New Regional Series Format Proves a Hit with 3GN Members; Shoot-Offs, High Round Count, Pro Series Stages & Lots of Movement Equals Big 3-Gun Weekend of Fun!
Floridians shined bright, the AMU was Army Strong, and the junior shooters stole the show – those were just some of the highlights of the 3GN Southeast Regional Championship this past weekend at the Universal Shooting Academy in Frostproof, FL, the first event on the 2018 3GN Regional Series, presented by NRA Sports.
Junior shooters were the big story of the weekend, with Anniston Baluyot taking High Lady and winning the 3GN Lady Shoot-off; Brady Lawing won High Junior; and Tom Lackley laid it down in the 3GN Shoot-Off, first taking down Daniel Horner in the Practical Division Shoot-Off, before running the table to win the overall 3GN Shoot-Off as well, taking home a $1,000 3GN Signature Watch from Brazen Sports.
Tom Lackley takes home the 2018 SE Regional Shoot off championship.
3GN unveiled a new format for this season, taking the top shooters in each division, along with ladies and juniors, and running each category and division through its own respective shoot-off. Then each Shoot-Off winner was placed into a new bracket to determine the 3GN Shoot-Off champion for the event.
In the Ladies Shoot-Off, Tennille Chidester topped Carmen Lout in the opening bout, before falling to Anniston Baluyot in the finals. In the Junior Shoot-Off, Tom Lackley knocked off Baluyot in the opening round, before unseating top seed Brady Lawing in the finals.
Jerry Miculek suffered a rifle failure in his opening round run, helping Adam Fuhrman pick up the rare upset. In the finals, Joel Turner cruised to the Unlimited win. In PCC, Paul Wiechec topped Steve Marmaduke in the opening round, before falling to Daniel Siems in the finals.
Practical, the largest division, received eight finalists (top three advanced from smaller divisions). The seeded bracket saw Daniel Horner take down Adam Petrulis, Tom Lackley over Shannon Smith, Joseph Farewell over Brady Lawing and Tucker Schmidt over Andrew Snyder in first-round action.
In the semi-finals, Horner topped Schmidt, while Lackley knocked off Farewell, to set the finals. There, Tom Lackely earned a rare upset, taking down Horner to win the Practical Division Shoot-Off.
With division winners crowned, matchups were drawn at random for the Overall Shoot-Off. The preliminary round featured Turner knocking off Easter, to advance to Siems, who drew the bye. There, Turner picked up the win again, advancing to the finals. The bottom bracket featured a rematch from the junior shoot-off, where again Lackley topped Baluyot, setting up his final matchup with Turner. Finally, Lackley completed an impressive run where the junior shooter finished off a top-10 match finish and upset of two top-flight AMU shooters on his way to a 3GN Shoot-Off Championship.
The Shoot-Off format was fast and fun, and opened the door to a lot of new, rising talent in the sport, with the event streamed live via 3GN Live. And while the Shoot-Off was stellar, the entire event weekend showcased 3-Gun talent, from local Florida shooters, to the powerful AMU, to 3GN members from across the country.
Local Florida residents shot well with their “home court” advantage, as Kel-Tec shooters Joseph Easter and Daniel Siems, along with fellow Floridians Joe Farewell and Shannon Smith, had solid matches that placed them each into their respective Shoot-Offs.
The addition of Nate Staskiewicz proved to be yet another solid cog into the 3-Gun machine that is the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit, with Staskiewicz, Horner and Turner all winning their divisions. Expect a lot of matches to be dominated this season by the AMU.
Daniel Horner was one of three U.S. AMU soldiers to pick up division wins at the 3GN Southeast Regional Championship.
Horner (405.59) topped the field in Practical, followed by Shannon Smith (430.41), Joseph Farewell (474.13), Tucker Schmidt (482.69) and Andrew Snyder (516.91). Brady Lawing (518.87) finished sixth, followed by Lackley (522.46), Adam Petrulis (527.89), Nathan Alt (561.22) and Ryan Wiggins (573.2).
In Unlimited, Turner (387.88) turned in the fastest overall time for the match. Jerry Miculek (463.49) finished second, followed by Adam Fuhrman (571.59), Derek Dumont (597.38) and Simon Lee (645.96).
Newly minted AMU soldier Staskiewicz (472.78) made his triumphant return to 3-Gun, topping the field in Factory in his debut match for the Army. The one-time 3GN-sponsored junior competitor will no doubt be a force to deal with for some time to go under the leadership of Horner, Turner and the rest of the vaunted AMU.
Competitors raced across a broad spectrum of bay style stages, as well as a long shotgun/rifle jungle style stage….
Joseph Easter (572.04) finished second in Factory, followed by Zac Weaver (608.07) and Andrew Stanfield (798.54).
Jeremy Lightner (517.64) took the title in PCC, followed by Daniel Siems (558.37), Paul Wiechec (642.33), Steve Marmduke (668.95) and Kris Hammerstrom (687.24).
3GN Training reprised its role in the event weekend, with pro shooter Joseph Farewell holding a 3-Gun 101 course on Friday prior to the match. Then several students were able to squad with Farewell through two days of shooting, making for a remarkable training experience, and one great weekend on the range! 3GN Training courses are planned for each event this season.
The 3GN Southeast Regional Championship, presented by NRA Sports, was sponsored by Brazen Sports, Mossberg, Timney Triggers, Sierra Bullets, Nitrid3 Syst3ms, SOFLETE, Columbia River Arms, Explorer Cases, Brownells, Luth AR, Nightforce Optics, Tifosi Optics, Inforce, MGM Targets, Strike Industries and Lucid Optics.
The 3GN Regional Series, Presented by NRA Sports, moves to Georgia May 19-20, when 3GN heads into The Arena for the 3GN South Regional Championship. Arena is a sprawling training complex down in the southwest corner of the state. This match will feature natural terrain, long-range potentially past 400 yards, and tons of movement. Warning: this will not be the 3GN bay-style match some of you are used to. Prepare for the most physically challenging 3GN Regional Championship to date.