The crew from the 3-Gun Nation television series had cameras rolling throughout the competition at this past weekend's Adams Arms Ozark 3-Gun Championship, but the most exciting footage of the weekend was gathered during the 3-Gun Nation shoot-off on Sunday afternoon. Eight of the competition's top shooters where chosen to compete in the shoot-off, with a $5,000 check from Adams Arms and Samson Manufacturing on the line.
Drawn at random, the first two competitors to face-off were famed 3-gunner Taran Bulter and the AMU's Daniel Horner, still fresh off his $25,000 win at the 3-Gun Nation Championship. Known for his speed, Horner had the advantage out of the gate and won his first run, knocking Bulter out of the running.
The next pairing was seasoned shooter Kurt Miller and newcomer Bryan Ray. While Miller has been a strong presence in the world of iron sights for years, Ray recently broke onto the scene, capturing first place in the Heavy Metal class for his first win at a national-level competition. In the end, Ray was able to beat Miller after an incredible run and advanced to the semi-finals.
Up next were Clint Upchurch and Rob Romero of the Noveske Shooting Team, where Romero's blazing speed earned him a win into the semifinals. The final pairing was Surefire's Barry Dueck versus Chris Sechiatano, with Sechiatano edging out Dueck to secure a spot in the next bracket.
Sechiatano didn't get much of a break, immediately facing off against Romero in the first run of the semifinals. After slipping while running to the rifle portion of the shoot-off, Sechiatano lost some much needed speed, allowing Romero to advance into the finals. Horner and Ray were next to the line in a nail-biting run. The pairing of Horner, perhaps the fastest shooter the sport of 3-gun has ever seen, against Ray, a hard-charger who seemingly rose to the leaderboard out of no where, was exciting to say the least. Although Ray had an incredible run, Horner's natural speed and accuracy gave the young Staff Sergeant the upper-hand.
The finals came down to Horner and Romero, two young shooters with incredible skill. As the crowd watched anxiously, the two raced against each other with many wondering if Romero would be able to best Horner. Despite his best efforts, Romero was unable to overtake Horner for the win, and Horner was able to walk away with another victory under his belt and a check for $5,000 in his hand.
3-Gun Nation airs on the Versus channel Mondays at 7:30 a.m. EST and Thursdays at 3:00 p.m. EST, where footage from this and other 3-gun competitions are featured. Check out NRAblog's coverage of 3-gun here.