Eddie Rhodes 1954-2010

The world of 3Gun and competitive shooting lost one of the greats this week. Eddie Rhodes died of a heart attack while out on a jog.

I first met Eddie a couple of years ago at the local Pueblo Tactical Rifle matches. At the time, he was the match director, and had a talent for designing some of the most difficult rifle stages I’ve ever shot. Those stages, and his advice on how to shoot them had a direct and positive impact on my ability to shoot a rifle.

Eddie is a legend. He will be sorely missed, both for his knowledge and character.

Discussion thread about Eddie at the Enos forums
Announcement about Eddie at The High Road
JP Rifles eulogy
Local newspaper announcement about Eddie’s passing.

First 3Gun Match of the Season

No video, sorry, but I shot my first 3Gun match of the season a couple of weeks ago. Managed to place third in Tactical Division despite several severe screwups.

Screwups involved the following:

- Pistol sights were off significantly, making it hard to hit some of the pesky poppers.
- Pistol mag pouch that was too tight and required a lot of force to remove it.
- Too slow in getting in and out of rifle positions.
- Didn’t know how to quickly load shotgun shells off of a bandolier.

I’ve since rectified the first and last problems. More on loading a shotgun a bit later on.

Overall, the match was a lot of fun, despite muddy and cold conditions, and a 40+ round shotgun stage certainly causes you to re-evaluate your shotgun abilities.

Thanks go to Zak Smith for putting the match on.