. When the final scores were calculated, Shane Coley was named BUG Semi-Automatic Champion after posting the top score for the match and Daniel Humphreys took home top honors in the BUG Revolver Division.

Elsewhere in competition, Smith & Wesson’s own Randi Rodgers reclaimed the High Lady Title for the third consecutive year using an M&P Compact in 9mm.

This year’s match also recorded another industry first as it became the first national match of its kind to be conducted by two female match coordinators. Taking the helm for this year’s match was Debbie Singer, who served as Match Director. Kitty Richards, who performed the duties of Assistant Match Director, supported Singer in her role. Together they, along with the support of numerous volunteers, staff members and sponsors, helped lay the groundwork for the match which took over four days of prep work to assemble each of the 13 stages of fire.

James Debney, President and CEO of Smith & Wesson, said, “On behalf of everyone at Smith & Wesson, I would like to congratulate all of the divisional winners of the 2015 IDPA Back Up Gun Nationals. To host a match of this magnitude takes the dedicated efforts of a collective group of people who work tirelessly behind the scenes to help make sure that no detail is left undone. I would also like to thank all of the competitors, sponsors and industry supporters that continue to make this match such a tremendous success. Finally, I would like to recognize the IDPA for its continued support of the shooting sports and for working closely with us in order to help ensure the longevity of BUG matches across the country.”

Congratulations to all of the Division Champions and Special Category Winners:

  • BUG-S Champion: Shane Coley
  • BUG-R Champion: Daniel Humphreys
  • High Lady: Randi Rodgers
  • High Senior: Eugene Jankowski
  • High Industry: Shane Coley
  • High Junior: Padraic Sullivan
  • High Law Enforcement: Eugene Jankowski
  • High Military: Mike Seeklander
  • Most Distinguished Senior: Paul Jones
  • Most Accurate: Jim Meyers

For more information on IDPA and the Smith & Wesson IDPA Back Up Gun Nationals visit here.

About Smith & Wesson:

Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation (NASDAQ Global Select: SWHC) is a U.S.-based leader in firearm manufacturing and design, delivering a broad portfolio of quality firearms, related products, and training to the global military, law enforcement, and consumer markets. The company’s firearm division brands include Smith & Wesson, M&P, and Thompson/Center Arms. As an industry leading manufacturer of shooting, reloading, gunsmithing and gun cleaning supplies, the company’s accessories division produces innovative, top quality products under Battenfeld Technologies, Inc., including Caldwell Shooting Supplies, Wheeler Engineering, Tipton Gun Cleaning Supplies, Frankford Arsenal Reloading Tools, Lockdown Vault Accessories, and Hooyman Premium Tree Saws. Smith & Wesson facilities are located in Massachusetts, Maine, Connecticut, and Missouri.

For more information on Smith & Wesson, call (800) 331-0852 or log on to www.smith-wesson.com.
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