Carolina Cup: Interim Scores (Day 1)

by Editor 14. June 2012 15:59
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Tom Yost

Below are the division and classification leaders after day 1 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

EX Ken Burgess 313.94

SS William Davis 341.71

MM Tomi Nylund 341.71

Enhanced Service Pistol

MA Chris Roper 282.49

EX Chris Donovan 272.16

SS Steve Crawford 364.56

MM Mike Critser 525.73

Stock Service Pistol

MA Tom Yost 227.56 (pictured)

EX Michelle Wood 262.33

SS Nathan Holland 340.52

MM Anti Luukkonen 471.08

NO Ed Fitzgerald 490.91

Enhanced Service Revolver

MA Toni Dandreamatteo 314.29

MM Jody Patterson 564.29

Stock Service Revolver

EX Mark Sklenarik 449.00

SS Joe Broz 504.45 

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Carolina Cup: Team Yale Has Glock, Will Shoot

by Editor 13. June 2012 23:12
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Brian Lee

Brian Lee of Yale's pistol team looks over Stage 12, known as Johnny "Sacks", a graveyard themed stage: 

While attending a funeral of a famed mobster, trouble erupts with a rival mob family.

Good thing Team Yale is on hand, and armed with a Glock at the ready. Brian, who is working as an intern at Glock this summer, came to the Carolina Cup with Glock's Ed Fitzgerald.

Between the two of them we're pretty sure the rogue mobsters didn't stand a chance.

Not a chance!

Brian Lee

Brian Lee

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Countdown To The Cup: Demo To Win A Remington R1

by Editor 12. June 2012 15:15
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Along with supporting the Carolina Cup as one of the match's major sponsors, Remington Arms will also be hosting one of the demo bays where those attending the match will have the opportunity to shoot the Remington R1 1911 pistol.

Remington will demo all four models of their 1911 R1 including the R1 Enhanced that was recently featured on History Channel's Top Shot in a precision shooting episode. Remington will also hold a drawing. Every match participant that visits the demo bay can enter a drawing to win an R1 1911.

Remington R1

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Countdown To The Cup: Randi Rogers vs. Randi Rogers

by Editor 11. June 2012 19:51
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Randi Rogers is one of the most recognized names in competitive pistol shooting and she's racked up countless titles in several disciplines along the way. In IDPA competition, Randi is frequently taking High Lady honors, like she did earlier this year at the Smith & Wesson Indoor Nationals where she finished 7th Master with a score of 193.74 (70). She also took High Lady at the European Cup, again shooting SSP and finishing with 198.07 (39) for 2nd Master.

While she'll just about never admit it - out of respect for her fellow lady competitors, and respect for the sport - Randi is the odds-on favorite to take High Lady at this year's Carolina Cup. But for the former Team Glock shooter now shooting - and working - for Comp-Tac Victory Gear, Randi Rogers' focus is squarely on beating last year's Carolina Cup High Lady...Randi Rogers.

Randi Rogers

DZ: How many times have you shot the Carolina Cup?
RR: I have competed at the Carolina Cup for the past three years.

DZ: What division did you shoot and where did you finish?
RR: Last year I shot Stock Service Pistol (SSP) where I finished High Lady, and 4th SSP Master.

DZ: Are you shooting SSP again this year?
RR: Yes. This year I am again competing as an SSP Master and going for the High Lady title.

DZ: What part of your shooting are you focusing on in your practice leading up to The Cup?
RR: The thing that I am practicing most to get ready for the Carolina Cup is setting up in position. When you are practicing to shoot from cover it is important that you put your feet in the proper position and extend the gun toward the target quickly. I have a bad habit of spending too much time looking at my feet and waiting too long to extend the gun.

DZ: What gear will you shoot in The Cup?
RR: I will be shooting my Comp-Tac holster and magazine pouches. I will be shooting 147 grain Atlanta Arms & Ammo with my 5.11 vest, ELS Eyewear and customer molded earplugs. Hopefully I won’t need a flashlight but if I do I will have my trusty SureFire!

DZ: Do you have any formal sponsors? (pretend like we don't already know)
RR: Yes, Comp-Tac!

DZ: You probably shot more matches in more disciplines than most shooters. What do you like most about shooting The Cup?
RR: I love the stages the most at the Carolina Cup. Frank Glover does an excellent job with the stages. There are always opportunities for risk and reward where you can risk making a mistake but if you manage not too, the reward is great! The stages are also great in that they challenge even the most experienced shooter, but at the same time even a newer shooter can complete the course of fire with no problems.

DZ: What is the hardest part about shooting The Cup?
RR: The hardest part of the Cup is waiting for it each year! I love to attend and see all my old friends and shoot some great stages and sometimes it is too long a wait.

DZ: Where do you think you will finish this year?
RR: I try not to worry about where I finish. I always just set a personal goal of shooting my best. If I can shoot with no mistakes I will be happy!

DZ: If you could beat any shooter at this year's Carolina Cup who would it be?
RR: The only person I am trying to beat is me.

DZ: Is there anything else you want to mention about your preparation for The Cup?
RR: I love the Carolina Cup and look forward to shooting, heat, humidity bugs and all.

DOWN ZERO wants to thank Randi for taking time away from her practice and her job (sorry about that, Gregg) to answer our questions about preparing for The Cup. We also want to wish her good luck as she faces off against last year's High Lady, Randi Rogers. We hear she's a hard shooter to beat but we have faith in Randi.

If you are attending the Carolina Cup, Randi, along with Team Comp-Tac's Gordon Carrell and Gregg Garrett, will be on-hand throughout the match and will be happy to talk to you about Comp-Tac's holsters and mag pouches, and assist you in picking out the right gear for competition or concealed carry use.

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Countdown To The Cup: It's Ken Lambert's First Time

by Editor 8. June 2012 16:36
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Ken Lambert is heading to the Carolina Cup for the first time. DOWN ZERO asked Ken how he's preparing to compete in one of, if not the most challenging of IDPA's major championships.

Ken Lambert

DZ: When did you start shooting competitively?
KL: I got invited to an IDPA match for the first time in June of 2010 by a good friend, Dave Mowbray (up at Pemi), and I have been hooked on the shooting sports ever since. My first sanctioned match was the 2011 Smith & Wesson Indoor Nationals, which I was able to attend after being wait listed.

DZ: When did you join and start shooting IDPA?
KL: I joined IDPA in the summer of 2010.

DZ: How many times have you shot the Carolina Cup?
KL: This will be my first time shooting there.

DZ: What division are you shooting this year?
KL: Custom Defensive Pistol (CDP) /Expert.

DZ: What part of your shooting are you focusing on the most leading up to The Cup?
KL: Due to lack of time to get to a local range (closest range is Pioneer which is 45 minutes away) I will be practicing dry fire exercises every night leading up to the event. I attend local matches in the area for my live fire practice. When I do get to a range I use Mike Seeklander’s book to assist in my training. It will allow me to be very specific in what skills I want to practice without wasting time and money. Keeping a log, such as logs on, of the type of ammo and the times I do for that practice allows me to track if I’m getting better or worse, which allows me to focus more specifically on my weaker skills with my limited time.

DZ: Are there any specific drills you are incorporating into your practice sessions?
KL: For dry fire practice I normally do stationary draws and reload types of exercises but vary in days of practice. Things I know I'm weak in, IDPA reloads and shooting from cover on my weak side, I mix them in throughout the week.

For live fire practice it's mainly moving into positions, keeping the gun oriented on the target before you see it, and planting your feet in such a way that you don't get called for cover. I feel that will allow me catch up on time during bigger stages if I can pull it off right.

DZ: What gear will you shoot in The Cup?
KL: Using a borrowed SW1911, Comp-Tac holster, handloads for ammo and a vest I picked up at an Army/Navy store. The back story with the borrowed gun is that I was able to get Master in SSP and ESP via match bumps. My goal in April was to see if I can get to CDP Master by the end of June, and Carl Manoogian has graciously lent me his gun to see if I can pull it off. I have the Massachusetts State Championship and the Carolina Cup for matches in June, and a classifier at the end of the month as a fall back to meet my goal.

For shooting glasses I use ESS.

For hearing protection I just use foam ear protection from the local hardware store. I can get 50-100 in each package. My wife ends up using them too when I snore. Lately I have been using EP3 or EP4 Sonic Defenders from Surefire, but usually it becomes uncomfortable in my right ear during the last half of a match so I replace it with a foam one.

My flashlight is a Fenix TK12. A bit bigger than most but I've gotten use to it.

DZ: Do you have any sponsors?
KL: I’m currently a member of Team RangeLog. I am participating in the contingency program that TDS is putting on mainly as a local competition between some friends.

DZ: What do you like most about shooting The Cup?
KL: Traveling and participating in events with so many like minded people from different areas of the country and world. I have met some great people that I now consider good friends after first meeting them during a match.

DZ: What do you think will be the hardest part about shooting The Cup?
KL: Not making a mental error that would cause me to inadvertently give up points on a stage. Simple mental errors have, in the past, cost me the difference between a 1st place win and a 7th place showing.

DZ: Where do you think you will finish this year?
KL: My goal is 1st CDP Expert.

DZ: If you could beat any shooter at this year's Carolina Cup who would it be?
KL: Whoever was going to get 1st CDP/EX. There are so many phenomenal shooters in this sport now, I would just be happy to share the stage with them.

DZ: Is there anything else you want to mention about your preparation for The Cup?
KL: It is something I’m looking forward to since getting notified that I got in. As long as I have a good time, it will be all worth it for me.

DOWN ZERO wants to thank Team RangeLog's Ken Lambert. Next, we talk to the defending High Lady to find out how Team Comp-Tac's Randi Rogers is preparing for The Cup.

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Countdown To The Cup: S&W Says Demo This

by Editor 8. June 2012 15:49
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In addition to being one of the major sponsors of the 2012 Carolina Cup, Smith & Wesson will also be hosting a demo bay during the match. If you're one of those attending this year's match, here's what you'll get to test drive over at the Smith & Wesson Demo Bay:

Smith & Wesson logo

The Smith & Wesson Demo Bay will be running from 9:00am to 4:00pm each day during the match. Mike Critser and Smith & Wesson's Jimmy Dalton will be on hand to assist shooters and answer any questions.

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Countdown To The Cup: Lee Bautista Is Shooter Ready

by Editor 7. June 2012 18:46
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There's no denying the importance the Carolina Cup holds  as one of IDPA's three major matches. Known by those that have shot the match as one of, if not the most challenging of IDPA's championships, preparing for The Cup can take on a life its own for some shooters. DOWN ZERO talked to Lee Bautista about his preparations. And yes, he's the same Lee Bautista that helped us put together the list of local eateries and other business to make your trip to Oxford, N.C. a little easier. Take a look at his picture so you know who to thank when you cross paths with Lee later next week.

DZ: When did you start shooting competitively?
LB: I shot my first IDPA Classifier in June 2009. So, looking back, I got the bug around April that year. The first time I shot a handgun was in February '09 with our neighborhood gun club at an indoor range.

DZ: When did you join and start shooting IDPA?
LB: I shot my first match in April 2009 at the Mecklenburg Wildlife Club in Charlotte, NC. It looks like I joined IDPA very soon after in May and then classified in June.

DZ: How many times have you shot the Carolina Cup?
LB: Once, the 2011 Carolina Cup which I shot in a single day.

DZ: What division did you shoot in and where did you finish?
LB: I shot in the Stock Service Pistol (SSP) division finishing 9th of 33 Experts.

DZ: What division are you shooting this year?
LB: This year I'll be shooting Enhanced Service Pistol (ESP) where I am classified as a Sharpshooter.

DZ: Why the change from SSP to ESP?
LB: I really wanted to start advancing equally in both SSP and ESP Divisions using the same pistol setup; so now that I have a classification for Expert in SSP, I've been working towards a match bump to ESP/EX. Then, for the next three or four years, shoot for a bump to SSP/MA and ESP/MA, if that's even achievable for me. I'll definitely be trying.

DZ: What part of your shooting are you focusing on the most leading up to The Cup?
LB: Mental toughness and specifically working on keeping my head in the game when distracted or when things don't go my way. It's a long day so, this means shooting as many major matches that I can leading up to the Cup to get acclimated. Basic skills like shooting on the move, timing of the gun and reloading from different positions during practice sessions have also been a focus.

DZ: Are there any specific drills you are incorporating into your practice sessions?
LB: Lately, I'm going back to basics and working on group shooting at 25 yards to work on trigger control, doing Matt Burkett Timing Drills to really learn the timing of the gun at speed and then doing Brian Enos' transition drills. In looking back at past major matches, these are some things I need to focus on during live fire practice sessions. It's tough because the gains are small and I'm not at all patient with this process! For dry fire sessions, I've been doing par times for tac reloads and sight acquisition drills from different positions or from the draw (based off of Steve Anderson's book) and movement from position to position. Getting out of cars safely and quickly too. Since live fire practice is only once or twice a month, I am reliant upon dry fire to maintain a current skill set while still getting some practice in.

DZ: What gear will you shoot in The Cup?
LB: I'll be shooting a Glock 34 (with a kit) from a Comp-Tac Holster/Mag Pouches. My ammo is handloaded, and my vest is an old Eotac vest.

DZ: Any particular brand of shooting glasses and hearing protection? Range bag? Etc?
LB: I'm using the persimmon colored lenses for the Oakley Flak Jacket frame since they work well in low light as well as during sunny days. They also work well for driving, so they serve a dual purpose. For hearing protection, I've been switching back and forth between Howard Leight Impact Sport electronic muffs and EarPro Sonic Defenders depending upon comfort. Sometimes earplugs are all I need and the EarPros are cheap to replace since I seem to lose them frequently. My range bag is that big black MidwayUSA Special that you see everywhere you go. Sometimes I just carry around the smaller insert that it comes with. I also haul around a CamelBak for most of the year since I typically drink a liter or more of water per match as it's easier to carry water that way than in the heavy bag.

DZ: Any formal sponsors?
LB: No formal sponsors.

DZ: What do you like most about shooting The Cup?
LB: The Carolina Cup is one of the most sought after major matches in IDPA. The number one thing I like is the camaraderie. When I look over to the bay on either side, I see so many folks that I know from the region and even shooters from other states or countries. It's nice to wave hello as we're all truly pulling for each other to do well. And who can resist giving Toni Honey Bunny a big hug? Frank and his staff are pros at running so many shooters through, so the pace of the match is very good. That would be a close second.

DZ: What is the hardest part about shooting The Cup?
LB: To me, the Cup is like the Daytona 500 of shooting sports. Participating proves that you've dedicated a considerable amount of time to compete. So, the hardest part about shooting the Cup is the (self-imposed) pressure to do well and meet a goal.

DZ: Any guess as to where you will finish this year?
LB: My goal is to finish in the top three in my division and classification and have a great time at the match.

DZ: If you could beat any shooter at this year's Carolina Cup who would it be?
LB: At the level that I'm competing in, there are a number of local and regional shooters where we have a healthy, friendly competitive nature between all of us. You know who you are!

DZ: Is there anything else you want to mention about your preparation for The Cup?
LB: For me, the biggest part of shooting major matches is doing all you can to manage stress and stay focused during game week. So, things like following a checklist, ensuring a good night's sleep, eating well, a positive attitude, and staying healthy have the greatest of gains. The shooting will fall into place.

DOWN ZERO wants to thank Lee for taking time away from his Carolina Cup preparation to speak with us. Next up, we talk to Team RangeLog's Ken Lambert about his plans for....The Cup.

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This Weekend's Match Theme... Sold Out

by Editor 7. June 2012 11:29
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If there is a theme to this weekend's three major IDPA matches it's “Sold Out”. The Missouri and South Carolina State Championships, and the Golden Gate Regional, are all sold out, and for the most part have been for some time.

Of course, the huge demand for slots in IDPA's major championships is no surprise considering the explosive growth in membership. As of June 1, IDPA's total membership stands at 20,672, which represents a 9.72% increase since the first of this year. And IDPA's rate of growth shows no signs of slowing down.

Here's the info on this weekend's sold out championships:

Golden Gate Regional IDPA Championships
Friday and Saturday, June 8-9
Richmond Rod & Gun Club
3155 Goodrick Avenue
Richmond, California
Pre-Match Briefing
147 Competitors - UPDATE: 3 slots open for Saturday
11 Stages
165 Rounds

NOTE: As of late last night three Saturday slots to the Golden Gate Regional have opened up due to last minute cancellations. If you would like to enter, go to, pay the match fee through PayPal then download the match application and email it to We spoke to Steve Cachia who assured us that if you end up as shooter #4 when going for one of those three slots, your match fee will be refunded. Good luck.

Missouri State IDPA Championship - BackStoppers Challenge
Saturday, June 9
Arnold Rifle and Pistol Club
187 Competitors - Sold Out
10-11 Stages
150+ Rounds


South Carolina State IDPA Championship
Saturday, June 9
Skip-J Range
Anderson, SC
180 Competitors - Sold Out a month ago
11 Stages
149 Rounds

If you're looking to get a slot in one of IDPA's upcoming major matches then make sure to get your match application in as soon as possible. Like today...meaning right now.

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Countdown To The Cup: No "I" In Team

by Editor 5. June 2012 21:35
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There may be no "I" in team but there sure are Teams in IDPA. As more companies expand their presence in the shooting sports, more and more shooters are competing under a team's banner, and in the process helping to raise awareness of both the brand and the sport. Here's a look at the some of the shooting teams that will be competing at the 2012 Carolina Cup.


Team Comp-Tac
Gordon Carrell
Gregg Garrett (Capt)
Randi Rogers

Team ITI
Laura Torres-Reyes
Brandon Wright
Gary Byerly

Team Panteao
Dave Harrington
Bob Vogel
Tom Yost (Capt)

Team RangeLog
Morgan Allan
Scott Bourgeois
Toni Dandreamatteo
Ken Lambert
Ravin Perry
Rob Tate

Team Safariland
Tierani Hendrix
Bobby McGee
Bob Vogel


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Countdown To The Cup: Welcome To Oxford, N.C.

by Editor 24. May 2012 15:14
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The Carolina Cup is just 9 days away. One of IDPA three big championship matches, the Cup - as many refer to it - draws competitors from all over the country. For a number of shooters this is their first time to the Cup. So we've put together, with a little help from fellow Carolina Cup competitor Lee Bautista, a list of local hotels, restaurants and businesses to help you find what you need while in Oxford, N.C.

If you have additions you'd like to recommend for this list, please email them to and include the business name, address, phone number and website link if available.



  • Mazatlan Mexican Restaurant - 106 East Industry Drive Oxford, NC 27565  (919) 603-0001
  • China Wok - 308 Granville Cors Oxford, NC 27565  (919) 690-8835
  • George's Oxford Village Family - 104 East Industry Drive Oxford, NC 27565  (919) 603-3760
  • Milano's Restaurant - 127 Williamsboro Street Oxford, NC 27565  (919) 693-6444
  • House of Ribeyes - 102 Roxboro Road Oxford, NC 27565  (919) 693-9282
  • Sunrise Biscuits of Oxford - 128 Williamsboro Street Oxford, NC 27565  (919) 693-6178
  • Pizza Hut - 907 Linden Avenue Oxford, NC 27565  (919) 693-4696
  • Subway - 911 Linden Ave. Oxford Plaza Oxford, NC 27565  (919) 693-5509
  • Cracker Barrel - 1002 Ruin Creek Road Henderson, NC 27536  (252) 431-9111
  • Pino's Italian Restaurant - 901 S Beckford Drive #D Henderson, NC 27536  (252) 438-1341
  • Nunnery-Freeman Bar-B-Q - 1645 Norlina Road Henderson, NC 27536  (252) 438-4751
  • Waffle House - 1135 Ruin Creek Road Henderson, NC 27537  (252) 431-9102
  • Taco Bell - 1737 Dabney Drive Henderson, NC 27536  (252) 436-9072

Gun Shops

  • Duke & Pat's Gun Shop - 2564 Enon Road Oxford, NC 27565  (919) 693-4504
  • Hobgoods Fire Arms - 144 Hillsboro Street Oxford, NC 27565  (919) 339-4570

Area Businesses

  • Wal-Mart Supercenter - 1015 Lewis Street Oxford, NC 27565  (919) 693-2900
  • Gupton's Sporting Goods - 324 South Garnett Street Henderson, NC 27536  (252) 492-2311
  • Lowe's Home Improvement - 166 Dabney Rd Henderson, NC 27537  (252) 436-0050
  • Oxford Ace Hardware - 119 Hillsboro Street Oxford, NC 27565 (919) 693-1126
  • Walgreens -201 Hillsboro Street Oxford, NC 27565  (919) 603-1469
  • Market Place Cinema - 907 South Beckford Drive Henderson, NC 27536  (252) 438-9060

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