In a recent post, we helped you decide if a gaming gun was right for your arsenal. Then we took a closer look at the design and specifications of the Stag Arms 3G. Now discover how the Stag 3G performed in accuracy!
Our matches in northern New England feature limited rifle use, and at that, generally at 100 yards and closer…which is about the maximum distance across the fields and down the power line cuts where I live. While the 5.56mm cartridge is adequate for many tasks well beyond that range—and sanctioned 3gun matches often feature targets at several hundred yards—I outfitted the 3G with a sight sensible for the duty I would actually ask of it, rather than for a fantasy of grander adventure.
In keeping with the rifle’s lightweight and minimum bulk, that meant using an Aimpoint Micro T-1 red dot sight on a riser (since the flattop rail has no rise built in). The rifle certainly looks better with the Burris and Leupold scopes and Warne base I swapped on for a different article…but the Micro fit the bill for a test of this race gun’s ability to race around the range and farm alike.
I loaded the 30 round metal magazine the 3G ships with—part of its case candy that includes the modular rails and hex keys for removing the handguard—and engaged a vicious gang of cardboard targets at 100 yards.
It took a few shots to get used to the Geissele trigger—it feels quite a bit different from, and better than, the stock trigger on my A2—and then it was smooth sailing through thirty rounds of cheap practice ammo. I noticed the unique muzzle dip, corrected for it with my posture, and kept all of my shots on the silhouettes.
Then I charged targets, testing the 3G’s balance, and finding that—no surprise—it’s muzzle-heavy and slow to swing when wrapping your support hand around the front of the magazine well. By extending my left arm and gripping it far forwards, I was able to swing it through a graceful arc that I could stop on target.
One of my standards for speed and accuracy is to drop six inch plates at a hundred yards offhand for speed, and the 3G was a pleasure answering the call. The misses I could attribute to my form, and the fatigue from running and gunning extensively. Then I set up across a barrel to shoot plates for score, in a better test of the rifle’s tactical accuracy, and through forty rounds between four loads it didn’t miss.
On paper, it printed groups that are good given the limits of the non-magnified red dot at 100 yards, and fine for hitting coyotes in the vitals…and larger, meaner targets too if it comes to that. The non-magnified sight let me shoot with both eyes open, which helped get the maximum target transition speed out of this competition-optimized gun, and would be crucial in tracking moving threats.
There are more accurate ARs out there, and they have tolerances that might not like the kind of long matches, dust, and general use that come with being my weekend match and around-the-farm rifle. That’s fine—I don’t need to shoot high power matches or groundhogs at 500 yards with this gun.
There are more rugged, combat-ready AR-pattern rifles built to endure the sort of extreme use and environments to which I would never, ever subject my firearms. They’re great, but not as comfortable, accurate, or elegant as a rifle I want to show off at a match and keep handy at the ranch.
And then there’s the 3G, from which I removed no standard part, and to which I added only a tiny red dot sight before taking out for tactical drills and loading up for general defensive work. It proved it can handle the volume of rapid fire my range master throws at us, its accuracy surpassed the limits of its sight and my abilities, and it has the sort of sleek design that fits me—and my actual shooting needs—very well.
Story & Photos by Dave Norman