Hard as Hell Heroes 2 Gun 2018 | Stage 5

The 2018 Hard as Hell Heroes 2 Gun match was held May 12th and 13th  at the Southern Utah Practical Shooting Range  with KE Arms as the overall match sponsor.  Each stage was dedicated to a different Medal of Honor recipient, with elements of the stage being influenced by the particular citation to accompany the award of that particular recipient.

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Continued from Part 4

This will be the fifth in a of a series of posts. As a reminder, this series takes you through the match stage by stage with the shooter’s from KE ArmsIndependence Training, and We Plead the 2nd, with video coverage from InRange TV.  IRTV’s Karl Kasarda’s usual c0-host, Ian McCollum, was out of the country during this event so KE Arm’s Marketing Director Russell Phagan (aka SinistralRifleman) stepped in to co-host these match videos.

Stage 5 was inspired by the actions of John Basilone

The Citation:

For extraordinary heroism and conspicuous gallantry in action against enemy Japanese forces, above and beyond the call of duty, while serving with the 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division in the Lunga Area. Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands, on 24 and 25 October 1942. While the enemy was hammering at the Marines’ defensive positions, Sgt. Basilone, in charge of 2 sections of heavy machine guns, fought valiantly to check the savage and determined assault. In a fierce frontal attack with the Japanese blasting his guns with grenades and mortar fire, one of Sgt. Basilone’s sections, with its gun crews, was put out of action, leaving only 2 men able to carry on. Moving an extra gun into position, he placed it in action, then, under continual fire, repaired another and personally manned it, gallantly holding his line until replacements arrived. A little later, with ammunition critically low and the supply lines cut off, Sgt. Basilone, at great risk of his life and in the face of continued enemy attack, battled his way through hostile lines with urgently needed shells for his gunners, thereby contributing in large measure to the virtual annihilation of a Japanese regiment. His great personal valor and courageous initiative were in keeping with the highest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service.



Stage 5 Video Coverage Courtesy of InRange

InRange TV’s Karl Kasarda uses his AK74 with Trijicon Accupoint. Support hand semi-disabled for this stage.


KE Arms’ Russell Phagan using his KE15 Shooting Team Rifle with support hand disabled. Gila Monster Cerakote by We Plead the 2nd.


Independence Training's Josh Reeves using his KE15 Shooting Team Rifle with support hand disabled.
Independence Training’s Josh Reeves using his KE15 Shooting Team Rifle with support hand disabled.


Independence Training’s Glen Stilson on the move with his KE-15 Shooting Team Rifle


We Plead the 2nd’s Bryan Welch repositions M1917 Machinegun Prop during stage 5.


KE Arms’ Jordan Henderson supports on a barrel during Stage 5 with his KE-15 Shooting Team Rifle


InRange’s Karl Kasarda using his Hudson H9 with Leupold Deltapoint Pro installed by KE Arms.

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KE Arms’ Russell Phagan using his KE17 Stealth Special with Grip Work and Cerakote by We Plead the 2nd.

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Find the entire Hard as Hell Heroes Two Gun Match series here:

All stages of the Hard as Hell Heroes Two Gun Match are based on the actions of Medal of Honor recipients - read up.

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Stage 5 Photo Gallery.  Photos Courtesy of Bryan Welch/We Plead the 2nd.

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Russell Phagan

Breach-Bang-Clear contributor Russell Phagan has been working in the firearms industry since 2001 when he was introduced to action shooting sports in general and 3 Gun in particular. He views competition shooting as a valuable activity not only for personal development and gaining professional knowledge but also how to improve firearms products and make them more user friendly and effective. Combining the practical use of firearms with testing out new product ideas and technology is one of the things he enjoys most about 3 Gun. Phagan also believes anyone can become reasonably good at it if they devote the time and resources to do so. "Winning, while nice, need not be your goal; bettering yourself through the pursuit of excellence is something we all can achieve" Russell Phagan Though is his demeanor usually ranges somewhere between taciturn and staid, Phagan is nonetheless a good man to know and listen to. Sometimes he even smiles, or so we hear. Find the Sinistral Rifleman online here or follow him on the Instergramz (@sinistralrifleman). He's on the Book of Face at /SinistralRifleman/.

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