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OFFICER suRvIvAL JOHN RussO GETTING HOME IN THE sAME CONDITION yOu WENT TO WORK IN. On Cheeks And Butt(stocks) Make Your Shotgun Work For You D espiteallthehooplaoverpatrolrifles,the12-gaugeshotgunisstilloneofthemostversatileand valuabletoolswehaveatourimmediatedisposal.Whetherit’susedasameansofkeepinga vehicleoccupant’sattentionduringahotstop,enteringafortifiedhouseortodeploylesslethalor chemicalagents,theshotgunisnowhereneartheendofitsillustriouspolicecareer.Mostagencies usetheRemington870and/orMossberg500sastheirshotgunsofchoice—bothareexcellent,reliableguns. Customizing is key to making your shotgun work better for you and the situation at hand — and doesn’t have to be expensive. Recoil In Horror S hotgunsarebuilttofittheaverage shooter,sosmallerstaturepeoplewillnot alwaysfindshootingoneapleasantexperience.Womenespeciallyhavetrouble findingahappymediumbetweenproperly shoulderingthebuttstockandkeepingtheircheek whereitneedstobeontheupperportionofthe stock(thecomb).Recoilfromheavy00-Buckor slugroundscanbeanissue,butmostproblems arefromimpropershoulderingandcheekingof theshotgun. Ifyouchronicallystruggletoeffectivelyshoot ashotgun,youneedtotalktoyourrangestafftoworkouttheexactproblem.Ifyou’resimplyafraidoftherecoilthenI’dstronglysuggestyoueither practice(alot)toovercomeyourfears,orconsidercustomizingyourgun.If thisisanoption,lookintosomethinglikeaKnoxxrecoilreducingadjustable stock.Oneofthesestockscanalleviatetwoproblems—bruisedandbattered shouldersandvaryinglengthsofpullfordifferentshooters. Attainingapropercheekweldisjustasimportantaspropershouldering.Ifyoudon’tkeepyourcheekgluedtothestockyou’lllearnvery quicklyhowmuchrecoiltothefacecanhurt.Ifyouhavetroublemaintainingagoodcheekweldchancesareyouneedastockpad.Depending onyourspecificneedsyou’llwanttotrydifferentstylesandthicknesses ofpadstofindwhatworksbestforyou.Tryduct-tapingspacersuntilyou findasizeyoulike,thenbuyafactoryversiontomatch.Yourrangestaff shouldbeabletohelpyouwiththis.Youdon’thavetomake-dowitha genericshotgun.Remember,onesizedoesnotfitall. An electronic dot sight, like this Burris SpeedBead, mounts low on the receiver. Now you have the speed and accuracy of a “dot” sight, without compromising your regular sights. The ability to “co-index” the red dot with your existing iron sights is a big plus. One ShOtgun, Multiple uSeS i nadditiontotheusuallethalstuff, thereareotheroptions,including beanbag,breaching,chemicalagents andothercrowdcontrolmunitions. First,learnhowtouseothermunitions andtrainwiththem.Thensetupyour shotgunsoyoucanreadilydeployany oftheneededmunitions.Thisiswhere side-saddlesandstockpouchesarea realbonus. Side-saddles are rigid shell holders Continued on page 64 22 WWW.AMERICANCOPMAGAZINE.COM • MARCH/APRIL 2011

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