Jul 23, 2019
On my recent vacation I started writing a book on getting
started in 3 Gun. I really want to highlight as much of the
community as I can. Please email me:
- Pictures of life at matches / practice
- Great 3 Gun Quotes
- Short stories about 3 gun
Here are a couple paragraphs from the intro to the new book
After 2 or 3 matches I remember standing by a couple 50 gallon
barrels and eves-dropping on a conversation between Jay Schmitt and
Jomar Villamor. Jay and Jomar along with Chris Cazin run the
MN3GUNGROUP here in Minnesota which puts on the weekend matches in
town and host the previously aforementioned Nordic / Vortex
Tri-gun. They were talking about the 3 Gun match coming up. I just
remember saying to myself if 1 gun is fun 3 must be ridiculous.
Back to the net I searched 3 Gun and was rewarded with videos from
Stag Arms Team Members Jesse Tischauser and Kalani Laker. Either
for lack of fear or brains I went back to shop with the chicken
wire on the windows and the stale cigarette smell to consult with
“The Wizard”. I walked out of the shop 72 hours later (delayed)
with a Mossberg Mariner pump shogun and a shiny new Sig Sauer M400
AR15 with not 1 but 2 30 round magazines (I was learning) and a
Barska Red Dot Sight. I got back on Unholstered.com
and ordered an AR Mag
Pouch and anAP Custom4x4 Traditional Load shotshell carrier.
Match day came and, again, I had no idea what to expect. I
knew how to not get DQ,ed that first experience would come years
later, and that’s about it. I went to an indoor range before the
match and shot 50 rounds through the shotgun just to see how it
worked and sighted in the rifle at 25 yards (longest range
available) just to see how it worked. This is where my partner at
Hawkeye Ordnance makes his first appearance. At the safety briefing
before the match Lucas Webster (USPSA Grandmaster, Holmen, WI 3 Gun
Match Director and all around great dude) asked if anyone was
“new”. I revised my hand and the Viking standing next to me said
“your with me”. Now, you’d shou8ld know that Blair is one of the
best people I know but he is 6 something, bald headed with a biker
beard and 100% Norwegian. He literally looks like he is either
going to rape or pillage you. After some basic introductions we
started the stage and I was hooked from the buzzer. I knew for sure
this was what I would be doing with all my free time from here on
out regardless of the cost in time and treasure.
Over the next several seasons a lot changed which I am not
going to go into in detail. This book is about getting started.
There are far better shooters and resources than me to take it to
the next level many of which are included in theResourcechapter.
Use them! What is important to know is I played as much as I could,
started going to major matches, progressing up the ranks, producing
content, reviewing gear, being sponsored and generally emerging
myself in the culture of 3 Gun. I made so many costly mistakes in
gear, made several less than ideal decisions around training and
tried sponsorship; and I shared all of it with the YouTube and
Facebook community. Ultimately, I sold my previous business and
started our marketing firm Hawkeye Syndicate, which specializes in
marketing companies in the competition shooting space, and later
Hawkeye Ignite which promotes matches in Minnesota. My mission is
to raise the quality and quantity of great content in the firearms
community and make action shooting accessible to everyone.
The following chapters are written in the spirit of my mission
and with the sincere hope that you will get off the couch and join
us in the dirt!
Welcome to the Sickness!