Shooting USA – Generation Three-Gun
It’s a multi-gun match that is also a fundraiser for juniors, to help pave the way for new shooters to enter the sport. Generation III Gun is the organization working to expand participation for the next generation. Plus, the English Eight Bore, the black powder solution in the 1800s for Professional Hunters and Gentlemen on Safari. And, the appeal of traditional archery, when you begin by making your own bow.
The future of the shooting sports depends on getting youngsters involved but in some cases, such as three-gun competition, the sport can be expensive. That’s why Generation III Gun was created. The organization promotes the sport through competition and fundraising, by offsetting costs for kids through match entries.
“So we not only benefit junior shooters but we also benefit other matches in order to perpetuate our three-gun sport,” says Generation III Gun Founder Jeff Welsh. “We are proud of the fact that we can offer that scholarship opportunity to parents just like us who are feeling that real financial pinch of sending a kid to a match.”
The competition at the Zeman Ranch Range Complex, at the Lake of the Ozarks State Park in Missouri, is a beautiful setting utilizing the natural terrain and ponds throughout stages. It’s a run-and-gun multi-gun match where juniors benefit financially and competitively, as they learn directly from professional shooters who also participate in the match.
About Generation III Gun
History’s Guns: Eight Bore
Today’s hunting rifles use relatively small bullets because smokeless powder can generate supersonic bullet speeds and huge energy, but that was not the case in the age of black powder. The only way to increase the energy on target was to increase the size and weight of the bullet.
So, British gunmakers built huge muzzle-loading rifles capable of generating the knockdown power to take dangerous game. One of which is the English Eight Bore, shooting a lead ball weighing eight to the pound or two ounces of lead cast per ball.
“Basically, this gun is just a real good example of the sort of thing that the British sportsman going after big, dangerous game would carry in Africa, India or other parts of the world,” says Firearms Historian Garry James. “It would probably be used against things like tigers and that sort of thing. I mean this thing weighs 13 pounds.”
Twin Oaks Archery
There’s no question that archery is a growing sport, whether it is competitive shooting or bow hunting. For some, the appeal of archery is in reliving the history, which enthusiasts can do at one of the most popular traditional archery gatherings in the country. Each year, the Twin Oaks Bowhunters Club, in Clarksville, Tennessee, attracts hundreds of archers to its 400-acre farm for three days of shooting, primitive bow making and camping.
“We have people who come into the club who are shooting compounds. It generally doesn’t take them long until they see the fun in what we’re doing,” says Twin Oaks Treasurers Mark Baggett, also known as “Pappy.”
More than 600 people attended the 2015 Tennessee Classic.
Colt Series 70 Pistol
The Colt Series 70 is a 1911 with no internal firing pin block, as opposed to the Series 80. The Gold Cup National Match pistol is enhanced with Adjustable Bomar Style Sights, a higher polish, and walnut stock with the gold medallion. It also features the wide, three-holed aluminum trigger. This Series 70 pistol has a suggested retain of $1,300, in high-polish blue.
Colt Series 80 Pistol
The Colt 1991 Series, features the Series 80 Firing System, with the look of the original M1911 design, but the safety features are different from the Series 70. The Series 80 has an additional internal safety, which is the firing pin block. That keeps the firing pin from moving forward if the gun were dropped, and the trigger-activated lever raises the block to release the pin before the hammer falls.
“Frankly, my trigger finger can’t tell the difference between the two,” says Shooting USA Executive Producer Jim Scoutten. “Either the Series 80 or Series 70 is more accurate than I’ll ever be, but I’m not a bull’s eye shooter intent on a championship score.”
The Colt 1991 Series with the Series 80 Firing System has a suggested retail of $799.
ZeroBravo REOS Sights
ZeroBravo is out with a simple secondary sighting system called the Rapid Engagement Offset Sights or REOS. The sights are lightweight yet durable, and can be mounted directly to the scope tube or precision rifles, including AR-style rifles.
“I’ve found a secondary use for them that I’ve come to like, and that is for the long-range precision shooting, as a course-sighting system,” says Shooting USA Producer John Scoutten. “With these, it’s a simple matter of building the position, finding the target in the REOS then transitioning to the glass, and breaking the shot.”
ZeroBravo REOS are available in 30mm, 34mm or 1-inch sets for $99 each.
Remembering the Old Sniper
We’re sorry to report, our friend Ted Gundy passed away in October at the age of 90. Ted was a designated sniper in the Battle of the Bulge, who in 2009, wrote to Jim Scoutten saying, he couldn’t imagine how today’s snipers could be accurate at 1,000 yards. That year, we arranged for the Army to host him as an honored guest at Fort Benning so he could find. The result was an extraordinary special produced for our Impossible Shots series we called “The Old Sniper.”
Link to “The Old Sniper”
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