Archive for the 'Shotgun Noob' Category

September 03, 2019

More shotgun noob news for me for later

Tips & Techniques for Defensive Shotgun Patterning.

Need to get back to the range but it has been OMFG degrees outside for months.

March 12, 2019


I didn’t know there was a shotty made by Tavor.

July 12, 2018

News you can use

5 Must-Know Drills for Your Home-Defense Shotgun

Personally, don’t dig the shotgun as a home defense gun. But as a shotty noob, I enjoy practicing this sort of stuff.

June 28, 2018

Shotgun terms

A list. I’m new to this shotgat business so I found the clarification useful. Unfortunately, it’s been OMFG degrees outside and my desire to shoot hasn’t yet exceeded by desire to be in the air conditioning.

June 21, 2018

Shotgun Noob: Sights

Shotgun Sights: Is the Bead Still the Best?

I put an old EOTech on mine. My theory being that, at some distance, the red circle may approximate the spread pattern. We’ll see.

June 06, 2018

Gamer gun

In the comments to my post on the Beretta’s 1301 potential user-induced failure, a couple of you said it was a deal breaker that it did that. And I understand that. For me, this is a gamer gun and a bird gun. It’s not a self-defense gun.

Speaking of shotguns, here’s a ton of shotgun links.

June 04, 2018

So that explains it

Remember my issue with the Beretta 1301? Well, Chris explains it.

May 28, 2018

More shotgun noob

The ongoing shotgun noob series:

Having put the extended magazine on the Beretta 1301, I went out and shot another 75 rounds through it. Everything was going well until about 30 or so rounds in when this cluster happened:

The slide locked back and didn’t chamber the next round. And then I hit the shell eject button, launching two shells below the chamber. The latter being my fault, the former a gun failure. And then, I did it again a few rounds later:

The 1301 has a bizarre way to unload it. You can see it here (language warning). And I apparently did that after the gun didn’t cycle.

And I took it completely apart for some reason. And it’s complicated to re-assemble.

So far, I like the gun. I’ve just got to get better at running it.

May 21, 2018

Shotgun noob stuff

Took the Beretta, in its stock configuration, out for another 75 rounds. No problems to report. Gun ran great. And then, when I got home, this happened:

Nordic Components +5 magazine extension.

May 17, 2018

Shotgun Noob part whatever: First range trip

Despite having a ton of accessories laying around the house for the Beretta 1301, I haven’t added any to the gun. I wanted to run it stock first. And believe me, the temptation to put all that stuff on was great. I even sat down to do it once and talked myself out of it. But this ain’t a post about that, it’s a post about this:

I snagged 500 rounds of Remington Gun Club low recoil shot shells from Lucky Gunner. This ammo is fun and suitable for the range and training but birdshot is not adequate for self defense.

I took it to the range planning on shooting 100 rounds through it. I managed 25 before a pop-up thunderstorm ruined that plan. I loaded it up and realized it had a plug in it limiting it to 2+1. I loaded 2 and racked the charging handle and it didn’t chamber a shell. The manual that came with the gun is not good. You can’t find the information you need because it’s buried in between all of the safety warnings nobody reads. So, to the YouTube. You actually need to load a round into the chamber. Ok, easy enough.

I fired the first shot into a small detention of the berm just to observe the pattern. It was tighter than I figured it would be. Then, I started shooting various “drills” for lack of a better word. Rapid fire 3 into one target. Rapid fire 3 into 3 targets. And so on. And the last few rounds, I’d fire into the berm at various distances to see the pattern. It was a hoot to shoot.

I tried my hand at the tacticool reloads but was not very successful.

I guess now I can start adding lights, lasers, tasers, phasers, and wind-speed indicators to it.

Granted, it was only 25 rounds but there were no malfunctions. Just operator error.

May 15, 2018

Gun Porn

Shotgat noob edition:

You might be a gun nut if you plan on drilling holes in a gun you haven’t shot.*

The Beretta 1301 Comp 24 arrived. And I’m anxious to learn how to run a shotgun. I’ve ordered a +5 magazine extension tube and a picatinny rail. Those are no big deal. But I also snagged a Stage Saver. I’ll be curious to see if I can learn to use it. I also snagged a shot-shell holder. They make models that load 4 but I figured I’d start off with 2 while I’m learning all this stuff.

* Decided against just in case it doesn’t function right and needs warranty work.

Remember, I do this to entertain me, not you.

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