A big thanks to all the members that came out to shoot the August rva3gun match in a questionable weather situation. Fortunately, the weather was rather pleasant, with temperatures being awesome for August. We had a few sprinkles, but overall the clouds kept the temperature very comfortable.
Mike Valentine was instrumental in his assistance with this match. Not only did he help set up Friday, check all of us in today, but handled the scores with the assistance of Joe Hamilton. Mike did not shoot this match…… he needs a big round of applause. Mike, I do not know what I would do without your help, critiques, and friendship.
I also want to thank all the people that helped set up this match. Mike Valentine, Joe Hamilton, Toney Haley, Kevin Schunk, Ray Nelson (whom did not shoot because his arm was giving him issues), David Peterson (Mr. Facebook). With out their help, we would not have been able to have a match today.
So…. how did everyone like the new targets? “Evil Spider” was evil!! This was a target that required concentration, as you did not know what you would be presented with. Then there was the steel No-Shoots that with the help of my good friend, Stanley Gonyo, helped me bring to the match. Anyone wanting his address for hate mail…. respond to me off line.
Joe Hamilton…. I want to thank you for designing two great stages, making some dogs for us, and making all of us laugh. You are an awesome shooter, recently making master in USPSA, congratualtions…...next is GM.
Well, that is it for now. Great shooting with all of you! Our next match will be October 25th.
Take care….shoot straight and safe,
August 23, 2014 Richmond 3-Gun Match
Our next match will be 8/23, with the shooters meeting starting at 9am. There will be 4 stages, using 3-Gun Nation rules. Approximate round count will be: rifle - 80rounds of 223 or 308, pistol - 75 rounds, and shotgun - 40 bird (6 shot or smaller) and 5 slugs. Registration open for 48 competitors. Registration will open on the 9th. Go to richmond3gun.com to sign up.
You can become familiar with 3-Gun Nation rules at: http://3gunnation.com/regionals/rules_awards Please review these rules and divisions.
Remember no gun site pictures or maintenance in the parking lot, but only in safe areas. Please be considerate of our neighbors on range road and do not speed. and lastly…. no ammo that a magnet will stick too. Be safe and shoot straight.
David Beam DDS
RVA 3-Gun Match Director
The season is upon us and weather will be improving soon. This is the time to get your gear together and zero the rifles. Knowing your zero and hold overs is paramount to 3gun success. Our first match will be March 22nd, starting at 9:00 a.m. I am in the process of getting sponsors for the 2014 3gun season. I am also hoping to have a raffle for the Range Officers for a pistol and another raffle for everyone with the prize being a rifle (just as we did with the Remington Versamax last season that Brian Hughes won).
I want to make sure we have a group of dedicated Range Officers for the 2014 season. This will make the scoring and safety procedures uniform and fair for all. The speed and the flow of the match should also be improved. If you are interested, please contact me.
I will continue to use USPSA multi-gun rules for 2014. This will allow shooters to continue with the gear they already have. In 2015, however, we will be moving to 3gun nation rules, which are very close to what we are using now with the exception of divisions and targets. Please go to 3gun nation and view the rules for 2015.
Also, I want to introduce you to Joe Hamilton. Joe has stepped up to be the Assistant Match Director. Joe is not only a well-accomplished competitor, but has extensive firearm training and a very impressive military service record. Please say hello and introduce yourself to him at our next match.
Lastly, I have some new steel and plan on building some walls for the match. This will give us a different look and also open up the possibilities for what we can do. I have requested Black Creek Shooters Association wave the requirement for the use of pistol caliber carbine or suppressors on the Trap range, and am trying to get use of the BC 50-yard range for another stage. I will continue to set up on Friday so we can begin shooting promptly at 9:00 a.m. With that being said, I need several helpers. Please let me know if I can count on you.
david r beam, dds
Good morning….. I wanted to thank several friends for making the Richmond 3 Gun match this month happen. Michael Valentine, Christopher Dye, Scott Bittler, and Ray Nelson came out Friday and helped put the match on the ground. On Saturday Scott, Ray and the famous Joe Fallis helped hang the paper and put the finishing touches on. (He is personally responsible for the tight shots…J) There is no way I could have done this without them, so please when you see them extend your thanks. To top it off, Mike and Chris didn't even shoot the match and have helped me set up every match we have had so far, with Mike bringing Jordan, his 8 month old daughter (my girl friend).
I also would like to thank the RO’s for running the squads…. Jeff Fogleboch, Tom Donnelly, Ray Nelson, and Donnie Ward. These guys have always offered to help out and I know there several other individuals that assisted the RO’s as well. Remember this is a volunteer sport and without help from all of the shooters this match, as well as others would not happen.
Another thank you goes out to Scot Cook whom has done our scores and posted them to the website he has developed. Scot has also been someone that has guided me through the match director process. He has valuable insight and information that has made my shooting experience better and helped me develop these matches. Scot is responsible for the stage computer drawings. I'm hoping for our next match to have those done early enough to either post them to our website or e-mail them to you. Thank you Scot.
The weather Saturday was spectacular. I don't think we could have asked for a better day. I would like to congratulate Rob Tate for his first-place finish. He is an accomplished 3 gun competitor and I look forward to seeing him do well in the 3 Gun Nation championship tour. I hope everyone else enjoyed the match. From looking at the scores I believe some of the shots were too difficult and several competitors made some recommendations on how I could improve stages. With that in mind I will design the June match taking into consideration these request.
I would also like to say thank you to Stanley Gonyo whom personally took it upon himself to make a target that I thought would be extremely interesting. I am going to try it out first and see where we can use it. And it is INTERESTING.