Learning and understanding the limitations of the shotgun is paramount.
(Photo by Jason Piccolo)

The Shotgun Is Far From Dead: A Multiple Application Platform


First Shotgun? Tenth Shotgun? 

Whether it’s your first or tenth shotgun, you need to train with it. For over two decades, I have been in law enforcement, shooting a shotgun at the academies I went to and “qualifying” yearly with one. Add that up, and it likely equates to 200 rounds in my career. That is by far not enough. Nowhere near enough. I knew I needed to get back on track with my shotgun skills.

This past week I joined the Six Eight Training Group crew and Ron Holmes from Ryker USA with the goal of learning and understanding how far I can push my shotgun. They ran me through several courses of fire and showed me several areas I needed to improve. By the end of the day, I ran the shotguns they provided and my own through the paces and came away with a solid foundation.  

Spending a weekend in a shotgun class is a valuable asset foprantone looking to perfect their weapons skill set.
(Photo by Jason Piccolo)

Racking That Action 

Now don’t go racking the action in the middle of the night. Contrary to ancient lore, that does not work to deter a home invasion or intruder. In fact, if you rack a round, it will provide a snapshot to the intruder of where you are located. I’m not going to get into the pros and cons of what home defense firearm is right for you; a million factors play into firearm selection. 

A shotgun is an option for someone who completely understands how to use it and what limitations it has.    If you choose to use a shotgun, you need to train and know it. For example, suppose you are adept at pistols and rifles, occasionally heading to the skeet range with a shotgun. In that case, a shotgun may not be the best firearm to protect your house.    

A Round For All Occasions

The great thing about shotguns is the options it has in rounds. Want to blow a hole through steel? Grab a 3″ sabot slug. Want to put food on the table? Buckshot can be an option. Are you shooting skeet or competition? Buy some target loads. There seems to be a shotgun load for every occasion, from breaching a door to stopping a threat. 

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