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.