If you haven’t at least heard about 3-gun shooting matches by now, you must be hiding under a rock. But for the uninformed, 3-gun competitions are one of the most exciting shooting sports to hit the stage in a long time. Essentially melding gun handling skills, accuracy and speed into one package, 3-gun utilizes a wide variety of skills with three firearms: rifle, pistol and shotgun. While it really is easy to get started in 3-gun competition, there are some must-have accessories that make the experience much more enjoyable, as well as seriously improve your overall performance.
- The first purchase you need to make is a belt system. A unique trait among 3-gun competitions is no two stages are set up exactly alike. One stage may favor handguns, another may place a heavy emphasis on shotguns, while another may having you shooting steel plates at long range with a rifle, so setting up the “perfect” belt system is nearly impossible. It needs to be dynamic and flexible between stages.
Due to its ease of configuration, the Safariland ELS (Equipment Locking System) is nearly an ideal 3-gun rig. It can be modified with holsters, mag holders and shotshell carriers in any place or configuration. As the situation dictates, you can adapt the ELS to fit any stage. If shooting a heavy shotgun stage, you can drop the pistol mags and add some shotshell carriers in under a minute. If you don’t need many shotshell carriers for the next stage, reverse the lineup and you are back in action.