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April 11, 2005, 02:33 PM
Does anyone know of any local to the Northern Virginia Area 3 gun competitions?


Christopher II
April 12, 2005, 03:28 PM
Why yes, yes I do. You're gonna have to be willing to drive, though.

In Virginia -

Black Creek IDPA has monthly IDPA and USPSA matches, and often has rifle or shotgun side matches afterwards. Good range, and a nice bunch of folks to shoot with. Go here - http://bcidpa.kicks-ass.net/

In Maryland -

Sanner's Lake Sportsmans Club has monthly 3Gun matches - next one is April 16th. These guys do an incredible job, especially considering that Sanners Lake is a small range and they don't have a whole lot of space to work with. They do have a two-room 360-degree shoot house, which is fun. Go here - http://www.sanners-lake.com/

Thurmont Conservation and Sportsman's Club is home to the Maryland Practical Shooters Association and the USPSA Virginia-Maryland Sectional. This is the club to watch in Area 8, in my opinion. Big range with 9 big practical bays. They do 3Gun a few times every season. Go here - http://www.tcandsc.org/ and here - http://www.mpsa.net/high.html

In Pennsylvania (yes, I know, it's a long drive) -

York IWLA is a really nifty club that has some sick multigun stages. Expect lots of steel, moving and swinging targets, and difficult positions (they once had a stage with a 'minefield' - clay pigeons scattered through the shooting area. Each broken clay got the shooter a procedural penalty.) Go here - http://www.yorkiwlaipsc.org/matches05.htm

In North Carolina -

The Range, in Oxford. I recently went to my first 3Gun shoot in NC, and I'll certainly be going back. They have some natural terrain courses laid out in a forest, which is a lot of fun (especially with the friggin' camo targets...) Also, they have several old cars set up to use as stage props. Neat place, lots of really good shooters. They host the NC Recon match in June (same weekend as the Area 8 Championships) and the NC Tactical Invitational match in late July - I'll be at both. Go here - http://users.gloryroad.net/%7Eidpa/

Anyone else who knows of other 3Gun matches, sing out!

- Chris

April 14, 2005, 09:55 AM
Excellent Chris. I knew the folks at the TFL were the best most informed guys out there.

May 4, 2005, 10:01 PM
The NRA range (indoor) hosts an IPSC style 3 gun match about 2 times a year. Go to their website and check out the range calendar. They only post upcoming matches 1 month ahead so you might try calling the range and asking when they plan to have the next one.

May 5, 2005, 01:34 PM
There is an IPSC match in the NRA on the 10! :)

May 5, 2005, 10:10 PM
Also, there is North Mountain Practical Shooters. They shoot out near Strasburg, about 1 1/2 hr. west of NO. VA. They have been shooting practical matches there since the 80's. If you’re interested I can dig up a contact for you. We used to have matches at Quantico. (Northern Va Practical Shooters) but they closed down. There is a range near Woodbridge on Rt. 1 called Shooters Paradise that has regular practical (indoor) matches. Phil Strader, legendary IPSC shooter, owns and runs it. There is a club in Fredericksburg, (Fredericksburg Practical Shooters) and I think they still run matches as well.

I don’t have all the contact info at hand at this moment but I will get it and post it here ASAP.

May 6, 2005, 12:59 PM
Thanks for all your help guys.

Went to a local IPSC competition last Sunday and had a blast! It was in Fredricksburg run by grandmaster Tino DiMattia (hope I spelled his name right)

Posted the whole experience in a seperate post - summary: SUPER!

Here is the URL for the local competitions in the area:


There is a 3 gun in Charles County MD, my friends and I are headed up there this sunday.

Send me a private message if you want me to forward the email to you.