3 Gun Competition – Why not try shooting a 3 Gun Match?

Posted by on Jul 29, 2012 in Articles, Competition Shooting, Firearms Training Raleigh NC | 0 comments

3 gun competition Many of you have a few different firearms for different reasons. Maybe a handgun for personal protection, home defense, concealed carry, hunting or just target shooting. Today’s uncertain economy and political issues have prompted many to purchase an “MSR”, Modern Sporting Rifle, what some call a “Black Rifle”, the most common being an AR-15 of some sort. Check the back of the closet or safe, I’ll bet there is a pump or semi-auto shotgun in there that has not seen the light of day for quite some time. Why not grab some ammo for all 3 and find a local 3-GUN match to compete in? Never shot in a formal 3 gun match before?? Not to worry, with some basic safety instruction and a basic understanding of the rules, you will do fine and have a great time. You will not win, most likely, your first time out, but we all must start somewhere, why not sooner than later at a local match?
What is a 3 GUN match, you may be wondering. To put it pretty simply, a 3 gun match is an action type shooting match that tests your skill with a pistol, rifle and shotgun. Some stages may be only 1 or 2 guns, and some stages will employ all 3 guns in a dynamic setting with multiple targets engaged with the different firearms at various distances. There has been an upsurge in interest in 3 gun lately, and there are even some TV shows featuring this fast paced, SAFE, fun sport. Many of the firearms related magazines almost always have an article or 2 about 3 gun and the various latest greatest gear for the sport.
Many may be wondering how to get started. Well, to state the obvious, you will need a pistol, rifle and shotgun. Magazines, and magazine holders will be needed to compete, and a way to carry extra shotgun shells. Many of today’s 3 gunners use some type of scope or optic on their rifles (helps with aging eyesight!!) and some use them on their pistols and shotguns as well. If you don’t have fancy gear and high dollar optics, no worries, there are different divisions that you can compete in. So if this is staring to peak your interest, time to take the next step. The best way to get started is to find someone that is already shooting 3 gun, and tag along with him or her, yes her, many ladies are shooting 3 gun now and beating quite a few of the men!! Competitive shooting is not age, race or gender specific, just good people having a FUN, SAFE time with their fellow Americans.
The other alternative is to find a COMPETENT Instructor to get you started in the right direction. Taking a class or 2 will cost you some money, but in the long term it will save you much more than you spent. A good instructor will give you a solid base of SAFETY, and an understanding of the rules for the different 3 gun competitions in your area. You will also learn some marksmanship skills that are different from static range practice.  You will learn how to “read” a stage and what your current level of skill is. You’ll learn how to improve your skill sets and overcome some of the different problem areas in shooting, much faster than the “trail by error” approach so many folks take. So if any of this has got you interested, please consider shooting some 3 gun and find a good Instructor to get you started. I can’t guarantee how high up in the stats you’ll place, but I can guarantee that you will have FUN and meet some great people along the way.
Learn more about John and Mel’s handgun training in the Raleigh NC area:
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