Plus–Benelli's M2 Workhorse, our choice for this game! Watch a helmet-cam video of 3-gun action right now!
When I shot IPSC back in the late 1990s (and ugh, nothing like remarking on something almost 15 years ago to make a girl feel old), three-gun matches were just kind of something the local match coordinators would throw in once a year or that you’d see at big Area shoots or Nationals. Today, this is a sport all its own, a remarkable feat in a day of been-there-done-that.
Why so popular? Well, I think it has a lot to do with why I chose sporting clays over the routine of skeet and trap, and why IPSC and other action handgun sports pick up where NRA-sanctioned bull’s-eye leaves off—i.e., there’s never a dull moment, and you never shoot the same thing twice. Now three-gun—whew-WEE! that’s a lot of shooting! And not only is this sport an ammo-factory full of fun, I believe it’s really making shooters better rounded. You can’t just be good with a souped-up Colt .45, and you can’t just be king of the long-range with your AR-15. You must be disciplined across the spectrum, and you really have to know how to deal absolutely effectively with myriad situations: dropped mags, jammed chambers, stuck bolts, fluff loads, tight shooting quarters, prone shooting, sitting shooting, one-handed shooting, run-and-gun, targets that almost fall down, targets that refuse to go down. The list goes on forever, but no doubt about it, this, this, is shooting excitement.
Not only is the shooting itself spectacular, so, too, is the specialization and customization of the guns to meet the demands of this sport. One of the best examples out there is Benelli’s ultimate 3-gun M2 shotgun straight out of its Performance Shop and a result of a joint effort with Briley Manufacturing. Benelli debuted this super-slick scattergun at the recent 2011 AR15.com 3-Gun Pro Am Championship held at the Rockcastle Shooting Center near Park City, Kentucky. Designed specifically for winning times and scores in this fast-paced competition, this custom M2 is likely to be the gun serious match competitors are going to be ordering en masse.
The Inertia-Driven concept is simple: use the energy of the recoil to cycle the action. This eliminates the residues inherent
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