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Rio Salado: Practical Long-Gun Matches In March

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


Rio Black Rifle Match: Saturday March 3rd @ 9:00am
This is an action rifle match with targets from 1 yard to 500 yards. The accuracy challenges tend to be a bit more demanding than at a typical 3-Gun match, so bring your A-Game. Any semi-auto military-type rifle in an INTERMEDIATE caliber (sorry, no .308 etc.) will work well - most of us run an AR15 of some type. You do not need to bring a handgun or shotgun. Pre-registration and squadding at the Practiscore website.


3-Gun/2-Gun (Multi-Gun) Match: Saturday March 10th @ 7am
There will be four run-n-gun courses of fire requiring rifle, pistol and/or shotgun, with targets anywhere from 1 yard to 550 yards. We offer 3-Gun (rifle/pistol/shotgun) and 2-Gun (rifle/pistol) divisions. Those in the 3-Gun divisions should bring 150 rounds of rifle ammo, 50 shotgun birdshot (#6 or smaller), and 50 rounds of pistol ammo. Those in the 2-Gun divisions should bring 150 rounds of rifle ammo and 150 rounds of pistol ammo. Pre-registration and squadding opens at 6pm on the preceding Monday at the Practiscore website. After registering, the competitor will be able select from squads in one of two time slots: 7am-10am or 10am-1pm. New shooters should sign up for a 10am-1pm squad and come in time to attend the new shooter orientation at 9:30am before they shoot.


We are fortunate to have four very generous sponsors for our monthly match: VLTOR donates two of their excellent AR15 rifle stock kits. LUTH-AR send us one of their fine MBA-series rifle stocks. KE Arms provides two gift certificates. Timney provides a trigger of the winner's choice. All prizes are distributed by random draw from the list of competitor who finish the match. With typical attendance around 75-100 shooters, your odds of winning something nice are pretty good.


Tactical .22 Rifle Match: Tuesday March 13th & 27th @ 4pm
Registration opens at 4pm, with first shots shortly thereafter. Location is the Smallbore Range right behind the Activity Center. The rules are simple: Targets are reactive steel - shoot them per the stage briefing, fastest combined time (+penalties for misses) wins. Pretty much any .22 rimfire rifle is OK - the most popular guns are AR15-clones and Ruger 10/22s. We have two divisions: iron sight and optical sight. Now that .22 ammo is more available, this is a match you won't want to miss.  Scoring is done on paper, so pre-registration is NOT required.


Tactical Shotgun and Pistol Caliber Carbine Match: Thursday March 15th @ 4pm
Registration opens 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) and pistol caliber carbine (Optic and Iron). Any tactical shotgun will work well in this match, or you can shoot a pistol caliber carbine (minimum caliber = 9mm, maximum velocity = 1600fps). Scoring is done on paper, so pre-registration is NOT required.


Superstition Mountain Mystery 3-Gun: Friday March 23rd - Sunday March 25th
This is a major 3-Gun match that attracts the top competitors in the nation. The match is completely sold out with a healthy wait list, so no walk-ups, but if you are interested in action shooting you should definitely come out to watch the best shooters wrestling with the most challenging stages anywhere. There will also be a sizable vendor exhibit/sales hall. No fee to be a spectator or to visit the vendor hall, but bring eye and ear protection.

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