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2208, 2019

2020 Nordic Vortex Tri-Gun Match Dates

August 22nd, 2019|

The 2020 Nordic Vortex Tri-Gun will be held on June 19th (Friday) through June 21st (Sunday) at the same location.

107, 2019

2019 Nordic Vortex Tri-Gun Match Wrap-Up

July 1st, 2019|

2019 NORDIC VORTEX TRI-GUN

The 2019 Nordic Components & Vortex Optics Tri-Gun presented by the Minnesota 3Gun Group was held on June 21st-23rd, 2019 at the Forest Lake Sportsmen’s Club.  A huge thanks to all the match sponsors:

Co-Title SponsorsNordic Components and Vortex Optics

Platinum SponsorsHiperfireJP RiflesLuth AR, and Thunder Beast Arms 

Gold SponsorsAmerican Defense ManufacturingArnzen ArmsFederal Premium, HornadyKelTEc WeaponsNine Line Apparel, and Wild Ear.

Silver Sponsors3M Peltor, Gunfighter TargetsHawkeye OrdnanceHodgdon PowdersHunters HD GoldKing of the MountainObsidian ArmsORM Tech AmmoReal AvidRise ArmamentRubber City ArmorySavage Arms, SCCY FirearmsShoot SteelTACCOM, and XS Sights

Bronze SponsorsDunaway Custom Arms and Range Tactical Gear

Contributing SponsorsBar-Sto Machine, Beise Customs CNC, Benelli USABrownellsBurrisDecot Hy-Wyd, Montana Gold BulletRedding ReloadingStarline Brass, Warne Scope Mounts, Wiley X, XSteel Targets, and Zero Bullets

 

2019 Nordic Vortex Tri-Gun Results

232 Shooters (from 23 states of the USA, Canada, and Finland) competed in this year’s match.  Congratulations to the winners:

Open Division:

1st Place:  Jon Wiedell

2nd Place:  Joel Turner

3rd Place:  Reuben Aleckson

Tactical Optic Division:

1st Place:  Jake Latola

2nd Place:  Nate Staskiewicz

3rd Place:  Nicholas Molina

Tactical Limited Division:

1st Place:  Riley Kropff

2nd Place:  Nathan Payne

3rd Place:  Aaron Hayes

Heavy Optic Division:

1st Place:  Scott McGregor

2nd Place:  Jason Carillo

3rd Place:  Robert Strange

Heavy Limited Division:

1st Place:  Samuel Rydberg

2nd Place:  Chris Hoppe

3rd Place:  Sean Koopman

Special Category Winners:

Top Lady:  Dakota Overland

Top Junior:  Jon Wiedell

Top Senior:  Bob Sanchez

Top Super Senior:  Kurt Nelson

Top LEO:  Nathan Payne

Top Military:  Nate Staskiewicz

 

Nordic Components, Vortex Optics, and the MN 3Gun Group also teamed up to put together a raffle to benefit the Task Force Dagger Foundation.  Congratulations to John Gomez for winning the raffle for the Nordic Components Rifle with a Vortex Optics Razor AMG UH-1.  The raffle raised approximately $2,270, and with an additional $500 donation from the MN 3Gun Group, a total of $2,720 was donated to the Task Force Dagger Foundation.

 

And last but certainly not least, thank you for our hard working match staff.  Without them, this match would not be possible nor could it uphold its reputation of being a premier event and the most sought after match in the nation.

Sponsorship and Stats Coordinator:  Tiffany Overland

Social Media and Video Productions:  Dustin Sanchez and Shawn Nelson

Photography:  Pathum Karunaratne

Range Facility Manager:  Ron Westberg

Stage 1 Range Officers:  Gary Bibeau and Ryan Rieckman

Stage 2 Range Officers:  Robert Gale and Bob Meinert

Stage 3 Range Officers:  Chris Oakley and George Bridenstine

Stage 4 Range Officers:  Rachel DePouw, Adam Maxwell, and Cody West

Stage 5 Range Officers:  Pete Carroll and Chad Swartout

Stage 6 Range Officers:  Fields Family: Brent, Jenny, and Sam

Stage 7 Range Officers:  James Leffler and James Niedt

Stage 8 Range Officers:  James Shaw and Dawn Westberg

Stage 9 Range Officers:  Trevor Armbruster and Alex Cady

Side Shotgun Match Range Officers:  Steve Schultz and Steve Shimek

 

Thanks again to all of you that attended and supported the match.  Planning for the 2020 Nordic Vortex Tri-Gun started right after the match.  See you all next year.

Jomar Villamor – Co-Match Director

Jay Schmitt – Co-Match Director

Chris Cazin – Range Master

2206, 2019

Match Updates – Day 1 Complete

June 22nd, 2019|

MATCH UPDATES – Day 1 Complete

We hope most everyone is having a great time and are enjoying the stages.  The weather held up and actually provided a good canopy to keep the heat down.  Weather forecast has also changed for tomorrow and is looking like no rain now until Sunday.  The current 2019 Nordic Vortex Tri-Gun Scores are now posted.

We had an unfortunate circumstance arise (more like sink) with Stage 8.  One of the rifle targets managed to sink into the ground gradually over the course of the day and 90+ shooters going through the stage.  By the end of the day, the target had half of a presentation than it had at the start of the day.  We never had a target sink into the ground before, and we believe that it was the combination of the ground the target stand was on, the vibration the stand was taking as the plate was hit off of it, and the resetting of the 5 pound plate caused the target stand to dig further into the ground.  Over the course of the day, the target sank about 4 inches lower behind rubber block protecting the stand.  With that, the stage had definitely changed and the squads that shot early in the day had a distinct advantage over the squads that shot late in the day.  Therefore, we regret that we have to throw Stage 8 out of the match to keep the match as fair as possible.  We apologize for this.

The squad schedule stays intact except for Stage 8.  That block will just be open time for the squads.  See the 2019 Tri-Gun Updated Match Schedule.

A couple of reminders for tomorrow:

  • The Nordic Vortex Tent Party will be tomorrow as the shooting winds down at about 5PM.  Beer will be provided by Vortex Optics, and pizza will be provided by Nordic Components and Hiperfire.
  • The side shotgun matches are fully open right away in the morning.  There are two stages available.  Cost is $10 per stage and per division (Pump, Tactical, and Open).  Shooters can only shoot the stages once in a division, but can shoot them again under another division up to all 3 divisions.  Stages and divisions are independent and cash payouts will be given to the top shooters during the awards ceremony on Sunday.
  • Please keep your speed down while driving by and at the range to keep the dust level down, especially by the main clubhouse at Gate 2 where the tent is at.

Have a good night and see you all in the morning.

 

706, 2019

Match Updates 6/7/2019

June 7th, 2019|

We are 2 weeks out from the start of the match and we are excited to have you here.  The Nordic Vortex Tri-Gun has earned its reputation as a premier event in the nation and we have all intentions of keeping it that way.  We want to thank all our match sponsors for their support.

Co-Title Sponsors: Nordic Components and Vortex Optics

Platinum Sponsors: Hiperfire, JP Rifles, Luth AR, and Thunder Beast Arms

Gold Sponsors: American Defense Manufacturing, Arnzen Arms, Federal Premium, KelTEc Weapons, Nine Line Apparel, and Wild Ear.

Silver Sponsors: Gunfighter Targets, Hawkeye Ordnance, Hodgdon Powders, Hunters HD Gold, King of the Mountain, Obsidian Arms, ORM Tech Ammo, Real Avid, Rise Armament, Rubber City Armory, Savage Arms, Shoot Steel, TACCOM, and XS Sights

Bronze Sponsors: Dunaway Custom Arms and Range Tactical Gear

Contributing Sponsors: Benelli USA, Brownells, Burris, Decot Hy-Wyd, Redding Reloading, Starline Brass, and Warne

Here are some information you’ll need to know:

Round Count: Rifle 144, Pistol 171, Birdshot 85, Slug 13, Rifle/Pistol Option 54, Pistol/Birdshot Option 30.  This may change slightly as the stages are built one week prior to the match.

Match Set-up and RO Shoot:  Match set-up will begin on Saturday June 15th and will go through Tuesday June 18th.  The range is closed for shooters during the set-up.  ROs will be shooting all the stages Wednesday June 19th and Thursday June 20th.  The range is closed for regular shooters starting on Saturday June 15th through Thursday June 20th at 2PM.

Match Check-In: All shooters must check-in on Thursday June 20th from 2-7PM or Friday June 21st 6-7AM.  Check-in as the Main Club House at Gate 2.  At check-in, you will receive your 3 lunch tickets and match t-shirts.

Match Schedule: The match schedule is attached.  Shooters can begin reviewing stages after 2PM on Thursday June 20th.  Bear in mind the ROs may still be shooting some stages on this day so all shooters are required to yield the stage to them.

Match Squadding: We still have a number of shooters not yet squadded.  Self-Squadding opened up over 2 weeks ago and most squads are full.  Un-squadded shooters needs to select an open squad before next Friday June 14th at which time the squadding will be locked and unsquadded shooters will be placed in an open squad of our choosing.

Lunch:  We have arranged for the Forest Lake High School’s Clay Target Shooting Team to provide lunch as a fundraiser for their team.  Each shooter will receive 3 lunch tickets at check-in which are redeemed for lunch each day.  Additional lunch can be purchased with cash.  You all know the future of our sport is with the youths.  Please support them and be generous in your tips.

Parking and Range Vehicles: We will be using all 3 areas of the range again.  Each area will have vehicle parking nearby the bays.  The farthest distance a stage is from the parking lot is about 200 yards.  Motorized vehicles/wheelers in the bay areas are restricted to match staff and pre-authorized people only.  We highly suggest using carts for your gear.

Shooter Conduct: Due to some outrageous behavior last year, we lost a couple of longtime ROs who got fed up with the abuse.  Almost every RO (paid or unpaid) in any match are doing the duty for the love of the sport and to contribute back to our sport.  All our ROs have/will dedicate a lot of their time and energy for our match.  Please treat them with the respect they deserve.  You may not agree with their calls, but they definitely don’t deserve abuse or mistreatment.  Abusive and aggressive behavior will not be tolerated and will be grounds for a Match DQ and/or being banned.

Match Withdrawal: With just 2 weeks out before the match, any withdrawal from now until the end of the match is not guaranteed for any re-imbursement.  We still have 41 shooters waiting to get into this match which is way down from the 83 shooters we had at the peak.  But with just 2 weeks out from the match, many of these shooters may not be able to make it due to the short notice.  We will assist you in finding a replacement from the waitlist until next Friday, after which withdrawing shooters will be responsible to finding their own arrangements for a replacement shooter.

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to us.  We look forward to seeing all of you soon.

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

 

2701, 2019

UPDATED MATCH RULES

January 27th, 2019|

The match rules has been updated.  The latest revision is available to view HERE with the changes highlighted.  Make sure to take note of these changes.

2701, 2019

2nd Phase of Registrations (Heavy Division Shooters Only) Opening January 28th

January 27th, 2019|

The 2nd Phase of the registrations is set to open tomorrow January 28th at noon.  This is for Heavy Division Shooters only.  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.  This 2nd Phase of registrations will only be open until Friday, February 1st at noon.

1801, 2019

TRI-GUN PODCAST EPISODE 02

January 18th, 2019|

Updated Rules & Division Changes

Please take a moment to thank and follow our currently confirmed sponsors of the 2019 Nordic Vortex Tri-Gun:

Nordic Components – https://www.facebook.com/nordiccomp/
Vortex Optics – https://www.facebook.com/vortexoptics/
LUTH AR – https://www.facebook.com/lutharllc/
Hunters HD Gold – https://www.facebook.com/HuntersHDGold/
Thunderbeast Arms- https://www.facebook.com/ThunderBeastArms/
JP Rifles – https://www.facebook.com/JPRifles/
Hodgdon Powder – https://www.facebook.com/HodgdonPowder/

In this episode, we are introducing some exciting changes to both Heavy Divisions, as well as Tactical Limited. Also making note of some housekeeping, abandonment updates & further specification of Senior/Super Senior categories.

Summary of changes below, take a moment to review the 2019 ruleset in its entirety at https://nordicvortextrigun.com/rules/ (you’ll find the PDF download here as well).

Abandonment Changes

2.2.2. A Stage Disqualification shall be issued for abandoning a firearm (loaded or unloaded) elsewhere or outside an abandonment box or barrel.

11.1.16. Unsafe and improper abandonment of firearms.
11.1.16.1. An “unsafe” firearm that is abandoned in a designated abandonment box or barrel shall incur a 60-second procedural penalty.
11.1.16.2. A “safe” firearm that is abandoned in an non-designated abandonment box or barrel shall incur a 30-second procedural penalty.
11.1.16.3. Has been removed.

Division Changes
Tactical Optics Division Remains unchanged.

Tactical Limited Rifle
6.3.2.8. No more than 32 rounds allowed in any magazine after the start of the stage time. Magazines size shall not exceed the original 30-32 round capacity configuration. Extended magazines, magazine extenders, and oversized basepads are not allowed. Drum magazines and coupled magazines are not allowed.

Tactical Limited Shotgun
6.3.3.6. Tactical Limited shotguns shall not be loaded with more than nine (9) rounds at any time. Magazine tubes shall not physically hold more than eight (8) rounds at any time.

Tactical Limited Pistol remains unchanged

Heavy Optics Rifle
6.4.2.7. No more than 20 rounds allowed in any magazine after the start of the stage time. (Removed 01/16/2019)

Heavy Optics Shotgun and Pistol remain unchanged.

Heavy Limited Rifle
6.5.2.8. No more than twenty (20) rounds allowed in any magazine after the start of the stage time. Magazines size shall not exceed the original 20-25 round capacity configuration. Extended magazines, magazine extenders, and oversized basepads are not allowed. Drum magazines and coupled magazines are not allowed.

Heavy Limited Shotgun
6.5.3.7. Heavy Limited shotguns shall not be loaded with more than nine (9) rounds at any time. Magazine tubes shall not physically hold more than eight (8) rounds at any time.

Heavy Limited Pistol remains unchanged.

Open Division remains unchanged. You guys still use pretty much whatever you want.

Special Category Changes
9.3. Senior is defined as a competitor 55 years old or older but under 65 years old at the first day of the match. 9.4. Super Senior is defined as a competitor 65 years old or older at the first day of the match.

Additionaly, we’d like to bring emphasis to a rule change that was in place last year, as there will be strict enforcement:
Pre-staged long guns shall have the muzzle/magazine tube touching the base of the staging box/barrel.

For all of you local MN3GG match shooters, take note that the division restrictions apply only to the Tri-Gun and will not affect local matches.

Questions? Feel free to comment below or send a direct message to the Nordic Vortex Tri-Gun Facebook page & we’ll get it answered as soon as we can.

*Note: The rules listed above are accurate as of 01/16/2019. They are subject to change at any time and will not necessarily be updated in this post due to the nature of these releases. Though we will make every effort to distribute new information, we can not guarantee it will reach you. Consult the official Match Rules at https://nordicvortextrigun.com for any and all final revisions prior to the match.

1301, 2019

Early Registration Invitations (1st Phase)

January 13th, 2019|

The Early Registration Invitations have been sent out to the shooters who have shot the Tri-Gun in the last 3 consecutive years (2016, 2017, and 2018). Qualifying shooters should check the email address that they used to register for the 2017 match. If you are a qualifying shooter and you did not receive an invitation email, contact Jomar at Jomar.MN3GG@gmail.com.

This 1st Phase of the 2019 registrations and is only open until January 20th, so sign up soon. The 2nd Phase for those signing up to shoot in the Heavy Divisions will open on January 28th. The 3rd Phase is the General Registrations that will open on February 7th.

3012, 2018

2019 Nordic Vortex Tri-Gun

December 30th, 2018|

2019

NORDIC COMPONENTS / VORTEX OPTICS TRI-GUN

The 2019 Nordic Components & Vortex Optics Tri-Gun presented by the Minnesota 3Gun Group will be held on June 21st-23rd, 2019.   A huge thanks to the Title Sponsors Nordic Components and Vortex Optics, and to the host range Forest Lake Sportsmen’s Club.  The 3 day match will feature 9 exciting and challenging stages.

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 in the past 5 years, with last year’s match filling within 1 minute and 36 seconds of opening. It will likely fill fast again so plan accordingly to get your best chances of getting in.

We want to thank all of those who have supported and participated in our match these past years and helped us make our event a premier match. To show our appreciation, we will once again have multiple phases of registrations with the 1st phase being for those who have shot our match the past three consecutive years.  New for 2019 is a 2nd phase of registrations for Heavy Shooters.  We are proud to be one of only a few matches with BOTH Heavy Optic and Heavy Limited Divisions with an average of 10 shooters in each of them.  We want to grow these divisions so for a limited amount of days, early registrations will be open for shooters in those divisions.

The 1st phase of registrations will be in early-January and WILL ONLY be for those who participated in our match for the past THREE consecutive years (2016, 2017, and 2018). 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 registrations will open on Monday, January 28th at noon and WILL ONLY be for the Heavy Division Shooters.  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.  This 2nd phase of registrations will only be open until Friday, February 1st at noon.

The 3rd Phase will be General Registrations and will be for everyone.  It will open up on Thursday, February 7th 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 Practiscor 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.

NOTE: Due to some outrageously unsportsmanlike conduct from a very few competitors at the 2018 match, MN3GG reserves the right to deny a competitor’s entry into the 2019 match.

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

3006, 2018

Thank You To Our Match Staff

June 30th, 2018|

Thank you to all those that made the 2018 Match a succcess!

Ron Westberg – Range Manager, Mr. Fix-It, and roving Information Officer

Tiffany Overland – Match Sponsorship Coordinator and Logistical Support

Gunnar An– Match Sponsorship Coordinators

Shawn Nelson and Dustin Sanchez – Match Video and Social Media Promotions

Pathum Karunaratne – Match Photographer

Ryan Rieckman, Alex Cady, and Trevor Armbruster – Stage 1 Range Officers

Fields Family (Brent, Jennifer, and Sam) – Stage 2 Range Officers

Bob Meinert and Mike van Meeteren – Stage 3 Range Officers

James Leffler and Cody West – Stage 4 Range Officers

Dawn Westberg and Gary Bibeau – Stage 5 Range Officers

Steve Schultz and Pete Carroll – Stage 6 Range Officers

Chris Oakley, Chad Swartout, and Brent Faymoville – Stage 7 Range Officers

James Shaw and Jake Berry – Stage 8 Range Officers

George Bridenstine and Ammon  Bridenstine – Stage 9 Range Officers

Steve Shimek and Dave Adolfson – Side Shotgun Match Range Officers

Heidi Kempin – Stage Prop Vehicles

Blue Line Medical – Match Radios

Jeremy Hastings – Stage Canopies

Todd Overland, Shawn Nelson, and Bob Meinert – Match Wheelers

Michael Slavik and Jim Miller – FLSC Range Workers

And of course, the Forest Lake Sportsmen’s Club.

Also a huge thanks to our staff that came out to help with set-up (in the rain everyday of set-up): Trevor Armbruster, Jake Berry, Gary Bibeau, Alex Cady, Pete Carroll, Brent Fields, Jennifer Fields, Sam Fields, Bob Meinert, Shawn Nelson, Chris Oakley, Brandan Ostroot, Ryan Rieckman, Dustin Sanchez, James Shaw, Steve Shimek, Cody West, Dawn Westberg, and Ron Westberg.

All the good people named here played key roles in making this event a success and upholding the match’s reputation for being a premier event.  Thank you.

Jomar Villamor, Jay Schmitt, and Chris Cazin

2206, 2018

2018 Written Stage Briefs Published

June 22nd, 2018|

Download the combined document here: 2018 Nordic Vortex Tri-Gun Written Stage Briefs

2018 Tri-Gun – Stage 1 – Shoot House (Rifle Only)

2018 Tri-Gun – Stage 2 – Dump Tank (3-Gun)

2018 Tri-Gun – Stage 3 – Riding Shotgun (Shotgun Only)

2018 Tri-Gun – Stage 4 – Keep On Running (3-Gun)

2018 Tri-Gun – Stage 5 – Back & Forth (3-Gun)

2018 Tri-Gun – Stage 6 – Options (3-Gun)

2018 Tri-Gun – Stage 7 – Escape (Pistol Only)

2018 Tri-Gun – Stage 8 – Eat & Get Gas

2018 Tri-Gun – Stage 9 – Secret Agent Man (3-Gun)

1206, 2018

Match Updates

June 12th, 2018|

The 2018 Nordic Vortex Tri-Gun is just around the corner. The stage designs are set and we are excited to get them on the ground starting this weekend. Here are some updates:

Schedule:
• Saturday June 16th – Tuesday June 19th: Set-Up and stage building. We ask that competitors stay off the range grounds.
• Wednesday June 20th: Match Staff will begin shooting the stages.
• Thursday June 21st: Match Staff will finish shooting the stages. Competitor Registration Check-In starts at 2 at the Main Clubhouse (Gate 2) and competitors can start walking the stages after checking in. On stages where the Match Staff is currently shooting or preparing to shoot, competitors shall yield to them and move out of the stage.
• Friday June 22nd: Last minute registration check in will begin at 6AM. All competitors must be at their 1st stage at 7:45AM ready to start. There will be no shooter’s meeting or opening ceremony.

Round Count:
Round Count is subject to change once the stage designs are actually built. Currently, the round counts are:
• Rifle: 187
• Pistol: 177
• Shotgun Birdshot: 148
• Shotgun Slugs: 8
• Optional Rifle/Pistol: 8
• Optional Pistol/Shotgun Birdshot: 8

Additional Equipment:
There will be 3 single gun stages for each of the 3 guns. These will be high round count stages, upwards to 50 rounds each. Be prepared to have the necessary equipment (i.e. shell holders). Slings will not be needed this year.

Road Construction:
I-35 at Forest Lake is under construction. There will be lane shifting and lanes divided by barriers that could change at any time. Please pay attention to the signs as you approach the Forest Lake exit. Currently for northbound I-35 (from the cities), the lanes split with divider barriers. One side will have access to the exit ramps, the other will be a bypass with the next exit about 5 miles past Forest Lake. This can change, so please watch the signs.

Range Access:
The match will be using the entire range. There are 3 gates for the 3 areas of the range where the stages will be. Parking at Gate 1 and 2 will be close to the stages. Parking at the Gate 3 is also close with the farthest stage about a 200 yard walk from the parking lot. No one is allowed to use a motorized vehicle of any kind on the access road to the bays except for the Match Staff and pre-approved competitors (based on physical needs). The access road runs right long the shooting bays and it can get very dusty. If a competitor has a need to use a motorized vehicle, please send Jomar and email at Jomar.MN3GG@gmail with your request and reason.

Rule Change:
Please review the match rules. One recent change was made that affects the scoring of paper targets. With the recent change of USPSA targets no longer having the “B” zone (head shot), we have now made the one hit neutralization to just the “A” zone only (center mass or critical head area).

That is all for now. Please email us if you have any questions. See you at the range.

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

Jay Schmitt – Match Director – Jay.MN3GG@gmail.com

Chris Cazin – Range Master – Caz41@hotmail.com

Gunnar An – Sponsorship Coordinator – Gunnar.MN3GG@gmail.com

Tiffany Overland – Sponsorship Coordinator – TiffanyOverland@gmail.com

2905, 2018

2018 Match Schedule and Self-Squadding

May 29th, 2018|

2018 Nordic Vortex Tri-Gun Match Schedule

The 2018 match schedule is posted and includes the squad schedule.  The on-line squadding will open on Tuesday, May 29th, at 7:00 PM US Central Time. There will be a total of 18 squads with 12 shooters each. When it opens, it is first come first serve basis. It will be up to each of you to choose a squad. Those not squadded within a week or two before the match will be placed in an open squad of our choosing. To squad, go to your Practiscore Personal Match Management Page.

102, 2018

2018 Registrations Opening Tonight

February 1st, 2018|

Registrations for the 2018 Nordic Vortex Tri-Gun is opening tonight at 8PM Central Time.

Link to the Match Registration

1501, 2018

UPDATE – 2018 Nordic Vortex Tri-Gun

January 15th, 2018|

The February 1st opening of the registration for the 2018 Nordic Vortex Tri-Gun is just around the corner.  This match has become a premier event, and it shows with the match filling up immediately after the registrations open.  Last year, the match filled within 5 minutes of opening the registrations.  We’re sure it will happen again this year.

In appreciation the few shooter who have shot our match for the past 3 consecutive years (2015, 2016, and 2017) and continue to support us in making the Tri-Gun the premier event, early registrations invitations have been sent to them.  The invitation is only available for a limited time so check your emails as soon as possible.

The match fee is $250 for adults and $125 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 $250 plus $7.55 usage fee for a total of $257.55.  Juniors fee is $125 plus $3.93 usage fee for a total of $128.30.  Unfortunately, the system only allows us to charge one fee so it will be the adult fee.  If a junior fee is paid 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 $250 ($125 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 will open at a later date to be announced.  Match information and rules are on the match website http://nordicvortextrigun.com/.

We look forward to seeing you at the match.

Jomar Villamor –Match Director & Registration Coordinator – jomar.mn3gg@gmail.com

912, 2017

2018 Nordic Vortex Tri-Gun

December 9th, 2017|

The 2018 Nordic Components & Vortex Optics Tri-Gun presented by the Minnesota 3Gun Group will be held on June 22nd-24th, 2018.   A huge thanks to the Title Sponsors Nordic Components and Vortex Optics, and to the host range Forest Lake Sportsmen’s Club.  The 3 day match will feature 9 exciting and challenging stages.

Match slots will be limited so we could maintain the same quality match (and generous prize table). The match reached full capacity with a waiting list in the past 5 years, with last year’s match filling within 4 minutes and 42 seconds of opening. It will likely fill fast again so plan accordingly to get your best chances of getting in.

We want to thank all of those who have supported and participated in our match these past years and helped us make our event a premier match. To show our appreciation, we will once again open the registration in two rounds.

The 1st round of registrations will open in mid-January and WILL ONLY be for those who participated in our match for the past THREE consecutive years (2015, 2016, and 2017). There are a limited amount of shooters who qualify and they will receive their early registration invitations through email in early January. This 1st round of registration will only be open for a limited time.

The 2nd round of registrations will open up on Thursday, February 1st at 8PM Central Time. The 2nd round registration will be done through Practiscore Match Managament. The process of this registration is:
1. Fill out the match registration form.
2. You will receive an automated email stating that you are registered. Print this out and mail it in with your match fee payment.
3. Payment must be received within two weeks of the date you registered.
4. When payment is received, you will receive a match confirmation email with links to your own personal match management page.

Once the match fills, a waiting list will automatically be started and will be based on the order you registered.  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.  Limited updates will be posted on the Enos Forum.

We look forward to seeing you at the match.

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

Jay Schmitt – Match Director – Jay.MN3GG@gmail.com

Chris Cazin – Range Master – Caz41@hotmail.com

Gunnar An – Sponsorship Coordinator – Gunnar.MN3GG@gmail.com

Tiffany Overland – Sponsorship Coordinator – TiffanyOverland@gmail.com

1206, 2017

MATCH UPDATES 06/12/2017

June 12th, 2017|

A few updates to pass on to all the shooters:

  1. We’ve updated the match rules for both the Nordic Vortex Tri-Gun to maintain a consistent and fair match.  The updated match rules are posted on the match website.  Updates are mostly to address already common prohibited practices and prohibited items.
  2. The 2017 Tri-Gun Match Round Countis in.  We have a number of stages that have optional targets that may be engaged by more than one type of firearm.  There will be no shotgun buckshot used this year.
  3. Plan for a shotgun-only stage with a round count around 50, and a handgun-only stage with a round count of about 60.
  4. Squadding is self-assigning on Practiscore and are 1st come 1st serve basis.  Log into your Personal Match Management Page to sign up to a squad.  Shooters who have not selected a squad will be placed on an open squad by the Match Officials before the match starts.  Once placed, the shooter cannot move to another squad.
  5. Rifle slings will be needed, but no shotgun slings this year.
  6. Motorized vehicles will be restricted in the Gate 3 Bays to match staff only due to the dust as well as crowd barriers being used on the road for stages using multiple bays.  Special considerations will be given to shooters with limited mobility who submit a request by email to the Match Directors.  Distance from the parking lot to the furthermost stage is only about 150 yards.  Push/pull carts are allowed.
  7. Please review the 2017 Tri-Gun Match Schedule.  There will be no Shooters’ Meeting in the morning of the 1stday of the match.  A Match Director Briefing will be sent out electronically to all the shooters, as well as presented by the Range Officers at your first stage of the match.
  8. The range closures for the match will begin on Saturday, June 17th.
    • Gate 3 and the competition bays in Gate 2 are off-limits to everyone but the match staff setting up the stages.
    • Gate 1 bays will be shut down beginning on Monday, June 19thfor the 2A Heritage 3-Gun Junior Camp we and the Forest Lake Sportsmen’s Club are proud to be a host of.
  9. The range will be open on Thursday, June 22ndat 9AM.  Shooters can inspect the stages, but must yield to the Match Staff who are shooting the stages.  Registration check-in will be open from 2PM to 7Pm at the main clubhouse at Gate 2.  A short bay will be available for sight-in from 2PM to 7PM for shooters that have completed the registration check-in.  Registration check-in will continue on Friday, June 23rd from 6AM to 7AM.

 

806, 2017

UPDATED MATCH RULES

June 8th, 2017|

We’ve updated the match rules for both the Nordic Vortex Tri-Gun to maintain a consistent and fair match.  Updates include:

  • Language prohibiting raised fault lines from being crossed or stepped over.
  • Language about the “Intent of the Stage Design” (gamer rule) to allow Match Officials to establish prohibited actions.  This would help prevent a stage having to be thrown out.
  • Language prohibiting illegal firearms and restrictions against use of full-auto or burst-fire in a match.
  • Language to prohibit certain devices on firearms, most of which are devices already not commonly used, with the exception of suppressors (silencers) used by a very few.

Suppressors (silencers) will no longer be allowed due to the difficulties of a getting a shot timer to consistently register the shots.  There’s been instances of inconsistent stage times due to failures of the shot timer to pick up the last shots of a suppressed firearm that has brought about re-shoots and disputes about correct scores being recorded.  There has also been instances of unsafe situations where a range officer had to quickly get very close to a moving shooter to record the last shot on the shot timer.  All of our matches are scored using a shot timer to record the last shot fired.  To maintain a consistent, fair, and safe match, we made the decision to no longer allow the use of suppressors.

2305, 2017

MATCH SCHEDULE AND SQUADS

May 23rd, 2017|

2017 Tri-Gun Match Schedule

(click on link to view match schedule)

The on-line squadding will open on Tuesday, May 23rd, at 7:00 PM US Central Time. There will be a total of 18 squads with 12 shooters each. When it opens, it is first come first serve basis. It will be up to each of you to choose a squad. Those not squadded within a week or two before the match will be placed in an open squad of our choosing.

To squad, go to your Personal Match Management Page. Send Jomar an email at Jomar.MN3GG@gmail.com if you need to have the link to your page re-sent to you.

 

602, 2017

MATCH IS FULL

February 6th, 2017|

4 minutes and 42 seconds was how long (or should I say how fast) the open slots went yesterday after registrations opened at noon. Our heads are still spinning and I’m still sorting through all the registrations. We have shooters from as far north as Canada, as far south as Texas, as far west as California, and as far east as Virginia.

We’re proud of how this match has grown, and we promise not to disappoint. We have a lot of things in the works, including some exciting side matches for the restless shooters. Stay tuned for updates.

For the shooters on the waiting list, stay hopeful. We blocked off numerous slots for the match sponsors who generously donate to our great prize table. Any unused slots will eventually be opened up to the shooters on the waiting list. We make it a point to try to get as much people into the match without sacrificing the quality of the match.

1701, 2017

2017 Nordic Vortex Tri-Gun Registrations will open up on Sunday, February 5th at noon (US Central Time)

January 17th, 2017|

Registrations for the 2017 Nordic Vortex Tri-Gun will open up on Sunday, February 5th at noon (US Central Time).  Last year, the match reached full capacity within 20 minutes of opening.   It will likely happen again so plan accordingly to get your best chances of getting in.

Registration will be done through Practiscore Match Managament. The process of this registration is:
1. Fill out the match registration form
2. You will receive an automated email stating that you are registered. Print this out and mail it in with your match fee payment
3. Payment must be received within two weeks of the date you registered
4. When payment is received, you will receive a match confirmation email with links to your own personal match management page

Early registrations invitations for those who participated in our match for the past THREE years (2014, 2015, and 2016) have already been sent.  There are a limited amount of shooters who qualify. This early registration will only be open for a limited time.  If you qualify for the early registrations and have not received you invitation, contact Jomar.

Match sponsorship letters have been sent out.  Sponsored shooters should contact their match sponsors to confirm their sponsor slot in the match.  Match sponsors can contact Jay and Gunnar.

Once the match fills, a waiting list will automatically be started and that order will also be based on the order you registered.  The match will be self squadding through Practiscore and 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, the Match Facebook Page, and on the Enos Forum.

We look forward to seeing you at the match.

Jay Schmitt – Match Director – jay.mn3gg@gmail.com
Jomar Villamor – Match Director & Registration Coordinator – jomar.mn3gg@gmail.com
Gunnar An – Sponsorship Coordinator – solidgun@gmail.com

 

2906, 2016

NORDIC COMPONENTS – VORTEX OPTICS TRI-GUN COMPLETED

June 29th, 2016|

To the Shooters:

I have had a chance to get some sleep over the last few nights. I want to once again extend my thank you to all of you, the shooters, who took part in this event.  The demand for the event from you the shooter makes this all possible.  I hope some of the little things like having lunch built in, the beer garden, and the Pizza Feed provided by Nordic Components, Vortex Optics and the MN3GG made for a great match experience.

Overall the event, as a whole, ran smooth. The usual match problems occurred but nothing crazy.  I appreciate everyone’s ability to adapt to the changing schedule with the pending storm.  A little crazy that we never got more than high winds and a few drops of rain.  That storm missed us by a couple miles at the most.

I am super grateful for all the work that the RO’s did to make the match successful. We had people onsite, every day, working on stages and props since the Saturday prior to the match.  Many other things had been done at the range in the month leading up as well as Forest Lake Sportsman’s Club adding the new bays were stage 9 took place.

Our sponsors were outstanding. Nordic Components and Vortex Optics were a great team to have in place as we made this transition.  I was amazed at the prize table when it was finally laid out.  Sponsors are really important to a major match.  That is why we recommend many times to you, the shooters, please contact them and thank them for their generous donations.  Due to the large numbers of products many of you received items from multiple sponsors.  Try to hit up a few of them, even if you did not get an item from them.  Please consider them for your additional needs as well.  Take a look below at the hyperlinks to send out quick messages.

Scores can be seen here for the match, https://practiscore.com/results/21938 and here for the side shotgun match, https://practiscore.com/results/22050?q_result=0&q_division=0&q_class=0&q_category=0

 

We are happy to entertain any comments and hope to see you all next year.

Thanks,

Jay

Jay.mn3gg@gmail.com

Jomar.mn3gg@gmail.com

Caz41@hotmail.com

 

 

 

Title Sponsors

Nordic Components      (https://www.facebook.com/nordiccomp/)

Vortex Optics               (https://www.facebook.com/vortexoptics/)

 

Platinum Sponsors

Freedom Munitions       (https://www.facebook…edomStartsHere/)

Hornady                        (https://www.facebook.com/hornady)

JP Enterprises               (https://www.facebook.com/JPRifles/)

Roth Concept Innovations (https://www.facebook.com/XRAILbyRCI/)

 

Gold Sponsors

Arnzen Arms                  (https://www.facebook.com/ArnzenArms/)

Federal Premium           (https://www.facebook…ralpremiumammo/)

Fleet Farm                     (https://www.facebook.com/fleetfarm/)

Gunfighter Targets         (https://www.facebook…64726906885913/)

Lucas Oil                        (https://www.facebook…ucasoiloutdoor/)

Luth-AR                          (https://www.facebook.com/lutharllc/)

Seekins Precision           (https://www.facebook…ekinsPrecision/)

Shoot Steel                     (https://www.facebook…08332395906021/)

Taccom                           (https://www.facebook.com/Taccom3g/)

Weber Tactical                (https://www.facebook…/webertactical/)

XSteel Targets                (https://www.facebook…/xsteeltargets/)

 

Silver Sponsors

Alex Pro Firearms           (https://www.facebook…lexProFirearms/)

Atlas Target Works         (https://www.facebook…81465101928522/)

CMC Triggers                 (https://www.facebook…mcTriggersCorp/)

Fjall Raven                     (https://www.facebook…/fjallravenUSA/)

FNH USA                        (https://www.facebook.com/fnamerica/)

Hawkeye Ordnance        (https://www.facebook…36815399663727/)

Hiperfire                         (https://www.facebook…rmanceFirearms/)

Lakes Trading Co           (https://www.facebook…40463016130680/)

Lantac USA                    (https://www.facebook.com/LanTacUSA/)

Leupold Optics               (https://www.facebook…/LeupoldOptics/)

Obsidian Arms               (https://www.facebook.com/ObsidianArms/)

ORM Tech                      (https://www.facebook…59088234436102/)

Sierra Bullets                  (https://www.facebook…/SierraBullets/)

 

Bronze Sponsors

Brownells                       (https://www.facebook.com/BrownellsInc/)

Greybull Precision          (http://www.greybullprecision.com/)

Newbold Targets           (https://www.facebook…newboldtargets/)

Tooth and Nail Armory   (https://www.facebook…hAndNailArmory/)

XS Sight Systems          (https://www.facebook.com/XSSights/)

XLR Industries                    (https://www.facebook.com/XlrIndustries/)

1006, 2016

Nordic Vortex Tri-Gun – Match Update

June 10th, 2016|

We are just 2 weeks away from the Nordic Vortex Tri-Gun.  Out stage designs are finalized and our prize table donations are looking very generous thanks to the supportive match sponsors.  Please check out the Match Sponsor page on our website.

We have some exciting and challenging stages planned which we will begin building next weekend.  Building the stages will be done over a few days in different areas of the range due to other events.  With that, shooters can check out the stages when they are completely built.  For the stages still under construction, please give way to our volunteer match staff who is working hard to make this event possible.

Match registration check-in will begin on Thursday June 23rd from 2PM to 7PM at the Main club house.  Shooters will receive their match booklets and lunch tickets during check-in.  Shooters may walk the stages, but must yield to the volunteer match staff who are shooting all 9 stages in 1 day.

Late check-in will be the morning of the 1st day of the match on Friday June 24th from 6AM to 7AMat the Main club house.  A short shooters’ meeting will be held at the main clubhouse at 7:30AMbefore everyone heads to their assigned stages.

Lunch is provided for all 3 match days outside the main clubhouse by the Forest Lake High School Trap Team.  Additional lunches are available for purchase.

The 2016 Tri-Gun Match Schedule is available here.

The match round count is:

·         153 rifle

·         181 pistol

·         152 birdshot

·         4 slugs

We will have a side shotgun match with 4 stages and a round count of 60 birdshots.  The match fee will be $20 and will have its own separate prizes.  The side shotgun match is only open to registered Tri-Gun shooters, and shooters will be able to shoot the side shotgun match stages at any time between their Tri-Gun stages and after the Tri-Gun match is done for the day.  The side shotgun match will follow the same match rules of the Tri-Gun.  There will be 3 divisions: Open, Tactical, and Pump.  Shooters can only shoot in 1 division, and may shoot any division provided their shotgun meets the division requirement.

We’re looking forward to seeing all of you very soon.

 

Jay Schmitt

Match Director &

Prize Coordinator

Jay.MN3GG@gmail.com

Jomar Villamor

Match Director &

Registrations

Jomar.MN3GG@gmail.com

Chris Cazin

Range Master

Caz41@hotmai.com

2202, 2016

Squadding

February 22nd, 2016|

Answers to some questions about squadding:

– Self-quadding is done on-line through Practiscore. You can access the squadding through your Personal Match Management Page. If you need the link to your page again, please contact me at jomar.mn3gg@gmail.com.

– Squadding is first come first serve basis. Once your payment is received, your status will be updated to “Approved” and you will be able to self squad at that time.

– The squad schedule is not finalized yet, but will likely be alternating on/off stage basis, meaning, one group of squads shoots the stages, then breaks as the next group of squads shoots the stages.

2202, 2016

Match is full / Wait List has started

February 22nd, 2016|

The match filled in 20 minutes!!! And the waiting list has started.

For those on the waiting list, stay very hopeful. We blocked off a number of shooter slots for the match sponsors who contribute greatly to the prize table. As we get closer to the match date, any unused blocked off slots will be opened to those in the waiting list in the order they registered. So the only way to get those slots is to get on the wait list.

1901, 2016

1st Round Registration is open until February 5th

January 19th, 2016|

Invitations to the 1st Round Registrations has been emailed to those who have shot the Nordic match every year the past 3 years. This 1st round of registration will only be open until February 5th. If you qualify for the 1st Round and did not get an invitation email, send me an email at jomar.mn3gg@gmail.com.

The 2nd round of registrations will open up on Sunday, February 7th at 12:00 PM CST and will be for everyone. The 2nd round registration will be done through Practiscore Match Management. A link to the registration will be posted a few days before it opens.