They started with 32 shooters, but in the end two men faced off and one walked away with a $5,000 check. 3-Gun Nation's shoot-off took place this morning at the Rockcastle Shooting Center with 32 competitors from the Sabre Defence Blue Ridge Mountain 3-Gun Championship vying for top honors.
In a typical 3-Gun Nation shoot-off, the top eight shooters of the competition enter into the shoot-off, but due to yesterday's weather, the plans had to change as they match was call to a stop. To determine who would participate today, the top ten shooters from each stage were entered into the drawing for the 32 slots in the shoot-off.
As those 32 shooters were whittled down to just two: Taran Butler and Erik Lund. Shooting guns provided by FNH, the pair faced off is a match of speed and accuracy. First they had to shoot a rack of steel plates with a rifle, then steel targets and clays with a shotgun before ending their run with a rack of steel plates for the pistol portion. Both Lund and Butler shot with amazing speed and accuracy, but in the end, Butler was just a few seconds faster.
For his first place finish, Butler received a $5,000 check courtesy of Leupold and the chance to shoot for top honors in the 3-Gun Nation national-level shoot-off to be held at the USPSA 3-Gun Nationals in September. Shoot-offs like these will also be held at NRA-sanctioned JP Enterprises Rocky Mountain 3-Gun match at the NRA Whittington Center.
The awards ceremony for the 2010 Sabre Defence Blue Ridge Mountain 3-Gun is set to begin in a few hours, so check back later for photos from event, including the prize table with over $250,000 in prizes.