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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

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New York, New Kitty: Empire State Winners

by Editor 9. September 2012 19:01
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This just in...

Our Empire State State Bureau Chief, Kitty Richards, reports that the results are in from this weekend's New York State IDPA Championship. Here's a look at the 2012 title winners.

CDP Champion: Craig Buckland
ESP Champion: AJ Stewart
SSP Champion: Keith Bourgeois
ESR Champion: Toni Dandreamatteo
SSR Champion: Kenneth Ortbach

High Lady: Joanna Lenczewska
High Junior: Tori Coutant
Most Accurate: Jeff Jackling

Be sure to check for the full results once they are uploaded.

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New York, New Kitty: Empire State Battle In The Rain

by Editor 8. September 2012 17:35
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DOWN ZERO's Empire State State Bureau Chief, Kitty Richards, filed this report from her rain-soaked field office at the Pine City Sportsmen's Club in Pine City (Elmira area), New York where she's covering the hotly contested 2012 New York State IDPA Championship.

And before you ask, yes, Kitty will be dressed like the Statue of Liberty throughout the match. However, instead of calling her "Lady Liberty" she insists everybody call her "Lady IDPA." Honestly, we can't explain it but here's her report from earlier today...

As rain covers the Chemung County area, a hailstorm of CDP shooters take to the range for an IDPA throw-down. Four Masters are competing for the top spot, including Rochester's Jeff Jackling, Pennsylvania's Scott Shalter, Andy Stasko from Owego, NY, and Craig Buckland from Mass.

High Lady may be a mud fight to the finish. New York's Toni Dragotta. an LEO from Horseheads, NY, will look to block The Polish Pistolera, Joanna Lenczewska, for that honor. Dragotta shot on Friday while Lenczewska, from Hellertown, PA, shoots on Sunday. - Kitty

We're expecting further updates, unless of course Kitty's been called into service to help build the ark.

Below: Craig Buckland gathers his chi before jumping into the CDP battle. Photo courtesy Lady IDPA.

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Buckland Scores CDP Title Win At New England Regional IDPA Championship

by Editor 21. August 2012 01:10
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HARVARD, Mass. – Craig Buckland, shooting for Wolff Gunsprings and Tactical Defense Solutions, captured the Custom Defensive Pistol division title and finished eighth among all competitors this past weekend at the 2012 New England Regional IDPA Championship in Harvard, Mass.

Buckland outpaced all CDP shooters on five of the 12 stages and finished the match with a time of 261.66 seconds and scoring 66 points down.

“Craig is among the top shooters in IDPA so it comes as no surprise that he'd dominate the Custom Defensive Pistol division at this year's New England Regional,” said Joyce Wilson, executive director of IDPA.

Mike Alexander, who finished the match just 6.04 seconds behind Buckland, took first Master with 267.70 and 66 points down. Second Master went to David Girardin with 283.87 (59), followed by Brian Steskla, third Master with 306.65 (73), and Charles Zaniboni finishing fourth Master with 307.38 (123).

Also taking top honors in the CDP division were Robert Lacroix, who won first Expert and finished third overall in the division with and impressive 280.48 (69); Carl Manoogian who placed first Sharpshooter with 306.41 (58); and John Domfort of Team Tactical Defense Solutions finishing first Marksman with 396.14 (124).

Sponsored in part by New England-based firearms makers Ruger and Sig Sauer, the 2012 New England Regional IDPA Championship was hosted by the MetroWest Tactical IDPA club and held August 17-19 at the Harvard Sportsmen's Club in Harvard, Mass. The match drew nearly 160 top IDPA competitors from throughout New England. For more information on the match and the full results, visit

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