The 2012 Georgia State International Defensive Pistol Association Championship was once again a big success. There were 230 competitors, making it one of the top tier matches in IDPA.
It was held by the Greater Atlanta Defensive Pistol Association on Saturday, October 27, 2012. The venue for the Championship was South River Gun Club in Covington, Georgia. It was excellent shooting weather both days. Shooters were started on a squad for their first stage. After the first stage, they were free to shoot the rest of the match in any order. Some shooters were able to finish by 2:30 p.m. because the match ran smoothly.
Stock Service Pistol was the most common Division with 115 shooters. Next was Enhanced Service Pistol with 70. Custom Defensive Pistol brought up the rear of the autoloader Divisions with 39 shooters. There were six revolver shooters in the match, three in Stock Revolver and three in Enhanced Revolver. Twelve lady competitors attended the Championship. Several law enforcement officers shot the Championship in their duty gear. Two shooters were disqualified for stage safety violations and three for failing to make power factor for their Divison. The round count was slightly over 200, although most competitors shot more.
The Division Champions were:
CDP Champion: Craig Buckland – 239.43 (66 points down)
ESP Champion: Morgan Allen – 222.48 (58 points down)
SSP Champion: Rob Tate – 219.95 (51 points down)
ESR Champion: Rhett Crutchfield – 313.68 (71 points down)
SSR Champion: Jim Costlow – 407.57 (75 points down)
High Senior: Greg Gillis – 266.76 (58 points down)
High Lady: Tierani Hendrix – 299.48 (53 points down)
Most Accurate: Dave Harrington – 246.31 (31 points down)
The scores for all competitors are available on the GADPA website.
The match consisted of 13 stages. Georgia’s IDPA Championships are known for the variety of electro-mechanical props employed. The majority of stages featured moving targets, moving non-threats, or a combination of both. Other stages had falling targets with the hit area covered a T-shirts.
There were also stages with targets partially obscured by steel hard cover. On these stages, the steel rings when hit and that bullet does not score, which forces the competitor to shoot again. Most of the moving targets or non-threats were activated by moving through an electric eye. Three stages were shot in or around cars.
The Greater Atlanta Defensive Pistol Association holds outdoor IDPA matches on the 4th Sunday of each month. The public is invited to watch or participate. Online registration is available and is highly encouraged. Please observe the speed limits posted on the club’s property.