American Rifleman - May 2010 - (Page 44)

1 2 FEATURE AMERICAN MARKSMAN A First-Timer’s Three-Step Guide To 3-Gunning Ever wonder what goes on in the fast-action world of 3-gun competition? Our intrepid colleague did—and decided to take the plunge into one of the most exciting shooting sports contested today. T ri-Gun Challenge competitor Neil Davies pulled into the Del-Tone/ Luth gun club parking lot and wasted no time preparing his ensemble. He wore a Hornady hat, shooting glasses, Adidas football cleats and more rounds of ammunition than there are rainy days in St. Cloud, Minn. He had ve 30-round AR mags full of .223 Rem. ammunition strapped to his leg, four extended Glock mags around his waist and enough No. 8 shotshells to fend off an Argentine dove rebellion. His long guns, a souped-up Benelli M2 and a DPMS MK 12 AR-15 lay freshly oiled on the tailgate of his Chevy. I loitered near him partly because he agreed to loan me his AR—that’s right, I’d brought only two guns to a 3-gun match—and partly because as Hornady’s marketing man he’s been known to give away ammunition, but mainly because he looked like he knew what he was doing. I’d hauled two buddies—Darren LaSorte, a suit from NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action (ILA), and Adam Heggenstaller, managing editor of NRA’s newsstand magazine, Shooting Illustrated—from the Minn./St. Paul airport to St. Cloud for DPMS’ annual Tri-Gun Challenge. Although we are all shooters and hunters we shared exactly zero experience in 3-gunning. So we asked questions like belt-fed re and spied on the guys with sponsorship logos on their shirts. Like any competition involving real bullets and prize money, a rst 3-gun competition can be intimidating. Frankly, my only goal was to nish—and to do so safely. AY 3 BY JEFF JOHNSTON, Managing Editor, American Hunter The growing sport of 3-gun is a shooting game consisting of multiple stages in which shooters try to hit, or neutralize, various paper, steel and clay targets while navigating through obstacles in a set course of re. Stationary, moving and even ying targets are engaged from ranges of mere feet to several hundred yards. Each stage is limited only by available real estate and the match designer’s creativity. Sometimes all three guns—ri e, shotgun and pistol— are used on an individual stage, while other stages might require only one. The object is to neutralize all targets of each stage in the What Is 3-Gun? 44 M 2010 WWW.AMERICANRIFLEMAN.ORG Photos by author http://WWW.AMERICANRIFLEMAN.ORG

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of American Rifleman - May 2010

American Rifleman - May 2010
Editor’s Letter
Armed Citizen
Standing Guard
President’s Column
One On One With Ted Nugent
Readers Write
News, Notes and Ephemera
Questions & Answers
American Marksman: A First-Timer’s Guide To 3-Gunning
Bushmaster ACR: A Transformative Firearm
Coming To America: Para USA Goes Beyond Innovation
The 2010 Golden Bullseye Awards
Magnum Maximization: Ruger’s Extra-Capacity .327 Revolvers
NRA LED: A Half Century Of Service
Annual Meetings
Dope Bag: Data & Comment
Political Report
ILA Report
Regional Report/Member Info & Benefits
I Have This Old Gun

American Rifleman - May 2010