Written by Sierra Bullets Sponsored Shooter Bruce Piatt
“First match of the year is under my belt. This past weekend I traveled to sunny Phoenix for the Superstition Mountain Mystery 3 Gun Match. The 85 degree weather was a welcome change from the horrible winter we’ve had here in NJ. I managed to get to the range twice to zero and shoot new guns just for this match. Traveling to the range the first week of March and getting turned away because the snow was too deep. Then getting stuck in the snow on the range with only 4 days before the match didn’t help. I dug myself out, then shot.
It was better than their average match with some excellent stages, but I will say, one was a little cooky, having us strapped in a chair and spun sideways to shoot a rifle!! Why? I guess just to be different. Anyway, it was a well attended match with 351 registered shooters enjoying the sunny weather.
This was my first attempt at shooting Heavy Metal division at 3 gun, which requires a .308 rifle, a .45 pistol, and a pump shotgun. Remington Defense sent me a classic 870 pump shotgun I tuned up a little. Caspian Arms had sent me a .45 wide body I built a few years back to get ready for this division, so that was running like a top. What was exciting was that this match was the debut of the DPMS model GII .308 rifle at a 3 gun match, after it’s release at the Shot Show. Another DPMS sponsored shooter and myself ran them with some good results. I loaded it up with some Sierra 125 grain bullets (#2121) that were designed for the 300 blackout, pushed them to almost 2900 fps and nearly matched the trajectory of my 55 grain .223 bullets (#1455). I managed to pull out a 3rd place finish which, with the little prep I was able to muster, surprised me.
I did have a lot of fun shooting this division and will continue to whenever I can during this season. In two weeks I’m off to the USPSA Multigun National Championships in Las Vegas. Oh my, another trip to warm weather 😉
Once again, I’d like to thank you all for your continued support. Be well everyone.”