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  1. Chris Cypert of Citizens Defense Research and I teamed up for this video on making the 911 call in the event of a range injury or accident.
  2. I can't speak to them, but right in Murfreesboro you have Citizens Safety Academy, and they are top shelf. Ryan McCann is also in the area, and I highly recommend him.
  3. Please elaborate on having the revolver higher in your line of sight for reloads. What were you doing previously, and what are you doing now?
  4. Link to YouTube Video Here's CJ, one of the students, running the 4+1 Transition Drill with a Tac14 in 20ga. I like this drill because it has many layers to it. The shooter starts at gunbox/cruiser ready and has to get the gun into action. Then they hit both outside targets (long transitions), both inside targets (more transitions), and ends with an emergency load to the center target. With only five rounds, we are practicing numerous skills. One issue with 20ga shotguns for defensive use is that there is not, in my opinion, a quality defensive buckshot load available for them.
  5. Roger that. That was a fun class. I'll actually be in Murfreesboro teaching this weekend
  6. In the quote above, Cirillo isn't talking about unsighted fire. He's talking about covering a suspect and being able to view everything that the suspect is doing prior to having to shoot. In that sense, he is correct because the problem in the background is innocent people. In his descriptions of his actual shootings, he was clearly using sighted fire albeit he may not have had a true, hard, front sight focus in every instance. I'll try to look back through his written works for the exact wording, but he did describe a method of looking through the gun in some instances and being so aware
  7. That's not what Cirillo himself wrote in his descriptions of the gunfights in which he was involved.
  8. In numerous high stress situations, I have been able to see my sights, unless one doesn't consider things like taking down a murder suspect as high stress. There's a lot of wisdom in the words of Jim Cirillo.
  9. How many rounds do you have through that setup? From my research, the recoil impulse of shotguns tends to kill off cheaper RDS. Even RMRs are not known to have great lifespans when topping shotguns. That's why I went with the Aimpoint. Counterpoint: A very experienced shotgun aficionado friend has had very good results with a Holosun.
  10. Another thing to consider with slugs is one's sighting system. As I primarily run FliteControl in my guns, I had gravitated to big, easy to pick up front sights. When I was at Gunsite, shots on steel at 70 yards with a front sight that was wider than the steel were challenging. Ghost rings with a blade front work well for such shots, but they are slower up close. I have mounted an Aimpoint H1 on a shotty, but at present, I don't have enough data to comment, but it appears this is a happy median.
  11. Instances of people actually performing a select slug exchange in the midst of a gunfight are rarer than actual Bigfoot captures. I've heard of several instances of people shooting all of their buckshot and then loading a slug, but I've only heard of one possible actual exchange. I'm a big fan of the FliteControl. I've got one shotgun that will keep all of the pellets in the coke bottle of an IALEFI target at 35 yards if I do my part. Most of my guns will do that at 25+.
  12. At work, my technique for ammo selection is that I have one shotgun loaded with buckshot and one loaded with slugs. They are turned opposite ways in the rack; so, that I can tell which is which. If I jump suspects on the ground, I pull the buckshot. If I jump suspects in a car, I pull the slugs. Otherwise, I just run buckshot in/on the gun, and if I feel I just have to have them, I'll have slugs on the belt. I tend to use a shotgun for known confined spaces and a carbine for everything else.
  13. Here is a good discussion on this topic: My experience does not mirror that of the OP. I have seen rounds come out of the side saddle when run brass down. I have seen one round come out when oriented brass up. I was at Gunsite for their 260 Shotgun course and bought some Winchester AA hull shot for the test, and the hulls were so slick that I had one fly out and go right past my head. My elastic side saddle was very, very worn, and I replaced it after that class. I much, much prefer the elastic cards and velcro to a side saddle attachment that replaces the a


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