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3-Gun Intro to Competition Class

This is a full day of instruction given at Pemigewasset Valley Fish and Game, 295 Beede Road, Holderness, NH.  We spend the morning in the clubhouse reviewing safety, 3 Gun rules, scoring and shooting skills - including dry fire practice.  In the afternoon we shoot on the 50 yard range starting with simple drills and moving up to a full 3 Gun stage. 

For more info or to sign up, please contact Bob Klimm at rklimm@strat-edg.com or (603) 630-9408.

  • Date per calendar, time 8:30 AM – 5 PM. Please arrive early (around 8 AM) to complete paperwork. 
  • Class will be rain or shine – bring appropriate clothing.  It is a covered range but shooting will be out in the open.  Recommend long pants, boots, high neck shirt and a hat with brim.
  • No meal service at the range – bring lunch, drinks and snacks.
  • Cost will be $50 payable when you arrive.
  • 38 revolver or 9mm semiauto or larger caliber.  Contact me if you want to use a smaller caliber – we do allow 22’s for kids and newbies.
  • At least 150 rounds of ammo
  • At least 3 loading devices – magazines or speed-loaders.
  • Pouches for 2 Magazine or 3 speed-loaders.
  • Strong side holster (inside or outside the waist band but outside is easier and faster). Regardless of design, it MUST cover the trigger / guard area of the handgun.
    • We recommend Kydex material but will work with whatever you have as long as the trigger is covered and you can re-holster with one hand. If you have to hold the holster open to replace the gun – IT WILL NOT WORK.
    • Leather is acceptable if stiff enough to stay open – many have an extra layer around the top for this purpose.
    • Cross draw, appendix carry, small of the back, shoulder holsters, etc. are NOT allowed. Call me with any questions.
    • We require at least a Level 1 retention holster – where the gun is held by friction or it clicks into place with a detent over the front of the trigger guard. Do not bring a holster that will not hold the gun firmly while running or jumping. The cheap nylon pouch holsters like Uncle Mike’s will not work.
    • We recommend a level 2 or 3 holster – with active retention (push button, hood, etc). This is due to the amount of movement and the risk of hooking the handgun with the long gun butt or sling. If a loaded handgun comes loose during a match – you will be disqualified and asked to leave. Safariland ALS or GLS holsters are an excellent example of a level 2 holster.
    • We do allow level 2 Blackhawk Serpa holsters with the finger button. However, many clubs have outlawed these since a few people have shot themselves in the leg while attempting a speed draw (finger can slip into the trigger guard). The Serpa is a decent and reasonably priced holster when used properly BUT – just like all other aspects of shooting - you are personally responsible for safety.
  • Belt – heavy leather or reinforced nylon.
  • Any safe rifle in .223 or larger caliber.  Most use AR style rifles but we also allow AK, M1 Garand, M1A, etc. We also allow pistol caliber and M1 carbines or manual actions (bolt, lever, pump) but these will fall into a special category if used in a match. Just realize you will be slower with anything other than a semi-auto.
  • Sights can be iron, red dot or optics.  Trade-offs are:
    • Iron – no batteries, rugged but slower and tough with older eyes
    • Red dot – fastest out to 50+ yards but more bulky than iron and they can fail
    • Scope – Best accuracy from 100 yards to several hundred yards but even bulkier and prone to damage. Recommend you use relatively low magnification for 3 Gun – 1-4x is very popular.
  • Be sure you have sighted in the rifle before arriving.  The best zero is 50 yards which then re-crosses zero at approximately 200 yards – this works for 223/5.56 and 308/7.62×51.  I recommend you look up the ballistics on your caliber before arriving.
  • At least 150 rounds of ammo – no AP, incendiary or tracer.  Please refer to the Ammunition and Steel Target Policy.
  • At least 3 magazines for semi-autos.
  • Belt, chest or thigh mag pouches – optional for class – very helpful for matches.  Cargo pants pockets work well for starters.
  • Sling – not used during competition but useful for carrying the rifle. If you want one, consider a tactical sling (like V-Tac) that allows for fast adjustment. 
  • Any safe pump or semi-auto in 12 or 20 gauge. You can use shotguns with detachable magazines (Saiga or AR type) but this puts you into a higher division and you will need spare magazines. Optics/red dots are also allowed but again will put you into a higher division when competing.
  • At least 25 slugs and 50 birdshot – slug should be < 1400 fps.
  • A means to carry ammo – loops (sidesaddle, belt, sling, etc) or pouch (with loops or just dump pouch) or 3 gun gear that allows you to grab and load 2 or 4 at a time (not required unless or until you become serious about competing).
  • Same comments on slings.
  • Eyes and Ears – safety glasses (should be wrap around or have side shields) and ear-muffs (amplifying type is best to hear commands) or plugs.
  • Pad and Pen for notes
  • Any personal items for comfort – allergy meds, knee pads, etc.  It is tick season and we have had one person who had a very negative reaction to a bite (ticks carry more than just Lyme disease).  They are unlikely on the covered range but are likely to be found in the action bays at matches.  Bug repellant or gaiters can be used.
  • Spare batteries for electronic sights.
  • Guns do break – backup guns or parts are useful (not required).
  • For matches, you will want some means to move guns from the car and between stages. Most people use commercially or homemade carts similar to baby strollers. Otherwise, guns should be cased or carried with a sling. All guns need to have a chamber flag inserted – you will be given these during the course if you don’t already have them.
  • We will start at the clubhouse for presentation, demo and dry fire.
  • All guns must arrive unloaded and cased.  DO NOT HANDLE any firearm until told to do so.
  • If you carry concealed – a safety officer will watch as you unload in the classroom when you arrive.  DO NOT unload yourself in the parking lot.
  • Bring guns and gear into the classroom at the start of the day – DO NOT bring ammo in. Have some unloaded magazines with you in the classroom.
  • The most important issue is SAFETY.  Be sure you have the 4 basic rules down pat:
    • The gun is always loaded – always check and then treat it as loaded anyway!
    • Muzzle in a safe direction – practice moving around with an unloaded gun (check twice) and NOT sweeping anyone or yourself with the muzzle. This becomes second nature when you are ALWAYS aware of where the muzzle is pointed.
    • Finger off the trigger until on target – it should be along the frame until the sights are on target. The finger returns to the frame immediately when your sights leave the target – even though the gun may still be pointed downrange. Again, this must be drilled until it is second nature. Remember OFF TARGET – OFF TRIGGER. ON TARGET – ON TRIGGER.
    • Know what’s beyond the target (and between you and the target) – this is pretty simple on a range with berms on 3 sides but it’s critically important in a self-defense situation. You are accountable for every round that leaves the muzzle.
    • In addition, get familiar with operating any safeties before you arrive. All single action hammer fired pistols (1911 style) must use the safety. All rifles and shotguns will start and end with the safety on. You will also be required to engage the safety in the middle of a stage if moving more than a couple steps. Practice disengaging the safety as the muzzle aligns with the target – not before – and put the safety back on as soon as you start to come off target.

For more info or to sign up, please contact Bob Klimm at rklimm@strat-edg.com or call(603) 630-9408.

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