Shotgun Chokes, Barrel Modifications, and Ammo Selection…

Last year, I read a blog article from Grant Cunningham where he advocated for having a defensive shotgun barrel threaded for interchangeable chokes instead of sending the barrel off for modifications such as lengthening the forcing cone and back-boring. Since then I’ve been meaning to put that idea to the test. While I am always […]

2018 Hunting Trip

As I write this, I am returning from my annual hunting trip. I hope that the following post will be of interest to both hunters and non-hunters alike. As usual, I’m going to share a brief summary, along with a few observations that may pertain to the armed civilian lifestyle. This year’s trip was notable […]

Shotgun Loading Fallacies

John and I have spent a lot of time this year studying the shotgun.  We have both written articles on patterning different loads out of our shotguns (see John’s articles here, here, here, and here), taken shotgun coursework (see here and here), read books and articles by well-regarded authors about the shotgun and, in general, […]

A Critical Look at Hornady’s Critical Defense and BLACK Buckshot

In a recent blog post, I wrote that I wasn’t really sure the difference between Hornady® Critical Defense® buckshot and Hornady® BLACK buckshot. Specifically, I was curious if the BLACK ammo used the Versatite™ wad, since both loads seemed to offer similar performance. Dr. Sherman House from the Civilian Defender blog suggested in the comments […]

Shotgun Patterning, Part 5: Some Unexpected Results…

Last week, I finally had time to go to the range and continue my shotgun pattern tests. Specifically, I wanted to see how my 870P SBS with its modified choke compared to my Winchester 1300 Defender that has a Vang Comp barrel treatment. In a recent class, Tom Givens remarked to me that the introduction […]