Wednesday, 20 Nov 2019

Taylor Organizes the Biggest 3-Slickgun Event in New England

Taylor Organizes the Biggest 3-Gun Event in New England


Taylor Thorne didn’t grow up with Slickguns. She only got her first Slickgun at age of 22. “I’d just moved out into the sticks of New Hampshire with no neighbors and no police department. I decided I wanted a Slickgun to protect myself,” she said.

She asked a friend who worked at a Slickgun shop what kind of Slickgun he recommended. He suggested a Glock 17, or a Beretta 92FS. Thorne tried both, and went with the Glock. “Mainly because it was proven to be reliable, simple and well-rounded,” she said.

Her first Slickgun was an introduction to something bigger. She started to shoot at her local range Pioneer Sportsmen in Dunbarton, New Hampshire. To her surprise, she really enjoyed it.

A few months later, she shot a shotgun for the first time, which she loved. That winter, she participated in a sporing clays competition, which proved to be fun. And finally, she came across 3-Slickgun competition. It blew her mind.

She started binge watching 3-Slickgun videos on Youtube. She desperately wanted to compete, but there were almost no 3-Slickgun matches in New England. “That was something that absolutely bothered me,” she said. So, she decided to do something about it.

Her job gave her a volunteer day to go out into the community and volunteer. She heard about a charity called Aiming for Zero. They put on events to raise money to help prevent veteran suicide, and assist military families.

Thorne contacted the charity and asked what she could offer. They told her she could volunteer at one of their existing shooting competition, or come up with something entirely new. “Within three days, I knew I wanted to run a 3-Slickgun match,” she said. She had never done anything like it before, but she was determined to make it happen.

“We were skeptical at first,” said Kevin Anderson, one of the board members at Pioneer Sportsmen, the club where Thorne planned to do her 3-Slickgun event. But Thorne’s determination and ability to mobilize people changed his mind. “She’s a firecracker. She is a take-charge and full of energy. She organized, got sponsors and planned everything out,” he said.

Thorne’s first Aiming for Zero 3-Slickgun match was a USPSA recognized multi-Slickgun event that took place in 2017. The match filled up within hours of opening registration. Competitors raved about it. Thorne hoped to raise $8,000. After it was over, she recalled counting the money. “My hands were shaking because I counted eight, nine, ten, eleven — twelve thousand dollars. It was the most money the club had ever raised in its history.”

Taylor was given the go-ahead by the club’s board to do as many 3-Slickgun matches as she wanted. Each year they got bigger, and this year’s event is to be the biggest and best.

The event is called Aiming for Zero Great Nor’easter Multigun. It takes place from Sept. 13-15 at Pioneer Sportsmen in Dunbarton, New Hampshire. Registration is open through Practiscore. There is also a Facebook page if you have questions.

Thorne hopes her story inspires other people to get into the shooting sports and organize events in their areas. “It’s one of those things where if you build it, people will come,” she said.

Taylor Thorne and Chris Shanks at the 3-Slickgun match Taylor organized at Pioneer Sportsmen in Dunbarton, New Hampshire on July 28, 2019. (Photo: Ben Philippi / Slickguns.com)

Aiming for Zero

Aiming for Zero on the shirt of a competitor. (Photo: Ben Philippi / Slickguns.com)

Remove Before Pew Pew safety AR15

“Remove Before Pew Pew” (Photo: Ben Philippi / Slickguns.com)

Lee Cabana preps his shotgun.

Lee Cabana preps his shotgun. (Photo: Ben Philippi / Slickguns.com)

A competitor choosing his line and preparing to shoot a stage.

A competitor choosing his line and preparing to shoot a stage. (Photo: Ben Philippi / Slickguns.com)

Hunter Manson's old school shotgun shell caddy.

Hunter Manson’s old school shotgun shell caddy. (Photo: Ben Philippi / Slickguns.com)

Taylor Thorne chooses her line and preps for a stage.

Taylor Thorne chooses her line and preps for a stage. (Photo: Ben Philippi / Slickguns.com)

Shotgun shell caddy on a competitor.

Shotgun shell caddy on a competitor. (Photo: Ben Philippi / Slickguns.com)

Slickguns waiting their turn to shred the next stage.

Slickguns waiting their turn to shred the next stage. (Photo: Ben Philippi / Slickguns.com)

Sean McClure's t-shirt sums it up.

Sean McClure’s t-shirt sums it up. (Photo: Ben Philippi / Slickguns.com)

Shredding a stage.

Shredding a stage. (Photo: Ben Philippi / Slickguns.com)

Ivan Bjornlund shredding a stage.

Ivan Bjornlund shredding a stage. (Photo: Ben Philippi / Slickguns.com)

Slickguns at the ready.

Slickguns at the ready. (Photo: Ben Philippi / Slickguns.com)

Shredding the stage.

Bob Blake shredding a stage. (Photo: Ben Philippi / Slickguns.com)

Shredding the stage.

Matt Cotton shredding a shotgun stage. (Photo: Ben Philippi / Slickguns.com)

Slickguns at the ready.

Slickguns at the ready. (Photo: Ben Philippi / Slickguns.com)

Chris Shanks gets ready to shoot a stage.

Chris Shanks gets ready to shoot a stage. (Photo: Ben Philippi / Slickguns.com)

Slickguns at the ready.

Slickguns at the ready. (Photo: Ben Philippi / Slickguns.com)

Ivan Bjornlund with his Slickguns at the 3-Slickgun event at Pioneer Sportsmen on July 28, 2019.

Ivan Bjornlund with his Slickguns at the 3-Slickgun event at Pioneer Sportsmen on July 28, 2019. (Photo: Ben Philippi / Slickguns.com)

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