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FIREARMS ACCESSORIES | Good or Bad?

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 to disagree with them, based on experience. Don't make modifications that make you look foolish, like adding an ejection port cover with an idiotic phrase [...]

By |November 15th, 2022|

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 [...]

KEL-TEC KSG BULLPUP | Who’s A Good Boy?

By |October 13th, 2021|

In 2011 Kel-Tec introduced the KSG—a pump-action bullpup shotgun that held 14 rounds via two tubular magazines. On first seeing the KSG I was immediately reminded of the Neostead shotgun made in South Africa. Like the KSG, it held it’s shells in two tubes, although the Neostead’s tubes were located [...]

BROWNING’S THIRD ITERATION | The Auto-5

By |June 9th, 2021|

  In my last two shotgun columns I wrote about John Browning’s first two shotgun designs: the lever-action Winchester 1887 and the Winchester pump-action 1897. This month we’ll take a look at his third—the world’s first semiautomatic shotgun, the Browning Automatic 5, most often called the Auto-5 or simply A-5. [...]

POTENT PERFORMERS | 20-Gauge Combat Shotguns

By |June 1st, 2021|

  I’ve written before about the advantages of a 20-gauge combat shotgun, but I decided it was time to revisit the issue in this column. Up front, I’ll admit that the #3 Buckshot load normally used in the 20-gauge shotgun is not as devastating as the 00 Buckshot load standard [...]

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