What are your 3gun setups?


February 20, 2012, 09:10 PM
I'm looking to get into a rifle for the first time and the options out there are mind bottling! I'm on the verge of selling my Limited pistol and will have some cash to throw down. I am looking at the Loki 3g rifle, the Stag 3g, the DPMS 3G1, or possibly having a local smith put something together as part of a group buy some friends of mine are doing.

There's so many darn options out there, I guess I'm just looking for advice, pics, videos, suggestions, cash donations, whatever you guys have to offer.

It will be "fun" to be new at something again after shooting pistols and getting pretty good at it over the last few years.

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February 21, 2012, 07:36 AM
Do you have an AR now? What division? The sighting system may be more important than the rifle.

Also, if you plan to shoot USPSA matches, be sure you make minimum PF, which is 150 for minor. That is not so bad; it was 165 some years back, which is iffy with shorter barrels and 223-pressure 55gr ammo. My 223 upper is from the 165 era, it is 20" which is a little longer than ideal. Many are going to 18".

Oh, you still need a pistol for 3-gun, and Limited guns work good for that. ;)


February 21, 2012, 08:03 AM
I don't have one now. I will be doing Tac Ops as that is what my buddies are doing and we will be doing some 3man team stuff later this summer I hope.

I still have a Limited gun...I just shoot Glocks now and don't need my Caspian anymore.

February 21, 2012, 12:38 PM
A good compensator is a must.
I like 18" with an intermediate gas system, but 20" rifle len or 16" middy would be fine.
Get a good single stage match trigger (or a two stage if you prefer)
Prefer a gas system over a pistol system.
Free float handguard should be a requirement
Adjustable Carbine stock
Get a 1-4 optic with a switchview lever. You can skip fancy illumination. Red dots are fine if your club only shoots at 200y or less.
Since you'll be running a low power scope, you'll want a minimal gas block that doesn't include a front sight.
K.I.S.S (skip the backup irons, forward pistol grips, flashlights, and keep the handguard relatively clean and light).
A nice charging handle is a plus

There are a bunch of other toys to explore (low-mass bolt carriers, barricade rests, etc) but this should get you a good start.

Phoenix 6.0
February 21, 2012, 01:24 PM
I like my Stag 3G. 18" rifle gas, giselle(sp?) 3 gun trigger, and rifle length floating hand guard. only thing ive changed is the charging handle to a bcm, and plan to change the pistol grip.

February 21, 2012, 01:35 PM
Thanks. That sounds pretty much like what I'm trying to make a deal on right now.

Here's the details

Tha gun was built by Henry Avant at SAW Custom. It has:

Yankee Hill forged upper and lower receivers
Lothar Walther 20" SS medium weight barrel, 1/8 twist, rifle length gas
Fixed Ace stock
Clark Custom carbon forearm
Standard BCG and bolt
SAW Custom trigger group (2 lb or so single stage trigger)
SAW Custom comp
Magpul MOE grip
Gas block with Picatinni rail

February 21, 2012, 01:41 PM
My primary rifle for 3 gun type shooting is an RRA 18" ATH upper with a Burris 332 optic, the lower is an RRA also with a RRA match trigger, although I also have a DPMS lower with a McCormick flat single stage trigger I use on at times.


I also have a DPMS 16" bull barrelled upper with a 2.5-10 Weaver Tactical Extreme scope that I use when there is a lot of long range shooting in the match.

February 21, 2012, 02:51 PM
Personally, I would get the guns you would like to possibly use to defend yourself. That way, you get to learn the ins and outs of that weapon system. When I've done these kinds of things, I've tried to treat it more like an opportunity to practice and less like a game. I had an awesome time and so will you irrespective of the firearms you choose.

February 21, 2012, 08:46 PM
Here we go again.

This is the competition forum for a reason.

February 22, 2012, 12:20 AM
I am partial to JP triggers. And a Rolling Thunder comp is great - great way to train an RO to stand behind the shooter because standing at all to the side is LOUD :evil:

Also, simpler is better for me, so an A2 stock and a Clark carbon fiber tube (no rails to snag stuff, for instance, going in or out a barrel). The only time the Clark tube was not great was when a sling was needed, and I can work around that for those rare sling matches. Oh, there was this 100 degree bright sunny Texas day and a high round count stage where even the carbon fiber tube was too hot too touch, but a metal tube would have been worse.

I was going to post a link to the Enos forums 3-gun Rifle Tech forum, but the site is down while it is being moved.

February 22, 2012, 01:26 AM
LaRue 20 inch OBR with SF comp.

S&B Short Dot on top.

February 22, 2012, 10:36 PM




Pictures don't mesh perfectly because of some updates:

Common lower for two uppers:

Ergo grip
Geissele SSA trigger
Magpul B.A.D.
OLD A1 take-off stock.
buffer lightened to JP weight.

Limited upper:
BCM SAM-R Barrel. 20 inches
LMT rear/armalite clamp on front sight
home made front sight post
jp adjustable gas block
jp LMOS light bolt carrier
BCM bolt
jp comp
BCM gunfighter charging handle
BCM blem upper
DPMS free float tube

optics upper

DPMS MK12 barrel
nordic corvette comp
jp LMOS carrier
palmetto bolt
J&T upper
hogue free float tube
TA33R-8 acog

Glock 17 with a lone wolf barrel and Dawson fiber optics.

FN SLP with an opened up loading port and a slightly clipped mag tube spring for easier loading.

February 22, 2012, 10:40 PM
I can tell you that the JP LMOS really does make a BIG difference in how softly/flat a rifle shoots.

Especially if you get the adjustable gas block and tune things down a bit.

I don't run the ragged edge of reliability, but I don't run full gas either. I wish my optics upper had an adj block. I may drill and tap it.

February 23, 2012, 08:48 PM
could you please explain why piston system is a disadvantage for 3 gun match ?

February 24, 2012, 06:21 PM
Well its not a huge deal, but in theory, piston systems give up a little accuracy. If you're sold on the concept then go for it.

February 24, 2012, 11:01 PM
kind of a crappy pic. i normally run it with a swaro Z6i 1-6x optic instead of the USO depending on the range and comp.

18" rifle gas, wylde chamber barrel made by compass lake, various magpul goodies and a vtac handguard. geissele SD3G trigger


February 25, 2012, 11:13 PM

No way I could ever run one of those $$$ optics.

February 29, 2012, 12:28 AM
Kinda crappy pic?

You probably took 10 pics inside and found out the light wasn't flattering enough so you brought it out side lol :D :D

Very nice rifle!!!

February 29, 2012, 08:12 AM
thanks, but it's kinda crappy because i dropped my iphone and cracked the glass on the back right over the camera, so the bottom and right of every picture i took for a couple months was fuzzy for reasons that had nothing to do with focus.

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