VIRginia International Raceway Fires Up for 3-Gun Nation Championship Oct. 7 to 9

3-Gun Nation Shotgun Nationals
3-Gun Nation Shotgun Nationals
3-Gun Nation
3-Gun Nation

Danville, VA -( The 2016 3-Gun Nation Championship and Shooting Sports Expo is coming to VIRginia International Raceway’s premium onsite shooting ranges Oct. 7 to 9, featuring several levels of competition from amateur, semi-pro and professional shooters.

The three days of action includes the Nationals Championship, Pro Series Championship, inaugural 3-Gun Nation Shotgun Nationals, live fire demonstrations, product testing and more.

The headlining 3-Gun Nation Nationals, presented by Freedom Munitions, will feature 250 sharp shooters competing in all equipment divisions and level classifications over two days. In the exciting sport of 3-gun shooting, competitors use three different firearms – a modern sporting rifle, a pistol and a shotgun. Participants compete in matches with various “stages” or scenarios in which they must engage targets using one gun or multiple guns in a specific sequence.

Also taking place is the Pro Series Championship finals, dubbed the “NRA Sports’ 3-Gun Nation,” presented by Lucas Oil. This series features top professionals in the sport participating in a televised circuit of elite competitions, with the VIR championship airing on MAVTV. Participants will take aim in the semifinals Friday night and those who advance to the final eight will square off Saturday in one of the most exciting events in all of practical shooting – the 3-Gun Nation Shoot-Off. The 3-Gun Nation Shoot-Off is a man-versus-man tournament that will crown the overall Pro Series champion and winner of the coveted $50,000 cash prize sponsored by NRA Sports.

“We’re honored to have 3-Gun Nation back for its second year of competition at our world class shooting facilities, this time with even more exhilarating events for spectators to enjoy,” said Connie Nyholm, owner and CEO of VIR. “The weekend will be action packed including the highly anticipated shooting matches, a vendor row, radical off-road vehicle showcases and more. Shooting sports enthusiasts and motorsport fans alike won’t want to miss these exciting three days at VIR.”

Additionally, 3-Gun Nation will debut its inaugural 3-Gun Nation Shotgun Nationals, presented by Nordic Components, at VIR. This new initiative opens up the shooting sports competition to the public, with no invitation or 3-Gun Nation membership required to compete. The six-stage shotgun “side match” will be held over the course of the weekend. Entry is $75 dollars and the event features $5,000 in cash prizes sponsored by Nordic Components. For more info on competing, visit

Throughout the weekend, competitors will test their skills on VIR’s NRA-approved traditional ranges, shoot-house and natural terrain areas for courses of fire. VIR boasts a wide array of shooting facilities, including seven ranges varying from 50 to 1,000 yards and a Tactical Training Complex encompassing a simulated urban environment, live fire shoot-house and classroom. Everyday shooters of any skill level can enjoy hands-on training and even challenge family, friends or business associates to official skeet competitions on National Skeet Shooting Association-approved courses throughout the year.

Fans can purchase tickets for the 3-Gun Nation Championship and Shooting Sports Expo weekend at the VIR gate for just $10 daily. Children 16 and under are admitted free of charge with a paying adult and parking is also free. Active military are admitted free of charge and veterans receive a 50 percent discount with valid military ID.

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About VIRginia International Raceway:

VIRginia International Raceway is one of America’s premier road courses, offering professional and amateur racing for modern and vintage classes while providing contemporary resort amenities. A prominent test facility for the automotive industry, VIR has the distinction of being named one of the top six courses in North America by Car & Driver Magazine, and southern roots and hospitality make it one of the friendliest. Conveniently located at the Virginia/North Carolina border, VIR is just a short two-hour trip from Richmond and about an hour and 15 minutes from both the Piedmont-Triad and Raleigh-Durham International Airports. VIRginia International Raceway is one of America’s premier road courses, offering professional and amateur racing for modern and vintage classes while providing contemporary resort amenities, such as lodging, dining, a spa, an exclusive driver’s club, karting, off-road racing, shooting sports, skid pad and more.

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About 3Gun Nation:

The National 3-Gun Association, through media properties “3-Gun Nation Television” and, was formed with one mission: to promote practical shooting by shining a light on amateur and professional shooters alike, as well as the guns, gear and lifestyle that define the high-octane sport of 3-gun competition. 3GN features members, regional and club events nationwide, where anyone can participate in the sport for fun, prizes and fellowship. The 3-Gun Nation Nationals and Shooting Sports Expo is proudly supported by the following companies: NRA Sports, Freedom Munitions, Timney Triggers, ZT Knives, Pure Gold Chokes, Columbia River Arms, Seekins Precision, REV Arms, Cobalt Kinetics, Oakley, Howard Leight, Mossberg, Nordic Components, Iron City Rifleworks, Remington, UM Tactical, Insect Shield, International Supply, Lucas Oil Outdoor Line, Ruger, Voodoo Tactical, Tru Spec, Taccom, Invictus Practical, Warne Scope Mounts, C&C Firearms, Tresna Defense and Taurus.

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