The Team Smith & Wesson shooter from Livermore, Calif. led the match from start to finish and claimed wins on nine of the 10 stages on his way to the title. Bagakis finished the match with a final time of 257.81 seconds.
“I guess you could say John is in a groove,” said Ron Joslin of ICORE. “He’s winning nearly every revolver match he enters and doing so year after year, proving that when it comes to an iron-sight revolver he’s the man to beat.”
Finishing second and more than 43 seconds behind Bagakis was Smith & Wesson teammate Tony Phan of Webster, Texas with one stage win and a final time of 301.30 seconds. Third place went to another Smith & Wesson shooter, and last year’s runner-up, Elliot Aysen of Thibodaux, La. who also won one stage and finished with a time of 303.59. Aysen’s top five finish won him the Senior Limited title.
James Austin of Fox Island, Wash., who took third the last two years, finished fourth with in a time of 308.44 while Richard Brethour of Tempe, Ariz. claimed fifth with a time of 315.41.
Organized by the International Confederation of Revolver Enthusiasts (ICORE), and held at Hogue Action Pistol Range at the San Luis Obispo Sportsmen’s Association, the 20th Annual Smith & Wesson International Revolver Championship drew more than 230 top revolver shooters, representing 26 states and three foreign nations. Titles were awarded in the Open, Limited or Classic divisions with scoring based on time and accuracy where time penalties are accrued for misses and shots outside the x-ring.
For further information on ICORE and the 20th Annual Smith & Wesson International Revolver Championship, visit http://www.ICORE.org, follow @ICORE_Shooting on Twitter (http://twitter.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.