This past Saturday the Pioneer Sportsmen Club in Dunbarton, N.H. saw a record turnout with over 100 shooters competing in the club’s first match of the 2013 IDPA season.

Thanks to the hard work of organizers Ken Lambert, Dave Mowbray and Rob Lacroix, each seasoned competitors with regional and national experience in International Defensive Pistol Association competition, Saturday’s match not only set a new IDPA record at Pioneer but also attracted 35 shooters new to the sport of defensive shooting.

“When we set about relaunching the IDPA program at Pioneer we were hoping to increase turnout to an average of 60 to 80 shooters a match. Topping 100 shooters at our first event was a great surprise and bodes well for an excellent season ahead,” said Lambert.

Winners from this weekend’s match were:

CDP Champion: Lee Adams – Master – 98.67 (16)
ESP Champion: Craig Philips – Master – 89.06 (13)
SSP Champion: Brian Caira – Expert – 106.14 (30)
ESR Champion: Gene Gelberger – Master – 110.81 (19)
SSR Champion: Greg Hayes – Sharpshooter – 156.23 (39)

High Senior: Brian Caira – SSP Expert – 106.14 (30)
High Lady: Dori Smith – ESP – Marksman – 222.15 (79)
High Law Enforcement: Joe Parks ESP – Marksman – 222.15 (79)
High Industry: Matt Holmes ESP – Master – 117.17 (34)
High Junior: Mason Lane SSP – Expert – 135.23 (31)
High Military Veteran: Craig Philips ESP – Master – 89.09 (13)
Most Accurate: Craig Philips ESP – Master – 89.06 (13)

The next Pioneer IDPA match is set for Saturday, June 15 with registration beginning at 9:00 am and first shots fired at 10:00 am. The 2013 match schedule will culminate in the much anticipated Smith & Wesson Live Free Or Die State IDPA Championship which will be held October 18-19 and serve as the final leg of the brand new King of New England series.

Image courtesy International Defensive Pistol Association

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