Recently I was able to attend a 3 gun style competition in Bunnlevel, NC that broke outside of the typical 3-gun fold. After attending a 2-day carbine class at Tigerswan I have been searching for a carbine competition that centers more towards tactics and strategies and less towards sheer competition. I currently compete in IDPA competitions and while I love them and will continue to grow in the sport, at a certain point it is strictly just a competition, no actual tactics actually come into play during the match. This “gunfighter league” was a perfect transition; from taking a training course and putting it into practical experience. I approached this in two ways; one to test out and ensure all of my gear works the way I want it to and to review my skills at running a carbine, through the different stages.
The facility itself is located in Bunnlevel, NC which is approximately 2.5 hours away from Charlotte, NC. It is an outdoor gun range with several different facilities including a 25 & 100 yard covered range, several 25 yard outdoor ranges and a 270 degree shoot house facility. The staff was friendly and helpful with any questions we had during the day concerning the shooting.
The competition is based around 4 stages, with scoring similar to an IDPA match. A shooter takes his raw time, any misses outside of the designated “kill area”, procedurals for doing anything that would have gotten you shot in real life, and hits on a friendly then it all gets added up to your total time for that stage. The first stage is based around a “standards” event for the month; it is designed to let you shoot the same stage several months in a row so you can track if you’re gun handling is improving. The second and third stages vary slightly but include running a carbine in and around a vehicle, climbing obstacles while engaging multiple targets mixed in with friendlies. Stage 4 is where it gets interesting; you have to navigate a shoot house alone (this is to simulate you being in your house during a break in) and engage an unknown number of threats while using proper tactics to not be lethally engaged by the bad guys. You are not allowed to walk through the shoot house beforehand, making this a legit scenario to learn room clearing. This was a great experience and one worth repeating (they were kind enough to take me through afterwards to show me what I did wrong). To watch the video check out the link:
This is definitely worth going to. While still having a competition vibe (stressing you through competition and time constraints), it was very tactically oriented. They state during the walk through that this should be considered more as training than a competition. Additionally, if you want to do things a little differently from the next guy to learn, they encourage it! The staff and other competitors were laid back, answered any questions we had and most were former military which showed. This was a great way to transition from learning on a square range set up and taking those skills further and improving on them. The shoot house was well worth the experience, it certainly takes your existing skills and pushes them to a whole different level.