I was told one story, I don’t know if it’s true. One shooter had a bad habit practicing with live rounds at home. First shot was at TV, second at the wall and third shot at the wall resulted a divorce… So, always practice with dummy rounds, it is better to put all live rounds in a safe or in another room, so you have no chance mixing live and dummy rounds.
You may be faced at some point with multiple targets, multiple targets that are shooting back at you. Most firing ranges are set up so you only focus on one target at a time unless it is a specialized training facility. You fire, the buzzer goes off and you bench your weapon, it is synchronized to some extent, firefights are not. Therefore, most shooters focus on becoming proficient while shooting at one target in a controlled environment.
My friend Artem Mitrofanov had an ultimate opportunity to visit and take part in Benelli Tactical Shotgun Training in Italy, motherland of Benelli shotguns. His report was so interesting that I decided to translate it for you (with approval from Artem). Source: http://www.ipsc.in.ua/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=1006&p=20024#p20024
Rem870.com: Peyton, you published a translation of the 15th Century Samurai Musashi’s classic book “A Book of Five Rings”. Could you tell what this book is about and why it is important?
Peyton Quinn: I think more importantly is what this 16th Century Samurai’s book was about itself because it is often misunderstood in my view and widely so too.
Rem870.com: I know that you teach your students to deal with adrenal stress. Why is it important? How it is done? Do you have any special drills?
Peyton Quinn: Well, it is thing to be able to punch neat holes in a paper target on the range or blast clay pigeons out of the sky or throw or ‘submit’ your martial arts opponent in a match.
But these things do not really prepare one very well at all for facing a real human being who is attacking or moving to attack you. That hostile human being may be talking ‘at you‘, maybe threatening or acting like an EDP (emotionally disturbed person) or maybe he is distracting you for an accomplice’s blindside attack, etc.
Shotgun Shooting Tips
Here are some tips which will help you in shotgun shooting:
- Proper shooting stance. It is very important to train a proper shooting stance. Train it everyday when dry fire, this builds your muscle memory. Believe me, dry firing will improve your results dramatically.
- Control your breath when shooting slugs. It is not that important when you shoot birdshots or buckshots.
- Control your trigger finger. This is important when shooting slugs. Pull the trigger smoothly.
- Don’t anticipate a recoil. This is very easy to test, ask your friend to load your shotgun with several rounds, one of them will be a dummy shell. If you are anticipating recoil you will notice how you push a shotgun forward when pulling the trigger and think that it is going to fire.
- Keep both eyes open. This is very important. Using both eyes when aiming will give you better depth perception and a peripheral vision. This is very good habit for defensive shooting.
- Choose a stock of a proper length.
- Test the ammunition and find that one which works best with your shotgun.
Can you add any other shotgun shooting tips?