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In 2011, Jerry Miculek came up short in a season-long, threeway battle for the division title between himself, Mike Voigt and eventual champion Clint Upchurch. This season, however, was a very different story.
As good as the field of competitors has proven to be, in two years, no junior has been as good as Cody Leeper. After a breakout season last year, Leeper went on to defeat Jake Denno and JD Wilcox to win the inaugural 3GN Junior Championship Shoot-Off.
Stag Arms’ Jesse Tischauser declared way back at the beginning of the 2012 campaign that he was going to win the 3GN Heavy Metal Optics Division Championship. Then after a solid season, with one important head-to-head match-up, along with a little help, Tischauser did just that.
By any definition, 2011 was a breakout season for James Casanova. One of many competitors jumping into Tactical Iron, which had a rejuvenated popularity following the adoption of 1X optics as allowed equipment at major matches, Casanova immediately challenged veteran shooters Kurt Miller and Kelly Neal.
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In his first year of widely participating in national Outlaw 3-Gun circuit, DSG Arms’ Kuan Watson was simply dominating in 3GN’s Heavy Metal Division, going a perfect four-for-four in Division matches to run away with the 2012 3GN Heavy Metal Championship. Two competitors steamrolled their way through the 2012 campaign, taking the final weekend for the final two spots in the 3GN Semi-Pro Shoot-Off to be claimed.
In a race that came down to the season’s final events, Minnesota’s Chris Cazin ran down the field and passed junior Jake Denno to take the 2012 3-Gun Nation Amatuer Division, winning $5,000 from Hornady.
In May 2012, the 3GN Club Series debuted as a pilot program at select clubs across the country. In total, 396 shooters from seven local clubs competed and logged scores in the 3GN Club Series Pilot Program.
Four ladies will step under the lights and face off for the title of 3-Gun Nation Ladies Champion, with the winner taking home $5,000 from Hornady, during the 3GN Championship in Las Vegas.
Few competitors have been on an upward rise as steep as Greg Jordan. Since converting to 3-Gun, the Grand Master-Level pistol shooter has been on a tear.
In 2011, the Tactical Iron divisions at most Outlaw 3-Gun matches allowed the use of 1X optics, which sparked renewed interest in what had become a waning class.
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combined with an Open division title. Miculek came up short in a season-long.
.” Miculek said. Mike Voigt and eventual champion Clint Upchurch. “(Blue Ridge) was probably one of my best 3-gun performances I’ve ever performed in my life. and after a lukewarm start to 2012.27).89). prove Miculek is firing on all cylinders this season. Miculek eventually dominated the rest of the field. a Tactical Optics-only field. It’s a pretty good feeling. However. Then after dropping a match to Daniel Horner in Texas. the season started relatively slow by Jerry Miculek standards. And that might just spell trouble for the field at the 2013 3GN Championship in Las Vegas. Miculek’s 2012 campaign was more decisive. A top 10 Pro Series finish. “I shot consistently good on every stage.08).25) and wife. by June Miculek was rolling. was a very different story. In a race that went to a tie-break on the season’s final weekend last year. Miculek rebounded with an impressive performance at Blue Ridge Mountain 3-Gun to close the season with a dominating win. “I’m shooting better than I ever have. In 2011. Jerry Miculek cruised to win his first 3GN Open Division Championship and $5. Miculek’s 300 division points bested Tony Holmes (289.000 from Hornady. three-way battle for the division title between himself.”
September. however. Upchurch and Voigt both cut back on major matches outside of the 3GN Pro Series. Craig Outzen (248. James Darst (266. and in a less familiar division. Another win followed at JP Rocky Mountain 3-Gun in August.” Miculek said.TM
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LEGENDARY 3-GUNNER HEATS UP JUST IN TIME FOR LAS VEGAS RUMBLE
But as good as he finished. then Miculek was strong with another big win at Ozark 3-Gun Championship in
With four major wins at 3GN partner matches this season. where he cruised to victory by more than 10 percentage points. “I’m starting to get the feel for the tempo it takes to run a good match. This season. Miculek opened the season with a pair of third place finishes at Superstition Mountain Mystery 3-Gun and Midwest 3-Gun Championship. Miculek also finished 10th in the 3GN Pro Series. Kay Miculek (229. proving the legendary Open shooter can still run with the very best in the game. picking up his first 3GN Division win of the year at Northwest MultiGun.
.i’m shooting better than i ever have.
Miculek felt more dialed in than ever following the international event.” Miculek said. you really have to pay attention to the targets on every walk through. “That was what the challenge there was really. So you can bet there will be a bunch of Shoot-Off practice in the near future down on Shootout Lane.” Miculek credited part of his renewed focus at Blue Ridge to the challenging IPSC Shotgun Championship he and other Americans had competed in recently. have a faster trigger finger than Miculek—wins at Rocky Mountain and Blue Ridge prove the veteran can still take on the tough field courses. so it’s kind of nice to be able to just sit back and ride. where he finished the 3-gun season strong in route to a 3GN Open Division Championship and $5K from Hornady.I was able to dial in and not have a hiccup on any stage. “(The IPSC Championship) is a hostile environment. And all the guns ran 100 percent. With limited walk throughs prior to shooting stages.” If that wasn’t enough. issues with ammo and a completely unique match presentation. Miculek is also coming off what he felt was one of his finest metallic sight shooting performances in recent history at the USPSA Nationals.
i’m just happy to be here
.” While it would be easy for one to imagine Miculek doing most of his damage in bay-style matches. giving one of the most successful shoot-off competitors in history even more confidence heading into the 3GN Championship Shoot-Off in Las Vegas. It’s a good feeling. if anyone in practical shooting.” Miculek said. Lena. “It’s strictly a memory game. “There were so many targets on every stage.” Yet getting through challenging match conditions left Miculek sharper than ever before heading into Blue Ridge. who qualified for the 3GN Lady Shoot-Off. and daughter. Blue Ridge in particular. On that natural terrain. I’m happy to finish up strong. I haven’t had any gun trouble in some time. I’m just happy to be here. which is a beautiful thing. which means there could potentially be a whole bunch of Miculeks standing in the winner’s circle. few. “I’m really appreciative to the sponsors coming on board and doing this. Jerry will be joined in Las Vegas by wife. Kay. where he can just get on the gas for an entire match—and let’s be clear. “It’s a good thing. was extremely demanding this year with vigorous movement and a very high round count.” Miculek said. where Miculek was so strong.
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the 3-gun nation championship shoot-off PREVIEW
but it adds a twist to up the ante. pick up those guns and perform on demand. What you are seeing is who can run out.”
. In the hands of FN team members. the switch is made to sponsor-provided equipment—FNH USA’s SCAR. “The SCAR is a wonderful platform that has been proven through extensive trials. SLP Shotgun and the FNS-9. When a competitor makes it to the final round.”
The SCAR is a piston-driven rifle built specifically for U. Special Operations command. director of product management and team captain for FNH USA. shoot-off stage. A SUDDEN DEATH FINALE MAKES ALL THE HYPE AND BUILD UP WORTH THE WAIT.S. and continues to be. it has proven to be a winner as well.” said Chad Adams vice president of 3-Gun Nation. It takes away any technical advantage a shooter’s equipment may provide. a perfect outlet for our products such as the SCAR. Adams continued. “Those standards make our products that much stronger and reliable when you’re running to the next stage through rough terrain and every possible weather condition.IN ANY SHOOTING COMPETITION.
A 3-Gun Nation Shoot-Off offers every bit of that anticipated excitement. SLP and FNS—all of which have been designed and developed to the standards of military or law enforcement applications. It creates a drag race. “One of the great things about using sponsor equipment for the finals is that it levels the playing field—at least to some degree.” said Tommy Thacker. “3-Gun competitive shooting has been.
it delivered a duty-style pistol that really runs.” said Adams. striker-fired pistol market. “The gas system in the SLP is probably the most widely used for autoloaders in 3-gun.” said Adams.
. With the introduction of the FNS-9. For years Benelli’s inertia or recoil driven system was a leader in the sport.” said Adams. The SLP’s popularity stems largely from its popular gas system. is extremely robust and the ergonomics are outstanding in the hand.SLP
“In the previous five years.
FNS . I don’t believe another gun has had the same level of impact on the sport of 3-gun as the SLP shotgun.9
The newest of the three FN guns used is the FNS-9. “FN really went to drawing board to decide what worked on pistols of
that genre and what did not.
At the time there simply were not enough gas guns that held up as well as the Benelli and some other shotguns. The FNS-9 is FN’s entry into the highly competitive. When FNH came out with the SLP it really did deliver a great gas system that mitigates recoil a bit and makes it easier for some shooters to handle.
” Ken Pfau Senior VP FNH USA
A 3-Gun Nation Shoot-Off is only one aspect of what 3-gun is really about. The first one to knock hit the crossover stop plate is the winner and takes home the purse. but more than anything it tests the competitor’s mental game. the competitor would sprint to the last station. you have to be able to block out what the competitor next to you is doing. the competitors have been working inboard. “Perhaps this would be the SCAR.” concluded Adams. They engage eight targets and return the SLP to the box before sprinting to the next box. The ShootOff tests not only shooting ability and athleticism. you only get one chance. “Prior to this point. the Shoot-Off tests the shooter’s ability to deliver on demand. After all. During the course of a match there will be several stages. The competitors begin in a start box. These targets would be something along the lines of a six-target MGM plate rack. the Shoot-Off goes something like this. After replacing the SCAR back in its box. Let’s say that is the SLP shotgun. The competitor would then engage targets—offhand—anywhere from about 50 to 100 yards. You have to be able to block out the crowd. Some stages will feature big. and when the pressure is at its utmost. Over the course of a match. natural terrain with rolling hills. “Where the match is more of a marathon. in front of a crowd.“FNH USA has always been dedicated to the support and advancement of the shooting sports. it’s all about speed and accuracy. they are going to be close. long. 3-Gun competitive shooting offers a friendly environment for shooters of all skill levels and gives the FNH USA shooting team the perfect outlet to demonstrate the strength and reliability of our products to those who may be new to the world of competition shooting.CLICK HERE AND LET US KNOW
. where they can see and hear each other. Most of all. Other stages will require the shooter to simply stand in a box and grab guns off the table.
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“Although we change it up throughout the season. you can have a bad stage and make it up with a good stage. high round counts and lots of movement. Now at the last station. After the horn they sprint to their first station. For these stages.
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with Casanova finishing 8th overall in the inaugural 3-Gun Nation Pro Series Tour. Undergoing surgery. “The win that stands out the most for me this season was Fallen Brethren. And he needed it. Casanova.” Casanova said. One of the best things about 3-gun is being able to shoot and talk with so many other great shooters.” In September.” Casanova said. “For me it is a huge validation that the work and practice I have put into this sport has paid off. “Kelly and I were neck and neck going into the match.” In 2012.’ I got to shoot with Kelly there. I wasn’t sure I was going to be able to make any more matches at all this year. and I had several really strong stages that helped me take the win. Kyle O’Glee pulled an upset win over Casanova at Midwest 3-Gun in May. thanks to him being sporting enough to disassemble his shotgun on the clock at Rocky Mountain. which had a rejuvenated popularity following the adoption of 1X optics as allowed equipment at major matches. thank you VERY much Hornady. One of many competitors jumping into Tactical Iron. “From strictly a Limited division standpoint. I learned something new that I could apply to my shooting at every match this year thanks to all the great competitors I got to shoot with.” Casanova said.Casanova Wins 3GN Tactical Iron Division
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COLORADO NATIVE FOLLOWS BREAKOUT 2011 WITH MONSTER FINISH IN 2012
Following Crimson Trace. Not every match was a success in the latter goal but I learned things at every match. Casanova put together his first division win of the season at Rocky Mountain 3-Gun. no pun intended. At the midway point of the season.” The 3GN Tactical Iron Division Championship marks a significant accomplishment in Casanova’s recent meteoric rise in the sport. 2011 was a breakout season for James Casanova. “Along with that was the goal to post competitive scores in the Tac-Optics Division while shooting in Limited. one of the early division favorites for 2012. “After finding my niche in Limited/Tac-Iron last year. along with taking the title in Tactical Iron. while Warren Becker notched a big win at MGM Ironman in June. After CMMG. “The $5k is great. but the accomplishment is even better. and battling a bad back. which is something I do love. “That match really pushes long range.”
. then my back and elbow. allowing me to squeak past him there.” A Grand Master-level pistol shooter. Casanova topped fellow 3GN Pro Series competitors Cody Leeper and Brian Vaught to win Ozark. I began this year with the goal to win the divisional series in Limited.” Casanova said. Miller competed mainly in Tactical Optics. but thanks to some great docs and physical therapists I was able to pull things together well enough to make it to the Crimson Trace Night Match and then finish out the season. Casanova picked up a division win on the season’s final weekend last year at FNH USA 3-Gun. In fact. Casanova has added very specific gear in Tactical Iron to get himself
By any definition. but when they put those little targets way out they get REALLY hard to see. “The little bumps in the road this year actually started in January with wrist surgery. keeping Neal out of the money and giving Miller the title. as Neal had just picked up his second division win of the year at Northwest Multi-Gun.” Casanova said. so in his words it was ‘a death match in Texas. at one point it was unclear whether Casanova would be able to finish out his abbreviated 2012 campaign at all. setting up a pivotal winner-take-all match-up with Kelly Neal at Fallen Brethren 3-Gun in Texas. geez I sound fragile!. had yet to pick up a match win. Rocky Mountain would be the toughest of the year. a tough. We talked before FB3G and neither of us was going to be able to shoot the final divisional match of the year at Blue Ridge. which is always great. natural terrain match that puts a premium on long-range rifle shooting. It is amazing how open and free everyone is about what they are doing from the stage plan level all the way up through how to rig your gear so that it will work best for you. Casanova immediately challenged veteran shooters Kurt Miller and Kelly Neal. and was not part of the 3GN races. while Kelly Neal jumped out to the early Tac Iron division lead with a win at Superstition Mountain Mystery 3-Gun in March. Few shooters have improved as rapidly over the last couple of seasons. It felt really good knowing I had done it when it really counted. “All that definitely makes this win a sweeter accomplishment.
my head is in a good place headed to vegas
With a strong showing in the Pro Series. “I am planning to shoot Limited in the matches that aren’t part of the Pro Series next year and I definitely want to win this title again!”
oh yes i’ll be back!
. “Oh yes I’ll be back. Casanova began running a Leupold Prismatic.” Casanova said.” Casanova said when asked if he would attempt to defend his title. it might be his and Mark Passamaneck’s shotgun products that got him over the top. With the acceptance of 1X optics in limited divisions. along with his Tactical Iron Division Championship. “The division win definitely adds a little extra confidence. to shave precious time off his shotshell loading. But unlike years passed. Casanova should be one dangerous competitor in January at the 3GN Championship in Las Vegas. Casanova has used the TWinS Loading Systems. “Going into any stage knowing that I can re-gas my shotgun
without leaving a ton of time on the table has made it possible for me to focus more on the shooting and getting on the gas pedal. Part of Carbon Arms. few competitors have as much raw shooting skill as does Casanova. “My head is in a good place headed to Vegas. and thereby the Load Two technique. I still finished 8th in the Pro Series really helps make me feel strong heading into the Shoot-Off.” Casanova said. but just reminding myself that. it will be Casanova that steps to the line as a marked man—the 3GN Tactical Iron Champion. However.” Gear aside. with all the rest of it. “One of the biggest things that has helped me step up my shooting is not being at all afraid of shotgun loading anymore.over the hump.” And you can bet Casanova will be out there battling the division’s best again next season at 3GN partner matches across the country. which he credited for helping him excel with the Limited rifle.
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I just wish gun writing paid as well as singing. So I guess Barbara and I were both ahead of our time. I had trouble getting the editors of shooting magazines to accept more than a token article now and then. Oh yeah. 3-gun shooting is on its way to becoming the dominant shooting sport and it’s a big part of what I write about to earn my daily bread. when 3-gun wasn’t cool.” Well actually. and became one of her signature songs. Today. Three-gun shooting has always been cool. But I was doing it before it got “discovered. dominating the charts that summer.” In fact. when I first started. I just heard a report a couple of days ago that there are more country music radio stations in America today than all the other music formats combined.a 3-gun competition-ready rifle in stag’s famous right or left handed configuration
Back in 1981 Barbara Mandrell recorded a song called “I was Country When Country Wasn’t Cool.” It was a huge hit. if you will indulge me a bit here: “I was 3-gun. So. that’s not totally correct. It’s also become a piece of Americana that is paraphrased often.
and marketed specifically for 3-gun competition (Editor’s Note: Technically. This unique compensator has nine 1/4-inch holes in three rows of three. The last 3/4-inch of the barrel is stepped down to .727-inch near the muzzle and uses a 1:8 twist rate. like the JP Enterprises JP-15 that I compete with. I think they got it almost right. There are in truth a few things I would change. There are also three smaller holes in the top-front of the compensator pointing forward. this gun is competition ready out of the box. Since Stag released the 3G to much acclaim and brisk sales. as it usually takes more time to get the sights back on target than to pull the trigger. They got noticed for the southpaw aspect. That’s not a statement I make lightly. Benelli’ s new 3-Gun shotgun was introduced in late 2011 and I believe is the first ready to roll. but built their name by producing high-quality rifles. But these are small things and the truth is. I have a couple of shooting buddies who are very happy about that. The barrel is fitted with a 2-1/4 inch-long compensator installed with a crush washer. One row is center-top and the other two rows are close on each side. some are straight.) Stag is well known for producing left-handed AR-15-style rifles as well as the conventional right-handed models. Some rifles.56 NATO. For the record.56 and . The barrel has six flutes that are interrupted by the gas block for the riflelength gas system. shotgun for this sport (Remington and FNH USA have suitable tactical/defense models. but DPMS never pushed it very hard.705-inch to the muzzle. can be ordered competition ready.
Stag Arms worked with their 3-gun shooting team to develop the new rifle and after shooting it quite a bit. The rifle uses an 18-inch stainless-steel semiheavy barrel that measures . the Mossberg 930 JM is geared toward 3-gun). If I had to find a complaint with the rifle it’s that the brake actually will drive the muzzle too low with each shot so that the sights end up under the aiming point. This is perhaps the most effective brake at countering muzzle flip I have ever tried. We did some drills using fast double taps and even some fast 10-shot strings at close range and I found that once I got the hang of it I could get the sights back on a 10-yard target faster than my finger could pull the trigger. I
. as it’s been pointed out to me that I would probably bitch about free money.or lefthand models.Many of those early articles that I wrote were on how to customize the guns to make them competitive for 3-gun shooting as nobody made a “competition ready” long gun. Colt’s and DoubleStar are among the recent “major” manufacturers to release a rifle marketed specifically for 3-gun. instant 3-gun. so it can fire both 5. For example. a tactical bolt release and possibly an ambi-safety. I would add an extended charging handle latch. That’s not something I encounter with most rifles. The chamber is 5. For example. the Stag 3G can be ordered in right. just add ammo.223 Remington ammo. But I think that the new Stag Arms 3G might be the first rifle that is designed around the sport. Some holes are angled. I had the impression of waiting for the shot while I watched the dot on the Z6 Swarovski float on the “A” zone. by serious competitors. I think it’s a huge statement about how “cool” 3-gun has become with mainstream shooters that so many top companies are now introducing “competition ready” out-of-the-box firearms today. the DPMS 3G1debuted first.
While I was not using a timer on these drills. please don’t take that to mean put your fingers in front of the muzzle. Never hold the gun in front of the magazine well. this long handguard proves to me that Stag listened to some real shooters when designing the riflle. Another point of contention on most AR15 rifles is the trigger. rather get your hand out as far as you can. One of the problems with most ARstyle rifles when used for 3-gun shooting is the short handguard.825-inches. The sides are skeletonized with a double row of cuts on each side.this gun is extremely fast. It’s not uncommon to have precision targets at 500 or 600 yards or even farther in a 3-gun match. but smooth and clean. which is easy to grip. The 15-inch handguard extends well past the low profile gas block. Grip the fore-end on the side. This gives much better control of the rifle for lateral movement for rapid target transition. with the elbow extended parallel with the ground. Try this with a short handguard and all you get is burned fingers. match-grade single-stage triggers. I have actually seen that done with an MP5 during a match and it was not a pretty sight. On my rifle it breaks at just slightly over three pounds. but I suspect it’s a combination of both. The gun is fitted with a Samson Evolution free-floating handguard. Many AR builders are stuck on “Mil Spec Stupid” and forget that shooters need good triggers. There are holes along the sides and bottom to add more rails if you want them.
Well. as often the two shell casings would only be a few inches apart in the air. I guess my point is.It’s a longer pull than most am not sure if that’s a function of the brake or the trigger. This handguard comes with a rail along the top. A tip that some of the top 3-gun shooters have taught me is to have the weak hand extended way out on the front of the gun. The diameter of the handguard is 1. you long-armed types. It’s a huge handicap to have a ten pound “battle trigger” that’s
So the Dueck Defense Rapid Transition Sights (RTS) is mounted at a 45-degree angle to provide an iron sight option for the close stuff. One popular replacement trigger is the Geissele Super 3-Gun trigger. They can. I have one in one of my hunting rifles and it’s excellent. If you are planning to compete with a scope that does not have zero magnification at the low end. which is no magnification. On my rifle it breaks at just slightly over three pounds. but there are some shooters who prefer more magnification on the top end for the long shots. Unless you order a better trigger as an option. When I put out the word that I am bringing all the
all you add are optics and ammo
and it’s competition-ready
. you should consider this option. keeping your cheek weld. however. reflex. which is excellent accuracy. turn on the electronic dot and use it like a red-dot with
both eyes open for close stuff. I can quickly turn it to 6X for the longer shots. a top shooter who I have had the pleasure of squadding with in several matches. In all but Open Class of 3-gun shooting you are limited to one optic. The average for three. This works great for me. almost all rifles will need an expensive replacement before using them in competition.) which are offset iron sights that are used for close in shots. The buttstock and pistol grip are from Magpul.459 price tag of the gun.00 to the $1. It’s very fast to simply roll the gun. Geissele made its reputation with two-stage triggers for AR rifles. particularly those who compete in the West where long shots are common. The rifle is also available with optional Dueck Defense Rapid Transition Sights (RTS. But the other classes are not allowed this second optic.23 inches. but smooth and clean. I choose the 1-6 Swarovski Z6. which is almost universally on the rifle. featuring its collapsible ACS buttstock and MOE hard-plastic pistol grip. and line up with this sight. have iron sights. It will add $200. Then. This new trigger was developed by Geissele for 3-gun and uses what they call a ‘hybrid pull. red-dot sight at a 45-degree angle for the close targets. This STAG rifle comes with that trigger as standard equipment. using a MGM Switchview lever. The Open Class shooters often install a 3-9 or larger scope and then put a small.rougher than Rosie O’Donnell’s personality. Both have storage compartments.” It’s a longer pull than most match-grade single-stage triggers. That means I can turn it down to one power. This system was developed by Barry Dueck. five-shot groups with each of the four loads was 1. I tested the rifle by shooting three different factory loads and one handload using bullets ranging from 50 grains to 75 grains.
guns, targets and all the ammo for some 3-gun practice I do not have any problem finding willing shooters. My shooting buddies and I took this gun to the range a few times to practice running some rifle scenarios. After several hundred rounds (of my ammo!), we are in universal agreement that this is a well-balanced and a well behaved 3-gun rifle. We experienced no jams or failures to operate. We found the gun handled well for the fast stuff and settled fine for the long-range precision work. The only complaint was after we ran out of ammo and I wanted to pack up and go home, when the guys bitched that I “didn’t bring enough bullets.” Anybody looking to get into 3-gun shooting would be well served to check out this rifle. All you add are optics and ammo and it’s competition ready. Also note that 3-gun simulates combat situations. So even if you are not interested in competition, if you want your gun to defend your home or to spank your buddies at your shooting range, a gun that wins matches works just as well for those uses too. After all, it’s designed to be accurate, fast and dependable. What else could you possibly want in a rifle?
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CALIBER ACTION OA LENGTH WEIGHT BARREL COMPENSATOR RAIL SYSTEM TRIGGER BUTTSTOCK GRIP SIGHTS FINISH PRICE
5.56 / .223 Gas Impingement, Semi-Auto 39.25 inches 7.5 pounds 18 inch, Stainless 1:8 twist rate Stag Arms 3G Samson Evolution 15” Free Float Geissele Super 3 Gun (S3G) Magpul ACS Magpul MOE Dueck Defense RTS (optional) Flat Black $1,459
Dual, rear accessible, water-resistant battery storage tubes and an integral storage compartment in the butt of the stock provides multiple storage options.
The Magpul MOE Grip’s one-piece reinforced polymer construction provides simplicity and durability needed to withstand 3-Gun environments.
The new Stag Arms 3G answers the call of shooters looking for a muzzle device to help control muzzle rise for quick follow up shots often required in 3-Gun Competition.
The Samson Manufacturing 15” Free Floating Evolution Handguard is modular, allowing the attachment of rail sections or sling mounts along the handguard, while granting shooters the ability to mount accessories as needed but not be burdened by a full quad rail.
PRODUCT PERFORMANCE STAG ARMS MODEL 3G
THREE 5-SHOT GROUPS @ 100 YARDS
TEST LOAD FEDERAL 55-grain Ballistic Tip BLACK HILLS 50-grain V-Max HORNADY Match 75-grain Handload 55-grain V-Max 22.5 grains H335
3,005 3,081 2,576 2,643
1.6 1.18 1.18 1.2
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Written by Jansen Jones Noveske Shooting Team
choosing the right 3-gun pistol
there are several pistols suitable for today’s 3-gun game
When I first became interested in 3-gun. and I find that there are more and more shooters in the position I was not long ago. guns and matches. The two categories offer the shooter advantages in some areas while disadvantages in others. 3-gun pistols break down into two major categories. In my opinion. the sport has grown immensely. whether it is a local club match or a 3-Gun Nation Pro Series Event. These two categories dominate the 3-gun circuit. At that time.From high-end 2011 to utilitarian polymer-framed striker-fired guns. read and listened to everything I could find about 3-gun in the hopes of learning everything I could about the game. I watched. while the striker-fired guns do not have any exposed hammers (for example. It is now almost 2013. there existed only a few good videos on YouTube. there are many choices available. I was looking for all the information I could gather on the subject. an STI 2011).
. I hope to address an often asked question by new shooters looking to get started in the game and that question is: which pistol should I shoot? When it comes to selecting a pistol for 3-gun. the hammer-fired guns have an exposed hammer (for example. only one informative website with a sub-forum dedicated to the discussion of the discipline and Matt Burkett’s Practical Shooting Radio was the only podcast available. looking for more information about gear. The differences are obvious. hammer-fired and striker-fired guns. a Glock 34).
you’re gonna 9mm wanna shoot it’s cheap. Downsides of the hammer-fired guns are that some of the magazines require more maintenance/cleaning. they require a lot less maintenance. and you do not need to engage any safety when abandoning the gun due to the passive safeties being built into the
platform. they are generally more expensive. but for some reason I simply cannot stray from the striker-fired platform that has helped me get through many a match malfunction free. When I started 3-gun. The majority of shooters in the
accurate. and at major 3-gun matches you have to engage the safety when abandoning the pistol. reliable and you can find it almost anywhere. with crisp triggers that shoot amazingly well. Examples of hammer-fired pistols often seen in 3-gun competition include (but are not limited to). however for the 5”x5” pieces of steel set between 10 to 20 yards. better triggers and shorter reset than striker-fired guns.First let’s examine the hammer-fired pistols. If you are just starting out in 3-gun. The first thing I did when I arrived back home was order a set of adjustable competition sights for my Glock. despite trying a few different 2011s along the way. CZ-75s. so naturally this is what I took to my first match. Some of the advantages of hammered-fired guns include excellent accuracy. Smith & Wesson M&Ps and Springfield Armory’s XD series. the magazine capacity needs to be increased with aftermarket base pads. I have stuck with the Glock platform for going on five years now. After you’ve shot a few major matches and gained some experience and are determined to continue in the sport. STI/SVI 2011s. Some of the advantages of a striker-fired pistol are they cost considerably less than the hammer-fired guns. This category of handgun has made inroads in 3-gun competition thanks to an abundance of aftermarket parts and gunsmithing services which address many of the shortcomings in the platform. along with some extended base pads for my magazines. I already owned a Glock 34. Next let’s address striker-fired pistols. The striker-fired gun is not without its disadvantages which include mushy triggers that are less than ideal for 3-gun. the striker-fired guns are an excellent option for the reasons discussed previously. and the factory sights are basically unacceptable for serious 3-gun competition. The 2011s I have are great guns. these sights simply wouldn’t do.
. I quickly learned the factory sights were adequate for shots on full-size USPSA or IDPA paper targets at reasonable distances. and various Sig Sauer pistols. a 2011-type pistol is something to seriously consider. Examples of the more common striker-fired guns used in 3-gun include Glocks.
Matt Burkett’s Predator Tactical offers a line of custom built 2011 pistols ready to go for 3-gun. crawling through a tunnel or simply running as fast as you can to get from position A to position B. 3-gun usually involves rigorous movement. There is a lot more which could be said about these two pistol categories. you want to select a good holster with strong retention.
Taran Butler’s company. some of which address the problems of moving vigorously with a holstered pistol specifically. Also. whether it is climbing over a barricade. you are going to want to shoot 9 mm. reliable and you can find it almost anywhere. offers excellent extended base pads in many colors for both the Glock and 2011 pistols. more and more companies are creating products aimed at the sport of 3-gun. It’s cheap. DSG Arms and Safariland offer a dedicated line of competition holsters and pouches designed for the sport. Needless to say. all because the holster did not have sufficient retention to keep it secure during the course of fire while the competitor took off running through the stage. spending a few extra dollars on a good. I have seen plenty of pistols “jump” out of holsters and hit the ground. Regardless of which type of pistol platform you opt for. Within the community of 3-gun we are fortunate to have several shooters on the 3-Gun Nation Pro Series who are leading the way with innovative products for both pistol platforms. Taran Tactical Innovations. accurate. but ultimately you will need to get out and shoot a match to see what you like or don’t like about either platform.
ULTIMATELY YOU will need to get out and
shoot a match to see what you like or don’t LIKE ABOUT EITHER PLATFORM
. Also.3-Gun Nation Pro Series are using 2011-type hammerfired pistols. I mentioned before. there are literally hundreds of aftermarket parts available to enhance or improve both the striker-fired but also the hammer-fired platforms. For example. secure 3-gun holster is a worthwhile investment.
in addition to seven different colors of nylon—suitable for any wardrobe or shooting attire. the RoadID is available in a rather cosmopolitan leather configuration. While extremely durable.
WHAT DO YOU THINK? JOIN THE CONVERSATION CLICK HERE TO TELL US WHAT STYLE PISTOL YOU PREFER TO USE FOR 3-GUN
. While not revolutionary by any means. the RoadID is very comfortable and is laser engraved with custom information provided by you. and even a simple message encouraging a Good Samaritan to not give up no matter what. this little accessory can literally save your life.
on a side note
Written by James P. including personal identification. Remember. medical information (such as blood type). and little more than a fashionably placed Dog Tag. Mason Whether you are on the range or on the road. they were once new shooters too.The 3-gun community has built a reputation as one of the nicest and most helpful within the shooting sports. For those who prefer an upscale look. the RoadID bracelet can provide the critical ICE (In Case of Emergency) information needed by those that find you in need of assistance—critical info that will enable them to do what needs done. emergency contacts. so don’t be afraid to approach and talk to veteran shooters at a match about which pistol they shoot and why.
I didn’t do very well. a Heavy Metal and Heavy Metal Optics match put on by JP Rocky Mountain 3-Gun match directors JJ and Denise Johnson. My division championship tells me that I can be competitive and hold my own at any match that I attend. Watson again found himself in the winner’s circle at the inaugural He-Man Championship.” Watson said. I have had the opportunity to chase after the undeniable King of Heavy Metal.” With the division already locked up. Needless to say. Watson won five of nine stages on his way to a 90-point win over Joel Turner. Watson won a lot in 2012. A few weeks later Watson returned to New Mexico to repeat his performance at Rocky Mountain. Patrick Kelley. I put together some very solid rifle runs and pulled in my second Heavy Metal Division win. I was never able to compete with the other shooters from around the nation. was shooting again this year. That is not something that we try to do considering the cost of targets and the hassle of repairs. “August turned into another trip to the NRA Whittington Center for the 10th Annual JP Rocky Mountain 3-Gun Championship. so I knew it was going to be a tough go of it. Watson next faced off against Bryan Ray at the Ozark 3-Gun Championship. “I was fortunate enough to be squadded with Samson’s Bryan Ray. “This time we had 15 competitors in He-Man Iron. one win on his way to a division title had more significance this season that all the rest. It was my first trip to that match and I had heard stories of bad weather in the previous years. but was a little rusty with the heavy guns and I was able to squeak by for my third Heavy Metal Division win.” In June. Last year’s Heavy Metal Division Champion. I could make Rocky Mountain 3-Gun Championship and Texas Multigun Championship because of their relatively close proximity. AMU Shooting Team. “The win that stands out from the others is the one at Rocky Mountain 3-Gun Championship.” Watson said. another top Heavy Metal competitor. going a perfect four-for-four in Division matches to run away with the 2012 3GN Heavy Metal Championship. but he was absent from the division this season.308s. Watson closed out the season with an emphatic win at the Blue Ridge Mountain 3-Gun in October. I was glad to see this.” Watson said. 2012 is the first year that I have been able to travel and compete in more than a couple of matches. DSG Arms’ Kuan Watson was simply dominating in 3GN’s Heavy Metal Division. a Pro Series competitor. but I was hooked on the heavy guns! While at the match I met another He-Man shooter named
In his first year of widely participating on the national Outlaw 3-gun circuit. blasting the field my more than 30 percentage points. so that made for three of us who were shooting Heavy Metal.Watson Cruises to 3GN Heavy Metal Championship
Written by Chad Adams
BREAKOUT SEASON CAPPED BY 3GN DIVISION TITLE
the Noveske Shooting Team. Jomar took the honor of being the first to break a steel target. work has prevented me from being able to travel and compete in the major matches. as competition in Heavy had been tapering off.S. Rob Romero of
. Ray stood as the last competitor who might be able to challenge Watson’s remarkable season.” Watson said. Bryan established an early lead. We also had Jomar Villamor in our squad. But for the law enforcement officer that got his start shooting in the shadow of the famed Eddie Rhodes. we all had a great time smacking steel with our . We ended up having perfect weather for a match and I took my first Heavy Metal division win. Once again my rifle saved me on a few stages. “The 2012 season was my first big season to shoot 3-gun. but it is something that will make you the center of attention for a while. “Winning the 3GN Heavy Metal Championship is a milestone achievement to me. I better call it He-Man or JJ and Denise will be hunting me down!” After picking up a key win over Romero.” Watson started off the 2012 campaign in dominating fashion. A couple of shooting buddies told me about the match and that there was a division called He-Man. At Midwest 3-Gun Championship he won every stage in the match. I owned a pump shotgun and a single-stack 1911. “RM3G was my first major match to compete in back in 2005. the newest addition to the U. so I borrowed an M14 and made the drive. “…In May I competed in the Midwest 3-Gun Championship in Missouri. “In the past. With the season nearly over.
I CAN BE COMPETITIVE AND HOLD MY OWN
I know that I have to correct it so I can be effective if I am called to do the same in real life. I would hit the par time on every stage. If I waste a number of shots or it takes me too long to get a hit in a match. If I used proper tactics.Eddie Rhodes. Keith Garcia and Greg Jordan. it always stands out from the rest. In law enforcement we look to competition shooters to learn the most efficient ways to manipulate a firearm and get fast. The top LE competitor has his or her name and agency engraved on the Eddie Rhodes Memorial Trophy. accurate shots on target. We take this knowledge and technique and adjust it accordingly to integrate it with tactics.”
THE LESSONS LEARNED IN MATCHES ALSO HELP IN THE FORMATION OF THE TRAINING THAT I PROVIDE AS A FIREARMS INSTRUCTOR FOR MY AGENCY
. From Rhodes to current day stars such as Bruce Piatt. The competition influence applies as they too are attempting to hit their intended target in the shortest amount of time and shots fired. Eddie passed away a couple of years ago and at RM3G there is a very special honor that is given to the top law enforcement competitor in both of the He-Man divisions. When I can get a division win there. they decide on how best to gain a position of advantage.” Watson is the latest in a long line of law enforcement officers to make their mark on the sport of 3-gun. “I am very one-sided in this
approach. I have the honor of my name being on it a few places.” Watson said. I use the matches to test my ability to hit a target with a minimum of delay and in the most efficient manner. “Competing in 3-gun gives me a chance to test and validate a portion of the training that I have received as a police officer. I do not consider the matches as a test bed for proper tactics though. I learned shortly afterward that I had met the ‘Father’ of He-Man. When it comes to the officer on the street. 3-gun maintains a tradition of top-level law enforcement shooters that play on Sunday and then train their officers on Monday. The lessons learned in matches also help in the formation of the training that I provide as a firearms instructor for my agency.
Written by Scott McGregor
PART 1 OF 2
some of those folks could really shoot. first everyone was very approachable. Everyone has their own story of how they became involved in shooting 3-gun. but we’ve all been faced with the realization of how 3-gun can be very costly! I’ve heard a number of times. I’m sure some of you were there. my first experience with 3-gun was watching the 2004 DPMS Tri Gun Challenge at DPMS.Certain Traits and Skills Sets Can Put Sponsor Logos on Your Shirt — and it’s Not All About Performance!
We’ve all been there at some point. Third. Little did I know. “I need more ammo. The most memorable parts of watching the match. it may seem like a long time ago. Second. founder of DPMS. I attended to see what all the fuss was about with 3-gun. and trips to the range would be on the same level of importance as going to work. your first 3-gun match. I would develop an entirely new circle of like-minded friends. do you think they’d sponsor me?”
. A few years later 3-gun would take over my hobbies. how do I find a sponsor?” or “I need a (fill in the blank). and for some of you. it looked like a ton of fun. I attended after an invite from Randy Luth. after Randy and I had met at one of the media shoots the day before SHOT in 2004. watching the match would be a life-changing experience. In my case.
hard case. 3-gun case. mag pouches or ammo. Why would a company “give” a shooter anything? You might be a good shooter or a good guy/girl.”
my sponsors want me at matches. “Not in my case. Somewhere along the line someone had to pay for your “free” scope. I asked Bruce if winning was the most important thing for his sponsors. mixing it up with the competitors and spectators. belt.Let’s get this out there right now—if you’re just looking for free stuff. Listen to this. but you can help answer questions and you may be the first impression a customer sees of the sponsor. what do you bring to the table to “pay” for whatever it is a sponsor gives you. shell caddies. You’re basically in public relations and. nothing is free. indirectly. gun. you may get some. you’re also in sales. and his answer is indicative of what most companies are looking for in a shooter. but the real answer is to sell product! Why would a company use their valuable resources to “give” you gear or cash as a sponsored shooter? Do you show the kind of skill set/awareness which makes them believe you will be of value? What are the attributes they look for when searching for a shooter to help promote and develop their product? Bruce Piatt is arguably one of the most visible of the professional shooters. you learn help with expenses can be one of the best sponsorships you could be lucky enough to find. shoes. mixing it up with competitors and spectators
not in my case
. you may be very likable and you may try real hard. He’s been a sponsored shooter for 20-plus years. “My sponsors want me at matches.” Piatt said. scope mount. glasses. he gets hit up constantly for sponsorships of some kind. Travis Gibson and I spend a bunch of time together on the road and we’ve discussed the topic of sponsors/shooters extensively. But if that’s all you’re looking for.
My next question. it’s basic business economics. You may not take orders. Being the VP of MGM Targets. rifle handguard. it won’t last long and you’ll gain the reputation of being a taker. holster. there are some qualities you can work on which will help you be more valuable to your current or potential sponsors. They want people to have approachable access to a company representative. If you’ve been around long enough. As a shooter.
be sure to talk with them. not just formulate what you’re going to say next when the other person stops talking. just be yourself. soundness of moral character. “Winning is important and of course any manufacturer would like to see their shooters win. The way you interact with others is very important. Colt’s Manufacturing sponsored shooter. Basically. there will be times when you don’t really have to say anything as well. Let’s see if you agree. www. the more you draw attention from potential sponsors. “adherence to moral and ethical principles.
they want people to have approachable access to a company representative
. you either “get it” or you don’t. Remember. Talk to everyone.” I don’t really think I need to go too deep into this one. not just other shooters. the more you win.” said Clint Upchurch.com defines integrity as. but I would say it’s more important for the shooter to promote the brand and always be professional. Keep a positive attitude.
In my business experience. This leads us back to some of the attributes Travis and I have put together. or if that’s a bad thing.Obviously. But winning isn’t the only thing a company looks for. Learn to listen. if you see spectators at a match. You’re only as good as your word.dictionary. your reputation will precede you. when someone asks you how you’re shooting. chances are they don’t really want to hear everything you screwed up or could have done better. work on being better!
Your integrity is an extremely valuable attribute when it comes to your reputation as a competitive shooter. I’ve heard it said the biggest cause of failure or success in the workplace is due to a person’s social skills. honesty.
your attitude will reflect
and your sponsors
Are you available to help them work trade shows such as the SHOT Show or the NRA Annual Meetings? This could be an added value you can offer.30 second “elevator speech.
I’ve seen is to let the person know you need to concentrate on shooting for a few minutes and you’ll be available to talk more AFTER you shoot the stage.Shooting Skill
Shooting skill does actually play a part in your looking for sponsors.
How visible are you? How many matches does your situation allow you to attend throughout the year? Will you be attending local matches? You might be well suited to look to a local gun shop or manufacturer for sponsorship. Don’t be rude. The best technique
Develop a 15 . but how do we carry ourselves when in between stages? I’ve seen top shooters struggle to get away from a well-meaning person at a match who just wants to talk. do you know all about their products? If you were at a match and were asked about the product. Sometimes you can tell when someone wants to say something. Watch how some of the shooters who’ve been around a while handle the situation. You need to continually work on your shooting skill as well as the other attributes which will make you attractive to sponsors.
A basic knowledge of a company’s product is very important. Once you get past your local matches. could you tell them about it and direct them where they could purchase the product? Have you been to their website yourself? Could you direct others there?
One thing which often takes spectators and new shooters by surprise is the approachability of the “pro” shooters. We all want to do well at a match. Will you be attending area matches or bigger matches within driving distance? Will you be traveling to attend national level matches? How many matches do you want to/get to shoot? A sponsor would benefit from you attending matches where there’s a possibility of TV or editorial coverage. If you’re hitting up a company for support. the epressions you make. You don’t necessarily need to be winning everything you enter. show them you’re approachable. watch the driver interviews. You need to be working on your skill set. the skill level of all competitors increases dramatically. Don’t let yourself think those guys don’t practice interviews just as much as running practice laps! Think about what you’d say in an interview. but may be shy or doesn’t want to bother you. Say hello. I would venture to say most of us have experienced this while at a major 3-gun match. The next time you watch NASCAR. they can learn if you’ll help point it out. Sometimes folks don’t know proper match etiquette. but you’re there to shoot as well as be a representative. Are you familiar with social media? What is your sphere of influence?
.” Practice the speech in the mirror so that you can see what you look like. but you need to be competitive on occasion.
Can you answer questions if you were to be interviewed? Interacting with the media is a skill and doesn’t come naturally to many people. You can very often make a spectator or newer shooter’s day just by talking with them. and whether or not you are smiling.
As for me. I’ve been very fortunate to have some great sponsors. you still represent yourself and your sponsors. Stay tuned!
. In the next issue you’ll be hearing from Travis regarding some things on the sponsor side.
These are some of the traits Travis and I have discussed regarding shooters and sponsors. let us know if this is at all helpful!
in the next issue
Travis Gibson (VP of MGM Targets) provides a sponsor’s perspective on what you can do to improve your chances of developing a long lasting relationship with a sponsor. if you see Travis or myself at a match. Much of it will be the same.Attitude
What kind of attitude do you project? Your attitude will reflect on you and your sponsors.
By all means. If you do. There aren’t many folks who wouldn’t agree when I say I’m “Living the dream!”
Overall. Representing FMG Publications allows me to work in and around the firearms industry and to shoot competitively. whether at a match or a trade show or just out to dinner. give yourself a minute to assess where it went wrong and then get over it! When you’re out at night. Don’t lose your temper if you screw up a stage. use good judgment when you’re at a match. from the sponsor perspective.
A very brave stance indeed considering the music industry as a whole is typically anti-gun. we were excited to learn about Labonte’s stance on the 2nd amendment. We knew immediately we had a friend in Labonte. Labonte was also a huge fan of 3-Gun competition and 3-Gun Nation. faster and you can always be more accurate. one of which he is very vocal about. Much like the sport of 3-Gun. Through a mutual friend. Featuring tracks such as “Stand Up.“All That Remains” Releases Blistering Sixth Studio Album “A War You Cannot Win”
At 3-Gun Nation it’s probably no secret that we are fans of all things hard rock and heavy metal. If you’ve ever tuned into an episode on NBC Sports Network.” While we were already fans of ATR. the sound track of the show may have made you spill your morning coffee. heavy metal music makes our adrenalin flow and the fists pump. As such. I really enjoyed spending time on the range with the guys. All That Remains has produced some awesome. When it comes to 3-Gun you can always do things better. ATR drops the hammer once again and will make your adrenalin flow and the fists pump. and I learned a great deal about the sport and myself as a shooter. 3GN was introduced to Phil Labonte of the heavy metal group “All that Remains.
heavy metal division
“When it comes to music and stuff like that you’re never done picking up tips whether it be singing or playing guitar. As it turned out. Not afraid to speak his mind. head-banging music. Labonte (known by his band mates as “Captain Politics”) frequently sounds off in his support of the 2nd Amendment in the music media. 3GN invited Labonte to appear in the FNH USA Shooting Tips portion of the program with host Mark Wills.” For more than a decade.” said Labonte.” “Sing for Liberty” and “You Can’t Fill my Shadow”.
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. And its latest and sixth album is no exception. “A War You Cannot Win” (released election day) boasts 13 powerful tracks that are not only hard and heavy but also melodic throughout. “You’re never done learning.
with one important head-to-head match-up.
it definitely wasn’t easy
. Fallen Brethren 3-Gun. knocking off 2011 HMO Champion Barry Dueck to claim this year’s crown.” Dueck bounced back in June with a big win at the ever-challenging MGM Ironman.Tischauser Takes 3GN Heavy Metal Optics Championship
Written by Chad Adams
STAG SHOOTER KNOCKS OFF DEFENDING CHAMPION IN ROUTE TO TITLE
“The early victory at Midwest was huge. threw the race a curve ball by topping Dueck in a close contest. Then in August. Tischauser squared off against SureFire’s Dueck at the Midwest 3-Gun Championship. Tischauser said. a veteran 3-gunner and longtime HMO shooter. Tischauser was dominant against a less-than-stacked field on his way to his pivotal and clinching third match win of the season at the Ozark 3-Gun Championship. I was confident in my abilities but I really had no idea how I would do shooting against the defending champion. Then in May. Dueck would go on to pick up a win at the last match of the year. I edged out Barry by less than one match point. Meanwhile. a match in which Dueck was forced to scratch. Tischauser notched another win of his own at the next 3GN Divisional match. The 3GN HMO race started back in March when FNH USA’s Erik Lund notched the first win of the season at Superstition Mountain Mystery 3-Gun. along with a little help. but it was too little too late as Tischauser took the title 300 to 299.21. However. in what would prove to be the most important match of the season. “I have been a huge proponent of 3-Gun Nation from
Stag Arms’ Jesse Tischauser declared way back at the beginning of the 2012 campaign that he was going to win the 3GN Heavy Metal Optics Division Championship. That one point put me in the driver’s seat for the rest of the season and ended up being the deciding factor in the race for the championship. And letting those 100 points slip away would prove costly. Then after a solid season. Tischauser did just that. who heads SureFire’s Suppressor Division. the Northwest Multi-Gun Challenge. that’s when Tate Moots. Because in September. the two squared off again for the first time since Midwest at the JP Rocky Mountain 3-Gun. Unfortunately for Dueck.99) finished third. Tischauser edged out Dueck in a tight battle to take home his first major 3-gun win. RM3G marked one of only a few Divisional matches he would be able to shoot in 2012 due to work demands. “It was my first time ever shooting Heavy Optics. JP Gangl (234.
I think next year I will try to win it all in Heavy Irons. “Heavy Optics is the division with the most variations in equipment rules. along with an eye toward 2013 and what lies ahead for 3GN. Slim Line rail covers are available in Black. So not only did I fatten up my wallet shooting Heavy Optics. he shot Tactical Optics gear all season. which was the weakest part of my game in 2011. I shot three different pistols. I am already planning my return to the top in 2013. A member of the 3GN Pro Series Tour. recoil is bigger. Tischauser was competitive in Pro Series matches and qualified as the number 17th seed heading into the 2013 3GN Championship in Las Vegas.” Tischauser said. Mike Cyrwus at Accurate Iron. “The Heavy Divisions are slower. It means a lot to all of us to have great companies like Hornady putting up these big cash payouts.” Tischauser said.
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. I might try to do so in another division simply because I don’t think anyone else has done that before. “So to come out and win a Division title and $5. rails and other gear from damage and to provide a great grip.” For Tischauser. and everything you carry is for lack of a better word. I found myself shooting with more accuracy and moving with more efficiency. Box 1459 B Moriarty. and I need every bit of it to pay for all of the extra guns and gear I had to buy for this division race.” Tischauser said. deserves a big attaboy. “It definitely wasn’t easy.” With a division title under his belt. He built me four new pistols this season so I could have the best gun in my hands no matter how the match rules read. I also improved my allaround game. Tischauser now has his sights set the 3GN Championship in Las Vegas. two different shotguns and one rifle in the four matches where I shot Heavy Optics Division. OD Green.”
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Ergo Grips’ new Slim Line rail covers are made to protect the shooter. Dark Earth. and everchanging match-to-match.O.000 really solidifies all of the good things I have been telling shooters about the series. heavy. winning the HMO title meant basically competing in two full seasons with completely different gear. My gunsmith. Five thousand dollars is the most money I have ever won. “I kind of like winning. while switching to the radically different. Magazine capacity is restricted. In the Pro Series.
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This event featured 250 pro shooters. For their families. Kentucky. the event is looking to grow in 2013 and expand on the calendar as well as on the range. Through the years the number of participants has grown from a handful subscribed to the original mailing list to the several hundred thousand we have today.com held the largest 3-gun competition ever with the AR15. the match was sold out almost immediately on both the pro and amateur sides. as were a handful of local media. This year. Then they realize 3-gun shooting is what shooting should always have been—a fun and challenging way to become increasingly proficient with your firearms. but adding celebrity and disabled vets to the shooting lineup caused some slowdowns during the weekend.com
and watch them shoot stages similar to what they were shooting next door. Look for announcements soon on what will once again set the bar for the largest 3-gun event ever held. and every competitor walked off with a prize package at least equal to their entry fee.com-Rockcastle Pro-Am grew once again. The prize table was the largest anywhere. With the opportunity for amateur shooters to meet and rub elbows with the pros. attend clinics with their idols. the mail list concept was replaced by a website. Film crews from 3GN and Shooting USA were on-hand. and overall challenge yourself in what is quickly becoming the best shooting sport around.Written by Edward Avila
AR15.com-Rockcastle Pro-Am 3-Gun Championship at the Rockcastle Shooting Center in Park City. but in addition added 250 amateur shooters shooting a second set of eight challenging stages over the course of two and a half days. and the closet replaced by a dedicated hosting facility with redundant Internet service providers. With a chance to shoot with the pros. the server replaced by a couple of racks full of equipment and servers. In 2011 AR15. make sure you keep your eyes open for the 2013 AR15. A chance for non-shooters to experience a simulated 3-gun course using . AR15. Like any addictive sport.com was originally started more than 16 years ago as a mail list where those interested in discussing the AR-15 would send an email to the list’s email address and the mail server (back then a Unix Sun workstation sitting in a closet) would then forward those emails to all the subscribers. Over the years. shop the 3-gun retailers that help sponsor 3-gun. the AR15. all most shooters need is a chance to try it. socialize with all the leading names in the sport. and all the high-tech hosting conveniences available today.
. Hosting the same 250 pro/250 amateur shooters. the Pro-Am featured support from the NRA in the form of the 3-Gun Experience. As a result.com-Rockcastle Pro-Am 3-Gun Championship registration when it opens early in 2013. With points on the line for the 3-Gun Nation Tour.
. backup power supplies.22 LR handguns and AR-style rifles.com itself has grown to become the largest firearms-related website in the world. needless to say many of these amateurs were immediately hooked and have since become dedicated 3-gun competitors.
The retail location will offer supplies and accessories to outfit the shooter and upgrade their firearms. With a grand opening scheduled for Spring 2013. and competition firearms and gear from both AR15. to be able to get gunsmith services for whatever your needs. Armalite. but it is easier than saying “all non-hunting shooting needs such as self defense.000-squarefoot facility will feature a showroom full of tactical. the new store will help new shooters get out and shoot and train more often as well as help get non-shooters involved in the sport.com will be covering the SHOT Show in January as well as the Rumble on the Range in Las Vegas. AP Custom. AR15.OPENS SIGNATURE STOREFRONT
Until then. Much like the purpose of the Pro-Am. training and practical competition). Visit the 3-Gun Nation forums on AR15. Stag Arms.com for all the latest news and event coverage. and to also offer training in firearms safety. this 10. The goal is for this retail space to offer hands-on with the gear. self defense. In addition. tactics and competition. Trijicon.
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. That is. maneuverable and provides a hang-up-free dismount.” prefer my steel slappin’. The needs of the sporting clay and trap shooter are different than that of the 3-gunner. compared to missing targets because your shotgun doesn’t fit you! Yet. Most off-the-shelf shotguns have a Length of Pull (LOP) around 14 1/2” to 14 3/4.” and that may be fine for the 6-foot tall clay enthusiast.. other than the occasional question about Length-of-Pull (LOP). leaving about an inch to an inch and a half between your thumb and nose.” A good “rule of thumb” here is short as possible. but we are talkin’ 3-gun here! We require a shotgun that is quick to shoulder. clay bustin’ power tool’s LOP closer to 13 3/4. we in the internet 3-Gun community don’t concern ourselves with one of the most important aspects of shotgunning-at-speed . And in all those cases. but let’s work our way though the list of terminology on page 56 and see what each means to you.fit for
what choke? what shot size? what barrel length? what length magazine tube?
You could just about answer “pick” any of these questions for all the good it will do you. at all of 6’3. shorter is better! I.
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proper fit will help you get the most performance from your shotgun
Here is a theoretical example.
the angle of the butt in relation to the top of the barrel
. or rib.
This results in the barrel pointing downrange and parallel to the ground. To do that we would set the pitch to zero so the recoil pad would make full contact with the wall (pad @ 90* = perpendicular to the rib = zero pitch). pivoting the muzzle upward between your hands. Firing a quick pair in this configuration would not only have you in pain but also have the muzzle heading for the sky! Why? Because the recoil impulse will close the gap between the heel of the recoil pad and your shoulder as it pivots on the toe of the recoil pad. the gun will be pointing way high! If you lower the barrel back to parallel with the ground you would only have the toe of the recoil pad touching your shoulder. to the top edge of the stock at the comb and the heel. Or the toe will slip down your shoulder. You want a flat shooting shotgun? Check your pitch!
the distance the centerline of the stock is offset to one side or another of the centerline of the barrel
top of the gun butt (recoil pad)
length of pull
the distance between the trigger and the center of the gun butt
the continued contact between your cheek and the comb
bottom of the gun butt (recoil pad)
the distance from the top of the barrel. or rib. In simple terms proper pitch will have both the Heel (top) and Toe (bottom) of the butt (recoil pad) fully planted into your shoulder pocket. Is the light coming on? Too little pitch and the muzzle moves goes high. We want to set up our shotgun to be fired against a brick wall. measurements will be included for distances from the top of the barrel. The reverse happens when more heel is in contact with the shoulder. too much pitch and the muzzle moves down.The Perfect Pitch
Pitch is rarely discussed but is important. to the top of the comb at the front and rear. Look over the photos and recognize the angle of the recoil pad. if the stock is fitted with a raised comb. Now if you put that zero pitch recoil pad against the curve of your shoulder. We want the least amount of muzzle movement under recoil while shooting.
Reducing the amount of drop raises the Comb of the stock and your eye along with it. as does the position of the recoil pad in relation to your shoulder up and down. what have you) to give us the point of impact we desire. As you pivot the stock the angle of the butt (pitch) changes. or have heard. Consider drop as your elevation adjustment mechanism.
a) The Pitch b) Where the recoil pad is located on your shoulder
Changes in Drop will change :
50mm drop 55mm drop 60mm drop 65mm drop
. while increasing stock drop lowers it. but how does drop alter pitch? Many 3-gun suitable shotguns come with shims and or other drop adjustment provisions. your eye (in absence of a rear sight) is your rear sight. As you probably know. These adjustments create a pivot point at the receiver/stock junction. An increase in drop lowers the stock and increases the pitch. real sights. We have discussed the effects of pitch.More Than Just A Drop
We 3-gunners make changes to stock drop in order to have our eye in line with our sights (single bead.
Nearly all Benellis and the new Remington Versa Max have interchangeable comb inserts.No Comb-Over Here
The comb on many 3-gun shotguns is a fixed section on the stock where we are supposed to maintain cheek weld. if your pellet-spreader didn’t come with this feature a little snooping around in the Brownells catalog or by clicking the link here you should get you want you need.DX or C . out of need. C .CDX . shorten their stocks without paying attention to the attendant change in eye placement. and equated it to an elevation adjustment for the rear sight.g.” rather than “into” your cheek under recoil (provided your pitch is set correctly).CSX . not to worry. We know that any change made to stock drop will also shift the height of the comb. any modification to the LOP will alter the effective comb height. Again. As a stand alone piece. We discussed the comb as part of drop. a parallel comb tends to “slide along. changes the sight picture. your eye is in the same relative position to the sights! This can be handy when shooting from difficult firing positions when getting a consistent cheek weld is all but impossible. Another feature is that they can be assembled in combination with drop. OR WHETHER IT IS EITHER TOO HIGH OR TOO LOW FOR YOU MATCHING INSTRUCTIONS: The drop change kits are identified by letter. Looking at the photos you can pick out several images where the comb slopes downward from receiver to butt. Additionally. puts your cheek in a different spot and again changes your sight picture. no matter where you make your cheek weld along the Comb. interchangeable comb inserts work to alter elevation point of aim/point of impact (POA/POI) independently from drop. there are work-arounds. to create a parallel comb. Add to that. To ensure a correct drop always match locking plates and shims that have the same letters (e. If your favorite power tool is not so equipped. A change to LOP. Again checking the photos you will see a raised Comb where the top surface is “parallel” with the barrel’s rib. The advantage to this is. Where you place your cheek. Many shooters. height adjustable combs. DX = Right Hand SX = Left Hand
biased away from
. A couple of the current popular 3-gun shotguns have a feature borrowed from the clays game. longer or shorter.
DETERMINE IF YOUR STOCK DROP FITS YOU PERFECTLY. and in turn your eye.SX).
I will then change stock settings of drop and cast (short of permanent alterations) and then test for recoil control and comfort. A magazine tube should be long enough to hold 9+1 minimum. and don’t fret about it sticking past the muzzle!
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There are no absolutes in cast settings. Now consider cast as your windage adjustment mechanism. Any offset in the stock from that centerline is called cast. Please refer to the photo showing cast.
If you have only one choke.Cast Of Characters
Cast-on. Some of the popular 3-gun pellet slingers come with adjustments for cast. cast-off. In a right-handed world cast-off has the stock biased away the shooters cheek (as seen in the photo). but rather an often over-looked but important aspect of shotgun fitting that can really improve accuracy and speed. each of these terms has an associated adjustment capability. a round faced fellow would want more cast-off to receive the same benefits. If changes in pitch are needed to improve fast follow up shots I will balance those with drop and comb height. but generally some cast-off is needed by right. I love shooting my shotguns and in every instance I find a good fitting shotgun not only adds to my pleasure.
there are no absolutes
See you on the range!
. but points to my game. Using that info I know approximately where my cheek needs to be to have my POA and POI match. A 3 dram. While a thinly faced righty might want a little cast-on to get that good sight picture. where the sights are in relation to your eye and in large measure where your shotgun’s payload impacts.5’s will get you through most any match! 21” to 26” barrels are preferred but a 28” will do. and then I shoot slugs for zero and pattern with shot. Each adjustment effects the way the gun reacts under recoil or alters how you see your sights. My “fitting” begins with LOP.eyed shooters in order to get their cheek and eye squarely behind the sights. By simply adding or removing material from the “cheek-side” of the comb you can achieve similar results. However you can effectively change cast without moving the stock on shotguns not so equipped. Cast-on would have the stock pushing the right hander’s cheek away from the center line and off of a good sight picture. The image shows the centerline of the barrel running though the stock. Then I’ll head back to the range to re-check zeros and then return to my shop for fine tuning (including permanent alterations). not a new fishing device. make it Light Modified. As we discussed earlier drop lets you set elevation. That is why you’ll find many factory shotguns set just so. It is important to adjust each of these elements in a “try and see” approach in order to receive the most benefit.
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Finally. The results were impressive. you can definitely expect to see me at the Qualifier to earn a spot back among the Pro Series shooters. Leeper did miss a match that knocked his cumulative score out of contention.Leeper Defends 3GN Junior Title
Written by Chad Adams Coming into the 2011 3GN season. “I used to be a varsity athlete in football. and after giving all of those up to be a dedicated shooter. As good as all of these young shooters have proven to be. But you will see me branch out to limited (Tactical Iron) at the non Pro Series matches. because without them I would not have had the year that I did. so this means I have one more season left to put it all on the line before I join. Leeper went on to defeat Jake Denno and JD Wilcox to win the inaugural 3GN Junior Championship Shoot-Off. Junior Shooter Magazine. in two years no junior has been as good as Cody Leeper. an arc that continued into 2012 as Denno racked up huge points in Open. “After such a great year this year. it was still a pleasing win. there was some question over who the top junior was in the game. and for his future. “I was really challenged by Jake Denno this year and had to fight to overcome his scores and get on top in the beginning. after Denno broke out to a huge lead early this year. Leeper will have to earn it back at the 3GN Pro Series Qualifier in February. Although winning the division outright through matches might not have been as suspenseful and exciting as the Shoot-Off last year. While his scores were good enough to keep him in outright.” Leeper said. and 2012 looked to be an exciting race for the honor of top 3GN Junior. of the famed Miculek-Clark family tree of shooting. Warne and FNH USA. as the Emmett (Idaho) High School senior gave up all other sports to pursue his love of competition shooting.”
i plan to join the united states air force and become a mechanical
. Leeper ran him down to defend his 3GN Junior title. Even then he is a strong competitor and was an everpresent threat to the title.” Leeper said. After a breakout season last year. Throw in Lena Miculek. as the junior shooter competed with Pro Series competitors at the highest level on his way to winning his second 3GN Junior crown. it feels absolutely amazing to have it all pay off like it has. “It was very satisfying win. Jake Denno seriously stepped up his game last year as well. However. “I plan to join the United States Air Force and become a mechanical engineer. There was the remarkable Katie Harris. Leeper has big plans for next season.” To maintain his 3GN Pro Series card. wrestling and track.” Leeper said.” Leeper’s achievement has not been without sacrifice. Then the 17-year-old became the only junior shooter to qualify for the 3GN Pro Series this season. It’s going to be all or nothing for me this coming season regardless of whether I qualify for the Pro Series or not. “But I have to thank Colt. who after less than a year in the sport went on an absolute tear last year.
and few women have accomplished as much in a shooting career as has Miculek. QUALIFIED FOR LAS VEGAS
is proof this should be an exciting first round matchup. While Harris has significant experience in the 3GN Shoot-Off format. Miculek is obviously not a newcomer. so do I think I can win it all. during the 3GN Championship in Las Vegas. an all-Miculek Lady Shoot-Off final could set up quite a memorable night for the Cheaper Than Dirt! shooters. They are really anyone’s game.” Harris comes into the Shoot-Off and will square off against number four seeded Lena Miculek. Katie Harris.
Four ladies will step under the lights and face off for the title of 3-Gun Nation Ladies Champion. “I’ve got a little score to settle with my friend Kay. Kay Miculek and Liedorff are all making return trips to the 3GN Lady Championship. who qualifies in only her first year of competitive 3-gun. her breakout season
. “As far as getting to the ‘big show. I’ve got a decent amount of experience with Shoot-Offs and thrive in that format. Harris. Dianna Liedorff and Lena Miculek qualified for this top-four 3GN Lady Shoot-Off. of Team FNH USA. The daughter of Jerry and Kay Miculek. potentially $55.” Liedorff said. where Miculek outlasted Liedorff on her way to winning the inaugural 3GN Lady Championship. heck yeah!” With Jerry Miculek in the 3GN Pro Series Shoot-Off. Kay Miculek. yeah. If the Miculeks should run the table. with the winner taking home $5. I’m excited for the rematch! I love Shoot-Offs.3GN Lady Shoot-Off Set
Written by Chad Adams
ALL-MICULEK FINAL POSSIBLE WITH KAY AND DAUGHTER. “There was a lot of energy there last year and it’s exciting to get to be a part of it. Each competitor has significant ShootOff experience. LENA.” said Liedorff.’ I’m looking forward to it.000 from Hornady.000 could be headed back to Shootout Lane in Louisiana. “So. The remaining bracket is a rematch of last year’s championship round. falling in last year’s championship to Liedorff in the first round.
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Three-gun competitions are often little more than controlled mayhem. 3-gun is a timed event and when your firearm is acting like a surly teenager and running single shot. Most of them also admitted that they had messed with their rifles. why then. Most of us know we are not going to win. I am not talking about the rifle that breaks an extractor or the shotgun that snaps a firing pin.avoiding the
how to control the factors you can prior to shooting a match
like making ammo changes last minute or modifying a gun until it refuses to run. gas. trying to “tune” them for some perceived edge in the competition. So it puzzles me when a shooter fails to control the factors they can. Murphy is always a factor. Let’s address the “modification” issue first. Why? Those who would talk with me all told the same story. hotels. You never know what will go wrong. As we all know. While photographing at a recent national match I watched shooter after shooter struggle with their guns. rain or target malfunctions to shooter problems like road-food poisoning. They freaked out about the long-range targets and let somebody talk them into switching ammo at the last minute. I am talking about dumb stuff. but I’ll bet I saw at least six shooters with rifles that malfunctioned on one long-range stage alone. From high winds. but any competitor wants to do the very best they can. time and again have I witnessed shooters with gear that doesn’t work? That’s one of the few things you can control.
. The people who build the guns know how to make them run. your scores are going to suck. entry fees and ammo you can easily drop two grand or more. That’s
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shotgun will run some oddball. shooters trying to “buy” a win by modifying equipment. obscure slug? Really? What’s wrong with all those easier to find and less expensive slugs? Surely one of them will be just as accurate and a lot more reliable.what they do for a living. In every single case I have investigated. Why? The number of shooters who can outrun the cycle rate of a Benelli when shooting at targets is so small that a retired sawmill operator could count them on the remaining fingers of one hand. That kind of perfection is what Benelli is known for. Why mess with that? Unless you are an elite shooter running in the top 1%.
that always ends badly. how can you improve that? Some claim they want it to cycle faster. Yet time and again I encounter shooters who have problems with their Benellis. Why? It already runs perfectly. it gains you nothing that is worth the risk. they have “modified” the gun. and there have been dozens. The elite guys might tweak their guns because of the infinitesimally
never make last minute changes. I have seen this phenomenon in every action shooting sport from Cowboy Action Shooting to 3-gun. I run a Benelli M2 shotgun that I have used for three complete seasons without a single non-ammo-related issue.
Read some ballistic charts. maybe? Or not. Is that worth it? The mental distraction alone can cost you another several places. It’s the same with my Sig Sauer P226 X-5 Competition pistol. but for most shooters it’s a mistake. Blaser or American Eagle FMJ 9mm ammo in 115-grain or 124-grain. The only modification was a fiber-optic front sight for my aging eyes and a shorter magazine release because I am left handed and it was in my way. don’t take them to the match the next day. The advantage a messing with that kind of reliable performance. but compared to the cost of a match it’s nothing. zero your rifle. I want a gun I can trust and not have to worry about. Put a few hundred rounds through the gun to make sure it’s going to work. They have a lot of time to work out the bugs and sponsors to supply another gun when things go wrong. 10 or 20 seconds added to your time and you just dropped five places. even if you do modify your guns. with emphasis on the word might. learn the holds for long range and stick with it! Don’t let your buddy talk you into changing. the modification your buddy saw on YouTube might gain you a second or two in your total match time.
trigger than one that cycles . I know ammo is expensive. one misfire. depending on what’s available. I would rather have a gun that goes bang every time I pull the
dirty guns run poorly
But one jam. That said. Assuming it’s done right and that it was not a bad call to start. The top.001-second faster. So where will that put you? Moving up one place. They also will not risk a major match until they trust the gun. one malfunction and now you have 5. I run Federal.small separation between first and second at their level. sponsored guys have the best gunsmiths in the world working on their guns. On the second point: Pick good ammo.
It runs. Never make last minute changes. pick good ammo. remember that! Would you run your car engine without oil? After cleaning.
“modification” unless you are an elite shooter running the top 1% it gains you nothing that is worth the risk
. run a least a magazine through each gun to make sure you put everything back in the right place. That always ends badly.I have stuck with this for two seasons because it works. but dirty guns run poorly. practice with the guns and ammo for weeks and months. My time is better spent practicing. but it’s part of shooting in a big match. When people tell me I need heavier bullets for knock down targets or a different recoil spring because the gun will run faster or whatever.
So clean and lubricate your guns before any match They are machines. American manufactured ammo that you know is accurate and will run flawlessly in your guns. I feel your pain of leaving those empty brass cases on the ground. I’m done. they require lubrication. leave them alone. You will be better served to use high-quality. After that. so deal with it. I tune them out. Also. Saving fifty bucks on ammo is not worth the heartache of blowing several stages because the cheap ammo won’t run in your gun once it gets hot and dirty. Most important. until you are absolutely certain you have all the bugs worked out. Showing up at a match with cheap imported ammo is asking for problems. Clean your guns! I know it’s cool to brag that you don’t clean.
the anti-gunners know they don’t have to face voters at least until mid-term elections.) staff met with the legal staff of the Bureau of Alcohol. Obama said that he supported a ban on “assault weapons” and implied that he supports restrictions on “cheap handguns. GunBanFacts. That tactic now appears to have run its course. Furthermore. and are starting to once again come after our guns in earnest. and was co-author of the original Clinton “assault weapons” ban in the 1990s.com.
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. Tobacco. With Obama winning a second term as president. 16 presidential debate. and supported banning “assault weapons” when he ran for the White House in 2008. so they seem to be wasting no time in pressing what they see as an advantage. Feinstein has championed gun control in her state for decades. they are just newly the NRA will once again stand in their emboldened to drop the façade and way. Obama supported banning both types of firearms and many more when he was in the Illinois legislature.Any attempt by the anti-gun elite to hide their agenda has officially gone by the wayside. and would ban sales It appears that the gun control of ‘weapons in possession.com and www. Firearms and Explosives to discuss a new and very comprehensive “assault weapons” ban. anti-gun Senator Dianne Feinstein’s (D-Calif.” As detailed on www. Feinstein’s rumored “assault weapons” bill “would ban pistol grips and ‘high‑capacity’ magazines.com article.GunBanObama.’” supporters have dropped the camouflage and have once again started working to This is not a new strategy for Feinstein further their gun control agenda. In the Oct. And and her allies. and then wait for an opportune time to act. they’ve always had. Last week. her antigun philosophy and agenda are in lockstep with President Obama’s stance on the issue. Recent electoral history had taught the gun control crowd to camouflage their intentions during the campaign season.
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and see how you measure up. Oregon. 396 shooters from seven local clubs competed and logged scores in the 3GN Club Series Pilot Program. Cody Schelhing. and the debut of 3GN Classifiers and a nationwide 3GN Club Series points race. and Austin Hecker. and Ryan Zamberlan. Like 3GN’s Outlaw Series.9% 60 . Powder River 3-Gun.84. Clubs from Oregon.39. winning a Stag Arms 3G Competition rifle. Schelhing was named the 2012 3GN Club Series Champion. By virtue of tiebreak.9% 75 .74. 3-Gun Nation extends a sincere thanks to the match directors and club competitors for their
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invaluable contribution to the formation of what we hope will spark nationwide interest in the sport of 3-gun. finished third. tied for top honors with a perfect 300 points apiece. Individual membership for 2013 is $25 per person. Kentucky. submitted stage designs. Initial 3GN Classifier Stages will come from the 3GN Pro Series Tour—you get to shoot the stages the Pros shoot. Utah. attention turns to the full launch of the 3GN Club Series.100% 84 . Competitors will earn immediate classifications upon shooting their first 3GN Classifier stage at a 3GN Club Series match. In total. a competitor’s top four 3GN Classifier scores will be used to determine classification. Utah Defensive Pistol League. Clubs signed up competitors. Indiana. of Powder River 3-Gun in Baker City. of Indiana Multi-Gun Club. With the pilot program now complete. To be eligible. This valuable data enabled 3GN to develop a baseline of what types of targets. Club shooters’ top three scores were tabulated to determine an overall cumulative 3GN Club Series score. Powder River. the 3GN Club Series debuted as a pilot program at select clubs across the country. Montana’s Last Chance Handgunners.96%
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THAT CAN KEEP
Written by Bruce Piatt
With most 3-gun matches not requiring any special power factor. I’ve won five SOF World Tactical Championships matches with just that. all I used to win five SOF World Championships and two USPSA National 3-Gun Championships is a Remington 1100 I bought in a pawn shop for $350.
A standard iron sighted AR-15. but don’t be afraid to jump in with whatever you have. the hardest step to getting involved in a new shooting discipline is the first step. Over the years I slowly added or upgraded it with better triggers. A rifle.MISCONCEPTION # 1
“I can’t afford all those tricked out guns?”
The fact of the matter is. Up until just recently when Remington Defense gave me a VersaMax. I’m here to tell you it’s nothing but applying the basics of marksmanship while negotiating the course of fire in the most efficient use of time. if you have it. Standard 115.. It started out as a box-stock AR-15. 3-Gun Nation Pro Series! They’re “runnin’ and gunnin. I would bet most of you already have the guns to attend a local 3-gun match. Naturally. IDPA. you can get started with guns you already have. is all you need. a pawn shop gun that I stuck a magazine extension on and installed a loading port button extension. If they’re not tucked away in your safe. Mini-14..or 125-grain FMJ ammunition is more than sufficient and readily available at any gun store. free floated fore-end and muzzle compensator but there’s nothing fancy about a winning gun. I’ve been in this game for a long time. How could any shooter not want to give it a try? For many. That’s right. High Power—whatever it may be. just having so much fun. Let’s look at one gun at a time: Whether it be any one of the plastic frame striker-fired pistols on the market or a single stack 1911..
Challenge. sight blades. if you have a hi-cap USPSA Limited gun. a 20” A2 configured AR-15. You’re flipping the channels one
Let’s assume that you are an average shooter in whatever discipline you may shoot. M-1A. so I’m here to give you a hand and show you just how easy and affordable it can be. etc. then partner up with a buddy and pool your gear so you both can give 3-gunning a try. any 9 mm pistol is all you need.
. USPSA. Bullseye.
Time and time again I hear people complain that they can’t afford a tricked out shotgun that’s needed in 3-gun. drop a magazine extension on and hit the range. Even if you have a pump shotgun you use for hunting. In fact.’ laughing and carrying throughout the year or are very successful in your particular discipline. While 3-gunning may look complex. Usually the targets are not difficult but the pressure we put on ourselves to “be fast” is what makes things difficult. Steel
on with each other. you’re ahead of the game. pistol and shotgun is all you need. Maybe you even travel to a couple of big matches day and what do you find . find a holster and join the fun.
experiment until you find a method that works for you. you’ve done your homework and now it’s time for your first match. buy it in bulk and stick with it. safely and efficiently. you will find your balance and will be enjoying 3-gunning firsthand. Step right up. malfunctions. Better yet. It’s important to do your homework and know what ammo will run in your shotgun. Many local clubs host monthly 3-gun matches. Buy a box or two of each brand and load until you find what consistently works in your gun. Focus on making the hits and leave “going fast” out of the equation for a while. your speed will increase. The majority of issues new shooters encounter comes from shotgun/ammo combinations. etc. Most matches require nothing but simple 3 dram. 1 1/8-ounce #7 ½ shot.
One of the biggest frustrations I see in new shooters is getting your guns to run reliable. In time. they will be eager to share their stories or maybe even let you try out their gear. Do this slowly. shotgun shell carriers. Once you find one. It’s no fun wrestling with malfunctioning guns while trying to learn a new sport. ask another shooter to let you give it a try before you make a decision. but it’s important to focus on making the hits and moving from one shooting position to the next. learn how to safely get in and out of different shooting positions. Some try to reduce their load so as to not have to deal with the added recoil. accurate shooter that needs to learn to go a little faster than a fast shooter that needs to learn how to be more accurate. In time. only to suffer gun
If you’ve followed my advice.MISCONCEPTION # 2
“I DON’T KNOW HOW TO PRACTICE FOR 3-GUN”
Hit the range and learn how to manipulate your particular gun. mag pouches. you will come to appreciate this advice. It’s easier to be a safe. Don’t be afraid to ask questions about range procedures or gear questions. wandering past the gun racks and seeing everyone’s gear. and I think you will be surprised that you will have a lot support from the range staff and fellow shooters. You’ll find a wide array of holsters.
IT’S EASIER TO BE A SAFE . as safety is more important than speed.
. you’ve gathered the gear. ACCURATE SHOOTER THAT NEEDS TO LEARN TO GO A LITTLE FASTER THAN A FAST SHOOTER THAT NEEDS TO LEARN HOW TO BE MORE ACCURATE. Believe me. Save yourself some headache and ask around to what others are using before spending your hard earned money. That’s half the fun of hitting a local match. let them know it’s your first time. Most times if you ask.
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Nobody is going to criticize you for shooting slower than others. remember that you’ve just watched the “best of the best” on “3-Gun Nation. by all means.MISCONCEPTION # 3
“I’M NOT FAST ENOUGH TO SHOOT 3-GUN”
Nonsense! Just like any action-shooting sport.” If you have that itch to give 3-Gun a try. beg or borrow whatever gear you don’t have and make it happen. you have to remain focused on competing safely and at a speed relative to your own ability. speed will come with experience. First of all. Buy. we’ve all come up through the ranks. Remember. I can guarantee you won’t regret it.”
. they’ve trained extensively and they’ve invested a lot of time perfecting their talents. we’ve all had “our first match. we’ve all been there before.” Those Pro-Card holders have the best gear. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. do whatever you can to make it happen. “It’s 3 times the guns for 3 times the fun. As a beginner.
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one would understand if the Pennsylvania law enforcement officer felt satisfied—but not Jordan. and losing a slot in Vegas and a chance $50.S. Jordan matched up against U. In 2011 he notched a pair of second place finishes at Ozark and Rocky Mountain. but once everything got worked out I never looked back. It was an opportunity I could not pass up! There was a little learning/test period for me to get accustomed to the new guns. At Fort Benning in 2010. determined to take his game to another level. where if not for a tough break on a flying clay his run against eventual winner Daniel Horner might have been dramatically different. So after an absolutely meteoric rise. Each practice had a purpose and it was not always fun!” This season brought more change for Jordan in terms of teammates. AMU’s Tyler Payne. At RM3G. his 2011 season positioning Jordan as one of the best young talents in the game. Then in last season’s 3GN Championship Shoot-Off.” Jordan said. After a breakout year in 2012. Jordan seemingly came out of nowhere to take third in Tactical Optics.
. dropping a highly competitive bout that truly could have gone either way. “After picking out a couple key points I put together a rather tough training schedule this year and stuck to it. the Grand Masterlevel pistol shooter has been on a tear.000. “These were the guys that everyone sees when they pull into a match with the big blue rig! FN offered so many opportunities and opened up the gate to other sponsors. Formally with Team Lancer.
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Jordan went back to the drawing board. Jordan switched over to Team FNH USA in 2012. ”
Since converting to 3-gun.Few competitors have been on an upward rise as steep as Greg Jordan. “Last year after some tough breaks I sat back and really analyzed where my weaknesses were. Jordan was equally impressive in the 3GN Shoot-Off. “Last year after the FN Championship I was approached by the team and offered the unbelievable opportunity to join up!” Jordan said.
effectively eliminating himself from match and 3GN Shoot-Off contention. I analyzed my performance and I felt even more relaxed. I have become good friends with Keith this year and shot with him in a couple of matches and I knew I had my work cut out. With Miculek’s legendary speed
.22. Later I studied the scores and did some math. I had never shot Pro Am before. close runs and tough matchups dating back to Fort Benning. “For whatever reason I remember pushing a little harder on this one. Then the shooting order was called. “When I looked at the scores for the first time at the lodge. “I was feeling very relaxed heading in to the ShootOff. Further examination shows Jordan arguably would have won the match outright. Georgia. after some early struggles in 2012. “After the first couple matches of the season I was ready for Pro Am. “Up until that point in the year we saw mostly bay-type stages on the Tour. it is the one with the best mental game that usually prevails. better training. a two-time 3GN Shoot-Off winner. so I did my homework. Would it have been enough to overcome the 711. Ultimately. a 3GN Championship rematch. stage 5. I wanted to win with everyone else having the match I had. However. heated up down the stretch. I never felt like I was pushing myself while shooting. As far as my match performance. every win against Daniel has been close. “I had just shot the best match of my career and I was feeling confident.” Jordan said. I felt like my stages were smooth and I was shooting clean. Jordan stepped to the line to face one of the most intimidating Shoot-Off competitors in 3-gun—Jerry Miculek. could the Army phenom have won stage 5? Absolutely. The stage that Horner DQ’d.35 advantage Jordan had over Horner? Not necessarily. “After losing to Tyler in the final 2011 Shoot-Off. where Jordan was absolutely dominating from start to finish. Daniel would have had to pick
up a stage win to take the match.” Jordan said. and long-range rifle. taking a Pro Series match win along with his first 3GN Shoot-Off victory. After I realized that initially I was upset. I couldn’t find Daniel’s name. This was the first time I had made it past the second round!” Then in the final. I was shooting well!” Jordan knocked off Garcia. but I feel that it is the best that I have shot to date. was a stage Jordan won in a time of 29. He is such a consistent force in the sport that a victory is definitely hard earned. and now with the support of arguably the most dedicated pure 3-gun team outside of Ft. I geared all my training towards harder shots with pistol and shotgun.With rededicated purpose. .03 seconds faster than Taran Butler. the tough matchups were all but a certainty with an absolutely loaded field in attendance. Once again my team was in my corner giving me advice all the way. After the first run with Keith. I was eager for the rematch.com-Rockcastle Pro-Am 3-Gun. No competitor wants to win at another’s hardship. one of the toughest outs in 3-gun.” Those results officially revealed what had been one of the most talked about developments of the match. Jordan had a history of bad breaks. Perennial favorite Daniel Horner had suffered a stage DQ.” Jordan said. I know that we all had some stages that we would like to have back and that is life. While that is totally possible with Daniel.” Jordan said. “I did not realize that he had DQ’d on a stage. I watched YouTube! I studied the stage designs and realized that it was going to be a more traditional 3-gun match. To this point in 3-gun. Benning. The thing about Shoot-Offs is that everyone that made it has the skills to win. I took some time before the event to get my mind right. Horner’s miscue isn’t the full story of how Jordan won. It all finally came together in perfect unison at the AR15.” In 3GN Shoot-Offs. Had Horner not miscued. and I drew Keith Garcia. Jordan outlasted Butler by 15 match points. I wanted the win! When the smoke cleared I had just edged him out. Jordan stepped to the line eager for a little payback. along with an entire 3GN Pro Series field. setting up a second round matchup with Tyler Payne. And right out of the gate Jordan drew Keith Garcia. Jordan.82 to 609. Following the Pro Am. to pick up his first major 3-gun win—impressive any way you cut it. it made me feel better about my performance.
this year has
helped my confidence immensely
just like everyone else. With a major match win and a 3GN Shoot-Off victory under his belt. “My mental game prevailed on the last run. I grew up watching him and could not believe that I was now shooting head-to-head against him. The last point is the key. “Jerry’s reputation speaks for itself.in the format. and I knew that if it came down to a shotgun vs. When I heard Jerry stop shooting the rifle. I will practice for every imaginable scenario and make practice as real as possible. “Of course I will have a Shoot-Off set up at my range. but the hardest to master! That will be my plan to prepare. I think that a Shoot-Off of this magnitude will be won by a shooter that possess ShootOff experience. “I had to put in some strong work on the first two guns to win. it is the cheapest to train. good shooting skills and a great mental game. I remember thinking I was in trouble. Jordan defeated Miculek in two straight bouts for the title. shotgun run. “This year has helped my confidence immensely. I was disciplined just as I planned and was able to edge out Jerry. Jordan heads to Las Vegas extremely confident and one of a few competitors labeled as a favorite to make the money. Jerry was having an issue with the shotgun. I think it will take more than just physical skill. Shooting against Jerry was something that I will always remember. I feel that when January rolls around I will be ready to win the Rumble in Vegas!”
.” Jordan said. I probably wasn’t going to fare well. When I cleared the rifle and looked right. I was playing catch-up through the pistol and the rifle.” Jordan said. This was just enough time for me to get to work. During the first run with Jerry I was in trouble right out of the
gate. Jordan knew he would need to run clean to beat one of the game’s best in a double elimination final.” Ultimately.
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For Vaught and Ray. For Dreher. “Three days of stress!” Ray said.
. who works for Samson. and often overlooked. it was his first time officially working a major match. “I anticipated a lot of work just because of the reputation of Blue Ridge.” said Brian Vaught. and any shooting is good.SAMSON SHOOTERS WORK MAJOR MATCHES ENCOURAGING NEW SHOOTERS AND GROWING 3-GUN
“Once the regular match starts you get up well before first light. all-day-long event. I never realized how much teamwork a group of ROs have to have in order to make a match like that successful. four the second. often lending a hand to match staff when needed. many of which would never have the means to otherwise compete in a major match. describing the mental drain one experiences running shooters. physically demanding match such as Blue Ridge.” “It was quite an experience to see the other side of a match. component to a successful match experience. the unsung heroes of every 3-gun match are already very hard at work.O. however. and then run shooters until dark. dedication and patience.” Team Samson’s Brian Vaught.”
As the sun first begins to light the tree line.” added Dreher. especially during a tough. briefing. an Army of boots are already marching throughout the area— carrying supplies. As most competitors are just beginning to crawl out of bed. however. if a free match fee is your only motivation to work a major match—think again.” Vaught continued. it can be a lot of fun as well. setting the stage. make it ready. it was the latest in several major matches the brothers-in-law have worked since finding 3-gun a few years ago. First you show up the day before and get an R. “For BRM3G (Blue Ridge Mountain 3-Gun) it is a five-plus-day. “As an RO. “It is a lot of work. “Non-stop. he has become an ever-present face at matches across the country. repairing targets. That can wear you out but it is shooting. eating away the pre-dawn darkness over the range. To do this requires concentration. you want to provide each and every competitor the same experience and an equal opportunity on your stage. The reward is a ‘thank you’ and handshake from the competitors as they leave your stage with a smile. Completely comprised of volunteers. get to your stage. Range Officers are the most important. but for those of us that really love this stuff. And their reward—only the toughest stage to work at this year’s Blue Ridge. Then you shoot five stages the first day. Bryan Ray and Andrew Dreher recently volunteered to RO at the 2012 Blue Ridge Mountain 3-Gun. A Range Officer’s job is quite likely the toughest gig in all of 3-gun. However. no breaks.
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” Vaught said. Instead of shooting the match on a traditional schedule. organized. and on your game. finding targets can be even more of a challenge.
then match shooting conditions surely should be. Walk throughs suffer by comparison. Throw in a tricky 180-trap during a bend in the trail. ROs are forced to cram in the entire match into an abbreviated timeframe. By
is helping them have fun shooting for the first time
the most appealing thing for me
. rocky terrain. and try to make sure everyone has a good time.This year.” Vaught said. “Safety is paramount. many times you can’t find the targets to shoot at.” If tough working conditions aren’t enough of a deterrent. More than 50 rifle rounds were required before transitioning to numerous pistol and shotgun targets. You are too rushed. Be fair and consistent as possible. the Samson volunteers drew a woods course that weaved its way well over 100 yards over uneven. and on the woods courses common at Blue Ridge. but be in control. “You just do not have the time to focus and shoot your best game. “(It) probably hurts your score. “You really have to stay awake. In a natural terrain match. alert. Be polite. and the Samson stage proved an extremely challenging one in which to run shooters. one well-covered in the stage description. there is more work to be done setting the stage and running fellow ROs.
“The difference is astounding sometimes in how a stage looks from when the ROs shoot it and halfway through the match.” Ray added.” “It’s a little different challenge.” Most shooters can surely understand the joy of helping a fellow shooter experience 3-gun for the first time. “The most appealing thing for me is helping them have fun shooting a match for the first time.” Ray continued. I love to see someone new get as big a kick out of 3-gun as I do. to amazement in a few short minutes. we shot five stages on Tuesday and four on Wednesday. tougher shooting conditions. organized. “Ever see a guy start shaking on the line before the buzzer?” Vaught continued. and the RO’s full attention. and I believe it is the job of every shooter and RO alike to do their part to make sure a brand new shooter feels comfortable.” “I think it’s great to see new shooters. alert. and with what at times can be back-breaking work. several RO teams calculated they walked or ran well over 30 miles.” Longer hours. stays safe and has a lot of fun. “That guy deserves to get his money’s worth.
. but with shotgun shells and rifle rounds. to frustration. “It can go from doubt. “Many times the ROs are the guys clearing shooting lanes to targets. and then get finished.” Vaught said. “Why on earth would anyone do it?” “To see the look on their face change as they hear the walk through. and on your game. The question begs. especially at a natural terrain match. However. “At BRM3G this year. the remaining shooters really have to hustle to get a stage reset. At Blue Ridge. ROing a major match is no picnic. shooting their match and running shooters. on the
clock. being a solid RO requires something even
you really have to stay awake. I really do enjoy seeing them do well. They will either have fun or feel stressed.” Dreher added. entire trees have been felled by gunfire and are no longer obscuring targets.the time 100 shooters have gone. not with an axe or machete. The squads are small and when one shooter is running the clock and another the scoreboard. There wasn’t any time to relax between stages for fear of losing too much daylight. shoot the stage.
lodging.more. and my hat goes off to them. to Major Outlaw match. Many times. at any level. tireless. ROs chief among them.” Ray added. etc. fortunately the attitudes are those which hook the new shooters on the sport. I feel like we owe it to them to give it our best effort at running a fair.” Vaught said.” Ray said. ammo. “They’ve paid their match fees. “It gives the RO an opportunity to have a positive impact on someone who is new to our sport. none of it happens without the immense support from volunteer match staff. Running shooters brings with it a responsibility. Dedicated. and even assistance if the rules of the match allow it for new shooters. “The competitors deserve nothing less. the attitudes of the ROs are what keeps a new shooter coming back or causes them to give up on the sport. hard-working advocates of the sport. “There are a lot of ROs that work way more events than I do. and statisticians. As an RO. offered words of encouragement. are critical in further growing 3-gun. range officers. range masters. “Without those individuals willing to be match directors. With the other ROs I’ve worked with in the past.” The fact of the matter is that 3-gun.. the risk.” Ray continued. to give their greatest attempt at shooting at the top of their game. and the responsibility. from a
local club match.” “Volunteers are the backbone of the sport. shirt. For the hours. and getting to walk the prize table is proportionate payback for the work an RO puts into a match is delusional. “None of this sport happens without volunteers. one that cannot be taken lightly. “The shooter can be greeted with a smile. to televised events on the 3GN Pro Series. there are not many who would do this out of anything but love for the sport. safe and consistent stage. The RO is often the only direct
. a box lunch. travel costs. Anyone who thinks the free match entry. volunteer match staff. there would be no matches.
“It takes a good match director to organize a good match.” Take the most creative match director.”
volunteers are the backbone of the sport
. why would they? While sponsorship still has many definitions in this sport.” Dreher said.” Ray said. Without good ROs a great match would not even be a good match. and put together a deep prize table for all the competitors—but if the ROs can’t deliver. but he has to have the backup of the ROs. it can often mean help with travel expenses. The only way to help every shooter have a great experience is to put yourself in that position.contact a shooter has with match staff and it’s the RO’s attitude that forms a lasting impression on the shooters for any given match. In most cases. then it’s still likely that most competitors will go home unhappy. “We put prizes on the tables at a lot of matches and its great. “ROs are the backbone of a match. “I appreciate the hard work of ROs at all the matches I’ve shot and want to show that appreciation by returning the favor.” Dreher added. paid slots for matches.” Sponsored shooters are not often seen working events. placing amazing stages at the greatest venue. and more. I think it makes a good impression on the new shooter and veteran competitor to see guys they know working stages. To see competitors in race shirts working a match speaks volumes about their character and their love of the sport.” “I wanted to work the match to show shooters our support. but I felt that working a match is a different level of support and I wanted to give back to the shooters that support us by spreading the word of our products.
“I want to give back to the sport that has given me so much enjoyment. it serves as a small reminder that this is a volunteer sport.
proving it’s worth in the wildest places on earth . for greater brightness. “Before the season got rolling and I was contemplating making the division switch to Limited/TI. the etched glass reticle is there to save your match. I used the same rifle setup I would have if I’d shot Tactical Optics class. the Prismatic also utilizes an etched glass reticle as well.Written by Chad Adams In 2011. Then I got lucky.
DiamondCoat 2TM has the additional advantage of providing the greatest level of abrasion resistance possible. when my brother found a Prismatic on sale at the local Gander. what the heck. or more likely when batteries die. It features an illuminated reticle with eight brightness settings. however.” said James Casanova. assisting in light transmission.” The Prismatic is constructed of 6061-T6 aircraft-grade aluminum. I tested just about every red dot that fit the application.even your most demanding 3-Gun stage. In the two seasons since. let’s give it a try.
. “Last year. with the one difference being the Leupold Prismatic instead of a magnified scope. clarity and contrast. and I figured. an ion-assist lens coating. several match wins have fallen at the hands of competitors running the Leupold Prismatic. the Tactical Iron divisions at most Outlaw 3-gun matches allowed the use of 1X optics. which sparked renewed interest in what had become a waning class. So if the illumination module should ever fail.
Exterior lens surfaces are treated with DiamondCoat 2TM.
Ultimately. one Leupold claims is the thickest main tube the company has ever built.”
MAGNIFICATION FIELD OF VIEW OBJECTIVE EYE RELIEF WEIGHT ELEVATION ADJUSTMENT RANGE WINDAGE ADJUSTMENT RANGE OVERALL LENGTH TUBE LENGTH TUBE DIAMETER MSRP
1X 83.0 (ft/100 yd) 14mm 3.6 inches 30 mm $624. the Prismatic is robust enough to stand up to 3-gun punishment. in Tactical Optics.4 inches 8. while running his Prismatic in Tactical Iron divisions at other Outlaw matches. the Prismatic is lightning fast on close-range targets yet still more than capable for long-range work with the appropriate reticle. In 2012. I liked it the best. plus you can swap the sight system back and forth between a magnified scope and the non-magnified without alternating any other aspect of the rifle.3 ozs.
5 inches 2.1x the fun from leupold
Built on a 30mm tube. Casanova shot the 3GN Pro Series.99
. “Of all the 1X options out there. Casanova is one of several 3-gunners who regularly compete in multiple divisions. since sight radius is not part of the equation. “One of the really cool things about running the Prismatic is that barrel length becomes less of an issue.” Casanova said.
a perfect 3-gun rifle ammo option?
Written by Bryce M. Towsley
Mind Altering MGM Ironman
But then as the MGM Ironman match approached this year my world was knocked off its axis. what the hell. (Which I can tell you is a huge ego booster!)
Let’s Get Technical
This ammo runs perfectly in my rifle and every time I pull the trigger it goes bang. I am a Federal guy when it comes to ammo. At my 100-yard range. so it shoots flat and carries energy well downrange. I was thinking maybe I needed to
give this ammo a chance. in spite of all my predictions of disaster. I had my holds for the close target. The Sierra Matchking bullet has a long standing and well-deserved reputation for superb accuracy. I don’t think I have left a long-range target un-hit this year. 650 and 799 yards. I am shooting faster than ever. I slapped in a magazine and took a prone position. I reluctantly ordered Federal Match ammo with 69-grain Sierra MatchKing bullets. until disaster struck. I was grinning like a kid at Christmas and two. After several sleepless nights. On the close stuff. At the Ironman.223 instead of a precision rifle.200 fps. Beat me with a club. It’s a great load. Katie Harris handed me my JP rifle. this stuff might work. and life was good. mostly with first shot hits. I shot a match a while ago with a guy who apparently had a different rifle load for every stage. all fifteen bonus targets were hit and several seconds remained on the clock.
. For as long as I have been shooting 3-gun seriously I used Federal . I didn’t bring a long-range rifle so when I finished with the pistol. How does he stand the stress? There is enough to worry about in any 3-gun match.” Life will be so much simpler. Once the velocity drops below 2. using a competition carbine in . Fast enough to draw a few compliments from some top shooters. I figured. I had that perfect load. Sierra lists the ballistic coefficient at . including some targets out to 600 yards. which happens at 214 yards.” I filled the truck the next day with steel targets and ran down to a buddy’s farm. shoots half-inch groups from my JP rifle and runs flawlessly. the JP rifle put them all in one ragged hole.305. I ain’t gonna do it. There was no 55-grain BT ammo to be found.
(That stands for Keep It Simple Stupid)
For example. When I was done. It handles long-range targets well and making me switch ammo would be as tough as nails. the BC goes up to . I smacked all the long-range match targets. I don’t care. The bullet exits my gun’s 18-inch barrel at 2. As far as I know I am the only competitor to do that this year. At that velocity.317.When it comes to gear for 3-gun shooting I am a huge believer in the KISS principle. One field was open enough to shoot and I worked out the scope dope to 550 yards. so why complicate things with multiple ammo products? My philosophy is “find one load and use it for everything. One. I even found I had enough time on the clock left to have a go at the longrange bonus targets. The bonus targets were five hits each at 550. “Pay attention dummy.756 feet per second. As I walked back up the hill to the starting line there were two things happening. Maybe I can hit that one a few times before the buzzer ended my misery.223 Remington ammo with 55-grain Ballistic Tip bullets. As I looked at the target the little voice in my head was saying. hoping the wet spring meant he had not planted any corn yet. After several more matches.
I cannot detect a measurable difference from my old 55-grain
loads. and because of it I think I have found a new “perfect” rifle ammo load for 3-gun. I could hit the target every time and maintain about an MOA group. That works out to a 3. I like to think that even at my age I can learn and grow. When hosing the close targets there is no perceivable recoil difference from the 55-grain bullets. After a dozen or so matches.
Sierra MatchKing BTHP
PRODUCT SPECS FEDERAL 69 GRAIN 223 REM
223 REM.000 yards at the Sig Sauer Academy range. This bullet shoots slightly flatter than the Federal 77-grain Sierra load.333 foot pounds
i think i have found
a new “perfect” rifle ammo
load for 3-gun
. Recently I shot it at 1.223 load is great. While the 77-grain has a slight advantage in retained energy. I’ve had an epiphany.223 bullets. Once I learned the hold. It maintains that stability for ultra-long-range accuracy. With a 200-yard zero it impacts three inches higher at 400 yards. but this 69-grain Matchking . But that is not true with the ultra-heavy .950 fps
1.7% increase. I have never encountered a knock down or flash target that didn’t activate with this 69-grain bullet. big whoop. This proves that the bullet is remaining stable even at that extreme distance. My old 55-grain Federal ammo was good. You can’t say that with the heavy 75-grain and up bullets.The 69-grain bullet stabilizes well in my rifle’s 1:8 twist and does just as well in the common 1:9 twist rate rifles. they kick more. With the 69-grain. there is only eighteen foot-pounds difference at 400 yards.
zero-failure independent test by Colt Defense in 2012. It also ran flawlessly in multiple rifle platforms with various sighting systems employed. The Tac-Ops-1 is CNC machined from aircraft grade Alcoa 7075 T6 billet aluminum and manufactured in an ISO-9001 rated facility—this is a product designed for hard military use. operating a Mil-Spec charging handle and running the bolt can be challenging. long-range precision. according to MechArmor. and the explosion in popularity in the last decade has seen an equal rise in the aftermarket accessories now available. you must be able to perform manual of arms on the clock.. and a multitude of unconventional shooting positions.and mecharmor defense systems introducing tac-ops-1 charging handle
I’m a firm believer that the AR15/M16 is the finest rifle system ever devised. To play at all. Luckily. that does not mean the platform is without shortcomings. for more info visit mechdefense . In testing. Since most competitors are running scopes set rearward (toward the shooter) as possible. that AR (which author Bryce Towsley has long said stood for “America’s Rifle”) is extremely modular. The charging handle successfully passed a 10. The MechArmor Defense Tac-Ops-1 minimizes that difficulty and is a tremendous upgrade over standard charging handles. This game requires run-and-gun shooting.000-round. An interesting upgrade is a 42-percent larger roll pin to beef up durability. While this product was designed for the tactical community. especially in regards to specific needs of the 3-gun competitor.com
Written by Chad Adams
. the MechArmor Defense Tac-Ops-1 Charging Handle. Recently one such item came across my desk. it has much crossover appeal for 3-gun shooters... However. we found the Tac-Ops-1 easier to manipulate in barricade and prone positions typical in match design today. meaning you must be able to run the bolt. But what the Tac-Ops-1 really delivers for the avid 3-gunner is versatility.
TURNER & BIRDSALL
posted monster scores to run away with the number one seed in Semi-Pro.Semi-Pro Shoot-Off Set For Vegas Rumble
Written by Chad Adams
BECKER. jumped divisions to get his points down the stretch. with the winner taking home the title of 3GN Semi-Pro Champion and $5. Kyle O’Glee finished second behind a match win at Midwest 3-Gun and a solid second place finish at Texas Mulligan Championship. Turner. AMU. Warren Becker
. with big finishes at Fallen
Four competitors will converge in Las Vegas in January to compete for the inaugural 3GN SemiPro Division Championship. two steamrolled their way through the 2012 campaign.S. Of the four competitors. O’GLEE. Rick Birdsall and Joel Turner needed every weekend in the season to crack the top four. The top four competitors qualified out of 113 shooters that logged scores at 3GN partner matches and were signed up to compete in the 3GN Semi-Pro Series. who is in his first season shooting with the U. while it took the final weekend for the final two spots in the 3GN Semi-Pro Shoot-Off to be claimed.000 from DoubleStar. including a match win at MGM Ironman and a second place finish in Tactical Iron at Northwest Multigun Challenge.
Brethren in Heavy Metal Optics and Blue Ridge in Heavy Metal to move more than 20 spots into the top four. Augustine.com/news/20132014_3gn_pro_series_tour_set.TO COMPETE FOR $5. At the Qualifier.” In the first round. Fla.3gunnation. top 3GN Semi-Pros. I knew I had to bear down and get in. the big move was made at Blue Ridge where his second place finish earned him 99 series points to propel him into the final slot. 9 in St. For Pro Series Tour details. The winners will advance to the Championship round.” Birdsall said. will square off against the three seed. go to http://www. taking home a $5. Turner. Divisional finalists. For Birdsall. “Initially I just hoped to make into the top 25 to make it into the invitational. It’s a great chance to compete against some of the best up and coming shooters in the sport. It’s a great chance to get accustomed to the Pro Series in Vegas. O’Glee. The four finalists are also among the top 25 3GN Semi-Pro competitors who have earned an invitation to the 3GN Pro Series Qualifier Match Feb.
i knew i had to bear down and get in
. In the opposing bracket. along with Pros from the 2012 Tour.000 payday from DoubleStar Corporation. the fourth-seeded Birdsall will take on the top seed. will battle for 16 slots in the 2013-2014 3GN Pro Series Tour. the second seed. It’s a really exciting opportunity. where the winner will claim the title of 3GN Semi-Pro Champion. Becker. “But when the opportunity presented itself (to make the Shoot-Off).
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Written by Chris Anderson Loki Weapons Systems 2011 Ozark 3-Gun Championships - I am shooting Tac Irons and having a very good match. I feel I am setting myself up for a chance at the 3-Gun Nation ShootOff. While I am shooting our second-to-last stage, my shotgun bolt locks back when finishing a target array in the high-speed portion of a stage. I ground it in a barrel and transition to my pistol and finish the stage with what I feel is a very competitive time. I stop, show clear, and holster with a smile on my face. Then, in my peripheral vision, I see a crowd of people standing around my shotgun. I think to myself that empty shotguns should not be that interesting. I know my safety is not engaged … I grounded the gun in a hurry to save time thinking it was empty … so now I am worried that there is a round in the gun. I arrive to find that a live round is still sitting on the lifter. Stage DQ. 100 points down the drain, and I drop in the overall standings like a rock. The saying goes that there are two kinds of people: those who have been disqualified in a match and those who will be. Ask anyone who has been in the action shooting sports very long and they will tell you a story (or stories) about when they have been DQ’d. It is hard to handle—even at a local match. You beat yourself up, thinking about all of the things you could or should have done differently, and all of your squad mates struggle with how to interact with you after it happens. You have
nothing you can do is going to make it not sting
just wasted an entire day or possibly weekend, and potentially a lot of money on a match that has basically turned into a really expensive practice session. Nothing you can do is going to make it not sting. But in my experience I believe there are a few ways you can grow from the experience as a shooter if it ever happens to you. A couple of years ago, my friend Phil Strader sent me a video of him shooting a major pistol match in Houston. An RO stopped him for violating the 180-degree rule with his muzzle and he was DQ’d from the match. My first reaction after seeing the video was “Wow, that was a questionable call.” But then my second was: “Man, if I ever get DQ’d, I want to handle it with that much grace and professionalism.” Phil disagreed with the call and calmly made it known. But he also knew the rules of the match and gracefully accepted his fate with a smile and was courteous to the range official. Phil is the consummate pro, and it really showed that day. That really stuck with me. A few months later at the Area 3 Pistol match, I had almost the exact same thing happen to me two stages into the match. I did my best to handle myself in the
same way, knowing what I had done. I then had the entire weekend in Nebraska to think about how best to get your mind around a DQ. I put together a few ideas on how best to hit the reset button in the event of a DQ disaster. I am not saying that you should plan to fail, but it certainly doesn’t hurt to think about how you would handle yourself if it ever happens to you. 3-Gun is all about managing problems, and how you manage those issues has a direct impact on how you finish.
At the end of the day whatever happened is probably YOUR fault. In the moment it might be easy to lose it and blame everyone within a 30-foot radius. Keep in mind that the range officers and match directors are volunteers and treat them with courtesy regardless of whether you agree or disagree with their call. Keep your cool and stay courteous. You will always get further that way.
Show Integrity and Stay Positive
Your match may be over, but something you may not think about in the moment is that your throwing a fit may
i took a deep breath and got back out on the stage as quickly as i could to set steel
affect your friends’/squad mates’ ability to stay focused and perform at their best, and that is not fair to them. Be the first person out to reset targets after the next shooter. Keep a smile and a positive attitude. Nothing you can do will change what has already happened. The faster you start letting yourself have fun again, the quicker you will bounce back, and everyone present will respect you more for it.
things. Then I took a deep breath and got back out on the stage as quickly as I could to set steel. I also did my best to help friends break down the stage that were still trying to finish strong. If you compete in this sport for very long I can promise that eventually you will have to have this same conversation with yourself. Just remember: Everyone chokes, what makes you a winner is how you respond.
Use the Experience to Get Better
Incorporate the mistake you made into your training routine. Ask yourself what went wrong. How can you avoid that mistake in the future? What can you change about your technique to make problems like these less likely? I personally now walk stages with more intensity, and confer with range officers before shooting a stage with questionable shooting positions. I also ground my shotgun a little differently.
Help Your Squad Mates If It Happens to Them
The majority of disqualifications occur with new shooters. At this year’s Fallen Brethren match one of my squad mates was shooting his first major 3-gun match and grounded his rifle off-safe and was DQ’d from the entire match two stages in. He was understandably very upset with himself, and a little upset at the sport in general. I think times like these are where it is important for experienced guys to step in, be an ambassador for the sport and help the new shooter handle the DQ. Don’t let a bad experience like that ruin someone forever on the sport. I spent a lot of time talking to him and sharing stories about the time it happened to me, and also explaining why it is so important that the rules regarding certain safety issues are harsh. Whether you are dealing with a beginner or a seasoned pro, being a friend to them can help them turn the thing positive more quickly. After that Ozark stage DQ, I took a moment to myself as I was putting my guns away and reflected on all these
Admit it ... you’re thinking that a DQ doesn’t sound half bad right now.
practice more.Cazin Wins 3GN Amatuer Division
Written by Chad Adams
MINNESOTA LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER FINISHES SEASON STRONG TO WIN TITLE
I also shot some Heavy division this fall.77
i think i settled in a bit
ANTHONY RABORN JOHN BROWNING AARON HAYES DALE AVERKAMP JASON CARILLO BETHANY HARRIS CRAIG NORDGREN
. Anthony Raborn and John Browning. Piatt and Jordan figure large in the history and current hierarchy of the sport. “I’m happy that my practice and persistence has paid off. including Cazin.84 201.96 202.78 190. the 3GN Amateur title could be a building block on cementing his name among other top cops in the game someday. and hopefully catch someone’s eye for a sponsorship. winning $5.85 207. ultimately it was Cazin who passed Deno to take the title. “The first few matches I shot I had a few train wreck stages that really hurt. Hopefully I can keep the momentum rolling into the 2013 season and climb the ladder in the SemiPro series.000 from Hornady. Cazin said.” Cazin joins a long list of law enforcement officers who excel in 3-gun—names like Garcia. Denno raced out to a big lead early in the season. The shooting and mental rust took longer to knock off than I had hoped.”
In a race that came down to the season’s final events. putting up gaudy numbers shooting in the Open division. so I think that the limited round capacity forced me to slow down and make some good hits instead of running the trigger like a two-stroke motor on race gas.47 231.33 248. whereupon several competitors began running him down.” Cazin said. While the field edged closer.81 212. Michael Atha. Minnesota’s Chris Cazin ran down the field and passed junior Jake Denno to take the 2012 3-Gun Nation Amateur Division. For Cazin. My goals for 2013 are to practice and be more consistent with my scores. putting up solid performances down the stretch of the 2012 season.
SHOOTER CHRIS CAZIN JAKE DENNO MICHAEL ATHA
248. But then an injury sidelined Denno for much of the second half of the 3-gun season.72 192. “It’s an awesome feeling that an everyday street cop from the Northwoods of Minnesota can come out on top. Denno routinely was scoring above 70-percent or better of veterans such as Jerry Miculek.19 239. “I think I settled in a little bit during the tail end of the season.
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