3-Gun information

If you have never shot 3-gun or you have never shot 3-gun with us, then read this page first.

For an introduction to 3-gun, check out this link.

Divisions:

Usually, everyone shoots in Tactical Optics, but we have recently begun allowing Open guns to shoot as well. They will shoot in separate divisions, but will shoot the same match as Tac Optics.

Equipment:

3-gun involves the use of up to 3 separate guns on a single stage of fire. The three guns that may be used are:

Pistol

  • Pistol can be any centerfire cartridge of .357 caliber or larger.
  • Any pistol meeting the requirements for USPSA competition is allowed, including Open guns.
  • No steel jacketed or steel core ammo is allowed for any guns (suspect ammo may be checked with a magnet).
  • It is highly recommended you have several high capacity magazines. There is no physical limit to how many rounds you can have in the mags.
  • You should shoot a semi-auto handgun (although revolvers are not excluded, they are not competitive)
  • You must have a reliable holster that will securely retain your pistol while you run with it. The holster must completely cover the trigger guard. Consult USPSA equipment rules if you have doubts.
  • Pistol shots range from 1 foot to approximately 50 yards maximum. You will shoot at USPSA paper targets and various steel targets which normally have to be knocked down to score.
  • You may shoot as many as 30 or more shots on any pistol portion of a stage. You should bring at least 150 rounds of pistol ammo, but you will almost never shoot anywhere that many.

Rifle

  • Rifle is usually an AR style rifle although any centerfire rifle of .223 caliber or larger is eligible. If you shoot an AR-10 (.308) then the scoring is a bit more favorable.
  • Ammo must not be steel jacketed or steel core bullets.
  • You will shoot rifle from 1 yard to 450 yards. Occasionally we shoot to 500 yards but only for a bonus.
  • You are allowed (but not required) to have no more than one optical sight on your gun. You can also have back-up iron sights on the gun if you have a scope.
  • You should have at least 2 30 round magazines, but larger mags are allowed. You should bring at least 150 rounds, but you will normally shoot less than this.
  • Rifle targets are both USPSA paper targets and reactive steel targets.

Shotgun

  • You can have any shotgun that is at least 20 ga. or larger. You may use any shell carrying device you want.
  • You are limited to starting any stage to only 1 round in the chamber and 8 in the tube or magazine, even if your gun holds more. You can add any number of shells later in a stage, but you can only start with 9 total.
  • Shotguns are shot with birdshot and slugs. We infrequently shoot buckshot.
  • We shoot birdshot at steel targets (knock them over) at ranges up to 25 yards. We also shoot clay pigeons in stationary stands once and a while.
  • We shoot slugs at paper or steel targets at ranges up to 100 yards, but usually no more than 60.
  • The secret to successful shotgun shooting is to learn how to reload your shotgun really, really fast. This is what separates the winners from the losers.
  • Any shotgun 20 ga. or larger is allowed. Semi-auto or pump are allowed.
  • You should bring 100 rounds of birdshot and 10 slugs, although you will normally shoot less than this.
We do not shoot separate divisions or classifications. All competitors are scored together. Most shooters would qualify for Tactical Optics division in national level matches.
We normally shoot four stages for the match that can be a mix of rifle, pistol and shotgun. All stages will feature at least two guns and some will feature all three. Pistols will be carried in secure holsters and long guns will be carried by hand or cart with the muzzle up or down.
Safety rules apply and are identical to USPSA safety rules.
Scoring is based on a time plus method. Your raw time for engaging a stage will be the basis for your score. Time penalties for failing to neutralize targets or even missing a target will be added to your raw time. Occasionally, a target is designated as a bonus and can actually reduce your total time, if hit. We emphasize speed AND accuracy and offers penalties for missing the A or B zone for paper targets.
Cost:

The cost of the 3-gun match is $10.00 for club members ($25.00 annual membership gets you a $5.00 discount on all matches) or $15.00 for non-members. Memberships renew in April. Shooting begins at 9 AM but registration and the required safety briefings begin 8:30 AM.

When:

Click here for the schedules for all club matches.

Where:

Click here for directions to the club ranges.

Range Access:

The club shoots at a private range. This range is NEVER open to the public for general shooting at ANY time. New shooters are welcome to come out on scheduled match days to shoot the match, but the range is locked when matches are not being held.

Rules:

The complete rules used at the club matches are posted here. Please download them and read them as they are a bit different from other match rules.

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