Photos by Trigger Pull Photography
3GN Members battled intense heat and humidity, with the heat index over 100 degrees, along with a monstrous course of fire, including 30-50 round stages, 400 rounds, and lots of movement, as well as a competitive field. Cash payouts and random draws were on the line, with $10,000 put up by title sponsor Pure Gold Chokes, as well as guns from Carolina Guns & Gear, along with gear from Taccom and Invictus Practical.
Each division winner took home a check for $1,000, while high lady and high junior categories each paid $500. The Practical division, where the lion’s share of competitors roamed, paid down to around 20th place, while smaller divisions paid top three and another 10 random draws paid out $100. But aside from the cash, every 3GN Member took home something more—having completed one of the more grueling, challenging matches of the season. The match conditions, along with challenging course of fire, created a brutal test of managing hydration, match performance and gear.
“A lot of the competitors said the shooting was part of the deal, but it was the marathon of managing the heat and managing your guns that really made this match challenging,” said match director Charles Sole. “There were a lot of malfunctions.
“It was unique to our competitors to have to carry 30-40 rounds or more on their body on each and every stage,” Sole continued. “On some stages, shooters have two boxes of shells they are carrying into the stage, plus a full gun. That’s a lot of weight to be humping around all day. We had an Ironman veteran in this match that compared the challenge presented here to that famously grueling match.”
Todd Jarrett topped a field of more than 80 competitors to win the highly competitive Practical division. Jarrett’s time of 563.06 included just 7.5 seconds of penalty, in a match where shooting clean was nonexistent.
Bruce Taylor (571.66) finished second, followed by Joseph Pitha (575.68), Raleigh Hart (582.96) and Rob Romero (594.75). James Breeden (606.92) finished sixth, followed by Josh Taylor (608.34), Matt Martini (617.03), Garrett Howell (624.68) and Brandon Ostroot (651.84).
In Unlimited, Josh Froelich (418.75) laid down a masterful performance, cruising to the win. Mike Sexton (557.58) finished second, followed by Jason Ballas (616.68), Adriaa Dommisse (634.9) and Chase Wheeler (652.01).
Jansen Jones (706.5) topped the field in Pump Shotgun (Heavy), followed by Samuel Rydberg (712.63), Dustin Sanchez (717.42), Chris Wiesemann (961.98) and Tony Gimmellie (1030.8).
Finally, in Factory, Gabe Dietrich (612.18) notched a commanding win, followed by Soon Yong (721.69), Bill Urquhart (878.02), Kurt Jurkus (923.14) and Chris Brower (1091.02).
Nikki Woodall (786.82) took high lady honors; Garret Dietrich (658.73) won the high junior category.
EPIC Trophies made by Bill and Cindy Davis of Pure Gold Chokes
Many of the 3GN Members enjoyed a second day of competition as well, taking on the Foxtrot Mike PCC Challenge. In the spirit of the 3GN Regional Series, where 3GN developed its “match within a match” concept with the 3GN Speed Shoots, this weekend at Carolina Guns & Gear provided a great second match, utilizing the same courses of fire for Pistol Caliber Carbine.
“I think it’s just another step by 3GN to be outside the box with match formats,” Sole said. “We basically created the Speed Shoot in the Regional, and now we’ve dovetailed a shotgun and a PCC match in the same weekend. 3GN Members should look forward to future events that combine pistol and PCC as well.”
Check out the story on the Foxtrot Mike PCC Challenge HERE.
Look for more detailed coverage of the entire event weekend in the next issue of 3GN Magazine.