Self Defense Association Sponsors Smith & Wesson IDPA Back Up Gun Nationals

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BERRYVILLE, Ark. –-( The Self Defense Association (SDA), which provides training and educational resources, up-to-date information on state firearms laws, and financial support to such organizations as Project Child-Safe, has signed on as one of the major sponsors of the Smith & Wesson IDPA Back Up Gun Nationals.

The Self Defense Association joins Apex Tactical Specialties, Harris Publications, Michigan Ammo Company, the National Shooting Sports Foundation, SIG SAUER and Smith & Wesson, the title sponsor, in supporting this latest IDPA national championship event. As part of their support, the Self Defense Association will be hosting a hospitality suite for competitors and staff.

“We’re very pleased to welcome the Self Defense Association as one of the major sponsors of the inaugural Smith & Wesson Back Up Gun Nationals and deeply appreciate their generous support of IDPA’s newest national championship,” said Robert Ray, membership and marketing director for IDPA.

“At the Self Defense Association we believe whole heartedly in training, and IDPA is an ideal outlet for CCW permit holders to enhance their shooting and gun handling skills. We’re proud to support IDPA and the Smith & Wesson Back Up Gun Nationals,” said Darryl Swagerty of the Self Defense Association.

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The Smith & Wesson IDPA Back Up Gun Nationals will take place November 14-16 and feature a 13-stage course of fire with a round count of 180.

Held on the indoor ranges of the Smith & Wesson Shooting Sports Center in Springfield, Massachusetts, match officials expect the event to draw upwards of 200 top IDPA shooters vying for titles in either the Pistol or Revolver division.

Registration is open and just a handful of slots are still available for those interested in competing. Registration is being conducted online at

For more information on IDPA, the inaugural Smith & Wesson IDPA Back Up Gun Nationals or to join the more than 22,000 members competing each week all across America, visit

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