Law Enforcement Officer, Former Champ Reclaims 3GN Title, Presented by NRA Sports
Greg Jordan defeated Daniel Horner 2-0 in the finals of the 3GN Pro Series Shoot-Off to reclaim the title of 3-Gun Nation Champion at Virginia International Raceway in Alton, VA, recently. The Pro Series finale was part of the 3GN Championships & Shooting Sports Expo, featuring the Pros, 3GN Nationals and the new 3GN Class Championship Shoot-Offs. The entire event, along with the 2017 Pro Series season, was presented by NRA Sports.
In the first bout, Jordan took a slight lead over the reigning champ on the eight-clay shotgun array before extending to a two-plate lead on the six-plate rifle rack. Jordan accelerated with the pistol, taking down the 10 targets and the stop plate for the win.
In the second matchup, Jordan again took a slight lead off the shotgun before jumping out to a four-plate lead off the rifle array, enabling the former champ to cruise with the pistol to reclaim the title. For Jordan, who’s rifle game was exceptional on this night, and every part of his performance clearly outshined the field, it felt much like the night he won his first 3GN Championship back in Las Vegas four years ago.
“I was feeling like I was feeling back in Vegas, man,” Jordan said. “There’s a lot of things that remind me of Vegas, the cold weather, all of my stuff breaking before the match. I was feeling good, I was seeing good the last week or two in practice. It was just on demand. And that’s kind of how it was that year, everything was clicking.”
Jordan ultimately topped a field of 13 that included two past champions in Horner and Tommy Thacker, a pistol legend in Todd Jarrett, arguably the most famous shooter of all-time in Jerry Miculek, along with tremendous rising talent in the likes of Scott Greene, Kyle Sole, Nick Molina, Adam Maxwell and more. The finalists were among the 48 3GN Pros that began the 2017 campaign, competing in elimination matches at 3GN Regional Championships all season.
“When you get to this level, you saw some amazing tonight … you never know what’s going to happen out there. It’s what guys have between the ears. As long as their stuff runs, and they can stay in the game during those three boxes, then they can put down some good runs. … The title, it’s been out of my hands for a couple of years now, and I’m glad to get it back.”
Jordan becomes only the second Pro to notch a second 3GN Championship title in the eight years of the series. Horner has claimed the title four times, while Thacker and Keith Garcia have one championship apiece. Horner claimed the inaugural title in 2010, followed by Thacker, Garcia and Jordan. Then Horner ripped off an unprecedented three consecutive championships, with classic matchups versus Jordan each season, setting up this year’s title rematch.
Jordan’s route to the finals included a first-round bye, before matching up with Todd Jarrett in the second round. There, Jarrett was solid in the first bout, and excellent in the second; however, Jordan was simply firing on all cylinders in each run, especially the second, where he went one-for-one to close out and advance.
In the semi-finals, Jordan locked up with a red-hot Scott Greene, who had been impressive in the opening rounds. But Jordan took his shooting to another level, turning in a dominating performance with solid arrays through each gun to close out Green 2-0 to advance.
Horner’s route to the finals included a first-round bye before a second-round win over Bruce Taylor. In the semi-finals, Horner was taken to three bouts by Thacker in an exciting matchup. In the first bout, a shotgun malfunction put Horner behind, while Thacker capitalized and held on to take a 1-0 lead. In the second bout, the two were dead even going into the final pistol array, where Horner was more accurate for the win. In the final bout, after falling behind on shotgun, Thacker smoked the plate rack with the rifle to draw even into the final array. But again, Horner was exceptional with the pistol, closing out Thacker with a two-plate win to advance into the finals.
In the consolation matchup, Greene topped Thacker to take third place, taking home a check for $2,500. For the win, Jordan earned a $10,000 payday, while Horner received $5,000 for runner-up. Each competitor in the top three took home a 3GN Signature Edition watch from Brazen Sports.
The 3GN Pro Series Championship opening round kicked off with the eight seed, Taylor, knocking off the ninth-seeded Miculek. Thacker knocked off Hunter Sykes, Kyle Sole defeated Nick Molina, Todd Jarrett advanced past Garrett Howell and Eric Eckhardt took down Adam Maxwell.
In the second round, Thacker knocked off Sole in an exciting three-bout matchup, while Greene was impressive knocking out Eckhardt 2-0, setting up the semi-final matchups.
“I knew I had to focus coming into the last run,” Thacker said following the win. “I think experience paid off here. You know what you have to do. You’re down one, but not really. You just have to win one.”
The 3-Gun Nation Championship & Shooting Sports Expo, presented by NRA Sports, was sponsored by Timney Triggers, Brazen Sports, MGM Targets, Columbia River Arms, Zero Tolerance Knives, Pure Gold Shotgun Chokes, Seekins Precision, UM Tactical, Foxtrot Mike, ODIN Works, TRU-SPEC, Invictus Practical, Taccom, Vortex Optics, Canik USA, McRee’s Precision, LUTH-AR, Explorer Cases, and Barrett Rifles.