Written by Sierra Bullets Media Relations Manager Carroll Pilant
Well, I just returned from the Generation III 3 Gun match at Lake Ozark, Mo. Four of us made the short trip. Pat Daly, the president of Sierra, Gary Prisendorf, one of our Ballistic Technicians, Chris Hatfield, our second shift production manager, and myself.
You couldn’t have asked for more beautiful weather than we had. It was cool enough of a mornings that some people were even wearing jackets. Generation III 3 Gun is a non-profit organization that focuses on promoting competitive shooting for junior shooters. Proceeds from this match go toward helping pay entry fees for junior shooters for some of the major 3 gun matches around the country. The junior shooters that shoot this match, shoot it for free. Everything at this match is oriented toward junior shooters. Many of the guns won in raffles are donated back to junior shooters. It is for a great cause and it shows in the sponsorship from a wide variety of companies.
This match is held in natural terrain on a 1000 acre ranch near the Lake of the Ozarks. Our first stage was across a lake. You started off shooting a rifle off a floating boat dock at targets across a lake both on the bank and on another floating boat dock. You grounded your rifle safely, then backed up and shot handgun targets from the walkway on the dock you were just shooting off of. Grounding your handgun, you retrieved your shotgun and had slug targets on another floating dock (in the center of the lake), falling poppers that launched clay pigeons and falling plates. You could choose what order you wanted to shoot everything. Myself, I opted to shoot slugs first and get them out of the way, then all the birdshot targets. Unfortunately, the stage got thrown out. The wind would pick up and there was problems with the docks holding the slug targets swinging around where you couldn’t see the targets. Before anyone complains about the safety of shooting over the water, there is a large hill covered with timber as a backstop.
Many other stages had targets hidden in the brush that you engaged while moving down a trail. One stage you had to crawl into a bunker and shoot out of it. It had several long range rifle targets on it. Since I can’t crawl or kneel, I took a 30 second penalty and shot off hand from 3 different positions. It was a really great match and a pleasure to not have to deal with dust or heat that you have with so many matches.
229 shooters shot the match, with 170 being Tactical Optics, which Nick Atkinson won, 6 in Heavy Iron, which Jomar Villamor, a police officer from Minneapolis, Mn. won, 11 in Heavy Optics that was won by Jesse Tischauser, 20 in Open, which was won by none other than Jerry Miculek and James Casanova won the Tactical Iron division.
For more information about this match please visit generation3gun.com.