Kentucky 3-Gunner and match director of the Rock Hard Bruce Davidson is on the show to discuss the match and announce a partnership with several other matches to create the Hard as Hell Series and points race. Bruce has extensive experience in running events including the world's largest "toy airplane" event, "The Bruce," that he holds at his farm. Bruce tells us how he uses this experience to engage his shooters for the entire weekend including holding several side matches that raise funds for Mission 22.
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.|
Special Field Correspondent Adam Maxwell worked hard to get a 3-Gun Nation Regional in his home state of Minnesota and it came to fruition in the 2017 3GN Midwest Regional. Adam points out in this Match Recon that a 3GN match is now it's own flavor of match and tells us why.
We also get a little behind the scenes on the logistics and coordination that it takes to get a 3GN match on your range plus the coolest parts of the 3GN RO class.
This Match Recon was recorded months before several of the key players at 3GN split off into the new venture of Strategic Match Design (SMD) so it is interesting to hear the dynamic presented in Minnesota.
|Match||3GN Midwest regional|
|Location||Forest Lake Sportman's Club|
|Total Time or Points Match?||Total Time|
|PractiScore?||Yes plus Range Log|
|*Divisions, Winners||Practical- Greg Jordan|
|Factory- Rick Birdsall|
|Heavy- Jay Carrilo|
|Optics PCC- Rob Romero|
|*Other opportunities||Shotgun Speed Shoot|
|Match Flavor||3 Gun Nation- Athletic, sharp, and colorful|
|Terrain||Bays/Exploited Terrain features|
|Skillz Utilized||Stage Chess|
|Farthest Shot and/or # of long range targets||365 yards|
|Logistics||3GN has this down to a science|
|Venue||30min from Minneapolis Airport, 2 miles off I-35|
|Pre-Communication||3GN has this down too. Standardized format with round count and ranges|
|Staff||Staff always gets a lot of mixed reviews- Mix of Local and Traveling 3GN RO's|
|Fun factor||Hammer down, high speed, high energy|
|Funny things that happen at the match.||N/A|
Missouri has a lot of great 3-Gun happening and this Match Recon takes us to the Missouri 3-Gun Championship put on by Tooth and Nail Armory. Adam Maxwell is back as special field correspondent and he tells us everything to expect when you shoot the MO 3 Gun Champs, how to prepare, how to practice and even gives us some pro tips on reviewing the rule book when you shoot a major match.
As usual we hear some good match shenanigans and this time we find out why Adam doesn't like one-gun stages.
|Match||Tooth and Nail Missouri 3-Gun Championship|
|Total Time or Points Match?||Time Plus Points|
|Rule Set||Lead Farm 3G rules|
|Tac-Ops - Nate Staskiwicz|
|Tac-Iron - Justin Morris|
|Open - Jerry Miculek|
|Heavy - Chris Cazin|
|Skillz Utilized||Tricky memorization stages, Tough long range arrays, Jungle Runs/Multiple bays|
|Terrain||A mix of both- A few ravine runs, a few open back bay stages|
|Match Flavor||Precision- there were either hard shots or you had to hit your spots|
|Fun factor||Not a fan of 3-single gun stages, but Tooth and Nail does come up with some creative targets|
|Farthest Shot and/or # of long range targets||650- approximately 10 long range targets across 2-3 stages|
|Logistics||Less is more...the logisitcs of check in and scoring were pretty low key so they were kind of out of sight out of mind|
|Funny things that happen at the match.||The pick-up incident|
|Venue||Venue is in the middle of nowhere, lodging and dinning options are not terribly awesome. The range itself is pretty nice with lots of potential from a shooting standpoint.|
|Pre-Communication||On point, pertinent information was relayed in a timely fashion.|