All over the country there are 3gun matches occurring at
your local gun club.
These matches vary
in quality, difficulty and ruleset depending upon the knowledge and desire of
the match directors.
There are matches
such as the Livingston Gun Club Monthly 3gun match in Brighton, MI that draws
from the years of experience, competitive nature and new shooter orientation
put forth by Matt Koopika, Chip Montgomery and Nick Molina.
Other clubs are not so fortunate to have match
directors with such skillsets.
reason and several others, there is a huge advantage to getting out to
major matches NOW!!!
Too often I hear from local shooters that they “don’t feel
prepared” or “another year at a local level and I will have a better
skillset”. The truth is few local clubs
can adequately prepare a shooter for most major match experiences. Secondly, the best way to get better at
something is typically “on the job training” ie, go out and do it.
Major matches bring several opportunities for shooters.
The match is developed by someone other than
your local match director, which means, a very different flavour and
approach. Just like someone’s shooting
style, most match directors can get a little predictable if not stagnant in
their match design. If you have only
ever shot at one club, your definition of what a 3gun match or stage is can be
very one dimensional.
The availability of props, terrain, targets and
distance is often better at a major match.
Large facilities like Rockcastle Shooting Center in Kentucky or the
Tactical Performance Center in St. George Utah have a variety of landscapes,
interesting props, deserts and “jungles” to add to the overall match
Typically, a major match is more demanding, both
in volume of targets, length of stages and complexity of required
execution. These 3 factors will press a
newer shooters skillset and give them the opportunity learn what they don’t yet
know is important to add to their 3Gun game.
With all of this
being said, local clubs and local matches are the foundation of the 3Gun
Shooting sport. This article is not
meant to take anything away from local clubs.
One of the goals of most of the good local clubs is to set shooters up
for success when they venture out to the larger venues. There are several great resources for new
shooters such as this interview on The 3GUN SHOW.