Looking for 2 gun or carbine matches

Rating - 0%
0   0   0
Joined
Nov 8, 2015
Messages
29
Likes
3
Hey guys I've been doing some Steel Challenge, CMP, and Military rifle matches over the past few years to get out and get some trigger time. I recently did a modern day minute man "2 gun" style match at Townsend Rod and gun. It was awesome and really the type of shooting I'm looking to get more into. Not really interested in 3 gun, are there any similar matches anyone knows of that are just carbine or 2 gun that combines physical challenges with rifle or rifle and pistol, possibly on steel or a combination of steel and paper shooting, rather than just static shooting at paper. Willing to travel pretty much anywhere in New England. LMK thanks!
 

PappyM3

NES Member
Rating - 100%
17   0   0
Joined
Mar 31, 2012
Messages
2,127
Likes
1,895
I’m also curious. I like the concept, but there’s no way I’m getting into 3-gun. I have no interest in spending money on a competition/tactical shotgun. I hope 2-gun takes off.
 
Rating - 0%
0   0   0
Joined
Nov 8, 2015
Messages
29
Likes
3
I'd be interested in just a rifle match, but shooting static slow fire for accuracy gets boring and only builds one skill. I'd like to shoot and move, engage multiple targets, have to change magazines, and shoot steel. Stuff I can't do at a regular range.
 
Rating - 0%
0   0   0
Joined
Oct 27, 2008
Messages
368
Likes
130
Location
413
monument beach puts on a monthly carbine match
Townsend rod and gun club said they were going to be alternating between two and three gun every month, I shot armored div at a match there earlier this year and had a good time. it was a bit more physical than a regular 3 gun match, but I was hoping for a little more. they had a physical challenge on each stage, it either needed to be harder or it needed to be more stages.
 
Rating - 0%
0   0   0
Joined
Nov 8, 2015
Messages
29
Likes
3
monument beach puts on a monthly carbine match
Townsend rod and gun club said they were going to be alternating between two and three gun every month, I shot armored div at a match there earlier this year and had a good time. it was a bit more physical than a regular 3 gun match, but I was hoping for a little more. they had a physical challenge on each stage, it either needed to be harder or it needed to be more stages.
Monument Beach has a "new rifle series match" on their special events page, is that the carbine match? Ever shot it? I'm curious what it consists of, but sounds like it might be similar to what I'm looking for. Townsend only has 3 gun matches listed on practiscore for the rest of the year. I'll keep watching for another 2 gun match. I did scout last time, but I'm definitely gonna go armored next time.
 
Rating - 0%
0   0   0
Joined
Oct 27, 2008
Messages
368
Likes
130
Location
413
I shot the mobeach event last month, it was very similar to uspsa with a carbine. they have a small shoot house, I don't recall if it was a four or five stage match but it was worth the trip out.
I would really like to see something like a New England hard as hell or brutality style match.
 
Rating - 100%
1   0   0
Joined
Dec 12, 2018
Messages
4,145
Likes
6,532
Location
RI
I shot the mobeach event last month, it was very similar to uspsa with a carbine. they have a small shoot house, I don't recall if it was a four or five stage match but it was worth the trip out.
I would really like to see something like a New England hard as hell or brutality style match.
+1

I would love this kind of match in NE (as long as its hosted in NH or ME)
I'm trying to develop a FAL match with a Kasarda drill. If that goes well, it might get more physical at each match.
 
Rating - 100%
5   0   0
Joined
Dec 26, 2019
Messages
68
Likes
55
Do these matches typically require a 9mm, or are there .22LR divisions? I'm just getting started and trying to figure out my first firearm. If 9mm is a requirement to get into these, I may skip buying the .22lr pistol.
 
Rating - 100%
1   0   0
Joined
Dec 12, 2018
Messages
4,145
Likes
6,532
Location
RI
Do these matches typically require a 9mm, or are there .22LR divisions? I'm just getting started and trying to figure out my first firearm. If 9mm is a requirement to get into these, I may skip buying the .22lr pistol.
Depends on the match, contact the match directors. My suggestion is to forgo the .22 and buy a 9x19 double stack pistol instead. I haven't seen a .22 division during the matches in RI that I've shot.

Edit: if you don't own a gun yet, getting immediately into multigun is a very steep hill to climb because every concept would be new to you. Multigun would really be sensory overload. I suggest starting with something "easier" first, like an indoor pistol league, bowling pin shoots, trap, or skeet.
 
Last edited:
Rating - 100%
5   0   0
Joined
Dec 26, 2019
Messages
68
Likes
55
Thanks very much for your advice. With regard to easing into minigun from other events first, will the 9MM suggestion still apply or should I start off with a .22 in those types of events first?

Thanks again
 
Rating - 100%
1   0   0
Joined
Dec 12, 2018
Messages
4,145
Likes
6,532
Location
RI
Thanks very much for your advice. With regard to easing into minigun from other events first, will the 9MM suggestion still apply or should I start off with a .22 in those types of events first?

Thanks again
It depends on what specific sports you want to get into. There are .22 pistol leagues. Obviously with trap or skeet*, those aren't pistol sports, so no need for a pistol. Bowling pin shoots are normally associated with .45ACP or .38/.357 Magnum but could include .22.

You mentioned in another thread that you're a member of a gun club, so see what competitions your club has and then go from there. Or, identify which clubs have the competitions you want and go to those clubs' matches and talk to competitors.

*I mention trap and skeet because while they're typically viewed as the antithesis of multigun, knowing how to shoot a shotgun at moving targets is a very handy skill in 3-gun. Almost every 3-gun or shotgun + pistol 2-gun match I've shot has had pistol poppers that activate a flying clay when shot. Trap and skeet would also teach you lessons about chokes and shotgun handling. Most peoples' weakest skill in 3-gun is shotgun shooting.
 

NavelOfficer

NES Member
Rating - 100%
7   0   0
Joined
Jan 10, 2010
Messages
2,257
Likes
1,043
Location
SE CT
Metacon (Simsbury, CT), Harwinton R&G (Harwinton, CT) and Northwest CT R&G (North Canaan, CT) usually have a few of these matches during the course of the year. Most are open to non-members, but you may pay a little more and need to sign a waiver for the season.
See each club's rules for details.
Metacon does class 3 events, too
 
Rating - 100%
1   0   0
Joined
Dec 12, 2018
Messages
4,145
Likes
6,532
Location
RI
I contacted them, apparently their 2-gun events aren't really matches. No timing, no scoring, no set course of fire. From what I understand, it's just hanging out and shooting.
Meh, unfortunate, but its their club.

Anyways, Pemi Fish + Game will be having real 2-gun this year and some other matches in RI should be happening. And there's always Townsend.
 

allen-1

NES Member
Rating - 100%
4   0   0
Joined
Feb 23, 2014
Messages
9,108
Likes
16,089
Location
GA; (CT escapee)
It depends on what specific sports you want to get into. There are .22 pistol leagues. Obviously with trap or skeet*, those aren't pistol sports, so no need for a pistol. Bowling pin shoots are normally associated with .45ACP or .38/.357 Magnum but could include .22.

You mentioned in another thread that you're a member of a gun club, so see what competitions your club has and then go from there. Or, identify which clubs have the competitions you want and go to those clubs' matches and talk to competitors.

*I mention trap and skeet because while they're typically viewed as the antithesis of multigun, knowing how to shoot a shotgun at moving targets is a very handy skill in 3-gun. Almost every 3-gun or shotgun + pistol 2-gun match I've shot has had pistol poppers that activate a flying clay when shot. Trap and skeet would also teach you lessons about chokes and shotgun handling. Most peoples' weakest skill in 3-gun is shotgun shooting.
You said "Most peoples' weakest skill in 3-gun is shotgun shooting".
You misspelled "reloading". The difference between quad-loading and loading a single shot at a time is substantial. Most people don't practice quickly loading a shotgun, and it's time consuming.
 
Rating - 100%
1   0   0
Joined
Dec 12, 2018
Messages
4,145
Likes
6,532
Location
RI
You said "Most peoples' weakest skill in 3-gun is shotgun shooting".
You misspelled "reloading". The difference between quad-loading and loading a single shot at a time is substantial. Most people don't practice quickly loading a shotgun, and it's time consuming.
Reloading was one, probably the primary, aspect, but I was also thinking about shooting at moving targets and learning things like shotgun ammo, choke, etc. Most newbs these days buy handguns or rifles first and then learn about shotguns later. The multigun matches I've shot typically involve some kind of flying clays.

Keep in mind that the guy I was quoting doesn't own a gun, or at least didn't own a gun when he posted what I responded to.
 
Last edited:

allen-1

NES Member
Rating - 100%
4   0   0
Joined
Feb 23, 2014
Messages
9,108
Likes
16,089
Location
GA; (CT escapee)
Reloading was one, probably the primary, aspect, but I was also thinking about shooting at moving targets and learning things like shotgun ammo, choke, etc. Most newbs these days buy handguns or rifles first and then learn about shotguns later. The multigun matches I've shot typically involve some kind of flying clays.

Keep in mind that the guy I was quoting doesn't own a gun, or at least didn't own a gun when he posted what I responded to.
I'm not really disagreeing with you, just pointing out that the break between people who shoot equally well is the reloading time on shotgun. We use flying clays too, ours come up off of poppers. Round counting doesn't hurt either, I've seen more than one person hit the popper and run dry - then try to fire an empty shotgun at a flying (disappearing) clay.

Clays close up are easy. The spinner at distance with slugs is an absolute bitch.
 

MisterHappy

NES Member
Rating - 100%
15   0   0
Joined
Jul 28, 2009
Messages
22,356
Likes
7,605
Location
On the 16 yard line, shootin' for the Lewis!
At Southborough, some of the Trapezoids play "Drag Race": Everyone loads one round, first shooter calls for a target, button is held down, until the round is complete.

It's not that difficult wiht a full squad - the trap throws a target about every three seconds, so you shoot every 12-15 seconds. It's a b!tch with two on the line, and break-opens. [rofl]

Reloading is not just for multi-gun!
 
Top Bottom