Ridge Trail 2-Gun – Ultimate Reloader


The  Ridge Trail 2-Gun stage proved to be one of the most challenging stages yet. As it involved switching between carbines and pistols over tough terrain, it really mixed up the standings. Watch to see what happened! 


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About Stage Four

Stage four required competitors to alternate between their Canik Rival S and Stag .223 carbine while navigating steep, unforgiving terrain and engaging various steel targets from multiple positions.

Competitors were given three rifle mags with eight rounds each and two pistol mags with 10 rounds each. They were required to shoot their gun empty before swapping guns. Rifle targets at 206 yards, 173 yards and 250 yards were engaged multiple times from multiple positions. Pistol targets peppered the trail. We actually had to shorten the stage as some of the trail eroded. Competitors were given a par time of 5 minutes to complete the stage. 


Piet Malan moved through the stage smoothly and confidently, emerging with the top score of the stage with 33 impacts.

Nils entered the stage with 3-Gun experience but some trepidation regarding the far distances and uneven terrain. Nils finished with five seconds left on the clock and 32 impacts.

He mentioned that it was quite challenging to establish positions on the fly without having an opportunity to view them first. 2-Gun was brand new for Erik Cortina. He worked his way through and finished with 26 hits, thrilled with his performance on unfamiliar platforms. Jim Harmer managed 23 hits, Adam Wies, 24. 

Stage Standings

RCO Standings 

The Ridge 2-Gun stage really mixed up the standings. Nils furthered his lead over Adam Wies with a score of 82.34 after stage four. Piet Malan’s impressive run moved him from fourth place into second at 78.98. Adam Wies moved down one position with a  73.11 while Erik Cortina followed in fourth place with 72.32. Jim Harmer remained in fifth place with a 67.03.

Follow the Competitors! 

Erik Cortina – Cortina Precision

Nils Jonasson

Jim Harmer – Backfire

Piet Malan – Impact Shooting

Adam Wies – Who-Tee-Who

Watch the Full Series! 

Episode 1: Kick-Off and Meet the Competitors 

Episode 2: Training & Sight In

Episode 3: Stage One – Hidden Rock Chucks

Episode 4: Pistol Run N’ Gun

Episode 5: Pistol ELR

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