View Full Version : Defensive Shotgun Primer

08-10-2008, 7:43 PM
Can anyone give me a short or point me in the right direction or a site with a primer on the defensive shotgun...laws, selection of the gun itself, accessories, tactics, etc.


08-10-2008, 8:07 PM
Louis Awerbuck wrote a defensive shotgun book which I have and would be a good primer. http://www.amazon.com/Defensive-Shotgun-Techniques-Tactics-Awerbuck/dp/0879474122 Regarding defensive shotgun selection, start with whatever you already have. I started with the Remington 870 Wingmaster pump. Most defensive shotguns are 18-20-in long, and have somesort of tube extender and sidesaddle. Fore-end lights are nice, but you can develop flashligh/pump shotgun skills. If you can, take a level one defensive shotgun class. Learn to load with one hand while pointing in at target/holding the stock wrist and finger ready to fire.

10-06-2008, 7:58 PM
Not sure if this has already been posted, but Reeds Indoor Range in Santa Clara, California, hosts several Louis Awerbuck classes every year. Awerbuck's defenisve shotgun course will be held there in late November 2008. Good opportunity to learn from Louis Awerbuck, a shotgun guru.

Utha Schleigle
10-07-2008, 10:07 PM
Bayonettes and a ventalated handguard helps. (my opinion)Shot guns should be aimed, if shooting "target" is more the six feet away. If less than six feet aim like derringer - bayonette may come in handy.(my opinion)

Mossberg 590 takes a M16 bayonette and some repo ventalated handguards take a 1903-A3 bayonette.

If one has the time - distance between you and targets - "unarmed" mobb. One technique of firing at at large charging crowd of people is to aim first shots (usually multiple shotguns in a volly) 5 to 10 feet in front of charging mobb to bounce off ground widely dispursing shoot and pick up dirt rocks and ???? to shock - plus slow the charging group, then bring guns up to aimed level at crowd. Should be gun lowered aprox 10 to 15 degrees lowered - if lower than that the group/target is to close - aim. Any one who turns - don't shoot. Any one who keeps charging towards you aim and shoot. Half the line reloads while the other half uses bayonettes - thats if any one is still charging.

Most of all practice and get confortable with your shot gun. Try out different round types and see what they can do.

10-08-2008, 5:13 PM
I'll 2nd the book mentioned above and also recommend this one.