I've only had one course in the use of a tactical shotgun, but I think this video with Clint Smith is pretty good. If you don't have a lot of shotgun experience, it's worth watching.
I learned to shoot shotgun with a Benelli M2.Excellent video. Thanks for finding it, and posting the link.
My preferred defensive long gun is the shotgun. In 2016, I transitioned to an auto-loading Benelli M2, for police duty and personal defense. My long-serving Remington 870P pump then became a niche weapon, with a Pachmayr Vindicator pistol grip. (My favored pumping arm’s wrist and shoulder started having issues, which are mitigated when I am not holding the shotgun so far forward, and am shoving forward with one hand, while pulling rearward with the other hand.)
I had developed a “rhythm” issue, with pump guns, short-stroking, on occasion, after 30+ years of never short-stroking. I was able to fix this, with coaching, installing a shorter stock, as recommended by the instructor, and diligent training. But, no sooner had I fixed the short-stroking, than my pumping arm wore itself out, so, M2 Benelli time. (My employer authorized the Remington 870, and/or the Benelli M1 and/or M2; personal purchase, of course.)
I had previously used an HK-era Benelli M1 Super 90, in the early Nineties. Its stock design was brutal, to my shoulder, however, so I soon reverted to being a full-time pump-gunner. Today’s Comfort Tech stock is SO much better.
When the 2017 Super Bowl came to town, I knew that I would be working a fixed post, at or near a street barricade. That was during a time when terrorists, in Europe, had been stealing “lorries,” as the BBC presenters put it, and then driving the stolen vehicles into crowds of pedestrians. With my Benelli M2, loaded with fresh Federal TruBall Penetrator slugs, I was actually better-equipped to shoot into vehicle body sheet metal than most of the SWAT guys, who were armed with their usual AR15 carbines. (Of course, some few SWAT guys had select-fire M14 rifles, but, they were few.)
Usually, of course, my load of choice was “tactical” or full-velocity 00 buck, depending upon availability, with #4 buck being an authorized option, for PD duty. (I worked for a PD that expected us to provide our own duty ammo. We did receive an equipment allowance.) Since retirement, I have started buying #1 buck, also.
Sounds like how you shoot a Shockwave...you're holding the gun out in front of you so there's no impact on your shoulder.I got a course in with FPF Training a couple weeks back, working on the aar. Lots of 1301’s, which I ran also, two really nice custom Vang 870’s, and some 590’s. Everything ran great, really good instruction. Used the “Stretch” the gun technique, (pull on the grip, push aggressively on the fore end, float the stock in against your shoulder/chest pocket), 150 low brass, more than 50 buck and a box of slugs later and not a mark on my shoulder/chest. A bit tight the next day, learn that technique, takes all the thump out of high brass 12g and makes for quick transitions/follow up.
Not really. The shotgun butt stock is seated just inside your shoulder just like Clint descibed in the video. The butt stock is physically touching your shoulder, just not deeply embedded. It is not held away from your body like the Shockwave. Your grip (trigger) hand is pulling the gun into your body. The hand on the fore end is pulling the gun away from your body --'"stretching" the shotgun. This technique, coupled with a quality recoil pad, lessens felt recoil and saves a lot of wear and tear on the shoulder area.Sounds like how you shoot a Shockwave...you're holding the gun out in front of you so there's no impact on your shoulder.