Shotgun Shooting Positions

Shotgun Shooting Positions

You can literally shoot a shotgun from any position however, some positions are better than others are. In an ideal world, you would have a choice but everyone knows ideal never enters into the equation when it comes to a firefight. Therefore, to be prepared you have to practice and conduct drills in various positions, such as prone (lying on the ground), kneeling, standing, shooting around corners and so forth. Keep in mind in a firefight someone is shooting back, so cover and concealment is an important part of surviving. One position you will need to practice and become proficient at is shooting from cover. Cover is protection from rounds while concealment is out of the shooters’ vision.

Shotgun Training (Shooting from a Low Port)
Shotgun Training (Shooting from a Low Port)

Toe to toe shooting is not an option, in any firefight and you always have to make sure you make a small or even an invisible target while being able to return fire. To practice set up your shooting area using 50-gallon barrels as cover. Place the targets at various ranges to simulate the aggressors’ movement. Remember, when in a tactical situation you will only know what to do according to your level of training, so if you only trained one way that is what you will do in a firefight.

Kneel and shoot around the barrel. Once all rounds are downrange, begin loading as you swing around to the other side of the barrel still kneeling. You should have reloaded by the time you have swung around to the other side. You will notice of course that your body is in the wrong position, for firing left or right handed depending on which side of the barrel you started with. You will not be able to sight on the target you initially fired at; this is simulating movement by the intruder. Fire all rounds downrange and then reload as you move to the next barrel and set of targets that are set at a different range and angle to your position.

Shotgun Training
Shotgun Training

In your home, you will be shooting around furniture, doorways, over, and around counter tops. You may have to get into the prone position to safely fire from around a corner. Learn to fire left and right handed. The ejection of shells across your dominate eye (left-handed shooter firing a right-handed weapon) may distract you at first. If you practice, you will soon realize if you have to perform, a slug change over, the ejection port is facing you if you shoot left-handed. Remember the safety will be different if you switch hands to fire. Learn to fire offhand because you may have to fire with either hand at some critical point.
Practice until you can be reloaded and ready to fire as you move into a new position and always have eyes on the target. Reload by feel only and if you have practiced with a slip on stock shell holder make sure you always have it attached to the weapon. Some can reload from a belt pouch, but fumbling at the belt can take up time, but whatever works for you should be used.

Shotgun Training
Shotgun Training

Facing straight on to the target makes you a target. Intruders and shooters that target groups of people typically fire from a standing position and if you are at a standing position, you are a target. Getting below the field of fire is critical, and you must be able to return fire from that position, whether it is prone, squatting or kneeling. Of course, the recoil will throw you off balance if you are properly positioned. It takes practice and dedication to fire from any position but you have to deal with the reality of the situation and have the training to adapt to it.

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.

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