Competing with an unfamiliar high recoiling .40 calibre CZ Tactical Sport pistol made in the Czech Republic that was loaned to him by his Surinamese counterpart, Regional Director, Mr. Serge Tjin Wong Joe at a international
competition in Suriname recently, Harold ‘Top gun’ Hopkinson proved that by applying the basic proven fundamentals and constant training in the art of practical shooting, a dedicated shooter can do very well.
The veteran practical Shooter took part in the MTV Resort Official Opening Invitational Match, held on Sunday last in neighbouring Suriname, which is owned by Mr. Roy Lie, a Surinamese Standard Division competitor. At this world class motocross and practical shooting facility, Hopkinson won the Super Senior Category with a whopping 75.9%. Due to this high percentage also took 6th place overall, achieving two seconds and one third place finish in three of the six stages.
For the year Hopkinson was successful in the Production, Standard and precision pistol competitions locally and overseas. The Production division is listed as pistols out of the box, with absolutely no modifications; must have a minimum trigger pressure of 5 pounds. The Standard pistols are pistols with iron or fibre optic sights, very specific modifications are allowed on these firearms. These finely tuned pistols carry double stacked magazines, enlarged mag wells and with trigger pressures as little as 15 ounces. IPSC have specific instruments to measure these pressure specifications accurately and pistol dimensions are curtailed so it must fit in the IPSC Standard box.
The Open division was won by The US Grand Master, Mr. Shannon Smith of the Universal Shooting Academy, Frostproof Miami USA, followed by Desmond Chang and the hard working Match Director Mr Sergio Tjon, who organised the event and was still able to take the 3rd spot from Andrew Wilson and Dr Hu.
Romano Adel took the Production Division, the Standard Division was won by Stanley Lau, both Surinamese. Hopkinson took the Super Senior top spot.
The ‘Topgun’s’ next stop will be Jamaica where he will be shooting his highly modified 9mm pistol from Akai Custom Gun Works, Miami. He remarked that he is doing all the shooting and training he can to finish in the top ten or even win the Super Senior Division at the IPSC World Shoot to be held in France this August. The Guyana National Rifle Association member, who is also the IPSC Regional Director will be accompanied by the former Regional Director Mr. Mohamed Arafat Qualander, who will compete in the Production Division. The ‘Topgun’ thanks all who helped him to get to the standard he has achieved.
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