Lanny Barnes Olympian & Pro Shooter

So Many Targets In So Little Time…

Weekly Product Spotlight

Weekly Product Spotlight:
Otis DryLube
We first discovered Otis Drylube when we were competing in biathlon. It was the only cleaning and lubrication product out there that didn’t freeze when were skiing and shooting. Most oils and solvents have a tendency to break down and freeze in extreme cold. This can equal into your bolt seizing up and malfunctioning when on the clock. Otis DryLube helped ups compete with functioning firearms through three Olympics and now we use it for 3-gun. Obviously for different reason and that being that by the end of the day in a 3-gun match our firearms have seen and collected more direct than any firearm should come in contact with in a life time. Because Otis Drylube evaporates it doesn’t collect or attract dirt and won’t gum up your bolt or any moving parts.
Sabre Pepper Spray
Sabre doesn’t just make pepper spray products, they also make home security systems and products. I am constantly on the road and many of the hotels, rental houses and even when I’m staying in our RV I want to feel as safe as I do when I’m home. Sabre’s Dorm Apartment Kit not only is great for your college student, but I use it for all of the places I stay at when on the road. It comes with a door stop alarm that can be placed in front of any door and will alert you and anyone in the area when pressure is applied to the door and won’t allow the door to be opened. It also comes with a door/window alarm that can be attached to any door or window and will notify you if pressure is applied to the door/window. It also comes with a mini personal alarm that you can put on your key chain, backpack, purse, or next to your bed to help deter and attacker.
STI DVC 3-Gun
It was love at first sight. I fell in love with the STI DVC 3-Gun 9mm pistol the moment I put eyes on it. Yes, it looks that good! It also shoots and shoots well. I first had the opportunity to try it out at the Shot show in February and have been training with my new STI DVC 3-gun for a while now. It has definitely withstood the test of my rigorous training and I will now be transitioning to competing with the DVC instead of the Maurader this fall at the 3-gun Nation Nationals. It is a thing of beauty and preforms like one as well.

6 Things That Slow Us Down In 3-Gun

6 Things That Slow Us Down In Three Gun
By Tracy Barnes


Three gun is one of the most complex sports you can participate in, brining to the table three different aspects of the same sport. In shooting, regardless of what you may be pulling the trigger on, many of the fundamentals are the same, and those fundamentals and our ability to execute them help us to become top notch shooters. Working on fundamentals always helps to improve your skills. With any skill you want to be able to look at your strengths and weaknesses and see what of each is making you better or hindering you. In this post we’ll discuss the 6 top things that hinder shooters in 3 gun, and in any shooting sport.
These are the top 6 things that slow us down and cause us to have a longer par time on a stage.

The top 6 things that slow us down:

    Oh that wonderful mass of grey matter that sits between our ears! Your brain is the very thing that is your ally and your enemy all at the same time. In sports, often times it is our enemy. When I competed in biathlon I always used to say that your brain is good for only one thing when you’re competing and that’s encouragement, and that’s it. Gasp! How can your brain not be useful when you need it most? It’s simple… if you have to think about it you are already slower than you should be. If you have to think about it you are leaving yourself open to mistakes. Thinking slows us down. What we do and how we do it should be muscle memory. Muscle memory is a form of procedural memory that turns certain tasks into memory through repetition. In other words, it’s what happens when you do something so many times that you don’t need to think about it in order to do it, i.e. brushing your teeth, walking, squeezing a trigger, aiming, target acquisition. The more you practice certain skills the more they become muscle memory, memory through repetition. Practice, practice, practice! Which is a tried and true path to success. (We practice using Redwolf Airsoft pistols & Tactrainer Airsoft Targets) Once you’ve committed your skills to memory, you can run a stage without thinking. You can shut the brain off and just put the pedal to the metal, so to speak. You’ll find your best stages are the ones you don’t even remember how you shot them and how they went. You just did it and didn’t have to think about it.

    2. Misses
    This is a very obvious reason that we are slower on a stage. The more you miss the more time you have to spend making up shots or the more time that is added onto your overall time. The best way to remedy this is to try and analyze why you’re missing. We all miss for different reasons. i.e. skill level, over thinking, wind & other external factors. The key to this is to figure out why you are missing. Are you causing the miss or is it an external factor? We’d all like to blame everything on our equipment, but the simple fact of the matter is that most often
    we are the cause of the miss. My sister and I shoot JP Rifles, they are the highest quality on the market, so there’s no blaming anything, but a solid hit on them! Whether it’s a poor execution of one of the basic fundamentals, or some type of internal factor, it’s your job to figure out why you missed. Once we understand the why, we can figure out the how. The why is either external or internal. Which is it? Now, once you’ve figured that out, you can work on fixing and bettering your skills to avoid a miss all together. Misses happen, but don’t let them happen as often. Figure out the why and get down to business fixing it.

    3. Malfunctions
         How many of us get to a match, open up our Explorer gun cases and see that the dirt & carbon build up is still caked on our guns from the last match. If 3 gun were a 4x4 sport, the dirt would've a sign of some serious fun that was had. If 3 gun were some type of team sport, not cleaning our gear would be part of some superstition that helped us win the game, but in reality, we just got busy and didn't have time between matches. We went back home to the grind of every day life and our poor competition AR's and shotguns, or our race pistols got neglected. This is an almost completely unavoidable reason for being slower on a stage. Yes, some times our equipment wears down, but proper maintenance will help you avoid malfunctions altogether. Imagine match after match of no frustrating malfunctions. Pretty nice thought, huh? Now go clean your guns! (We suggest you use Otis products www.otisgun.com)
    4. Unprepared
          If we plan for stages we'll be faster and more efficient, if we don't it'll take us longer to get through them...the main reason being (going back to #1) is we'll have to think about it in order to do it. It won't be muscle memory. No stage will be complete muscle memory and match directors have seen to that when planning and designing stages, but being prepared will give your brain the proper time to analyze and prepare for a match or stage. If we are still trying to clean our guns or find where we put that extra mag we won’t be using our precious time to plan out the stage and visualize it. After all, how much did you spend on that match entry? You might as well get the most out of it.

    5. Firearms that don't fit
          If your guns don't fit you're wasting your time. Not only will you be more likely to miss, it will also take you longer to acquire the target. Your equipment needs to fit you like a glove. For example, when I draw my STI DVC 3 gun pistol my hand fits the grip perfectly and my eyes can always find the sights. If your equipment doesn't fit like a glove you'll take a longer time to find your sights, your sight alignment and the target. If you equipment isn't positioned or fit right to you you're more likely to miss because your body is working against the mechanics of the position and likely pulling your natural point of aim off the target. (Hint: a Hogue rifle or shotgun stock would help for a great fit!)

    6. Placement of equipment
           Efficiency and time go hand in hand. This is especially the case when it comes to the equipment you have on your belt or body. Where your magazines are, your shotgun shells & even where and how your rifle or shotgun is slung has a huge impact on how efficiently you reload your firearm or prepare to shoot, which ultimately effects time. I'm not going to tell you where on your belt everything should be placed, because it all depends on the type of stage you are shooting and it's even somewhat personal. I will tell you that planning out a stage also involves planning out your equipment and your belt. Being able to quickly grab a magazine or extra shot will aid you in getting through a stage quicker. Sometimes, however the most efficient position for your gear might not be the best. This may be the case if you have to shoot a certain position like prone where you could potentially lose all your shotgun shells when laying on them, or you have a stage where your rifle reloads are more important than your shotgun, so maybe your extra mag is closer to arms reach than your shotgun shells. Let's face it though, we only have so much real estate, so it is important to plan it out. If you have to think about where your equipment is on your belt that goes back to #1 and thinking too much and it also slows your entire process down. It's important also to plan out your shotgun shells. Know where you put your slugs, your bird, and your buck shot. Stages are designed to challenge your ability to adapt and adjust to different scenarios and challenges. (Hint: Try Fiocchi’s new colored and deadly accurate low recoil slugs for quick reference on your belt & solid hits!)


    I don’t like to focus on the negatives in sports, but figuring out your weaknesses and how they are slowing you down is an important key to going faster. Take some time to think and analyze what’s slowing you down and next thing you know you’ll be flying faster through stages!

    Two Lessons Learned

    Two Lesson's Learned :By Tracy Barnes

    Lesson #1:
    Don’t touch the rope!

    Being prepared for a match means you’ve practiced, you’ve cleaned and maintained your equipment and you know the rules…Rules? What rules? Exactly! The rules are numerous and there are several different sets of rules for the type of three gun match you are in. The rules are mostly put in place to ensure safety, and if not followed carefully, you’ll end up eating ice cream at the local Dairy Queen with a big old “DQ” next to your name on the results. Everyone likes ice cream, but no one likes the embarrassment and shame of a disqualification. The other half of the rules are there to keep competition fair and equal amongst all the competitors.

    During my second stage of the 3 Gun Nation Western Regionals last year I finish the stage and the RO informs me that I have 2 Procedural penalties for touching the rope. This was my first 3 Gun Nation event and in previous matches I’ve done you could lean into the rope as far as you could without falling over. Here’s my mistake…I didn’t know all of the rules for the event I was in. Penalties are costly in this game and something as simple as knowing the rules can be an easy way to avoid costly penalties.

    Lesson #2: Lube your tube.

    Coming from biathlon we used a minimal amount of lubricant on our rifles. We commonly competed in temperatures well below zero and too much lube would freeze and stop your bolt dead in it’s tracks. So, it took me a while to get used to the idea that all three of my firearms needed to be practically dripping with lube. All moving parts need to be well lubricated, especially in this game.

    The first day of competition I show up with what I thought was a well lubricated Beretta 1301 shotgun. A shotgun that has never cause me any issues. For two stages including the classifier I had several failures to feed. One of my fellow competitors who also shoots a Beretta suggested that I lube my tube. That is, lube the tube and extension that holds the shells. I wouldn’t have thought to do this, but after his suggestion I did and no more problems! So, besides the more obvious places to lubricate your shotgun, pistol, and rifle try a little lube in your tube and avoid disastrous issues before the happen.


    Weekly Product Spotlight

    Weekly Product Spotlight:
    Trijicon Binoculars
    I use Trijicon scopes on my rifle for competition and hunting, but I also use their binoculars for that as well. At competitions I use them to find long range targets out to 600 that are hard to find/see with the naked eye. I also use them to see where the bullets are hitting at that distance as well and having a clear, clean and crisp sight picture can make the difference between being able to tell where the shots are going so I can adjust when It’s my time to shoot and not getting the hits. I also use them in hunting. In the west we have wide open spaces and can see forever as they say. Having a good pair of binoculars goes a long ways in determining if an elk is an elk and a turkey is a turkey and not a stump at 500+ yards. You can see every little detail!, they are that great!
    Fiocchi Shotshells
    In 3-gun it makes a difference what shotshells you use. Because we are shooting so many and in such succession, it is important to have shells that cycle well in your shotgun and won’t have a lot of recoil. I have found that not matter what the situation, Fiocchi Shooting Dynamics Target line have never failed me. I shoot the 2 ¾” in 7.5 and 1 ounce shot. I also can’t say enough about their Low Recoil slugs. I can accurately shoot them out to 100 yards and won’t have any bruises the next day. These shells make shooting a shotgun a breeze.
    Explorer Cases/International Supply
    When it comes to traveling with a firearm, I am no stranger. But all of my experience still doesn’t make me any less nervous about the safety of my firearms until I found International Supplies Explorer Cases. Now I can fly and not worry about TSA, baggage handlers, or other unwanted fingers handing my guns when they aren’t supposed to. With 4 holes in the case for locks, incredibly hard plastic to prevent even a plane from breaking things when it runs over the case (yes this has happened), and most importantly wheels to help me get through the airport with ease when I have all the rest of my gear. I wouldn’t trust my guns in anything else when traveling!

    Blue Ridge 3-Gun Championships

    Blue Ridge Mountain 3-gun Championships
    Now this is more my kind of match! Everyone kept telling me that this was the most physical match in 3-gun and that I had to do it. After having done the other “physical” matches like Rocky Mountain and Iron Man I was excited to see what was in store. Although it didn’t leave me exhausted like a biathlon race, this match did challenge my shooting and was just as exciting as Rocky Mountain and Iron Man. I will definitely be back again next year. Despite having my rifle go down (my fault) on a heavy rifle stage, I was still able to end up 3rd lady and 40th/187 competitors.
    I am now getting ready for the SureFire Multi Gun Championships this weekend in Vegas. I’ll keep you posted on how things go.
    OTIS TECHNOLOGY
    As 2016 is slowly starting to wind down, so does the incredible journey I had with Otis Technology. I represented Otis Technology for over 13 years, 3 Olympics and now in my 3-gun Career. They are ending their Pro Staff program and focusing on other exciting things that will help their company grow. I want to give Otis a Huge THANK YOU for all the support and for helping me to become the shooter and person I am today. They are like family to me and I couldn’t have done it without them!

    Weekly Product Spotlight

    Weekly Product Spotlight-
    Shaklee Suncreen!
    Do you ever worry about Skin cancer? I think about it all the time living at high altitude and spending so much time outside in the sun. One thing that helps me expose a little skin is Shaklee’s Enfusulle Suncreen. Not only it is it Designed for all skin types, including the most sensitive skin, this patented, water resistant, oil-free sunscreen smoothes easily into your skin and absorbs quickly, without leaving a sticky residue. Soothing and moisturizing, it does not irritate the skin. Triple-patented Vital-Repair+® Complex contains antioxidant vitamins and botanicals. The formula offers broad spectrum protection and adds an extra defense against premature skin aging. Can’t beat that, so get outside lather on the sunscreen and enjoy the sun!, lubricates
    Prois
    Every woman wants to look and have clothes that fit her good no matter what she is doing. That even applies to hunting. Heaven forbid that elk looks at you and thinks wow, that lady needs to return that camo to her crazy uncle. When Tracy and I finally ditched the army navy store men’s cotton camo for Prois it was almost like the animals we were hunting just never saw us, either that or they paused long enough to admire our well fit and well-designed camo and we capitalized on their mistake. Don’t take our word for it try it out yourself and if you’re a guy then admire from a far as your wife, girlfriend, or daughter comes back into hunt camp with a turkey over her shoulder. It’s that good.
    Camelbak
    No one can have too many water bottles. A bottle from Camelbak is the perfect stocking stuffer because they come in so many different kinds, styles, colors, etc. From Insulated for your coffee (or hot chocolate), to your chill bottles that keep your iced tea cold, to your stainless steel, to your awesomely designed bottles for almost any sport and everything in-between. Hydration is so important in helping you have the energy you need to do everything in your life so why not make hydration not only convenient but cool with an awesome new Camelbak water bottle!
    Hogue Knives
    Christmas is coming up and one of my favorite stocking stuffers is a good pocket knife. Not all pocket knives are created equal and most aren’t made in the USA, but Hogue makes some of the best knives on the market. Hogue makes fixed and folding blades that are so sturdy they can be passed down from generation to generation. I’m sure Hogue knives made today will be floating around in another 1000 years. I highly recommend a Hogue knife for yourself or to give as a gift. I never leave home without chap stick, my phone or a pocket knife. Check out all of Hogue’s knives and other awesome products at www.hogueinc.com
    Trijicon Accupoint 1-6
    After a year of throwing my rifle in dump barrels and running down trails with it slung on my back during 3-gun matches I am happy to say the Trijicon Accupoint held up amazing well and didn’t lose it’s zero once. This optic has ran well for me in all different kinds of matches from long range to super-fast short range shooting. It’s quick lever helps me change the power on the move if I need to transition from close to far or far to close. Plus, it has a battery-free illuminated reticle that not only allows me to see the reticle in almost any light, but you don’t have to worry about a battery dying on your during a stage.
    RedWolf & TacTrainers Airsoft
    Why should kids have all the fun? Airsoft aren’t just for kids, they are for adults that want a real shooting training alternative that will help them improve their shooting and alow them to get the trigger time in during the snowy months this winter. I use airsoft when on the road, at night in my garage, and when the weather doesn’t permit going outside. From RedWolf’s Airsoft pistols, rifles, and shotguns to TacTrainers Airsoft Target systems, you can get everything you need to practice like a pro in your basement, garage, spare bedroom or backyard. Don’t let the kids have all the fun, check out these awesome products from Redwolf and TacTrainers!

    She Never Quit Event

    During November 1st-4th the Women’s Outdoor Media Association ran it’s 2nd annual She Never Quit Event at Melanie and Marcus Luttrel’s (the Lone Survivor) “Lazy J” Ranch down in Texas. We had over 40 ladies in attendance from all over the US that came to the event to help raise funds for widows of Navy Seals as well as learn how to shoot from some of the best female shooters in the World including Kim Rhodes, Kay & Lena Miculek, Di Muehler, Maggie Reese, Athena Lee, Cindy Noyes, JoAnna Wilson, and myself. During the 3 days at the lady J Ranch, besides shooting many different firearms including rifles, pistols, and shotguns, the ladies had the opportunity to hear stories from widows of Navy Seals, shot airsoft in low light conditions, participated in a ladies shooting, hunting, and conceal carry fashion show, and had a hayride that showed many of the exotic and other game animals on the Lady J ranch. A huge thank you to all the sponsors and participants for making this event a success!
    Next year the 3
    rd Annual will be October 10th-13th, 2017. Please let me know if you’d like to be a part of this great event!

    3-Gun Nation Nationals

    3-Gun Nation Nationals
    3-Gun Nation Nationals were stage in at the Virginia Internationals Raceway. Unfortunately, this year a hurricane swung through at the same time the match took place. Despite having to throw out 3 of the 8 stages and having less than ideal conditions, they pulled of the match and didn’t have to cancel. I ended up 5
    th place Lady and 3rd place in the Marksman division. With really short fast stages and the long ones thrown out, I felt that I found what I really need to work on… speed. I have been building my skills in a lot of areas in 3-gun and my next goal is to increase the speed to keep up with some of the top 3-gunners in the country. Can’t wait till next year!

    NRA World Shooting Championships Update

    NRA World Shooting Championships
    Once a year a majority of the best shooters in the world gather for the NRA Shooting World Championships. The event is made up of 12 different shooting disciplines and at the end of the match the best all around shooter is crowned NRA Shooting World Champion. This was my third year competing in this type of event. All of the guns and ammo are provided for the event so all the competitors are shooting the same firearms and ammo to try and level the playing field. I ended up finishing 4
    th lady and 34th overall in this event. I had some great stages and some really challenging stages that tested my ability to adapt to a shooting discipline that I wasn’t familiar with. Despite hoping for a better finish, I feel like I walk away a better more experienced shooter.

    Babes With Bullets Camp Durango

    Babes with Bullet comes to Durango
    On September 9-11th, Babes with Bullets had their first ever Ladies handgun camp in Durango at my range. Started by Deb Ferns and Kay Miculek, Babes with Bullets hosts handgun camps all over the country and has been running camps for over 12 years with over 5,000 Alumni. I was fortunate enough to come on as a Babes with Bullets instructor last year and it was an honor to be able to host a camp at my home range. We successful ran 24 ladies through the course. Next year, Babes with Bullets will return to Durango for a second time in September. If you’d like to sign up, look for the schedule to be released in November.
    I am now teaching a Babes with Bullets course in Amarillo, TX this weekend and will head home to start training for the 3-gun Nation Nationals and the Blueridge Mountain 3-gun a few weeks from now.

    Weekly Product Spotlight

    Weekly Product Spotlight:
    Trijicon AccuPoint 1-6x24
    When it comes to 3-gun, you have to have an optic that will do it all. From 15 yards to 600 yards you need an optic that can help you quickly transition from near to far and back with a clear sight picture. We had a choice when it came to optics and we choose Trijicon because of their unmatched reliability, incredible products that are made in the USA and also the incredible people behind the products. We use their AccuPoint 1-6x24 for most of our 3-gun competitions because very few scope out there on the market actually have a true 1-6 power, most will start at 1.5 and when transitioning and shooting at close range targets as fast as you can, you need that 1 power. We couldn’t be happier with our choice in optics.
    LOWA- Those must be comfortable shoes!
    I know I’m stealing a quote from Forest Gump, but we have found a shoe that has survived the Tracy and Lanny Barnes test and is very comfortable. We are harder on most products than a majority of people out there because we take them further and push them harder than anyone else. I know what you are thinking, it’s not because we are purposely trying to break them or wear them out, but because of the training we do and our stubbornness to never give up until we have reached the top or reached our goals, we truly put things to the test. Lowa boots makes a shoe called the Phoenix GTX. It has survived our test and it what we wear in a majority of our competitions.
    TacTrainers Airsoft Target systems
    How much fun is it to shoot airsoft. Well probably not as much fun unless you have some of the TacTrainers Airsoft Targets! Tracy and I use airsoft as a training tool to help us improve our shooting and also to teach others how to shoot in a controlled environment. It is a great training tool and can take the capital B out of Boring when it comes to dryfire. With targets that look and react the same as the ones you will encounter in competition, what’s not to love. You can set them up anywhere and will save you time and money if you can’t make it to the range every day to shoot.

    Rocky Mountain 3-Gun World Championships Update

    JP Rocky Mountain 3-Gun World Shoot
    My favorite match is the JP Rocky Moutain 3-gun World Championships. Not only was it our first 3-gun match 3 years ago, it is set in the southernmost part of the Rocky Mountains, it’s at altitude and it’s physical. For Tracy and I you can’t get a better combination. A lot of shooters avoid matches like this because of the physical demands, but Tracy and I jump at the opportunity. Although we don’t have to work as hard physically than when we competed in biathlon, the shooting is definitely more challenging. From shooting off of reverse stairs, to an all pistol stage with over 40 rounds running up a long gully with targets hidden at every turn, this match has it all. I (Lanny) finished 1
    st Lady in Limited scope/tac ops and finished 2nd in the ladies shoot off on the final day. Every year they have a shoot off against the top ladies, juniors, and teams. I won my first heat against Candice Horner and then narrowly missed winning the second heat against Becky Yackley. You can see the videos from the event on our facebook page, Sisters of Shooting.

    Weekly Product Spotlight

    Weekly Product Spotlight:
    Sabre Runner Pepper Gel with Hand Strap
    Safety is at the forefront of most peoples minds these days. I know that with the amount of travel and training we do; we are always thinking about how to stay safe while on the road. A lot of places around the US are becoming increasingly more gun-free zones or don’t welcome firearm carry. Tracy and I always carry Sabre Runner Pepper Gel when we are out training. Being prepared can mean the difference between avoiding a bad situation and a really bad situation that could cause you or the ones around you harm. Be prepared and carry SABRE!
    Beretta 1301
    How many rounds have you put through your favorite shotgun? Have you ever had a jam or after a certain number of rounds is it starting to break down? Tracy and I received our Beretta 1301 for 3-gun over 2 years ago. Since then we have put them to the ultimate test from 3-gun competitions and training, Sportsman team challenge events, Sporting Clay competitions, and Hunting quail, grouse, pheasants, ducks, geese, and turkeys. With over 80,000 rounds through them they are working flawlessly. It is a true testament to the quality and reliability in Beretta Firearms.
    Shaklee Snack Bar6
    Everyone is always asking Tracy and I what fuels us. We take our nutrition seriously as what you put in to your body is what you are going to get out of it. We have been relying on Shaklee since 2013 to help fuel us in biathlon and now in 3-gun. One of my favorite things to help give me a boost of energy and satisfy my hunger at the range is the Shaklee Shack Bar at only 140 calories these bars come in lots of different flavors, have 9 grams of protein, lots of electrolytes, they are all natural and gluten free. Next time you need a little snack to get you through to the next meal, don’t grab a snickers, grab a Shaklee Snack bar and your body will thank you!

    Weekly Product Spotlight

    Weekly Product Spotlight:
    Lowa Boots
    Do you ever have to stand all day on your feet with very little breaks? Often times at 3-gun matches we have to stand almost the entire day and besides shooting our stages we are always running up and down the range resetting and taping targets for our competitors. Being Olympians we have always put a lot of weight on our footwear because we know first hand how important proper footwear can be with the kind of training that we do. The first time I put my foot into a LOWA boot my foot was in love. I bought a pair of LOWA Baffin Pro for hunting and ever since then my choice in shoes has a higher standard. For 3-gun I use the LOWA Renegade because it provides support, but is comfortable enough to wear all day on the range with your feet still being happy with you at the end of the day!
    5.11 Tactical Cirrus Pants
    I have basically lived in these pants since I started 3-gun. Not only are they flexible enough to handle the fast past movement on the range, I wear them working in the yard, hiking, out to dinner… yes they not only double as a work pant, they look nice enough to wear out to dinner. They are lightweight, breathable, and stylish. They have stood up to the test and have outlasted any other pair of pants I have. The first pair of 5.11 Cirrus pants I ever received over 6 years ago I am proud to say have no holes and look as good as they did 6 years ago.
    Salute
    Want to be able to practice at home or be able to bring your own steel targets to the range without breaking your back doing it? Salute Products have some of the best steel targets on the market because of these simple reasons- the only use high quality steel, their targets are auto-resetting so you spend less time walking down range to set up, and they easily tear down so you can move them around and set them up just the way you want them. Not only do they have targets for almost every kind of shooting out there, they are incredibly good people. Steel is way more fun than paper, so get some steel today.

    3-Gun Nation Pro Series Update

    3-Gun Nation Pro Series
    On Monday I flew out to Virginia to the International Raceway to compete in the 3-Gun Nation Pro Series. After 3-gun Nation decided not to have a ladies Pro Series this year but allowed the ladies who had qualified to compete against the men, I jumped at the opportunity. Only 3 of the 12 women who had qualified for the Pro Series accepted the challenge of competing in the men’s field. This would be my first Pro Series and turned out to be an incredible learning experience. When I arrived I spent the day with the other 6 men that I would be competing against, doing interviews and practicing on the stages that we would compete on later that night. The practice alone was worth the plane trip out as I always feel that training against the best and fastest in the world will help to raise your level of skill and speed as well. Once the sun went down, the Pro Series started and it was an elimination event consisting of 3 stages where the bottom half of the competitors would be sent to an elimination round and only the top person would advance from there. In the first stage I just missed making the safe 3rd spot after a small jam on one of my firearms and didn’t have the speed to match the pistol champions in the elimination round. So that was the end of my Pro Series. I would have loved a different outcome, but I am proud to say that I toed the line with some of the best 3-gunners in the country and didn’t back down from a challenge even though most of the women in the 3-gun field backed out. I am hoping to qualify again next year for the Pro Series and with some more training and experience, I hope to beat the best regardless of whether it’s a man or woman competitor. The Pro Series will be aired this fall on TV. I will send out an update with it gets closer to the air date.
    Tame the Tower 3-gun Match
    This past weekend I competed in the Tame the Tower 3-gun Match in Virginia as well. A one stage beast, this competition consists of several hundred rounds of shooting in one long stage that starts on the big tower at the Virginia International Raceway with shooting off all sides as you head down the tower and into the field with a long run and gun through the field. I ended up 1st lady and 14th overall.