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Rio Salado: Practical Long-Gun Matches In April


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Here are the practical long-gun events we have scheduled this month at Rio Salado:


3-Gun (Multi-Gun) Match: Saturday April 11th

We are back to SUMMER hours this month; registration runs 7am-8:00am, with first shots at 7am. 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 rifle, shotgun and/or pistol stages, plus 1 long-range rifle stage. Bring 150 rounds of rifle ammo, 50 shotgun birdshot (#6 or smaller), and 50 rounds of pistol ammo. This month we plan to run at least two long-range rifle stages on the High Power range, so make sure your rifle has a good zero.


Tactical .22 Rifle Match: Tuesday April 14th & 28th

Registration opens at 4pm, 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: Thursday April 16th

Registration starts at 4pm, with a new shooter orientation shortly thereafter. The match format is four practical scenario-based stages 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 pistol caliber carbine. 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.


Unfortunately, the Red Mountain Action Rifle match is cancelled this month due to the Spring Steel pistol match.



To stay informed of all the latest match news, 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, send me an IM and I will be more than happy to do so.

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It was a fun match again this month, and a nice change of pace after the hard work of SMM3G. We had long-range rifle on three of the four stages, more shooting than thinking, quick turnaround... everyone was out of the heat before noon. Thanks to everyone who participated. Thanks also to Carbon Arms for sponsoring Stage 4 (a 22 round shotgun stage), for providing some shotshell caddies for our shooters to try on the stage, and for donating a $100 gift certificate - the lucky winner is Jon S.

Here is the match video:

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