Shotguns Don’t Suck

This is an article I stumbled across thanks to ISG. The article is by Greg Ellifritz on Active Response Training. I won’t say too much here, just that if you have ever considered the possibility that you might have to shoot someone in defense of your life or the life of a loved one, this is an article you should read.

I lied, I’ll say one more thing: 81% one-shot stop. Read the article for more.

Shotguns for Home Protection” by Greg Ellifritz.

See you on Friday -S_S

The cover picture is taken from Lucky Gunner’s video on the topic of scatterguns. You should watch it, and then buy ammo from them. They don’t pay me to say that, I just really appreciate the quality content they put out.

3 thoughts on “Shotguns Don’t Suck

  1. That’s a neat article.

    Personally, I’m a little leery of ‘one shot’ percentages. Because there’s way to many variables to take into consideration, such as hit location to start. Then there’s all the other more minor stuff, like clothing, deflection, pain thresh holds, foreign substances such as drugs and alcohol, bullet type, etc. There’s a lot of variables. And modern technique these days is to simply shoot until they ‘stop’.

    But the article had lots of interesting stuff in it, such as this:

    “Hit rates with the shotgun were also extremely good. Holloway’s Raiders fired 73 rounds with their shotguns and hit their targets 43 times. That’s a 60% hit rate. Modern police hit rates range from 10% to 20% for most police departments. The rapidly spreading buckshot rounds made it easier to hit criminals who were on the run or moving quickly while shooting. Another plus for the shotgun.”

    Well, bad for any nearby bystanders who might soak up some of the spreading buckshot. And the average hit rate for police is atrocious and sadly believable. Having seen many a cop qualify, I’d be afraid of any of them trying to rescue me in a hostage situation. -shudder-

    I figure it’s like anything else. If you enjoy/interested by something, you’ll tend to be far better than those who aren’t.

    The cops who are into guns, will be the good shots. The cops who don’t care for guns, won’t bother practicing and will barely qualify.

    I guess the rule to adhere to is like most things, be smarter than your tool. Know what it’s capable of and adjust/perform accordingly.

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    1. I think your last 3 paragraphs sum it up very succinctly.

      I think the one-shot-stop percentages can be trusted in this specific case. There are tons of variables, for sure, but the spread of buckshot kind of negates a few of them, if not most. Shot placement? “Well, I hit him in 9 places all across his upper torso, so…” Clothing can be legit. I’ll let that one stand.

      Hit percentage would only go up with decent spread. Handguns are the hardest weapon to use, and by far the most often used weapon by police. They usually need more training, but they’ve also got the deck stacked against them.

      Hitting bystanders is a major concern, but it seems to not be much of an issue according to Holloway’s Raiders. There are probably mitigating factors that help this, though they aren’t mentioned. I’d like to know what they were so that we have a more complete picture.

      Thanks for reading, and helping to further the discussion on scatterguns. They really are the red-headed step child of the gun world, and I feel like they don’t get a fair evaluation by most.

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