Introduction to 3-Gun Competition

Discussion in 'Competition Shooting' started by jtischauser, Mar 14, 2014.

  1. jtischauser

    jtischauser New Member

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    The sport of 3-Gun is growing like mad right now. I wrote an article on the topic. So I figured I'd share it here to help anyone that's interested in getting started.

    How To Get Started in 3-Gun Competition
     
  2. ARConquest

    ARConquest New Member

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    Thanks for the info. Its encouraging because as a newb it can be intimidating, thanks for the post
     

  3. jtischauser

    jtischauser New Member

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    It is very intimidating at first. Just remember by showing up you instantly have 20-300 (depending on the size of the match) new friends that are there to help you get going.
     
  4. uanda

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    it's too bad that they make everybody waste their time and money on the shotgun part. If you're carrying a rifle, you're not going to bother with a shotgun. Ifyou're carrying a shotgun, you'll only use it until you can take a rifle from a dead body(if you've got any sense, that is). the money spent on a shotgun will do you a lot more good if it's spent on a sound suppressor for your rifle. You can have a fine one made by a local machineshop for $100 (and some work that you do yourself), plus the $200 Federal tax stamp. So it's not that big a deal to have a "silencer" for your fighting rifle. You won't believe how much it helps you get swift hits (and what it does for you in the game fields).
     
  5. jtischauser

    jtischauser New Member

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    There is a 2-gun league call us carbine association. USCA. Good stuff!

    The shotgun is a fun gun to learn and shoot. All the different shot, choke, and target types makes it very versatile. If you haven't tried tactical/action shot gunning you're missing out.
     
  6. ARConquest

    ARConquest New Member

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    Jesse

    Are you allowed to run suppressors in 3 gun?
     
  7. jtischauser

    jtischauser New Member

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    There are some rules about compensator size for most divisions and a suppressor would count as a muzzle device. So you may only be lowed to run it in open division at a big match with prizes on the line. But at local match for fun I would think a match director would let you run it in any division. Hard part is making sure the timer picks up the last shot.
     
  8. Bidah

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    At USPSA 3Gun matches they will not allow Suppressors, but as Jesse says, some Outlaw matches do. Our club does allow them in whatever division you shoot. We also have night matches and night vision is allowed in those too (as are lasers).

    Really, if you want to give it a try, get some ammo and go. We have shooters show up with stuff you would never think of, even a bolt action .270 deer rifle last year. This year that same shooter has all upgraded gear since he found he liked it. In the competition shooting world I have found the 3Gun groups to be a great bunch.
     
  9. ARConquest

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    Jesse,

    I went and did some rifle training/practice and shot on a timer, which was the first time ever. It was awesome and added some feedback I hadn't experienced before. It was a blast and I did fairly well for my first time, I will be going again tomorrow.

    Thanks for the encouragement for beginners, my goal is to shoot a match before the summer is up
     
  10. GrabberGT

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    I am working on getting everything for 3 gun match. I have a PPQ M1 (which is by far my favorite pistol), an AR that I just picked up a Trijicon ACOG TA33G-H at a pawn shop for 2/3 the new price. Next is a semi auto shotgun. FN SLP or Binelli M4 that will carry at least 8 rounds. I have a plate in my neck and a pump is too much for me. I shoot trap with a Beretta 391 Optima Teknys Gold 32" and can run 100 without causing pain.
    I've heard people in IDPA and USPSA say what is your el Presidente time? That's how people gauge your skills. I can do it under 9 seconds. The good guys are at 5. Need some more practice...
     
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  11. jtischauser

    jtischauser New Member

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    The Benelli M4 is not very popular in 3-gun. The SLP was but has lost a lot of interest due to the newer offerings like the Stoeger M3000, beretta 1301, or Remington Versamax.
     
  12. sdiver35

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    If you want to shoot a Benelli go with the M2. I have an M4 and while it is fast the short barrel has too much spread in long target stages.
     
  13. Balota

    Balota ... but I used to play keyboards.

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    The amazingly good guys are at 5. If you are under 9 seconds, you're doing pretty damn well.

    Then there's the guy that really isn't human... Jerry Miculek, 3.69 seconds, with a revolver!!!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pbjc8AUTB8k
     
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