Stage 1 of the JP Enterprises' Rocky Mountain 3-Gun is making competitors work hard before they even get to shoot. To get to the stage, shooters have to climb up a steep hill that would challenge the most sure-footed mountain goat, all the while lugging their gear and ammo. Luckily for the competitors, they only need one firearm on Stage 1 - their rifle.
Comprised of 12 steel and 12 paper targets, the course of fire for Stage 1 is a winding trail set on top of a ridge. As competitors move through the stage, they must fire at a targets ranging anywhere from 10 out to 400 yards.
We were able to catch up with Squad 10, comprised of industry shooters and competitors from the Army Marksmanship Unit's Action Shooting Team. In the photo slideshow above, we've featured Remington's Robby Johnson, DPMS' Tate Moots, and AMU shooters John Halsey, Daniel Horner, and Tyler Payne. We've still got seven more stages and two days of competition to cover, so keep checking back for more from Rocky Mountain 3-Gun here at the NRA Whittington Center.