3 Gun Nation Pro Series Round 1, St. Augustine, Florida
Recently, the 3-Gun Nation Pro Series kicked-off their inaugural invitational match. The organization invited the top 3-gunners from around the country to duke it out for a straight cash-payout prize. Match director Rob Romero set-up blazing fast courses with wide open shots and zero “no-shoot” targets. These stages challenged the best shooters to see who could meet the demands of the stage with the most speed. Each stage involved a 50 yard sprint which did not slow most competitors. It set the tempo for 3-gun “target shooting” to be more of an athletic sport. Cam shot the match and Ben was an RO so we decided to give two different perspectives of the match.
From a shooters perspective (Cam Thompson):
I was fortunate enough to be present as one of the top 64 3-Gun shooters selected from last season’s 3-Gun Nation points series scores and accepted the invitation to see how I stacked up against the competition. Although my squad didn’t bump into any camera crews this time, we still put down some impressive times and I was satisfied with my own performance up until I had some equipment problems with my shotgun. In this field, there was no room for mistakes, equipment malfunctions, or brain malfunctions. The match was set up to be a pure speed run with sponsors providing stage guns for each stage. Usually, these guns can cause many problems but this match was set up differently; the “stage gun” portion was not a part of the timed stage. The shooter started the timer after abandoning the provided stage gun. This new idea worked and any problems with the stage gun did not count as a penalty against the shooter. The event was exciting to watch and more importantly, it gave hundreds of spectators the opportunity to observe the sport of 3-gun and learn more about what competition shooters do.
From an RO’s Perspective (Ben Powell):
I was asked by a good friend to be a Range Officer at the match. I had never RO’d anything other than a couple local matches and was not quite sure what I was in for. I ran the long range stage along with Martin H. and Chris E. It was a very interesting and rewarding experience since, I was able to see what worked and what didn’t throughout the day. Whenever I break down a stage, I usually wondered if my time could be reduced if I tried something different but would never really know what the quickest way was to shoot the stage. After watching the best shooters run the stage, I learned a lot. 90% of the shooters shot the stage exactly the same and 5% shot it very creatively. The other 5% had problems that forced them to change their plans on the fly. Among other challenges at this match, the new “bull’s-eye” styled paper targets threw some shooters off.
Overall, the match was run smoothly. A lot of things could have gone wrong (and did) but everyone was prepared for it. The match was almost cancelled after a torrent of rain blew through the area. Fortunately, the targets were made of vinyl so the rain did not affect them. In addition to that, the match director was open to making changes during the event to speed things up. It turns out that his flexibility paid off and we ended up finishing the event just before it was too dark to shoot. What I took away from this experience is that the best shooters all do the same thing as the average competitor; just faster and with fewer shots. With a few weeks left until the Texas/ LaRue Multigun, this was a great warm-up, see you in Liberty Hill, TX!
Man it would be nice to have a playground like that!
New Aero Precision AP15 multi. caliber stripped lower receivers for AR15 type Rifles. Machined from forged 7075-T6 Aluminum. Features a mil-spec type III hard coat anodizing.
Our good friends over at the Military Arms Channel posted a review of the Gibbs US M1903A4 Springfield 30.06 Rifle. Check it out and support a great site!
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Spikes Tactical Shooting Team 2012 Season Opener!
It’s that time of the year; multigun gun season is just around the corner! It’s time to send in your applications, order your ammo, and get your gear ready. Over the next year we plan on shooting the following major multi-gun matches:
3 Gun Nation Invitational #1, March 31st in St Augustine, FL
Texas Multigun (LaRue), April 20th Liberty Hill, TX
3 Man 3 Gun Relay Event #1, May 19th in Topton, PA
3 Gun Nation Invitational #2, June 16th in Covington, GA
Rockcastle Shotgun Championship June 29th in Park City, KY
3 Man 3 Gun Relay Event #2, July 14th in Gerrardstown, WV
AR15.com Pro/Am 3-Gun Championship, August 24th in Park City, KY
FN Herstal 3-Gun Championship, September 19th in Gerrardstown, WV
Be on the look out for the after action reports and videos from these matches plus reviews, shooting tips, and videos. We encourage everyone that’s thinking of coming out to one of these shoots to do it, there’s enough fun to go around. If you run into us, introduce yourself – we’d be glad to chat with you. If you’ve got any questions about 3-Gun or other action shooting sports, feel free to ask.
The Spike’s Tactical Shooting Team
Today, we celebrate 15 years of supplying our loyal customers with many of their shooting and collecting needs! Thank you for all your business and support. We realize we cannot be successful without you! We are committed to offering superior service and products at the fairest prices possible…..again, Thank you!
New Russian Novosibirsk Cartridge Plant 9×18 Makarov ammunition. Features a 92grn full bi-metal jacket bullet, bi-metal steel case, and non-corrosive berdan primer. Packaged 50rds to a box and 1,500rds (30 boxes) to a case. While supplies last.
50rd box: $9.95ea buy here
Spike’s Tactical 16″ Mid-Length .223/5.56×45 caliber Complete Upper Receiver assembly for AR15/M16 type Rifles. This is a COMPLETE Upper receiver assembly, everything except a rear sight, and includes Spike’s Tactical Tungsten filled ST-T2 heavy recoil buffer and Magpul MOE heat shield lined handguard. You will be hard pressed to find a better deal on a quality Upper Receiver than this one.
$499.95ea Delivered! buy here
- Spike’s Tactical M4 flat top upper receiver, Machined from a 7075 T6 Mil-Spec Forging with Mil-Spec Type III Hard coat Anodized finish, T-markings, Spike’s logo and M4 feed ramps.
- Barrel is certified MIL-B-11595E CMV, M4 barrel extension, Chrome chamber and bore, 5.56mm Nato chamber, 1:7 Twist, Magnetic particle testing on every barrel, Phosphate finish.
- Government Contour barrel with mid-length gas system.
- Barrel is Phosphate finished under the .750″ F marked A2 front sight base.
- The M16 carriers are Chrome lined with a Mil-Spec phosphate finish.
- Forged Mil-Spec carrier key, Chrome lined, attached with Grade 8 hardware and Properly staked.
- HP/MP Tested Bolt, Each extractor is fitted with a Mil-Spec black insert and Mil-Spec Viton o-ring.
- Magpul MOE heat shield lined black handguards.
- A2 Flash Hider.
- Includes ST-T2 buffer.
One of the best additions to the Curio & Relic list is on its way back to AIM. The CZ82 9×18 Makarov Pistol. The perfect blend of .380 and 9mm in a very concealable, 12rd capacity handgun, available to 03 C&R Holders. All for only $209.95
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Czech CZ-82 9×18 Makarov caliber Pistols. Typical Czech quality steel construction, 12rd capacity magazine, cock and lock style safety, and a Super Accurate Polygonal rifled barrel make this pistol a steal at this price! Weight: 1.76lbs, Overall length: 6.77″. These are nice guns that will have minor finish wear.
Err, well maybe it’s a little big for the coffee table. But we only have one left so act fast!
Super Neat Semi-Automatic version of the Soviet Guryunov SG43 Belt Fed 7.62x54R Machine Gun. Built from original kits out of Poland on new US receivers. The original Goryunov was develpoed in WWII as a replacement for the Maxim, and saw service throughout the Communist world. Comes as shown with ammo can, 250 links, and carriage. Barrel 28.3″, overall 44.1″ total weight 96lbs. Packed in a wood crate, Rifle, carriage with spoked wheels and a 250rd belt and can.