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There are life-changing moments when all choices are reevaluated. You can usually tell when someone’s reached this juncture by the look on his face. It’s a look of perplexity not unlike the way your dog looks at you when he doesn’t understand what’s going on, and it’s usually followed by a headshake. I had this exact look on my face when I decided to start shooting a shotgun in competition. My mind wandered and contemplated a multitude of other activities that I would be better suited to, narrowing it down to extreme ironing or competition mustache growing, ’cause either one had to be easier than sorting out a three-gun shotgun.

Don’t get me wrong, the actual act of shooting a shotgun is awesome — hurling ounces of lead at high rates of fire is one of the most satisfying shooting experiences there is. It’s simply the task of getting the gun to perform the way you want it to, when you want it to. After all, shotguns were not conceived with the tortures of three-gun competition in mind.

Decision making is defined as the process of identifying and choosing alternatives based on the values and preferences of the decision maker. Seems easy enough. The problem is there are as many values and preferences as there are shooters when considering a sporting scattergun. The first step is to select a division you want to compete in. The most popular choice in three-gun is the tactical or tactical optics division. The fact that the shooter doesn’t require much specialized equipment is the reason this division is so popular, and most interested participants already have the required guns sitting in the safe. For this reason the bulk of new shooters start here.


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Do we embrace change, or do we get comfortable with uniformity? Making big changes in life is not always easy. Change tends to be more of a gradual force rather than the on/off-switch approach most people assume, and the firearms industry is no different — especially when it comes to AR-15s. The consensus has been to stick with what works well enough, then sell a ton of them. Think back to grade school where you didn’t want to be different or the oddball, unless you liked getting beat up at recess. Now fast-forward a few years (OK, maybe decades) where the AR market is the new playground. The few different ideas that have come about were initially treated like a third grader with cooties.

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