Colt’s Mark Redl Wins Live Free Or Die CDP, King of New England Titles

by Editor 22. October 2013 10:15
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – Team Colt’s Mark Redl took home top honors at the 2013 Smith & Wesson Live Free Or Die State IDPA Championship, winning both the Custom Defensive Pistol and the King of New England titles.

After his main challenger, Craig Buckland of team Wolff Gunsprings/Tactical Defense Solutions, suffered an ammunition failure at the chronograph resulting in a match disqualification for equipment, Redl outpaced his nearest competitor by 5.35 seconds to take the Live Free Or Die title.

In the King of New England series presented by Apex Tactical Specialties, Redl easily claimed the CDP portion of the series by more than 19 seconds.

The King of New England series recognizes the top shooters competing in the Massachusetts State Championship, the New England Regional and the Live Free Or Die, with the title going to the competitor with the top cumulative score, in their division, from four pre-selected stages from each of the three championships.

“Congratulations to Mark on both his Live Free Or Die CDP win and for taking the 2013 King of New England CDP title,” said Ken Lambert, match director for the Smith & Wesson Live Free Or Die.

Redl finished the match with five stage wins and a final time of 305.16 seconds with 98 points down. Second pace went to Bob Biehl, first Expert, with 310.51 (51). Biehl also finished second in the King of New England series with 345.33 to Redl’s 325.91.

Third place went to the first Master, Andrew Marocchini, with 315.50 (57). Aaron Haines finished fourth with 325.36 (98) while Matt Holmes placed fifth with 330.37 (103).

Elsewhere in the division, Kevin Wagner won first Sharpshooter with 403.94 (114). Cristian Arcilla finished first Marksman with 458.34 (166), and Heather Kies took first Novice with 698.03 (244).

The sold out 2013 Smith & Wesson Live Free Or Die State IDPA Championship took place October 18-20 and was hosted by the Pioneer Sportsmen Club in Dunbarton, N.H.

The match was sponsored by a number of firearms industry leaders, including Apex Tactical Specialties, Comp-Tac, iMarksman, New England Tactical, RangeLog, Ruger, Safariland, SIG SAUER, Taurus and Smith & Wesson, the title sponsor of the match.

For more information on IDPA, or to join the more than 22,000 members competing each week all across America, visit www.IDPA.com.

You can further connect with the IDPA community through IDPA’s social media, such as @OfficialIDPA on Twitter and ShootIDPA on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Tumblr, or check for regular news and updates on the organization’s DOWN ZERO Blog.

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Wilson Combat’s Glenn Shelby 3-Peats As IDPA's CDP National Champ

by Editor 25. September 2013 07:15
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TULSA, Okla. – For the third year in a row, Wilson Combat’s Glenn Shelby took the Custom Defensive Pistol division national title at the International Defensive Pistol Association’s (IDPA) U.S. National Championship.

Shelby, who is one of the few Distinguished Masters in IDPA, captured the title for the third year in a row after taking six of 17 stage wins and posting a final time of 244.59 seconds, the fourth fastest overall time in the match, all while shooting just 30 points down.

“With three straight national championship wins, it’s pretty safe to say that when it comes to CDP, this is Glenn’s playground,” said Joyce Wilson, executive director of IDPA.

Second place in CDP went to Matt Sims who finished first Master with 269.21 and 57 points down. Greg Martin, a Distinguished Master like Shelby, finished third in the division with 272.95 and 46 points down. Chris Chamberlin, the second Master, took fourth in the division with 275.45 (51), while Zeb Pomerenke, the third Master, rounded out the top five with 286.47 (56).

Elsewhere in CDP, Haneesh Bagga took first Expert with 324.72 (68), first Sharpshooter went to Craig Adams with 385.87 (121), and Randy Nance captured first Marksman with 452.59 (135). Alberto Soto of Costa Rica, the only international shooter competing in the division, finished 14th overall in CDP with 342.99 and 76 points down.

The 2013 IDPA U.S. National Championship took place September 19-22 in Tulsa, Okla., drawing many of the shooting sports' top pistol and revolver shooters.

For more information on IDPA, the 2013 IDPA U.S. National Championship, or to join the more than 22,000 members competing each week all across America, visit www.IDPA.com.

You can further connect with the IDPA community through IDPA’s social media, such as @OfficialIDPA on Twitter and ShootIDPA on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Tumblr, or check for regular news and updates on the organization’s DOWN ZERO Blog.

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Craig Buckland Wins Back-to-Back CDP Titles At IDPA’s New England Regional

by Editor 21. August 2013 07:15
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HARVARD, Mass. – The Wolff Gunsprings/Tactical Defense Solutions shooter Craig Buckland picked up his second straight Custom Defensive Pistol title at the Smith & Wesson New England Regional IDPA Championship.

With division wins on half of the match’s 14 stages, Buckland, a Master class shooter, managed to outpace Team Colt’s Mark Redl by just over 12 seconds with his final winning time of 291.25 seconds and 57 points down.

“Craig shot a very strong match with Mark right on his heels. With two consecutive CDP victories in the books, it’s clear that Craig knows how to put together a winning run here at the New England Regional,” said Bob Biehl, match director for this year’s championship.

Redl placed second with five stage wins to take first Master with 303.86 seconds and 99 points down. Third place went to the first Expert, Aaron Haines, with 353.56 (105). Matthew Holmes, third Master, placed fourth with one stage win and 355.52 (87) while second Expert Bob Biehl who rounded out the top five with 368.22 (95).

Elsewhere in the division, Frank Palka, an Expert in the division, won High Distinguished Senior honors with a final time of 418.17 seconds and 57 points down. Kevin Wagner took first Sharpshooter with 435.36 (104) and Andy Holton claimed first Marksman with 489.83 (114).

Sanctioned by the International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) the Smith & Wesson New England Regional IDPA Championship was held Friday, Saturday and Sunday, August 16-18, at the Harvard Sportsmen’s Club located in Harvard, Massachusetts and drew 189 competitors.

Complete match results can be found online at MetroWestTactical.com.

For more information on IDPA, or to join the more than 22,000 members competing each week all across America, visit www.IDPA.com.

You can further connect with the IDPA community through IDPA’s social media, such as @OfficialIDPA on Twitter and ShootIDPA on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Tumblr, or check for regular news and updates on the organization’s DOWN ZERO Blog.

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Colt’s Mark Redl Takes IDPA CDP Title At Mass. State Championship

by Editor 6. June 2013 08:25
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – Shooting for Team Colt, Mark Redl won six of 10 stages on his way to taking the Custom Defensive Pistol division title at the 17th Annual Massachusetts State IDPA Championship, presented by Smith & Wesson.

With his final time of 197.82 seconds and 38 points down, Redl outpaced runner-up and 2012 defending champion Craig Buckland by 16.15 seconds to win the division.

Sanctioned by the International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA), the Massachusetts State IDPA Championship was held Saturday and Sunday, June 1-2, at the Rod & Gun Club of New Bedford located in North Dartmouth and drew 120 competitors.

Buckland, who won three stages, finished first Master in 213.97 seconds with 40 points down. Third in the division went to Matt Holmes, first Expert, with 234.21 (45) followed by second Expert Robert Biehl with 237.59 (68) and Nick Henry, the third Expert, finishing fifth in the division with a stage win and a time of 240.22 (48).

Elsewhere in the division, Phillip Atchison claimed first Sharpshooter with 284.22 (101) while Novice class shooter Glenn Baker finished with 500.16 (107).

Complete, searchable match results can be found online at IDPA.com.

For more information on IDPA, the 17th Annual Massachusetts State IDPA Championship presented by Smith & Wesson, or to join the more than 22,000 members competing each week all across America, visit www.IDPA.com.

You can further connect with the IDPA community through IDPA’s social media, such as @OfficialIDPA on Twitter and ShootIDPA on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Tumblr, or check for regular news and updates on the organization’s DOWN ZERO Blog.

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Pomerenke Repeats With CDP Win At Comp-Tac Republic Of Texas IDPA Championship

by Editor 28. May 2013 07:45
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HEMPSTEAD, Texas – Zeb Pomerenke once again took the Custom Defensive Pistol division title at the Lone Star State’s premier IDPA competition, the Comp-Tac Republic of Texas Championship, held this Memorial Day weekend at the ImpactZone Range in Hempstead.

Pomerenke, who won the state title in 2012, took top division honors on three of the 10 stages in this year’s match on his way to claiming the title with a final time of 190.18 seconds and 32 points down. Pomerenke placed eighth overall in the competition. The Master class shooter outpaced his nearest competitor, Steve Jolly, by 22.81 seconds.

“Zeb shot a strong match and with his repeat performance as the Lone Star State’s CDP champ he’s quickly moving up the ranks within the sport,” said Joyce Wilson, executive director of IDPA.

Steve Jolly finished as the first Master with a time of 212.99 and 29 points down. Third overall in the division went to Mark Thompson who won first Expert, winning one stage and finishing with 217.63 (47). Dale Rychlik placed fourth in the division and second Master with one stage win and 220.32 (40), while Johnathon Miller took fifth and second Expert with his time of 222.77 (30).

Elsewhere in the division, Jim Bone claimed first Sharpshooter with 237.97 (60), Andre Toennis took first Marksman with 271.34 (46) and Gleen Baker, a Novice class competitor, finished with 528.76 with 78 points down.

Complete, searchable match results can be found online at IDPA.com.

Sanctioned by the International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) the Republic of Texas Championship drew over 200 top shooters from throughout Texas and across the United States.

The match received strong industry support with sponsorship from ACADEMI, Armadillo Concealment, Brian Enos, Competitive Concealment, CrossBreed Holsters, Cypress Firearms, Dillon Precision, Don’s Guide Rods, GLC Shooting Academy, GlockTriggers.com, Grip Reductions, Hi-Viz Shooting Systems, Starline Brass, Target Acquired, and title sponsor Comp-Tac Victory Gear.

For more information on IDPA, the 2013 Comp-Tac Republic of Texas IDPA Championship or to get started in this fun and exciting defensive pistol shooting sport, visit www.IDPA.com. You can also connect with IDPA online by following @OfficialIDPA on Twitter, like ShootIDPA on Facebook, watch IDPA TV, or check for regular news and updates on the DOWN ZERO Blog.

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Proulx Claims Junior & Press Titles At Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor Nationals

by Editor 27. February 2013 07:35
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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Competing as an Expert in the Custom Defensive Pistol division at the International Defensive Pistol Association’s (IDPA) 2013 Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship, Austin Proulx claimed the High Junior title with a time of 314.79 with 113 points down.

Proulx, who writes for the IDPA’s Tactical Journal magazine, also contested and won the High Press title.

“Everybody at IDPA headquarters could not be happier for Austin. This young man has demonstrated both a talent for shooting IDPA and writing about it, and we look forward to reading his take on the match in an upcoming issue of the Tactical Journal,” said Joyce Wilson, executive director of IDPA.

Among the Junior shooters, second place went to Lee Wills of Team Para who finished with 347.60 and 134 points down competing in the Enhanced Service Pistol division as a Marksman. Duncan McNaughton, also competing in ESP as a Marksman, finished third with 411.35 and 214 points down.

In the Press category where Proulx faced a cadre of older, more experienced shooters, shooting sports photographer Yamil Sued took second with 351.65 (138) shooting as a Sharpshooter in the Stock Service Pistol division, followed by Bryce Towsley, an ESP Marksman, with 417.29 (162). ShootingUSA’s Jim Scoutten, an SSP Marksman, and John Scoutten, a Marksman in the Enhanced Service Revolver division, filmed the match for an upcoming episode of their popular television show, but when they weren’t filming they competed and finished with 529.54 (237) and 539.77 (222) respectively.

The 2013 Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship took place February 21-23 at the Smith & Wesson Shooting Sports Center in Springfield, Mass., drawing many of the shooting sports' top pistol shooters from 28 states, one U.S. territory and three foreign nations.

For more information on IDPA, the Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship or to find a club near you, visit www.IDPA.com. You can also connect with IDPA online by following @OfficialIDPA on Twitter, like ShootIDPA on Facebook, watch IDPA TV, or check for regular updates on the DOWN ZERO Blog.

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Dan Burwell, IDPA’s New 3 Division Distinguished Master With CDP Win At S&W

by Editor 27. February 2013 07:00
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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – For just the second time since establishing the new classification, the International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) crowned a three-division Distinguished Master when Dan Burwell of Team Smith & Wesson won the Custom Defensive Pistol title at the 2013 Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship this past weekend.

Burwell, who was already a Distinguished Master – the highest skill classification in IDPA – in the Stock Service Pistol and Enhanced Service Pistol divisions, took the title with a final time of 192.01 seconds with 65 points down.

“Dan put on a brilliant shooting display winning three of the 12 stages while facing off against both Glenn Shelby and David Olhasso who are each past CDP champions. With this win, Dan becomes our sport’s second three division Distinguished Master and I join the entire IDPA community in congratulating him on a job well done,” said Joyce Wilson, executive director of IDPA.

Second place in the division, finishing just 4.4 seconds out of first, was the defending CDP champion, Glenn Shelby of the Wilson Combat shooting team. Shelby finished with a time of 196.41 with 53 points down. Third in the division went to another Team Smith & Wesson shooter, David Olhasso, with 201.92 (83). Both Shelby and Olhasso are classified as Distinguished Masters within the CDP division.

Fourth in the division finishing as first Master was Chris Chamberlin with a time of 203.11 (65). Finishing fifth overall in the division, and second Master, was Craig Buckland shooting for Wolff Springs.

Elsewhere in the division, Ryan Spencer who placed first Expert with 213.91 (54) will move up to Master class while Dave Corsino moves to Expert class after taking first Sharpshooter with 286.75 (108). Junior shooter Austin Proulx, an Expert in CDP, took High Junior and High Press honors with a time of 314.79 (113) while Mike Strangia took first Marksman with 416.44 (199).

The 2013 Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship took place February 21-23 at the Smith & Wesson Shooting Sports Center in Springfield, Mass., drawing many of the shooting sports' top pistol shooters from 28 states, one U.S. territory and three foreign nations.

For more information on IDPA, the Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship or to find a club near you, visit www.IDPA.com. You can also connect with IDPA online by following @OfficialIDPA on Twitter, like ShootIDPA on Facebook, watch IDPA TV, or check for regular updates on the DOWN ZERO Blog.

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Wilson Combat’s Shelby Repeats As IDPA's CDP National Champ

by Editor 26. September 2012 02:15
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OXFORD, N.C. – Glenn Shelby of the Wilson Combat shooting team made it two in a row with his win this past weekend in the Custom Defensive Pistol division at the 2012 International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) National Championships.

Shelby, who is one of the few Distinguished Masters in IDPA, captured the title for the second year in a row by posting a final time of 248.48 seconds and finishing as the fourth most accurate shooter in the match with just 44 points down.

“Glenn is a truly outstanding shooter who faced an uphill battle in defending his 2011 title win, especially against such a strong contingent of top level CDP competitors,” said Joyce Wilson, executive director of IDPA.

Second place in the division went to another Distinguished Master, Team Smith & Wesson's David Olhasso, who finished with a time of 250.23 (42). Third place and firt Master honors went to Gary Byerly of Team ITI, this year's Carolina Cup winner, who finished with 266.17 (69). Chris Chamberlain took fourth in the division and secodn Master with 286.70 (69), while Matt Sims claimed third Master with 292.08 (70) to finish fifth overall and the division’s top Senior competitor.

Elsewhere in CDP, Chris Donovan took first Expert with 299.20 (60), first Sharpshooter went to Joel Garner with 372.99 (106), and David Galante took home first Marksman with 461.53 (153).

Alberto Soto of Costa Rica finished as the top International competitor in CDP with 334.65 (112) and Joanna Lenczewska placed as the division’s top Lady with 414.18 (187).

The 2012 IDPA National Championships took place September 19-22 in Oxford, N.C., drawing many of the shooting sports' top pistol and revolver shooters.

Fore more information, or to get started in this fun and exciting defensive pistol shooting sport, visit www.IDPA.com. You can also connect with IDPA online by following @OfficialIDPA on Twitter, like ShootIDPA on Facebook, watch IDPA TV, or check for regular updates on the DOWN ZERO Blog.

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