2020 NORDIC VORTEX TRI-GUN IS CANCELLED

May 15, 2020

The governor of the State of Minnesota had recently released updated Executive Orders regarding the COVID-19 situation.  At current, the peacetime emergency declaration has been extended to June 12 and the Stay Safer Minnesota order establishes that groups or gatherings cannot be larger than 10 people.  The governor has updated the orders numerous times now since the beginning, and it is always made only about 4 days before the current order expires.  At that, we won’t know if he will lift or ease the current order until around June 8, which places it barely a week before the dates of the Nordic Vortex Tri-Gun. One thing that seems always constant though is the limitation on group sizes that is pretty universal across the nation.

These past couple of days, we have been trying to figure out ways to work around and within the restrictions in place.  We had to come up with a plan to make the event work legally as our host Forest Lake Sportsmen’s Club is required to follow the law in allowing such a large event.  We’ve looked at alternate dates, but the Forest Lake Sportsmen’s Club is a very popular venue to both public and law enforcement training, and it is the only venue in the state that could host an event like the Nordic Vortex Tri-Gun.  There are no openings left in the year that would allow us the time frame we need to set-up, staff shoot days, and the main event.

We’ve brainstormed the idea of a modified match schedule, ½ day formats, having shooters shoot with the match staff, making the stages shorter, and other ideas.  As we considered each idea, we realize that all of them makes the Nordic Vortex Tri-Gun a lot less of the grand event that it is.  And it makes for a disservice to our sponsors and shooters.

So we were left with a couple of options:

  • Keep hanging on and hope that the order is lifted or eased before the match dates, and risk having to cancel the match just barely a week before it starts.
  • Cancel the match now and thus give everyone a head start to cancelling or making alternate plans for the weekend.

With all sadness, we chose the latter.  We contacted our partners at Nordic Components, Vortex Optics, and the Forest Lake Sportsmen’s Club, and we all agree that this was the best decision to make.  We know that many of our shooters are disappointed, but know that none so more than us.

We will be issuing match fee refunds to every paid shooter.  Shooters who paid via Practiscore will see a refund on their credit card and those who paid via check will receive a refund in the mail.   Jomar will be working through this process over the next week.   If you do not see a refund by June 1st please contact him directly at the email below.  We will not hold any match fees for placements in next year’s match.  The registration process for next year’s match will be determined at a later time.

We want to thank you all for your patience and understanding.  We also thank all our sponsors and partners in supporting the Nordic Vortex Tri-Gun.  For sponsors please reach out directly to Tiffany with any questions.   If you already sent product she will be in contact with you directly over the next week for instructions.  We will bring back the Tri-Gun next year and make it as grand of an event as you all know it to be.  The 2021 Nordic Vortex Tri-Gun will be on June 18-20, 2021.

Jomar Villamor – Match Director & Registration Coordinator – Jomar.MN3GG@gmail.com

Jay Schmitt – Match Director & Sponsorship Coordinator – Jay.MN3GG@gmail.com

Chris Cazin – Range Master & Stage Logistics Coordinator – Caz41@hotmail.com

Tiffany Overland – Sponsorship Coordinator – TiffanyOverland@gmail.com

Dustin Sanchez – Media & Advertising Coordinator – pbwevents@gmail.com

Shawn Nelson – Media & Advertising Coordinator – shawn@apextechworks.com


2020

NORDIC COMPONENTS / VORTEX OPTICS TRI-GUN

The 2020 Nordic Components & Vortex Optics Tri-Gun presented by the Minnesota 3Gun Group will be held on June 19th-21st, 2020.   The 3 day match will feature 9 exciting and challenging stages.  A huge thanks to the Title Sponsors Nordic Components and Vortex Optics, and to the host range Forest Lake Sportsmen’s Club.

Match slots will remain limited so we could maintain the same quality match (and generous prize table). The match reached full capacity with a waiting list since its inception, with last year’s match filling within 1 minute and 13 seconds of opening. It will likely fill fast again so plan accordingly to get your best chances of getting in.

In the past years, we’ve done early registrations for shooters who have shot the match the past 3 consecutive years.  It was meant to be exclusive for the dedicated shooters.  Unfortunately, we can no longer sustain that early registration requirement as the number of shooters that qualifies for it jumped significantly after the last match and would take up more than half of the available slots.  That means a significant increase of others not getting into the match.  Therefore, we are changing the requirement for early registrations beginning in the 2020 match to keep it more aligned to the exclusiveness it was meant to be.

The 1st Phase of Early registrations will be for shooters that have shot the match EACH year since the inception of the Nordic Vortex Tri-Gun in 2016 (4 years straight).   There are a limited amount of shooters who qualify and they will receive their private early registration invitations through email in early January. This 1st phase of registration will only be open for a limited time.

The 2nd Phase of Early Registrations will be for the Heavy Division shooters only.  We are proud to be one of a very few matches (if not the only one left) with BOTH Heavy Optic and Heavy Limited Divisions.  There will only be 30 slots open for this registration, and it will only be open for 3 days starting Sunday February 2nd at noon and closing on February 5th at noon.  Shooters who sign up during this time MUST remain in the Heavy Divisions and CANNOT switch to Tactical Optic, Tactical Limited, or Open Divisions without withdrawing from the match and re-registering.  If there is a waitlist, that shooter will have to go on it.

General Registrations will open up on Thursday, February 6th at 8PM Central Time.  This will be strictly 1st come 1st serve.  Once the match fills, a waiting list will automatically be started and will be based on the order you registered.

Registration will be done through Practiscore Match Managament. Please keep in mind that you have to be a registered user of Practiscore (free of charge) to be able to sign up for the match, so plan ahead.  Once you’re a registered Practiscore user, you can then register for the match.

Upon registering for the match, you will receive an automated email confirming your registration.  Once the match fills, a waiting list will automatically be started and will be based on the order you registered.  If you are waitlisted, your automated email will say you are waitlisted.

The match fee is $285 for adults and $145 for juniors (17 or younger at match date).  Included with the match fee is a match t-shirt and 3 lunch tickets.  There are two payment options available:

1) ON-LINE using a debit/credit card with additional usage fee.  Adult match fee is $285 plus $8.85 usage fee for a total of $293.85.  Junior fee is $145 plus $4.65 usage fee for a total of $149.65.  Unfortunately, the system only allows us to charge one fee so it will be the adult fee.  If a junior is registered and paid the adult fee on-line, send a message to Jomar.MN3GG@gmail.com and we will refund the difference.

2) MAIL-IN by printing this email and mailing it with your match fee payment of $285 ($145 for juniors).  Please make the check payable to “MN3GG” and mail to:

MN3GG

P.O. Box 29844

Minneapolis, MN 55429

PAYMENT MUST BE RECEIVED WITHIN 2 WEEKS OF THE DATE YOU REGISTERED, or your registration will be rotated to the rear of the waiting list. Self-Squadding for approved shooters will open at a later date to be announced.

We are excited for this match and we have a lot of things planned. We have all the intentions of keeping the reputation of this match as a premier match. Match information and updates will be posted on the Match Website and the Match Facebook Page.

We look forward to seeing you at the match.

Jomar Villamor – Match Director & Registration Coordinator – Jomar.MN3GG@gmail.com

Jay Schmitt – Match Director & Sponsorship Coordinator – Jay.MN3GG@gmail.com

Chris Cazin – Range Master & Stage Logistics Coordinator – Caz41@hotmail.com

Tiffany Overland – Sponsorship Coordinator – TiffanyOverland@gmail.com

Dustin Sanchez – Media & Advertising Coordinator – pbwevents@gmail.com

Shawn Nelson – Media & Advertising Coordinator – shawn@apextechworks.com

MATCH LOCATION

Forest Lake Sportsmen’s Club

4648 240th St N, Forest Lake, MN 55025

LOCAL LODGING

Hotel Phone Distance From Match
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson    ***MATCH HOTEL*** (Discounted rates for Tri-Gun)
1954 W Broadway Ave, Forest Lake, MN 55025
(651) 982-9799 2.3 miles
AmericInn Forest Lake
1291 W Broadway Ave, Forest Lake, MN 55025
(651) 464-1930 2.7 miles
Hampton Inn & Suites Lino Lakes
12 miles