About the Blog…

Welcome! The primary goal of this blog is to explore and identify the best training, tools and tactics available to protect ourselves, our families, and our communities. We hope to share that knowledge with like-minded individuals. We’re not experts, but we do have a lot of combined experience. We intend to keep this blog relatively free of […]

Shotgun Patterning Part 4: Robert’s Experience

My blog partner John has mentioned more than once in his articles on shotgun patterning (see here, here, and here) how I too have been working on an article addressing this same need. John and I largely ignored the shotgun—in terms of training classes and articles—during our first couple of years writing for the blog.  […]

Shotgun Patterning, Part 3: Federal FLITECONTROL and More…

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 […]

Shotgun Patterning, Part 2: The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly!

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 […]

Theory vs. Practice

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 […]

Shotgun Patterning, Part 1: Pattern Your Shotgun!

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 […]