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Play Gun Games

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Often when I tell people that I have been a small arms instructor for most of my adult life they automatically assume that I am a tactical instructor which while true is not the whole truth. I am also a sporting firearms instructor. When I go on to tell them that I teach and enjoy all types of gun games they seem surprised at the term “gun games”. They may say “what? You play games with guns?”, or “guns are serious business and not to be taken lightly.” Well, so are chain saws, axes, bows and arrows and automobiles and yet we have Lumber Jack Games, archery contests and auto racing. A firearm is simply a tool just like anything else we use to do whatever job we wish to do. “And what job is a gun made for other than to kill people?” the cynics may ask. Well, there are five reasons that Americans own firearms outside of the fact that we can due to the Second Amendment to the US Constitution which illuminates our individual right to personal self-defense and of the five reasons, only two of them have anything what-so-ever to do with the possible cessation of life. They are, in no particular order:

  1. Hunting- the act of taking game to feed one’s self and one’s family. By the way, as a group, hunters are the conservationists among us.
  2. Personal protection- to defend against those who would threaten our lives whether they be outlaws or an outlaw, tyrannical government.
  3. Recreational shooting or plinking- which is simply informal target shooting done at nonstandard targets such as tin cans, bottles, or balloons filled with water and such.
  4. Competitive Shooting- the use of a firearm to compete in sanctioned matches against other shooters using standardized rules for particular types of firearms and shooting techniques.
  5. Collecting- the joy of ownership of unique or special firearms whether they be matchlock rifles from the 12th century to the cap and ball pistols of the early American Civil War to the most modern firearms available on the market today.

Let’s talk about competitive shooting. Not on the professional level or even the Olympic level though with enough practice you may certainly aspire to and attain that level of skill. No, let’s talk about gun games just for fun and braggin’ rights.

Handgun

Action Shooting

Action shooting is a group of games measuring the speed at which a competitor can hit one or more targets, starting from a position in which the handgun is securely holstered. Targets may be stationary or moving. Action courses vary, often including both scored targets and falling targets within the same match.

Find out more about action shooting from:

United States Practical Shooting Association– http://www.uspsa.org/

International Defense Pistol Association– http://www.idpa.com/

At Austin’s Tennessee Firearms School we offer beginning, intermediate and advanced level shooting classes. A good place to begin your search for sporting firearms training would be under our Training tab in the navigation bar at the top of our page or at https://www.firearmsclasses.com/training/

Silhouette

Silhouette shooting is a shooting gallery on a grand scale. Scoring is simple: shoot to knock down off their stands, steel silhouette targets such as chickens, rams, etc. that are placed at different distances.

Find out more about handgun silhouette from:

National Rifle Association

International Handgun Metallic Silhouette Association

At Austin’s Tennessee Firearms School we offer beginning, intermediate and advanced level shooting classes. A good place to begin your search for sporting firearms training would be under our Training tab in the navigation bar at the top of our page or at https://www.firearmsclasses.com/training/

Precision or “Bulls Eye” shooting

In this demanding sport, shooters are permitted to use only one hand while engaging targets at ranges varying from 10 meters to 50 meters. Precision shooting ranks as one of the most popular recreational uses of the handgun today.

Find out more about precision shooting from:

National Rifle Association

At Austin’s Tennessee Firearms School we offer beginning, intermediate and advanced level shooting classes. A good place to begin your search for sporting firearms training would be under our Training tab in the navigation bar at the top of our page or at https://www.firearmsclasses.com/training/

SASS or Single Action Shooting Society– often called cowboy action shooting is a competitive shooting sport that originated in Southern California back in the early 1980s. Cowboy action shooting is now practiced every state in the union and on every continent around the globe. This type of shooting competition is a type of 3-gun match utilizing a combination of pistol(s), rifle, and/or shotgun in a variety of “old west themed” courses of fire for time and accuracy. Participants must dress in appropriate theme or era “costume” as well as use gear and accessories found pre-1910, the end of the old American West as it has come to be stylized. There are even mounted organizations within this sport.

Hey, where else can an adult dress up like a cowboy or cowgirl and go out and shoot stuff with live ammo? It’s a childhood dream come true for lots of folks.

3-Gun

3-Gun shooting events are practical shooting (action shooting) events where the stages are shot with a combination of a rifle, handgun, and shotgun. Matches generally involve courses where the shooter must move through different stages, and engage targets in a variety of different positions. Each stage will usually requires the shooter to use different firearms and require the shooter to transition between different firearms. These are generally shot with center fire firearms though there are some small bore competitions.

For more information click on and follow the following links:

Single Action Shooting Society

NRA 3 Gun Guide

3 Gun Nation

At Austin’s Tennessee Firearms School we offer beginning and advanced level shooting classes. A good place to begin your search for sporting firearms training would be under our Training tab in the navigation bar at the top of our page or at https://www.firearmsclasses.com/training/

Shotgun Sports or Clay Target Shooting-

  • In trap shooting, the targets are launched from a single “house” or machine, generally launched away from the shooter.
  • In skeet shooting, targets are launched from two “houses” in crossing paths that intersect in front of the shooter.
  • Sporting clays includes a more complex course, with many launch points located the around the course.

Skeet shooting– this shotgun game uses the same clay targets as trap. Two trap houses are required in skeet-a “high house” at the left of the field and a “low house” at the right. Both traps throw targets at fixed angles. High-house targets start at a point about 10 feet above the ground, moving to the shooter’s right. Low-house targets move in the opposite direction starting from a point about three feet off the ground.

Trapshooting is practiced all over the world and is the oldest shotgun shooting sport in America.. Participants shoot at the clay targets thrown from a trap house located in front of the shooter. The trap rotates in a random sequence, presenting the shooter with a variety of going away shots, angling to the right, left and flying straightaway. Although there are many varients of this game all around the world, American Trap is the predominant version in the United States, Mexico and Canada.

Sporting clays- Often referred to as “golf with a shotgun” because like golf, shooters move from one station to the next to complete the course. A typical course includes from 10 to 15 different shooting stations laid out over natural terrain. Unlike trap and skeet, which are games of repeatable target presentations, sporting clays simulates the unpredictability of live-quarry shooting, offering a great variety of trajectories, angles, speeds, elevations, distances, and target sizes. For safety, the course size is often no smaller than 35 or so acres.

For more information click on and follow the following links:

National Skeet Shooting Association

National Sporting Clays Association

Amateur Trap Shooting Association

At Austin’s Tennessee Firearms School we offer beginning and advanced level shooting classes. A good place to begin your search for sporting firearms training would be under our Training tab in the navigation bar at the top of our page or at https://www.firearmsclasses.com/training/

Rifle Sports

Bench Rest

Bench rest shooting is a form of precision marksmanship. Bench rest matches are fired from a sturdy shooting bench with the rifle supported by a front and rear rest. A course of fire consists of either five or 10 rounds, shot at a single target to produce a measurable group. The size of the group is what counts; there are no scoring rings on the target. The goal is to put five consecutive shots into a single hole no larger than the diameter of the bullet itself. Groups are measured in thousandths of an inch at their largest outside diameter.

Find out more from the

National Bench Rest Shooters Association

National Rifle Association

At Austin’s Tennessee Firearms School we offer beginning and advanced level shooting classes. A good place to begin your search for sporting firearms training would be under our Training tab in the navigation bar at the top of our page or at https://www.firearmsclasses.com/training/

Silhouette

Silhouette shooting involves firing at metallic targets of different shapes from various distances up to 500 meters. Unlike most conventional target games that utilize paper targets and numerical scoring rings, almost every shot fired at a metallic silhouette produces an immediate and clearly visible result. Even misses produce a cloud of dust. For each five-round stage (one shot, left to right, at each target in a bank of five) a shooter is allowed a maximum of 2 1/2 minutes.

Find out more from the National Rifle Association

At Austin’s Tennessee Firearms School we offer beginning and advanced level shooting classes. A good place to begin your search for sporting firearms training would be under our Training tab in the navigation bar at the top of our page or at https://www.firearmsclasses.com/training/

Position

Position shooting requires competitors to shoot from various positions during different match stages. A typical match will consist of several stages fired at different distances from each position. The target is a round bull’s eye with numerical scoring rings radiating outward from center 10-ring or X-ring. Time limits vary with the stage and yardage. For example, high-power shooters firing at 600 yards are allotted 20 minutes for 20 shots, and the rapid-fire stage, fired at 200 yards, allows 60 seconds for 10 shots.

Find out more about position shooting from:

National Rifle Association-

At Austin’s Tennessee Firearms School we offer beginning and advanced level shooting classes. A good place to begin your search for sporting firearms training would be under our Training tab in the navigation bar at the top of our page or at https://www.firearmsclasses.com/training/

Here’s a list of some of the shooting sports organizations that are out there for your enjoyment. There really is something for everyone. Click on their links for more info and get out there, join the fun and enjoy yourself.

A Girl and A Gun Women’s Shooting League

Amateur Trapshooting Association

Civilian Marksmanship Program

Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association

International Defensive Pistol Association– 

National Muzzle Loading Rifle Association

National Rifle Association

National Skeet Shooting Association

National Sporting Clays Association

American Trap Shooting Association

Single Action Shooting Society

USA Shooting

United States Practical Shooting Association

Youth and Collegiate Opportunities

AIM – Academics, Integrity, Marksmanship

Boy Scouts of America Outdoor Shooting Sports

Collegiate Shooting Sports Initiative

National 4-H Shooting Sports Foundation

Scholastic Clay Target Program

Scholastic Steel Challenge