About

I started this blog to have a centralized location for all the competition, training, and gear reviews I’ve typically posted on forums over the years.

I have been working in the firearms industry since 2001 where I was introduced to action shooting sports, 3 Gun in particular.  I have been competing in 3 Gun and other action shooting sports since 2002, attending many of the major 3 Gun competitions around the country.  I view competition shooting as a valuable activity for personal development and gaining professional knowledge into how to improve firearms products and make them more user friendly and effective.  Combining the practical use of firearms with testing out new product ideas and technology is one of the things I enjoy most about 3 Gun.

In 2004 I was one of the founders of Trooper Class that is now an equipment class/division at some 3 Gun matches.  Troopers must carry all their guns, ammunition, and equipment they use for the duration of the match start to finish on their person. Their guns must work the entire time, or they must have the tools to fix them, no replacements are allowed.  The benefit to this extra challenge is absolutely no limitations on guns and shooting accessories.  I enjoy the additional physical and logistical challenges of competing in Trooper.

The action shooting sports have continued to evolve over the time I have been involved in them.  I now prefer Rifle/Pistol competitions (2 Gun) when they are available.  I also like competing in Armor when a match recognizes Armored Division (generally in the same vein as Trooper), or Armored as a special category.

I encourage all gun owners to seek out some form of competition shooting. Anyone can become reasonably good at it if they devote the time and resources to do so.  Winning, while nice, need not be your goal; bettering yourself through the pursuit of excellence is something we all can achieve.

Russell Phagan
aka SinistralRifleman
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7 Responses to About

  1. Keith Manning says:

    Russell: AZ Independance Day Rifle Match Update: Grant will shoot Reflex. I will be shooting Trooper. Thanks. Keith

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  3. Stephen Finney says:

    Great information on 3 Gun…..I’m new to the sport……great stuff..

  4. Todd McCowin says:

    Russell, I will be shooting Trooper at HAH2 in May and suggestions on plate carrier since US palm is no more?

  5. Brian says:

    Im interested in doing some matches in the trooper division however I can’t seem to find matches in my area/region. I live in northern Michigan and information on two gun competitions is very sparse. I’ve watched the video on YouTube where you were interviewed by Karl from InRange and heard you mention that you competed in a match in Michigan. I’m hoping you could point me in the right direction as to when and where these matches take place so I can start to compete. I am going to start doing small one day events to build some experience before I jump into something like Hard as Hell as merely completing that is my long term goal for now. Thanks in advance.

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