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 […]

My 2018 Year in Review and a Look Ahead

Last year was incredibly busy for me, and my primary avocation (firearms and this blog) somewhat suffered as a result. Nonetheless, I had a good year with some great training opportunities and acquired a few new pieces of hardware as well. As always, early in the year, the annual Rangemaster Tactical Conference provided some great […]

An Evolution of Thought on the Three Gun Battery…

When Robert and I first started writing this blog, we specifically wrote that we reserved the right to change our minds based on new experiences and evolution of thought. Well, this past year, I’ve experienced just such an evolution of thought, and I wanted to explain it here. A little over three years ago, I […]

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 […]