New to 3-Gun / Multi-Gun Information

Information On
Getting started in 3-Gun


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As with any new sport you want to start out with the basics and work your way up the ladder of knowledge.  The following information is being presented as a beginning source of information for you to start with while you build on your own research and find additional training resources.

If you have never competed in a shooting competition we strongly suggest that you begin with attending a few static steel matches and at the trap range and then when comfortable progress in to knockdown steel, USPSA and or IDPA matches before making the jump in to a multi gun match or 3-Gun match.

The  thought behind this simple process is that static steel matches require very limited movement by the competitor and only require you to handle one firearm under the direction of a Range Officer through a course of fire when on the timer, the same is true of trap.  Once you feel comfortable and have gotten comfortable and used to the range commands for this type of match, moving on to a Knockdown steel, USPSA and or a IDPA match is the next step in the skills building process.

This starts the muscle memory and builds on repetition from standing still with a single gun, to a match with a single gun which now requires you to handle the firearm while moving through the course of fire and re-loading on the move.

USPSA matches are a good next step up the ladder.  They have both multi-pal handgun divisions plus a division for PCC allowing movement practice with a pistol or a carbine.  Many smaller clubs will allow you to shoot two different divisions in the same day, thus you can run each course with your handgun and then your PCC.  Though not together at the same time, it stills builds on your muscle and mind memory.

Once you feel comfortable with this type and level of shooting, taking the next step up the ladder to 3-Gun competitions should be simpler and more comfortable for you to understand what is expected of you and allows not only you, but the range officers and competitors to see you compete safely and confidently within your skill level.  You can even find yourself an indoor IDPA match if it is winter to attend and come spring time be ready to start competing in 3-Gun.


What will be expected of you at your first match will start with when you register to be completely honest with your level of experience when filling out the registration, either online or in person.  IF your local match does not have an area listed for new shooters for registration, contact the match director.  By doing this it allows the Match Director to log you in for the New Shooter Briefing and let the Range Officers on your squad know your level of experience.  You want to be fully candid and upfront about your experience because its about to get real when you enter the Free Fire Zone and your skill level will show real quick and failure to be upfront could get you banded from participating  in future matches at that club for safety reasons.  Simply be upfront, everyone will be more than helpful, the 3-Gun community is a very welcoming group of people to new shooters.  After your first match, I always suggest letting the RO’s know this is your 2nd or 3rd time.  A simple heads up goes a long way to an RO, as they will understand that you know your skill level and that you are just starting in the sport and want to be safe.

During your new shooter briefing the Range Officer will determine if you have a basic understanding of what you will be doing with the firearms and all the safety protocols.  You will either be cleared to go directly to a squad and begin to shoot your first match or you may be sent to work with another Range Officer or instructor to do a few live fire drills to show you have the minimal level of knowledge, understanding and safely handle the firearms through a basic course of fire before being cleared or not to participate in the match.


If you are interested in participating in a basic 3-gun classes contact your local Match Director.  At Ontelaunee Rod & Gun Club, you can contact the match direct at Contact-MD.  Most MD will help both singles and groups with connecting up with local instructors.  The O3GP sends out notices when events are happening, so If you haven’t registered for our newsletter we suggest doing so (CLICK HERE) this will allow you to receive updated information about the club’s 3-Gun events and matches.


Below you will find some starter research you can begin with on your journey to knowledge and safety in the sport of 3-Gun.  Again this is just a place to help get you started , and we highly suggest getting training through a firearms instructor.

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    • In my search for information on getting in to the sport of 3-Gun I found an interesting YouTube Channel out there managed by Mark from Hawkeye Ordnance.   Beside the link to his Channel here are some of his video links on getting started in 3-Gun.

Video 1 the Belt Setup:

Video 2 Getting Started:

Video 3 Shotgun Reloading:

Video 4 Range Bag & Cart:

Video 5 Packing for a Match:

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