We recently sponsored the 2015 MGM Ironman 3-Gun “The Toughest 3-Gun Match On Earth” in Parma, Idaho. Almost 300 shooters shot 1,200-2,000 rounds of ammo on 10 stages over 3 days…every one of which was timed and scored. It was an awesome event put on by Travis Gibson from MGM Targets and it was a great group of shooters. All of the shooters received a copy of Tactical Firearms Training Secrets and a handfull of the top winners received Dry Fire Training Cards in addition to guns and other major prizes.
There were shots ranging from 2 feet to 900 yards with a 15 mph cross wind, pistol plate racks at 40 yards, dirt, running, shooting while driving, dirt, running, clearing trenches, shooting 100-300 yard targets from a 20′ high metal platform, ladders, sliding, skipping with a “Hello Kitty” umbrella, (did I mention dirt and running?) and more.
Guns, gear, ammo, technique, and mental control were repeatedly tested beyond what you can normally find anywhere besides actual combat. It’s not unusual for people to swap out guns in the middle of a stage…sometimes more than once!
This was my first major 3-gun match after shooting 2 local matches (I’ve shot several 2 gun matches over the years, but this is only my 3rd 3-gun). I THOUGHT I was ready and would be competitive simply because of being solid with my pistol and carbine and sheer force of will on the shotgun. I was a wee bit wrong 🙂 My optics crapped out on me 2 days before leaving, my shotgun reloads regularly took 10 TIMES longer than other shooters, I had 3-10 shotgun malfunctions on every stage, and I had one stage where I had 11 ammo malfunctions on the rifle. I shot it with my Glock 26 subcompact…probably the only person ever silly enough to run this event with a subcompact, but the size of my gun was a non-issue and the effectiveness of our training was (fortunately) proved out again.
The event was a GREAT opportunity to practice staying cool when lots of stuff was going wrong, testing/confirming gear and testing/confirming skills and I want to encourage you to seek out a local 3-gun match and give it a try…even if it’s with your carry gun, a lever action rifle and a pump home-defense shotgun. Try it out…and see whether the stuff you’ve got works under the minor stress of competition before you find out that it doesn’t work when you’re in the middle of a real situation.
With that, here’s a quick and pretty darn fun video of me shooting one of the stages…40 yard pistol shots, 40″ pistol shots, trenches, and you’ll even get to see me skipping (on the clock, as part of the stage) while pulling a “pram” with a baby doll and holding a “Hello Kitty” umbrella 🙂
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One thing to note is that this was part of the proving-out process for Dry Fire Fit, and our soon to be released Carbine Dry Fire Cards.
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