Memoirs of a 3 Gun Competition Newbie

Editors Note: We are working hard to field a team for 3 gun using local sponsors. I love seeing other newbies getting involved and sharing experiences. We contacted  Tiffany “Duchess” Matala after her recent blog on the Beretta site and obtained permission to republish this article. Thank you Tiffany for the hard work.


I had the honor of tagging along with one of Beretta’s 3 Gun Team members, Lisa Marie Judy, at the Palmetto 3 Gun competition on Saturday May 17th, and all I can say is WOW!

3 Gun is an incredibly rapid growing sport, and I can see why! 3 Gun is the use of, wait for it… three guns; a pistol, a rifle and a shotgun. The shooter who can hit the most targets in the least amount of time is the winner. 3 Gun has multiple divisions and accommodates beginning to advanced shooters. Targets used in 3 Gun Competition can include cardboard silhouettes, steel plates, or clay disks and can range in distance from 1 yard to 500 yards. Though the basics will always remain the same, each 3 Gun competition is unique, as they each depend on the person who is organizing the competition. Shooting 3 Gun will never get boring!

10374027_10152124458492532_6178682255298894921_nI stepped onto the Low Country Preserve 3 Gun range and was immediately surrounded by good-natured gun enthusiasts. I had no gear, yet by the time it was my turn, I had everything I needed.

Lisa Marie had strapped a belt around me covered with magazine holsters and shotgun shell caddies. I felt like I should be in some kind action movie. Match staff persons walked me through each portion of that stage to ensure I knew what targets to engage – and which not. Every shooter around me gave me pointers and tips. Being new and clueless I was expecting to feel a little put out, but it was exactly the opposite. Everyone was so welcoming, helpful and judgement free. I think that has a lot to do with the fact that 3-Gun is based on your performance and not that of others.

The only person you are competing against is yourself and the timer, making the atmosphere very laid back and easy going.

After being walked through the course, and loading all my firearms and magazines – it was time. The adrenaline rush I felt the second that the buzzer went off was completely incredible. Starting with my hands on the big X’s I grabbed my shotgun, and I was off! Moving through each station was almost a blur accompanied only by the pink of the metal targets. Pure Bliss! Upon completion of the stage, I was shaking with excitement and couldn’t help but plaster a smile from ear to ear on my face!



Written by Tiffany “Duchess” Matala

Tiffany “Duchess” Matala is your everyday Stepford Wife / Soccer Mom….If Stepford wives and soccer moms are former Marines who like firearms, hunting, tattoos, and purple hair. Duchess has dedicated her civilian life to teaching women self-defense, how to shoot a pistol, and how not to be a victim, all while writing slightly entertaining content about the guns, hunting self-defense and common sense rom her ever eccentric point of view.

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