Two Oklahoma City area residents are among 64 marksmen from across the country competing in a new nationally televised 3-gun competition.
Chris Andersen of Norman and Jesse Tischauser of Edmond were selected to participate in the inaugural 3-Gun Nation Pro Series, which will begin airing on the NBC Sports Network in June.
The first of five 3-gun matches in the inaugural pro series was held in Florida last weekend. Tischauser finished 14th and Anderson placed 25th. Their next 3-gun match in the series is scheduled later this month in Texas.
The 3-gun pro series is set up similar to the NASCAR points series. The shooter who earns the most points through the five matches will win a cash prize of $50,000.
In 3-gun matches, competitors must shoot handguns, rifles and shotguns in a timed event at targets at distances ranging from 5 to 600 yards. They must move as quickly as possible from one station to the next. and are scored on both proficiency and time.
“You are running sometimes in a full sprint from one position to another,” Tischauser said. “You are shooting on the move. You are loading on the move. You are doing a lot of things.”
Shooters are scored on both speed and accuracy.
“It's always better to be accurate, but you have to be accurate quickly,” Andersen said.
Tischauser said different matches emphasize different things.
“Some matches really require long range accuracy and in some matches the priority is to shoot as fast as you can,” he said. “That's what makes it fun. No match is ever the same.”
About 2,000 shooters compete in major 3-gun matches across the country each year, but an estimated 10 times that number of shooters compete at the local level. It's one of the fastest growing segments of the shooting sports.
In Oklahoma, there are two 3-gun matches held every month, one at the Oklahoma City Gun Club and the other in Tulsa at the U.S. Shooting Academy.
“It's the only competition that allows you to shoot rifles, pistols and shotguns,” Tischauser said.
Tischauser, 36, is the purchasing manager for a commercial greenhouse in Guthrie. Andersen, 38, is an auto service manager for a car dealership in Norman. Both are two of the best shooters in the country.
They both got their start in action pistol matches which are held every weekend somewhere in Oklahoma. Two years ago, they began competing in 3-gun matches.
“We are a couple of the younger guys on the pro series,” said Andersen, who is sponsored by rifle manufacturer Loki Weapon Systems of Atoka.
Tischauser is a member of Team Stag Arms, a sponsor of the 3-gunning television series, and will be featured prominently in the broadcasts. He was wired for sound at the Florida shoot.
Both are also sponsored by the U.S. Shooting Academy in Tulsa. The two men practice almost daily and have already shot between 10,000 and 15,000 rounds at gun ranges this year. It's not often there is not a gun in their hands.
“I like to try to do something every day to improve my shooting,” Andersen said. “That can sometimes mean eight hours at the range and other times it will mean 30 minutes a night in my garage reloading my shotgun.”
Tischauser was fifth and Anderson finished 15th in the 3-gun national championships in October in Las Vegas, Nev.
In August, Tischauser captured the Nordic Components Shotgun Championship in Wisconsin. In June, Andersen won the High Plain Shooting Rifle Challenge at the Oklahoma City Gun Club.
“We don't shy away from any opportunity to go try and win something,” Andersen said.
Want to know more?
To learn more about 3-gun matches and other shooting sports in Oklahoma, visit boomershooter.com. The website keeps a list of dates and events for shooting competitions.