Comp-Tac’s Gordon Carrell Takes Carolina Cup ESP Title

by Editor 23. June 2014 15:06
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HOUSTON, Texas – With seven division stage wins and the second fastest overall time, Comp-Tac Victory Gear's Gordon Carrell took the Enhanced Service Pistol division title this past weekend at the Carolina Cup IDPA Championship. This marks the fourth time in the past seven years Carrell has won a division title.

Held in Oxford, N.C., the Carolina Cup drew 331 top IDPA shooters including 89 competing in the ESP division where Carrell finished with a final time of 208.58, more than 34 seconds faster than his nearest competitor.

“The Carolina Cup is one of IDPA’s most challenging matches and always draws a number of the country’s best shooters. It’s gratifying to come out of such a difficult match, against a very competitive field, with the title win,” said Carrell, who in addition to competing for Team Comp-Tac is the General Manager at Comp-Tac Victory Gear.

Carrell won the match firing a Smith & Wesson M&P Pro 9mm pistol, featuring Apex parts and outfitted with Warren sights, from a Comp-Tac International holster with Twin Paddle pouch on a Comp-Tac Belt. For concealment he used a custom vest from Armadillo Concealment. In addition to Comp-Tac, Carrell is sponsored and supported by Smith & Wesson, Apex Tactical Specialties, Warren Tactical Sights, Armadillo Concealment, GLC Shooting Academy and Sportsman’s Outlet.

Also representing Comp-Tac in the match was fellow Comp-Tac team shooter Randi Rogers who placed fourth Master and fifth in the Stock Service Pistol division finishing with a final time of 248.75 seconds.

For more information on Team Comp-Tac, and the full line of Comp-Tac Victory Gear holsters and accessories, visit www.Comp-Tac.com, like Comp-Tac on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CompTac, or follow @CompTac on Twitter.

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IDPA Insights: Carolina Cup Eyes and Ears

by Editor 25. October 2012 07:00
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When it comes to eye and ear protection, the preferences of IDPA members shooting the 2012 Carolina Cup are wide ranging. The rather nondescript category of 'Other' leads with 30.4% of eye protection, made up of a variety of brands with minimal representation or just random eyewear deemed protective enough for use on the range. Among the major brands, Rudy Project (17.6%) edged out Oakley (16.7%), followed by ESS (13.7%). Prescription glasses account for 11.8%, presenting ample opportunity for eyewear makers to expand their presence with RX versions of their shooting glasses.  

When it comes to hearing protection the distribution by brand among Carolina Cup shooters was much more even. Peltor (24.5%) led with EAR Inc. (17.0%) and Howard Leight (12.3%) trailing. Unfortunately, survey responses did not clarify if the hearing protection in question was electronic or not. Nor did they provide for a more exact assessment of what percentage was of the molded in-ear style of hearing protection.

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IDPA Insights: Glock, S&W Rule On and Off the Range

by Editor 24. October 2012 09:15
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At the inaugural IDPA World Shoot in 2011 results from the equipment survey showed that together Glock (37%) and Smith & Wesson (30%) combined for 67% of the handguns used in the competition. That position of dominance hasn't changed with the two again combining for the overwhelming majority of the handguns at the 2012 Carolina Cup. 

Results from equipment surveys returned by 126 of the 324 shooters showed that 70.6% of the competitors chose either a Glock (35.7%) or a Smith & Wesson (34.9%). The most popular model by far was the Glock 34 which accounted for 51.5% of all the Glocks used in the match. With another 26.7% going to the Glock 17, the two models approach 80% of Glocks used in the match.

For Smith & Wesson which makes a model of firearm for each of IDPA's five divisions, variants of the M&P accounted for 68% of the S&W handguns used. Revolvers – where S&W is the undisputed King of Kings – wheelgunners accounted for 27.3% of S&W's total.

The use of Glocks and Smith & Wesson's M&P fuels the dominance of the striker-fired pistol, at least at the IDPA's Carolina Cup but presumably across the other major IDPA events. Between striker-fired handguns and the 1911 platforms (including the double-stack variants), little room is left for the DA/SA (or DAO) hammer-style pistol which pulled just 5.6% of the pistols at the match.

Included in this equipment survey was a request for information regarding CCW habits. Of those that responded, 92.9% of IDPA shooters competing in the 2012 Carolina Cup have a CCW. As for their preference in a carry gun, the results follow closely their preferences in a competition gun. Glock (31.8%) and Smith & Wesson (23.6%) combined for 55.4% of the CCW handguns. As one would expect, models and brands not found on the competition range – such as Kahr and Ruger – find their way into the CCW profile of the IDPA shooter, reflecting those brands' strong performance in the CCW consumer market. Please note that the survey asked for the competitor's primary CCW handgun and not a list of all the makes and models they carry.

Since IDPA is a sport based on personal defense scenarios, it is difficult to determine to what extent the CCW gun influences the choice of competition gun, or if it's the competition gun driving the CCW firearm choice. It's likely that competition is ultimately the key influencer since it provides the opportunity to build proficiency and thus reaffirming the CCW holders choice in a carry gun.

Regardless, the breakdown in CCW firearm type mirrors that of the competition choice with striker-fired models and 1911 variants the clear preferred choices.

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IDPA Insights: It's Comp-Tac for Competition & CCW

by Editor 23. October 2012 09:15
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Similar to firearms brands used by IDPA competitors – at least at the major matches – the choice of holster comes down to two main players: Blade-Tech and Comp-Tac Victory Gear. This was true at the 2011 IDPA World Shoot where Blade-Tech had 31.7% of the competitors to Comp-Tac's 30.4%. The numbers from the 2012 Carolina Cup were almost the same but with Comp-Tac taking the lead with 30.3% to Blade-Tech's 29.5%.

Below is the breakout of the top holster brands at the Carolina Cup. The numbers are based on the equipment survey. Please note that while we had just 122 respondents (37.6%) out of of 324 competitors, the numbers do reflect those from the World Shoot.  

In addition to tracking preferences in competition gear, the equipment survey for the 2012 Carolina Cup also asked about preferences in CCW gear. Of those that responded, 92.9% hold a CCW with 7.1% either responding "no" or not answering the question. The high percentage of IDPA competitors holding a CCW clearly reflects the sport's foundation in real world defensive style shooting.

When it comes to the preferred brands of holsters used by competitors for their primary carry gun, the list was much broader than that for competition. Unfortunately a large number (17.9%) declined to name a brand, so the true breakdown is difficult to tell with certainty. However, Comp-Tac Victory Gear once again emerges as the top choice with over one fifth choosing holsters from the Houston-based maker. 

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IDPA Insights: 67% Handloaded for 2012 Carolina Cup

by Editor 22. October 2012 10:00
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During the 2012 Carolina Cup IDPA asked competitors to fill out an equipment survey in order to collect additional data following up on the survey conducted during the 2011 IDPA World Shoot. While we have completed surveys from only 126 (38.8%) of the 324 shooters, the data collected does provide some interesting insights, especially when compared to the information from the 2011 World Shoot.

Ammunition is one of those areas where there was a significant change. Whether because of a smaller survey sample, issues with availability, or cost, the percentage of shooters handloading jumped from 53% at the World Shoot to 67.2% at the Carolina Cup.

Though the percentage of respondents shooting factory loads declined from 47% to 32.8%, IDPA added an ammo brand question to find out what factory loads competitors were shooting. Not surprisingly Federal (22.5%) and Winchester (20.0%) led the pack, and along with Atlanta Arms & Ammo (12.5%) accounted for over half of the factory ammo used during the Carolina Cup.

For those loading their own match ammo, Hodgdon once again held the lion share with 58% compared to 48% for the World Shoot. Winchester moved ahead of Vihtavuori as the second most popular brand of powder with 19.8%.

When it comes to primers, the numbers skew down for Federal and CCI due to the nearly 30% of the respondents failing to indicate which brand of primer they used. Interestingly, Winchester held firm with 24.7% of Carolina Cup reloads compared to 25% at the World Shoot.

The story on brass is the increase in the number of shooters opting to mix the brands they use instead of committing to just one. At the World Shoot "mixed" brass accounted for 53% while at the Carolina Cup it's up to almost 80%.

Jacketed bullets were the preferred bullet type with just over half those reloading choosing jacketed over plated (28.4%) or lead (21.0%). 

The number of bullet brands was down significantly at the Carolina Cup with competitors loading 16 different brands compared to 44 at the World Shoot. This may yet again be a reflection of the fewer completed surveys. However, Montana Gold Bullet once again proved the dominant brand with almost a third shooting their bullet. Berry's finished as the second most popular bullet, just as they did at the World Shoot, while Precision Delta finished third.

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Vogel Repeats As Carolina Cup Champ, Extends Win Streak to 12

by Editor 20. June 2012 07:48
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Bob Vogel

OXFORD, N.C. – Bob Vogel hasn’t lost a major IDPA match since late 2007, including this past weekend when, for the second time in a row, he claimed the Stock Service Pistol (SSP) division title at the 2012 Carolina Cup.

With a final score of 183.63, Vogel dominated the field of 143 SSP shooters. The Distinguished Master class shooter and Panteao Productions shooting team member outpaced his nearest competitor, Team RangeLog’s Rob Tate, by 32.17 points, shooting clean on seven stages and winning 13 of the 16 stages.

“Bob’s performance at this weekend’s Carolina Cup was nothing short of amazing,” said Joyce Wilson, executive director of IDPA. “Not only did he successfully defend his 2011 title win, but in doing so Bob has extended his IDPA major match win streak to 12, which started back in 2007 at the IDPA National Championship.”

Bob Vogel

Tate, who won one stage in the match, finished first Master in the SSP division with a score of 215.80, earning him first Master honors. Nicholas Yanutola, who also won a single stage, took second Master (224.54), followed by Team Panteao’s Tom Yost, third Master (227.56), David McDonald, fourth Master (254.03), and Team Comp-Tac’s Gregg Garrett, fifth Master (257.22).

Finishing sixth Master, and seventh overall, with a score of 261.61 was Randi Rogers of Team Comp-Tac who won the Carolina Cup’s High Lady title for the third year in a row.

Elsewhere in the Stock Service Pistol division, Craig Grivois took first in the Expert class with 275.80, followed by Norman Wisniewski taking top honors in the Marksman class with 404.28, and Glock’s Ed Fitzgerald finishing first in the Novice class with 490.91.

Bob Vogel

The 2012 Carolina Cup was held June 14-16 at The Range in Oxford and drew 359 competitors from 24 states and Puerto Rico, as well as five foreign nations. For more information on the match, or to review the full results, visit www.The-CarolinaCup.com.

The International Defensive Pistol Association is the international governing body for IDPA competition, which offers shooters a fun, safe, and challenging format to practice and test their gun handling skills through defensive-based scenarios.

To find a club near you, join the more than 20,000 members of IDPA, or just learn more about this exciting and fun defensive pistol shooting sport, visit www.IDPA.com. You can also follow @OfficialIDPA on Twitter, like ShootIDPA on Facebook, watch IDPA TV, or check out the Down Zero Blog to keep up with the latest news.

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Rogers 3-Peats As IDPA Carolina Cup High Lady

by Editor 20. June 2012 07:37
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Randi Rogers

OXFORD, N.C. – With her High Lady win at this weekend’s IDPA Carolina Cup, Team Comp-Tac’s Randi Rogers is not just the dominant woman shooter in IDPA but one win away from a perfect season.

Rogers placed sixth among the Master class, and seventh overall, in the Stock Service Pistol (SSP) division with a score of 261.61. The win gives Rogers her third straight High Lady title at the Carolina Cup, but more importantly marks her third High Lady win of the 2012 IDPA season putting her one win away from a perfect run.

Earlier this year Rogers claimed High Lady at the Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor Nationals as well as at the IDPA European Cup. Only a win at the IDPA National Championships remains for Rogers to complete her perfect season.

Randi Rogers

“Randi is clearly on a roll with her third straight Carolina Cup High Lady win. Add this to her High Lady victories earlier this season and you can see why she’s the top ranked woman in our sport,” said Joyce Wilson, executive director of IDPA.

Elsewhere in the Stock Service Pistol division, Bob Vogel, a Distinguished Master, won the division title with a final score of 183.63, placing him high overall for the second year in a row. Rob Tate of Team RangeLog took first Master and second overall behind Vogel with 215.80. Craig Grivois took first in the Expert class with 275.80, followed by Norman Wisniewski taking top honors in the Marksman class with 404.28, and Glock’s Ed Fitzgerald finishing first in the Novice class with 490.91.

Randi Rogers

The 2012 Carolina Cup was held June 14-16 at The Range in Oxford and drew 359 competitors from 24 states and Puerto Rico, as well as five foreign nations. For more information on the match, or to review the full results, visit www.The-CarolinaCup.com.

The International Defensive Pistol Association is the international governing body for IDPA competition, which offers shooters a fun, safe, and challenging format to practice and test their gun handling skills through defensive-based scenarios.

To find a club near you, join the more than 20,000 members of IDPA, or just learn more about this exciting and fun defensive pistol shooting sport, visit www.IDPA.com. You can also follow @OfficialIDPA on Twitter, like ShootIDPA on Facebook, watch IDPA TV, or check out the Down Zero Blog to keep up with the latest news.

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Wright Wins 2012 IDPA Carolina Cup Enhanced Service Pistol Title

by Editor 20. June 2012 07:15
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Brandon Wright

OXFORD, N.C. – Brandon Wright, captain of the International Training, Inc. shooting team (Team ITI), won eight of 16 stages at the 2012 IDPA Carolina Cup in Oxford, N.C. to win the Enhanced Service Pistol title.

Wright, who finished second overall among all shooters in all divisions, outpaced his nearest competitor in the ESP division’s Master class, Ravin Perry of Team RangeLog, by 9.5 points, to take the title with his final score of 207.84.

“Brandon shot an outstanding match, putting in a solid performance across a very difficult course of fire on his way to taking the ESP division title and placing second overall,” noted Joyce Wilson, executive director of IDPA.

Brandon Wright

Perry, who took top honors on one stage, finished first Master with 217.34. Team Comp-Tac’s Gordon Carrell placed second Master with two stage wins and a final score of 221.55. Team ITI’s Morgan Allen finished third Master with four stage wins and a score of 223.38. Rounding out the top five was Scott Warren with one stage win and a score of 231.79 to take fourth Master.

Costa Rica’s Miguel Gamboa, who finished fifth Master and seventh overall in the division, took home the High International title with 236.80.

Elsewhere in the division, Russell Poole, III was the first Expert with 233.81, followed by Noah Teal claiming the first Sharpshooter title with 297.26, and Michael Haskin winning ESP’s first Marksman award with 374.38.

Brandon Wright

The 2012 Carolina Cup was held June 14-16 at The Range in Oxford and drew 359 competitors from 24 states and Puerto Rico, as well as five foreign nations. For more information on the match, or to review the full results, visit www.The-CarolinaCup.com.

The International Defensive Pistol Association is the international governing body for IDPA competition, which offers shooters a fun, safe, and challenging format to practice and test their gun handling skills through defensive-based scenarios.

To find a club near you, join the more than 20,000 members of IDPA, or just learn more about this exciting and fun defensive pistol shooting sport, visit www.IDPA.com. You can also follow @OfficialIDPA on Twitter, like ShootIDPA on Facebook, watch IDPA TV, or check out the Down Zero Blog to keep up with the latest news.

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Costa Rica’s Gamboa Claims High International Title At 2012 IDPA Carolina Cup

by Editor 20. June 2012 07:10
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Miguel Gamboa

OXFORD, N.C. – With national pride on the line, Miguel Gamboa of Costa Rica came through to win the coveted High International title this past weekend at the 2012 IDPA Carolina Cup in Oxford, N.C.

Competing in the Enhanced Service Pistol division, Gamboa placed sixth in the Master class and finished an impressive seventh overall in the division with his final score of 236.80.

Gamboa claimed the High International title in competition against several talented shooters from Austria, Finland, Italy, Venezuela and his homeland of Costa Rica.

“IDPA is growing rapidly on the international level and are seeing more and more foreign shooters, like Miguel, traveling to the U.S. to compete. The High International title grows in importance each year as nations battle for bragging rights. It’s an honor to congratulate, on behalf of the entire IDPA membership, Miguel Gamboa and Team Costa Rica on their Carolina Cup victory,” said Joyce Wilson, executive director of IDPA.

Miguel Gamboa

The 2012 Carolina Cup was held June 14-16 at The Range in Oxford and drew 359 competitors from 24 states and Puerto Rico, as well as five foreign nations. For more information on the match, or to review the full results, visit www.The-CarolinaCup.com.

The International Defensive Pistol Association is the international governing body for IDPA competition, which offers shooters a fun, safe, and challenging format to practice and test their gun handling skills through defensive-based scenarios.

To find a club near you, join the more than 20,000 members of IDPA, or just learn more about this exciting and fun defensive pistol shooting sport, visit www.IDPA.com. You can also follow @OfficialIDPA on Twitter, like ShootIDPA on Facebook, watch IDPA TV, or check out the Down Zero Blog to keep up with the latest news.

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Byerly Cruises To Custom Defensive Pistol Title Win At 2012 IDPA Carolina Cup

by Editor 20. June 2012 07:05
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Gary Byerly

OXFORD, N.C. – Team ITI’s Gary Byerly made it look easy winning nine of 16 stages to outpace his nearest competitor by 22.7 points and claim the Custom Defensive Pistol title at the 2012 IDPA Carolina Cup in Oxford, N.C.

A Master class shooter for the International Training, Inc. shooting team (Team ITI), Byerly finished the match with a score of 227.44 which placed him eighth overall among all competitors in all divisions.

“CDP is always a challenging division to compete in with a number of excellent shooters gunning for the win. With his solid run, Gary proved this weekend that if you’re going to compete in CDP then you’ll have to get by him to take the title,” noted Joyce Wilson, executive director of IDPA.

Gary Byerly

Finishing second overall in the division as first Master was Darren Kirts who won three stages to post a final score of 250.14. Chris Chamberlin posted one stage win and finished second Master (250.27), followed by Mike Alexander with three stage wins for third Master (255.04), Craig Buckland, competing for Wolff Springs, fourth Master (257.05), and Steve Wall at fifth Master (265.33).

Elsewhere in the CDP division, Team Rudy Project’s Alex Stephenson finished first Expert with 296.93. Peter Haggar claimed first Sharpshooter with 297.12. And William Benbow finished with a final score of 384.71 for first Marksman.

Gary Byerly

The 2012 Carolina Cup was held June 14-16 at The Range in Oxford and drew 359 competitors from 24 states and Puerto Rico, as well as five foreign nations. For more information on the match, or to review the full results, visit www.The-CarolinaCup.com.

The International Defensive Pistol Association is the international governing body for IDPA competition, which offers shooters a fun, safe, and challenging format to practice and test their gun handling skills through defensive-based scenarios.

To find a club near you, join the more than 20,000 members of IDPA, or just learn more about this exciting and fun defensive pistol shooting sport, visit www.IDPA.com. You can also follow @OfficialIDPA on Twitter, like ShootIDPA on Facebook, watch IDPA TV, or check out the Down Zero Blog to keep up with the latest news.

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