The second report by participant and The Truth About Guns contributor Nick “Foghorn” Leghorn–and more shooting coolness video.
Arriving at the range for the second day of the Texas Multigun 3-gun shoot, I was pretty jazzed. On day one I had a few fumbles, but made up for them with some solid rifle work. I was expecting the second day to be even better. But that just wasn’t in the cards.
The first stage started with some long range (~100 yards) steel shot from two different positions, followed by some shotgun work on pepper poppers, then a bunch of paper through an inconveniently high port. Finally, a bunch of pepper poppers needed knocking over with a handgun. Straightforward stage design with no real way to “game” things for a quicker time.
The only real concern was breaking the 180 rule, which prohibits shooters from pointing their gun anywhere except downrange. Running right to left with a long gun, it’s always a concern as your natural tendency (if you’re a righty) is to hold the gun across your body with the muzzle pointing left (AKA into the crowd).
But one of the stage features was particularly worrying. In order to engage some of the shotgun targets, you needed to move backwards from the dump barrel (where the gun is staged) to a port cut in one of the walls. If you pivot directly from the barrel and aim your gun into the port, you break 180 and are immediately sent home (the ROs took some pride in telling us they had DQ’d 10 people on the first day). The only way to do it safely was to move backwards, shotgun in hand but pointing downrange, until you could see through the port.