By Lars Dalseide | January 20 2012 09:15

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

Competitor at the SHOT Show 3 Gun Nation Championship 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.

Trick shooting shotgun at the SHOT Show 3 Gun Nation Championship The event started off with a great trick shot show hosted by shotgunner Patrick Flanigan and two other gifted pistol and archery shooters. Free food and drink was provided and despite the chill in the air, the audience crowded around to get a better view of the wizardry of the gun.

3 Gun Nation, co-founded by former American Rifleman Associate Editor Chad Adams, is the next level in exciting shooting competition. Sanctioned by NRA Sports and sponsored by Brownells, Leupold, and the NBC Sports Network, the event starts with a single elimination head to head race for speed and accuracy with one other competitor. The first targets are falling plates and busting clays with a shotgun, then on to the rifle competition and finishes up with more falling plates and busting targets with a semi automatic pistol. Magazine changes, tracer rounds and suppressed rifle fire all add to the excitement and challenge to this fast pace shooting game.

If this is enough to wet your appetite, then check out and NBC Sports' From the Lodge to catch up on the final results from the 3-Gun National Championship.

Shots from the 3-Gun Nation Championship During SHOT Show in Las Vegas


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