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If you are getting into 3-Gun, you can only go so far with an AK and an 870. AKs are fine for close range, but you should opt to get a US Palm/Midwest Industries rail optic mount and get a red dot sight on the rifle. This will greatly increase your speed for target acquisition and follow-up shots. Then, look into getting an upgraded brake. If you're just using a slant-brake or a krink brake, and you have the 14mm reverse threads, look into the BattleComp AKBC or Primary Weapon Systems PWS brakes. They'll keep the rifle level and again, help speed up followup shots. If you are using an AK103 style brake, those work okay, but there are better options. They switched the threading on those, so choose what's available. It's a fine rifle setup for now, but if you want to get serious, you'll likely want to move over to the AR15 and .223/5.56 realm. Some people still run AKs as they go along, but they're usually running high-grade customs like Krebs and Rifle Dynamics variants. Also, many are opting for 5.45x39 as opposed to the 7.62x39 chambering due to the lower recoil.
With AKs, there eventually is a law of diminishing returns. With competition, you can only make an AK so good before you are out of options. It's something to start with and something work with, but it would be my recommendation that you be careful how much money you dump into it. People who start competition shooting and enjoy it often times start to really put in a lot of time and money into the sport, and they start trying to buy accuracy. With ARs, this is easy and very realistic. With AKs, you eventually come to a point where you're just throwing away your money. AKs are a lot like M1As in that respect. It all depends on where you want to go, and what you deem to be acceptable performance and payoff. If your competitions are close range with no significant long range component, or you have no interest in getting really serious about it any time soon, the AK is going to be just fine and there's no need to worry about it right now. However, you're going to see that the fastest and best shooters are using ARs and SCARs. In the Heavy Metal division, the top shooters are also running AR variants and SCARs.
As far as the 870, it's a great gun. Get a mag extension, pistol grip with adjustable stock, and then select whatever sights make you happy. In the future, if you get bigger into 3-Gun, you'll likely wind up going to a semi-auto for the faster shots and lower recoil.
For the handgun, it's best for you to get out to a range where they rent them out and see what you like to shoot. If by the Sig P6 you're referring to the old German P225, do you have a line on one somewhere? If so, that's a good collector's item, but not a good USPSA/IPSC/3-gun pistol. If you want a Sig, you'd be better of going with a variant of the P226. The P226 X-FIVE models are a 5" version for competition and tactical use, and would be the best options for a Sig for 3-Gun. The XD9 and M&P9 are both great options, but again if you want a competition specific pistol, the XD Tactical 9mm 5", XD(M) Comp 5.25 9mm and the M&P9 PRO would all be the ideal pistols due to the longer barrel and longer sight radius. Glock 34 also being in that category. If you want a standard size pistol for more all-around use, then certainly stick with a standard P226, XD/XD(M) Service, and M&P9.
More than anything, don't do much to upgrade anything until you spend some time at some competitions observing and talking to other shooters. This will help you to see what works, what doesn't, and where the most payoff comes from. Observing is also very important because regardless of what anyone tells you, the proof is in the performance. Some guy can claim to know everything there is to know about upgrades, weaponry and skills, but if he's a clown on the range, then it's obviously information that should be taken with a grain of salt. One thing I've noticed is that in competitive shooting, other competitors are very open to assisting and mentoring the newbies. If you show up with an open mind and willingness to learn, you can get a lot of help. As I said, just be sure to watch people and avoid the clowns and pretenders.
Last edited by Reedo302; 04-28-2012 at 04:03 PM.