Girls Gun Wild!

The 2014 shooting season closed out with a bang last weekend with the most anticipated event of the year – the inaugural Brownell’s Lady 3-Gun ProAm Challenge in Covington, GA. After months of pent-up excitement, 164 mothers, wives, daughters, girlfriends, and all the single ladies (right, Beyonce?) converged on Georgia to try their hand at […]

If You Shoot It, They Will Come

At SHOT Show this year, I heard the craziest idea I’d ever heard in my life: someone was going to host a women’s only 3-gun match, and they fully expected to sell out the 200 slots to the match. I laughed because at the time, I could name literally less than 20 women who shoot […]

Why So Serious?

At some point in the last few years, I started taking competitive shooting too seriously. When I first started shooting competitively, every weekend was something to look forward to, and even a one-day local match that didn’t count for anything got me pumped up to play! I anticipated the challenge of the stages, the time […]

Why Crossfit Makes Me a Better Shooter

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 […]

You Gotta Know When to Hold ‘Em

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’ll Never Shoot 3-Gun With Reloads Again — The Musical

Professional 3-gun shooters are a strange bunch. Point in case: making up songs about how using your buddy’s hand-loaded ammunition in a competition stage without trying it first is a very, very bad idea. Or, generally using Jayson Smith’s lightweight .40 cal loads. Anyway, Di uploaded this yesterday, and it was just too good not […]

Shooting the 2013 FNH USA 3-Gun Championship, Part 1

For the average 3-gun competitor, things run pretty seamlessly at matches. You show up, you run through the stages with the help of the range officers and then, at some point, you see the final scores and go home loaded with prizes. But for those working the event, if you want to shoot in the […]

The Psychology of the Re-Shoot

  When you’re in a shooting competition, and especially when there are guns to be won on the prize table, there are no do-overs. If you completely and totally screw up a stage, you can’t call mulligan and try it again. You’re stuck with your score. However, if something goes wrong and it’s the fault […]

The Race for the 3-Gun Nation Shoot-Off

The 3-Gun Nation Pro Series events are all individual competitions (someone leaves with a check after every meet) but they also lead up to something bigger. The culminating event is the 3-Gun Nation shoot-off held during SHOT Show week in Las Vegas every January. That’s where the 30 best competitors shoot it out against each […]

Shooting the 2013 Pro/Am, Day 3

For the final day of the competition, we only had two stages left. My chances of a good finish had already flown out the window, so all I was concerned with was not making any more drastic errors. Thankfully, the Gods of 3-gun were smiling down upon me as I stepped out onto the first […]

Shooting the 2013 Pro/Am, Day 2

The first day of the 3-gun went…okay. There were some things I wish I’d done done better (like not hitting the damned no-shoot target), but all-in-all I was doing pretty well. By the end of the second day, theough, my hopes at a strong finish would be in the dumpster . . .