Saturday, November 28, 2009

Defensive Shotgun Course

The hills were alive with the sound of gunfire on the day after Thanksgiving. We conducted a Defensive Shotgun course which covers a wide variety of topics but which basically trains students to make maximum use of the ubiquitous shootin’ iron.

We plan the courses weeks and months in advance and this time of year one really never knows what the weather will be on The Day. Once, a couple years ago, we had to build warming fires for the students. This time it could not have been better – mid fifties with bright blue skies.

Six students attended this iteration and were taught a variety of related topics from safety, to proper selection of a defensive shotgun (regular readers will already know I’m not big on goo-gaws), ammo selection, proper hold, stance, negotiating various obstacles and several drills or “mini-scenarios”. This course is aimed and empowering the home defender and the final exercise scenario has a gang of ruffians invading the students’ “home” forcing him or her to deal with several situations in a compressed time cycle.

The final obstacle is a 20 yard slug shot to save the little girl. This student showed up with no slugs so we showed him how to make some field expedient ones out of regular ol’ bird shot. Not a bad shot, huh? I’d say he “solved the problem”.

Everyone left happy and with some newfound skills they will hopefully never have to put into practice for real.

And, behold, six men came from the way of the higher gate, which lieth toward the north, and every man a slaughter weapon in his hand; - Ezekiel 9:2


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