Tactical Shotguns



Federal’s #1 Buck Is Back

Along with chasing the best firearm, the collective “we” chase the best in calibers and bullets. Like pretty much anything else in life, the better can be subjective. It all depends on who is being asked or offering their opinion. One of those areas is shotgun ammunition. Shooters want a consistently tight pattern delivering enough projectiles with minimal adverse effects – almost a unicorn. Evolution While we have discussed the evolution of shotgun ammunition – [...]

By |February 27th, 2024|

Chisel Machining’s Adjustable Shotgun Stock

By |December 2nd, 2023|

There are a handful of friends who, when they call me about a product, I absolutely pay attention. Steve Fisher is one of those. He’s a long-time trainer, having run his own company — Sentinel Concepts, and having had a long stint at Magpul Dynamics. He pointed me to Chisel [...]

Staging Your Long Gun

By |November 7th, 2023|

A fair amount of defensive firearms training comes from the experience of domestic law enforcement. That is not necessarily a bad thing, as it can be experience-driven. Likely, it is vetted within local and federal statutes and case law. Unfortunately, it means development and evolution can be hampered by decades [...]

Rangemaster’s Shotgun Instructor Class

By |October 31st, 2023|

  We had just finished a call involving pointing guns at dangerous suspects that ended well, all in custody with nobody hurt. One of my partners walked up to me, holding a wood and steel shotgun at arm’s length, and asked me to unload it. Even before the age of [...]

Beretta’s A300 Ultima Patrol Shotgun – Part 2

By |April 25th, 2023|

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 [...]

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 [...]

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