By Lars Dalseide | January 2 2013 11:42

Horman experiences Midnight 3-gun for American Rifleman

Crimson Trace Midnight 3-gun Invitational If you haven't already, odds are that you're thinking about trying 3-gun. But have you ever thought about trying it at night? B. Gil Horman did just that for American Rifleman.

Don't Fear the Darkness
The Crimson Trace Midnight 3-gun Invitational was held at night with lights and lasers.

I was on vacation with my family in Yellowstone National Park this year when I received an unexpected phone call. It was Iain Harrison with Crimson Trace Corp. You might have heard of him. He’s that popular guy with an accent who won the first season of the TV competition series “Top Shot.” He was calling to see if I would like to participate in the first Crimson Trace Midnight 3-Gun Invitational shooting match.

Sometimes the right answer to a good question is “yes,” and after a bit of schedule verification, that’s what I told Iain. I would be glad to take part in such a unique event. Not only did it have the earmarks of an exciting 3-gun match, but all of the shooting would take place at night with participants using lights and laser sights to work in low- and no-light scenarios. But my acceptance of the invitation did come with some trepidation. This was going to be my very first 3-gun match, and since I was new to the sport, I didn’t know exactly what I was getting into.

In hindsight, I can say with confidence that it was the right decision. I came away from my first 3-gun match having learned things I might not have learned any other way. But I also had to face and overcome many of the same obstacles and concerns that most people face when stepping into something they’ve never tried before. Here are a few of the things I learned by jumping feet first into a 3-gun competition.

Do Your Homework

Being new to a competitive sport is one thing, but walking onto the field guided by assumptions or incomplete information is another. A good place to start learning about 3-gun is the book The Complete Guide to 3-Gun Competition, by Chad Adams, a former American Rifleman staffer. This well-written guide provides a solid introduction to the sport. It clearly covers relevant topics including the history of the sport, the various divisions, popular firearms for 3-gun matches, general rules and regulations, and the support gear shooters often choose to use.

With that understanding, it was much easier to interpret the critical information contained in the Crimson Trace match-specific rules and the descriptions of each stage of the competition. For example, most long-range shots used staged guns provided at the match, while most of the rounds fired using our own guns took place at close range to accommodate the limitations of gun-mounted flashlights. All of that knowledge played a role in deciding what gear to gather and take.

Get Gil's complete experience in American Rifleman's look at the Crimson Trace Midnight 3-gun Invitational.

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