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July 31, 2012 > County shooters participate in revolver championship

County shooters participate in revolver championship

By Annie Yu

Every year, the International Confederation of Revolver Enthusiasts (ICORE) hosts the International Revolver Championship (IRC). The 21st annual competition took place June 1-3 at Hogue Action Pistol Range in San Luis Obispo, CA. This year, four Alameda County shooters participated: Jeffrey Lee of Alameda, Bill Lepior of Castro Valley, Ronald Gunar of Hayward and John Bagakis of Livermore. They were among 241 shooters from multiple states and countries who competed in one of three divisions - Open, Limited or Classic - and 12 stages of targets from a variety of positions and distances.

Competitors range in age from 11 years old to 80 plus; all must be a legal handgun owner. Minors who enter are required to be under the supervision of an adult. Cheered on by family members, they receive free admission and awards from a special prize table. Prizes range from firearms to reloading equipment, gun safes, shooting accessories and non-shooting prizes including winery tours and restaurant gift certificates.

"It's exciting because it is action shooting and provides a balance between speed and accuracy," ICORE Competition Director Ron Williamson said. "It's consistent and mistake-free shooting that prevails."

The IRC also provides a fun venue for competitors and their friends and family. "It's good to see familiar faces on an annual basis and renew friendships in addition to competing," Williamson said. "Camaraderie and light bantering throughout the match adds to the overall fun."

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