First held in 1992 with just 51 shooters in attendance, this year's event will see more than 240 of the best wheelgun shooters from across America and beyond competing for titles in ICORE's Open, Limited and Classic revolver divisions and their share of $200,000 in cash and prizes.
And when those first shots are fired at the 20th Annual Smith & Wesson International Revolver Championship in San Luis Obispo, California, it will signal not just 20 years of revolver shooting excellence but the culmination of a year long effort to build industry support for the match.
“Over the past year, ICORE has been working closely with our partners within the firearms industry preparing for this weekend's championship. While the shooters will be celebrating the 20th year of competition, we'll also be celebrating the successful growth of revolver competition in America and the broad industry support of 107 sponsors that has made that growth possible,” said Ron Joslin of ICORE.
Led by the 159-year-old iconic firearms maker Smith & Wesson, which has supported ICORE's efforts from day one, a host of companies have jumped on board the Wheelgun Nation bandwagon and helped make ICORE and the 20th Annual Smith & Wesson International Revolver Championship a success.
A total of 107 companies have donated to the International Revolver Championship. Smith & Wesson, Hogue Inc., Brownells and Secure Firearm Products are each premier sponsors of the match.
ADCO, California Competition Works, Cheaper Than Dirt!, Cold Steel, Competitive Edge Dynamics, Ergo Grip, GSI International, The Inhibitor, ProMag Industries, RangeMasters of SLO, RCBS. Springfield Armory, Stack-On Safes, Vang Comp Systems, Winchester Ammunition and XS Sight Systems serve as stage sponsors for the championship with Front Sight Firearms Training Institute sponsoring the shoot off.
Additional sponsors include 3M - Peltor, Action Target, Advantage Tactical Sight, Alco Targets, Allchin Gun Parts, Americase, Apex Tactical Specialties, Armscor, ATK Group, Babes With Bullets, Barsto Precision, Battle Lake Outdoors, Bear Creek Bullets, Benchmade, Billy Bullets, Birchwood Casey, Black Hills Ammunition, Body Specs, Boker USA, C-More Sights, CamelBak, Chris Reeves Knives, Cobra Firearms, Columbia River Knife & Tool, Crushed Grape, Cylinder & Slide, Dac Technology, Danner, Inc., DC Ammo, Decot Hy Wyd Sport Glasses, DeSantis Holsters, Dillon Precision, Don Hume Leathergoods, DS Welding, ESP Electronic Shooters Protection, ESS Eyepro, Goldenrod Dehumidifiers, Harris Engineering Bipods, Hearthco Moonclips, Henry Repeating Arms, Hi Viz, Hodgden Powder, Homak Gunsafes, Hornady Manufacturing, ICORE Southwest Regional, Ionbond, IOSSO Products, J Dewey Mfg. Co., Kroll Corp., L. Bengtson Arms, Le Vigne Winery, M-PRO7, Mack's Earplugs, Mag-Na-Port, Magnum Shooter's Supply, Marvel Precision, Memphis Charity Challenge, Midway USA, Mil-Comm, Mil-Tak Knives, North American Arms, NRA Action Sports, Otis Technology, Pro-Shot Products, Ranch Products, Redding Reloading, Robar Companies, Ruger, Safariland, Sentry Solutions, Shooting Chrony, Sierra Bullets, SKB Cases, Slip 2000, Speed E-Rack, Starline Brass, Tactical Solutions, Tai Johnson, Trijicon, Inc., Truckvault, Inc., Uniquetek, V-Line Industry, Warne Scope Mounts, Western Powders, Wiley-X Eyewear and Wolf Performance Ammunition.
The 20th Annual Smith & Wesson International Revolver Championship will be hosted by the San Luis Obispo Sportsmen’s Association and take place on the association's Hogue Action Pistol Range.
There are still a few slots left and those interested in entering the competition should submit their match application (http://www.icore.org/
For more information on ICORE, the 2011 ICORE Regional Series presented by Smith & Wesson or the 20th Annual Smith & Wesson International Revolver Championship, visit http://www.ICORE.org, follow @ICORE_Shooting on Twitter or find ICORE on Facebook at (http://www.facebook.com/
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The International Confederation of Revolver Enthusiasts (ICORE) was founded in 1991 by Mike and Sharon Higashi, long time active shooters in all the handgun sports and was designed as a revolver-only competition format.