Tabernacle’s James McGinty Wins USPSA Area 8 Single Stack
SEDRO-WOOLLEY, Wash. –-(Ammoland.com)- James McGinty of Tabernacle came from behind to win the Single Stack title at the U.S. Practical Shooting Association’s (USPSA) 2010 TechWear USA Area 8 Regional Handgun Championship this past weekend at the Fredericksburg Rod and Gun Club in Fredericksburg, Virginia.
McGinty, who is ranked a Master with the single stack 1911 pistol, the second highest skill level in the sport of practical shooting, won three of the 10 stages and came from behind on the sixth stage of the match to take the lead and the title.
McGinty finished with a final score of 1054.5925 and outpaced his nearest competitor Rob Jesse of Goldsboro, N.C. by more than 43 points.
“James continues to move up the ranks within USPSA and his win at the TeachWear USA match shows that he is one of the best young shooters in our sport and will soon be a contender for a national title,” said Michael Voigt, president of the U.S. Practical Shooting Association.
Claiming second, Jesse won four stages to end the match with a score of 1011.3854. Tom Carpenter a Master class shooter from Russellville, Tenn. took third with one stage win and a final score of 1008.6237.
Rounding out the top five were Jamie McReynolds of Bristol, Tenn. and John Hill of Hanahan, S.C., another Master class shooter, finishing fourth and fifth with 985.8561 and 941.7484 respectively.
Both McReynolds and Hill claimed top honors on a stage during the competition.
Among the senior shooters Gary Stevens of Olive Hill, Ky. took the top spot by finishing ninth overall.
The TechWear USA Area 8 Championship drew 278 top competition shooters. It is one of the eight USPSA shooting regions in the country and is made up of Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Virginia.
The run-and-gun sport of practical shooting was formally established in 1976 but traces its roots back to the 1950’s and the quick draw “leather slap” competitions that grew out of America's love affair with the TV westerns of that era.
Today the sport represents the upper echelon of the shooting sports with many of its top shooters actively training law enforcement and military units on shooting techniques and equipment developed in competition.
The next major pistol competition on the USPSA calendar is the 2010 USPSA Handgun National Championships scheduled for October 8 through 16 in Las Vegas, Nev. For more information, visit www.USPSA.org or follow @USPSA_Shooting on Twitter.
USPSA is a non-profit membership association. Most of the more than 15,000 individual members belong to and regularly compete at one of the nearly 400 affiliated clubs and sections (groups of clubs banded together for mutual benefit) located across the United States. USPSA is affiliated with the International Practical Shooting Confederation (I.P.S.C.), which is comprised of approximately 67 nations. USPSA is the American region of IPSC. Visit: www.uspsa.org