The 2019 Nationals, presented by Crimson Trace, took place at an all-new location and was one for the ages. Building upon the past 2-years of dynamic natural terrain, physical events for 3-Gun Nation, match director Larry Goedhardt delivered one of the top events for 3-Gun Nation to date.
Featuring a round-count that tests your trigger finger, along with movement that tests your physical endurance, the 3GN Nationals lived up to the expectation of a web-rounded test of skill, accuracy and mental problem-solving. It takes a lot of people working together to make a great event, and without the dedication from match administrators Tennille Chidester, Chris Kanel and Rob Hall along with range master Tobin Babcock, the event would not be as special as it ultimately became.
The event took place at Southern Tactical Shooting range located in Holt, Florida. Holt is centrally located in the Florida Panhandle not far from the waterfront towns of Destin and Pensacola beach. Southern Tactical is a new facility with a layout complimentary to a 3-Gun major, with Goedhardt and crew taking full advantage of its landscape, carving out some of the teams best work thus far.
Not only were the courses of fire dynamic, but so was the shooting that took place. Most notably was the performance of Florida-resident Joe Farewell, who came in and laid down a match-winning performance in both the Practical 3-Gun as well as the Practical 2-gun divisions. What makes this particularly special is Farewell’s competing in both divisions which equates to 16 stages over 2 days.
Taking top honors in PCC Practical was Brendan Souder, a local shooter at Southern Tactical. Souder not only put together a great performance, but was also instrumental in the procurement of the event. His assistance in match logistics and sponsorships proved to be invaluable help to 3GN, as many know the work that goes on behind-the-scenes is difficult in putting major shooting events together.
Unlimited was equally impressive with New Orleans native Kevin Leonhardt taking the top spot. However, Leonhardt was also shooting along-side his daughter Morgan who not only put together a strong performance, but came straight to Florida with her dad after getting picked up from school Friday afternoon.
Beyond the hard work and dedication of the staff and range officers who selflessly volunteered their time and efforts for the event, it was ultimately rounded out by a generous prize table. Prize for the event were provided by: Crimson Trace, Grizzly Targets, Nitecore, Swamp Fox Optics, RPGi, Precision Tool and Gauge, Ace Custom Coatings, Emma Creek GunWorks, Mantis Tech, Notch Gear, TruSpec, Streak Ammunition, Clenzoil, Lima Charlie, Gander Outdoors, Strike Force Energy, Velocity Systems, Explorer Cases, Safariland, Luth AR, and Blackhound Optics.
Stay tuned for updates regarding 3GN’s 2020 season. The crew is in current negotiations to deliver a lot more match options for 3GN members next season. More to come!