So you've decided to shoot 3 Gun. You've got an AR-15, a semi-automatic pistol that you are pleased with, and a shotgun that will hold 8 rounds.
How do you find a competition?
And what else do you need to be ready?
Well, the good news is that almost every state in the country has 3 gun competitions in it and our list of 3 Gun Competitions has a database of all of the existing 3 gun competitions that we know of in the U.S. (if you are aware of one that is not on the list, please notify us by email at email@example.com so that we can add it to our list).
Once you've found a competition in your area, call them up find out when their next competition is, and let them know that you're new to 3 Gun and ask if there's anything particular you need to bring or anything you need to do in particular to be prepared before you come out to your first competition. They are likely to be extremely friendly and helpful and probably the primary preparation they will recommend is simply to make sure that your rifle is sighted in and that you bring plenty of ammunition.
Our experience has been that the 3 Gun community is a very friendly group that is extremely welcoming to newcomers. We have not personally found there to be any of the aloof superiority attitude that we have unfortunately encountered in some gun stores around the country.
At 3 Gun competitions, most of the other competitors will be very excited to find out that this is your first competition and they will be eager to share ideas and lessons they have learned with you to help you improve faster and master the game better.
The only thing that will put everyone in a very bad mood very very quickly is irresponsible, unsafe gun handling behavior. Simply treat all of your firearms as if they are loaded and all times and follow all instructions from the range officer to the letter. If you are fairly new to handling firearms then some of this will be new but it is important to learn good safe gun handling practices right away.
You will probably find that your performance the first time at a 3 Gun competitions is rather bad, but it will rapidly improve within a few competitions and the difference will be very noticeable. As you get better, obviously the competitions will become more fun as well. (We all enjoy doing things that we're good at better than things that we're not good at of course).
Good luck and have fun!