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

by Editor 22. October 2013 07:53
Subscribe to Feed

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.

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.

Comments: Comments

Doti Edges Out Klassanos To Win Live Free Or Die SSR, King of New England Titles

by Editor 22. October 2013 07:31
Subscribe to Feed

BERRYVILLE, Ark. – With just 0.42 seconds separating the two, Dennis Doti edged out Chris Klassanos in the battle for the Stock Service Revolver title at the Smith & Wesson Live Free Or Die State IDPA Championship.

The SSR competition came down the 13th and final stage of the match. After 12 stages Wil Cournoyer led with 362.72, followed by Doti with 373.67 and Klassanos with 376.19. Cournoyer also held the lead over Doti in the Kind of New England series, setting up the final stage, the fourth King of New England stage at the Live Free Or Die, as the determining stage in both contests.

Presented by Apex Tactical Specialties, the King of New England series recognizes the top shooters competing in the Massachusetts State Championship, the New England Regional and the Live Free Or Die, with the title going to the competitor with the top cumulative score, in their division, from four pre-selected stages from each of the three championships.

Klassanos won stage 13 with 46.41 and 9 points down, picking up 2.1 seconds on Doti who finished with 48.51 (7), though not enough for Klassanos to overtake him. With both titles on the line, Cournoyer had a disastrous stage finishing with 82.34 and giving up 33.83 seconds to Doti, along with both titles.

“The Stock Service Revolver contest was the closest of the championship, and with both the match and the King of New England titles on the line on the final stage, it provided for the most dramatic finish of the weekend,” said Ken Lambert, match director for the Smith & Wesson Live Free Or Die.

With the help of two stage wins, Doti won the SSR title with a final time of 422.18 seconds and 67 points down. Klassanos, who won five of the 13 stages, took second with 422.60 (143) followed by Cournoyer with three stage wins and a final time of 445.06 (75). Rounding out the top five were Chris DeForge who scored one stage win before finishing with 463.76 (100), and Greg Hayes with two stage wins and a time of 474.24 (114).

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 Victory Gear, 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.

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.

Comments: Comments

Live Free Or Die Stage 12: Romantic Clearing

by Editor 15. October 2013 18:45
Subscribe to Feed

SCENARIO: A romantic dinner in a secluded restaurant. Three thugs pull knives and go for your significant other. As you make your way out of the restaurant you find other thugs.

PROCEDURE: Start standing at P1, gun loaded to division capacity and holstered with ammo carriers on body.

Engage Engage targets T1-T3 while moving to P2 in tactical sequence. Engage T4-T6 from P2, steel behind T6 activates T5 which is an up/down. From P3, engage T7-T8 from low cover. NOTE: T5 is not disappearing. T7-T8 is not visible from P2 Hay will be used behind wood to prevent shoot throughs.

SCORING: Vickers Count
ROUND COUNT:
16
TARGETS: 8 IDPA, 1 Non-Threat, 1 Steel
SCORED HITS: Best 2 On Target, Steel Must Fall
CONCEALMENT: Required

STAGE DESIGN: Pioneer IDPA Club

STAGE SPONSOR: Academi
WEBSITE: www.Academi.com

This stage will serve as the Alternate King of New England selection for those competing in the series.

Comments: Comments

Live Free Or Die Stage 13: Windows

by Editor 15. October 2013 16:45
Subscribe to Feed

SCENARIO: A Riot in your town. Your gun and ammo is located in the nightstand. Grab your gun and protect your home through the front windows. Watch out for neighbors.

PROCEDURE: Start standing facing up range. Gun is loaded to division capacity, placed in night stand behind you. Ammo in the drawer also.

Get your gun and any ammo you wish to take with you. Engage T1-T8 with 2 rounds each. Steel must fall. NOTE: Cannot come back to nightstand once you leave P1.

SCORING: Vickers Count
ROUND COUNT:
18
TARGETS: 8 IDPA, 2 Non-Threat, 2 Steel
SCORED HITS: Best Two On Target, Steel Must Fall
CONCEALMENT: Required

STAGE DESIGN: Pioneer IDPA Club

STAGE SPONSOR: New England Tactical
WEBSITE: www.NewEnglandTactical.com

Comments: Comments

Live Free Or Die Stage 8: Haunted

by Editor 15. October 2013 14:30
Subscribe to Feed

SCENARIO: You are local PD on the scene investing a noise complaint when you hear screaming from inside the house while you are looking around outside. You enter the residence and you recognize local missing persons who are trying to escape. Their attackers look like they are undead or on meth. Don’t mind the coffin.

PROCEDURE: Start with hands relaxed at side. Gun loaded to division capacity, ammo carriers on body.

At the signal, engage T1-T2 from P2. Engage T3-T5 from the left side of the open door at P3. Engage T5 from P4. Engage T6-T8 from P5. NOTE: Sensors near P1 activate the charger. T1 drops down from the ceiling.

SCORING: Vickers Count
ROUND COUNT:
18
TARGETS: 8 IDPA, 3 Non-Threat
SCORED HITS: Best Two On Target
CONCEALMENT: Required

STAGE DESIGN: Jonathan Wolfe

STAGE SPONSOR: Smith & Wesson
WEBSITE: www.Smith-Wesson.com

Comments: Comments

Live Free Or Die Stage 5: Thriller

by Editor 15. October 2013 12:30
Subscribe to Feed

SCENARIO: Darkness falls across the land, the midnight hour is close at hand, Creatures crawl in search of blood, To terrorize your neighborhood; And though you fight to stay alive, Your body starts to shiver, For no mere mortal can resist, The Evil of the thriller.

 

PROCEDURE: Start outside gate with strong hand on gate. Gun holstered and loaded to division capacity with ammo carriers on body.

Engage T1-T18 from low cover at P2. NOTE: Gate activates swinger.

SCORING: Vickers Count
ROUND COUNT:
18
TARGETS: 18 IDPA, 3 Non-Threat
SCORED HITS: Best 1 On Target
CONCEALMENT: Required

STAGE DESIGN: Jonathan Wolfe

STAGE SPONSOR: Academi
WEBSITE: www.Academi.com

Comments: Comments

Live Free Or Die Stage 1: Cereal Killer

by Editor 15. October 2013 10:30
Subscribe to Feed

SCENARIO: Supermarket is getting robbed by a gang of thugs and they are looking for people to shake down. You are just there looking for ice cream for a birthday party later. What happened to the lights?

PROCEDURE: Start holding a box of cereal. Gun holstered and loaded to division capacity with ammo carriers on body. Flashlight in weak hand.

Move to cover at P2 before engaging T1-T5. Engage T6 from P3. T7-T9 will be engaged between food stuffs via portal at P4.

SCORING: Vickers Count
ROUND COUNT:
18
TARGETS: 9 IDPA, 2 Non-Threat
SCORED HITS: Best Two On Target
CONCEALMENT: Required

STAGE DESIGN: Lee Adams

STAGE SPONSOR: iMarksman
WEBSITE: www.iMarksman.com

Comments: Comments

Safariland Sponsors Smith & Wesson Live Free Or Die IDPA Match

by Editor 15. October 2013 07:45
Subscribe to Feed

BERRYVILLE, Ark. – When competitors hit the range this weekend for the International Defensive Pistol Association’s 2013 Smith & Wesson Live Free Or Die State IDPA Championship it’s going to be thanks to support from sponsors like Safariland®.

Safariland, one of the leading holster brands and longtime supporter of the shooting sports, joins Apex Tactical Specialties, Brownells, Comp-Tac Victory Gear, iMarksman, New England Tactical, RangeLog, Ruger, SIG SAUER, Taurus and Smith & Wesson, the title sponsor of the match, as one of the main sponsors of the sold out championship event taking place October 18-20 at the Pioneer Sportsmen Club in Dunbarton, N.H.

“The return of the New Hampshire IDPA state championship, the Live Free Or Die match, is one of the big stories in the New England IDPA community. And the number of industry icons, like Safariland, that are supporting the match has got every shooter excited,” said Ken Lambert, match director. “On behalf of the match, the staff and the Granite State IDPA shooters, I want to thank Safariland for all they’ve done for IDPA.”

“Safariland has a long tradition of promoting the shooting sports, and those competing every week across the country. We are proud to be among the companies supporting New Hampshire’s fast growing IDPA community and the Live Free Or Die State Championship,” said Scott Carnahan, Vice President, Equipment Category Marketing, The Safariland Group.

In addition to determining the New Hampshire state title, the match will also serve as the final leg of the King of New England contest presented by Apex Tactical. The 17th Annual Massachusetts State Championship and the New England Regional, both sponsored by Smith & Wesson, make up the first and second legs, respectively, of the newly announced series.

For more information on IDPA, 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.

About Safariland®
Established in 1964, Safariland® has earned worldwide renown and a leadership position in the industry for its technologically advanced holsters and other gear to the law enforcement, military, concealment and competitive sporting markets. Safariland holsters, belts and accessories provide users with high-quality tools to perform their jobs safely and effectively. Safariland is credited for developing the first Level III retention holster for the uniformed duty market. With a reputation for INNOVATION NOT IMITATION®, the Safariland brand continues its position as the worldwide leader in retention holsters. Safariland is a part of The Safariland Group family of brands. For more information, visit www.safariland.com/dutygear.

Comments: Comments

iMarksman Sponsors Smith & Wesson Live Free Or Die State IDPA Championship

by Editor 6. September 2013 09:35
Subscribe to Feed

BERRYVILLE, Ark. – iMarksman, provider of the most affordable, realistic, and innovative training systems currently on the market, has signed on to sponsor the 2013 Smith & Wesson Live Free Or Die State IDPA Championship.

iMarksman joins RangeLog, SIG SAUER, Taurus and Smith & Wesson, the title sponsor of the match, as one of the main sponsors of the sold out championship event slated to take place October 18-20 at the Pioneer Sportsmen Club in Dunbarton, N.H.

“We are very pleased to welcome iMarksman as a sponsor of the 2013 Smith & Wesson Live Free Or Die State IDPA Championship, and thank them for their generous support,” said Ken Lambert, match director.

“iMarksman is committed to sponsoring firearm training and competition events, like IDPA's Live Free Or Die State Championship. There is no better test of shooting skill than the pressure of the competition timer, and iMarksman is proud to provide shooters with the training tools they need to practice off the range," said Andrey Safanyuk, CEO of iSniper, Inc., makers of iMarksman®.

In addition to determining the New Hampshire state title, the match will also serve as the final leg of the King of New England contest presented by Apex Tactical. The 17th Annual Massachusetts State Championship and the New England Regional, both sponsored by Smith & Wesson, make up the first and second legs, respectively, of the newly announced series.

For more information on IDPA, 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.

Comments: Comments

IDPA Previews Smith & Wesson New England Regional Course Of Fire

by Editor 12. August 2013 06:35
Subscribe to Feed

BERRYVILLE, Ark. – Starting with the King of New England stages, organizers of the 2013 Smith & Wesson New England Regional IDPA Championship are previewing all 14 stages of the course of fire competitors will face at this year’s championship.

Sanctioned by the International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA), the New England Regional IDPA Championship will take place August 16-18 at the Harvard Sportsmen's Club in Harvard, Massachusetts.

In addition to determining the regional champion in each of IDPA’s five handgun competition divisions, the match also serves as the second leg of the newly established King of New England, which is being presented by Apex Tactical Specialties. In June the 17th Annual Massachusetts State IDPA Championship, presented by Smith & Wesson, kicked off the series which concludes with New Hampshire’s Smith & Wesson Live Free Or Die State IDPA Championship in October.

Four stages from each of the three major New England championships make up the 12 stage challenge. Match Director Bob Biehl has selected the following stages as the New England Regional Championship’s portion of the series:

Stage 2 - Movie Theater
Stage 8 - Economic Breakdown
Stage 11 - Interrupting Your Nap
Stage 14 - Restaurant Beat Down
Stage 6 - I Want To Ride My Bike (alternate)

IDPA, which is the country’s fastest growing shooting sport, has seen tremendous growth in the last few years fueled by the surging demand in concealed carry permits and the increasing need for personal protection. Such rapid growth has made competitions like the New England Regional extremely popular.

For more information on IDPA, the Smith & Wesson New England Regional, 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.

Comments: Comments

Copyright 2012 International Defensive Pistol Association Privacy Terms of Use