Ladies, are you looking to get away after a long winter? The NRA has just vacation you're looking for - the new NRA Women's Outdoor Adventure. After being cooped up inside all winter long, this is the perfect opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors and learn how to shoot in the company of other women. Scheduled for April 30 - May 7, 2012, the NRA Women's Outdoor Adventure will be held at Park Mammoth Resort's Rockcastle Shooting Center, located in the beautiful rolling hills of Kentucky.
This event has everything you're looking for: fun, excitement, adventure, and relaxation. By day you'll enjoy heading to the range for pistol, rifle, and shotgun shooting, complete with instruction from some of the country's best shooters and instructors. You'll have the chance to try your hand at different types of competitive shooting as well; from sporting clays, to Cowboy Action shooting, and even tactical style 3-gun competition. When you're not on the range, a host of outdoor activities are on the agenda including horseback riding, a zip-line, canoeing, golf, and the chance to tour historic caves in the area.
In the evening, you'll be spending time with new friends during a wine and cheese social, watching a fashion show of hunting and outdoor apparel, listen to music froml local performers, and even enjoying a cowboy-style cookout.
Greg Jordan (in green) is just one of six new shooters joining Team FNH USA.
Team FNH USA is off to a great start in 2012. Just a few weeks ago, team members Mark Hanish and Tommy Thacker faced off in the 3-Gun Nation Finale Shoot-Off
, with Hanish taking second place and Thacker winning first place – and $50,000. The two split their winnings
and donated $20,000 to charity, helping their team start the year with a strong presence both on and off the range.
Now they’ve added even more fuel to the fire by adding six new members to their shooting team. Joining the ranks are former Top Shot contestants Chris Cerino and Ashley Spurlin. Well-known 3-gun competitors Karla Herdzik, Greg Jordan, Joe Satterfield, and Jayson Smith have also been added to the roster.
These six are joining not only Hanish and Thacker, but other top shooters including Larry Houck, Dianna Lierdorff, Erik Lund, Ken Pfau, and country music star Mark Wills.
To learn more about Team FNH USA’s newest shooters, check out 3-Gun Nation for more info and access to all things 3-gun. For more about FNH USA, visit www.fnhusa.com.
Many people go for broke in Las Vegas, but last week, Tommy Thacker raised the stakes and walked away with $50,000 - one of the biggest payouts in the history of competitive shooting. Phil Schreier brought you some initial coverage of the 3-Gun Nation Championship Finale Shoot-Off, but here's the whole story from 3-Gun Nation's Chad Adams.
What Happened in Vegas
Photo courtesy of Tim Walsh www.seanchaicom.com
LAS VEGAS - Before the largest crowd ever to watch a 3-gun match, and with the largest payday in the history of the sport on the line, eight of the country’s top 3-gunners stepped to the firing line at the Clark County Range here January 18. With the famous Las Vegas strip illuminating the desert sky as the backdrop, the sport of 3-gun formally announced its arrival to the shooting industry, major media outlets and a national television audience.
And then one team stole the show.
Team FNH USA’s Tommy Thacker defeated teammate Mark Hanish in the final round of the 3-Gun Nation Championship Finale, sponsored by Brownells, to become the 2012 3-Gun Nation Champion, winning an unprecedented $50,000 from Leupold Tactical Optics and NBC Sports Network.
3-Gun Nation's Rumble on Range highlights top multi-gun competitors in Las Vegas, Nevada
Special to NRABlog by Philip Schreier, Senior Curator, National Firearms Museum
Clark County Shooting Range, Las Vegas, NV
Las Vegas, Nevada - One of the great things about any shooting match, or shooting industry events like the SHOT Show, are the side-matches or side events. The SHOT Show is no exception and Wednesday evening at the Clark County Shooting Range, 3 Gun Nation held their "Rumble on the Range" National Championship. The $50,000 Championship was the shoot-off between 8 nationally ranked 3 Gun champions and was quite the exciting event well attended by over 450 spectators. The venue, The Clark County Shooting Range is considered to be one of the newest and finest ranges ever built in the country and offers platforms for nearly every conceivable shooting event from Sporting Clays, Cowboy Action Shooting, Mounted Cowboy Shooting and numerous others. The facility also has numerous classrooms, a cafe and a pro shop. Lights provide a well lighted range so shooting can take place well after the sun sets in the Nevada mountains. The combination of artificial light, Nevada desert and concrete berms gave the event an aura of taking place on the moon.
Next week, thousands of people from the shooting sports industry will descend upon Las Vegas for the 2012 SHOT Show, but one of the most exciting events of the week isn't taking place in the convention center - it's going to be on the range. Sanctioned by NRA Sports, the 3-Gun Nation Championship Shoot-Off Finale is scheduled for the evening of Wednesday, January 18th at the Clark County Shooting Range in Las vegas.
With 2012 underway, why not start the New Year off with a new program at your club or range? The NRA Club Champion Challenge is a fun and exciting way to do just that - and to see who is the best all-around shooter in your club or shooting organization.
Getting started couldn't be more simple - learn more about the NRA Club Champion Challenge and register your event online at www.nraclubchamp.com. NRA provides the courses of fire to choose from and even provides awards including medals and belt buckles for champions. So what are you waiting for? Start 2012 with a "bang" by holding an NRA Club Champion Challenge at your range or club!
Heading out west to the NRA Whittington Center in Raton, New Mexico is always one of the highlights of my year, so for my "honorable mentions" for top stories of 2011, I decided to go with two seperate events that took place this summer amidst the Sangre de Cristo Mountains.
I've already used the winners of the 2011 NRA Youth Hunter Education Challenge (YHEC) as my #3 story of the year, but there's one part of YHEC that everyone looks forward to - especially the participants. Although the bulk of the competition at YHEC takes place on the range or in the woods, it's the annual Tug of War that really gets the competitive juices flowing.
This year, I was able to capture it on film and watch as the teams were narrowed down to the final two team in each category. In the end, the Junior Team from Forbush, North Carolina, the ladies from New Mexico, and the Hempstead Swamp Donkeys Senior Team won their brackets, respectively, earning them Cabela's gift cards, a pretty awesome trophy, and bragging rights for the next year.
With just a few shopping days left until Christmas, I've decided to put together my top ten picks (in no particular order) of great stocking stuffers for the shooting enthusiast in your life. If none of these options will work for those hard-to-buy-for shooters on your list, I suggest you trade them in for a new friend or family member who is less picky or has better taste. If you think I've left a "must have" off the list, leave a comment so I can see what I've missed!
1. Noveske Shooting Team 3-Gun Outlaw Instructional DVD
This is a great DVD for those who are new to 3-gun competition or looking to step up their game. Jansen Jones and Rob Romero from the Noveske Shooting Team take viewers through advanced techniques for 3-gunning including transitions, shooting positions, strategy, and more. It's not the same as attending a Noveske 3-Gun Training Class, but it's the next best thing to learn from two of the country's top competitors.
It's an unprecedented cash payout - $50,000 to be exact. That's the amount of money that the winner of the 3-Gun Nation Championship will take home following the Shoot-Off Finale. All year, 3-gun competitiors have been vying to be the top-ranked shooters in their respective divisions, and in Glengary, West Virgina, the field was narrowed from the top 64 down to just 16 shooters following the FNH 3-Gun Championship earlier this month. During the first part of the 3-Gun Nation Championship Finale, those 16 were whittled down to just eight.
Eight may not seem like a narrow field, but when you're looking at Vegas odds, the chances of going home with $50,000 are pretty high. Now we know exactly who will be vying for the $50,000 in Las Vegas this coming January. Here's 3-Gun Nation's Chad Adams with an in-depth look at the shoot-off that led these eight competitors to the finale:
GLENGARY, WV – Eight competitors punched their tickets to Las Vegas for the 3-Gun Nation Championship Shoot-Off Finale by winning their elimination round match-up during the 3GN Championship Shoot-Off here Nov. 13. The winner of the 3GN Shoot-Off Finale will be awarded the title of 3GN Champion and receive an unprecedented payday—$50,000 from Leupold Tactical Optics and NBC Sports.
Tommy Thacker, Phil Strader, Jeff Cramblit, Rustin Bernskoetter, Mark Hanish, Tyler Payne, Taran Butler and Mike Voigt all qualified for the 3GN Shoot-Off Finale via wins during the elimination round.
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