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News | Monday, September 15, 2014

USA Shooting Takes 5 Medals, Olympic Quota and World Champ on Day 7

But to really distinguish yourself in sport, there are days you just have to show up to work and prove that your one of the best. Josh Richmond and Ian Rupert did that again Sunday at the 2014 World Shooting Championships. Richmond won a gold medal in Double Trap while Rupert finished as the silver medalist among all juniors highlighting a breakout day for the USA Shooting Team with five medals and a Junior Women's Air Rifle finalist.

Outdoorsmen In Action Unveiled

A new non-profit organization, Outdoorsmen in Action, has been formed with the goal of bringing outdoorsmen from all over the nation to become part of a highly-skilled and prepared disaster relief organization.

Calguns Gives San Bernadino County Sheriff Deadline on Handgun Policies

The Calguns Foundation has sent San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon a letter demanding that he revise the Sheriff-Coroner Department's handgun carry license policies.

New Partnership Combines Innovative Technologies

Gunskins and Valdyr Camouflage announce a strategic partnership combining the cost-effective style of gun and magazine wraps of Gunskins with Valdyr's patent pending 3D technology platform to give consumers the look and feel they want without the water transfer process of "dipping".

Outdoor Channel Updates "The Gunfather" Debut Time

The half-hour reality show "The Gunfather" on Outdoor Channel will debut at 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 1, 2014, rather than the time slot originally announced.

Rimfire Challenge Ammo Roundup Program in Full Operation

The National Shooting Sports Foundation® (NSSF®) announces that the Ammo Roundup Program component of the Rimfire Challenge is fully operational and available immediately for ammunition ordering by range operators and match directors.

EAA Introduces Pavona D'Wedge Purse Insert

EAA Corp has designed a concealed carry insert designed to transition most standard purses or satchels into concealed carry systems with only minor fitting required.

Nikon Advances Duo on Management Team

Nikon Sport Optics announces the promotion from its ranks of two long-time employees. Randy Garrison has been elevated to the position of Associate General Manager of Sales and Operations and Adam Goess has been promoted to the position of Product Manager. The new titles and responsibilities are effective immediately.

Upgrade Maneuverability with FAB Defense Buttpad

If you are looking to transition quickly comfortably and accurately between multiple targets, the FAB Defense Assault Rubberized Butt-Pad delivers.

New Plan Delivers 3GN Magazine to All Members

In response to requests from much of the membership base, 3-Gun Nation Magazine will now be included in all memberships, at no extra cost. For $45, every Annual Member of 3-Gun Nation, regardless of the competition series, will receive the only publication dedicated to the sport of 3-Gun.

Broadsword Group, Sharps Sued

A former employee has filed suit against the Broadsword Group, LLC and its Sharps Rifle Company seeking "clear and quiet" title to intellectual property he claims to have brought to the company.

Sportsman NRANEWS Cam & Co., Announces In-Studio Experience Giveaway

Sportsman Channel announces aNRANEWS Cam & Co. Watch 'N Win promotion beginning tonight (6 p.m. ET, Monday, September 15) and running through Friday, September 19.

Steiner Introduces The American Hero Instant Savings Program

In recognition of the commitment and dedication of America's law enforcement and security officers, military personnel and first responders, Steiner has launched a new American Hero Instant Savings Program to provide the finest optics available to those who serve and protect our safety and freedom.

Sig Sauer Handgun Ammo - This Week On Guns & Gear Tv

This week, Guns & Gear TV, one of the top-rated television programs to showcase products for shooting and hunting, features Sig Sauer's new Elite Performance handgun ammunition.

3-Gun Ironman: Part 2 - This Week On Gun Talk Television

This week on Gun Talk Television, Gun Talk's Chris Cerino continues his run to win what's been called "the hardest 3-Gun competition out there" - The MGM Ironman.

Crimson Trace Announces BLACKHAWK! Laser Holster Promo

For a limited time, anyone purchasing a Crimson Trace® Rail Master or Rail Master Pro laser sight for a handgun, will receive a free BLACKHAWK! Laser Holster.

Close Describes Team USA's Friday ISSF Results

CLOSE. It's a word that is tossed around freely among competitive shooters. At this level, the 2014 World Shooting Championships, where only the very best are competing, you're either contending or you were close. Three near misses defined the USA Shooting Team's day Friday.

LensPen Set to Introduce Peeps Eyeglass Cleaner

Peeps, the new all-in-one cleaner for eyeglasses and sunglasses, created by LensPen will be introduced later this week at Vision Expo West in Las Vegas.

Chiarello & Co. Partners With NSSF on Rimfire Challenge Program

Dedicated to providing extraordinary insurance options for the firearms industry, Joseph Chiarello & Co., Inc., is throwing its support to the NSSF Rimfire Challenge as a Silver Sponsor.

Inteliscope Releases Complete Redesign of Android App

Inteliscope LLC announces their complete redesign of the Inteliscope App for Android smartphones is now available for free download and information is available at

MidwayUSA Foundation Receives Donation from Potterfields

Larry and Brenda Potterfield, owners of MidwayUSA, recently donated $180,736 to the MidwayUSA Foundation which will benefit teams and organizations that have an endowment account with the MidwayUSA Foundation.

The Mako Group Ad Agency Looking For Weapons Expert

We're looking for an enthusiastic individual with knowledge and expertise with the firearms and the firearms industry to join our team and help market The MAKO GROUP product line and expand our presence in the sports marketing arena.

Italian Gun Grease's Sexton Takes Top Spot in Tarheel 3-Gun

Italian Gun Grease (IGG) sponsored pro-team shooter, Mike Sexton, took home first place in the Open Division and 3rd place Overall at the latest Bushmaster Tarheel 3-Gun Monthly Match.


Crowning A World Champion of Shooting?

Editor's Note: This seemed to be the weekend of worldwide shooting competition. The ISSF World Championships continued in Spain (and the US had a BIG day- see the news section), the International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) held it's 2014 U.S. Championships at the US Shooting Academy in Tulsa, Oklahoma and the inaugural World Shooting Championship from Glengary, West Virginia set out to identify the "world's best shooter" - and award that shooter $50,000. The IDPA match hadn't posted final results at our deadline, so we'll have those full results in subsequent editions of the wires this week. The inaugural Trijicon World Shooting Championship did wrap up on Saturday - and award $50,000 to the winner. Our editor/publisher Jim Shepherd brought home the story (but not the check).

Looking over the expanses of West Virginia open country that makeup the Peacemaker National Training Center outside Glengary, West Virginia, it's difficult to accurately judge distance, especially with low clouds and a light mist blowing. Ordinarily, that brings an appreciative look to any photographer's eye.

But if those aging eyes are trying to determine the distance between a blowing flag and a target something between 100 and 200 yards behind it, it's not so inspiring.

The U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit's Daniel Horner (ABOVE) can now add the title "World's Best Shooter" to his growing list of championship titles. The duo of Lena and father Jerry Miculek (below) eyeing a stage before they began their competition. Lena took the Ladies title; Jerry finished third overall.

This photographer/shooter wasn't the only person wandering across the 12 stages of the inaugural Trijicon World Shooting Championship anticipating problems, because this competition was filled with shooters who have held (or currently hold) virtually any imaginable world shooting title. Bianchi Cups, Camp Perry titles, F1, Olympic trap, cowboy action, it seemed every event was represented by champions out to bring home the world's best shooter title -and the $50,000 winner's check.

This competition was designed to bring all those different disciplines- and champions- together in a single competition with the goal of crowning an "undisputed world champion" of shooting.

And the final standings indicate those with the most experience with rifles, pistols and shotguns had the upper hand. And a disproportionately high number of top finishers are currently 3-gun competitors.

But the best shooter in the world as identified by this competition is ....Daniel Horner of the Army Marksmanship Unit.

Horner took outright stage wins in the Double Womble Trap (100%) and NRA Action Rifle (again, 100%) and used them to overcome his to worst scores, a twenty-eighth place finish in F-class rifle and a thirteenth place in .22 rifle. Those were the only two of the twelve events where Horner didn't either win - or finish inside the top ten.

For his achievement, Horner wins the $50,000 prize- and the dubious honor of now knowing that every competition shooter in the world has him solidly in their sights now, not just the 3-gun shooters he regularly tests -and bests.

Bruce Piatt, multi-Bianchi Cup title holder and working police officer, finished second in the overall competition, followed by the man who seems to be ready to compete with anyone with virtually anything that goes bang at any time: Jerry Miculek.

Brian Nelson looks -and shoots- like a wily veteran, but he's this year's Junior champ and finished in fourth place overall.
Miculek's third-place finish would seem to solidify his position as the man who pays no attention to time, but junior Brian Nelson's fourth place finish would indicate that while he's not going to be competing much longer as a junior, he won't be leaving the competitive shooting world.

The remainder of the top ten were Greg Jordan (5th) Patrick Kelley (6th), Mark Hanish (7th) , Jake Denno (8th) , Gabe Dietrich (9th) and Ryan Muller (10). Three gunner Tony Holmes finished eleventh, with Dave Sevigny in twelfth.

The High Female title in the World Shoot went to Lena Miculek who finished in twenty-eighth place.

If you're like me, you'd wondered how anyone could level a playing field so that champion shooters in vastly dissimilar disciplines could compete evenly. That was the challenge facing the organizer, match director and sponsors.

And designing a match that could do that by itself wouldn't be enough. It would take a prize large enough to attract as many of the world's current and former title-holders as possible to a course of fire difficult enough to challenge their core competencies and identify their shooting weaknesses.

Trijicon stepped up to the prize challenge with a $50,000 cash prize for first place- and more than $100,000 in cash overall. Prize tables added more than a quarter million additional dollars.

Leveling the playing field meant requiring everyone to compete with stage guns and ammo. No hand tuned actions, customized sights or hand loaded ammo specifically designed to minimize personal error. Essentially the World Shooting Championship was going to identify the world's best "stock" shooter.

Another challenge was eliminating "gaming" as much as possible. No match is ever perfect with all the competitors, but the rules in this one helped everyone realize-quickly- this match was going to come down to pure shooting abilities.

That also meant clarifying the matter of reshoots. When did a competitor get to reshoot a string of fire or a stage? That's a question that's resulted in heated debates at almost any competition-at virtually all levels.

The short answer to this long bone of contention was a "mulligan card". If you golf, the "mully" is a familiar concept: hit a bad shot, use a "mulligan" and hit again- no penalty. It's a fundraising staple at charity golf events. Big-spenders (and gamers) always buy the limit of mulligans.

The World Championship issued each shooter a mulligan card- entitling you to reshoot all- or a portion- of a single stage (depending on the stage).

But the card came with a major catch: it was only playable a single time-and on one stage. And it had to be played before your squad finished the stage - or the next squad arrived.

3-Gun Shooter Mark Hanish on the 3 gun stage. His initial run was stopped by officials after spatter from a steel target broke a clay- clearly not his fault- or a need to use his mulligan card.
No more excuses, alibis or mulligans: no kidding.

Sure, there were some exceptions (with stage guns/ammo and moving targets there's always the chance that something would break, jam or stop moving), but the single chance at redemption negated "gaming" the equipment. After all, taking a rerun simply to improve a time on an event that was your strength eliminated any possibility of rerunning a stage where you might have problems.

You can see the official finish for the first Trijicon World Championships at:

You might also want to mark October 14-17, 2015 on your calendar for the second World Championship of Shooting. I already have, because I'm thinking defending the title might be a bit more difficult than simply winning it.

--Jim Shepherd

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