Boston, MA — Jay Hirshberg, a competitor in the open division of the United States Practical Shooting Association (USPSA) won the Association’s Area 7 Open Championship held September 10-11 at the Harvard Sportsmen’s Club in Harvard, Massachusetts. The competition included over 200 of the nation’s top competition shooters, both from the USPSA’s northeastern region and locations nationwide. The Massachusetts resident’s score of 82.5%was the highest of any of those from the Area 7 region, earning him the title of USPSA Area 7 champion for 2011.
This USPSA championship event had 10 challenging stages or courses-of-fire that ranged from running while shooting to shooting targets that appear and quickly disappear, and marks Jay’s eleventh major match of the 2011 season. Opening the 2011 campaign by placing 33’d in the Florida Open Championship, his results have surged of late placing ninth in June’s USPSA Area 1 Championship in Portland, Oregon and second in July’s Vermont State Championship.
Jay will compete for the US National Open Pistol Championship which will be held September 17-29 at the Desert Sportsman’s Rifle & Pistol Club in Las Vegas, Nevada. More than 650 shooters from around the world will vie to become the 2011 national open champion. In all, 45 states and six foreign countries will be represented at the competition. During competition shooters will face 20 stages – or courses of fire – designed to test the competitors’ speed and accuracy.
“The competition at this year’s Area 7 Championship was of the highest level and I’m honored to now hold the title of Area 7 Champion,” said Jay Hirshberg. “I feel this will give me both the momentum and confidence required to make me a strong contender at the upcoming national championships in Las Vegas.”
About Jay Hirshberg
Jay Hirshberg competes in the open division of the United States Practical Shooting Association. He has been a competitive shooter since 2009 and trains out of the Universal Shooting Academy with Emanuel Bragg , a member of the 2011 U.S. World Shoot Team. Jay resides in Massachusetts and is also a successful technology entrepreneur.
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Robert Boudrie of Ashland and Jay Hirshberg of Newton are among the nation’s top shooters heading to Las Vegas this week to compete in the 2011 STI USPSA National Handgun Championships.
More than 650 shooters from across America, and around the world, are expected to vie for the national champion title. In all, 45 states and six foreign countries will be represented at the competition organized by the U.S. Practical Shooting Association, the 20,000-member organization that is the national governing body for the sport of practical shooting.
The 2011 STI USPSA National Handgun Championships take place September 16-24 at the Desert Sportsman’s Rifle & Pistol Club in Las Vegas, Nev.
During competition shooters will face 20 stages – or courses of fire – designed to test the competitors’ speed and accuracy using multiple targets, including moving targets that swing, bob and appear briefly before quickly disappearing.
The STI USPSA National Handgun Championships consist of two major events. The first is the Open, Limited-10 and Revolver division competition Sept. 17-20, followed by the Limited and Production division contest Sept. 22-24.
Divisions are based on the different types of firearm used in each. The Production Division features commonly available stock or “duty guns” with only limited changes permitted to the firearm, while the Open division utilizes fully customized pistols featuring recoil reducing compensators and optical sighting systems.
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By Chris Faraone
If a Jamaican bobsled team can qualify for the Winter Olympics, then certainly a gunslinger from liberal Newton has a fighting chance in a rigorous shootout below the Mason-Dixon Line.
That cool gunner is Jay Hirshberg, 41, who this weekend will compete among 350 snipers from across the planet in Covington, Georgia, at the 2010 United States Practical Shooting Association (USPSA) Area 6 Handgun Championship.
The competition is like out of a Starsky & Hutch episode: a bad-dude obstacle course in which the shooter has to pop off both moving and stationary targets. But Hirshberg, an MIT grad and computer-software CEO, won’t feel too out of his element in Dixie, as a significant number of the 19,000 USPSA members nationwide live in New England. (Dozens of regional clubs also host shootouts in the Northeast each year.) Still, the ominous-sounding Area 6 — a Southern swath that includes Virginia, West Virginia, Tennessee, Florida, and Georgia — is, as one might expect, a sort of warm-weather NRA Graceland, and a Mecca for the sport.
“It’s going to be a tough match,” says Hirshberg, who placed second in his high-novice division at a match in Texas two weeks ago. Though he started shooting competitively only this past year, Hirshberg is training seriously, and on Saturday will fly from Covington to Houston for a subsequent event. “I’m trying to get as good as I can while still having a day job.”
“Not only will the skill level be extremely high,” says USPSA Executive Director Dave Thomas of the Area 6 showdown, “there will be people from at least six countries there competing for a seriously big table full of merchandise.”
While Thomas has low expectations for himself on account of being “63, fat, and out of shape,” Hirshberg is aiming to make a name for himself down South. “We don’t have any super top shooters in the Northeast at all,” says Hirshberg. “When I’m out there at these competitions, you bet that’s in the back of my mind the whole time.”