Babes With Bullets 3 Gun Challenge (Pt. 1)

A few years ago my wife was interested in learning how to shoot.  Being the smart husband that I am I gave her a minimum set of basics on safety and operation and then sent her off to a Babes with Bullets handgun class.  For her it was an experience that she thoroughly enjoyed, and came back with all kinds of stories as well as some new skills.  Fast forward a year or so and the Babes with Bullets organization decides to offer a 3 Gun “camp” that allowed the primary lady enrollee to bring a friend.  My wife quickly enrolled us, and we were soon off to Iowa to learn from the best in the business, and make some awesome new friends.  We have been returning to the BWB camps regularly because they are so fun (and instructor led training is important).

This year the BWB organization rolled out the 1rst Annual BWB 3 Gun Challenge.  Of course we decided that this was a must attend event, and quickly registered for the event with my wife, oldest daughter, and I all making the long trek from the upper Midwest down to Northern Louisiana.



We arrived at the famous Shootout Lane facilities Friday evening and were able to get a look at the stages that were awaiting us.  It looked like things had dried out from the torrential rains that they had been having in the area over the prior several weeks and that we would be good to go in the morning.  Well the rain gods had other ideas, and Saturday morning greeted us with hard, driving rain and thunder storms that turned the firm ground to standing water, and slippery mud.  None of that stopped us, and after a two hour delayed start we slogged our way through four stages of fun.  Fortunately, the rain pretty much held off for the balance of the day and we were spared a complete soaking while shooting.  We still were plenty wet and muddy by the time we wrapped up though.



As I get a chance to work through the video from the event, I will get some more images posted.  The short version is:

  • This was an excellent event that was executed well, in adverse conditions.
  • Everyone had fun.
  • Sponsor support was excellent.
  • We made some new friends, and reconnected with some old friends.

More to come.  Stay tuned.



Your Havoc5 folks have been quite busy lately.  To give you the brief rundown of our week:

1. MGM Junior 3 Gun Camp.  – Daughter Number One attended.  The event was held at Peacemaker National Training Center in West Virginia and was outstanding.

2. 3Gun Nation Mid Atlantic Regional:  Yours Truly competed.  With storms making the footing treacherous, and in some cases splashing through ankle deep water / mud the event was interesting.  The stages were challenging, and while my performance was somewhat lacking it was still a good time.  New faces, new challenges, and more to come.

3.  After MGM, Daughter Number One hightailed back to the ranch in time to switch gears and ride in the KMRR Drill Team Competition.

Busy times.  Details to follow.  Stay tuned.

Stage 4 Polo 3 Gun June

Well since all the cool kids are doing it, I thought that I would go ahead and post my stage 4 run out here on the “interwebs” and be a bit embarrassed by how slowly I ran this very short stage.   As I was running this stage I knew that a couple of things did not go well but, I really thought that I was moving through it.  That is why I love video as a teaching tool… I found that I was slower than molasses in January.

Let’s take a look.

Learning Points:

  1. Learn to count, planning:  I should not have been surprised by that pistol reload.  I should have reloaded coming out from the barrels.
  2. Turn and Draw — most lackadaisical, no reason to be this slow.
  3. Surprise at hitting the longer range pistol steel in one shot.  Be more confident.  Either launch a quick follow on shot or move on more quickly.
  4. Targets between the barrels…. transition and splits… no reason to be that slow except it seems like I was stuck in first gear throughout the stage.
  5. Large poppers –  Ug, no reason not to go one for one and more quickly.  They were close and they were LARGE.
  6. Move to a spot and shoot…. pick the right spot.  I should have been closer to the table and back maybe 18″ to be in a better position to see the targets and drop the pistol in the box.
  7. The plan was to plus up the shotgun as I moved to the clays… doh.
  8. After about the fourth clay I shifted to second gear put never really cranked up the speed the way I should have.
  9. Moving reload to the plate rack…. slow, slow, slow.

I think that there was probably 10s (or more) that I should have been able to cut from this stage.  I was just slow at everything I did.  I was 24th on this stage… I probably could have been somewhere between 10th to 12th, if I hadn’t been so lackadaisical about it.

Still… I was outside, the weather was cooperating, my family was shooting with me and I was shooting…. Still A GREAT DAY!


Polo 3 Gun

I had an awesome time at the Polo 3Gun match today.  I had the distinct pleasure of shooting with my wife and oldest daughter through out the day.  While not our best performances, it was a good opportunity for me to step back into the sport after taking a few weeks off to let my hands heal.  Since I had a camera person I have a lot of diagnostic video to work with.  Bottom line, I need to move faster.  Faster foot work, faster reloads, better long range work.

While we had torrential rains on Saturday night, the range and the match today were very manageable.  While we had a 90% probability of rain today it held off completely and let the bays dry out.  More to come.

Stage 1 Polo June 2015

Operation X

Samson Manufacturing initiated their Operation X program this fall.  In a nutshell, it is a program designed to get product feedback from people in the field.  A corollary to this is the widespread non-traditional media exposure that can be generated for the Samson product lines.  It is a creative approach to marketing, and a way to Samson to gain broader market penetration as well as pull in a lot of user feedback early in the product lifecycle.

Here is the announcement describing the program.


When the application period for this program opened, I thought I would throw my name in the hat and see what happened.  The selection announcement for the Operation X program was made today.  Much to my surprise, I found my name on the list as a selectee.

Over the course of the program (or for however long I can convince them that I am worthy) I will have the honor of participating.  You can expect to hear a lot more about the program and Samson products during the coming months.  There are a lot of well known and established individuals from the shooting world that have been selected as part of the program, and I am honored to be part of the Operation X team along with them.

Stay tuned, this should be a lot of fun.

What a great way to start the year!


For those that recall “Gone in 60 Seconds” Nicholas Cage had is Eleanor, a 1967 custom Mustang.  Everyone has their “Eleanor” in whatever hobby the happen to be passionate about.

When we take a look at firearms, there is a variety of weapons that are out there have played a significant role in our history that people are passionate about.  The modern firearms are outstanding tools but they don’t yet have the mystique and mythical stories associated with them that others do.

My uncle and I were speaking about shooting a few months back, and he was proudly telling me that “Everyone of my guns has a story behind it”.  That is pretty cool, mine collection is developing their own stories but it is a work in progress.

If you look back into history, at all of the firearms out there what is your Eleanor.  The one difficult piece that would make your collection whole.

For me I think there might be two:

1.  Thompson Sub Machine Gun.  (Tommy Gun)



The stereotypical firearm that you think of when you think of the “roaring 20’s” and the era of Prohibition.  A firearm that was well used and respected in WWII.  Yeah, I think this is my Eleanor.

A nice article on this piece can be found and TFB The Most Effective Portable Fire Arm In Existence 1925 – The Firearm Blog.


2.  The Colt Single Action Army

Introduced in 1873, no Colt revolver has earned greater fame than the Single Action Army®, The Peacemaker®. In design and performance, in line and form, no more sculptural and practical Colt has ever been created

3coltA Single Action Army.  The Peacemaker.  This is Eleanor’s little sister, for me.

What is your Eleanor?