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.
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.
Shooters that like to use what they carry on a daily basis may want to look at the Serpa holster from Blackhawk!. It features a finger-activated push-button retention device. While initially harder to draw quickly than a non-retention type holster, 3-gun provides the necessary practice to get really fast with this type of holster, which will make you a much more confident user in the field.