Multi-Gun Match Tips with Ben Powell of the Spike's Tactical Shooting Team


With competitions going on all around our Great Country, I thought it would be a good idea to go over what to bring to a major multi-gun match.  I won’t go over the basics but will concentrate on what will make a difference at a match.  I would suggest making a list and checking it twice before you depart.  Most matches are located in the middle of no-where which makes for a bit of a challenge if you leave something at home.  You may get lucky and find someone with extra gear that they would be willing to share.  A special thanks goes out to Andy Horner for loaning me his pistol belt.
The most important thing to remember to bring is enough ammo.  As a rule, bring double the ammunition that the match calls for.  Everyone misses and you should have enough ammo in case you do too. There is also the very real possibility that you may have to re-shoot a stage or two.  Bringing enough ammo also gives you piece of mind, so you can concentrate on shooting, not on scrounging up ammo.
This brings up another obstacle, getting your ammo to the match.  If you are flying, you are restricted 11lbs of ammunition.  Most matches require more than 11lbs so you can either plan on buying your ammo when you land or ship it to your hotel. This regulation has caused a lot of headaches.   Most hotels are very accommodating when it comes to this.
You should always bring a cleaning kit.  On most matches, you can get away with never cleaning your gun between days of shooting.  I know that I did until I shot the Texas Multigun this year.  High winds mixed with fine dust caused several jams that could have easily been avoided with some preventative maintenance.
Superglue has many uses and is great for holding your fingernail together after several days of reloading a shotgun. Don’t leave home without it.
Bring a rangefinder, you might hear that the target is 300 yards away but the only way you’ll know is to hit it with the rangefinder.  Nine times out of 10, that 300 yard target isn’t 300 yards away.  Also, most range finders have a low level of magnification which allows you to get a better idea of the target and if there is anything in the way of the target.  Since the most people shoot low magnification scopes, it will be an easy transition from the low powered rangefinder to the low powered scope.
I hope that theses tips help you out and keep you focused on why you are shooting the match, to have fun.  If you have any questions about 3 gun, feel free to ask or email.
-Spikes Tactical Shooting Team
benkpowell@gmail.com

2011 AIM Labor Day Shoot

Can’t believe it’s already that time of the year! Yesterday we had a literal blast at our annual AIM Family and Friends Labor Day Shoot. A great way to spend some fun time together doing something we all love… Shooting! Yes, our jobs are pretty awesome.

AIM, Inc. is proud to announce our Sponsorship of the Spike’s Tactical Shooting Team

AIM, Inc. is proud to announce our Sponsorship of the Spike’s Tactical Shooting Team.  The Spike’s Tactical Shooting Team was founded in 2011 by Ben Powell and Cameron Thompson. They compete through out the United States in 3-Gun matches and are also avid USPSA pistol shooters.

Sponsors:
Spike’s Tactical
AIM Surplus
Upcoming Events:
August 26th, 2011 AR15.com Rock Castle 3-Gun Match
September 9th, 2011 Ozark 3-Gun Match
November 10th, 2011 FNH USA 3-Gun Championships

Cameron Thompson:

Photo courtesy of Jim Zamberlan

BIO:

3GN Shooter Profile
Cameron has been shooting competitively for more than 10 years but only entered the professional 3-Gun circuit in 2010 where he achieved two division wins at state multi-gun matches. Soon after, he shifted his primary focus from local action pistol events to major multi-gun competitions. In 2011, Cameron became a master class pistol shooter.
Career Highlights & Accomplishments:
3rd Place Limited – 2011 Texas Multi-Gun Championship
5th Place Limited – 2011 Blue Ridge Mountain 3-Gun Championship
5th Place Limited – 2011 High Plains Shooting Challenge
1st Place Limited – 2010 Mississippi Multi-Gun Championship
1st Place Open – 2010 Kentucky Wildcat Multi-Gun Championship
Current Gear list:
Pistol:
STI 2011 9mm (x2 Irons/Optics & Open)
Rifle:
Spike’s Tactical AR-15 w/ Lothar Walther Barrel, 13.2″ Spike’s BAR free floating rail, Spike’s Dynacomp, Magpul furniture & magazines, Nordic P-Mag extension, and Geissele Super 3-Gun Trigger. Leupold Prismatic 1x (Limited) / Burris XTR 1-4x w/ American Defense Manufacturing 30mm Mount (Open/TacOps).
Shotgun:
21″ Benelli M1S90 w/ Nordic Components Magazine Extension Tube & C-Rums Welded Lifter (Limited/TacOps). Saiga-12 w/ JT Engineering Magazine Well and Burris XTS-135 Red Dot (Open).

Ben Powell:


Bio:
3GN Shooter Profile
Ben has been shooting for the past 15 years and started shooting competitively in 2009.  After shooting his first match, he was hooked on the challenge of balancing speed and accuracy.  His first ever multi-gun was the Area 6 USPSA championship.  He considers himself to be very fortunate to have traveled to some very cool matches across the country and to have shot with a bunch of great people.
Current Gear List:
Pistol:
6″ 9mm STI 2011 built by Claudio Salassa at Briley
Rifle:
Spike’s Tactical AR-15 a 17″ Lothar Walther Barrel, 13.2″ Spike’s BAR free floating rail, Spike’s Dynacomp, and Geissele Super Dynamic Enhanced Trigger. Burris XTR 1-4x w/ American Defense Manufacturing 30mm Mount
Shotgun:
Benelli M1 Super 90 24″ barrel, lightened bolt, C-Rums welded lifter and Nordic Components tube

Just Arrived! Malaysian .308 (7.62×51) L2A2 Ammunition

We just received a shipment of Beautiful Surplus 1980’s Malaysian 7.62×51 (.308) L2A2 ammunition. Features a 147grn lead core full bi-metal jacket, brass case and non-corrosive berdan primer. Packaged 300rds in a resealable .30cal can. Inside the can there are 7-40rd and 1-20rd box. These come packed 3 cans to a 900rd wire banded wooden crate. While supplies last.
300rd can: $124.95ea
900rd case (3 cans): $359.85 ($119.95 per can)
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