Just got home from assisting with the Defensive Long Gun class at KR Training.
Great day. Overall things went well and it’s obvious the students learned a lot. Some learned lessons about shooting, some learned lessons of tactics, and a lot of people learned lessons about equipment and gear.
Yes, things break. Doesn’t matter how fancy and cool your gun is… if it breaks, if things aren’t Loctite’d down, it doesn’t matter. But it’s good to learn that in the safety and security of a classroom setting than when it really matters.
I’ve said it numerous times: find gear that works for you. Don’t be attached to your gear because it’s just “stuff”. If it doesn’t work, make changes be it modifications to what you have or maybe a full-on change and buy something else. You have to find things that work for you and work well. Your life and the life of those you love may depend on it.
A few things to comment on:
There was one AK, 2 pump shotguns, 1 Saiga (which the student was having a dog of a time getting to run well), and I believe the rest were some flavor of AR. I was surprised to see the great number of EOTech’s, but probably because I’m an Aimpoint fan. 😉 But consider the context of the class: civilian defensive situations, which is mostly home-defense. In a case like that, and since things can happen VERY quickly (as many learned in the role-play scenario) well… do you have time to turn your optic on? One reason I love Aimpoint is the battery life, so I can just turn the optic on and leave it on. Reminder to change the battery once a year, and even if I forget I’m not going to sweat it.
Whatever you have, but especially if you have an AR, you need to lube it. No, you don’t have enough oil on it. No, really, you don’t.
Since in a home defense situation you won’t be running around with the gun mounted but instead in a low or high ready position, it’s important that you can snap the gun into position and be in that same position every time. Cheek weld should be repeatable. If this means you have to lower the optic, you do. If this means you need to do something to raise up your stock, then do it. You should be able to snap the gun to your cheek bone and hit the same spot every time without having fiddle and adjust.
For you shotgun guys, look into shorter stocks to shorten your length-of-pull. Even 1″ off the back end makes a huge difference in your ability to mount the gun. For you guys running collapsible stocks, try going in one notch and see how that works. There will be a point where it’s too short, but work to find that point because it’s well likely you can go a little shorter and gain a lot of manuverability.
And don’t forget about holdover… especially if there’s something in front of you, like a barrier to shoot over or around. Very important the higher your scope is over the bore.
Due to all of that, there was discussion about zeroing distances. I’ll talk about that in another post because I think it’s worth it. I’ll get to it soon. Stay tuned. 🙂
On that Saiga… there was a time I was interested in getting one. I’m pretty well cured of that desire now. My pump shotgun runs.