What is 3-Gun:

Another exciting shooting sport held at the Rotorua Pistol Club, action-packed multi-gun competition commonly known as 3-Gun.

Competitors use three different firearms during the competition, hence the name 3-Gun

  1. Pistol
  2. Shotgun
  3. Rifle

How 3-Gun Matches are Run:

Matches are designed around IPSC courses of fire where the shooter must move through different stages and engage targets in a variety of different positions, different stages are use for Pistol, Shotgun & Rifle.

The targets used may include clay pigeons, cardboard targets and steel targets of varying sizes. Distances of the targets vary from 1 meter to 300 meters and anything in between.

Scoring is same as IPSC where by the shooter who hits the most targets with the highest score and avoids certain “no shoot targets” in the least amount of time is the winner.

In New Zealand 3-Gun matches are run to the IPSC “Grand Tournament” rules and guidelines for the three component of the Match, Rifle, Shotgun and Pistol.

Equipment needed to Shoot 3-Gun Matches:


The 9mm semi-autos are the most popular, but the .38 Super and .40 S&W are also have a following in some divisions.


Just about any reliable semi auto or pump-action shotgun works. The real serious competitors use semi’s with either extended tubes or 10 round stick magazines. Both shot shells and slugs are used in most 3-Gun matches.


The AR15 rifle .223 cal is by far the most popular with competitors using 30-round magazines, must be registered as an “E” Cat rifle. Other semi’s are used that handle the larger magazines, but these are being less seen in matches today.


Of course you need a variety of gear, from a holster for your pistol with some sort of belt/pouch system to carry all the extra magazines in all the 3 disciplines.


It’s not the cheapest Shooting Sport to get into, but boy, you will have a ball shooting the match!

Opening Hours

Open 7 days a week for Members.

Contact Us

Address: Mead Rd, Whakarewarewa, Rotorua 3073

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