Byerly Cruises to Custom Defensive Pistol Title Win at 2012 IDPA Carolina Cup


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.

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.

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

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.

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