The inaugural Smoking Barrels’ Regional Standoff 2018- Caribbean Cup was held over the weekend of September the 29th and 30th against the hindrances and damage faced in the wake of Tropical Storm Kirk’s widespread flooding and heavy rains in Barbados.
While the rest of the island was recovering from the battering of this weather system, over 70 shooters from 10 different countries spanning three different divisions assembled at the Paragon range. Undeterred by the conditions, shooters saw the 13 staged competition to the end under the auspices of the Barbados Rifle Association and in association with IPSC Barbados.
The Latin motto Diligentia, Vis, Celeritas (DVC) meaning accuracy, power, and speed was definitely on display as the star of the show, Lesgar “Speedy” Murdock, who is by definition a true professional, showcased his mastery. Shooters paused at times to marvel and get a first-hand glimpse of the Jamaican pro in action. “Speedy” dominated the Open division by leading his Open team to the first place award and securing the President’s medal after capturing the first place Open division title. Second place was claimed by Barbados’ very own Kevin “De Enforcer” Grant and third, Andrew Wilson from Suriname.
Andrew Yap of Jamaica won the Standard division followed by Sean “Banny” Bandfield of Barbados and Greg Henry of Jamaica.
Canadians, EvgueniKoulechov and Andrei Poterianski commanded a 1-2 punch as they took the top two spots respectively in the Production division; while Barbados’ Adrian “Topshotta007” Marshall was edged out by less than a percentage point, to take third.
Marissa Bradshaw from Barbados dominated the ladies category as has become customary, while Richard Durant placed first in the Standard division’s Seniors category and won a Presidents Medal. Colin Riley claimed a third place title in the Super Senior’s category.
The new shooters being initiated into IPSC Barbados were not to be left out as Valance Grazette topped the class, with Chris Young in second placed followed by Sherrod Alleyne in third.
Regional Director of IPSC Barbados, Kevin Grant whose Smoking Barrels franchise is in its eighth year was pleased with the conclusion of yet another Level 3 competition in Barbados. As tropical storm Kirk passed, stages were damaged and some even got submerged as a few bays were flooded. When asked how his team was still able to pull off the match due to the many adversities Grant simply replied, “Rain only stops cricket, the show must go on.” Due to the tireless effort of the Smoking Barrels Team and match officials the competition was a complete success.
Smoking Barrels in collaboration with the Barbados Rifle Association and IPSC Barbados recently hosted the second IPSC level III Regional Competition on the island. This competition branded, “Smoking Barrels’ Regional Stand Off” included participants from countries such as Guyana, St. Lucia, Jamaica, Grenada and Trinidad, all vying for the title of Regional Champion and Regional Team Champions. Athletes competed in the International Practical Shooting Confederation (IPSC) discipline of shooting.
The competition had 60 competitors and spanned over 3 divisions (Standard division, Open division and Production division). Spectators were astonished as they watched regional teams at their best competing through 12 challenging stages. Kevin Grant, the Match Director, along with the IPSC Barbados Management team, officials from the National Range Officer Institute of Barbados, the Barrel Babies, and United Artisans executed yet another world class Tournament that was recognized on International levels. Celltronics, Preferred Insurance Brokers, Tropical Tree Services, Barbados Rifle & Pistol Federation, Shorelinez, Carters & Co. and Ellco rental contributed greatly to the success of this match.
23 shooters competed in the Standard Division. The weekend showed great promise as the “Cordite Kid” Richard Durant from Barbados managed to hold his lead in 3rd place with 805 points. Leading him was Sean Banfield in second with 949. Winning the Standard division was Mr. Ronald Brown from Jamaica, placing 1st in that division and earning the highest award IPSC grants to its competitors, the President Medal.
13 participants competed in the Production Division and battled for the title of Production Regional Champion. Placing 3rd in this division was Dale Singh from Trinidad with a total of 839 points. Rodney Clarke edged out Singh and placed 2nd in this division with 927. Dominating the production division once again with amazing results was Top Shooter, Mr. Adrian Marshall. With 995 points Mr. Marshall ensured his victory. Mr. Adrian Marshall was also awarded yet another President Medal for the country.
Open Division was very competitive as 19 competitors battled their way through. Securing a 3rd for Barbados was Glen Griffin with 876 points. The Trini’s meant business as Anthony Bailey declared his position in 2nd with 933. Shooting in the open division for the first time, Kevin ‘Enforcer’ Grant dominated this division with a remarkable 972 points. He was awarded his 1st President Medal for the country.
There was also prizes awarded for various categories such as Lady and Seniors. Winning the Ladies Category was new shooter Shari Layne-Elibox. Shari placed 1st with 425 points. She ran through her courses of fire securing her position and maintaining safety. The senior or 50+ division was very competitive, 9 competitors were battling their way through 12 amazing stages. Brian Armstrong from Trinidad won the 1st President medal for his country. Winning senior with 662 points.
Barbados ensured they kept the Regional Title by winning all 3 titles, the standard, open and production division champions. Various teams were sent to represent their country to compete for the title of Regional Champions. Leading the Barbados Production team was Adrian Marshall, also representing the team was Ryan Best and Mr. Rodney Clarke. Barbados’ Open team captain, Kevin Grant along with Glenn Griffin and Charles Davis secured the title of Open Regional team champions.
Keeping everything at home, the standard team lead by Sean Banfield, along with Richard Durant and Cyprian John ensured their victory in the Standard Division.
There was a category for newly certified shooters, and the top 3 from that group were awarded. In 3rd was Shari Layne-Elibox with 425 points. Ryan Thom from Tobago placed 2nd with 474 while home grown “Slimshady” Roger Lindo won the overall category with an amazing 524.
The highlight of the competition was the raffle. Competitors as well as spectators bought raffle tickets in hopes of winning various prizes. Prizes such as tablets, trips on Atlantis submarine, staycations, cash prizes and more were given away at this event. In speaking with the Match organizer Mr. Kevin Grant he stated that it is always good to see our regional counterparts here on the island to celebrate in fellowship and comradely, there will definitely be a Regional Stand Off 2017 and we expect even more countries attending the competition. Organizers stated that IPSC Barbados will be hosting the I.P.S.C National Pistol Champion in November in efforts to bring competitors from all over the region here to the island to celebrate our 50th Anniversary. This will also be a Regional level III match.
Team Barbados dominated the recent Grenada Guns and Rifle Association’s inaugural Practical Handgun Championship.
Five athletes travelled to Grenada to compete in the competition. Among these were both president of the Barbados Rifle Association, Michael Hinkson and IPSC Barbados’ Regional Director, Kevin Grant. As this was the first competition held in Grenada, Hinkson and Grant assisted the hosts with their safe gun-handling rules and International Practical Shooting Confederation regulations.
The competition spanned two days and included two divisions (standard and production) for both the precision and the practical components. Barbados was represented in both the standard and production divisions. There were 42 competitors from several regional countries including Barbados, St. Lucia and Trinidad and Tobago.
In standard division for the precision shoot, there were 15 competitors. From Barbados, Jamar Eastmond placed third with 369 points, Richard Durant placed sixth with 338 points and Michael Hinkson placed thirteenth with 277 points.
Once again Eastmond, one of the youngest shooters in the fraternity, showed how disciplined young sportsmen can be with the right training and experience. In the production division, Barbados’ team showed great promise wrapping up a 1, 2 finish with Adrian Marshall placing first with 432 points and Grant second with 406 points.
The practical competition was very challenging but the Barbados team did well. In standard, battling against 15 competitors, Hinkson placed fourteenth with 39 points while Eastmond slid into ninth place with 123 points. ‘Cordite’ Durant placed third in this division with 147 points.
The Barbadian talent was really demonstrated in the production division with Grant securing second place with 154 points. Dominating the competition once again was none other than Marshall with a whopping 180 points.
It was a great tournament with Team Barbados emerging victorious and once again showing why Barbadian shooters are among the best in the region.
Caribbean shooters are now looking forward to coming to Barbados in August to compete in the Regional Stand Off match hosted at the Barbados Rifle Association.