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Shotgun training
« on: December 28, 2017, 05:59:29 AM »
How many here train w/ a shotgun.
Looking for the "I do" AND the "I don'ts"
Also please state your age.

REASON:
I was reading manik's post on his AR short stroking and it reminded me of an experience I had years ago. I think it was when the DPS was building the huge burm in Georgetown. I was RSO at Angelina Rifle and Pistol club. We let DPS use the range 2 days for qualifying I think. May have been training exercise but don't remember all those details.
What I do remember was they were training/qualifying w/ both AR and shotguns. Still the old reliable Rem 870s.
Fell my lot to be on the shotgun range when they shot there. I was a little surprised during the instruction as to how much detail, repetition, strong emphasis, caution even, that the instructor was giving concerning short stroking the weapon.
I was very surprised when the shooting started. I could just about draw an age line concerning the malfunctions. The younger guys and a few ladies (seems like I remember 4) had trouble w/ them. Seems like the drill was load and shoot 3 rapid fire. breach load one and fire. Rack for clear and RO inspection. I was astounded how many of the younger generation struggled w/ the shotgun drill. All of the ladies struggled.
That has been probably 25 years. Any DPS here and do you still train or even carry a shotgun???
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Re: Shotgun training
« Reply #1 on: December 28, 2017, 07:03:11 AM »
Former DPS non-LEO.
We (non-LEO) had shotguns when we went to high risk areas, and carried personal concealed handguns. 
I believe some / many officers have “an armory” in the vehicle, that is well concealed. 

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Re: Shotgun training
« Reply #2 on: December 28, 2017, 07:43:16 AM »
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no LEO (or ex) here but I do have a 20ga Mossberg "camper" that I use (in rotation with my AR and Wife's Beretta Storm) to stand nightstand duty - no "formal" training, just range shooting (and putting slugs thru my burn barrels as air vents)

Wife also has a 12ga semi auto TriStar Raptor ATAC which is "fun" to shoot



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Re: Shotgun training
« Reply #3 on: December 28, 2017, 08:43:41 AM »
For many recruits, be it LEO or military, their first exposure to firearms is during training. I know having my own rifles and shotgun and learning to shoot at an early age and prior to Army basic training helped me immensely. I remember when they gave us a full day of instruction on how to get a correct sight picture and thought who in the heck doesn't know how to do that? Come range day it was obvious. Probably 70%
That was 1970 and I bet it's as bad if not worse today. Rifles and shotguns in pickups was a way of life in the small (then) central Texas town I called home. Shooting cactus bulbs off a prickly pear at a hundred yards for a quarter was a game for us. Most young ones aren't exposed to that type of life anymore. Thieves, dopeheads and "progressive" thinking ruined that many years ago and I envy kids that can still do that type of thing.
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Re: Shotgun training
« Reply #4 on: December 28, 2017, 12:35:16 PM »
AGree completely sir.
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Re: Shotgun training
« Reply #5 on: December 29, 2017, 07:12:46 AM »
I do. 50.

I have also had some basic self defense training in how to use one. They are trickier than most folks think. Particularly under stress when Folks make mistakes. That’s why we need to train.


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Re: Shotgun training
« Reply #6 on: December 29, 2017, 09:16:09 AM »
I do. 50.

I have also had some basic self defense training in how to use one. They are trickier than most folks think. Particularly under stress when Folks make mistakes. That’s why we need to train.


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That is why we need to train. Yes it is. To many "learn to shoot" at most. Never really train and especially train for the "probable assaults". 
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Re: Shotgun training
« Reply #7 on: January 11, 2018, 03:21:18 AM »
i have a personal fondness for shotguns as self defense firearms, especially in the home setting. IMO, they are a very versatile and adaptable platform for just about anyone and can be loaded with various types of ammo.

i like the shotgun since it doesn't require the same amount of precision in aiming that a pistol or rifle require. i believe in most instances there is less like a case for over-penetration of it's ammo if a miss happens. they also tend to do massive amounts of damage up close and personal, and if a miss occurs they tend to disperse their energy fairly rapidly.

for most people regardless of where they happen to live and how close to neighbors, or how many people in the home and their proximity during an attack, the shotgun for most is a good option for self defense.

i keep a few around loaded for defensive purposes. in reality, mine are more used for four legged or slithering critters than the two legged variety, but i feel confident they would perform just as needed if the situation did arise. even the wife is well versed in their usage, and can use them with authority!