Pointers at Prepping for 3-Gun Season


There’s no denying that 3-Gun competitions are growing in popularity and springing up at gun ranges across America. Using a pistol, rifle and shotgun to shoot through challenges and multiple targets at varying distances is a great way to improve your shooting skills while having fun.

Here are some pointers for performing better on the 3-Gun range by Daniel Horner, a two time winner of the nation’s top 3-Gun challenge—Crimson Trace’s coveted Midnight 3-Gun Invitational (M3GI).

“I use the same gear all year long, so when it comes time for this match (the M3GI), I just adapt the guns, so they will work for the night time,” stated Daniel Horner. “I attach the Crimson Trace lasers and lights to the guns in whatever is the easiest way possible. Last year I just screwed a rail to my shotgun with wood screws. So, people can compete with pretty much whatever they have available and make it work.”

For new 3-Gun competitors, there is one thing to focus on that can possibly help in becoming a better competitor—equipment.

“New competitors should know how to operate all their equipment,” continued Horner. “They should spend time getting familiar with their equipment. I spend exponentially more time ensuring the gear is right than I do shooting.” Horner also recommends using a couple of bright headlamps worn on the head that can be adjusted to two areas—one to point at the sights on the firearm and the other headlamp to point out at the targets.

Everyone practicing with shotguns, rifles and pistols should keep one thought as a top priority—safety.

“Obviously, safety is the No. 1 priority, but after that, the focus should be on developing specific skills,” noted Horner. His wins and trophies indicate these are good ideas to follow.

Crimson Trace’s Midnight 3-Gun Invitational will be held in central Oregon in August. The list of 2014 M3GI sponsors includes: The National Shooting Sports Foundation, Optics Planet, FLIR, Danner / LaCrosse, Kimber, Leupold, Otis Technologies, Blade-Tech, ERGO Grip, H&M BLACKNITRIDE, MGM Targets and many others. Shooters wanting to try the 3-Gun experience can possibly find a range near them that will host a future 3-Gun event at: www.wheretoshoot.org. More details on the M3GI are at www.crimsontrace.com.

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