Monday, June 22, 2009

Shotgun to Handgun

Can you transition from one weapon to another seamlessly? If you have the shotgun, can you transition to the handgun? If you are closing in on a suspect that you have to handcuff, and have a shotgun in your hands what can you do?

There are several techniques that can be employed. First, hand the shotgun to another officer. If you are next to your unit, you can put it in the car, perhaps even lock it in the truck or in the back seat cage. If you are not able to do that, then you can sling it. If you don't have a shotgun sling, perhaps you can disable the gun. A pump action shotgun can have have the magazine nut unscrewed and the gun becomes unserviceable.

The key with this is to think about what you want to do in advance and practice it. My agency has slings for all the shotguns, but before that, we used to practice taking them apart. Planning your actions at the scene is easier if you have practiced the techniques in advance; that's what the SGT Says.


Texas Ghostrider said...

My agency sends you through a very rough and hard school for shotgun and patrol rifle. Slings are required for both and we drill, drill and drill some more so slinging and coming up on target from a sling is second nature.

As far as I am concerned the days of shooting 5 shotgun shells to qualify with it is over.

Bunkermeister said...

Our patrol rifle school is 24 hours, usually three consecutive days. Shotgun training is given during the academy, and we do it several times a year. Same sling on both the shotgun and rifle.