Jump to content
Brian Enos's Forums... Maku mozo!

Rio Salado: 3-Gun/Long-Gun Matches In July - NO SHOTGUN REQD

Recommended Posts

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

Tactical .22 Rifle Match: Tuesday July 9th
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.

3-Gun (Multi-Gun) Match: Saturday July 13th
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).

This month's match will be SHOTGUN OPTIONAL. In other words, the whole match can be completed with only a rifle and pistol - a shotgun is not required at all. This is the chance for all the folks who are intrigued by 3-Gun, but don't have a shotgun, to give it a try. We do not do this very often so I recommend folks do their best to make this match.

Tactical Shotgun and Pistol Caliber Carbine Match: Monday July 22nd
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 July 23rd
Same format as the July 9th 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.
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Here are the stage designs for Saturday:

Stage 1 - Pistol Ammo Is Cheaper
6 shotgun slug hits or 6 pistol hits, plus 12 rifle hits


Stage 2 - Near, Far, High, Low
19 shotgun birdshot hits or 19 pistol hits


Stage 3 - Defence Of The Realm
8 shotgun birdshot hits or 8 pistol hits, plus 10 rifle hits


Stage 4 - Spin Move
14 shotgun birdshot hits or 14 pistol hits


Link to comment
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
  • Create New...