Shotgun training, eye hand speed training

Shotgun training, eye hand speed training

Postby wesurvive » Fri Oct 15, 2010 7:44 am

There are several ways to get accustomed to the shotgun and getting to know its balance with your body, both in speed and shooting the gun itself.

Shooting a shotgun isn't exactly the thing to do at a shooting range, but there is plenty of wilderness to test your skills out in. Taking a few boxes of shells and getting out away from everyone to really get the feel of the weapon is essential. Taking some assortment of cans and plastic bottles with you will help keep you from just killing trees for fun.

What is great about skeet shooting is there is everything in one to get the feel of the weapon, there is hand and eye coordination and over time a person can draw up and shoot and hit the target almost every time. If you can do this, do it since it is the best practice you can get with a moving object with a shotgun.

So when going out and practicing, shoot at the bottles or cans from several distances away.
Then start to do quick draws. Lift, push the safety off as you are lifting the gun and then quickly aim and shoot as soon as your barrel is even with the target. Practice takes time and some pick it up faster than others. I wouldn't do hip shots unless you just want to have some fun. After all, that is how billy the kid finally was good enough to just whip a pistol out and shoot without looking down the barrel. I assume he went through tons of ammo doing it just to finally hit the target. Being more practical, shooting from the hip would be a last resort in close range combat situations.

Range is a factor. Each type of ammo is different and some shoot further and others spread out more. You may hear someone can shoot something at 50 yards with buck shot, but do you really know how far 50 yards is? Step it out and see for yourself. Then shoot at something and see if you can hit it even at 25 yards. The type of ammo you use makes a big difference, just as with any other rifle or pistol. The shotgun has many options for ammo. There is birdshot to slugs. Slugs will shoot through more solid objects than the other types of shotgun ammo will. Have a variety, get to try them all out. Which do you like best and keep it on hand as well as some other various types. Practice with them all, shoot at least a few times so you know the feel of each different type of ammo. Some will not kick as much as the others, some will make you plant your feet in the ground more. Expect that difference when using those type of ammo.

The military uses the shotgun in jungle or urban type battles because of its effectiveness and spread, which one bullet has a greater chance of hitting the target than a sun-machine gun from the larger spread of buckshot.

A good all around military shotgun is the Winchester Model 1897 Trench Gun. If anyone can find one in good shape for a decent price. Worth having.

The latest version is the Mossberg 590-A1 in the military.

Buckshot (00) is capable of reaching effectively 30 meters. For some they can hit something much further. Depends on your gun choke and your accuracy practice with the gun. Also affective against unarmored vehicles. The ammo of choice used by the military.

Slugs are capable of reaching 100 meters effectively. Steel slugs (you have to make or use steel bearings) and even the standard every day slugs will go through light armor, depending on range.

Birdshot (#9) is used for breaching doors without killing the people inside. It is a light round.

Anyway, practice drawing the shotgun and pushing the safety off as you raise it up. You surely don't want the safety off all the time, so this should be done in one action. Then practice raising it up and shooting at a target once it is lined up with your barrel. Practicing out in the wild is great and gives you that advantage, it brings together the mind and body with the balance and feel of the weapon. You also know what to expect with each round.

Good luck and if anyone wants to add to this, please do.
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