Written by Sierra Bullets Media Relations Manager Carroll Pilant
The Brownell’s Rockcastle Pro Am 3-Gun Championship just finished up. The matches took place August 21 – 23, 2015, at the Rockcastle Shooting Center at Park Mammoth Resort in Park City, Kentucky. This match is actually 2 separate matches. Amateur Division, was shot on Friday, August 21 and Saturday, August 22, with the awards on Saturday night. This division had 234 shooters. The Amateur match is similar, but less complicated stages than the Pro division. Both the Pro and the Am divisions have both Open and Tactical Optics divisions. Marc O’Malley won Am Open and Brandon Gibson won Tac Optics.
The Professional Division was shot on Friday, Saturday and Sunday with the awards on Sunday afternoon. The Pro division had 200 shooters. I think the attendance was down some from 2014. My squad only shot 3 stages the first day and the temperature was comfortable but humid. The second day we shot 4 stages with an early start. Temperatures were warmer and the humidity was still bad. Sunday morning, we only had one stage to shoot but the humidity seemed worse. 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. I even heard of some of the top shooters timing out on some stages. There were a lot of steel targets that you could use your choice of either a handgun or shotgun on. Paper targets only needed 1 A zone hit or 2 anywhere to score. Every shooter had his own preference and you would see a large variance of the ways it was shot just in one squad. There were even 2 walls (more like huge pallets) that you had to stand part way up on and shoot thru a port. One was with a rifle and the other with a shotgun and slugs. Another had a car which you started seated in (and had to remain in the car) and had to engage near and far targets from both sides of the vehicle. It wasn’t a big car and us fat boys had a hard time moving across the seat with a rifle. In the Pro Open Division Taran Butler won with Greg Jordan winning Tac Optics. Congratulations to all the winners.