The rabid raccoon had caused concern being as there was three year old child and new puppy in the household.
Even though there is fence around the yard…
Raccoons, if they ever get a thumb, we humans are in for a lot more trouble.
The single shot shotgun is a simple, reliable firearm. I grew up when every household had at least one behind the back door. I admit I still have a soft spot for these simple firearms. In fact as some know, I do keep a NEF Youth model 20 handy. I had asked for a wood and blue, instead the stock numbers were confused and I kept the one that came in.
What I wanted and prefer is: Pardner Youth 20 Gauge (SB1-250)
Mine is: Topper Junior 20 Gauge (SB1-258)
I have fired a few shotguns and shells in my day, and have patterned many a gun and load. This gun, with its fixed modified barrel, tosses some of the best pellet patterns and slug groups. Mine did so well, others chose these as well. Instead of whacking gun barrel and not having any choke, this gun’s total length is 36” and has choke.
I have felled a limit of 15 doves – with only 12 shells fired; taken small game, and critter control…
…Speaking of which, that Rabid Raccoon and folks being “in fear of” a child and family pet.
I was toting a NEF exactly like the one I keep at home. Even had the Koplin elastic shell cuff on butt- stock, with electrical tape to keep from sliding like mine…granted I had a hand in this gun, and setting it up.
I had 5 Remington Slugs, on the butt stock, one in my weak hand, and one in the chamber…, seven rounds total.
My sidearm was my Keltec P-11 with 124 gr JHP as I use for my “niche” CCW.
Young Lady, backing me up - was using a bone stock 1300 in 20 ga, Skeet choke with Remington slugs, her sidearm was a Model 66 with .357 loads. She can shoot these guns - very very well.
Raccoon was suspected be in down on the property – on past the house where a clump of trees are, some brush, and beyond are some fields.
As we approached, I started walking as I would out bird hunting, quail for instance. I heard him first, then he bolted out and ran toward me, I moved lateral, fired the first slug, thumbed the action open, as I side stepped lateral again, spent shell out, new slug from weak hand finger and fired again.
Ruark said to shoot again…I do.
Imagine the triangle of nipples to nose, first slug entered about an inch under ones Adam’s Apple, he fell of course, falling left , second slug entered between eye and nose.
One normal stride for me is about One yard. Distance from where he ran out bushes to where I fired 18 steps, and he was moving in fast. I fired when he was eight steps away.
Interesting is, about the time I started to slap trigger, he raised up, and I changed to COM shot. Cannot explain it, just like a clay, or bird changing a wee bit at the last Nth of a second. I was going for a head shot...he was coming in fast...who knows why threats do what they do...
If it breaks - its broke as they say...
Tueller drills are not just for handguns.
Lady backing me up, stayed weak side and matched my moves. She is an accomplished shooter, shoots from low gun for skeet, 5 stand and Sporting Clays, and she can run a pump gun, and keep it feed without looking.
I never looked at the single shot as ejected or reloaded, eyes on threat and moving laterally.
I have had my surprises with critter control, poke with long stick, while she covered then long rope, and slip knotted and dragged to the brush pile, later set ablaze. Just what you do – how it is done.
I am a huge proponent of slugs, both slugs exited, and the damage was terrible.
Single shot shotguns are about a C note new, used are less. Proven throughout history to take game, protect the home and critter control.
Why a youth model when I am 6’ and 170 #s?
A bigger person can shoot a smaller gun – a small person cannot shoot a bigger gun.
I use these for kids and petite shooters in teaching, or allow a petite person to hunt that needs a gun to fit. These are easy to tote when there will be more toting – than shooting.
Fits in a vehicle real easy, bone stock, politically / legally correct in more jurisdictions.
Yep, they still work.
Couple of lessons in this sharing of critter control of the other day, more to this sharing than the single shot shotgun, figured you folks have picked up on these.
Just a kid sized single shot shotgun – honest.