Three hundred episodes is a big milestone so I thought we’d do something different than we normally do so here is our first ever (I think) solo episode of The 3-Gun Show!
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Coming up in November is the 10th anniversary of the first time that I shot 3-Gun and I’ve been taking stock of where we are at as a sport.
Over the next few months you’ll hear my thoughts on the need for a sanctioning body or a union of matches, possibly a series. Lower barriers to entry for matches, a tiered system of match levels, ie not everything can be a major, and the possibility or opportunity to bring new games under the multigun banner including 2-gun rifle & pistol matches. Plus I have ideas for a production or factory-style division modeled after USPSA & NRL’s rule sets.
But we will start today with the 3-Gun equipment divisions.
This one has been in several conversations I’ve had with industry professionals, MD’s and top shooters and yesterday on the way back from the Jeff Kirkwold Memorial match I brought up this topic to my buddy Forest Lathrop and we beat it to death for at least two hours.
So a lot of these ideas are mine but a lot of them have come from the community at large and then Forest and I finalized them yesterday.
I am going to run down Limited, Tac-Ops and Open divisions and outline how we can bring more people to matches while once again making 3-Gun the cutting edge of shooting technology development.
|Configuration||Tube fed, 12ga||Tube Fed, 12ga||Unlimited|
|Capacity||8 round tube (2.75”), 9 total||12 round tube (2.75”), 13 total||Unlimited|
|Port Load Shell Holder||Yes, One Shell||Yes, One Shell||Unlimited|
|Configuration||Semi-Auto, min .223/5.56||Semi-Auto, min .223/5.56||Semi-Auto, min .223/5.56|
|Capacity||Double stack box mag, 30 round max||Double stack box mag, 45 round max||Unlimited|
|Primary Sights||One, non-magnified||One, magnified ok, variable ok||Unlimited|
|Secondary Sights||No||Irons, ok||Unlimited|
|Compensator||Yes, max 1” x 3”||Yes, max 1” x 3”||Unlimited|
|Bipods & Bags||No||No||Yes|
|Configuration||Semi-Auto, min 9x19mm||Semi-Auto, min 9x19mm||Semi-Auto, min 9x19mm|
|Capacity||141.25mm max length mags||141.25mm max length mags||Unlimited|
|Sights||Iron||Optical/Electronic Okay, Slide mounted between rear of slide and ejection port||Unlimited|
So there you go, that’s what the future of 3-Gun divisions could look like.
As with everything on the 3-Gun Show podcast, this is all about the community here so I want to hear what you have to say. Leave a comment below with your thoughts and opinions.
What did we get right? What did we get wrong? What else do you think could encourage growth in the sport? I’m serious when I say that I want to hear from you.
Once again I want to thank you for listening to The 3-Gun Show podcast. I’m going to keep doing the podcast for as long as I’m able to and I will keep bringing you the best personalities and experiences in the Action Shooting Sports. Whether that is multigun, USPSA, NRL, PCC, Run & Gun or something else completely.
Our community is united by our love of competitive shooting and you’ll find it all right here on The 3-Gun Show.
Thanks for 300 and here’s to 300 more. See you on the range.