Intro to 3-Gun Class - July 2018

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask! Email us at info@pemi3gun.com

What the class covers: 3-Gun match safety, structure, targets, equipment, movement, and best practices–everything you need to shoot your first 3-Gun match safely.
What the class does not cover: This is not a basic marksmanship class. The focus will be on 3-gun specific items, so we will have limited time to coach students on underlying shooting skills. Please make sure that you are familiar with your firearms and equipment.

  • Sunday 7/22, 9:00 AM – 5 PM.  Please arrive early (around 8:30 AM) to complete paperwork.
  •  Class will be rain or shine, please 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 is $50 (+$2 if registered online)

The morning session will start in the clubhouse for classroom material and demo.

  • All guns must arrive unloaded and cased.  Do not handle any firearms until told to do so.
  • If you carry concealed, an instructor will clear your firearm when you arrive.  Do not unload yourself in the parking lot.
  • Bring guns and gear into the classroom at the start of the day – NO AMMO IN THE CLASSROOM.
  • Have some unloaded magazines with you in the classroom.
  • Please make sure that you are familiar with your firearms and equipment before the class. Know the controls, where the safeties are, and how to operate your firearm.

After lunch, the afternoon session will focus on movement and live fire out on the 50-yard range.

  • You will be learning how to move and shoot safely, as well as how to deal with the challenges and props that we use in matches.
  • Once everyone is comfortable, we will build a few mini-stages to put together all of the items that we’ve learned.

It is important that you make sure that you are familiar with the equipment that you are bringing. Please make sure that the firearms that you intend to use are serviceable, zeroed, and work with the ammo that you are bringing.

If you need to borrow any equipment please contact us in advance.

Pistol

  • 9mm semi-auto or larger caliber. 
  • At least 3 magazines
  • Pouches for 2 magazines
  • 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 holsters 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.
  • Not allowed: Cross draw, appendix carry, small of the back, shoulder holsters, etc. are not allowed.  SERPA holsters are not allowed.
    • 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.

Rifle

Any safe rifle in .223 or larger caliber—the default choice is an AR-style rifle. Other styles of rifle are allowed, but will put put you at a performance deficit. For the intro class, it’s important that you have a rifle that you know works.

  • Sights can be irons, red dot or optics.
    • Iron sights – no batteries, rugged but slower and tough with older eyes
    • Red dot – fastest out to 50+ yards, but more difficult for longer range targets
    • Scope – 1-4x or 1-6x are the standard configuration in 3-gun
  • Be sure you have sighted in the rifle before arriving.  We recommend a 50-yard zero, but be sure to check your scope’s reticle, as some manufacturers recommend a different zero.
  • At least 3 magazines
  • At least one magazine pouch

Shotgun

  • Any safe pump or semi-auto in 12 gauge (20ga is allowed, but will put you at a disadvantage in matches). You can use shotguns with detachable magazines (Saiga or AR-style), just be aware that 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.
  • An extended magazine tube (for tube fed shotguns) is helpful, but is not critical for the class.
  • A means to carry ammo – loops (sidesaddle, belt, sling, etc) or pouch (with loops or just dump pouch) or 3-gun specific shotshell caddies.
  • Important: Please make sure that your ammo works in your shotgun ahead of time. It’s hard to do the class if your gun is not running.
  • Pistol: 150 rounds
  • Rifle: 150 Rounds
  • Shotgun Birdshot: 50 rounds
    • Recommend #7 to #9-1/2 shot, typically 1150 to 1300 fps and 1oz to 1-1/8oz
  • Shotgun Slugs: 20 rounds
    • Recommend low recoil slugs, but be sure they work in your gun!
    • No 3” or magnum slugs please.

Required

  • Safety Glasses
  • Hearing protection - earplugs or earmuffs, electronic amplified earmuffs are preferred.
  • Pen and paper for notes
  • A sturdy belt to support your firearm and magazines

Optional

  • Sunscreen
  • Insect Repellent
  • Knee pads
  • Spare parts (guns do break)
  • A way to carry your firearms between stages