Sierra Vista 3Gun
Action Shooting Scenarios
Paper - Steel - Reactionary
Shooting goes back to when I was a small boy, my father Ralph Mangum
introduced me as well as my brothers and sister at an early age to rifle and
shotgun shooting. I fondly remember our annual family dear and bird hunting
trips. In turn I've done the same for my children.
In my very early teens I took an interest in hand guns, going out often to shoot
my father's Colt .45 auto and German Luger.
In the summer of 1967 my Father introduced me to reloading. Long hours were
spent at my father's office, where my loading equipment was set up, reloading everything the family shot.
I spent many a day riding around on my horse Waco shooting jackrabbits with
light hand loaded .38s out of a Colt Python. Many years before Cowboy
Mounted Shooting began.
In the early eighties I met a gun shop owner, Bucky Watt who told me about
a combat pistol match in Tombstone Arizona that the "Cochise Gun Club of
Tombstone" put on every month. I started shooting with them and then the
Bisbee Practical Pistol club. After a year or so shooting matches with the two
clubs, I took the job of match director for the Bisbee club, and with a friend we
introduced practical pistol (steel) to the Douglas Rifle and Pistol Club, a
match I still shoot every 2nd Sunday. While living in Douglas and putting on
monthly matches at the Douglas Rifle and Pistol Range East of Douglas, I
changed our format from steel to IPSC and in 1988/1989 I was the match
director for the Arizona State Rifle & Pistol Association's State IPSC
Championships, A two day event both years.
We did use rifles, mostly shotguns in those years, but never called it 3 gun.
Fast forward to 2014 when I started the Situational HandGun match at the Sierra
Vista Shooting Range. In 2015 I super sized the SHGun Match to the
New Sierra Vista 3Gun match. Come on out and enjoy the fun!