Planned to feature punishing, shooting-filled stages, The Blue Line 3-Gun Event mixes shooting and fun to benefit law enforcement charity, COPS.
The Blue Line 3-Gun Event is set for July 26-28 at the Lucas Oil Ranch in Cross Timbers, Missouri. The six-stage match is billed as physically demanding, with six stages expected to run more than minutes each on the clock.
The match is the brainchild of 3GN Rangemaster Tobin Babcock and Bruce Davidson, match director for the Rock Hard 3-Gun at the Rockcastle Shooting Center. Above all, the duo claims this isn’t just another shooting match, but a hardass, 3-Gun event.
“Well, that is because it is more than just a 3-gun match,” Babcock said. “During the match season in 2018, sitting at Rockcastle, I talked with Bruce Davidson about hard matches, what makes them great, and what could continue to make them greater. That night in the hills of Kentucky the Blue Line Event was born.”
“First, let’s cover the obvious,” Babcock said. “There will be 3-gunning at its finest! Six stages of 3-gunning with high round counts and lots of time on the clock. We’re talking 4- to 5-minute part times folks. There will be obstacles and props and a law enforcement theme. With the collaboration between myself and Bruce, you can imagine what these stages will be like.”
To get the most out of actual shooting time, lunch will be included with all entry fees and available on the range. Additionally, that equals more time to spend slinging lead. Further, shooters can use that time saved to participate in one of the side shoots. These side shoots will include shenanigans and fun, but will raise more money for charity. And folks might just win a cool prize as well.
The Blue Line 3-Gun Event Format
Firstly, shooters have the choice to utilize a split-day format on Saturday and Sunday. Or join the Hardass Division and shoot the entire six-stage match in one day. This, of course, enables shooters to prioritize their remaining time for side stages, adult beverages or other shenanigans of their choice. Several Hardass Squads compete on Friday, with at least one more going Saturday and Sunday, based on participation.
The Blue Line 3-Gun Even lacks a prize table. “The stages are the prize and between myself, Bruce and the match-building staff, I can tell you these stages will be epic!” Babcock said. “While we will be awarding some special things for the 1st and 21st (in honor of police code 21 for officer needs assistance) place on stages, and there will be the side matches and raffles, there will be no traditional prize table.”
Match Benefits COPS
All proceeds benefit the law enforcement charity Concerns of Police Survivors, COPS, an organization that supports the families of police officers killed in the line of duty.
Lucas Oil, along with the Lucas Ranch & Range, are supporting the match. “Their generosity in hosting this event will translate to $5,000 or more that will go to the charity instead of facility costs,” Babcock said.
For more information, visit The Blue Line 3-Gun Event.