Tactical Shotguns



Beretta’s A300 Ultima Patrol Shotgun – Part 2

During my last trip to Gunsite, I finished up my work with Beretta's A300 Ultima Patrol. Patterning No two shotgun barrels are the same. It's easy to stand by that statement because they darn sure do not pattern alike. As a result, the starting point for any serious work with a practical shotgun is its pattern with defensive ammunition – this almost means 00Buck for 12-gauge guns, though #1 Buck can be quite useful as [...]

By |April 25th, 2023|

Beretta’s A300 Ultima Patrol Shotgun

By |April 12th, 2023|

Oh, my gawd, Becky, look at that gauge! Regardless of some thoughts, the 12ga shotgun still has a definite place in a thinking person’s armory. A shotgun can fill several roles decently if one understands the characteristics of different types of ammunition and how to best use them.   For [...]

We Were Slingin’

By |March 1st, 2023|

A long time ago, in what was another country, I heard it said that a sling is to a rifle or shotgun what a holster is to a handgun. The sling fulfills several purposes. It is a way to secure (or store) your long gun when you want it handy [...]


By |November 15th, 2022|

Are some firearms accessories good? Or bad? Can they help you? Or hurt you? What about modifications? And I am only asking in regards to using the firearm in question. Regarding modifications, some will tell you that you can't even modify a gun for legal reasons. I'm afraid I have [...]

12 Gauge Recoil And (Too Much) Stuff

By |October 25th, 2022|

I spent most of my LE career teaching firearms skills to cops and repairing/maintaining agency guns as an armorer. We issued Remington 870s to every officer during recruit school. The training was intensive; recruits fired hundreds of rounds in a compressed time frame. Subjecting shooters and guns to that much [...]

Is Your Shotgun Ready?

By |October 18th, 2022|

Low, High, Indoor, and CQB – just the different ready positions commonly employed by those who may have a shotgun in their hands. Which one is most likely as driven by one's surroundings as by one's preference? Before we start, the strong hand holds the grip portion of the stock. [...]

Shotguns – do they still have a place?

By |October 5th, 2022|

Shotguns - have they outlived themselves, or do they still have a place? For citizens? For cops? A few thoughts on where we are with shotguns and how we got to this point. Back when I went to the police academy, a fair number of my classmates had time with [...]

Cruiser Safe – a change in the pump shotgun’s ready condition

By |June 13th, 2022|

The NRA Law Enforcement Handgun/Shotgun Instructor Manual defines two methods of "cruiser carry" for pump-action shotguns. Cruiser Ready: Safety ON, chamber empty, the action is closed and unlocked (bolt forward and trigger pulled to drop the hammer); the magazine tube is loaded. Cruiser Safe: Safety ON, chamber empty, the action [...]

Modifying your shotgun – defensive and duty accessories

By |May 10th, 2022|

While the shotgun is currently seeing a renaissance of sorts with armed citizens and home defenders, it has been falling out of favor with many law enforcement agencies. There are good and not so good reasons for that. Recoil is a factor with the shotgun, especially as our police officers, [...]

MOSSBERG 590S SHOTGUN | More Versatile Than Ever Before

By |October 26th, 2021|

O.F. Mossberg and Sons is the oldest family-owned firearms manufacturer in the United States opening their doors in March of 1919. I’ll admit up front that I’m a Mossberg fan because of their products, customer service and innovation. That innovation includes compact and subcompact pistols, and they’ve done it once [...]

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