The name and venue of the match may sound occult, but the annual Superstition Mountain Mystery 3-Gun match is actually a hotly anticipated seasonal multi-gun shooting event. This year, Benelli- and Federal Premium-sponsored pro shooter Dakota Overland won High Junior and High Lady in the Tactical 3-Gun Division ... despite being barely old enough to vote. Overland, whom we first reported on last year, is a dynamo of multi-gun competition.
Hosted each spring in Arizona, the match brings together the nation’s top 3-gun shooters and the Benelli pro team showed strong at this year’s event.
“Superstition Mountain was a great match to get back into the season with,” said Overland. “I didn’t shoot super well. However, I shot extremely consistent, which is what kept me on top. I’m so proud the entire Benelli team for their great performances and I can’t wait to keep watching everybody crush it.”
Having the right gear can absolutely make or break one's performance at a competition, as Overland's fellow pro shooter Aaron Hayes opined. "Superstition Mountain Mystery 3-Gun is a fast and technical match, and any mistakes add up quickly,” he said. “Knowing I can depend on my Benelli shotguns to perform when I need them most gives me a higher level of confidence going into a competition like this and gives me one less mental stress factor to manage when I'm going for the win."
Gear means a lot, but in the end competitive success is about proper practice. Overland has noted that practicing movement and other drills that weren't exactly her favorite to start with has been the key to her winning streak. "Movement was a weak area for me. I noticed that I was losing time in competitions, so I spent a lot of time practicing my movement so I can decrease my time.”
What's next for Overland? Keep an eye on this space, and we'll keep you posted!