Sounds Like A Good Time Was Had By All

The Crimson Trace Midnight 3-Gun Invitational was held this past Monday night-Tuesday morning. From all reports, it sounds like a good time was had by all.

Here is Michael Bane’s report of the match as well as Tam’s report(s) from competing in it.

Iain Harrison sent this out this morning about the match.

World’s First Ever Night Time 3 Gun Match a Huge Success

(Bend, OR) Crimson Trace wrapped up their Midnight 3 Gun Invitational match in the wee small hours of Wednesday morning, after two days of extreme intensity multigun action in the high desert. World-class competitors from across the USA gathered to see if the skills that earned them respect in daytime worked equally well in the inky darkness. Scheduled specifically for early July, when the moonless skies would force shooters to rely heavily on their equipment, mother nature threw just about everything in her repertoire at the attendees, ranging from harsh daytime sun, to thunderstorms, to freezing night time temperatures. Blowing dust ensured that weapons were never more than a dropped magazine away from a complete meltdown, which several shooters discovered to their cost during the eight stages which tested marksmanship, movement, speed and strategy.

Shooters were thrown challenges that were completely outside the realm of the ordinary match. On stage 8, they were expected to engage special targets provided by MGM which glowed brightly in the FLIR thermal scope which was mounted on an FNH Mk46 light machine gun. The signature stage of the match though involved full auto short barreled rifles from PWS, a shoot house and pvs14 nigh vision goggles provided by I2 Technologies, which looked like a scene from a video game. Because of its unusual nature, the event attracted senior members of the 3 gun community such as veteran match director Jeff Cramblit.”I was amazed at how well the match was organized,” said Cramblit. “For Crimson Trace to pull this off without any prior experience speaks volumes about the professionalism of the company.”

Continuing his winning streak, SSGT Daniel Horner of the Army Marksmanship Unit took top honors in a fiercely contested battle with Team Noveske’s Rob Romero and fellow AMU teammate Tyler Payne. Horner equipped his pistol, rifle and shotgun with Crimson Trace lasers and white lights in order to win the champion’s crown and pocket a check for $10,000 from the match organizers. Kay Miculek was victorious in the women’s division, while junior title was won by local boy Cody Leaper.

I’m not sure if I would have competed in it given a chance but it sure would have been fun to watch the action.

Maps of the stages are on-line. Stages 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8. Click on the stage number for the link to that stage.

From Iain Harrison – Midnight 3-Gun Invitational 2012

Iain Harrison of Crimson Trace sent along this reminder about the first night-time 3-gun match that is being sponsored by Crimson Trace. One additional thing of interest is that footwear and sportswear giant Nike is going to be a sponsor which is a first.

Crimson Trace Kicks Off World’s First Night Time 3 Gun Match

The first and only event of its kind starts Monday with a full roster of shooters, full match schedule and full auto firearms! Shooting entirely at night in the high desert of central Oregon, the Crimson Trace Midnight 3 Gun Invitational is a unique addition to the shooting calendar, featuring night vision equipment, thermal imagers, IR lasers and belt-fed stage guns. When the sun sets on the range, shooters from all over the country will be making ready in anticipation of the eight, challenging stages and the chance to win the $10,000 first prize.

“We’re totally stoked at the response this match has generated,” said Kent Thomas, director of marketing. “Outside of the of military, no one that we’re aware of has put something like this on before and we’re really grateful that the shooting community has embraced it the way they have.” A large number of top-tier sponsors have also joined Crimson Trace in creating this one-of-a-kind competition. Companies based in the Pacific Northwest were quick to throw their hats into the ring, with FLIR, Danner, Leatherman, Leupold, Nosler, BladeTech and Warne providing products for shooters and Range Officers. Local sportswear powerhouse Nike also came on board, the first time they have ever sponsored a shooting event. FNH, Remington, ATK and PWS are providing guns and ammo for use in the exciting courses of fire, which will be covered by TV, print and online media.

The M3GI is open to spectators and is located at the COSSA range on Rte 20, east of Bend, OR.