Category: Competition

First Impressions: SIG SAUER P320

P1050880

For ages, SIG SAUER has been known primarily for their all-metal frame handguns. Solid firearms that work reliably every time. Guns like the Mk25 P226 – used by the Navy SEALs – and SIG’s recently introduced line of 1911 handguns. Now SIG is diving head-first into the competitive arena of polymer-framed striker-fired pistols, a market long dominated by GLOCK. SIG’s submission: the P320 . . .

continue reading

Shooting an M1 Garand in a Carbine Competition

Tyler Kee is a little light on 5.56 ammunition these days. In fact, he has more .30-06 on hand at the moment than anything else. So when I invited him to join Robert and myself for a friendly carbine competition out at the Austin Rifle Club, he decided that his M1 Garand would be the weapon of choice and not his AR-15 rifle. While the 8-round clips probably slowed him down a little, there’s something to be said for watching someone literally blowing the targets off the stands with a rifle manufactured before the United States entered the Second World War.

Choosing a Competition Rifle: SCAR 16S versus PWS Mk114

SCAR 16S, c Nick Leghorn

If you had asked me a couple years back what platform was the best for 3-gun competitions, there wouldn’t have been a moment’s hesitation from me — the AR-15 uber alles. But after spending a year with Team FNH USA and running the SCAR 16S exclusively in competitions, I’m starting to question that analysis. With that rifle, I’ve posted better scores and faster times than I’ve ever been able to before, and as this season is starting up I find myself facing a very important question: do I keep running the SCAR, or switch back to an AR-15? . . .

continue reading

Gun Review: CMMG Mk4 3GR

CMMG Mk4 3GR, c Nick Leghorn

It seems like all of the major firearms manufacturers these days are going after the 3-gun market.And that’s great, since the sport is absolutely booming and the only serious manufacturers making things for 3-gun have been Noveske, Stag, Sampson Mfg and Lancer. But this year at SHOT, a handful of big-name manufacturers decided to take a shot at making a 3-gun rifle, and CMMG’s MK4 3GR was among those whose guns looked the nicest . . .

continue reading

Why Crossfit Makes Me a Better Shooter

IMG_2857

Last weekend I shot the 3-Gun Nation Southeast Regional Championship in Clinton, SC. The match included a variety of stage designs and terrain – everything from close-and-fast stages in bays, to a shotgun jungle run through the woods, to a 50-yard sprint up a hill. It tested the shooter’s ability to quickly blast targets at distances of three yards, and to precisely reach out and touch targets at 300 yards – sometimes within the same stage. It tested the shooter’s mental ability to break down and execute a complicated stage plan, and it also tested a shooter’s fitness . . .

continue reading

Gear Review: MGM Switchview Scope Throw Lever

The rise of the rugged, reliable zero-to-low power variable rifle scope in the last decade has been a fantastic development. Scopes like the Burris MTAC, Leupold VX-R Patrol and Bushnell SMRS can meet your aiming needs from sitting-room distances out to 300 yards and beyond. From CQB to DMR to hog and coyote hunting, they bridge the gap between red dot sights and magnifying optics. But most of them bridge that gap verrry sloooowly. And that’s where a good scope throw lever comes in . . .

continue reading

Crimson Trace Announces 3rd Annual Midnight 3-Gun Invitational

For the third year in a row, I’ve been tapped to represent TTAG at the Crimson Trace Midnight 3-Gun Match. The competition is designed to highlight some of the company’s light-emitting firearms-related products. Illuminating items such as Crimson trace’s lasers, Surefire’s flashlights, and FLIR’s thermal imaging stuff. It’s a great way to try out the new gear, and I’m really looking forward to see what this year’s stages look like. But there’s an added twist: a $2,500 check for the first place finish among the members of the media. Now, remind me: who currently holds that title? . . .

continue reading