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

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 is closed and locked (bolt forward and the hammer is cocked); the magazine tube is loaded. Cruiser Ready allows grabbing the shotgun and racking the [...]

By |June 13th, 2022|

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 [...]

SHOTGUNS | Mossberg 590A1 Retrograde

By |May 25th, 2021|

  Back before the colors of Flat Dark Earth, Ranger Green, Coyote, camouflage du jour, etc., all the cool kids used Scorched Earth, commonly called black. I was as cool (guilty?) as everyone else and I clearly remember the day I replaced the walnut stock on my Remington 870 with [...]

GUNS ACROSS THE BORDER | What Border Lawmen Used a Century Ago

By |January 14th, 2021|

  Twice a year gun writer Dick Williams organizes a three-day theme shoot. Recently I attended one of these events at Gunsite. The theme was what handguns peace officers working on the Southern border used in the period of 1900-1917. The class would cover single and double-action revolvers and semiautomatics [...]

BALLISTIC BREACHING WITH A SHOTGUN

By |December 1st, 2020|

Speed is essential in any dynamic entry. Breaching must be both rapid and effective. There are a variety of methods mechanical, thermal, explosive and ballistic that may be employed depending on what is to be breached and the tactical situation. SHOTGUN BREACHING From a military perspective, since combat has migrated [...]

SEMI-AUTO ON STEROIDS SRM Arms 1216 Shotgun

By |November 17th, 2020|

Most fighting shotguns are descendants of hunting shotguns modified for use in a defensive/offensive role. Many, such as the Remington 870 and Mossberg 500/590 series, have served with distinction. But due to their genealogy, they share the common complaint of minimal ammunition capacity. Even “tactical” shotguns are somewhat limited. For [...]

SHORT-BARRELED 12-GAUGE REVOLUTION Mossberg 590 Shockwave

By |November 4th, 2020|

Introduced in 2017 the Mossberg® 590® Shockwave™ was, and remains, one of the hottest firearms to hit the market. That’s not at all surprising since the Shockwave offers shooters a compact, 14-inch-barreled 12-gauge reminiscent of the legendary Witness Protection Shotgun of the U.S. Marshals Service (USMS) but with no NFA [...]

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