Rio Salado Sportsmans Club Team Matches August 2014

At the end of August, the Rio Salado Sportsman’s Club multigun division ran 2 team matches.  Team matches are rare events because they present certain logistical challenges for running them.  The main ones being safety with multiple people shooting at once, and the number of targets required.  To address the safety aspect these team matches were relay race style with all shooters engaging targets one at a time or standing in a fixed location to shoot.  Every available steel target the club owns was used for this match.

Team 3 Gun

The Team 3 Gun Match was held on 8-30-2014.  Teams were only allowed to have one open shooters, the other shooters could be from any other division.  It was up to the teams to decide who engaged which targets.

My team consisted of the following:

Myself (Tac Scope):
Rifle: 16″ CAV-15 MKII with Aimpoint M4 and 3.5x Samson Magnifier and TSD Kompressor muzzle device
Shotgun:  Beretta 1301 Comp
Pistol:  Not Used

Karl (open)
Rifle: 16″ Daniel Defense DMR Rifle with 4X ACOG
Shotgun: Saiga-12 with Vortexx Strikefire and 20 round drum.
Pistol: Not Used

Paul (Tac Scope)
Rifle: Ultralight AR15 with 1.5-5X Leupold MKIV
Shotgun: Benelli M1 Entry
Pistol: Glock 34

We placed 3rd/18 Teams.  The major hang up we had was cutting the 2×4 in half at the end.  Karl and Paul rapidly engaged all the long range steel then joined me shooting it.  We estimated that we expended around 300 rounds on it.    Teams shooting .308s still shot upwards of 200 rounds at it.  We had the option of using 12 gauge slugs to do this, but did not because of the target size and distance of 50 yards.  Only one team I am aware of attempted to use slugs.

Team Pistol

The Rio Salado crew reconfigured the range to run a pistol only team match the next day.  This match was significantly faster to shoot than the team 3 Gun.  We were done in only 1.5 hours.  I attribute this to less messing around with staging guns and reconfiguring gear.  Pistol matches are more simple logistically and thus run faster.  Like the team 3 gun we could only have one open shooter on our team for this event.

Myself: Suarez International Glock 17 (LIMITED)
Paul: Glock 34 with Trijicon RMR (OPEN)
Andy: Glock 34

We placed 5th/14 teams at this event.  The 2×4 was our nemesis again, though it was easier to shoot in half with pistols than rifles (larger handgun rounds tearing up the wood more).  Double stack .45s had an advantage on that and the deliberately heavy steel targets on stage 4.

Team matches are a lot of fun for shooters and spectators alike, if there is one you can attend in your area I would recommend it.

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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