9:34 am by digitalmbul in Shotgun
by Paul W Abel
Shoot-N-Iron Practical Shooting & Training Academy
A few nights ago I read an article regarding a person’s criminal and civil liabilities should you use a custom, eighteen-inch barreled scattergun, equipped with a magazine extension, sling and having a black composite stock, in defense of your home or business. Yeah, this fellow, a well known writer and so-called “gun regulation expert”, was talking about a shotgun that the news media says is an “assault weapon”.
I’ll agree with the writer in as far as the gun I just described can most certainly be called an assault weapon. But so can any other shotgun. For that matter, anything that is used to assault someone is an assault weapon. This includes bricks, bottles, chairs, automobiles, knives, and even pens and pencils.
I realize that in some states, especially on the eastern and western coasts, some kooky lawyer out to make a buck, might holler “foul”. He or she might even file a lawsuit if the shotgun that you used to save yourself and family happen to fall into the category designed by the media and anti-gun weirdo’s as an “assault weapon”, although I don’t believe it is apt to happen here in Oklahoma.
I do not see a real reason for a person having to purchase an expensive, police type shotgun for self defense. I also feel that if you are more comfortable with this configuration of firearm, by all means buy one. In reality the bad guy won’t know if he gets shot with a new Remington 870 riot gun or the faithful old side by side double barreled bird gun that has provided so many hours of pleasure in the hunting fields. This bad bird will certainly get the message from either.
There is no better home or business defensive firearm. Handguns are more easily carried and can be produced a little quicker. Pistols however are not as easy to hit with. Handguns require a mite more practice for someone to become proficient. My old friend, the late Bill Jordan of the U.S. Border Patrol and N.R.A., once called the shotgun “the world’s greatest equalizer”. How true.
There is a very wide range of ammunition for the shotgun. Most folks recommend #00 buckshot for home defense. I agree that buckshot will certainly do the job. Buckshot however has a couple of drawbacks. If the person using the shotgun happens to be a petite lady she stands to have the hell kicked out of her. A lot of ladies are afraid of this round. Buckshot and slugs both have great penetration power and will go through several sheetrock walls. One might wish to use a lighter powered load such as #6 to #8 birdshot. The lighter shells do not kick nearly as hard and the penetration dissipates more rapidly. Even #8′s will do the job across any room in the house. The anti-gunners also can not yell that you were just waiting, with an assault shotgun loaded for bear with magnum #00 buckshot, to ambush and kill someone. Of course the anti-gun idiots won’t consider the fact that the bad guy was a threat to the lives of you and your family in your own home. If asked, the light loads were just the stuff that you hunted with or shot at the trap range. Not “KILLER AMMUNITION”. At the short ranges that you may have to defend yourself, the size of shot really won’t matter.
The writer that I referred to earlier said something about “you should run out of your house if threatened and just let the intruder have what he came for”. “Bull Cookies”. What are you going to do if the intrusion is at 3:00 AM and children or folks that can’t run are present? As for me I’m too damned old and slow to run. My wife is in the same boat. We are going to fight back.
Oklahoma law recognizes two types of defensive force. NON-DEADLY force and DEADLEY force. Oklahoma law makes no stipulation as to the type or how much force a person can use to defend their home if it is occupied at the time. The law does however require any act of violence used in defense to be qualified by the question, WAS IT REASONABLE and WAS IT NECESSARY? I doubt if one would want to shoot some eight year old kid that is in your house busting your piggy bank.
Thank God that in Oklahoma we do not have to adhere to some of the stupidity written into laws that are so prevalent in some of our sister states. Our Legislature keeps a very close watch on most of our rights and has taken action to preserve our rights. I don’t always agree with the lawmakers on some of the things that are or are not passed. They did pass a bill a few years ago that protects us from liability suits when we have to defend ourselves. This law is entitled “The Make My Day Law”. It simply says that if a court finds you not guilty of a killing for reasons of self-defense or justifiable homicide, then you can not be sued in state court civilly. This is a good law.
If you should ever find yourself in a situation that requires drastic and even lethal response to thwart an intruder in your home or business, a handgun is something I would not want to be without. I make it a practice to never be very far from my pistol. I do adhere to some advise I was once given. I would never take on a bad, armed person with a handgun if I could lay my hands on a good shotgun.
You ask, “why not a rifle?” Good question. We’ll talk about that another time.
9:18 am by digitalmbul in Shotgun
Introduction – Military Police System recently unveiled a must have weapon in the current CQB environment. The company out of Piney Flats, Tennessee has come out with a unique selectable (via a unique trigger) 12-gauge shotgun called the Auto Assault 12 Automatic Shotgun or AA-12 Automatic Shotgun. The AA name originally stood for “Atchisson Assault” after the original inventor but has been changed since Military Police Systems purchased the rights to the unique weapon. The weapon utilizes a constant recoil system that reduces recoil by 90% as compared to a traditional 12 gauge shotgun. The reduction is recoil is the primary reason that this shotgun can be fired effectively in the automatic mode. With little or no barrel rise, this weapon is a monster when clearing rooms! The weapon will definitely become a force multiplier with its ease of operation and massive firepower in both the law enforcement and military arenas.
Technical Data –
Caliber – 12 Gauge (2 3/4″ Shells)
Rate of Fire
300 Rounds per minute / Fires a 20 round drum in about 4 seconds
Operations – Long Stroke Gas Piston with constant recoil
33 Inches with 13 Inch Barrel (same size as an M4 with stock Extended)
38 Inches with 18 Inch Barrel
10.0 lbs with 13 Inch Barrel
10.5 lbs with 18 Inch Barrel
Feeding Device -
8 round magazine
20 round drum magazine
40 round drum magazine (in development)
Safety – Thumb Safety
Front – Protected Post which is adjustable for Elevation
Rear – Protected Ring which is adjustable for W/E
Stock – Glass filled nylon available in:
Various other Camouflage Patterns
Finish – Matte Stainless Steel
Made of corrosion resistant, high impact, heat-treated stainless steels and high-impact plastics
Low Maintenance – The company during a Blackwater shoot, 5000 ROUNDS were fired through a single weapon WITHOUT cleaning or a drop of Lube.
What is Constant Recoil? – When the weapon’s gun bolt is cycling a round, a gas system absorbs most of the shock and energy, about 80% of the total recoil. The weapon also has a very strong recoil spring that absorbs another 10% of the recoil. The result is a weapon that cycles efficiently and effortlessly while transferring 10% of the recoil of a normal 12 gauge to the shooter!
The Bottom Line – This weapon fills a void in the current military arsenal and could potentially change doctrine when it comes to CQB and urban operations. It has been said that the insurgents in Iraq do not fear a M16 but are very afraid of a shotgun. If this is true – the AA-12 should scare the hell out of them. A weapon that will fire 20 x #4 Buckshot 12 gauge shells in 4 seconds while spraying 540 .24 caliber pellets is bringing the smoke. Clearing a room with known enemy targets will forever be changed when employing this capability. You mean I get to carry a fully auto 12 gauge that doesn’t need cleaning, fires a 20 round drum in 4 seconds and can be fired from a hummer because of the length – that’s what every military ground pounder would love to hear on a deployment.!
9:07 am by digitalmbul in Shotgun
Ok, every avid hunter has been shopping to get a new shotgun for hunting, skeets or just a good field gun. I was influenced by price, personal experience and fellow hunters while deciding on what brand name to purchase. However as my hunting experience grew, I was introduced to a variety of manufacturers. We have took the work out of looking for manufactures by providing a short description of the company’s policy and their website address. Below is a list of popular shotgun makers, if you cant find a shotgun from one of these guys, they don’t make it.
Benelli – Whether you’re pursuing waterfowl, wing shooting, need a turkey gun or seeking a special purpose shotgun, Benelli offers a full line of legendary models that meet any shooting style.
Beretta – For nearly five centuries, the Beretta family has been devoted to the craft and profession of firearms production and holds the distinction of being the world’s oldest industrial enterprise.
Bernardelli – The company continues to craft guns by combining the time-honored tradition of quality craftsmanship with the latest design and manufacturing technologies.
Bill Hanus Birdguns – All doubles are not created equal. Mine is better.
Browning – Browning offers a wide variety of outdoor products including shotguns, footwear and outdoor apparel.
Charles Daly – Like the Charles Daly of old, Charles Daly, The Shooting Sports Specialist is a growing, fluid, innovative company that constantly adjusts to market dynamics.
CZ – The newest line expands the CZ-USA offerings by 7 calibers/gauges, both classic and cutting edge, all of them new to the CZ line.
DeHaan – Since 1999, providing an exclusive line of premium-grade shotguns designed and crafted to the high demands of U.S. hunters, competitors, and collectors.
Diamond – Compant from turkey that makes semi-automatic and pump shotguns.
EAA – The core EAA Corp philosophy, good quality products at a reasonable price.
Falco – The FALCO company products hunting shotguns for 40 years, becoming specialized in small caliber. The continuous technical evolution and the production allow to the FALCO to propose products of great quality and reliability on the market, becoming part among the great italian guns manufacturers
Investarm – Founded in 1975 by the three Salvinelli brothers, operators in the arms sector since 1955, Investarm can boast years of experience in the manufacture of hunting guns and replicas of antique arms.
Kimber – Kimber is dedicated to building only the finest pistols and rifles. Beyond choosing the best materials and holding true to classic design, each part is made to the industries tightest tolerances, ensuring unequaled dependability and performance.
Marlin – The Marlin doctrine of gun making remains the same today as in the beginning. Modern machines and materials are used, but the founder’s concept of making guns simpler and better is followed religiously.
Merkel – Available in over-and-under, traditional side-by-side, and combination designs, Merkel shotguns, drillings, and combination guns represent an unparalleled investment in quality and value. Merkel is one of the few manufacturers in the world still producing a traditional 16-gauge shotgun.
Mossberg – America’s oldest family owned and operated firearm manufacturer, and the largest producer of pump action shotguns in the world.
Orvis – Shotguns that are Hand-Built and Custom-Fitted to your specifications.
Remington – Remington is the only U.S. manufacturer of both firearms and ammunition products and one of the largest domestic producers of shotguns and rifles.
Rossi – Over the years, Rossi firearms has led the way in design and engineering. At the same time, it has always been important to produce an affordable product without sacrificing any quality or accuracy.
Ruger – Ruger’s modern manufacturing techniques and materials combine precision and durability with aesthetic and dynamic harmony, once achieved only through months of skilled hand labor. The result is a classic shotgun with the performance and reliability you expect from Ruger.
Savage – Savage Arms is proud to celebrate 110 years of manufacturing and in keeping with its’ time-honored tradition of developing the best products in the industry, will continue to pioneer new technologies, markets and consumer products that are peerless.
Sig Arms/Rizzini – At SIGARMS Inc. our MISSION is to be a reliable, long-term partner to our Customers, recognized for the quality and value of our products and the reliability of our commitments.
SKB Shotguns – The affordable choice of quality.
Stoeger – If you’re looking for a semi-auto pump, over-and-under, side-by-side, single barrel, or that special coach gun for Cowboy Action Shooting events, you need to consider a Stoeger.
Verona – Verona imports shotguns from some of the finest Italian and Turkish gun makers in the world: Vincenzo Bernardelli, Antonio Zoli, Fabrique Arms Isidoro Rizzini (F.A.I.R.), and Sarsilmaz
Weatherby – Weatherby markets a full line of Over/Under, side-by-side and semi-automatic shotguns, proprietary Weatherby Magnum ammunition, Weatherby Performance Wool and shooting accessories.
Winchester – Hard working and very functional, Winchester Firearms are built tough with superior interior and exterior fit and finish. This allows a Winchester firearm to perform smoothly and continue working consistently and accurately when other guns can’t.
Oldies, but Goodies!
Lewisham Council’s homes provider has been fined after a meter reader broke her jaw and smashed most of her teeth in a fall into an unprotected flood pit cellar beneath a block of flats.
A nationwide removals firm has been fined for safety failings after a worker broke his leg whilst moving machinery at a site in Bedford.
A Dagenham-based firm has been sentenced after a worker severed a finger and seriously injured two others on a badly-guarded cutting block capable of 10,000 cuts per minute.
A Staffordshire kitchen fitter has been fined after he carried out illegal gas work and put families’ lives at risk.
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