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370 competitors attended what was arguably one of the largest IPSC competitions to be held in the United States since the last World Shoot in 1986. The main competition was spread over three hot and humid days, the first two of which were witness to some torrential rain that bought the match to a standstill as both competitors and range crew huddled under cover. Good drainage at the range allowed the match to resume the moment the worst of the weather had subsided but it left some berms in deep water for a while.

The Universal Shooting Academy will be hosting the 2014 IPSC World Championship and this match is one of the four qualifying rounds for US competitors to earn a valued slot on the National Team. Competition was going to be fierce, though some notable shooters were absent; Rob Leatham, Julie Golob, Randi Rogers and Jessie Duff were all in Germany flying the US flag at the World Action Pistol Championships.
The competition was comprised of twenty-four stages shot over a three day period, the stages ran from 30 points all the way up to 160 and challenged all aspects of practical pistol shooting, to perform well at this competition required consistency and a very wide skill-set. Some stages seemed simple but their execution caught out a lot of shooters. One such stage was number 24; Four targets, one popper all engaged through a low port while staying on a raised platform. Fifty-four shooters across almost all categories zeroed this stage, only the revolver shooters came away with their dignity intact.
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All five IPSC divisions were represented, including the new Classic division which is similar in concept to USPSA’s ‘Single-Stack’. This division was won handily by Todd Jarrett who finished over 100 points ahead of Ted Puente. No stranger to IPSC, Jarrett had previously won the prestigious Open title at the 1996 IPSC World Championships in Brazil.
Shooting a revolver in this match was not easy, a case in point was Stage Three. A sixty point stage it incorporated two large levers that had to be swung upwards to move some hardcover and expose the targets. There were some tricky shots made all the harder by having to hold the lever with one hand while shooting through a port with one arm crossed over the other. Matt Griffin tried to balance the levers on his knee, it was a valiant effort that could have saved some valuable time..., if it worked. Unfortunately for Matt it failed, costing him a couple of seconds from Elliot Aysen whose smooth accurate shooting won the stage over Cliff Walsh.
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The rest of Griffin’s match went well as he dominated the division, beating out David Olhasso by eighty points with Philippa Chua in third.

In the Ladies Category, Annette Aysen finished 200 points ahead of Lisa Farrell, with Molly Smith finishing in third. A match disqualification for Josh Lentz has put him under pressure to perform well at the three remaining qualifiers if he wishes to make the Team for 2014.
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After winning a record fifth consecutive World Championship, French shooter Eric Grauffel has switched over from Open to Production division using his Stock II from Tanfoglio (who have sponsored him for many years). Grauffel excelled at this match winning half of the stages, though he faltered on Stage 4; A sixty point stage with long range targets it was a devil to shoot early in the morning with the sun peeking over the backstop, the glare was a significant influence dropping the Frenchman into 15th place. Ben Stoeger delivered a flawless run, taking one of his two stage wins. Top lady, Svetlan Nikolaeva finished in fourth on this stage, less than four points behind Stoeger.

Aside from these setbacks, Eric cruised to a one hundred point victory over the former Production National Champion, Ben Stoeger, Jeufro Lejano finished third. Russian, Svetlan Nikolaeva finished a comfortable 180 points ahead of USA’s Sara Dunivin, with Cindi Thomas rounding out the top three women.
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The race was a little tighter in Standard Division between Bob Vogel and Dave Sevigny, Vogel was more consistent throughout the match, finishing in the top ten in all but one stage, whereas Sevigny faltered a few times. But with seven stage victories, Dave soon pulled himself back into contention. Losing a stack of points on the smaller stages can require some exceptional runs on the large field courses to pull back the deficit.

Sevigny delivered on Stage 6 finishing less than two points behind Travis Tomasie, this was ‘blast of a stage’ featuring a couple of low shooting positions, with the rest of the targets shot on the move across a wide berm. The course designers had done their homework with this one; it was deceptively simple stage that allowed those with the skill and confidence to rake up some impressive points, shooting conservatively here was not a viable option for those with their eyes on the trophy.

At match end, eighty points separated Dave Sevigny from second place Bob Vogel. The current Standard World Champion Blake Miguez had to settle for a disappointing third.
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Top Lady Caroline Facci took the win from Carina Burns Randolph by 100 points, another century further back was Glock’s Tori Nonaka who had struggled throughout the match finishing just ahead of Anna Brooke. It was not all bad news for Nonaka who showed some brilliance on the 150 point, Stage 11. She snagged a top 12 finish beating out BJ Norris, Ronald Brown and Travis Tomasie, if Tori can find a way to maintain this level throughout a match the final results could be astonishing.

Carina too had a top eleven finish on the short Stage 24, taking some points away from both Travis Tomasie and Blake Miguez.
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A member of the US AMU, Coley showed remarkable consistency throughout the match to win by over ninety points from Max Michel who had to shoot the pre-match due to a scheduling conflict. Chris Tilley was narrowly edged into third place by less than three points, though it could have been much worse; On Stage 15 Tilley stepped outside the shooting area and the RO’s leveled fourteen procedural errors, one for every shot fired as they felt he was in violation of rule 2.2.15;
2.2.1.5  If a COF has a passageway visibly delineated by fault lines and/or a clearly demarcated shooting area, any competitor who takes a shortcut outside the passageway and/or shooting area will incur one procedural penalty for each shot fired after beginning the shortcut.
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Chris did take a step outside the area but appeared to bring his foot back inside without apparently making any forward progress. It happened so fast that it was easy to see why the RO’s had thought that he had shortened the distance, but the video showed no shortcut had taken place. Tilley took the matter to arbitration (sans video) and won his case, failure to win would have zeroed the stage. Although it would not have affected the outcome of the match as Chris was more than ninety points ahead of Phil Strader, it could have impacted his ability to earn a place on the US Team.
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LimCat guns are used by some of the best shooters in the world, and their creator Johnny Lim took time away from gun-building to do some gun-shooting instead, finishing second in the Senior Open category behind Mike Voigt. As good as Lim is with a gun, he was no match for Athena Lee who rocked her new 9mm ‘SpearCat’ to good effect, finishing a comfortable thirty-two points ahead of Kaci Cochran, Lydia Cuyong took third place with Valerie Levanza in fourth. Lee had the misfortune of having to shoot Stage 11 right after some heavy rain, once it had slackened off a teensy-bit she splashed her way through the 150 point stage, still managing a 24th place finish.
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Just two short years from now, this range and crew will be hosting the IPSC World Championships. Based on this match, it would seem that the World Shoot is in good hands.