Rio Salado 2012 3 Gun Team Match

The Rio Salado Sportsmans Club hosted their second annual 3 Gun Team Match on 9-8-2012.  Teams consisted of 3 shooters, with only one open division shooter allowed per team, the other 2 shooters could be of any other division.  The stages were relay race style or shooting gallery style with the team working together to neutralize all the targets.

Team Sun Devil defended their title and won the match, followed by Kelly’s Heroes in second place.


My team was 5th place out of 27 teams.
Don used his SCAR-H on stages 1 and 3, Benlli M2 on stages 2 and 4
Karl used his Daniel Defense DMR rife on Stage 1, and cut a swath of destruction with Saiga-12 on the others.
I used my SCAR-L on stage 1, Glock 34 on stages 2 and 3, and Benelli M2 on stage 4

I shot the match twice on another team with my girlfriend (Steff) and another shooter’s wife, Sarah.  While not very experienced, both of them had a good time. The team format is just more fun than shooting stages by yourself.

I used my SCAR-L on stage 1, Benelli M2 on stages 2 and 4, and Glock 34 on stage 3
Steff Used her lighweight blue AR15 on stages 1 and 3, and her Benelli M2 tactical on stage 2 and 4.
Sarah used her AR15 with scope and bipod on stage 1, Glock on stage 2, and Saiga-12 on stages 3 and 4.

Russell’s Bunnies 25/27

To better understand what’s going on in the video here are the stage diagrams and descriptions:

Stage 2: “Flippin’ The Bird” – 2 x SHOTGUN, 1 x PISTOL
Start in shooting boxes, shotguns loaded/safe, pistol loaded/holstered. On start signal, team will engage all targets; steel to fall, clays to break by shotgun fire.

Comments: The flippers on this stage required a pistol shooter to activate them most of the time.

Stage 3: “Smells Like Team Spirit” – 1 x SHOTGUN, 1 x RIFLE, 1 x PISTOL
Start in the team corral, guns loaded and staged in respective containers. On start signal, the shotgunner will engage shotgun targets from shotgun shooting box and then tag the rifleman, then the rifleman will engage rifle targets from rifle shooting box and then tag the pistoleer, then the pistoleer will engage pistol targets from the pistol shooting box; shotgun steel to fall (buckshot or birdshot only), rifle steel to ring and rifle frangibles to break, pistol steel to fall.

Comments: The shotgun targets required buckshot to fall.

Stage 4: “Slug It Out” – 3 x SHOTGUN
Start in shooting boxes, shotguns loaded/safe. On start signal, team will engage all targets; steel to fall (birdshot only), clays to break by gunfire (birdshot only), wood post to be severed (slugs or birdshot only).

Comments: The stick took a lot more slugs than we expected to fall.

Stage 1: “Jack Off (the table)” – 3 x RIFLE
Start in the helicopter, rifles loaded/safe on trays at shooting boxes. On start signal, team will engage all targets; steel to fall, flashers to flash, spinner to spin 360 degrees, rifle jacks to walk off the table. Once targets have been engaged to the team’s satisfaction, the team must get back on board the helicopter before hitting the STOP button.

Comments: The double spinner was much easier with a .308 rifle.  The rifle jacks required multiple good hits to fall off the table.

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About SinistralRifleman

I've been competing in the action shooting sports since 2002. I believe competition shooting to be an excellent way to build gun handling and marksmanship skills and encourage all gun owners to seek out some form of competition shooting. Anyone can become reasonably good at it if they devote the time and resources to do so. Winning, while nice, need not be your goal; bettering yourself through the pursuit of excellence is something we all can achieve.
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