|A pretty sweet setup (not mine obviously)|
Let's start with a basic definition of 3-Gun. Multi-gun shooting involves practical competitions (divided into stages) in which you shoot some combination of targets using a handgun, rifle (usually carbine), and a shotgun. Some stages may only require 1 weapon type, whereas other may require you to switch from one type to another while coursing through the stage. On average, the shooter will be required to carry ammo for all three weapon types and perform reloads during the stage depending on the number of shots required. For example, a typical 3-Gun stage may start with a shotgun shooting steel plates which fall when hit, then require you to clear the shotgun and dump it in a dump bin, pick up your carbine and load, shoot paper or steel targets with the rifle, clear the rifle and dump it in a dump bin, then pull your handgun, load, and shoot paper or steel targets. All of this, of course, is done on a timer. Scoring is based off the amount of time elapsed and the number of hits/misses on targets and penalties. Therefore, the goal is to shoot in the shortest amount of time possible while minimizing penalties and misses.
Now let's talk about gear. At minimum, you need a rifle, shotgun, and handgun and the magazines and ammo to feed them. If you are just starting out and don't have any of these or all of these, it's easiest to borrow someone's or tag along with a friend to compete. Most of the competitors I've met shooting 3-Gun are more than happy to let new shooters borrow guns. Just be a good sport and bring your own ammo.
|A well set-up AR-15 by the NST|
|Interesting shooting stance.....|
|Breach that door dude.....|
Hopefully this short intro will help you define some of the basics of 3-gun or multi-gun. The next obvious step is 4-Gun, which incorporates a long distance rifle such as a bolt-action .308 or the like. If you are interested in finding a local club or range to try out 3-Gun check out this Rangefinder.
Be safe and see you next time.