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 MetroWestTactical.com.
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