Target systems for today's Airsoft competitors offer actions and sound

Targets under consideration for NRA's .22 and Airsoft 3-gun events

Fairfax, Virginia - Sam and Andy begin a long trip today. Ten hours to be exact. Ten hours down I-85 from Fairfax, Virginia to Marietta, Georgia for the NRA's first official Airsoft 3-Gun event. Hosted by the good folks at the SAS Black Ops Range, the day is divided into two three hour segments; one at 2:00 and the other at 6:00. They'll be traveling with plenty of baggage too. Airsoft guns, Airsoft plans and Airsoft targets.

"We had a pretty good idea where we were going with the guns," said NRA Recreational Shooting Specialist Andy Lander. "It's the targets that provided the real challenge."

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SAS Black Ops hosting first NRA Airsoft 3-Gun event in 13,000 square foot arena

NRA Staffer shooting the shotgun phase of an Airsoft 3-gun event at NRA Headquarters

Fairfax, Virginia – When we told you that NRA Sports was developing a 3-Gun event for Airsoft shooters, competitions weren't expected to kick off until the Fall. Leave it to Sam and Andy to shatter those expectations.

"Our first event is going to be next weekend at the SAS Black Ops Airsoft Arena in Marietta, Georgia," said NRA Recreational Shooting Specialist Andy Lander. "Two sessions, one day, a whole lot of 3-gun."

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From Hornady Manufacturing - Patriots Assemble!

Hornady announces Zombies in the Heartland tournament “Patriots Assemble!” is the rally cry as Zombie hunters are called to register for Zombies in the Heartland – Pandemic 2013, May 31 through June 2, 2013 at the Heartland Public Shooting Park in Grand Island, Nebraska. Hornady® is the premiere sponsor of the second annual 3-gun event, along with the Nebraska Army National Guard. Registration is limited, and begins April 2, 2013 at 5 p.m. using this online registration form.

Back by popular demand, the match will feature 10 competitive stages, and five sidematch stages. Event sponsors will provide new and reactive zombie targets developed specifically for this match, with most targets falling over, moving, or exploding. Shooters will be required to compete with pistol, rifle and shotgun. For a complete list of rules/equipment requirements, please go to the Zombie Guide aka Rules and Regulations.

"Shooters are encouraged to bring their ARs, AKs, shotguns, pistols and all the high capacity magazines they can carry, because this event will test their skills," said Neil Davies, Marketing Director for Hornady® Manufacturing. "With a fun, challenging course of fire and another outstanding prize table, Pandemic 2013 promises to attract shooters from all over the country." For complete event information, visit or follow on Facebook.

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From Crimson Trace - CTC To Hold 2nd Annual Midnight 3 Gun Invitational

Crimson Trace 2nd annual 3-Gun Invitational

Wilsonville, Oregon - Crimson Trace, the leading brand of laser sighting systems for personal protection firearms, announces the return of the most talked about shooting match in the industry: The Midnight 3 Gun Invitational (M3GI). Taking place in complete darkness over two nights, August 16th & 17th, in the high desert of Central Oregon, the 2013 M3GI is poised to once again raise the bar for shooting events in the United States by utilizing lasers and lights to challenge even the most experienced competitors. Event registration is by invitation only - beginning April 2nd, 2013.

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3-Gun and 3-GAS (Guns from Air Soft) practice run at NRA Headquarters

American Hunter's John Draper starts the NRA 3-gun course with a .22 rifle

Fairfax, Virginia - Let's say you're thinking about 3-gun. You've watched the competitions, read the articles, seen the YouTube clips ... you're a fan. But that's not enough. Eventually, you're going to want to move from the fan to the competitor zone. But how?

The NRA will have an answer to that soon.

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Horman experiences Midnight 3-gun for American Rifleman

Crimson Trace Midnight 3-gun Invitational If you haven't already, odds are that you're thinking about trying 3-gun. But have you ever thought about trying it at night? B. Gil Horman did just that for American Rifleman.

Don't Fear the Darkness
The Crimson Trace Midnight 3-gun Invitational was held at night with lights and lasers.

I was on vacation with my family in Yellowstone National Park this year when I received an unexpected phone call. It was Iain Harrison with Crimson Trace Corp. You might have heard of him. He’s that popular guy with an accent who won the first season of the TV competition series “Top Shot.” He was calling to see if I would like to participate in the first Crimson Trace Midnight 3-Gun Invitational shooting match.

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NRAblog Rewind remembers meet with 3-Gun competitor Bryan Ray

Byran Ray 3-Gun Nation
Photo courtesy of 3-Gun Nation
A couple of years ago, we spoke with 3-gunner Bryan Ray about his success at the Ft. Benning 3-Gun Challenge. Here's a look back:

Ft. Benning, Georgia - Last weekend, top 3-gun competitors from across the nation descended upon Columbus, Georgia for the Ft. Benning 3-Gun Challenge. Known as one of the country's most challenging and exciting 3-gun competitions, this match is designed and run by the Army Marksmanship Unit's Action Shooting Team.

While there, we had a chance to sit down with newcomer Bryan Ray.

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First Club Champion Challenge for Tropical Sport Shooting Association takes place in Florida

NRA's first Club Champion Challenge at the Tropical Sport Shooting Association

Ft. Lauderdale, Florida - An NRA Club Champion Challenge took place this month at the Tropical Sport Shooting Association (TSSA) in Ft. Lauderdale. Known as south Florida’s largest defensive shooting club, the competition took place at the Markham Park Target Range in Weston, Florida.

"It's a fun and exciting way for shooters to find out who's the best shot in the club," said NRA Competitive Shooting's John Parker. "The Club Champion Challenge includes all ages, skill levels and best of all ... the awards are provided by the NRA."

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Teen 3-Gunner Katie Harris from Taylorsville, Georgia, sponsored by Benelli USA

On NRAblog Rewind, we take a look at people and events that occurred around this time over the past few years. Like Katie here.

Around two years ago this week, NRAblog introduced you to 3-gunner Katie Harris.

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