Team Glock Shooting Squad Captain and Sevigny Performance, LLC
Hometown: Atlanta, GA
7-Time USPSA National Champion
6-Time IDPA National Champion
5-Time IDPA Winter Champion
2-Time TSA National Champion
2-Time Steel Challenge IDPA World Champion
2-Time Winchester World Challenge Champion
Light and Laser Invitational Champion
Steel Challenge Limited National Champion
IPSC World and Pan Am Production Champion
125+ Major Championships from October 1999-June 2008
How do you pronounce your name?
My father is originally from Valleyfield, Quebec and the Canadians pronounce it without the “g”,(seh-ven-e). It sounds similar to the number “seven” and the letter “E”. We’ve always pronounced Sevigny, (seh-vig-nee) in the States. Either pronunciation is ok.
What is Sevigny Performance?
It’s my part time firearm training company and website with information pertaining to shooting sports. You can view pictures, video and shooting links at www.sevignyperformance.com or www.davesevigny.com
When did you first become interested in pistols and competition shooting?
I first started carrying a pistol when I was 20, which was the minimum age requirement in Connecticut at the time. I normally would fire 100-200 rounds a week. I began with an S&W model 13 revolver and tried a few different types of .40 auto pistols before sticking with a Glock 23. After a few years I became interested in learning about competition shooting. A Glock Sport Shooting Foundation (GSSF) match in 1997 is what first drew me into competition initially and I later moved to IDPA, USPSA and Steel Challenge.
How many rounds do you shoot? How many hours of practice and how do you train?
About 50,000 rounds per year and 8 to 24 hours of practice per week depending on what event I’m training for. I’m involved with many different shooting sports and divisions so I train with several pistols during the year. For Steel Challenge I’ll practice the eight championship courses of fire. Practical shooting requires more preparation so I’ll train on drills that will get me ready for anything I may see in an IDPA or USPSA event. I’ll use mixed arrays of steel, open, hard cover and partial targets. One day I’ll work on draws, reloads and trigger control using standard exercises from 5-50 yards, other days I’ll work on entry’s and exits, movement or transitions. Often times I will set up a range and combine a variety of the skills I want to practice. Sometimes I’ll throw a moving target in there. I try my best to push hard and challenge myself each week.
What is your best score for the IDPA classifier? Tactical Shooting Association (TSA) classifier?
All three stages shot in succession, it was 61 seconds with a Stock legal Glock 34. The breakdown was 19/17/25 (seconds) for the three stages. 64-67 seconds is where I usually end up with just about any pistol. The minimum time is very generous to make the top rank in IDPA because the Master (highest class) cut-off is 98 seconds. I haven’t tried it for a while but think it’s a good overall test of shooting skills. Most of the top guys can shoot it in less than 70 seconds. In TSA I typically shoot the classifier in the mid-sixties. The top rank (Grandmaster) cut-off in Full-Size division is 70 seconds. You must be nearly perfect in both accuracy and technique to earn a GM rating in TSA.
As a rare five division USPSA Grandmaster (Limited, L-10, Production, Open and Single Stack) what advice can you give to someone wanting to move up in class?
Just let your vision dictate your speed and let it happen. This is the same way you need to attack all stages in a match. I wouldn’t treat the classifiers any differently. Try your best to hit the steel one-for-one and collect as many A-zone hits as possible. It’s better to be consistent than to put together a lucky run once in a while. I wouldn’t get too wrapped up in the classification system. There are too many variables including hit factors that were never shot by anyone or that were adjusted by USPSA based on a percentage of another division.
Which sport and division is your favorite to compete and why?
USPSA Production. The equipment needed to be competitive is simple…same ammunition capacity requirement for every pistol…carry type holsters only… reasonable internal and external modifications allowed. USPSA has done an outstanding job to maintain a level playing field. The number of competitors shooting Production in the U.S. is growing each season and you see a wide range of pistols that are competitive here. These factors combined with the parity among the top shooters always make it a very interesting contest. You often hear Production being a good place to start but it is also a great place to stay.
Why do you mainly shoot Glock?
I use Glock because I believe in the product. My first Glock was a model 23 (compact .40 caliber) and I shot it better than anything else at the time. As I tried other Glock models I found them to be the best pistol for me.
When did you begin representing Glock?
I began receiving partial sponsorship from Glock in early 2000 and I was offered a job with Glock, Inc. in the spring of 2003. I relocated from Connecticut to Georgia and had a position in the GSSF Department helping run matches. As a part of the pistol team, the Team Glock Shooting Squad was formed and I moved to marketing a few years ago. We’ll go to trade shows, Glock Day promotions, GSSF matches, demos, assist with sponsorships and compete in practical and steel shooting sports. I have days in the office and days on the range. I love my position.
Which Glock pistol is best for a competition shooter?
This is a broad question and depends on the sport and division. I’d recommend a Glock 17 (9mm) for most applications. A Glock 17 can be competitive in just about every practical or steel competition and 9mm ammo is less expensive and is easy to shoot. I’ve fired several models in competition and still use a 17, 19 (9mm) and 21SF (.45 ACP) on occasion but I prefer the Glock 34 (9mm) and Glock 35 (.40) pistols for most of the sports I compete. Teamglock.com has some good pistol info with all the specifications to help someone make a decision.
When you compete in other USPSA divisions, which non-Glock pistols do you shoot?
For Single Stack I’ll run either a Springfield or Caspian .45 ACP, Gov’t 1911 built by JOJO’s Custom in Connecticut. I also have a Springfield 9mm 1911 built by Harrison Design in Georgia that I’ll train with. For Open I use either a short SVI 9×19 or full-size SV and STI .38 Super Comp pistols.
I heard you shoot right handed but are left eye dominant. Is this true?
Yes. It’s not an issue. So long as you put the sights in front of your dominant eye it shouldn’t matter.
What modifications do your Glocks have for competition? Carry?
For USPSA Production I change the sights and springs with some light polishing to the internal trigger parts if necessary. Someone could have a Glock 34 identical to mine with another $100 worth of parts and 15 minutes of labor. It’s true that I have never received any cherry-picked Glock pistols or parts from the factory. All the components are so consistent there would be no point in it. The Glock found at your local dealer is the same pistol I would use in competition.
For carry pistols I change the sights to Sevigny Carry Tritium with the Warrior finish. The sights feature a vertical two-dot configuration (green front/yellow rear) with a very tough surface coating that will not wear or corrode.
The specific modifications done to the Glock pistols I use most often in competition are as follows:
-Glock 34- USPSA Production, IDPA SSP and Steel Challenge Limited
-Sevigny Competition plain black sights by Warren Tactical Series. Note: For indoor specific events, Sevigny Carry Tritium sights.
-Standard factory Glock slide stop lever (replaces extended version)
-Wolff Gunsprings- Conventional 14 lb. recoil spring, reduced firing pin spring, trigger spring (optional change), firing pin safety spring (optional change), steel guide rod (USPSA only) or stock Glock rod with the cap removed (IDPA/SSP division)
-Polishing to trigger parts (if necessary)
-Trigger pull weight 4-4.5 lbs.
-Glock 35- USPSA Limited and USPSA Limited-10
Glock 21SF- USPSA Limited-10, IDPA CDP and Tactical Shooting Association Full Size
-Sevigny Competition plain black sights by Warren Tactical Series.
-Sevigny Speedway mag well modification by South Paw Custom
-Standard Glock slide stop lever (replaces extended version on G35) Note: Cut external tab to half size on the G35 to reduce possibility of engaging with support hand (G35 only)
-Wolff Gunsprings- Conventional 15 lb. recoil spring, reduced firing pin spring, trigger spring (optional change), firing pin safety spring (optional change), steel guide rod (G21SF). Note: G35 has a “T.H.E.” tungsten guide rod.
-Polishing to trigger parts (if necessary)
-Trigger pull weight 4-4.5 lbs.
Glock 17 customized by S&J Customs- Steel Open divisions
-9×19 KKM barrel with S&J aluminum compensator
-C-More Railway, 8-minute dot
-S&J aluminum C-More mount
-S&J aluminum magwell (used for balance and support hand contact)
-S&J stainless guide rod
-Wolff conventional recoil spring (modified Gov’t model spring) estimate 11-13 lbs.
-Wolff reduced firing pin spring
-Polishing to trigger parts
-Trigger pull weight 4 lbs.
With so many championships under your belt, do you have a most memorable one?
That is a tough one to pick. Every season has a few that really stand out but the #1 spot would have to be my first IDPA S&W Winter National championship in 2000, with the 2001 IDPA Nationals very close at #2. It was a great feeling to win in front of my “home” crowd at the Winter Nationals and they were all so supportive. Then after coming within 3/4ths of a second from winning my first IDPA National championship that same year, I battled even harder the following season to earn a decisive win. So one was for my friends and the other was for me as a competitor.