Gelberger’s Live Free Or Die ESR Win Crowns Him King of New England

by Editor 22. October 2013 07:53
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – One of New England’s top wheelgunners, Gene Gelberger, took home his third major title with his Enhanced Service Revolver division win this past weekend at the Smith & Wesson Live Free Or Die State IDPA Championship, and in doing so claimed the added title of King of New England.

Gelberger, a Master level shooter within the division, captured the ESR title after winning eight of the 13 stages and posting a final time of 391.34 seconds with 131 points down. Earlier this season Gelberger won the ESR title at both the 17th Annual Massachusetts State Championship and the New England Regional, which were also sponsored by Smith & Wesson.

“Gene has gone three for three in New England’s major matches this season. Whether as a competitor or working as staff, Gene’s a fixture at area IDPA matches to the point that it wouldn’t be a revolver competition without him there,” said Ken Lambert, match director for the Smith & Wesson Live Free Or Die.

Finishing second just 5.32 seconds behind Gelberger was Bill Richards who placed second with five stage wins and a final time of 396.34 (191). Jerry Richard took third with 478.81 (110).

In addition to winning the Live Free Or Die ESR title, Gelberger’s victory locked up his run on the Enhanced Service Revolver portion of the King of New England series. Presented by Apex Tactical Specialties, the King of New England recognizes the top shooters competing in the Massachusetts State Championship, the New England Regional and the Live Free Or Die.

The King of New England title goes to the competitor with the top cumulative score, in their division, made up from four pre-selected stages from each of the three championships. Gelberer finished the series with a final time of 420.61 seconds across the 12 stage course of fire.

The sold out 2013 Smith & Wesson Live Free Or Die State IDPA Championship took place October 18-20 and was hosted by the Pioneer Sportsmen Club in Dunbarton, N.H.

The match was sponsored by a number of firearms industry leaders, including Apex Tactical Specialties, Comp-Tac, iMarksman, New England Tactical, RangeLog, Ruger, Safariland, SIG SAUER, Taurus and Smith & Wesson, the title sponsor of the match.

For more information on IDPA, or to join the more than 22,000 members competing each week all across America, visit www.IDPA.com.

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Another Rainy Match, Another National IDPA Title For Team Smith & Wesson’s Miculek

by Editor 25. September 2013 07:00
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TULSA, Okla. – Once again the world’s best revolver shooter, Jerry Miculek, found himself shooting through the rain, and just like last year did so all the way to another national Enhanced Service Revolver division title with his dominating performance in the 2013 IDPA U.S. National Championship in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Miculek won with a time of 294.66 seconds and 76 points down. Taking stage wins on 12 of the 17 stages, Miculek outpaced his nearest competitor by 114.29 seconds.

“With the regularity that Jerry Miculek wins matches, I’m beginning to think he’s less of a shooter and more of a force of nature. Despite the off and on rain, Jerry shot undeterred and picked up yet another IDPA National Championship title,” said Joyce Wilson, executive director of IDPA.

Second place in the division went to Wayne Ritchie who finished first Expert with 408.95 and 73 points down. Darrell Sells placed third in the division to take first Sharpshooter with 424.76 and 112 points down. T.J. Milam, the first Master, was fourth with 427.99 and 149 points down, while Deon Greenwood, second Expert, rounded out the top five with 440.91 with 176 points down.

Elsewhere in the division, Brad Ludolph claimed first Marksman honors with his time of 493.52 seconds with 142 points down.

The 2013 IDPA U.S. National Championship took place September 19-22 in Tulsa, Okla., drawing many of the shooting sports' top pistol and revolver shooters.

For more information on IDPA, the 2013 IDPA U.S. National Championship, or to join the more than 22,000 members competing each week all across America, visit www.IDPA.com.

You can further connect with the IDPA community through IDPA’s social media, such as @OfficialIDPA on Twitter and ShootIDPA on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Tumblr, or check for regular news and updates on the organization’s DOWN ZERO Blog.

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Gelberger Repeats As ESR Champ At IDPA’s New England Regional

by Editor 21. August 2013 07:05
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HARVARD, Mass. – For the second year in a row Gene Gelberger has taken the Enhanced Service Revolver division title at the Smith & Wesson New England Regional IDPA Championship.

Sanctioned by the International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA), the Smith & Wesson New England Regional IDPA Championship was held Friday, Saturday and Sunday, August 16-18, at the Harvard Sportsmen’s Club located in Harvard, Massachusetts and drew 189 competitors.

Gelberger, classified a Master within the division, won 11 of 14 stages in the match, posting a final winning time of 382.29 seconds with 109 points down.

“As New England wheelgunners go, Gene is one of the best and he proves that time and time again,” observed Bob Biehl, match director for the 2013 New England Regional.

Placing second in the division was William Richards, an Expert class shooter, with 445.89 (118). Jerry Richard, also an Expert, placed third with 508.84 (120) while Marksman Andrew MacGray took fourth with 520.24 (127).

Complete match results can be found online at MetroWestTactical.com.

For more information on IDPA, or to join the more than 22,000 members competing each week all across America, visit www.IDPA.com.

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Gelberger Rolls To Enhanced Service Revolver Mass. State Title

by Editor 6. June 2013 07:35
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – Gene Gelberger swept all 10 stages on his way to claiming the Enhanced Service Revolver division title at the 17th Annual Massachusetts State IDPA Championship, presented by Smith & Wesson.

Held last weekend at the Rod & Gun Club of New Bedford located in North Dartmouth, the International Defensive Pistol Association’s (IDPA) state championship match drew 120 top shooters, including Gelberger who finished with a final time of 251.87 seconds with 68 points down.

Second place went to Rob Lacroix, a Sharpshooter who posted a final of 352.36 (117). The defending champion Jerry Richard, classified an Expert, took third with 367.78 (69) while Ward Benner, a Marksman, finished fourth with 663.74 (157).

Complete, searchable match results can be found online at IDPA.com.

For more information on IDPA, the 17th Annual Massachusetts State IDPA Championship presented by Smith & Wesson, or to join the more than 22,000 members competing each week all across America, visit www.IDPA.com.

You can further connect with the IDPA community through IDPA’s social media, such as @OfficialIDPA on Twitter and ShootIDPA on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Tumblr, or check for regular news and updates on the organization’s DOWN ZERO Blog.

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S&W’s Wheelgun Champ Miculek Wins Comp-Tac Republic Of Texas IDPA Championship

by Editor 28. May 2013 07:55
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HEMPSTEAD, Texas – Team Smith & Wesson’s Jerry Miculek won the Enhanced Service Revolver division title this Memorial Day weekend at the Lone Star State’s premier IDPA competition, the Comp-Tac Republic of Texas Championship.

Miculek, who is ranked a Distinguished Master in IDPA, but also widely regarded as the world’s greatest revolver shooter, won all but one of the 10 stages on his way to winning the title with a final time of 215.94 with 55 points down.

“There is nothing you can say about Jerry and his skills with a revolver that hasn’t already been said. He never ceases to amaze shooters and his presence on any range is always a welcome sight to his fellow competitors,” said Joyce Wilson, executive director of IDPA.

Placing second behind Miculek was Deon Greenwood, first Expert, with 293.69 (91), followed by Robert Briggs, also an Expert class shooter, with 316.52 (41). Fourth place went to James Ash, first Sharpshooter, with 331.22 (51) while fifth place went to Claude Clark, another Sharpshooter who finished with 410.76 (133).

Duane Hemphill took first Marksman in the ESR division with a time of 418.62 seconds and 50 points down.

Complete, searchable match results can be found online at IDPA.com.

Sanctioned by the International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) the Republic of Texas Championship was held at the ImpactZone Range in Hempstead and drew over 200 top shooters from throughout Texas and across the United States.

The match received strong industry support with sponsorship from ACADEMI, Armadillo Concealment, Brian Enos, Competitive Concealment, CrossBreed Holsters, Cypress Firearms, Dillon Precision, Don’s Guide Rods, GLC Shooting Academy, GlockTriggers.com, Grip Reductions, Hi-Viz Shooting Systems, Starline Brass, Target Acquired, and title sponsor Comp-Tac Victory Gear.

For more information on IDPA, the 2013 Comp-Tac Republic of Texas IDPA Championship or to get started in this fun and exciting defensive pistol shooting sport, visit www.IDPA.com. You can also connect with IDPA online by following @OfficialIDPA on Twitter, like ShootIDPA on Facebook, watch IDPA TV, or check for regular news and updates on the DOWN ZERO Blog.

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Miculek Takes Another ESR At 2013 Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor Nationals

by Editor 27. February 2013 07:15
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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Once again the world’s greatest wheelgun shooter took home the Enhanced Service Revolver title at the International Defensive Pistol Association’s (IDPA) 2013 Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship as Jerry Miculek of Team Smith & Wesson topped the division with blistering time of 215.47 shooting just 55 points down.

Miculek, who is ranked a Distinguished Master in the ESR division – IDPA’s highest skill classification – has won this title several times including every year since 2007.

“Well beyond Jerry’s extraordinary ability with a revolver, or with any firearm for that matter, it’s his wonderful personality, humor and southern charm that has endeared him to so many shooters. It is always a great pleasure to watch Jerry in action on an IDPA range, shooting and of course winning,” said Joyce Wilson, executive director of IDPA.

Finishing second overall behind Miculek was Brian Gonsalves who finished first Expert with a time of 291.79 and 65 points down. Gregg Kratochvil placed third overall and finished first Master with 298.49 (78). Warren Baker, another ESR Master, finished fourth overall with 335.24 (129) followed by T.J. Milam who took first Sharpshooter with 341.61 (127), Sean Cheney, another ESR Sharpshooter, with 345.68 (137), and Andrew Macgray who took first Marksman with 391.56 (131).

The 2013 Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship took place February 21-23 at the Smith & Wesson Shooting Sports Center in Springfield, Mass., drawing many of the shooting sports' top pistol shooters from 28 states, one U.S. territory and three foreign nations.

For more information on IDPA, the Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship or to find a club near you, visit www.IDPA.com. You can also connect with IDPA online by following @OfficialIDPA on Twitter, like ShootIDPA on Facebook, watch IDPA TV, or check for regular updates on the DOWN ZERO Blog.

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Team Smith & Wesson’s Miculek Shoots Thru Downpour to Take IDPA Title

by Editor 26. September 2012 02:05
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OXFORD, N.C. – When he wasn’t carrying a revolver Team Smith & Wesson’s Jerry Miculek was carrying an umbrella as he shot his way through a downpour at the 2012 IDPA National Championships to win, once again, the Enhanced Service Revolver title.

Miculek is ranked a Distinguished Master by the International Defensive Pistol Association but is widely recognized around the world as the best revolver shooter ever, and his string of consecutive ESR division titles bears that out. He won the 2012 National title with a time of 298.14 seconds and 75 points down.

“There is nobody in the shooting sports like Jerry Miculek. Besides being a once-in-a-lifetime shooting talent, Jerry is above all an ambassador for the sports he competes in and the companies he represents,” said Joyce Wilson, executive director of IDPA.

“While most top shooters would leave the range immediately after shooting in the rain, Jerry stayed behind and spent time talking to the match staff and volunteers. That’s why you’ll never find an IDPA club or match where Jerry Miculek isn’t warmly welcomed.”

Taking on a wheelgun icon isn’t easy but that didn’t stop those from trying. Finishing second to Miculek was Team RangeLog’s Toni Dandreamatteo, the only ESR Master competing, who posted a time of 396.26 with 167 points down. First ESR Expert went to Irvin Earles with 526.95 (224), while first Sharpshooter went to Emilio Franco, Jr. with 414.94 (127) and Raymond Duroy, the only ESR Marksman, finished with 542.88 (245).

The 2012 IDPA National Championships took place September 19-22 in Oxford, N.C., drawing many of the shooting sports' top pistol and revolver shooters.

Fore more information, or to get started in this fun and exciting defensive pistol shooting sport, visit www.IDPA.com. You can also connect with IDPA online by following @OfficialIDPA on Twitter, like ShootIDPA on Facebook, watch IDPA TV, or check for regular updates on the DOWN ZERO Blog.

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Gelberger Rolls To Wheelgun Win At New England Regional IDPA Championship

by Editor 21. August 2012 01:25
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HARVARD, Mass. – Gene Gelberger finished 29th among all shooters in all divisions on his way to the Enhanced Service Revolver division title at the 2012 New England Regional IDPA Championship held this past weekend in Harvard, Mass.

Gelberger, who is classified a Master level shooter in IDPA's ESR division, finished the match with a time of 305.05 seconds, scoring 69 points down.

“IDPA is a challenging sport, especially for revolver shooters, but Gene's performance this weekend at the New England Regional shows that wheelgunners can certainly hold their own on the IDPA range,” said Joyce Wilson, executive director of IDPA.

Elsewhere in the Enhanced Service Revolver division, Jerry Richard was first Expert with 420.81 and 86 points down, while Chad Barber of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy finished first Sharpshooter with 512.85 and 61 points down.

Sponsored in part by New England-based firearms makers Ruger and Sig Sauer, the 2012 New England Regional IDPA Championship was hosted by the MetroWest Tactical IDPA club and held August 17-19 at the Harvard Sportsmen's Club in Harvard, Mass. The match drew nearly 160 top IDPA competitors from throughout New England. For more information on the match and the full results, visit www.MetroWestTactical.com.

Fore more information on the International Defensive Pistol Association, or to get started in this fun and exciting defensive pistol shooting sport, visit www.IDPA.com. 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.

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