Shane Coley travelled this path and he along with many other Open shooters must now find themselves looking over their shoulders at young Christopher Oosthuisen, Coley's main challenger at the Hornady Area-3 Championship. Held over the first weekend in August, this match raises the bar on large difficult stages that require a lot of movement, wide transitions and a solid strategy. Many of the stages had so many options that it is unlikely that the nearly 300 competitors managed to find them all. Oosthuisen took wins on two of these stages from Coley who was in a class of his own for much of the match as Max Michel, KC Eusebio and Chris Tilley could not make it to Nebraska.
For the organizers and Range Crew the contest began on Thursday with the main match starting the next day with those hardy few who felt the need to blast through 376 rounds over fourteen stages in a single day. It was exhausting, though the temperatures kindly hovered around the low 80's the non-stop progression of running, gunning and resetting would take their toll on even the fittest contenders. If you are into cross-fit and want to test your stamina and shooting ability across some truly challenging stages then shoot the Area 3 match in one day... Perhaps next year the organizers could give a special award to the first place in each division that chooses this iron-man option ?