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3-gun On The Cheap!

3-gun is one of the fastest growing shooting sports, and for good reason: its a LOT of fun! Especially here in Eastern NC, we have a lot of options when it comes to 3-gun, with more being added every year.

I’d bet that most people interested in 3-gun probably have a rifle, shotgun, and pistol suitable for getting started in the game, but most of them probably don’t have the rest of the gear needed, like shotgun shell caddies, magazine pouches, holsters, etc.

Purchasing all of these items when getting started in a game that you have never shot before can be a big investment. Shotgun shell caddies alone will run you over $100 buying the cheapest ones available, and can be a lot more depending on your taste.

Rifle magazine pouches can run up to $50 each, and a good holster from a quality maker can also run $100 or more. Add all of these items together, and you have a pretty hefty investment for someone looking to get started in 3-gun.

Have no fear, over the next couple weeks, I’m going to walk you through how to make your own gear on the cheap to get started.

Right now, I have invested $38 (shipped) into enough plastic to make 4 shotgun shell caddies, 2 AR-15 magazine pouches, and a holster for a pistol. While completing these projects, you will need some basic tools:

  • Heat gun (I bought mine at Harbor Freight for about $15)
  • Utility knife with extra blades
  • Assorted sandpaper, from 120-1000 grit
  • C-clamps
  • Drill
  • Screwdriver
  • Chicago screws
  • Plastic (Kydex or Boltaron)
  • Dremel (Not 100% necessary to have one, but it will make the projects a lot easier and faster)
  • Foam (I use a $5 blue camping mat form Wal-Mart as my foam for molding the kydex)

I think that’s about it. Stay tuned over the next couple of weeks for the tutorials on how to make your own gear. I asked the Triangle Tactical Facebook page which item they would like to see first, and they responded overwhelmingly that they wanted to see the shotgun shell caddies first. I’ve already started that tutorial, so it will be up soon.

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About Lucas

Editor/Head Honcho at Triangle Tactical. Lucas is a life long shooter and outdoorsman, avid concealed carrier and competitive shooter, and a lover of pork fat.


  1. So those shell caddies are the new and improved versions you’re building for me, to replace my old ones, right? 😉

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