Essential 3-Gun Gear with Chris Cheng

Welcome back, everybody, this is Eric here with Moss Pawn and Gun. We’ve got another video for you today. I’m here with a special guest, I’ve got Chris Cheng. Alright. He’s the champion of season four of “Top Shot” on the History Channel. You guys have probably seen him on TV and everything. He’s got a book out called “Shoot to Win”. It’s got a bunch of really cool stuff in it. Lots of good tips and everything for beginners and professionals alike.

Just good marksmanship, gear. He talks about a lot of stuff. A lot of good tips in the book. But what this particular video’s about, we want to discuss three-gun gear. Chris is also an avid three-gun shooter. Really good shot all around as you’ve probably seen on the History Channel if you’ve watched “Top Shot”. But we want to talk about three-gun gear. That’s the purpose of this video. Three-gun, essentially guys, in case you can’t figure it out, it involves three guns in competition form.

Usually involves a pistol of some sort, a rifle, and a shotgun. There’s various stages, various iterations, different rules and everything. You’ve got different classes. We’ll get into that in a little bit, but what we really want this video to be about, mainly, is gear. What sets three-gun gear apart from just your everyday, off the shelf gun?

A lot of three-gun gear, including your pistol, rifle, shotgun, and I have a competition belt on. Holster for my pistol and magazines. They’re all designed for speed and for maximum maneuverability. I need to be able to draw a magazine quickly from the holster. One thing I really want to emphasize for beginners is if you’re a brand new three gunner, what you see here today are highly modified firearms.

I’m sponsored by a number of companies that are providing me with the gear and modifications. You do not need to have these top shelf guns and gear to get started into three-gun. My first three-gun match, I brought a Glock 34, an AR-15, and a Remington 870 pump shotgun. And that was almost the right kind of guns to bring for the division I was shooting in. But the pump shotgun was the thing that really held me back.

Other guys were shooting semi-auto with eight plus one capacity, and here I am with five plus one. But don’t worry about it. The idea about three-gun is to have a really, really fun time getting really good practice with all three weapons platforms. For me, there’s no better way to practice than to actually get out to a shooting competition and have a good time.

Not only the competition element, but one thing that I like about three-gun, now I’ve not really done a lot of three gun shooting. That’s why, on our channel when we bring in guys like Chris, we bring in guys like Jerry Miculek. We’ve had a lot of wonderful guests that give their time to us to come down here and help explain some of these things to you guys. I’m not a three-gun guy in the sense that I go out and do it every weekend or every week for practice or anything.

I do understand how three-gun can help you as a shooter. It hones your skills. Even if you’re just focusing on beating your times and not even competing with everyone else. If you’re competing with yourself and you’re improving as an individual shooter, then you’re going in the right direction. What I like about three-gun is that if you take an average firearm and you hand it to a three-gun guy, he’s going to find a way to break it.

That’s the truth.

He’s going to find a way to show the limitations of the firearm. And three-gun generally weeds out the weak. In mind, body, and spirit, and in the guns.

Absolutely. In the hardware. Three-gun, in national and regional matches, and a lot of local matches, too. We’re talking about really high round counts. In any single given match I’ll go through 150 rifle rounds, 200 pistol rounds, and 150 shotgun rounds. Sometimes that’s if I hit all my targets. I’m shooting and I need more ammo than that for a lot of matches. Then to talk about even breaking in a gun, this is not three-gun specific, but I would say most three gunners, we need to put at least a thousand rounds through a gun before we even start to trust it.

If the gun can’t even survive a thousand rounds, then we’re maybe not going to introduce that into our competition set of guns at that point, or until we’ve done some more testing.

With the guns here, we’re going to get to the guns themselves. I’ve always been kind of a Glock guy. I notice a lot of three-gun guys, it seems like they either run a Glock 34 or a Smith and Wesson M&P like core with the slide riding sight. We were discussing earlier the differences in the divisions. You’ve got like an open class, and open class basically is like the name entails, anything goes.

In an open class gun, you’ve got shotguns with optics on them. You’ve got rifles with optics and backup red dots on them. You’ve got red dots on pistols. Anything goes in open class. This Glock here that you’ve got is one awesome 34, there.

Salient Arms is one of my sponsors, and they’ve modified this Glock pistol. What we’ve got here is a lot of slide lightening, and you see the ports on the side. What that does is when you’re removing a lot of the mass from the slide, that allows it to reciprocate faster and keep up with as fast as you can squeeze that trigger. We’ve got some gold ion bonding on the barrel, and it’s partially for aesthetics, but it hardens the barrel so it’ll extend the life.

Gosh, I’ve put maybe 10,000 rounds through this barrel, and no problems so far. Some other modifications. Definitely swapping out a trigger on any stock gun is a typical modification for most three-gun shooters. Changing out the sights as well. Obviously there’s a lot of different sight systems, and you have to choose the system that works best for you. Stippling. Stippling is, I would say, one of the biggest return on investments you can do to a gun.

Stippling is all of this coating. It’s not really a coating, it’s a burning of the polymer frame. And so when I grab the gun, I get a more positive grip. So you’ll have to think about a lot of three-gun matches where we’re outside for 12 hours a day. It could be humid. We’re sweating. We’ve got sunscreen. And when you grab a gun, the last thing you want is to have a slippery hand grabbing on to a gun, and not having a good grip on the gun.

Stippling is a very good and affordable modification. Lastly, I have a Surefire X300 weapons light. Some three-gun matches operate at night time, but what this does for a lot of shooters is it adds more weight on the muzzle end, so you’re controlling muzzle flip. Reducing recoil as well, since you’re adding more weight to the frame of the gun. Therefore, you have more control and you can get your sights back on the target for a rapid follow up.

One of the cool things on these 34s, too, is that there is some room on these frames to do some grip reduction. And I know some guys will actually have them reduced to make them a little bit thinner in the hand, a little bit better fitting in the hand. The stippling on this particular gun feels excellent. I love the lightening cuts they put on that particular gun. Chris and I both have the same philosophy when it comes to sights on a gun.

I think combat sights should be a deep use style HD Trijicon sight. You’ve got that deep notch in the rear, and allowing that front sight to pick up real easy. I’m the kind of shooter, with a pistol, I shoot off the front sight. I mean I maintain a sight picture, and I put the front sight in relation to the rear sight in the same place each time. But, if I’m trying to shoot in a hurry, and it’s something within combat range, I’m going to generally punch it out and put it right through.

You punch it out. Picking up that front sight as quickly as possible.

I love the way those sights pick up on that particular gun. Excellent.

The other thing, I think to quickly talk about is your magazines. The notable modification here is a base pad extension by a company called Taran Tactical Innovations. Not only does it extend your magazine capacity. This is a 17-round Glock 17 magazine. The base pad adds another five rounds. What the other benefit here is, is when the magazine’s empty and I need to drop the magazine.

The extra weight on the bottom helps that magazine fall faster and empty out and hit the ground, so you can come back in and relay.

You’re not having to do this deal where you’re doing a bit of a flip.

Yeah, the wrist flip. Or you see people ripping their magazines out. Which is good, but if you don’t have to exert that energy to rip and strip your magazine out, you can drop and just come right in to come back on target.

Without spending time. The whole thing in three-gun, guys, it is a timed event. It’s who can do it the fastest, and who can do it the most efficiently in least round count, and who can hit all their targets. The thing I like about three-gun so much is it does have sort of combat inspired elements to it. It’s got practical shooting inspired elements to it. It kind of combines a ton of different disciplines into something where, most importantly, it’s to get out there and have fun.

It is a great time.

You get to use three different guns. Speaking of different guns, your rifle here. This is a really nice Houlding.

Houlding Precision is another company that sponsors me, along with Leupold and Stevens. This AR-15 is a matched upper/lower receiver. Houlding makes this carbon fiber forearm, and also the buffer tube. What’s going on here with the Wraith model is it’s a very, very light gun. Comes in at about 6.2 pounds unloaded. The scope obviously is going to add some extra weight. But when you’ve got some stages that will last maybe two to three minutes.

I mean, sometimes we’re running a lot. Running with a 30-round magazine, and you’re shooting upwards of 60 rounds sometimes. Do you want to be running around with more weight on the gun? Typically, I like to shoot a lighter rifle. Typically, when you have a lighter rifle, you then are running the risk of increasing recoil and muzzle flip. That’s the beauty of this AR-15 by Houlding, and a lot of other modified AR-15s.

With lightened bolts and other internal modifications, the gun can shoot really flat and still remain really light. With a 16 to 18 inch barrel, we’re reaching out sometimes to 700, 750 yards. You have to come out to a three-gun match and experience the fun.

For 5.56, that’s a long way, guys. There’s some competition out there that involves bench rest and shooting 5.56 out to a thousand yards. The round will definitely go, but you have to really make calculations on the fly, quickly. That’s where optics like this Leupold come in handy. They have a good ballistic drop reticle in them. Once you get some time behind it, understand exactly what’s going on, you can use your ballistic reticle. You don’t have to dial.

You just hold, read the wind, Kentucky windage it. That’s generally how your three-gun guys, they’re not going to stop and make adjustments. They’re going to basically hold instead of dial. That’s where a lot of those reticles come in handy, for that. With rifles, too. One thing, I’m not a competitor. Chris is, but I’m sure he can agree with me, here. With rifle weight, you’re always going to sacrifice one thing for the other.

If you get a rifle that’s nice and lightweight, you might get more barrel flip from having a lighter profile barrel. You might get more recoil like he mentioned. Having a heavier gun, okay, yeah, you’re going to have to hump the gun around. It’s a little more weight to move around with, but you might opt for a stiffer barrel. It gets you a little better barrel harmonics, less muzzle flip because you’ve got a nice heavy barrel. You might choose a certain style of brake.

Muzzle brake that’s going to keep that barrel from whipping around on you. It really comes down to preference and the kind of shooter you are. The trigger that’s in this gun is amazing. He’s got a Geissele super three-gun trigger with the flat shoe. Great trigger.

I would say for the beginner, you don’t need to worry about a lot of these modifications. That’s going to be a general theme throughout this entire video. The modifications will come later. Go to any three-gun match with whatever you’ve got. If you’ve got a Glock, if you’ve got a Smith and Wesson MMP, if you’ve got a CZ-75, or, honestly, Sig P226. Whatever pistol you have, whatever rifle you have, even if you don’t have an AR-15. If you’ve got a Ruger mini 14, whatever you’ve got, just come and it’s all about having a good time.

I would say, though, once you have shot a match or two, some of the more common modifications for your AR-15s, the main thing would be the trigger. With a Geissele or CMC or… Gosh, what’s the other trigger company out there? Timney. Any three of those companies have really fantastic triggers. But really swapping that out for a nice, smooth, crisp, short pull, short reset trigger will allow for those really, really fast follow up shots, which are pretty vital in three-gun.

There’s a ton of guys out there making really good quality triggers. A lot of them are excellent. There’s a lot of them out there, guys. You have to make those determinations for yourself. Accessories for ARs are just like anything else. Some of you guys are car guys, you like to accessorize your cars, change stuff out. The AR-15 is just pretty much the love child for the person that likes to accessorize and change things on their gun.

It’s so much fun.

I know. Rifle is one of those things. Like Chris mentioned, if you’re going to go out there and have fun with what you’ve got, the thing I would add to that, is get good with what you have, and get the skill set there. Once the skill set’s there, you make improvements to the equipment to make you faster at that skill set. Don’t think that by relying on a $4,000 gun that all of a sudden you’re going to show up to the event and be a better shooter as a result.

Guys, the skills have to come first. Then when you learn what in your entire rig is going to cause you to lose time, and you want to improve that, and make that better and more personalized to you, that’s when you start switching things that are going to make you, personally, a better shooter. Guys, the only people that can know that is you that’s watching.

That’s right.

This is just one guy. My three-gun rig might be completely different than his. Now yes, I might have some form of Benelli semi-auto shotgun. Yes, I’d probably run some type of an AR because of the modularity. And of course I’d run a Glock 34. But my guns might be set up entirely different, because of the kind of shooter I am. It is a very personal thing, guys. It’s something to think about.

That’s okay. When I go to a match, part of the fun of going to a three-gun competition is you get to see everyone else’s guns and gear. You talk about and get insight. Hey, why did you do this or that to your gun, and how’s that working? And hey, you know, can I try out your gun? A lot of three-gun shooters will be happy to let you at least take a look and handle the gun. And if there is an opportunity during a match, a lot of matches are really busy, but if there’s an opportunity to fire a few rounds out of it, a lot of competitors like myself will be happy to let you shoot.

I like the idea. When you go to an area like that, where you have a lot of competitors in one place there’s a good camaraderie there, too. Yes, it’s competition. But at the same time, people understand that they’re in a like-minded group of people that like to do the same thing. They get together and talk gear. It’s one of those things, like hey what kind of brake you running, what kind of this you’re running?

A lot of that conversation will occur, and sometimes you can pick up great tips from your fellow competitors, even. Most of those guys are going to be more than happy enough to tell you anything you want to know about their rigs. A lot of guys will even coach each other on the spot. Like, hey I saw something you did. There’s that camaraderie that exists there that I think only competition can really bring out.

You’re running the same base plate on your AR mags there. You’re running PMAGs?

Similar to the Glock magazine I was showing earlier. This is a standard 30-round PMAG. I have a Taran Tactical base pad on the bottom. That same function. It adds two or three rounds to the capacity, but it’s really about when you drop the magazine, that there’s some extra weight that will help it free fall to the ground.

I’ve seen some of these Taran Tactical extensions that, correct me if I’m wrong or not, they have ten to 15. Some of the longer ones, too, don’t they?

There are some longer ones, which are great.

It adds a lot of weight. When it’s empty you’ve got that big hunk of aluminum there. Really getting that magazine out of there. The last thing you want to do is waste time trying to flip a mag out or something, so that’s smart.

One thing that’s also neat about these base pads, if you have a company or personal logo, Taran Tactical, they’ll be able to laser etch your own personal logo. So you get some extra personalization, there.

How well do those deal with being dropped in concrete. They hold together well. That’s one benefit, I guess. Longevity, they hold together well.

Absolutely. I’ve been using these base pads for three years now, give or take. In three-gun, like most competition shooting environments, when you drop a mag, it’s just falling to the ground. It might be on concrete, might be on gravel, dirt, mud. Some places snow. A lot of different surfaces. I have never swapped out a base pad yet in three years, so they’re very durable and a lot of different fun colors if you’re of the color inclined.

We were talking a little bit, a few days ago, about shotguns. I’m a real big Benelli fan. I like Benelli M4s, that’s the kind of shotgun I like. I love the M3. Chad just picked up an M3 recently. The shotgun you’re running here is an M2. Tell us about that a little bit.

The Benelli M2 is the workhorse in the three-gun world. There are plenty of other fantastic platforms. My first shotgun actually was a Mossberg 930, a fantastic shotgun. A lot of three gunners are using SLP and Remingtons. For someone like me who recently got into three-gun. Three years ago after I won “Top Shot”. I saw M2s as the most common shotgun platform. I have my Benelli M2 here, modified by Salient Arms.

This is probably my favorite gun.

The trigger on that gun is awesome.

A lot of stock triggers on any gun, whether we’re talking pistol, rifle, shotgun. A lot of stock triggers can be a little squishy, and you know, long travel and long reset. Salient has done a trigger modification. All the internal springs have been changed out. What we’ve got here on the bolt is the stock bolt has been shaved down to take weight off of the bolt. Again, with three-gun being such a fast paced, burn them down, kind of shooting. Lightening that bolt allows it to reciprocate faster and keep up with as fast as you’re pulling that trigger.

That hard coating on the bolt also helps make cleaning easier. Helps for carbon and other types of buildup.

The inertia-driven system in the M2s is another benefit of the M2 platform. That’s more focused on recoil reduction. That’s another feature of the M2. Some other features and modifications that Salient has done is stippling right here on the stock and then also on the forearm. You get that more positive grip when grabbing the gun, again with wet hands or sweat or running sun screen, that kind of thing.

You’ll notice an extension tube. A company called Nordic Components makes some great extension tubes. The biggest thing I would say in a three-gun shotgun setup where you’re going to get the most bang for your buck, is opening up your loading gate here. Shotgun reloading is one of, I would say the most challenging skill sets, and one of the most foreign skills that a new three-gun shooter will come across.

Opening up this gate, shaving and opening up the gate. Often times there’s this little half-moon on the loading gate. When you’re loading, either if you’re doing a load for strong, weak hand load, your thumb can get caught right here in that little half-moon. You can swap out the gate completely or fill in that gap and weld it shut. A lot of internal polishing and springs being changed out to make it a real race gun.

Absolutely. Do you find in your competition with shotgun, you like running it just open sights without running any kind of optic on it?

Yeah. I shoot in a class called tactical optics. This shotgun and the rifle I brought today, those are tactical optics. Legal firearms. The Glock 34, this would actually fall into open class. I brought it today because that’s my fun, sexy gun I like to show off when I can.

I hear you.

For shotgun, you’ll see here I don’t have any sighting system on it, other than a single fiber-optic red sight on the front. The most important thing I would say about your sighting system is making sure that your shotgun is properly fit to you. Quick story. One of my first matches, I was squadded with Jerry, Lena, and Kay Miculek. Obviously, some of the best shooters in the world.

I picked up my shotgun and I’m shooting at these clays on the ground, and I’m just miss, miss, miss. I was really close to the targets, like eight yards away and here I am missing these clays. I could see the shot going right over the top. Lena comes up to me, and she goes, hey let me help you out, kind of diagnose what’s going on. Because at eight yards, you should not be missing clay targets at that close range.

She’s like, hey have you had your shotgun fitted to you? I’m like, no not yet. I’ve been sort of compensating when I mount the gun, having to move the stock around so I could get that proper sight alignment. She goes, after the match, go to a gun fitter and get the gun fit. I mean, literally night and day. It made a world of difference. Three gun’s all about having fun, and at least for me, I only have fun when I’m hitting what I’m aiming at.

Also, it’s a time waster. When you’re mounting the gun and then you’re making adjustments after mounting the gun, you’re wasting time. At its heart, guys, it is a competition. It’s a time thing. You want to save as much time as possible, but the point of this video, guys, is we really wanted to show the types of three-gun guns that you’re going to encounter when you start getting into the upper tier of what three gunners use and everything.

Three-gun is just an awesome competition. I wish I had more time to shoot three-gun, because I’ve always been interested in it. After meeting a lot of these awesome people that I get to talk to on a regular basis, not only who come down to the farm to shoot with us, but also when we’re out at like NRA and Shot Show and Blade Show and all these random places, we run into so many shooters who are like, Eric you have to get out here and shoot three-gun with us.

I may have to make it a point to add some three-gun elements into the videos. In the spirit of that, I think we’re going to end the video by coming up with a fun competition thing we can do. Let’s have some fun. We’ve got some sodas and watermelons. Let’s do a little bit of shooting and show these guns off a little more.

Let’s go blow some stuff up.

Alright guys, all this talk about three-gun gear makes me want to shoot a little bit. You know we have to do things outside of the box. We don’t do anything ordinary, so we got some watermelons. Okay, I got five watermelons down there. Five slugs, these are Brenneke Green Lightnings. Really, really awesome slug. Getting out there at some really fast speeds.

That’s a two and three-quarter inch slug. High brass. Five slugs, five watermelons. Let’s see how fast Chris can take them down. Then, we’re going to set up five more and I’ll try.

Slugs plus watermelon equals a good time.

Probably not your typical three gun thing you’re going to shoot at.

No. You wouldn’t see this at a three-gun match. Again, as an aside three-gun is all about fun, and this is it right here.

Alright. Let’s see what you got.

Here we go. Woohoo, it is raining watermelon! Holy smokes. That was pretty fast. I got watermelon all over me. That was awesome. That was pretty fast. Let’s see how fast Eric can do it.

That was some watermelon carnage if I ever saw it. One thing that Chris doesn’t know, though, is that I’m a watermelon surgeon, so let’s see. On this channel, we go through quite a few watermelons. I was looking back through some receipts during tax season and I think we ended up buying probably about three or four hundred watermelons last year. We’ve gone through quite a few. This is just scratching the surface.

Let’s see how fast I can do it. Let’s blitz them up, here. Dang gun kicked so hard it knocked my hearing protection off. Wow, it just blitzes those things, doesn’t it?

Yeah. That’s an amazing time. A little bit of a taste of the shotgun part of three-gun, but we’ve got a little bit more in store for everyone, don’t we?

Yeah. Let’s break out the handguns, play around a little bit. Then we’ll work over to the rifles. There’s our shotgun. Of course Chris beat me, but he is the champion shooter. Not bad. Any day you can make some watermelons get destroyed is always a good day.

Indeed.

Let’s move on. Chris might have beat me, but you know I can’t let that last watermelon get away. I closed in a little bit. Let’s pop them real good here… Let’s move on. Not bad. That was some fun with the shotgun.

Indeed. Raining watermelon guts and wow, good stuff.

We’re going to move on to some pistol work. Running your Salient Arms 34 there. I’m going to run the same gun. We’re going to go through. We’ve got an assortment of steel poppers from www.shootsteel.com, some D-28s. We’re going to go through and hit each of the larger D-28s two times. We got some sodas back there, so each shooter will have the same exact thing. Again, just having a little bit of fun.

Like we mentioned earlier, three-gun is about fun first and foremost, but add a little competition element. Probably not something you’re going to see in the three-gun circuit, but a little fun none the less.

I’m going to go ahead and load up and shoot, then Eric will follow up behind me. I’m going to top off the gun, so I’m going to chamber one round, eject the magazine, then load a full magazine so I’ll have 22 plus one in the gun for a total of 23. Here we go. Okay, here we go. Two on the steel, and I’m going to finish off with the soda.

I think one of those sodas may have fallen. Did I catch it on the way down?

I think you actually did touch him.

I might have nicked it alright.

Not bad. I figured those sodas were going to jump around a bit.

A lot of fun. Now it’s your turn.

I’m going to try it. That looks like fun. Well that was pretty awesome. Chris is an excellent marksman as we all know. I’m going to try my best to follow that performance there. This little 34 is running real nice. I’ve been shooting it a little bit. Glock model 34 is probably one of my favorite all around guns. I’ll tell you, this Salient here, pretty awesome pistol. Here we go, very informal. Let’s have some fun.

Awesome.

Not too shabby friend. Nice.

That was a lot of fun there. I love shooting steel, various handguns and everything. If I’m not mistaken, I think we might have missed about the same amount of times.

It’s hard, right. Those soda bottles, you hit one and all that soda flings things around.

The funny thing is, they fell about in the same area. We had the one little straggler wanted to fall down and we both tried to shoot at it, thinking we were going to be all ninja like and hit it and everything. It’s always fun to break out some sodas and some steel and have a little fun. Hone your marksmanship skills. The thing I like about three-gun, as a discipline, is that it encourages you to get out there and have fun with your friends and challenge each other.

That’s what makes you better. When you challenge yourself, challenge each other through friendly competition, you’re always going to hone your skills and you’re going to coach each other on things that you’re doing wrong and stuff like that. We’ve done the shotgun, we’ve done the pistol. Let’s move on to rifle.

Off to rifle. Awesome.

Let’s do it. Moving along, we’re going to try out Chris’ three-gun rifle here. The Houlding rifle, topped off with a nice Leupold optic here. Very informal. Again, in three-gun you’re going to have very specific iterations that you’re going to shoot. You’re going to have a chance to go through and scope out the match and make your plan of attack. We’ve got some steel set up out here. Very informal. We’re going to shoot five shots at each target.

Five shots on two different targets at 100, five at 150, and five at 200, all off hand.

Off hand. That’s going to be the tricky part, here. In some three-gun stages you have to shoot off hand, but most of the time you have some kind of barrier or support or you can go prone. Off hand’s going to increase the level of difficulty. This is your home court. It’s getting a little hot and humid here. I’m from California, so that’s going to be a home town advantage for Eric, here.

I’m excited to see how well we both do.

A little bit of a handicap. We have to get you sweltering and hot. Get you all uncomfortable then make you do something hard. Chris is going to have a go, then I’m going to follow up. Again, real informal. A little bit of fun, here.

Indeed. Let’s do it. Giddy up. Let’s start off with the left target here. Here we go.

Do your thing.

There’s five. There’s five. There’s five.

You got it.

There we go.

Three of your shots hit the chain up there. Just above, on the right. You were smacking the chain.

Safety on. Boy, especially when you’re getting out to 200 yards and I had my scope cranked up to six power. Any little movement you see that reticle dance. That was a good time. Eric, why don’t we get you loaded up and see how you do.

We’re going to swap places. I’m going to have a go. We’ve switched places, here. Just so I don’t have any kind of an unfair advantage, I’m not going to make any changes to the optic. He gave me some feedback there, mentioning that six power can be a little difficult. Get a little bit of that wobble going on if you’re not careful. I don’t have any kind of unfair advantage. I’m going to leave the optic on six power.

Have a little fun here. This is an awesome gun to do it with. Here we go. You guys ready?

There you go. Nice. Put that on safe.

I might need to learn how to count, though. I might have shot some of them more.

You got six rounds on a few of those plates. Holy smokes. I think it’s pretty clear that you beat me. Totally smoked me. I had a few more misses and took some pauses to readjust. That’s three-gun. The beauty of it is, any three-gun match that you go to, it’s pretty common that you’ll only see that stage once. If we ran this again, maybe I’d win, maybe you’d win it next time. That’s the beauty of three-gun.

It’s crazy. You end up having a comfort zone that you establish. Part of my comfort zone was I was a little cocky on the shotgun iteration. Thinking, it’s five watermelons, they’re real close, how could you possibly miss a watermelon with a shotgun. You end up too confident.

Or you get excited.

That’s one of things going into any form of competition. Whether it’s friendly competition amongst friends, or whether you’re on a big circuit where you’re competing on a national level. You have to always reconfigure what your comfort level is. Always respect what that comfort level is, and never go into a situation assuming that it’s going to be easy. Always treat it with utmost respect, no matter how simple it is.

One example is, look at golfers. You got some guy who is putting for a birdie. The putt is nine inches. You think, okay, a nine inch putt, easy, right?

No big deal.

Then they get that mental pressure where they go, okay here we go. They treat it with the least amount of respect that they should and they miss. It really is just like any other discipline. Hopefully in this video, guys, you were able to glean some information about three-gun gear. That’s what we wanted to showcase here.

Chris, thanks for coming out to the range.

Thank you so much for having me. I had a great time, and look forward to hopefully coming back soon.

Dude. For sure, man. Guys, have a good one. Thanks for watching. Catch you next time.