The match was broken down into two parts, the first was the pre-match which was originally intended to allow the staff to compete for score, there were also some places available for competitors who could not make the main match due to other commitments or lack of space in the main event. Scores recorded in the pre-match counted in the overall competition, which allowed Randi Rogers (S&W) and Maggie Reese (Colt) to attend the Nationals and still make their other commitments to the 3-Gun Nation qualifier series that was scheduled at the same time as the main match.
Joining Maggie in the pre-match were Sara Dunivin and Cindi Thomas along with Julie Golob who has recently returned to competitive shooting, made up the USA Ladies Production team that will compete at the IPSC World Championship held in Florida in just a few weeks. This was an excellent opportunity for the ladies to shoot together as a group. They would compete in nine grueling stages on each of the three days of the pre-match, fortunately the stages went by very smoothly which allowed the squad to complete their allotment each day before the temperatures reached boiling point.
Competitive shooting like any dynamic sport is constantly evolving and improving as competitors hone their skills and any absence from the game can leave an athlete struggling to keep up and Julie Golob has been away from shooting for two long years as she has focused on raising a family. But she was soon back in the thick of it battling away with her M&P against Sara Dunivin (CZ-USA). All four women were using the same guns that they would use at the World Shoot which means that the triggers have to comply with the IPSC rule-set which requires a 5lb first shot. This discriminates against striker-fired guns such as the M&P, as every trigger pull is technically the same as the first whereas guns like the CZ and Sphinx that Maggie and Cindi use have a double-action hammer so subsequent shots have a lighter pull.