Shooting USA -The USPSA Multi-Gun Nationals
USPSA Multigun is a test of each shooters skill with rifle, shotgun and pistol. Competitors will navigate challenging courses of fire with a combination of the three guns and, in some cases, all three. John Scoutten and Mike Irvine have our coverage and analysis of the event. Then it's off to Memphis for an all revolver competition to benefit charity. And a Pro Tip from Julie Golob to improve your foot work when shooting on the move.
Part of what makes Multi-gun, well multi-gun is the fact that on any course of fire there can be as many as three firearms in play. But that multiplies the disaster factor by as much as three should any of those guns decide to stop running.
But there are stages that focus on just one gun, like the first stage of this national. These one gun stages give stage designers a great opportunity to test the shooters skill.
The Divisions of Multigun Competition are defined by the Equipment:
Open Division: allows all manner of enhancements to pistol, rifle, and shotgun.
Pistols will have compensators, high cap magazines, and optical sights. Typically chambered in .40 Auto.
Rifles may have multiple optics for near and far targets. Typically chambered in .223 (5.56mm).
Shotguns are semi-auto, using speed loader sticks, or magazine fed Shotguns are allowed. Either can be equipped with an optic.
Multigun Tactical Division:
Pistols are Limited Division, High Capacity, No Optics or Compensators – Typically .40 Auto
Rifles are typically chambered in .223 (5.56mm) and are limited to one optic.
Shotguns are semi-auto with no speed loaders permitted.
Heavy Metal Limited and Tactical Divisions:
In Limited Pistol Must be chambered in .45 ACP. Tactical .40 Auto minimum.
Rifle Must be chambered in .308 or better. Typically AR-10 Designs
Shotguns are Pump-Action in Limited, Semi-Auto in Tactical.
Heavy Metal Limited uses no optics. Heavy Metal Tactical allows a scope for the rifle
Pistol must be Major Caliber. High Cap Magazines permitted.
Rifle will be typically .223 (5.56mm)
No optics allowed.
New Multigun Products:
Firebird Precision MKA 1919 AR Style Semi Auto Shotgun for Open Division
Firebird Precision Dominator Compensator
Carbon Arms Shotgun Loading Systems
Memphis Charity Challenge:
John and Mike shoot the revolver only USPSA match benefiting LeBonheur Children’s Hospital and hosted by the Memphis Sport Shooting Association. In the third year of this annual match, the proceeds donated to hospital programs now exceed $20,000. A good time for a good cause.
LeBonheur Children’s Hospital
Memphis Sport Shooting Assn.
Guns for the Match:
John chose the Smith & Wesson 625 JM. He Explains his choice and the modifications to what Jerry Miculek shoots:
John: “For me it was the model 625 JM; this is the Jerry signature wheel gun and the first thing you are going to notice is I have changed out the Jerry model signature wooden grips. I have gone to the Hogue Mono-grip and for me this is simply to help me control this gun. Because let’s face it, I don’t have the bear paws that Jerry does, but with this Mono-grip on here, it really tames the gun down and makes it fun to shoot.
Another thing I have done is I have had the hammer bobbed. This is pretty common in revolver competition. And I had a slight chamfer put on the cylinder, that’s really to help me with the reloads.
Other than that, this is the stock 625 JM you can get right out of the box. It’s got an adjustable rear sight and a gold dot front sight, and this combination works well in just about any condition, indoors or out.
The 625 is a heavy gun, just over 40 ounces empty, and that is important because it’s chambered in .45 ACP, so that weight is going to help with some of that felt recoil. Another thing that I like, the stainless steel finish on this gun stands up to the elements and it looks great. One thing that I have grown to love is the wide body serrated speed trigger.
The 625 JM from the Performance Center is about $1,000.”
More Information from Smith & Wesson
Mike chose the Smith & Wesson Model 627 from the Performance Center, the 8 shooter that moved him into the Open Division in USPSA competition.
Mike: “For my match I went with the Smith and Wesson model 627, and this is from the Performance Center, so that means I didn’t do anything before the match on this revolver. It’s out of the box, race ready. Eight shots, .357 magnum, or my choice, .38 special, a lot easier on the recoil.
It has a five inch barrel and just like John’s. It has the gold front bead and an adjustable rear sight.
It’s what they call an N frame. That’s Smith & Wesson language for large framed revolver. And it’s heavy, 2.57 pounds unloaded, so you combine that with the light recoil of these .38 specials and you’ve got a great revolver for someone to shoot in their first match, like I did. The cylinder release is robust and easy to get to, saving you time on your reloads.
The Smith and Wesson model 627 from the Performance Center is right around $1200.
More Information from Smith & Wesson
Moon Clip Holders and Loaders:
North Mountain Moon Clip Belt Holder
Johnson Precision Mag Rack
BMT Mooner / Demooner Tools
Pro Tip – Julie G. - Shooting on the Move
Steady footwork is how better shooters cut their stage times and move up in classification. Julie shows you the right technique to shoot while moving, and get your hits on target.
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Hunting Tip – Wade Bourne on Choosing the Spot for your Stand
Welcome to my deer stand. I've had a stand in this tree for about 4 years, and let me tell you it’s a deer killer. I’ve had great success and taken a number of real good bucks off this stand. There are a number of elements in where the stand is setup that makes this a good spot. I want to share these with you and maybe they’re things you can apply in your hunting situation to enjoy some of the same success that I have here.
Number one you have to be where the deer are moving. When I scouted this area initially, I found a really good trail that runs along the base of this hill just about 30 yards down from the stand. You can Identify these trails, they just look like paths in the woods. There are rubs and scrapes and I thought this is the deer highway when I first saw it and my hunting over the years here has confirmed deer really use this spot.
Once I find that travel corridor to setup on, I start looking for specific places to put my stand, and I always consider the topography, the lay of the land. I like to setup up hill from the trail, if at all possible. You’re looking at me from the perspective of a deer I have the height of the ladder plus the height of the hill. When deer are going through the woods they are always kind of looking at the ground. They don’t stop and look up high. The higher I can get the better I like, so I’m going to be sitting up tall.
The second consideration is shooting lanes. Once I pick a specific tree, I want to get up there and make sure I have good open shooting lanes to cover that trail from several different angles. These could be close lanes if I’m bow hunting, they could be longer if I’m rifle hunting. But the point is, you have to have a place where you can get a good clear shot.
The third consideration is that I don’t like to be sky-lined. I don’t like to be sitting with my silhouette open against the sky, so I’ll pick a tree that’s broad enough that when I’m sitting up against it, like this one, my outline is broken up. The deer are far less likely to see me if they do look up.
One of the most important considerations in picking a stand site is wind direction. I don’t ever want to hunt here when the wind is coming down the hill and blowing my scent across the trail. This stand is facing west so if I don’t have a wind from the southwest to the northwest, blowing my scent up the hill, I won’t hunt here. And I don’t ever cross the trail when coming to my stand. I don’t’ want to leave a sent trail across, that might alert deer to my presence. So I come in from over the hill. I don’t cross the trail and, when I leave, I do the same. I go back up the hill where I came from. I never go across that trail.
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