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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Kratochvil Takes IDPA Carolina Cup Stock Service Revolver Title

by Editor 20. June 2012 07:00
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Gregg Kratochvil

OXFORD, N.C. – Gregg Kratochvil is among the country’s top revolver shooters and proved it once again this past weekend with his Stock Service Revolver title win at the IDPA Carolina Cup in Oxford, N.C.

Kratochvil, who is ranked a Master in the SSR division, battled fellow SSR Master Tom Becker throughout the match. The two swapped the lead multiple times as each took turns claiming stage wins with Kratochvil winning seven stages to Becker’s eight.

In the end, Kratochvil took the title with a strong performance on stage 16, where he outpaced Becker by 8.12 points to finish with a final score of 312.50 to Becker’s 320.90.

“The battle for the SSR division title was a real strong head-to-head match up between two outstanding wheelgunners, coming down to who could outshoot who on one of the match’s most decisive stages,” said Joyce Wilson, executive director of IDPA. “Congratulations to both Gregg and Tom on their outstanding shooting.”

Gregg Kratochvil

In the Expert class, Will Williamson finished first with a score of 392.62. Carl Mason took first Sharpshooter in the SSR division with 404.93, while Richard Von Furstenberg claimed first Marksman with his final score of 465.94.

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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Dandreamatteo Wins IDPA Carolina Cup Enhanced Service Revolver Title

by Editor 20. June 2012 06:14
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Toni Dandreamatteo

OXFORD, N.C. – Team RangeLog’s Toni Dandreamatteo won the Enhanced Service Revolver title this past weekend at the IDPA Carolina Cup in Oxford, N.C.

Dandreamatteo, who is ranked a Master in the ESR division, won 12 of 16 stages to finish with a final score of 314.29.

“Toni, who everybody in IDPA knows as ‘Honey Bunny’, is not just an accomplished shooter as evidenced by his ESR win at the Carolina Cup, but one of our sport’s most outgoing and friendly ambassadors. I know that everyone in IDPA joins me in congratulating him on his win,” said Joyce Wilson, executive director of IDPA.

Finishing third overall in the division was Irvin Earles with a score of 389.65 to take first Expert. Emilio Franco Jr. took first Sharpshooter in the division with two stage wins and a score of 349, placing him second overall behind Dandreamatteo. Jody Patterson, the only competitor in the Marksman class, finished with 587.69.

Toni Dandreamatteo

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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Joyce’s Great Adventure

by Editor 18. June 2012 20:56
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As you know, our fearless leader Joyce Wilson (executive director of IDPA), is racing across America in here air-o-plane in something called the Women's Air Race Classic. Unfortunately for us that meant she could not attend the Carolina Cup this past weekend. That's OK because we told everybody she was actually flying a predator drone above our heads, in a never ending over-watch to insure our safety...most people bought it.

Anyway, while we were busy running around Oxford, N.C. watching The Cup, we missed this report she filed earlier from the race...err, we mean her top secret Predator flight control center.

On to the race!

Yesterday the adventure started with a very early departure from Harrison, AR to my race partner, Janet’s private airstrip just west of Wichita, Kansas. It’s a beautiful 4000 foot grass runway. I had never landed my Cessna 182 on grass so this was bound to be an adventure. I knew that I needed to leave early as there were some potentially heavy, gusty winds to be in that area in the afternoon. I wanted to get to her house and her hanger before the winds got bad.

The cross country part of the trip was completely uneventful. I promised myself this year that I would act like a complete tourist and take pictures of everything. Well, as much as I could while piloting the plane. When I got to her grass strip, I felt like things would go pretty well. And they actually did. Landing on grass isn’t much different than landing on asphalt except that sometimes you bounce a little. I was down and safely stopped at Janet’s hangar in much less distance than a normal asphalt strip. We got the plane in the hanger and went into the house for coffee. It was just 10:30am.

After coffee and a brief visit, we went out to put the race number on the plane and get it ready and loaded for the race. Janet and her husband Don have this wonderfully big hanger with a Piper Cub and a Stearman! It’s a pilot’s dream. So after I drooled all over her airplanes, we proceeded to knock the rest of the bugs off the 182 and get her ready for the race.

We had a really nice dinner at a wonderful steak place in Wichita and decided to call it an early evening because we wanted an early morning departure. Well the storms rolled in. From about 11 pm to 3 am, there was lightning, thunder and 1.75 inches of rain! Departure in the morning was going to be fun!

We planned a 6:30am departure, but we decided to wait just a little while to let some storms south of Wichita pass. It was really interesting taking a really loaded plane off of a grass strip with lots of water on it. I kind of wished that I had gotten a sea plane rating – hahaha.

The leg to Hereford, Texas was really uneventful. We were out of the weather in less than 50 miles and then it was just a normal cross country trip. After a quick refuel of the plane, we were off to Gallup, New Mexico. The terrain between Hereford and Gallup quickly rises. We started at 8000feet, then were increased to 10.000 and ended at 11,000. We saw some beautiful countryside but as the temperatures of the day increased, so did the turbulence.

We landed at Gallup just in time for lunch. We were somewhat undecided as to whether we would go on or land in Gallup for the evening. Density altitude is really important to small general aviation aircraft and my plane, like all others, does not perform well when the density altitude is high. By 3pm local time, when the density altitude was still almost 9000feet, we decided to spend the night. We’ll go on to Lake Havasu, Arizona in the morning.

So here we are, still at the beginning of the excellent adventure for Team Bionic.

In case you’re wondering how we got our team name, Janet had her second knee replacement in March of this year and I, too have had two partial knee replacement. Therefore, we’re kind of like bionic ☺

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Carolina Cup: By The Numbers

by Editor 16. June 2012 16:41
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Here's a look at the 2012 Carolina Cup, by the numbers.

Carolina Cup awards ceremony

359 Total Competitors

213  Round Count

144  Stock Service Pistol Shooters 

96  Enhanced Service Pistol Shooters

67  Safety Officers and Staff

62  Custom Defensive Pistol Shooters

28  Women Competitors

24  States Represented, plus Puerto Rico

17  Stock Service Revolver Shooters

16  Stages

15  International Competitors

10  Enhanced Service Revolvers Shooters

5  Foreign Nations (Austria, Costa Rica, Finland, Italy and Venezuela)


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Carolina Cup: Interim Scores (Last Day)

by Editor 16. June 2012 15:40
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First, these scores are UNOFFICIAL and reflect the standings among competitors who have scores posted for all 16 stages. While not all the competitors' scores for all 16 stages are posted yet, and some squads are still on the range shooting, it doesn't appear that any shooter could overtake these division leaders. We stress that these scores (as of 3:45pm) remain UNOFFICIAL.

Bob Vogel

Custom Defensive Pistol

MA Gary Byerly 227.44

Enhanced Service Pistol

MA Brandon Wright 207.84

Stock Service Pistol

DM Bob Vogel 183.63

Enhanced Service Revolver

MA Toni Dandreamatteo 314.29

Stock Service Revolver

MA Gregg Kratochvil 247.93 (still out on the range, not a final score)

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Carolina Cup: Interim Scores (Day 2)

by Editor 15. June 2012 07:48
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Below are the division and classification leaders after day 2 at the Carolina Cup. The scores are UNOFFICIAL and reflect the standings among competitors who have scores for all 16 stages posted. These scores will change. 

Custom Defensive Pistol

MA Larry Hill 323.90

EX Ken Burgess 313.94

SS Peter Hagar 297.12

MM William Benbow 384.71

Enhanced Service Pistol

MA Brandon Wright 207.84

EX Russell Poole 233.81

SS Eli Colotta 316.98

MM Bill Giddings 376.28

Stock Service Pistol

MA Tom Yost 227.56

EX John Healy 310.63

SS Brian Abbott 331.42

MM Jose Gonalez 390.25

NO Ed Fitzgerald 490.91

Enhanced Service Revolver

MA Toni Dandreamatteo 314.29

EX Irvin Earles 389.65

SS Justin Lassiter 440.03

MM Jody Patterson 564.29

Stock Service Revolver

EX Will Williamson 392.62

SS Joe Broz 504.45 

MM Richard Von Furstenburg 465.94

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Carolina Cup: Stage Scenarios

by Editor 14. June 2012 22:35
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For those of you not attending the 2012 IDPA Carolina Cup, here's a rundown of the scenarios for each stage as provided in the match booklet.

Stage 1 - The Store

The convenience store business gets exciting sometimes. Start standing facing counter, loaded gun on shelf.

Stage 2 - The Stoplight

You are at an intersection waiting for the light to change when an attempted hijacking occurs. Start seated in vehicle, hands on wheel with loaded gun on seat beside you. 

Stage - Oops!

Start loaded and holstered standing with hands relaxed by your side facing downrange. Targets are arranged in three arrays of three each.

Stage 4 - Gas Stop Boogie

A gang of thugs gather around your van bent on your demise. Start loaded and holstered facing van, strong hand on gas nozzle.

Stage 5 - A Friendly Card Game

Your friendly card game gets interrupted by a gang come to rob everyone. Fight your way to the rear exit. Start loaded and holstered, seated on stool holding cards in both hands.

Stage 6 - In The Kitchen

You are cooking breakfast when you have to counter a home invasion. Start standing facing stove, strong hand on handle of frying pan. Gun and reloads are on kitchen table.

Stage 7 - Trouble at the Roach Coach

There is an attempted robbery of your lunch wagon. Start loaded and holstered, leaning on the edge of the counter with both hands.

Stage 8 - Fast then Slow II

No scenario provided.

Stage 9 - Dry Cleaners

You are at the ATM outside getting cash to pay the bill. While you are getting your cash you notice a lookout just as he sounds the alarm to his buddies who are robbing the cleaners. Start loaded and holstered standing at the ATM with strong hand on keys.

Stage 10 - Jefe in Trouble

Being the “Bossman” sometimes makes you a target and sometimes you have to handle stuff yourself. Start seated in near seat of van with loaded gun on seat beside you.

Stage 11 - Run off the Road

You have been run off the road during an attempted carjack. Start seated in vehicle, hands on wheel, loaded gun on seat, reloads in glove box.

Stage 12 - Johnny "Sacks"

While attending a funeral of a famed mobster, trouble erupts with a rival mob family. Star loaded and holstered.

Stage 13 - In the Woods and then it goes Bad

You are cutting trees that were damaged by a recent storm when you are attacked by looters. Start standing holding saw with both hands.

Stage 14 - Speed Drill III

No scenario provided.

Stage 15 - Suzanne's Bike Ride

Little Louie and his gang are at it again. This time terrorizing people biking in the park. He picked the wrong person today. Start kneeling beside bike checking the chain (both hands on chain).

Stage 16 - Saving Earl

You and your buddy. Earl are taking a shortcut through an alley, when three guys jump into the alley and shoot Earl. As you counter these threats and move to get Earl to safety three more bad guys appear in front of you. Start holstered and loaded, with 6 rounds only, standing.

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Carolina Cup: What To Expect

by Editor 14. June 2012 18:10
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DOWN ZERO spoke to Tom Yost, the captain of the Panteao Productions shooting team, to get his take on this year's Carolina Cup. Yost finished the match on Wednesday with an unofficial final time 227.56, and 24 points down, competing in the Stock Service Pistol division where he's classified as a Master.

Tom Yost

DZ: Now that you have shot the match, what's your take on the stages and the overall course of fire?
TY: This year's course of fire is a lot more difficult than it looks in the match booklet.

DZ: How so?
TY: With Frank Glover's [Match Director] stages, he gets you driving wide-open down the straightaway then forces you to downshift to get through a hairpin turn. This puts a lot of pressure on a shooter to switch from one extreme to another, and all on a single stage. When that happens, the disaster factor rockets up and gets a shooter out of their comfort zone real quick.

DZ: Is every stage like that, or are there some that are straight forward?
TY: No, not every stage. It was good to see a standards stage in the match, which a lot of shooters will feel comfortable shooting. But again, they have to be careful because it looks deceptively easy until you hit a no-shoot. In my squad I was one of only two shooters that didn't tag a no-shoot.

DZ: Where do you think this year's championship will be determined?
TY: I think that we're going to see the match come down to two of the stages. They are stage 2, The Stoplight, and stage 16, Saving Earl. Both are very challenging and one slipup on either of these stages could cost a shooter the title. This is where the match will likely be determined.

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