SDFA Competitive Three Gun

Description: The Competitive 3 Gun 1 course is designed to develop and enrich the skills of the participant by introducing them to the dynamics of effectively and efficiently competing in 3 gun matches using their pistol, rifle and shotgun.

Class is Limited to 6 participants Only

Course Outline:    
  • Introduction, Safety, Nomenclature & Sight in
  • Brief Overview of 3 Gun Equipment & Competition
  • Pistol, Rifle and Shotgun 1st Shot & Follow up Timed Drills
  • Efficient Functionality, Speed & Reload Drills
  • Custom Target to Target Transition Drills for all 3 platforms
  • Platform to Platform Transition Drills
  • Multiple Shot Drills, Skills & Techniques
  • Posting vs Shooting on the Move
  • Short Timed Stages for each of the platforms as well as various combinations that push your skills to the limit
  • Stage Gaming and Breakdown

Enrichment Module: This 30 min lunch time module is focused on the proper selection of competitive equipment/gear for all three platforms. Participants are given a brief description and demonstration of various potential selections.

Duration: 1 day / 8 Hours
Equipment Requirements:
  • Rifle or Carbine with a Sling (2 point sling is recommended)
  • Shotgun (semi or Pump) with the ability to hold at least 5 rounds. Sling is optional.
  • Pistol with a strong side holster. (Definition: a Strong side holster is a holster that wears on your right hip if you are right hand or your left hip if you are left handed.)
  • Minimum: 4 Rifle Magazines.
  • Minimum: 4 Pistol Magazines or 4 revolver speed loaders/moon clips
  • Shotgun caddies (recommended) or a small fanny pack with the ability to hold 20 rounds of shotgun.
  • Belt system that allows the shooters to hold rifle/pistol magazines and shotgun caddies.
  • Recommended Round Count (Participants are generally able to shoot a lower round count if they proceed conservatively in most of the drill).
    • 200 Rounds of Rifle ammunition.
    • 200 Rounds of Pistol ammunition.
    • 200 Rounds of Number 7.5 or 8 bird shot (no steel) and 10 Slugs
  • Wrap around eye wear.
  • Ear plugs and/or ear muffs.
  • Hydration system.
  • Footwear suitable for fast movement.
  • Orange/Yellow chamber empty flag for all rifles and shotguns.
  • 5 Rounds of dummy ammunition for each platform.
  • Extra Batteries for all optics.
  • Cases for all firearms.
  • Pen and a 1 subject notebook.
  • Lawn chair and bug spray are highly recommended.
  • Sunscreen, hat or baseball cap and knee/elbow pads are recommended.
  • Snacks, drinks, lunch, etc. are highly recommended.


  • Prior competition background (USPSA, IDPA, 3 Gun, ORGC Rifle/Pistol) or Permission of the Instructor.
  • If the training location is in NY state and you are bringing a pistol, you must have a NY state valid pistol permit or be between the age of 14 and 20 years and accompanied by a parent/guardian that has a valid NY state pistol permit. If the training is outside NY state, you must adhere to all the laws and regulations governing the possession of firearms in the state.
Additional Pertinent Information:
  • Please thoroughly clean, lube and inspect your firearm(s) prior to coming to class.
  • Please sight in your rifle for 50 Yds or 50 Meters prior to arriving to class.
  • If you carry a firearm for personal protection, you must leave that in your vehicle during the class.
  • All guns must be cased for transportation to/from the range.
  • Please plan appropriately for the weather. We will be outdoors all day. Course will be held rain or shine.
  • Footwear that fully encloses your feet is required.
This is not an NRA-approved course.

Contact Your Instructor - Dr Eli Saber