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LOS OSOS, Calif. — The small California seaside town of San Luis Obispo is about to be inundated with the world’s best revolver shooters, all gunning for a victory at the 19th Annual Smith & Wesson International Revolver Championships (IRC).
The match, which is governed by the International Confederation of Revolver Enthusiasts (ICORE), will take place June 4 through 6 on the Hogue Action Pistol Range at the San Luis Obispo Sportsmen’s Association.
More than 200 of the best competition revolver shooters, representing 22 states and six foreign nations, are expected to compete and put more than 62,000 rounds downrange. Among those chasing the title will be local top guns Dale and Joettia Terry and Joann and Wade Terry of Eureka, Blake Huff of Spanish Fork and Andy Anderson of West Valley.
“The International Revolver Championships are our Superbowl,” said Art Leach of ICORE. “The best of the best will be on hand, including international shooters from Australia, Canada, Italy, Japan, New Zealand and the Philippines, making this the highpoint of the revolver competition season.”
Shooters will compete in one of the three ICORE divisions – Open, Limited or Retro revolver – and navigate their way through 12 courses of fire shooting from a variety of positions at multiple targets at various distances. Scores are based on time and accuracy with the lowest score taking top honors.
“The IRC is about more than just speed. While shooters are racing against the clock, accuracy is what makes or breaks you, and with targets up to 50 yards away it’s easy to shoot your way out of contention,” explained Leach.
For further information on ICORE and the 19th Annual Smith & Wesson International Revolver Championships, or to find a club near you, visit http://www.icore.org/ .
About ICORE: The International Confederation of Revolver Enthusiasts (ICORE) was founded in 1991 by Mike and Sharon Higashi, two longtime shooters active in all the handgun sports. Envisioned as an alternative to the race towards ultra-customized pistols that was occurring in the other action shooting sports, the revolver-only competition of ICORE would allow even the most basic equipment to be used and still provide enjoyment and satisfaction.