Nine months in to his rookie year on the Army Marksmanship Unit, Private Nate Staskiewicz joins us on the podcast to talk about the recruiting experience and what the first few months were like and how he adjusted.
We also get into some of the lesser known benefits and resources that the Unit has to support their shooting, why Nate has been shooting Limited Division instead of his regular Tac-Optics and how the 3-Gun Team decides which divisions they compete in.
Thanks for listening! Thank you to Nate for being an awesome guest on the podcast!
I’m really pumped to have Greg Jordan back on the podcast. Greg was kind enough to be the very first guest on the 3-Gun show back in April of 2015 and in this podcast we go much deeper into Greg's practice and stage breakdown routines.
Greg is all about putting in the work and has a simple method for ensuring that he is improving and staying sharp.
Greg has seen a lot of change in the decade that he has been shooting competitively and we discuss where the shooting sports have been, where they are and where they're going.
Thanks for listening! Thank you to Greg for always being such a great guest on the podcast!
Garrett Grover of Rise Armament is on the podcast this week and while we do discuss the details of what he does at Rise and how the company is growing in what many consider a Bear market for firearms, the meat of our topic is how competitive shooting helped Garrett with his transition back to civilian life when he came back from Afghanistan.
Garrett really opens up here, talking about the friends he lost, how much his fellow soldiers meant to him and what the dynamic is like when you’re in war. This was a very touching interview and really helped me as someone who has never served to understand the camaraderie that folks who protect our nation feel for one another and how that transition back to civilian life can be very challenging. Garrett credits competitive shooting with giving him purpose and helping with that transition.
Thanks for listening! Thank you to Garrett for being a such an awesome guest on the podcast!
Former Olympic biathlete Tracy Barnes is on the show to tell us about her journey into 3 Gun and how her competitive background had prepared her to compete in practical shooting. Tracy gives a lot of tactical advice on how to up your performance including how to maintain your mental focus to avoid penalties when there is a giant crowd of Germans screaming at you, controlling your breathing and other aspects of your physical body and putting together a training plan for success.
Then we get into a new project that Tracy has been working on, Check Outside, which gives you the resources to try out expensive 3-Gun, hunting and outdoor gear before you make a buying decision. This ensures you get the best product that fits you and your game.
Thanks for listening! Thank you to Tracy for being a great guest on the podcast!
Have you ever forgotten to make book a hotel room, apply sunscreen or bring your ammo to a match? I've definitely done all of these and more but Adam Riser is on the podcast this week to help us change our ways.
Adam is a super-planner, arrives on-time or earlier and always walks stages until they're cemented in his head... Except when he forgets a target. Hey, we all make mistakes. Luckily Adam has learned from his and shares with us his methodology for planning his 3-Gun season, planning for an individual match and again for each stage.
In this interview you'll learn pro tips for flying to matches, how to mitigate burnout, managing your mental match and even Adam's method for stage planning step-by-step.
There is a lot to digest in this podcast so grab a notebook & pencil and enjoy this podcast with Adam Riser.
Thanks for listening! Thanks to Adam for always bringing great topics to the podcast!
This week's Match Recon finds us taking quite the departure from the matches and gear that we normally shoot to a 1-Gun AK match at The Rifle Dynamics Red Oktober Kalashnikov Championship at the Tactical Performance Center. ROK is a unique match as when it started it was really the only place where AK enthusiasts could come together in a competition environment. This year the match doubled.
Of course we had to go check it out and I brought 3GS Creative Consultant and Guest Host Wade Jones.
If you're shooting or want to shoot the Red Oktober Kalashnikov Championship, this podcast well help you to be prepared.
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|Match||Rifle Dynamics Red Oktober Kalashnikov Championship|
|Location||Tactical Performance Center, St. George, Utah|
|Total Time or Points Match?||Time Plus, Points|
|Rule Set||Special ROK rules|
|*Schedule||Half - Day, AM/PM, PM/AM 5 stages , 4 or 4/5|
|Open Kalash||107||Nils Jonasson||Greg Severson||John McClain|
|Armored||35||Brandon Stocker||Jimmy Holdsworth||Kenji Iwamizu|
|Heavy Kalash||78||Sam Travis||Eric France||Kyle Litzie|
|Light Kalash||26||Tim Yackley||Wes Powell||Klayton Owens|
|ComBloc||13||Scott Kurtz||Kevin Brister||Kyle Kalama|
|*Other opportunities||Lots of vendor demos, full auto stuff, supressors, dead air silencers, NG2 Defense,|
|Match Flavor - Is there a theme? Rifle heavy, shotgun heavy, etc? What sets it apart from other matches? Is there something only this match has?||Yes! One-Gun Match, AK based, give AK shooters a place to get together and compete. AFAIK this was the first of its kind and it is sprouting up complimentary matches across the country. Lots of people in costumes, communist stuff and LOTS of Adidas track suits a-la russian mob. Tons of new competitors, some gun handling was a bit scary. New guys were not big on the reset even when prompted. Made for a tiring first day.|
|Terrain - Bay stages or natural terrain? Mixture?||Mix of natural terrain and bay stages. 3 terrain, 6 bay|
|Skillz Utilized - Awkward positions, heavy focus on quad loading, offhand rifle, slugs at distance, long Pistol shots, crazy obstacles, etc||Knowing how to use an AK. One stage had 10 round mags, one had a low crawl cooper tunnel, one had a rensing tunnel, 3 stage guns - Mauser, Some communist pistol, Rifle Dynamics 5.45 AK of some sort, Flash bang. Offhand rifle for sure. Speedy USPSA-Style Stages|
|Farthest Shot and/or # of long range targets||No long range. Farthest target was 91 yards and it was a BC. Possibly a couple longer ones on stage 8.|
|Logistics- Checkin, scoring, prize table walk, etc||No check in because PractiScore. Match shirts were placed on a table Saturday night and they disappeared quickly. Scoring was good, was not updated Saturday night. About a 2 hour delay in Afternoon squad starting on Saturday. Had to toss Stage 8 due to optic mount malfunction. Prize table was random-draw. Some great prizes for division winners and possibly a couple others, didn't see any other prizes other than the top guns. RO's were given pistols by Century Arms|
|Venue - Ease of access, creative use of facility, etc||Easy to access, right off I15, Close to hotels and much more in St. George. BYOB.|
|Pre-Communication - Do you receive information about what to expect at the match or any other pertinent information||Pretty good match web site. Didn't get any emails and not much facebook activity.|
|Staff - How did the staff treat the shooters?||Staff was great. RO on stage 2 was a bit persnikity (haha, it was Ken Nelson), one stage had RO's that were a bit hurried but overall good.|
|Fun factor - Highly subjective, could hurt some feelings.||Super fun, there were some gimmicky things but the fun outweighed the gimmick, running through trenches, racing a bowling ball on a Reub Goldberg machine.|
|Funny things that happen at the match.||Dressing as 90's gangster rappers the first day, and russian mafia the second|
|Shooting same gun as Becky|
|Becky whacking her melon|
|Corinne's fanboys, Corinne's Uncle|
|Stage 9 following Tim with a camera.|
|Staying at TPC House with Ron|
Thanks for listening! Thanks to Wade driving and co-hosting the recon podcast!