The Most Common Mistake Made By New Shotgunners

Video which shows the most common mistake made by new shotgunners

I decided to make a video to show you the most common mistake made by new Remington 870 (or different pump-action shotgun) owners. The most common mistake new shotgunners do is waiting 0.5-1 second before pumping a shotgun after the shot.

You may seen this a lot of times: shooter waits about a second after the shot and then pumps his/her shotgun. You need to practice pumping shotgun right after the shot using recoil. This way recoil becomes your friend.

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Vitaly Pedchenko

My name is Vitaly Pedchenko, I started this blog and forum to share information, tips, photos, and advice about the Remington 870 shotgun, accessories, and upgrades. Now I also own AR-15 rifle and MP5 pistol caliber carbine. I am firearms instructor, competitive shooter and IPSC Range Officer. I participate in practical shooting and 3-Gun competitions because they are the best way for me to test equipment and upgrades under stress. I am member of the PRACTICA shooting club. I also participate in REAGO, which provides Tactical Combat Casualty Care training. The main purpose of the Rem870.com blog and forum is to have a compilation of information about the Remington 870 shotgun in one organized, accessible place.

11 thoughts on “The Most Common Mistake Made By New Shotgunners

  • 14.01.2012 at 06:51
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    As simple as that is, I wish someone would have told me.

    Thanks Vitaly

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    • 14.01.2012 at 07:01
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      Thomas, I am happy you like it. I’ve seen that mistake so many times, so I decided to make this small video.

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  • 14.01.2012 at 18:30
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    Okay, tried working on this today at the range. Botched it just about every time. I would get the shell to eject, but it seemed like I wasn’t always getting the next round to chamber. Had about a 15-20% success rate on this. I could get it done, but definitely need to send many more rounds downrange. Disclaimer – I have officially shot 100 rounds of 12 ga. now in my adult life. I’ve got a LONG way to go. ;) Nothing makes a better welder like time under the hood.

    Picking up my S&W Sigma 9mm after the 870 today was like going to a toy cap gun. That was quite a shock at how immediate the difference was.

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  • 14.01.2012 at 21:11
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    excellent tip, thank you for sharing. now to go and practice.

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  • 16.01.2012 at 12:24
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    Thomas, you can do this drill at home using snap caps and it will be easier to do this with live rounds on the range.

    P. Ted, I am happy that it was useful for you.

    Thanks for your good words, guys, I will record more videos as soon as possible.

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  • 02.02.2012 at 13:53
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    This is a great tip. I got the hang of it right away. Great blog. Thanks.

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  • 11.04.2012 at 19:35
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    Great tip. I have just started getting used to slugs though for deer hunting. Should I still apply the same principle when shooting a deer?

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  • 28.07.2014 at 06:47
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    Your website is the perfect guide for beginners like me! Have you considered doing more video where you show common mistakes in handling Remington 870 or how you can improve your technique? This video proved to be extremely useful for me as I used to wait around a second before pumping.

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  • 08.12.2014 at 22:47
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    I’ve done something similar with Mossberg and Remington pump shotguns: I have rearward pressure on the forend as I’m shooting, so as soon as the shot is fired I’m moving the forend to the rear to open the breech and extract and eject the fired cartridge case. Note: the alert reader will have already noticed that this technique doesn’t work with older designs like the Winchester 97 and 12 and early production Ithaca 37s that had the “slamfire” trigger group, because they don’t lock the forend in the forward position. But doing this with a modern pump shotgun will allow you to put lead downrange almost as fast as holding down the trigger on an old Ithaca 37 and slamming the slide forward and back.

    Pump shotguns are not delicate, or at least they’re not supposed to be–delicate designs didn’t last on the market. Slam that forend back and forth HARD. Otherwise you risk short-stroking and causing a stoppage.

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