Special Field Correspondent Bryan Ray shot a really cool match recently, the Firearms Industry Team Challenge. This match is quite the departure from what we ordinarily cover here on The 3-Gun Show and it is a follow-up to the interview I did with David Power about the Industry Choice Awards back in Episode 130. Many of the shooters, personalities and manufacturers that we know from 3-Gun were involved in this match at the Rockcastle Shooting Center and based on Bryan's Recon it is easy to see why.
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|Match||Firearms Industry Team Challenge|
|Location||Rockcastle Shooting Center|
|Total Time or Points Match?||Points|
|Rule Set||Stage specific|
|PractiScore?||But of course! Results not published other than top 3 teams|
|*Number Shooters||Approx 90|
|*Divisions, Winners||Industry - Trijicon (Also High Overall)|
|Pro - Rockcastle Shooting Center|
|*Other opportunities||Golf scramble on Saturday afternoon, side match to benefit the Junior Heritage 2A camps, side match to benefit Freedom Hunters using bows and aerial targets.|
|Reception at Bowling Green Hot Rods minor league baseball stadium (game in progress during reception) BBQ at the lodge Friday night with a kick ass band playing in the parking lot, awards banquet Saturday night (opportunity to show off my pretty lady)|
|Match Flavor||4 man team event with all equipment provided by the manufacturers whom participated in the Industry Choice Awards, to test marksmanship and teamwork in multiple shooting disciplines. |
This match is designed as a networking and social gathering for industry professionals, but they opened registration for “Pro” teams too.
|Skillz Utilized||Team work, ability to perform with stage guns, ability to quickly identify where a pick up gun is zeroed and correct.|
|Farthest Shot and/or # of long range targets||450 yards with a 6.5CM gas gun. 450 yards with a .308 gas gun, approx 250 yards with a 30-06 bolt gun, approx 15 targets from 100 to 200 with other bolt and gas guns|
|Logistics||Check-in was a 2 minute process of signing the waiver and receiving a schedule and coozie from Canik|
|Venue||Rock! All stages accessible even if it had rained. Golf carts provided for the sporting clays stage, 3D archery targets with steel “kill zones”|
|Pre-Communication||Schedules posted on-line well before the match. Schedules and reminders communicated via email prior to the match. Schedules, stage maps, etc posted at the lodge.|
|Staff||Most were experienced Ros from major and local 3 gun matches. Mark Roth of RCI was one of them.|
|Fun factor||Between team work, pick-up guns and ammo, heckling, and coaching- this match was a blast. A little heartburn on long range target misses, (never really know how well a rifle is zeroed when you aren't the one that zeroed it) It's a great opportunity for me to shoot some types of competitions I never do- (5 stand, sporting clays)|
|Funny things that happen at the match.||All the typical shenanigans that happen at Rockcastle in the parking lot after a day's shooting.|