Safariland Sponsors Upcoming IDPA Carolina Cup

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BERRYVILLE, Ark. –-( The International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) announced that Safariland, the makers of a broad range of law enforcement and security products and services, as well as competition specific holsters, will sponsor the upcoming 2012 Carolina Cup championship.

Safariland is one of the longest running and most respected names in competitive pistol shooting, as well as a major supporter of shooting matches around the country. They join Remington Arms and Smith & Wesson, the Carolina Cup’s two major sponsors, and Comp-Tac, and Trijicon in supporting the championship. As part of their support for the match Safariland will sponsor two of the match’s 16 stages.

“We’re extremely grateful to have Safariland, one of the most widely recognized names in shooting competition, on board as a sponsor of the 2012 Carolina Cup,” said Scott Ruby, sponsor coordinator for the Carolina Cup. “Safariland has always been a strong supporter of the shooting sports, and in particular IDPA. Their generous support of the Carolina Cup is one of the reasons it’s among the best matches in the country.”

“We are very pleased to see the continued growth of IDPA, especially the Carolina Cup, and we wish all the competitors good luck in what is one of IDPA most challenging competitions,” said Scott Carnahan, VP of Safariland and Team Safariland Captain.

“Safariland is proud to be represented in this year’s Carolina Cup by Team Safariland members Bob Vogel, Bobby McGee and Tierani Hendrix who will be competing in the match with their new IDPA rigs.”

The Carolina Cup, one of IDPA’s three major championships, will take place June 14-16 at The Range in Oxford, North Carolina. More than 360 of IDPA’s top shooters are expected to put upwards of 75,000 rounds downrange in pursuit of titles in Custom Defensive Pistol, Enhanced Service Pistol, Stock Service Pistol, Stock Service Revolver and Enhanced Service Revolver, the five divisions in IDPA competition.

Considered by many to be among the most popular matches in IDPA competition, the Carolina Cup is known for its challenging courses of fire that creatively test all of a shooter’s skills. Due to both the match’s popularity and the explosive growth in IDPA membership, the Carolina Cup has been sold out since early March.

For more information on the championship visit, or use #carolinacup to follow match news and competitor updates on Twitter.

Founded in 1996, the International Defensive Pistol Association is the international governing body for IDPA competition which offers shooters a fun, safe, and challenging format to practice and test their gun handling skills through defensive-based scenarios. Today IDPA stands as the fastest growing shooting sport in the United States with over 20,000 members from all 50 states and 54 foreign countries. IDPA’s 321 affiliated clubs offer weekly and monthly matches as well as host major championships.

To find a club near you, join IDPA, or just learn more about this exciting and fun defensive pistol shooting sport, visit You can also follow @OfficialIDPA on Twitter, like ShootIDPA on Facebook, watch IDPA TV, or check out the Down Zero Blog to keep up with the latest news.