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Old 03-31-2013, 10:58 AM
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Looking to get into shooting some 3 gun matches.....my brother in law is into it so I have someone to point me in the right direction but it seemed like a good discussion for the gun forum....any thoughts....what are your specific guns and set up etc...
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Old 03-31-2013, 10:11 PM
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Gun forum--Lol. I'm curious as well as to what all goes on in a three gun comp. I admit being a bit lazy and not researching on line and stuff.
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Old 04-01-2013, 04:45 AM
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I was into it back in 2008-2009 before it got too crazy with the gun and ammo prices. I ran an LMT for my AR, a trusty Remington 870 for my scatter gun, and a Springfield XD 9mm for my sidearm.

It was a really good time, I sharpened my skills, stayed in shape, learned a lot from others, and I really enjoyed myself. With the current prices and lack of availability of ammo there's no way I would consider getting back into it at the moment personally. At the time I was going through 2500-4500 total rounds per month with competitions and practice combined, that would be a weekly/monthly small fortune now.
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Old 04-01-2013, 07:30 PM
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Originally Posted by FlyingCircus View Post
Looking to get into shooting some 3 gun matches.....my brother in law is into it so I have someone to point me in the right direction but it seemed like a good discussion for the gun forum....any thoughts....what are your specific guns and set up etc...
Old school advice here as I have not shot a 3-gun in 10 years but was very active in IPSC, IDPA, 3-gun and 1000 yard competitions form the late 80's through early 2000.

Best advice for a start up guy would be to go slow, shoot what you own and don't get caught up in a gear race. As you progress you will save $$ by seeing what works and what is fluff. Keep it simple, accurate and reliable, learn to use the gear you have then progress as your skills improve.

Any serviceable weapons will work, the more competive you become or wish to become does require better gear.

Rifle: Any quality AR flat top (1:7-1:9 twist, 16") with low power optics 1-4 power (Acog) with a 45% offset Reflex or irons. 3.5-4.5lb trigger with short reset.

Shot Gun: Benellies rule (or did), 18-20" 7-8 round extension and large slide release pad, reloads win (think trays) the shotgun part. Tip, if your a right hand shooter find a left hand gun.....think about it.

Hand gun: Personal choice, depending on the match I would transition between the Glock platform and a custom 1911 (hard to do, Glocks were high hand cut to match the 1911 point). STI, SVI and custom L. Baity built .40/.45 cal's, won more races with the custom guns but running a $3k+ (15 years ago) through a combat course was painful. Many choices so chose what your best with.

If you don't already have a Dillon 550/650/1050 and related gear it needs to be on your must have list or your training time will be limited, speaking of training, 10k-20k rounds per month were normal and I lived in the reloading room 5 nights a week. With todays ammo/reloading costs I can't see this happening. I was fortunate to have 30 yd steel and a 100 yd rifle range on my property.

This like boating is not a cheap game but the skills learned are worth it and the guy's and gal's you meet are the best. You need to find a local club and join, most will be very happy to help you get started.

Hope this helps.....

PS: Pulled my last comp AR out of the safe for a coat of oil (40K rounds through this one and on her 3rd barrel)

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Old 04-01-2013, 09:17 PM
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I shoot 3-gun, idpa, uspsa but only when I'm actually off work. It is A LOT of fun and you will really enjoy it (outside of buying ammo hahaha)

too bad you are across the US, we have quite a few matches out here in the TX panhandle.

Here are what I use
pistol: FNP 45 tactical
shotgun: duty mossberg 500 pump 12ga
rifle: bushmaster XM15-E2S (SBR full auto flat top with eotech)
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