There are thousands of shooting competitions held across the country every year for competitors shooting a huge range of calibers — .22 up to .50 — and firearms. Everything from PRS to Cowboy Action to 3-gun, benchrest, IPSC, bowling pins, USPSA and dozens more.
But of all the kinds of matches that are held, none of them allow competitors to shoot home-built firearms like 3D-printed and kit-built guns. That’s about to change.
With the cost of 3D printing dropping every day and the explosion in the popularity of DIY guns in general, there’s been increased interest in a competition designed for home builders. Now, the inaugural Gun Makers Match has been announced and will take place at the Ancient City Shooting Range in St. Augustine, Florida on June 19th.
Multi-stage events will be conducted for both kit-built and 3D-printed firearms in pistol, pistol caliber carbine/braced pistol and rifle divisions. There will also be a special two-gun event for both categories and a special side match for 3D-printed firearms that use no pre-existing parts other than barrels and springs.
The Gun Makers Match is the brainstorm of Guns For Everyone National and the AWCY 3D printing community. Sponsors of the shoot include the Firearms Policy Coalition, Polymer80, Defense Distributed, DEFCAD, Avidity Arms and more.