Two Oklahoma City area residents will be competing in the inaugural season of a nationally televised shooting series on the NBC Sports Network.
Chris Andersen of Norman and Jesse Tischauser of Edmond were two of 64 shooters in the country chosen to participate in the 3-Gun Nation Pro Series.
Their first of seven 3-gun matches in the series is Saturday in St. Augustine, Fla. It’s unknown when the match will be shown on the NBC Sports Network, formerly Versus.
Called the fastest growing segment of the shooting sports, 3-gun matches require proficiency and speed with handgun, shotgun and rifle on targets at distances ranging from 5 to 600 yards.
“It’s a multi-tasker’s sport for sure,” Andersen said of 3-gunning.
Both Tischauser, 36, and Andersen, 38, met and became friends while competing in action pistol matches where they both excelled. In the past two years, they have become two of the country’s best shooters in 3-gun competitions.
They are the only Oklahomans among the 64 elite shooters chosen for the new pro series.
“We are a couple of the younger guys in the pro series,” Andersen said.
Tischauser was fifth and Anderson finished 15th in the 3-gun national championships in October in Las Vegas, Nev.
In August, Tischauser captured the Nordic Components Shotgun Championship in Wisconsin. In June, Andersen won the High Plain Shooting Rifle Challenge at the Oklahoma City Gun Club.
“We don’t shy away from any opportunity to go try and win something,” Andersen said.
Last year, more than 2,000 shooters across the country competed in 3-gun matches. The new series on the NBC Sports Network will showcase an elite field of 64 shooters who will be gunning for a top cash prize of $50,000 as well as thousands of dollars in merchandise.
“I am pretty pumped,” said Andersen, who is the general manager of an auto service center in Norman. “We are both pretty excited. It’s neat we have the opportunity to do it at all, let alone do it for money.”
Andersen is an Oklahoma native and lifelong shooter. He achieved the highest competitive pistol classification before transitioning to 3-gun events. He is sponsored by rifle manufacturer Loki Weapon Systems of Atoka.
Tischauser, who operates a commercial green house in Guthrie, is a native of Wisconsin. He moved to Oklahoma in 1997 to attend Oklahoma State University.
Tischauser is a member of Team Stag Arms. Both men are also sponsored by the U.S. Shooting Academy in Tulsa.
Andersen said the two men go to the gun range three or four times a week. Both already have shot 15,000 rounds this year and 2,000 rounds in the past week to get ready for Saturday’s 3-gun pro match.
To learn more about 3-gun events and the upcoming professional series, go to http://www.3gunnation.com