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

by Editor 22. October 2013 07:31
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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.

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Team Smith & Wesson’s Josh Lentz Takes SSR National Title

by Editor 25. September 2013 07:10
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TULSA, Okla. – Team Smith & Wesson’s Josh Lentz captured the national Stock Service Revolver division title this past weekend at the 2013 IDPA U.S. National Championship in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Lentz, who is one of the shooters ranked a Distinguished Master in the SSR division, took top honors on five of the 17 stages to finish with a final time of 327.75 seconds and 54 points down.

“With his teammate Jerry Miculek, Josh delivered a one-two punch in the revolver divisions for Team Smith & Wesson. He’s an extraordinarily talented wheelgunner and I’m sure we’ll see several more SSR national trophies added to Josh’s trophy case in the coming years,” said Joyce Wilson, executive director of IDPA.

Finishing over 18 seconds behind Lentz in second place was fellow Distinguished Master Joseph Linskey who completed the match in a time of 346.23 seconds with 49 points down. Third place went to the other Distinguished Master in the championship, Kirk Crego, the defending champion. Crego posted a final time of 352.73 with 77 points down.

Rounding out the top five were Jess Christensen, the first Master, in fourth with 355.78 (81), and Tom Becker, second Master, in fifth with 363.20 (88). Elsewhere in the division Steve Duich claimed first Expert with 382.99 (71), Bill Schroll won first Sharpshooter with 413.66 (62), and Phil Torres took first Marksman with 531.55 (90). Juan Cheng, the only international shooter in the division, finished second Expert with 392.21 (75).

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.

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Miller Wins Tight Battle For SSR Title At IDPA’s New England Regional

by Editor 21. August 2013 07:20
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HARVARD, Mass. – Just 1.09 seconds separated the top four shooters in the Stock Service Revolver division at the Smith & Wesson New England Regional IDPA Championship with Robert Miller taking the title.

With wins on four of 14 stages, Miller, classified an Expert in the division, managed to hold off Wil Cournoyer, Dennis Doti, and Chris DeForge in the championship’s closest event and won the SSR title with a time of 467.10 seconds with 118 points down.

Cournoyer, also an Expert, finished second with 467.37 (100), followed by Doti, a Sharpshooter, with 467.47 (124) and DeForge, an Expert, with 468.19 (62).

“The Stock Service Revolver competition was a true nail-biter with the hopes and dreams of all four top shooters hinging on the placement of any one shot in the match,” said Bob Biehl, match director for the 2013 New England Regional.

Rounding out the top five was Sharpshooter Greg Hayes who finished with a time of 552.33 seconds with 172 points down. Elsewhere in the division, Chip Dufault finished first Marksman with 595.91 (217).

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.

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

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Wilfrid Cournoyer Wins Mass. State IDPA Stock Service Revolver Title

by Editor 6. June 2013 07:55
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – Wilfrid Cournoyer won the Stock Service Revolver division title this past weekend at the 17th Annual Massachusetts State IDPA Championship, presented by Smith & Wesson.

Held Saturday and Sunday, June 1-2, 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 Cournoyer who finished the competition in a time of 293.00 seconds with 63 points down. The Expert class shooter won six of the 10 stages in the match.

Dennis Doti, who took first Sharpshooter, finished second overall with 308.49 (76) and two stage wins. Kris Sines also won two stages and finished third overall with 317.84 (81). Rounding out the top five were Peter Goloski, a Marksman, in fourth with 492.24 (139) and Art Benner, a Novice, with 811.13 (230) in fifth.

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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Gregg Kratochvil Takes SSR Title At Comp-Tac Republic Of Texas IDPA Championship

by Editor 28. May 2013 08:05
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HEMPSTEAD, Texas – Gregg Kratochvil claimed the Stock Service Revolver division title this Memorial Day weekend at the Lone Star State’s premier IDPA competition, the Comp-Tac Republic of Texas Championship.

Kratochvil, who earlier this season won the Enhanced Service Revolver title at the 11th Annual West Texas IDPA Regional, topped the division on five of the 10 stages before posting a final time of 252.66 seconds, shooting 35 points down.

“Gregg is one of the great gentlemen of our sport and a fantastic wheelgunner to boot. His win this weekend is just one more example of why Gregg is one of the top-ranked revolver shooters in the America,” said Joyce Wilson, executive director of IDPA.

Taking second place with three stage wins was Garry Newton who finished in 266.40 seconds with 39 points down. Third place went to Jack Davis with two stage wins and first Expert honors with a time of 274.66 (52). Fourth in the division went to the hardest working wheelgunner in the competition, Match Director Darrell Sells, who ended the match with 45 points down in a time of 311.97 seconds. Rounding out the top five was Todd Speck with 327.58 (64).

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 more than 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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Lentz Returns As SSR Champ At 2013 Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor Nationals

by Editor 27. February 2013 07:25
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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – For the third time since 2010, Josh Lentz of Team Smith & Wesson took home the Stock Service Revolver title at the International Defensive Pistol Association’s (IDPA) Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship.

Lentz, who also shoots for the XS Sight Systems shooting team and is a Distinguished Master within the division, previously won the SSR title in 2010 and 2011. This year Lentz took the title with a time of 238.02 while shooting just 35 points down.

“Josh is a wonderfully talented revolver shooter who is proving time and time again that he is the one to beat in Stock Service Revolver competition. His win this weekend at Smith & Wesson only solidifies further his place at the top,” said Joyce Wilson, executive director of IDPA.

Finishing second behind Lentz was the 2012 defending champion and SSR Distinguished Master Joe Linskey who finished second overall in the division with a time of 251.56 and 59 points down. Kirk Crego, another SSR Distinguished Master, placed third overall with 259.09 (40). Tom Becker took first Master finishing fourth overall with 278.54 (63) followed by Gene Gelberger with 284.31 (99).

Elsewhere in the division Ken Ortbach captured first Expert while finishing fifth overall with 299.02 (87). Franco Emilio Jr. took first Sharpshooter with 318.07 (104), which will move him up to Expert class, and Tom Miller took first Marksman with 438.43 (171).

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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Kirk Crego Takes Stock Service Revolver Title At IDPA Nationals

by Editor 26. September 2012 02:25
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OXFORD, N.C. – Kirk Crego outpaced two of IDPA’s top wheelgunners to claim the Stock Service Revolver division title this past weekend at the International Defensive Pistol Association’s (IDPA) 2012 National Championships.

Facing off against Joe Linskey, the 2012 Smith & Wesson Indoor Nationals champion, and Gregg Kratochvil, the 2012 Carolina Cup champion, Crego won seven of 16 stages and outpaced his closest competitor by 22.5 seconds with a final time of 338.59 seconds and 52 points down.

“With his performance at Nationals, Kirk has established that there is a new contender in the Stock Service Revolver, and he just happens to be the 2012 National Champion,” said Joyce Wilson, executive director for IDPA.

Coming in second behind Crego was Tom Becker, first Master with 361.09 (102), Joe Linskey, the only Distinguished Master in SSR, with 369.45, Gregg Kratochvil at second Master with 371.38, and Caleb Giddings rounding out the top five at third Master with 386.52 (90).

Elsewhere in the division, Ken Ortbach took first Expert with 402.19 (99), while Juan Cheng of Venezuela, the only International shooter in SSR, claimed first Sharpshooter and Michael French finished first Marksman with 529.45 (203).

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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