Written by Sierra Bullets Media Relations Manager Carroll Pilant
The Brownell’s Rockcastle Pro Am 3-Gun Championship is actually 2 matches in one. The matches will take place August 22 – 24, 2014, at the Rockcastle Shooting Center at Park Mammoth Resort in Park City, Kentucky. There was the Amateur Division, which was shot on Friday, August 22 and Saturday, August 23, with the awards on Saturday night. This division had about 250 shooters. Some of the top 3-gun shooters in the nation put on clinics for the amateur (Am) shooters at the end of each day providing them with a wealth of knowledge on how the Pros shoot. The amateur (Am) shooters shot similar, but less complicated stages than the Pro shooters.
The Professional Division was shot on Friday, Saturday and Sunday with the awards on Sunday afternoon. The Pro division also had about 250 shooters. The temperature was very warm with very high humidity. Within minutes you were soaked, with sweat running in your eyes while you were trying to shoot. This match had a 100 second time out, which means if you do not have all your targets engaged at the end of 100 seconds, you are penalized with a failure to engage and neutralize for each target remaining. Several of the top shooters even managed to time out on some stages. The stages were interesting in that you had a choice of which firearms you could use. There were a lot of steel targets that you could use your choice of either a handgun or shotgun on with some of the paper targets that you could use rifle or handgun on. There was even a plate rack that you could use rifle, pistol or shotgun on. Every shooter had his own preference and you would see a large variance of the ways it was shot just in one squad. Open shooters seemed to opt for the shotgun in a lot of places where tactical shooters would opt for either a shotgun for the first 9 rounds (what they were allowed to start with in the shotgun) and then transfer to the handgun, so they wouldn’t have to load the shotgun. With the 100 second timeout, every second counted.
Despite the heat and humidity, Greg Jordan, with ArmaLite was the top shooter in the Tactical Scope Division of the Pro Side. Congratulations to Greg on his win there and here’s to many future wins with the 77 grain MatchKing #9377G.
See you all at the Generation 3 Match here in Missouri. Hopefully the weather will be somewhat cooler. If you see any of us Sierra people there, be sure and say “hello.”