Shotgun Patterning: Part 9, Some New Ammo + Testing Chokes

Recently, I became aware of a new contender in shotgun ammo specifically tailored for defensive purposes (H/T Ashton Ray of 360 Performance Shooting). Fiocchi USA has introduced a new 12 gauge loading under their Defense Dynamics branding. In reading about it, there were things I liked, and one thing I didn’t necessarily like. The good […]

AAR: 360 Performance Shooting (Ashton Ray & Tim Chandler) “Shotgun 360”, New Castle, PA 8/01-02/20

The Scattergun.  The Shotty.  The Boomstick.  The Shotgat.  The Street Howitzer.  The Gauge.  I suppose it makes sense that a firearm that is so ubiquitous and carries so many nicknames would be, as Tom Givens says, “the least understood…..weapon system.” After my first one-day shotgun class I was confident I would never take another.  I […]

Shotgun Patterning, Part 8: Vintage Speer Lawman 00 Buck

A few months ago, I stumbled across a source to buy old LE stock Speer Lawman 8 pellet buckshot. Apparently, it was manufactured in the same Federal/CCI/Speer factory that today makes Federal FliteControl and was initially advertised as having the FliteControl wad. I say initially, because when I went back to try to buy more, […]

Shotgun Patterning, Part 7: SlapShot Home Defense High Velocity Shot

Several weeks ago, I read about SlapShot USA LLC‘s new high velocity buckshot on Greg Ellifritz’s Facebook page. He was questioning whether anyone had conducted formal gel tests with it, reasoning that its published velocity should be enough to defeat body armor, something that most conventional buckshot won’t do. In reading the description of the […]

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 […]