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Rio Salado, Mesa AZ: 3-Gun/Long-Gun Matches In June


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Here is what we have in store for you at Rio Salado during June:


3-Gun (Multi-Gun) Match: Saturday June 8th
Registration runs 7:00am-8:30am. New shooters should come in time to attend the New Shooter Orientation at 7:30am before they shoot. We run this match under IMA rules. To get a feel for what to expect, check out these videos from our previous matches. Our usual format is 3 short-range shotgun and/or rifle stages, plus 1 long-range rifle stage. Bring 150 rounds of rifle ammo, 50 shotgun birdshot (#6 or smaller) and box each of shotgun slugs and buckshot (12ga=00 buck, 20ga=#3 buck). Sometimes we incorporate a few pistol shots into the stages, so a pistol/holster/ammo can be useful, but this is always optional (typically the same targets can be engaged by rifle or shotgun instead).

Once again this month, as a response to the current ammo shortages, we will be allowing competitors to use .22LR or pistol caliber rifles on the close-range rifle stages. Of course a centerfire rifle will still be needed to activate the targets on the long-range rifle stage, and both rifles will still need to comply with all other equipment rules for the competitor's chosen division.


Tactical .22 Rifle Match: Tuesday June 11th
Registration opens at 5pm, with first shots shortly thereafter. Location is the Smallbore Range right behind the Activity Center. The rules are simple: it's a straight time match with penalties for misses. Pretty much any .22 rifle is OK - the most popular guns are AR15-clones and Ruger 10/22s. We have two divisions: iron sight and optical sight. Our typical match format is practical run-n-gun style: one "long range" stage out to 100yards, and two shorter range hoser stages (one of them shot twice for 4 stages total). Check out

and this Dillon Blue Press article for a flavor of what we do. This match is more fun than a barrel of monkeys... bring a bulk pack of cheap ammo (if you can find any) and you will leave with a smile a mile wide.


Tactical Shotgun and Pistol Caliber Carbine Match: Monday June 24th
The tactical shotgun and pistol caliber carbine match will be held on the fourth Monday this month on the pistol bays, starting at 4pm with a new shooter orientation shortly thereafter. The match format will be practical scenario-based and similar to what you would encounter at a 3-Gun match, except that you only need to bring one gun - you choose either shotgun or PCC. There will be separate divisions for shotgun (Open, Limited and Pump), centerfire carbine (Optic and Iron) and .22 rimfire carbine (Optic and Iron). Any tactical shotgun suitable for 3-gun competition will work well in this match, or you can shoot a pistol caliber carbine (straight walled pistol calibers only please) or even a .22LR rifle. Check out the match rules for more details, or post your questions here.


Tactical .22 Rifle Match: Tuesday June 25th
Same format as the June 11th match above.


A few of you are already following us on Twitter (@RioSalado3Gun). Sign up to stay informed of all the latest match news. Alternatively, send me your email address by IM and I can have you added to our email list.

Coming to your first match can be daunting, but rest assured you are completely welcome no matter your skill level or equipment - just take it easy and concentrate on being safe. If you have any questions, post them here. Anyone who wants me to walk them through their first match, stage by stage, shoot me an IM and I will be more than happy to do so.
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