Last weekend I shot the 3-Gun Nation Southeast Regional Championship in Clinton, SC. The match included a variety of stage designs and terrain – everything from close-and-fast stages in bays, to a shotgun jungle run through the woods, to a 50-yard sprint up a hill. It tested the shooter’s ability to quickly blast targets at distances of three yards, and to precisely reach out and touch targets at 300 yards – sometimes within the same stage. It tested the shooter’s mental ability to break down and execute a complicated stage plan, and it also tested a shooter’s fitness . . .
The rise of the rugged, reliable zero-to-low power variable rifle scope in the last decade has been a fantastic development. Scopes like the Burris MTAC, Leupold VX-R Patrol and Bushnell SMRS can meet your aiming needs from sitting-room distances out to 300 yards and beyond. From CQB to DMR to hog and coyote hunting, they bridge the gap between red dot sights and magnifying optics. But most of them bridge that gap verrry sloooowly. And that’s where a good scope throw lever comes in . . .
For the third year in a row, I’ve been tapped to represent TTAG at the Crimson Trace Midnight 3-Gun Match. The competition is designed to highlight some of the company’s light-emitting firearms-related products. Illuminating items such as Crimson trace’s lasers, Surefire’s flashlights, and FLIR’s thermal imaging stuff. It’s a great way to try out the new gear, and I’m really looking forward to see what this year’s stages look like. But there’s an added twist: a $2,500 check for the first place finish among the members of the media. Now, remind me: who currently holds that title? . . .
A couple weeks ago I wrote a post titled You Gotta Know When to Fold ‘Em. It referenced Kenny Rogers’ famous song, The Gambler, in which he teaches a fellow train rider a valuable life lesson about knowing when to push through, and knowing when to let go. As a competitive shooter (not an operator), I suggested there are some times when things aren’t going right at the range, that it’s better just to pack up and go home. Comments ranged from supportive to critical, as I would expect. One particular comment criticized my mental game and my ability to work through adversity. Well, sir, whoever you are…this post is for you.
The following was written by Karla Herdzik and is reproduced with permission.
Last Sunday I had a practice day to get ready for the upcoming 3-Gun Nation Pro Series qualifier match. (Because I sucked juuuuuussstttt enough last year that I missed the cut and have to requalify. But that’s beside the point.) It was a rough day. I shot a match the day before and spent the night in a hotel next to some very…ahem, noisy…neighbors, so I started the day pretty much physically exhausted and just plain angry that I couldn’t sleep and had to listen to their ruckus all night long. But I pulled it together. Thanks to the graces of hot tea, bacon, and a very patient boyfriend, I got my head in the right place and we got to practicing . . .
It’s bad enough that the winter Olympics still features an event like the biathlon, combining cross country skiing and *gasp!* shooting. That can be overlooked, though, since it all happens out in the woods and who the hell really watches that anyway? But a gun – even a fake one – in figure skating? Seriously? Is nothing sacred anymore? That’s figure skating pairs team Marissa Castelli and Simon Schnapir (above) doing their James Bond-themed routine in the US championships. And yes, Schnapir is strapped. When they had the gall to repeat the performance yesterday in Sochi, the ever-watchful snarkmeisters at Twitchy wondered if little Bobby Costas would take the opportunity to lecture NBC’s audience on the shocking impropriety of it all. The real question is, how long before Shannon Watts weighs in with her patented mix of disappointment and opprobrium?
FORT BENNING, Ga. – More than 200 Soldiers from around the force competed against each other and Mother Nature at the history-making 2014 U.S. Army Small Arms Championship. Snow, ice and bone-chilling weather, combined with the highest female participation in two decades and the crowning of a five-time champ, made this year’s iteration of the Army’s premier marksmanship training event one to remember for years to come . . .
I’m not a GLOCK fan. I know they’re probably the most simple, reliable, functional handgun ever made, and I respect them for that. But I respect them from a distance. I’ve never owned one, nor have I desired to. Until I saw this muzzle-to-magwell custom G34 from Glockworx . . .
The following was written by Karla Herdzik and is reproduced with permission.
My basement is kind of a man cave. Yes, it has a washer and dryer and it’s painted pretty turquoise, but otherwise — total man cave. Across from my instruments of laundry, I keep my instruments of shooting. My workbench has stacks of targets, wrenches, optics, target pasters, and gun cleaning supplies. Underneath the workbench (and actually, at the bottom of the stairs) are veritable mountains of ammo. I also stash a piece of PVC pipe so I can work on my overhead squat form, as well as a couple of kettlebells. Seriously — total man cave, with a few small girly touches . . .
As Nick mentioned, Greg Jordan was the big winner in last night’s FNH USA 3-Gun Nation Rumble on the Range, AKA the annual 3-gun championship finals. This morning, in the Leupold booth, Sales VP Kevin Trepa presented Greg with the spoils of victory. Word among the assembled press and onlookers was that Greg already has all that newfound cash earmarked for two cases of .22LR and a venti decaf mochachino, but he was so mobbed with well-wishers we were unable to confirm that at press time.
Last night, Greg Jordan won the $50,000 top prize in the 3-Gun Nation shoot off finals. It’s the event that 3-Gun Nation shooters have been working towards all year, and we were on the scene to watch the night unfold. And man, were there some interesting moments . . .
For ages, STI has dominated the competition handgun market. If you wanted an accurate and quick pistol, they were really the only game in town. Now Dan Wesson (distributed by CZ, or owned by by CZ, I can’t remember which) has come out with a competition grade 9mm handgun in their Elite Series Chaos 9mm. The double-stacked handgun feels pretty great — crisp trigger, smooth operation, and great sights — but the MSRP is right around $4,300. Pretty steep, but then again there are people with that kind of cash to throw around.
Well, I can honestly say I was glad I walked all the way to the end of the range yesterday, because the reps from Lancer were showcasing their new 7.62 x 51 L30 modern sporting rifle. And there was no line to shoot them. Bonus! I gotta say, I love me some carbon fiber: I once dropped a grand on a Dunhill carbon fiber fountain pen, so I was positively salivating over these beautiful precision rifles . . .
The H&K competition shooting team has been using MR556 rifles all year long, but more of a hodge-podge configuration using aftermarket supplies than anything “factory fresh.” Now H&K is releasing a competition version of their MR556A1 rifle with all the bells and whistles you want… for $2,947. It’s right up there with FN’s SCAR rifle in terms of price, for comparison’s sake. There are a couple minor changes which make it “new,” mainly the muzzle brake from OSS, the keymod forend and the Magpul stock. And my pet peeve about “new” guns continues.
Ravin Perry (not pictured) is a great guy, and an amazing shooter. His teammates ain’t no slouches either. So when Ravin started hinting that Bushmaster was coming out with a custom built 3-gun rifle, I knew something good was coming. And I wasn’t disappointed. New for 2014, Bushmaster has released their 3-Gun Enhanced Rifle, and it might literally be the perfect 3-gun rifle.