As you know, I have a new Remington 870 Combo and fired about 11000 (update: more than 46000 on three shotguns already) rounds through it during this year. I use it for practical shooting (IPSC) which means that I need extremely reliable and fast shotgun. Each tenth of a second means a lot!
So, let me start my story about the Remington 870 “Practical”.
This is the first article about load-4 rigs 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 dual and quad loading platforms: King Competition Products, EZload and Z-Gun. I have sent requests to Invictus and Safariland, waiting for their answers.
Je tiens à remercier mon ami Vitaly Pedchenko, administrateur de l’excellent site www.rem870.com offrant une véritable mine d’informations sur les shotgun (fusils à pompe ou semi-automatique de calibre 12 principalement). La discipline Shotgun de l’IPSC est, en France, une discipline assez récente faisant déjà beaucoup d’émules. Je prends le parie que cette discipline va vraiment « grossir ». En effet, les championnats du monde se tiendront en France en 2018.
Ayant sympathisé avec Vitaly, je lui ai posé pas mal de questions pour mieux comprendre les subtilités de la discipline et m’aider dans mes choix d’équipements. Il m’a alors proposé de rédiger en anglais quelques articles de bases sur la discipline pour renseigner ceux (déjà dans le domaine de l’IPSC, handgun par exemple) qui comme moi souhaiteraient de se lancer, tandis que j’en ferai la traduction.
(Au passage je tiens à remercier Kim Leppänen- champion du monde standard manuel, Jaakko Viitala de King Competition, Georges Marye, toute la team ASC TSV et Julien Boit pour toutes les informations qu’ils ont aussi pu me donner)
Le texte ci-dessous est donc la traduction française du premier article écrit par Vitaly. Il s’agit encore une fois d’un article en lien avec le tir sportif IPSC adapté au shotgun. Règlement officiel téléchargeable sur www.ipsc.org.
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.
Readers of the blog know that I like to often participate in dynamic/practical shotgun shooting competitions (they have different names such as the International Practical Shooting Confederation, United States Practical Shooting Association, 3-Gun Nation, International Defense Pistol Association, etc).
Such competitions are the best way to check your skills under stress. You need to move fast from one shooting position to another, load your shotgun quickly and shoot from various positions at different targets at a variety of distances with all types of common shotgun ammunition: birdshot, buckshot, and slugs.
The most popular dynamic shooting sport in the USA is 3-Gun Nation. That is why I often receive questions about semi-auto shotguns because they are mostly used in 3-Gun.
What is 3-Gun competition?
There are many types of shooting competitions out there for gun enthusiasts to take part in. But one particular competition that is getting a lot of attention is the 3-gun competition. This is where competitors have to use 3 different types of firearms such as a rifle, shotgun, and pistol. The average shooter is usually pretty good with one particular firearm but not so good with the others. This makes 3-gun a real challenge because it tests their skills with all three firearms and it requires different skill sets in order to win the competition.
Why Benelli M2?
Most of the shooters in this sport use Benelli M2 or Beretta 1301 Competition shotguns. Beretta 1301 comes with an oversized safety, bolt handle and bolt release button from the factory. The Benelli M2 shotgun can be enhanced with aftermarket parts.
My friends who use semi-auto shotguns are fans of the Benelli M2. That is why this post will be about the Benelli M2 shotgun upgrades, accessories, and modifications for 3-Gun and practical shooting.
Special thanks to my friends: Igor, Oleg, Maxim, Oleg and Patrick for help :)