The first of many Match Reconnaissance podcasts finds me at the 2017 3-Gun Nation Southwest Regional at the Cawthorn Cartridge Club range in Navasota, TX which is home to the Dissident Arms Multigun. The goals of these Match Recon podcasts and reports are to provide you with information to decide where to spend your hard earned match dollars and to give you the necessary tools to help you prepare for the match when you shoot it yourself.
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|Match||3-Gun Nation Southwest Regional|
|Date||March 4, 5|
|Location||Cawthorn Cartridge Club, Navisota, TX near College Station|
|Total Time or Points Match?||Total Time|
|Rule Set||3-Gun Nation|
|*Schedule||2-Day Match, Half-Day format, and due to the number of shooters, there were only morning squads with two afternoon-only squads added in later when the AMU signed up.|
|*Match Fee||$275 to walk the prize table or $150 for trophy only.|
|*Number Shooters||169 shooters signed up, 158 finished the match|
|*Divisions, Winners||Factory – Adam Maxwell|
|Heavy – Chris Wiesmann|
|Practical – Daniel Horner|
|Practical Pistol Carbine – Rob Romero|
|Unlimited – Wyatt Gibson|
|Unlimited Pistol Carbine – Dave Hartman|
|*Other opportunities||Shotgun Speed Shoot $75 first division, $35 second|
|Shotgun Class (Keith Garcia) $250-discounted match fee|
|3-Gun 101, Basic Training $250-discounted match fee|
|What Happens After You Shoot $5|
|Pro Series Match #3 & #4|
|Skillz Utilized||Not many awkward positions that I could see in this match. There were about a dozen long range targets out to 410, longest was a bonus target at 420. Longest slug was about 80 on a pretty generous target and one unique one at 60 that was shot from the top of a tower, with KO’s to follow. There were two off-hand rifle plate racks.|
|Terrain – Bay stages or natural terrain?||This was a mix of 4 bay stages, 1 super large “tac bay” two long-range stages (one of which is similar to a long-bay stage, one which had a terrain run laterally) and one shotgun-only jungle-run.|
|Match Flavor||This match was a speedy match. Stages were designed by Mike Whitesides and Lan Ngyuen and I know these guys are both proficient at pistol shooting and Mike is an open shooter so there were a lot of opportunities to shoot steel on the move and blaze on paper in the bays. The two long range stages were designed as 2-gun stages which makes reset much easier. One rifle pistol and one rifle shotgun. So if I had to say that there was a theme, I would say that movement was that theme.|
|Fun factor||Had a blast at this match. Great squad, the people make it. I love jungle runs, so the all SG stage was great. Cool that the Pro-Match ran at the same time as the regional so there is something fun to do in the evening.|
|Farthest Shot and/or # of long range targets|
|Logistics||Check-in was easy, just go up and chat with Tennille. Scoring was done on practiscore so it was obviously easy, quick and available at any time from a competitor standpoint. Prize table walk seemed like it went fine and I heard no complaints.|
|Funny things that happen at the match.||It rained. A lot. I had PCC problems on 3 of 8 stages so that was a bummer.|
|Venue||Venue is easy to access and easy to find via google maps. It is wide open farm land and features a PRS area with shooting out to 1000 yards. 8 bays, one zero bay|
|Pre-Communication||Yup. Multiple emails came out before the match and one during as an update on match flow and weather. The pre-emails included where to be & when, squad matrix and notifications of other opportunities at the match.|
|Staff||The match staff was great. RO’s kept everything moving well, even in the incliment weather. There was a medical emergency and one of the RO’s handled the scene while another RO grabbed a med-bag to assist along with the range master.|
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