Some of the top 3-gunners in the nation, such as M3GI 2013 winner Daniel Horner
, have set the bar high for other competitors.
: Winning at 3 Gun
So what strategy does Horner
deploy to shoot his
way into the winner's circle at the nation's premier nighttime 3-Gun event?
practices for the night competition by shooting at night.
As an Army soldier, Horner
also teaches shooting skills, including shooting in darkness.
"We do quite a bit of night time shooting with night vision and lasers, so it was a pretty easy transition to the 3-Gun world," states Horner
"However, I did learn a few things to bring back from the competition world to make me a better instructor for soldiers.
" Yes, he
and many shooters use 3-gun competitions as a learning experience.
The 3-Gun competitions help shooters learn about gear-and how to better use it.
"I put the (Crimson Trace) lasers on every gun and co-witnessed them to the sights," Horner
continued in explaining his
"If I could give one tip to everybody, it would be to know your equipment, and keep it simple," noted Horner
"A light, a laser and a button for both should be the only change you make to your normal guns.
I love the quote 'Beware the man with only one gun.
might know how to use it.' I pretty much live by that.
Remember to be certain to check the gear restrictions for the event you plan to compete in.
also does something few other 3-gunners do-he shoots while constantly moving.
Many competitors stop or briefly pause before they move their trigger finger and shoot at a target.
Horner (a member of the US Army Marksmanship unit) seems to always be on the move-and shooting.
is widely recognized as one of the top 3-gunners in America now, and he's
earning the checks and shooting the scores to prove it.
won $10,000 at the recent Crimson Trace 2013 Midnight 3-Gun Invitational.
Not bad for two long nights of work involving running-and gunning.