Smith & Wesson Sponsors 19th Annual International Revolver Championships and Regionals LOS OSOS, Calif. Going into its 19th season of revolver competition, the International Confederation of Revolver Enthusiasts (ICORE) announced that the legendary 158-year old firearms maker Smith & Wesson will not only sponsor the organizations annual International Revolver Championships but also six regional competitions across America. No other company has demonstrated the kind of commitment to the handgun shooting sports as Smith & Wesson has, and we are extremely proud to once again partner with this American icon to bring the exciting world of revolver shooting to firearms ranges around the United States, said Art Leach of ICORE. The 19th Annual Smith & Wesson International Revolver Championships will take place June 4-6 at the Hogue Action Pistol Range in San Luis Obispo, Calif. The match is the highlight of the revolver shooting season and more than 250 of the nations top revolver shooters, as well as several from outside the United States, are expected to compete. "Smith & Wesson is very proud to continue our support of the International Revolver Championships and the ICORE Regional Series. These competitions bring together the most talented revolver shooters in the world while still maintaining an atmosphere of family, fun and sportsmanship. We wish all the competitors at these events a safe and enjoyable match season," said Paul Pluff, director of marketing services for Smith & Wesson. The revolver competition season will begin March 20 and 21 when the Southern Shooting Center in Thibodaux, La. hosts the Southern Regional Revolver Championship. Up to 50 of the areas top wheelgunners are expected to compete including members of Team Smith & Wesson. The remaining regional matches are scheduled for April 10 when the 13th Annual Southwest Regional will be held in San Luis Obispo, May 1 and 2 when the Rocky Mountain Regional will take place at the WCFW High Plains Shooting Range in Galeton, Colo., May 2 when the Hartford Gun Club in East Granby, Conn. will host the New England Regional, July 18 when the Central States Regional gets underway in Buchanan, Mich. at the Bend of the River Conservation Club and September 26 when the Ontelaunee Rod & Gun Club in New Tripoli, Pa. plays host to the East Coast Regional. For further information on ICORE, the 19th Annual Smith & Wesson International Revolver Championships and the regional championships visit www.icore.org. 30 About ICORE: 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. Envisioned as an alternative to the "arms race" that was occurring in the other action shooting sports at that time, a revolver-only competition would allow even the most basic equipment to be used and still provide enjoyment and satisfaction.