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In Part 1 and Part 2 of this series detailing my patterning tests with my Remington 870P SBS, I shared results that I obtained with ammunition from Hornady, Remington, Federal, Rio, and Herter’s. During my last range session, I tested an old Federal Low Recoil loading that probably predates the FLITECONTROL wad, both 8 pellet […]
A full weekend spent learning Defensive Carbine from Defense Techniques Academy.
As promised, I’m sharing some more pattern testing results with my Remington 870P SBS. This time around, I shot Hornady BLACK buckshot, Remington buckshot, and the cheapest buckshot I could find, Rio Royal Buck buckshot. Suffice it to say, I chose the title of this post for good reason, and you definitely get what you […]
I have written before, in passing, about my long-time interest in football. As much as I love a long pass completion or a big hit (those that are allowed these days), what I really love is the chess match. Old high school and college notebooks of mine have the margins filled with offensive plays and […]
The title of this post may seem a bit redundant, but I wanted to emphasize a vitally important point. That is, you must pattern your shotgun. No two shotguns, not even from the same manufacturer, will necessarily pattern the same. To quote Tom Givens, every shotgun barrel is a “unique snowflake!” Thus, if you are […]
This review will be different from most of the other AARs John and I have written. Some backstory: Regular readers of this blog should know by now that I am a special education teacher. The school where I currently work is a non-public special education facility. What this means is that we serve students with […]
In the pantheon of firearms and self-defense instructors who teach classes to the general public, Tom Givens has to rank near the top of anyone’s list. For years I have been reading his writings in magazines and books and listening to podcasts in which he was interviewed. Despite the high regard in which I have […]