9 posts categorized "SPORT SHOOTING"

Saturday, August 09, 2014

Moving Targets

Not every club has access to elaborate moving target systems, and it is certainly less common for the individual to have them to practice on their own. Consequently, when presented with a stage like this at a major match shooters who haven't encountered these challenges before can be intimidated. Here is some general guidance if you do encounter this type of stage. 1) Pay close attention during the stage briefing, and watch the demostration of the targets being activated. This is particularly true if you are the first shooter. 2) If you are not the first shooter watch at least...

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

TIGER Valley Team Match 2014

Team events are rare in the action competition shooting world. Most of the ones that exist are relay race style events so that only one competitor is moving on a stage at a time. From 2009-2012 TIGER Valley held a 4-man tactical team competition that was very unique. Competitors all moved on the course at the same time as a 4-man unit or 2-man sub units. Stages involved navigating obstacles, physical challenges, shooting up to 400 yards, covering up to 1/4 mile in movement, and judgmental shooting. I would liken the stages to a cross between 3-Gun and Ninja Warrior...

Monday, July 28, 2014

The Best 3 Gun Stage to Date

This video is five years old, but this past week I saw a 3 Gun Nation Pro-Series shooter mention that this particular video got him interested in shooting 3 Gun. I have heard similar comments about this particular video from other shooters. This stage makes most stages seem mundane in comparison. It made me consider the stage as an example of what competition can be when designed by people with the right mindset. The RO on camera, Sam Glen, designed the stage and provided the guns used. What was interesting about this stage, is traditional competition mindset couldn't work. There...

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

GWACS Armory CAV-15 MKII Abuse Test

Still functioning, Hahn Precision Sights still zeroed, TSD Magazine still works. Russell Phagan-Suarez International Specialist Competitive Shooting Read my blog here Discuss on the forums here Related articles The Ultra-Lightweight AR CAV-15 Returns to Production, Now on Sale

Saturday, July 19, 2014

RMR Equipped Glock Use and Benefits

In this video I discuss the use and benefits of the RMR Equipped Glock. Actual match footage is used to demonstrate how the RMR equipped Glock works. Russell Phagan-Suarez International Specialist Competitive Shooting Read my blog here Discuss on the forums here

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

VEPR-12 at Ironman 3 Gun 2014

Why Mag Fed? In all action shooting sports, the less time spent reloading the better. This is particularly true with shotguns, as they are the slowest to reload. While most divisions limit shotguns to tube feds with 9 rounds loaded at start, Open and Trooper divisions have more options. Traditionally Open division shooters have used very long extended magazine tubes and speed loaders to load as quickly as possible. In the past several years the X-Rail rotating magazine tube assembly has also become an option to give competitors more rounds on tap. All these accessories come with costs for the...

Friday, July 11, 2014


The Crucible of Competition The Ironman 3 Gun is the highest round count 3 Gun match in the United States. The stages take up to seven minutes to shoot. The long days on the range and environmental conditions take a toll on shooters and guns alike. These factors are what make the match interesting and enjoyable for me to shoot. They also make it interesting to take people without a lot of match experience and throw them into it to see how they do. Every year I try to convince someone who hasn’t shot competitively very much or at all...

Monday, July 07, 2014

2 Gun Action Challenge: A Model For the Future

In my first entry I discussed how to make the most of existing competitions. Now I’d like to discuss how to run an event that is desirable for the martial gunman to participate in. The Case For Rifle/Pistol Matches The number one reason people tell me they don’t want to shoot 3 Gun is because they don’t have/don’t want to buy a shotgun just for shooting a game. I have heard this more and more since the mid-2000s. There are three major things I believe are contributing to this: 1) There is a large pool of people that came back...

Monday, June 30, 2014

Competition Shooting for the Martial Gunman

Techniques, Tactics, and Mindset All the Action Shooting Sports we see today have martial roots, just as archery, fencing, wrestling, and track and field do as well. How martially applicable various matches are depends solely on stage design which determines the skills tested and what type of equipment is more advantageous than others. When designed to test martial skills stages can make using traditional USPSA or 3 Gun Equipment less effective or a liability. The simple fact is in many areas matches are the only venue where shooters can draw from a holster, move and shoot, or engage in positional...

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