When I learned Ruger planned to introduce an upgrade on its successful gas impingement rifle, I was very interested. The AR 556 is a reliable and accurate rifle—possibly the best buy in its price range.
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Red dot sights are not only increasingly popular, they have made strides in affordability, reliability, and accuracy. The cheap red dot sights are useful for plinking and getting the feel for a red dot optic. The mid level—over $200, but far less than $1,000—is useful for 3-gun competition and home defense. The Lucid M7 fits solidly in this category.
During most of my shooting life, I’ve trusted Colt handguns, and the very few AR-15 rifles I’ve deployed have been Colt AR-15s. From the HBAR to the SOCOM carbine, these rifles have given excellent service.
Multi-gun competitions are huge right now, and with big events like the ones in the 3-Gun Nation Pro Series,
Earlier this year, ArmaLite announced several new products to be released this year—including two models of competition rifles
Burris has upped its game and shown a solid move toward supporting tactical and competitive shooters with the introduction of
What better way is there than celebrating the long 4th of July weekend with good eats, good friends and the
The 2014 NRA Show seminar schedule for Saturday and Sunday is jam-packed with training advice, 3 Gun tips, home defense assessments, and many other topics.
I have bought guns in the past knowing that pulling it out of the box would only be the beginning of the expense. These were stock guns I purchased as a base for specific builds. However, the Colt Pro CRP-18 is not one of those guns, but I am getting ahead of myself.
I have now had my new Modern Sporting Rifle (MSR) for almost one year. It has been a definite learning experience, and a great deal of fun. While attending the 2013 SHOT show in Las Vegas, I participated in Media Day at the Range. There, I received a basic introduction to 3-gun competitions. For those who don’t know, a 3-gun contest uses an MSR, shotgun and pistol. It is also the fastest-growing shooting sports event and competition in the nation.
Quality begets quality, and Cheaper Than Dirt! sponsors some of the top shooters in the business. Cheaper Than Dirt! sponsored-shooter Clint Upchurch has been tearing up the competition with a solid record of 10 Top-10 finishes in 2013 including the 2013 3-Gun Pro Series Tour, Colt 3-Man 3-Gun Championship and the Bushmaster Tarheel 3-Gun.
Firebird Precision tricks out Saiga shotguns to meet the specific needs of 3-gun competitors. However, they found the Turkish-made Akdal MKA 1919 semi-automatic shotgun is not only easier to modify, but also more reliable. On Media Day, we found the modified 1919 is a lightweight gun with not a lot of hard-hitting recoil.
3-Gun Nation has Changed the Face of Action-shooting Sports and Cheaper Than Dirt is Supporting the Charge!
In any shooting competition, a sudden death finale makes all of the hype and build-up worth the wait. A 3-Gun Nation shoot-off offers every bit of that anticipated excitement, but it adds a twist to up the ante. When a competitor makes it to the final round, the switch is made to sponsor-provided equipment—FNH USA’s SCAR, SLP Shotgun and the FNS-9.
Congratulations to Cheaper Than Dirt!’s shooter Clint Upchurch for his first place win at the AR15.com/Rockcastle Pro AM 3-Gun Championship. On Aug 23-26, shooters from around the nation appeared to test their mettle against the best to find out who’s top dog. Competitors were able to shoot in either the Tac Optics or Open divisions. Upchurch shot in the Open division, and vas victorious against all comers. After the match, Upchurch touted the competition.
I am happy to report that you guys are getting it. By that, I mean you are getting the bug to join the ranks of the fastest growing shooting sport: 3-Gun!
Consider this the first of several articles to help you gear-up to shoot like a pro!
Primary Weapons Systems brought their new Wraith 3-gun rifle to the 2012 SHOT Show and wow, it’s exotic. PWS used the best parts they can make along with the best parts they can acquire from others.
At the close of each shooting competition season, I spend a little time reminiscing about the good times at 3-Gun matches around the country. Along with that comes a list of things to improve during the off-season. Some of the items on the list relate to guns and gear. While others on the list, are more personal in nature and will require range time to effect a change. I’ll take you though some of these items in hopes of improving not only my game, but yours too.
Practice and Preparation
The 2011 season had me experimenting with different divisions, and thus changing equipment several times, and it cost me. Had I taken the time to fully prepare for each equipment change, I could have expected better results. First note to self: don’t do that again in 2012! Pick a division and set your gear up accordingly then practice with that gear—all year! I am not much for regimented practice, I never have been. For me that approach becomes work and I have a job. And if it ain’t fun, it ain’t done. To get practice in without practicing, I press into service my 3-Gun gear, playing most any shooting game within a couple of hours driving distance. That brings me in contact with the clays games of Skeet, 5 Stand, and Sporting Clays. What gun do I haul out of the safe to bust those clays with? My 3-Gun shotgun of course! A word of caution here, no matter what game you are playing outside of 3-Gun while using your 3-Gun gear please show due respect for the game you are playing by following the rules and etiquette of that game. In other words, don’t expect to be welcomed onto a skeet field with a “chip on your shoulder” because you are not using a shotgun fully appropriate for the game. YOU KNOW you are not using a skeet gun so please take the time to introduce yourself and explain that you are there to improve your flying clays skill using the gun and gear for the other game you play.
I am fortunate to have a monthly Steel Challenge match in my area. Again, I’ll show up and shoot with my 3-Gun belt and holster complete with shotshell caddies as I would any 3-Gun event. I don’t change loads or guns or equipment positions. If given the opportunity I’ll shoot an NRA Bulls-eye pistol match as a challenging practice alternative. If you try this, it is likely that your 3-Gun pistol is not quite set-up to win the event. You can bet your skills will be better for the experience. The same goes for NRA High Power rifle matches. Check with the guys running the match to see if you may shoot your 3-Gun rifle. Some events offer an “any rifle, any sight” division. Again, show up and get to know these fellow-shooting enthusiasts; you just might learn something.
If I feel the need to improve some specific skill-set not covered by the games above, I will find my way to the practice range. I am lucky that my local range has a variety of high quality steel targets available for my use. My favorite among them is the plate rack. This ammo burning contraption consists of six 8-inch round steel plates set horizontally about 16 inches on center and 4 feet off the ground. Knock them down, and a simple pull of a string sets them back up, and ready for my next volley. Mine, manufactured by the fine folks at www.MGMTargets.com, is rated for rifle fire up to 308 Win. at 100 yards. Pistols, of course, would be employed a little closer. I always seem to be short on time and the plate rack goes a long way toward making my infrequent practice sessions efficient and productive. As a warm up I’ll run the plate left to right and right to left, outside-in, and vice versa. To improve my start times I may do a magazine or two of single shot draws with pistol or a Port-Arms start with rifle or shotgun. To be successful at the 3-Gun game I need to be fast and accurate, and I’ll need a goodly bit of both to keep dropping those 8-inch plates at speed. If I am prepping for a USPSA pistol match, some strong and weak hand drills are in order. While I do most of the shotgun reloading practice in dry-fire mode at home, doing a few live-fire “on the clock” with any one or all three guns is always on the docket. Performed thusly: one plate, reload, one plate, reload, and so on.
In the past I have been limited—due to range restrictions—to only shooting at paper and under a “speed limit” that prohibited “fast shooting”. Yes, it was a bother, but I still managed to get some good transferable 3-Gun skills within that environment. There is little use for speed if you are not accurate, so go with the flow and shoot groups. I mean little groups. This is a great skill builder and a test of gun and shooter. I start by sandbagging my pistol or rifle, seeing how small a group I can shoot. Once I have established the “mechanical accuracy” of the piece, I’ll shoot from different positions—standing off-hand, kneeling, sitting, prone—and see how close I can get to equaling that mechanical accuracy. Not only does this give me a baseline of what my equipment can do and from what position, it greatly assists me in breaking down a 3-Gun stage to my strengths. Try this and maybe the next time you see an array of pistol plates at 25 yards or a set of rifle poppers at 100 yards you’ll be confident that you can put them down quickly off-hand rather than looking for a wobbly prop to brace up against.
I’ll keep working my way through the list.
Until next time. ~Patrick