FROM THE 3GN E-MAGAZINE: “Choosing the Right 3-Gun Pistol”
By Jansen Jones
Noveske Shooting Team
When I first became interested in 3-gun, I was looking for all the information I could gather on the subject. At that time, there existed only a few good videos on YouTube, only one informative website with a sub-forum dedicated to the discussion of the discipline and Matt Burkett’s Practical Shooting Radio was the only podcast available. I watched, read and listened to everything I could find about 3-gun in the hopes of learning everything I could about the game. It is now almost 2013, the sport has grown immensely, and I find that there are more and more shooters in the position I was not long ago, looking for more information about gear, guns and matches.
I hope to address an often asked question by new shooters looking to get started in the game and that question is: which pistol should I shoot? When it comes to selecting a pistol for 3-gun, there are many choices available. In my opinion, 3-gun pistols break down into two major categories, hammer-fired and striker-fired guns. The differences are obvious, the hammer-fired guns have an exposed hammer (for example, an STI 2011); while the striker-fired guns do not have any exposed hammers (for example, a Glock 34). These two categories dominate the 3-gun circuit, whether it is a local club match or a 3-Gun Nation Pro Series Event. The two categories offer the shooter advantages in some areas while disadvantages in others.