The 1983 World IPSC Championship Top 16


The competitors in the 1983 IPSC World Shoot VI may have accomplished more for the gun industry than any other collection of champions. The then-unknown Rob Leatham won his first IPSC championship, and Brian Enos finished second.

Front row, left to right: Mike Dalton (currently owns the Steel Challenge), Ed Brown (Ed Brown Products, Inc.), Bill Wilson (Wilson Combat), Chip McCormick (Chip McCormick Custom), Ross Seyfried (former Guns & Ammo columnist), unknown (from South Africa Springbok Team), Bill Rogers (patented the plastic in a holster sold to Safariland).

Back row, left to right: Rob Leatham (professional shooter for Springfield Armory), John Shaw (owns Midsouth Institute), Mike Plaxco (professional shooter and representative for Smith & Wesson), Ross Carter (Arkansas gunsmith), Ricky Castelo (former head of security for Nissan), Tommy Campbell (former Smith & Wesson engineer and representative for Safariland), Brian Enos (professional shooter, instructor and gunwriter), unknown, John Sale (executive).

"We started this business," said Ed Brown while pointing at this photograph.

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