As you know, I am a very active competitive shooter. I mostly participate in practical shotgun shooting matches such as the IPSC (International Practical Shooting Confederation). I have used the Benelli Supernova in competitions but decided to go back to the Remington 870 this year. The long 28-inch barrel is perfect for that purpose. It has replaceable chokes and the barrel is long enough for all types of targets. I am going to use the short barrel for home defense and the tactical shotgun for shooting matches.
This is the first article about load-4 belts for Practical Shooting (IPSC, 3-Gun, USPSA). It is going to be interesting for competitive shooters.
I asked owners or people close to the companies to tell about their products. Let’s start with 3 popular belts: King Competition Products, EZload and Z-Gun. I have sent requests to Invictus and Safariland, waiting for their answers.
Practical Shotgun Shooting (IPSC) for Beginners, Part 1 (Divisions, Ready Conditions, Basic Upgrades)
The 3rd Shotgun World Shoot will be held in France in the year 2018. My friend Norbert Papon from France asked me a lot of questions because interest to shotguns grows in France. They are certainly experienced shooters when it comes to rifles and handguns, but shotguns are something new to them. That is why I decided to write a series of articles about shotguns in IPSC.
First of all, I think that shotgun shooting matches are the most fun and the most spectacular competitions around. Targets on birdshot stages are usually very close, the shots are very powerful and you can see clouds of dust and metal plates traveling long distances through the air. It is fun to shoot such powerful firearms.
I can’t stop saying how interesting Practical Shooting is. There are a lot of different types of equipment, stages are always new and you need to think about game plans on each Course of Fire.
Practical Shooting Equipment – Swinging Platform
Swinging platform is another piece of equipment which is used in Practical Shooting. Swinging platform is not stable and the main challenge is to be able to stand still and shoot accurately while recoile makes platform unstable. Very good equipment to train the proper shooting stance.
Here’s video from the recent shotgun competition, I was able to find position from which birdshot was hitting 2 targets at a time. I was the only shooter who made just 4 shots hitting all 8 targets and you can see how happy I am and how viewers are surprised :)
One of the interesting pieces of equipment which can be seen on practical shooting competitions is teeterboard. Shooters walk on it and shoot targets as they become visible.
Practical shooting is very interesting. It enables shooters to test their skills and firearms. When you shoot under stress, you do mistakes, you see what malfunctions can happen. This is priceless experience.
There are many static and moving targets in Practical Shooting (USPSA and IPSC). Swingers are very popular moving target:
Here are several photos of the Remington 870 with upgrades for competition shooting (IPSC). One of the upgrades is a shell holder on the stock which is similar to LoadMaster Systems.
I have seen a lot of discussions about the use of the Knoxx recoil suppression stock in IPSC competitions. Some shooters believe that it is prohibited under this rule:
22. External modifications such as weights, or devices to control or reduce recoil are specifically not allowed, except for recoil pads fitted to the rear face of the stock of the shotgun.