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Daniel Horner is on a roll. The Army Marksmanship Unit shooter is not only dominating the pro series circuit, often leading by a full 12 seconds by the time the competition is over, but he once again took top honors at the Crimson Trace Midnight 3-Gun Invitational. I’m starting to get the feeling that we’re going to see this guy’s name on the top of every leaderboard for a long time to come. But there’s always a way around Horner’s domination of the sport: shoot in a different division. Or a different category. Which is why I can claim victory myself, winning first place among the media shooters (we told you that we [TTAG] are the best, and we meant that in more ways than one…). Make the jump for the press release from Crimson Trace . . .

Crimson Trace, the leading brand of laser sights and tactical lighting products for firearms, announces that the winner of the world’s only nighttime 3-Gun competition—the 2nd Annual Crimson Trace Midnight 3-Gun Invitational (M3GI)—is Daniel Horner. He was also the winner of the 2012 competition.

“This is one of the best run 3-Gun competitions in the country,” stated Horner, who accumulated a match score of 875, a full 11 points ahead of his closest competitor. He bested a field of nearly 150 competitors and shot his way through nine stages during the two night event. Horner also won a $10,000 first place purse because he had—and used—Crimson Trace products on all of his firearms during the competition.

Other winners included: Lena Miculek, High Lady; Wyatt Gibson, High Junior; and Nick Leghorn, 1st Place Media.

This event was captured by film crews from several sources, including: The National Shooting Sports Foundation, NRATV, Gun Talk TV, the Outdoor Channel, Shooting USA, North American Hunter and others. More than 40 media members representing many national and regional publications and websites also covered and reported on the competition and the shooters. The unique night shooting competition was held at the Central Oregon Shooting Sports Association range outside of Bend, Oregon.

M3GI sponsors include: Optics Planet, National Shooting Sports Foundation, Danner, Ergo Grip, Leupold & Stevens, FLIR, Nosler, Primary Weapons Systems, Colt Competition, Warne Scope Mounts, Leatherman, Rubber City Armory, Gemtech, FNH, Sur-Tac, Freedom Munitions, Hornady, Samson, X Products, I2 Technologies, Springer Precision, Brownells, Daniel Defense, MGM Targets, and OTIS Technology.

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    • 58th out of 144, shooting 48% of the match that Daniel Horner did, not too shabby. Daniel is a beast, so that bar is set pretty high. Most interesting is Nick’s stellar performance on Stage 8, he got 16th out of the field on that one. Props! So, if you want me to weigh in, I have. Looking forward to competing with/against Nick when he comes back to the east coast, again.

      Nick didn’t link it, but I will. If you want to see the detailed scores, check them out here:

  1. Nick, you buried the lead! Congats and all that to that Daniel Horner, but we’re a lot more interested to know that you won your division.

    The headline should have been “Nick Leghorn Wins 1st Place Media at Crimson Trace Midnight 3-Gun Invitational. Daniel Horner Also Did Well.”

  2. Nick, please tell me you also got a huge novelty check. That’s the only way to get paid!

  3. Well shot, sir! Congratulations on the win. I have a whole lot more faith in an author that can shoot.

  4. Congrats! It must have been a lot of fun to shoot at the event.

    What kind of setup is Horner using?

  5. Nick;

    My congratulations, dude! You did an AWESOME job (as well as kicking my butt). I enjoyed talking to you, and I look forward to seeing you on down the line. Again, great shooting…

    Michael B

  6. I have fired several matches with Daniel Horner and his dad some years ago when the younger was about 15 years old. He was very good then. I wish him a lot of success.

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