Each year, the Southwest Pistol League awards trophies to league members who accumulate the highest scores in each division of the SWPL Points Race. Some of the past winners of these divisions are well-known in Practical Pistol shooting and have risen to fame as professional competitive shooters or legends in the firearms industry. Others are just starting out in Practical Pistol shooting and are thrilled to share a web page with the Big Names. SWPL offers you the chance for your Fifteen Minutes Of Fame and a permanent place on a SWPL Champions trophy. Just join SWPL, pick a division (Open, Limited, Limited-10, Production, Revolver, or Single-Stack), and shoot as many of the monthly SWPL matches as you can. The odds are good that you’ll be a SWPL Champion.
The SWPL Points Race Q & A
Q: What the heck is the SWPL Points Race?
A: Before there was IPSC or USPSA, there was the Southwest Pistol League. It’s
where practical pistol started. Since 1963, SWPL has awarded a Perpetual Trophy for
the League winner. Some of the great names in our sport have their names on our
trophy such as John Plahn, Ray Chapman, Al Nichols, Mike Dalton, Mickey Fowler,
Buck Toddy and currently Taran Butler. This trophy is presented to the Open Division
Winner. In 1991, SWPL added Limited and in 2001, Limited-10, Production, and Revolver
were added. 2006 saw the addition of Single Stack.
Q: How does it work?
A: In the days of yore, you had to be a member of the Southwest Pistol League to be
able to shoot. Now, anyone can shoot our matches, but only members are eligible for
the points. You are awarded points for your placing in your division (Open, Limited, Limited-
10, Production, Revolver, Single Stack) at every match. 1st Place is worth 12 points, 2nd
Place is worth 10 points, 3rd Place is worth 9 points and so on down to 10th Place which
is worth 2 points. We usually have 11 matches a year and your best 7 of 11 matches
are counted. This way, if you miss a match or two, you’re not SOL. Some years due to
weather we shoot fewer matches and the requirement is adjusted.
Q: How do I join?
A: If you are a member of one of the five clubs at our range, you are automatically a
member. You can also join the Southwest Pistol League for $25.00 per year. Not only
are you entered in the Points Race, but you get a match discount of $5.00 at regular
monthly matches. It pays to join.
Q: Do I have to join in January?
A: Nope. You can join anytime during the year. You’ll get credit for your points for the
entire year and once you join, you’ll get the match discount for the rest of the year.
Southwest Pistol League Past Champions
Presented by Dave Marcinkus In Memory Of Nelson Dymond
|Year||Open||Limited||Limited-10||Production||Revolver||Single-Stack||Pistol Caliber Carbine|
|2010||Taran Butler||Taran Butler||Gary Miyahara||Gary Chan||Gary Miyahara||Scott Toland|
|2011||Taran Butler||Taran Butler||Jon Birdt||Eric Ganac||Derek Alderton||Joshua Leopold|
|2012||Taran Butler||Taran Butler||Gary Chan||Avrell Santos||Frank Bray||Jorge Zamora|
|2013||Taran Butler||Taran Butler||Andrew G||Gary Chan||Derek Alderton||Lito DeLeon|
|2014||Taran Butler||Taran Butler||Glenn Calvin||Gary Chan||Derek Alderton||Matt Bunning|
|2015||Taran Butler||Taran Butler||John Kleespies||Gary Chan||Derek Alderton||Matt Bunning|
|2016||Taran Butler||Taran Butler||Laurence Gurule||Gary Chan||Derek Alderton||Matt Bunning|
|2017||Taran Butler||Taran Butler||3-way tie: Pete Levakis/Tyrone Sikay/Andrew G||Scott Carmody||Derek Alderton||Matt Bunning||Ross Deane|
|2000||Taran Butler||Taran Butler|
|2001||Taran Butler||John Richling||Fred Saginario||Bruno Rony||Paul McCallum|
|2002||Taran Butler||John Richling||Alan Degasis||John DeAnda||Ray Lawrence|
|2003||Taran Butler||Chris Perez||Bill Diamond||Chris Perez||Ray Lawrence|
|2004||Taran Butler||Chris Perez||Randy Pizarro||John Flentz||Randy Pizarro|
|2005||Taran Butler||Chris Perez||Bill Diamond||Gary Miyahara||Nelson Dymond|
|2006||Taran Butler||Dave Cutts||Gary Miyahara||Eric Ganac||Gary Miyahara||James Bina|
|2007||Taran Butler||Chris Perez||Gary Miyahara||Eric Ganac||Ky-won Lee||Gary Dalton|
|2008||Taran Butler||Chris Perez||Gary Miyahara||Eric Ganac||(None)||(None)|
|2009||Taran Butler||Taran Butler||Gary Miyahara||Gary Chan||Gary Miyahara||Scott Toland|
|1993||Dave Gentzvein||Dave Gentzvein|
|1994||Dave Gentzvein||Peter Diaz|
|1995||Ron Filho||Rob Hauck|
|1996||Josh Noblin||Dave Gentzvein|
|1997||Michael Setting||Taran Butler|
|1998||Taran Butler||Taran Butler|
|1999||Taran Butler||Taran Butler|