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Gun Maintenance for Protection Firearms

By Guest Contributor 

women with guns and proper firearm maintenance
Although firearm sales have fallen over the past couple of years, U.S. citizens still own an estimated 300 million guns. Most are owned legally for hunting and self-protection, but every year there are around 75,000 gun related injuries and nearly a thousand accidental deaths. Owning a firearm for your protection is a big decision, so if you're thinking about it, you need to know everything from how it works to proper cleaning to making sure it stays out of the wrong hands.


Lesson from Robin Williams' Death

By Gabby

I doubt I am the only one who can say without much hesitation, that Robin Williams was my favorite comedian. I could watch his movies, routines and appearances and laugh until I cried, even if I had seen them many time before. However, I would always watch him and suspect that what we were seeing was only half of the story. Today we learned of his passing and it is suspected that his death was by his own hand. While we mourn this loss, I feel the moment should not go by without recognizing the root cause of this tragedy.


Tales From a 3 Gun Beginning: Thinking Like a 3 Gunner

By Gabby For Gun Nuts

3 gun competitors James Casanova, Janna Reeves & beginner, Gabby Marcuus
After training with top 3 gun pro-shooters for months now, I have begun to understand their methodology. I like 3gun as a shooting competition, because it’s all about assessing a situation and thinking on your feet. Every stage can be tackled a number of different ways and every shooter will have their own technique for approaching one. At this past weekends ATL3Gun match, a shotgun-only stage had my squad a bit puzzled. There were 18 clays spread throughout a “jungle” environment. Some clays were hidden behind trees and could only been seen from specific angles. Further, there was no obvious path through the shooting area.


Tales From a 3 Gun Beginning: Selecting A First Match

By Gabby For Gun Nuts

how a gun girl chooses her girls 3 gun match
I learned so much from my first 3gun match, but now, after a month has passed, I feel it time to boil down the data into a few simple lessons that other beginners might find useful.


Tales From a 3 Gun Beginning: Ma Duece

By Gabby For Gun Nuts

gun girl shooting 3 gun match ArmedCandy
The last stage of my first day at the Freedom Munitions Memorial Match was filled with multiple 3 gun clich├ęs. Firstly, they included a “pick-up gun”. A pick-up gun is a surprise firearm, often provided by a sponsor, which is meant to throw a shooter for a loop. Often the shots with the pickup gun are are not scored or they only affect one’s time. They are not usually anything one can prepare for, but they can be a great opportunity to get behind some pretty rare weapons. Also, we were provided ammo by the title sponsor for our shotguns, which was staged in a dump barrel.


Tales From a 3 Gun Beginning: All Shotgun

By Gabby For Gun Nuts

For the past few months I have been amazed at how much I am enjoying the shotgun portion of my 3gun training. While it’s easier to hit a target it’s takes more brute force to control than a pistol or rifle. Yet even with my pathetic excuse for upper body strength, I really like this new challenge.


Tales From a 3 Gun beginner: 2 Stages Complete

By Gabby For Gun Nuts

girl with rifle shoots 3 gun match
In my second stage of the Freedom Munitions Memorial match there was no rifle work, only shotgun and then pistol. There was some running down stairs after ditching ones shotgun. I wondered, “What’s with this stage designer?” Ladders (see my post about the first stage of this match), stairs… What’s next? Rappelling??!?


Tales From a 3 Gun Beginner: First Stage

By Gabby For Gun Nuts

gabby shoots her first 3 gun stage

Though I have been practicing in my coaches’ backyard range, which includes an abandoned horse barn, a chicken coop and a rusty horse walker, the first stage I encountered at the Freedom Munitions Memorial match at Clinton Plantation was more complicated than any I had ever tried. It began with a pistol draw from the belt and shots at a dueling tree from behind the hood of an old suburban.


Myths & Facts: 3 Gun Pro Squad

By Gabby For Gun Nuts

Janna Reeves, Gabby Marcuus and James Casanova at Freedom Munitions Memorial Match June 2014At many major 3 gun matches, big name, sponsored, professional shooters are placed on a squad together. This tends to keep them out of reach of the other shooters at the match. Because of this system, the pro squad seems to hold some mystique. I have heard some people’s beliefs about being on this elusive squad and some of these opinions really make me giggle. So, after shooting the Freedom Munitions Memorial Match at Clinton House Plantation in South Carolina last weekend and being the greenest member of the pro squad, I feel it is my duty to set the record straight.


Gun Shaped Object Contest, Beginning Right Now!!

By Gabby

gun shaped contest guess the object from Janna Reeves collection and winI'm not sure how many of you are aware of this, but Miss Janna Reeves is a collector of all things miniature and gun related. I am based at the Noveske Shooting Team Playhouse for the weekend and every time I turn around I find more goodies that have a barrel and trigger, but nowhere to put ammo! It's like a fun little treasure hunt to see how many items in this house are gun shaped, but not actually guns.

I've been trying to think of a way that y'all could enjoy this hunt with me, and then a light bulb went off... 
Today I will start a contest!


3 Gun Decisions: Shotgun Speed Loading Method

By Gabby

3 gun shotgun speed loading methodsPart of the interesting thing about 3 Gun, is that it's all about decisions. Some are made on the fly, others are made when selecting gear, but each one comes with trade-offs. When choosing a shotgun loading method, you can go with weak hand, strong hand, load one at a time, load more. The list goes on and on.


Losing Relationship Weight with 3Gun

By Gabby for Gun Nuts

gun girl notices some fatI'm sure I shared with you guys that at the end of last summer I met my ideal match; Lets call him "Big J". He's a dream boat and after many years of the single-life I feel incredibly lucky and blessed. One of our many shared interests is food. He loves to cook and we spend a lot of time in the kitchen together. Since he's a meat and potatoes kind of guy we often have big meals that include a protein and a startch, a combination that had formerly been a rarity in my life.*