MAY 25, 2011

Phoenix area shooters gunning for Smith & Wesson Revolver Title

icore logoLOS OSOS, Calif. – Every June the small seaside town of San Luis Obispo, Calif. turns into the home of Wheelgun Nation as the best shooters from around the world gather to compete in the Annual Smith & Wesson International Revolver Championship (IRC).

This year the match, which is governed by the International Confederation of Revolver Enthusiasts (ICORE), celebrates its 20th year. The 20th Annual Smith & Wesson International Revolver Championship will take place June 2 through 5 on the Hogue Action Pistol Range at the San Luis Obispo Sportsmen’s Association.

More than 240 of the best revolver shooters, representing 26 states and three foreign nations, are expected to compete and put more than 84,000 rounds downrange. Among those chasing the title will be local top guns – Rudy Warren of Apache Junction, Brad and William White of Gilbert, Charles, Emma and Megan Copeland of Glendale, Larry Drake, Gary Kieft and Vic Pickett of Mesa, Kevin Arquette, Tabatha Averyt, Susan Collier, Dave Jones, Lee McFarland, Mark Pixler, Jason Stieber and Todd Taylor of Phoenix, Gail Drake, Michael Laybe and Tim Richards of Scottsdale and Richard Brethour of Tempe.

“This year at the Smith & Wesson International Revolver Championship we’re celebrating two decades of revolver competition excellence,” said Ron Joslin of ICORE. “Each year the best shooters in Wheelgun Nation gather to determine who is truly the world’s best with the venerable revolver.”

Shooters will compete in one of the three ICORE divisions – Open, Limited or Classic revolver – and navigate their way through 14 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, and with targets at distances out to 50 yards accuracy is still king. The best shooters understand the delicate balance between the two, knowing when to trade speed for the perfect shot and when to slow it down before the proverbial wheels come off,” explained Joslin.

For further information on ICORE and the 20th Annual Smith & Wesson International Revolver Championship, visit