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The Defensive Role of the Long Gun

Limitations of the Handgun

Limitations of the Long Gun

Advantages of Long Guns

Thoughts on Shotguns

Thoughts on "Non-Shotgun" Shotguns

The US Marshals Service Technique
  • A few decades ago, the US Marshals Service began using a similar shotgun, based on Remington's 870 action, albeit typically with a shorter barrel.
  • In the technique that they developed, the gun is raised to eye level, with the bead front sight viewed through the groove on the top of the receiver, as many instructors teach for a conventional shotgun firing buckshot or slugs.
  • The elbow of the firing hand is raised to the horizontal or just above horizontal (3 o'clock or 2 o'clock for a right-handed shooter.
  • The elbow of the support hand is pointed as far as practical toward the ground (6 o'clock or 7 o'clock for a right-handed shooter.
  • When the slide is run forward, to chamber a round, the support hand continues to press forward while the firing hand pulls back, suspending the gun in isometric tension, as though trying to stretch a rolled towel.

Thoughts on Rifles

Thoughts on Rifle Ammunition

Thoughts on Pistol-Caliber Carbines

Thoughts on Rifle-Caliber Pistols

A Warning About the .300 Blackout Cartridge
The .300 Blackout cartridge is basically a .223 case with the neck "blown out" to accept a .30-caliber bullet and the shoulder pushed back to position the bullet in proper relationship to the powder charge. As such, some .300 Blackout rounds may chamber in a .223/5.56mm chamber, with catastrophic results when the trigger is pressed. Naturally, .300 Blackout rounds load into the same .223/5.56mm magazines as that smaller-caliber round. If you choose to get involved with this cartridge and also use the smaller-caliber load, as a minimum safety precaution, use recognizably different magazines for each caliber. This could take the form of color-coding, 20-round versus 30-round magazines, magazines with steel tubes versus magazines with polymer tubes, etc. And make sure to inspect every round before inserting it into the magazine.

Don't Leave Rounds Chambered in Long Guns!

Safeties on most long guns only block the trigger from moving. Unlike modern handguns, most long guns have no equivalent of a firing pin safety or hammer block. While some designs - mostly for military rifles - will block the hammer or the striker, it is best to assume that those are exceptions. This means that most long guns with a cartridge in the chamber can discharge if dropped, even if they're "on safe." Further, when the bolt of rifles in the AR-15/M16 family is driven forward to chamber a round, the firing pin usually makes light contact with the primer. If the same round is chambered repeatedly, as in routinely charging and clearing the chamber, the "cake" of priming compound may crumble, keeping the round from firing when needed.

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