Recap: One Day Basic Defensive Shotgun
We had a successful BDS last Saturday. Most of the students had more than one EUREKA! moment when they learned something new and useful about the shotgun. Also, most managed to complete the class without the expected bruising, ‘rabbit lips’, etc. Of course, a slip-up in shotgun technique WILL be rewarded with a teaching point, as some found out.
A new addition to Paladin’s BDS curriculum is the ‘Biden’ technique: At the first sign of danger, point the shotgun up in the air and unload it. Never let it be said we’re not open to new ideas here at PTI.
What an idiot.
Actually, we worked a lot on basic skills like loading and unloading; we learned the pros and cons of different ready conditions; we patterned buckshot at various distances; we learned to engage threats to either side and to the rear while efficiently getting off the attacker’s ‘line of power’; we learned to scan; we learned how to pie corners and take the shot from cover; we did basic work with birdshot and then tested our technique with buckshot; we learned how to manipulate the action properly; we discovered the issues that come from having to fight with a shotgun from unconventional positions; we discovered that a weapon mounted light is not just a useful accessory, it’s an essential.
In short, we learned how to run the gun and hit the target, in daylight and in dark. All the training comes down to this: Win this fight, see if there are other immediate fights, get ready for future fights.
A Big Plus
We got to train in the rain! I am seriously a little disappointed the rain stopped before the night fire segment as that would have added a nice component to the mix.
My relationship with the shotgun as a fighting tool is developing. I started to say ‘confused’. I spend so much time on the rifle I don’t think much about shotguns. True, there’s one nearby as I write this, but I seriously wonder if I’d even think of it should the need arise. Then, I teach one of these classes and I’m reminded:
The shotgun is an awesome home defense weapon!
Based on student demand, we only do the BDS twice a year. I would love to be able to make it part of the normal defensive firearm rotation and do one once a quarter. It’s worthy of it.
If you want it, let me know.