An often overlooked resource are shotguns. These firearms are used in both law enforcement and military. Shotguns are ideal for close range combat and are equally important among the tactical team. To help those in law enforcement that are looking for some extra drills to better handle your shotgun, we at Shooting Range Industries would like to share a handful of shotgun drills.
Shooting Drills for Weak Hand
Both law enforcement and military personnel can benefit from the advantages of close quarter shotgun combat. To handle your weapon with the weak hand as well as you do with the primary hand an important necessity is that you should be prepared. Start by shooting your weapon with your strong hand, using traditional shooting positions as well us nontraditional shooting positions and then repeat them on the weak side. While on the move, shoot the same targets following a few static practices and reload with the weak hand. As you become more familiar using the weaker hand with the more drills you perform, your weak side will continue to improve.
Standard Mounting Drill
Using the drills, improve your handling and accuracy. While in the ready position, muzzle horizontal or a little higher and butt tucked lightly under your arm and keep your eyes on a specific spot on the target. As you keep your eye on the target point, push the muzzle out towards the target. After you push the muzzle two or three inches out toward the target, raise the stock to your face. The butt of the shotgun is then brought out from under your arm. Seat the gun in your shoulder pocket by pulling back with your trigger hand and fire accurately. As you continue to repeat this exercise over and over again, this exercise will only get smoother and smoother. To be more familiar with your shotgun and hitting your target, remember speed is not important in this drill as the point of the exercise. Naturally, your speed will come later.
Shotgun Flashlight Drill
This drill is not only good for beginners, but also as an exercise to hone your developed skills. You are allowed to stay focused on the target with open awareness to threats around you without having to constantly keep your eyes on the gun is the general idea for this exercise. Being set accordingly to shine where the muzzle is pointed, make sure the flashlight is mounted on the shotgun. Establish your drawing drills in the dark if it is possible so you can shine light on your target. Before you begin firing live rounds, continue to practice this drill until the action is smooth, and your target is on spot. Next, swing the gun back and forth all the while the beam on the seam is between the wall and ceiling, like shooting crossing shots. After you have practiced the movement enough that is it fluid, combine the two movements together. From starting in the ready position, move the muzzle and follow the flight line to your target. Bring the stock to your face and the gun into your shoulder as you swing the muzzle. Once the exercise becomes efficiently smooth, you can add live firing on a target.
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As you practice with your shotgun, keep in mind that there are many additional drills. Through drills and firing at the shooting range, you only get more efficient and accurate with your shotgun. Shooting Range Industries designs and builds custom modular shooting ranges. Call us to learn more today!