Team FNH USA Rocks the Superstition Mountain Mystery 3-Gun Match

Team FNH USA Rocks the Superstition Mountain Mystery 3-Gun Match

FNH Dianna Liedorff
Hanging in climbing gear, Dianna Liedorff competes in the first stage of fire where competitors had to throw dummy hand grenades through windows before taking to the trigger.

McLean, Virginia –-( Several members of Team FNH USA posted solid finishes at the Superstition Mountain Mystery 3-Gun Match.

This year’s match had more than 300 shooters with several new stages including the technical Stage One where shooters were hung in climbing gear and had to throw dummy hand grenades into windows before shooting targets.

“The quick and dirty stages at SMM3G are challenging and keep you on your toes. One little mistake can cost you the match,” said Tommy “Tommy Gun” Thacker, Director of Product Management and Team Captain for FNH USA. “Overall it was a good start to the year for Team FNH USA.”

Team FNH USA results included finishes by team members Tommy Thacker coming in 7th in the Open Division and 9th overall in the match, Mark Hanish who placed 13th in the Tactical Optics Division, followed by the latest addition to the team, Eric Lund in 35th place. Dianna Liedorff placed 72ndoverall, just over Tasha Hanish in 75th. The women of Team FNH USA also took 2nd and 3rd in the Tactical Optics Women’s Division respectively. Ken Pfau, Vice President of Law Enforcement and Commercial Sales for FNH USA rounded out the team’s overall finish in 20th in the Tactical Limited Division shooting iron sights.

“Shooting iron sights at this match is always fun. The close targets are deceptively difficult with plenty of “no-shoots” and chances for penalties,” said Pfau.

Additional staff members from FNH USA also competed in the match with Ernie Beckwith earning 104th place in the Tactical Optics Division and Walt Hasser following in 164th. Tabor Bright placed 17th in the Heavy Optics Division with his .308 SCAR 17s.

The three-day Superstition Mountain Mystery match is held at the Rio Salado Sportmans Range and is considered the kick-off event for the national 3-gun competition circuit. The event attracts several hundred of the top shooters from around the country, and is also the first stop on the “3-Gun Nation” National Tour.

The final-day shoot-off at each of the 3GN Tour stops is worth thousands of dollars in cash prizes to the top three finishers and is among the richest payouts in the practical and action shooting realm. Each of the events on the 3GN Tour is also recorded for a later broadcast on the Versus Channel. (Check your local cable listings for broadcast date, time and channel in your area.)

Team FNH USA is slated to attend a number of major 3-Gun matches in 2011, including:

  • June 5-11 – MGM IronMan, Parma, ID
  • July 22-23 – Industry Masters, Park City, KY
  • Aug 4-6 – Rocky Mountain 3-Gun, Raton, NM
  • Sept 9-11 – Ozark 3-Gun, Lake Ozark, MO
  • Oct 21-23 – USPSA Multi-Gun Nationals, Las Vegas, NV
  • Nov 10-12 – FNH USA / 3-Gun Nation Championship, Glengary, WV

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FNH USA Team Captain Tommy Thacker fires his FN SCAR 16S
FNH USA Team Captain Tommy Thacker fires his FN SCAR 16S during one of the grueling stages of the Superstition Mystery Mountain 3-Gun Championship. Photo: Courtesy of FNH USA

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