P.E. Kelley Posted July 23, 2010 Share Posted July 23, 2010 NOTE to Moderators. I started this thread thinking that the existing one (Superstition Mtn 3Gun) has gone off track from the Superstition match and became a thread about what 3 Gun Nation is doing with the Final event. Thanks PK This 3-Gun Nation separate event seems at first blush kinda wacky, but I have been thinking about it so I will toss out my dos centavos. Take what I say in the context that I have paid the price both financially ($$$) and in precious vacation time to make five of the six events. I have had to change equipment divisions to play the game because not every match has Heavy Metal, or has enough shooters to qualify to make the shoot-offs. It was my understanding that if I were to finish three events and have enough points for the main I was guaranteed a slot to shoot for the 25K. Now reality sets in. Wildcards, initially torque me off a little bit (a free ride after I already paid –thank Alanis) but after reading what Mr. Outzen wrote in the Superstition thread I can see the value. I don’t think the 3-Gun Nation guys ever said what the final event would be until very recently. I bet many of us just assumed it would be another Man vs. Man shoot-off at the end of the USPSA 3G Nationals. Could they have got 60 shooters through in a half a day? If you need a whole day then maybe the thinking was why just have a shoot-off? Having a 3-Gun Nation Match as the final, works well for TV and for the sponsors. This is not the USPSA or RM3G or BRM or the XYZ match, it is a separate culminating event! This year it will probably be the FNH-USA / Surefire 3GN Championships with $40,000 in cash on the line!!! When was the last time you saw that at a 3-gun event? BIG MONEY + Good guys + good shooting = Good TV!!! I am bummed that it is going to be Tactical Optics only for the 3GN match. Open classers will have to load shotshells by hand and not be able to use their normal pistols. I will have to bring 6 bloody guns if I want a shot at the HM Nationals title AND shoot the 3GN event! That won't be nearly as tough as trying to be good enough with both set of gear at the same time!!! So why did they do this? Probably because it affects the least amount of shooters, maybe 3 to 5 Opens will make the cut 1 or 2 Limiteds and 1 or 2 from Heavy Metal. So be it. I will just have to man up if I want to play! Why do we have to pay??? I don’t know, I would guess people who are going to set-up and run the 3GN Championships need room and board and that’s OK with me. Figure a range rental fee, targets, paint, water, cups, trash removal etc. in there too. None of us has to shoot this match. No one twisted my arm to throw time and money chasing this brass ring. If I had a reason, it goes like this…I ain’t getting younger or faster, or are my eyes or body getting better, this may be my only opportunity to stake a small place in the history of the game that I love so much. Years hence, I will at least be able to say, “I tried and perhaps I failed but damn it I was there!” Therefore, if I could, I would ask you too just think of the bigger picture. This has the potential (cause it is on Versus) to be the biggest shooting event ever on mainstream TV! Not just once or twice a year but every week for what…13 weeks? No slight to Shooting USA and Scoutten’s excellent work, but this show will be casting a much wider viewership net! More people in the game…maybe. More people exposed to first rate Americans enjoying their 2nd Amendment Freedoms…Absoforkingtivly! More money in the game? We have more money right NOW and if this thing gets legs then we may not be NASCAR but we will be on the map! Attention Match Directors!!!! If your event is part of the 3-Gun Nation series do not be surprised if sponsors solicit YOU! “Please let us sponsor your match.” By TV show standards, sponsoring a match or two is cheap! An entry level TV show spot costs a bunch more than top billing at a 3-Gun event. Perhaps entry fees could be reduced or could go toward paying (the all too hard working) Range Officers and match staff. Maybe none of this is going to happen, but I know it will not happen if we do not meet the challenge. And here it is. Get the word out! Tell your friends, co-workers and neighbors to watch and or record the show and send in positive feedback to Versus and the Sponsors. Sign-up and sign on at Versus and tell them you did because of 3-Gun Nation. Get this 3-Gun Nation info to other outdoor web forums. Facebook it! Tweet it, My Space it, whathehellever it! You all have some method to help. Do it for your sport! I hope found this long post worth your time. Patrick Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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