Fast & Furious Stag 3G

Sporting a 100-round SureFire magazine and Swarovski optic, the Stag…

Sporting a 100-round SureFire magazine and Swarovski optic, the Stag 3G performs exceptionally well—see how close together the spent casings are? The 3G brings all the speed and accuracy needed to take home trophies, from competition or hunting.

Back in 1981, Barbara Mandrell recorded a song called “I was Country When Country Wasn’t Cool.” It was a huge hit, dominating the charts that summer and became one of her signature songs. It’s also become a piece of Americana that is paraphrased often. So, if you will indulge me a bit here: “I was 3-Gun when 3-Gun wasn’t cool.”

Well, actually, that’s not totally correct. Three-Gun shooting has always been cool. But I was doing it before it got “discovered.” In fact, when I first started I had trouble getting the editors of shooting magazines to accept more than a token article now and then. Today, 3-Gun shooting is on its way to becoming the dominant shooting sport and it’s a big part of what I write about to earn my daily bread.

Oh yeah, I just heard a report a couple of days ago that there are more country music radio stations in America today than all the other music formats combined. So I guess Barbara and I were both ahead of our time. I just wish gun writing paid as well as singing.

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Tight accuracy groups are the norm with the 3G, especially with Black Hills ammo loads.

Many of those early articles that I wrote were on how to customize the guns to make them competition-ready for 3-Gun shooting, as nobody made a “3-Gun”long gun. I think it’s a huge statement about how “cool” 3-Gun has become with mainstream shooters that so many top companies are now introducing “competition-ready” out-of-the-box firearms today.

For example, Benelli’ s new 3-Gun shotgun was introduced in late 2011 and I believe is the first ready-to-roll, just-add-ammo shotgun for this sport. Some rifles, like the JP Enterprises JP-15 that I compete with, can be ordered competition ready. But, I think that the new Stag Arms Model 3G might be the first rifle that is designed around the sport, by serious competitors, and marketed specifically for 3-Gunning.

Full-Throttle 3G

Stag is well known for producing left-handed AR-15-style rifles as well as the conventional right-handed models. They got noticed for the southpaw aspect but built their name by producing high-quality rifles. For the record, the Stag 3G can be ordered in right- or left-handed models. I have a couple of shooting buddies who are very happy about that.

Stag Arms worked with their 3-Gun shoot­­­­­ing team to develop the new rifle, and after shooting it quite a bit, I think they got it almost right. That’s not a statement I make lightly, as it’s been pointed out to me that I would probably gripe about free money. There are just a few things I would change. For example, I would add an extended charging handle latch, a tactical bolt release and possibly an ambidextrous safety. But these are small things and this gun is ready to run fast and reliable right out of the box.

The rifle uses an 18-inch, stainless steel semi-heavy barrel that measures 0.73 inches near the muzzle and uses a 1-in-8-inch twist rate. The chamber is 5.56mm NATO, so it can fire both 5.56mm and .223 Remington ammo. The barrel has six flutes that are interrupted by the gas block for the rifle-length gas system. The last 0.75 inches of the barrel step down to a 0.71-inch diameter near the muzzle.
The barrel is fitted with a 2.25-inch-long compensator installed with a crush washer. This unique compensator has nine quarter-inch holes in three rows of three. One row is along the top center and the other two rows are close on each side. Some holes are angled; some are straight. There are also three smaller holes in the top-front of the compensator pointing forward. This is perhaps the most effective brake at countering muzzle flip I have ever tried. If I had to find a complaint with the rifle, it’s that the brake actually will drive the muzzle too low with each shot so that the sights end up under the aiming point. While it’s a bit distracting at first for a shooter used to a more conventional muzzle brake, I suspect that this brake could provide a strong advantage with practice.

We did some drills using fast double-taps and even some fast 10-shot strings at close range and I found that once I got the hang of it I could get the sights back on a 10-yard target faster than my finger could pull the trigger. I had the impression of waiting for the shot while I watched the dot on the Swarovski Z6 optic float on the “A” zone. That’s not something I encounter with most rifles, as it usually takes more time to get the sights back on target than to pull the trigger. I am not sure if that’s a function of the brake or the trigger, but I suspect it’s a combination of both. While I was not using a timer on these drills, the photos would indicate that this gun is extremely fast, as two shell casings would often only be a few inches apart in the air.

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  • Ernie Taylor

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