So for fun, I was trying to think up ideas for the absolute worst rigs for shooting 3-gun competition. I tried to imagine what the guy that thinks his Hi-Point is awesome would buy, and here’s what we came up with. I really want to see your comments as well!
Rifle: Kel-Tec SU16. The only good think about this is that it takes standard AR15 style magazines, but having seen one once turn into a grenade with factory 55 grain FMJ .223 ammo, I certainly wouldn’t want to put one next to my head and shoot 10,000 rounds through it. That’s assuming it would even survive 10,000 rounds…
Pistol: Gotta go with the Hi-Point 9mm on this one. Bonus points if you get the ridiculous compensated one and run it in Open division! I owned a Hi Point once. I thought that I would try to be the “anti-gun snob” and see how it worked. It didn’t. Failures to feed, failures to extract, and the ergonomics of a brick on the end of a pencil.
Shotgun: This one was the hardest, and I had to actually look around for a bit. Finally, I settled on the Charles Daly semi-auto shotguns imported from who-knows-where. All the price of a Mossberg with 50% of the quality and 0% of the customer service! It’s PERFECT.
Bonus points – I also came up with a rig for my favorite division, Heavy Metal. HM requires a .308 caliber rifle, a .45 ACP pistol, and a 12 gauge pump action shotgun. Here’s the worst Heavy Metal rig I could think of.
Rifle: Kel-Tec RFB. This is perfect. It costs more than an M14 or .308 AR, it is impossible to find parts for it, it’s a bullpup so the ergonomics are all screwed up, and did I mention that you’re trusting a Kel-Tec to contain the explosion of a .308 RIGHT NEXT TO YOUR HEAD? Thanks but no thanks.
Pistol: I couldn’t keep beating up on Hi-Point, even though their .45 is just as execrable as their 9mm, it’s not fair to keep beating up on them. So, we’re going with the Bersa Thunder 45. The nice thing about the Bersa is that when it breaks after 200 rounds, they’re so cheap you can just buy a second or third one to go with them!
Shotgun: Piece of cake on this one. Pick any cheapo 870 knockoff imported from countries whose names you can’t even pronounce and you’re all set.
Of course, none of this is complete without the right gear, so make sure that all your holsters are gun show nylon specials that flop around and don’t retain the gun well – buy the crappiest mags possible, and then when people tell you that your gear sucks you retort with “it’s been 100% reliable, I’ve shot over 200 rounds through it!”
While all this is fun and games, there is a point to be had – don’t trust your life to untested gear. In competition, the worst thing that can happen is you get DQ’d and go home, or you lose a match because your gun breaks. In a real dynamic critical incident, whether it’s leaving your office or a home invasion, your gear needs to be reliable. The guns listed above make fun toys, but they’re not something I’d want to bet a trophy on, much less my life.