PCC, Shotgun & Pistol Challenge provides spectacular single-gun event to 3GN Members at Pennsylvania’s Ontelaunee Rod & Gun Club
More than 100 competitors ran their carbines, shotguns and/or pistols during the 3GN PCC, Shotgun & Pistol Challenge, presented by Ontelaunee Rod & Gun Club in New Tripoli, PA this weekend. Cash payouts totaling $3,800, including an overall top payout of $1,000, along with prizes from regional and national sponsors, rewarded the field.
The single-gun event gave 3GN Members the opportunity to shoot one or two guns in a fast, challenging, nearly all-steel match setup, one that tested competitors with tough, small steel, technical bay presentations and lots of shooting.
In what proved to be a solid test of skills, Match Coordinator Tom Zuzik and Range Master Blaese Romano, along with several local volunteers, created a challenging course of fire, utilizing small steel target presentations, specialty targets and walls to push competitors out of their comfort zones. Movement, precise footwork and positioning, as well as numerous arrays that forced transitions from fast to slow, and back again, kept shooters honest, while creating a match that provided a tremendous amount of fun as well.
“We tested the guys who weren’t going to miss and had guns that ran,” Romano said. “This match was meant to test up close shots, as well as at distance. You had to know your holdovers with PCC, and you were required to know how your chokes were patterning with your shotgun.
“I asked a competitor how he enjoyed the match, and he said, ‘Dude I thought it was great,’ and I heard that from other people too,” Romano continued. “That made me happy.”
“My goal was to bring a major match to the Northeast, because they’re not here normally,” Zuzik said. “We are trying to grow the 3GN program in this region, so the object of this match was to entice people to come back to a major match next season with an even bigger prize table. Because we’re in the Northeast, we have a high influx of PCC shooters because of the small bays at most ranges. And we wanted to build a big match for them. This is far north and east as you can go before you hit 10-round magazine limits.”
Blaese Romano took the title in PCC, which was the largest division, with an overall time of 236.47, besting Buddy Knight (244.77). Keith Bourgeois (278.65) finished third, followed by Garrett Boop (280.43) and Jimmy Sheu (299.7). Brian Daku (310.94) finished sixth, followed by John Robina (337.66), Ken Ortbach (337.87), Carl Anderson (338.29) and Tony Rosenzweig (340.03).
Filipe Silva (338.52) ran away with the title in Shotgun-Practical. Samuel Callahan (407.24) finished second, followed by Glenn Papp (407.79), Dave Marques (417.44) and Kevin Neidel (438.69). Norbert Langer (443.82) finished sixth, followed by Gary Palsons (454.59), Carl Anderson (512.88), Quinn O’brien (584.74) and Andrew Latyszone (633.63). In the Shotgun-Unlimited division, Joe Cirigliano ran away with the title, posting a time of 381.38.
In Pistol-Practical, it was Jason Sendelsky (402.85) that topped the division. Thomas Bartiromo (417.57) finished second, followed by Chris Sendelsky (422.14), Ryan Zajac (425.52) and Jason Bediones (477.68). In Pistol-Unlimited, Shaun Taylor (429.81) won going away, followed by Bob Cressman (553.6) and Brian Attenborou (631.09).
Full results can be found on Practiscore.
The 3GN PCC, Shotgun & Pistol Challenge, presented by Ontelaunee Rod & Gun Club, was sponsored by AX Tactical, who provided a $1,500 PCC carbine, as well as an assortment of prize certificates. RTE Targets provided steel for several stages, while Pew Pew Plates sponsored a stage as well. Rainier Ballistics and Cabela’s provided product, while Tactical Guardian kicked in $750 worth of cerakote and gunsmithing services.
A segment on the match will be featured in an upcoming episode of 3GN Live, presented by NRA Sports.
Next month, 3GN heads to Minnesota for the 3GN Midwest Regional Championship (LINK), presented by NRA Sports, at Forest Lake Sportsmen’s Club, Sept. 15-16. Register now, and get in the game with 3-Gun Nation.