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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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