CRPA's First Multi-Gun
Championship a Success!
On July 22nd at the Richmond Rod and Gun Club, history was made with the CRPA holding its, first ever, Multi-Gun State Championship. Thirty competitors started and 28 finished a five-stage, day-long competition firing hundreds of rifle, shotgun slugs, and bird shot rounds at a variety of fixed and moving targets. Multi-gun competitions are one of the fastest growing shooting disciplines sweeping the United States and the CRPA wanted to join in and offer its membership an opportunity to engage in this exciting, challenging sport.
Competitors were assigned to one of five squads. Each squad then went to a specific shooting bay where a challenging course of fire was constructed to require unique planning and shooting prowess to successfully complete. Each shooter had to navigate the course, which simulated building interiors or urban settings, firing at targets, switching between using a rifle or shotgun, moving quickly, and avoiding procedural errors that would result in time lost. Scoring was simple. Each shooter could fire as many shots as necessary to ensure the required hits were made on the targets while proceeding through the specific course as a timer ticked off the seconds until the last shot was fired. The shooter whose time was the fastest and who hit all the targets was the winner. Each member of the squad completed the course of fire in a specific bay before the entire squad moved on the remaining bays to repeat the process.
When the dust settled and the scores were tabulated, Gregory Fiddes from Richmond became the CRPA's first Multi-Gun: Modern Rifle and Shotgun State Champion and received the CRPA's Bear Trophy to acknowledge and celebrate his accomplishment. Bradley Oneto (Stockton) and Dan Short (Elk Grove) were the second and third place finishers, respectively. Being successful in this sport requires some additional skills not usually found with other shooting competitions. Shooters must plan their shooting strategy to move quickly and unerringly through each unique course. Shooters also can fire at targets while moving or in a variety of stationary positions. They have to sometimes switch between guns while negotiating a course. And, to add to the challenge, shooters sometimes have to reload while moving, sometimes literally on the run. All the while, shooters face the ever present clock ticking away each second it takes to complete a course.
This is an international sport with several rule making bodies enabling a myriad of gun and course combinations to be incorporated into a unique shooting/competing opportunity to interest a huge cross section of the shooting community. Competitors can compete in classes using standard, off-the-shelf-guns or invest in the latest competitive gear specifically designed for multi-gun events. Modern guns can be used as well as older, cowboy-style shootin' irons. Matches can last a day or span multiple days. Shooting distances can be few yards or range out to a thousand yards. Targets can be fixed or moving, large or small, and hidden or in plain sight.
The CRPA is excited to bring Multi-Gun championships to its members and the shooting community. Look forward to additional championships during each year as the equipment required and course layouts mean that many championships will be offered.
The California Rifle and Pistol Association "CRPA," founded in 1875, is dedicated to defending the rights of law-abiding citizens to responsibly use firearms for self-defense and the defense of their loved ones, for sport, and for all other legal activities. CRPA is the official state association of the National Rifle Association. A California non-profit association, CRPA is independently directed by its own Board of Directors. CRPA's members include law enforcement officers, prosecutors, professionals, firearm experts, the general public, and loving parents. CRPA has always worked to reduce the criminal misuse of firearms and firearms accidents, while actively promoting and organizing the competitive shooting sports and Olympic training programs in California. We are proud to say that many CRPA competitors are among the best in the world.