Dave Palakovich has been an IDPA Member since August 2011. His first venture into the world of firearm competition resulted in a 2nd place Custom Defensive Pistol Marksman trophy. From then on his tenacity to conquer America’s shooting sports has resulted in Master status in both Stock Service Pistol and Enhanced Service Pistol divisions.
An avid outdoor enthusiast, Dave has a long history with competition. As a kid learning how to shoot at the range with his Dad, he participated in the local Combat League and 3D Archery. Regardless of the weaponry, his desire to be the best consistently comes shines through. He has hunted large game such as whitetail deer, elk, and bear. A longtime member of the Beaver Valley Rifle & Pistol Club he volunteers as a safety officer for the IDPA tier one matches. He also has served as safety officer for West Virginia State Championship and Pennsylvania “Rust Belt” Regional events.
Currently, with the aid of his sponsor Steel Valley Casting, he has continued his quest to master the CDP division. His list of awards and acknowledgements continues to grow as does his skill level. 2018 will mark the beginning of participation in USPSA competition as well as IDPA matches.
Rust Belt 2017 1st place master ESP
Linwood Bay Sportsman’s Club 2017 CDP Division Winner
PA State Championship Match 2017 2nd place & a match bump to master
Michigan 2017 State Match 2nd Place Expert CDP
Potomac Crail 2017 2nd Place CCP Division
2016 Kahr WV State IDPA Championship 2nd place expert & a promotion to master
2011 Blue Ridge Cherry Valley State Match 4th place marksman
Jimmy has been a competitor all of his life. He grew up racing dirt bikes off-road in the GNCC’s and AMA National Harescrambels, and has 2 National Championships. Along with the racing Jimmy, his brother, and father were avid hunters and took part in as many shooting sports as they could.
In 2013 a few friends talked Jimmy into coming to an IDPA match and he won the SSP division and was hooked.
In 2014 Jimmy attended his first major IDPA event The Ohio State match, taking 6th in SSP marksman.
2015-2016 he worked hard and honed his skills and won some local events. In 2016 he also found a new shooting sport 3 Gun.
2017 was a year of coming out. With multiple wins in IDPA and 3 gun at local events to winning the Rust Belt in SSP marksman, and getting a match bump to expert, and also placing 3rd in the Northeast Ohio 3 Gun Head to Head Shoot off.
2018 is going to be an exciting year for shooting especially with some new found support from sponsors like Steel Valley Casting. Jimmy has a long list of Major matches lined up for 3 gun, and is also shooting as many IDPA matches as he can including the PA State Championship Rust Belt.
Below is a short history of Major matches that I have attended and my accomplishments at these Matches. As for the local matches, I attend a minimum of one match every week, sometimes more during the shooting season.
Divisions and classifications that I compete in are:
2017 Event Div/ Class Finished
Sep 9 The Masters 2017 IDPA Championship CDP EX 5
Aug 25 The Patriot Match CDP EX 4
Aug 11 2017 IDPA Michigan State Championship ESP MA 3
Jul 15 Pennsylvania State Championship ESP EX 1 Bump to Master
May 19 12th Annual Great Lakes Regional ESP EX 3
Feb 23 2017 Smith & Wesson Indoor National Championship ESP EX 3
Aug 26 Patriot Match ESP EX 4
Aug 19 Michigan State IDPA Championships ESP EX 12
Aug 5 2016 PA State Match - Presented by Sinterfire ESP EX 5
Jun 4 Kahr Arms WV IDPA Championship ESP EX 11
Aug 21 2015 Michigan State IDPA Championship ESP EX 12
Jun 18 Carolina Cup ESP EX 9
Jun 13 2015 West Virginia Championship ESP EX 6
May 15 10th Annual Great Lakes Regional ESP EX 5
Oct 25 2014 IDPA Georgia State Championship ESP EX 7
Sep 9 2014 IDPA US National Championship ESP EX 9
Aug 15 2014 Michigan State Championship ESP EX DNF
Jun 19 Carolina Cup ESP EX 10
May 16 Great Lakes Regional ESP EX 7
Oct 26 2013 IDPA Georgia State Championship ESP EX 15
Aug 23 Patriot Match ESP EX 1
Aug 16 MI State Match ESP EX 7
Jun 13 Carolina Cup SSP EX 5 Bump to Master
May 17 Great Lakes Regional SSP EX 6
Apr 26 Think of the Children SSP EX 7
Oct 27 DPA GA State Championship SSP EX 5
Oct 19 PA IDPA State Championship SSP EX 1
Aug 17 MI State Match SSP EX 4
May 18 Great Lakes Regional SSP EX 7