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Front Sight FAQ > Front Sight, Nevada > Firearms Training > 2 and 4 Day Tactical Shotgun

Do you have shotguns available for rent?
Yes. We have Remington and Mossberg shotguns for rent in the Pro Shop. Please call the Pro Shop for rental information and availability.

I am going to purchase a shotgun to bring to class, should I buy a pump or semi-auto?
This is really a personal choice, however here are some pros and cons of both systems that may make your decision easier. Speed is not one of the factors as a skilled operator of a pump gun can be as quick as someone with a semi-auto. Some advantages of the pump gun is that it will shoot and cycle any ammunition designed for it and is less likely to malfunction as it gets dirty. A disadvantage of the pump is that it is more prone to operator error due to short-stroking the action, thereby not feeding the next live round into the chamber. The advantages to the semi-auto is that it is easier to operate with only one arm if needed as the weapon cycles itself. There is often less perceived recoil with semi-autos, especially on gas-operated guns. Some disadvantages to semi-autos are sensitivity to light ammunition loads and more likely to malfunction as the weapon gets dirty.

I have both a pump and semi-auto, which one should I use?
Bring them both. You are welcome to try both weapons during the course.

Can I use my bird hunting gun with a 26-inch or longer barrel?
You can use any shotgun with any barrel length for this course. However, it will be advantageous for you to acquire a barrel 18-20" in length. A long barrel is fine when hunting birds but becomes unwieldy in a defensive situation, especially inside a home.

What is the best brand of shotgun?
There is no one "best" brand. We have found good tactical shotguns from Remington, Mossberg, Winchester, Benelli, and Beretta. Each manufacturer usually will have a range of pump and/or semi-autos to choose from.

What is the best brand of ammunition?
Again, like the shotguns themselves, there is no one "best" brand. There are three types of ammunition that you can use in a tactical shotgun, birdshot, buckshot, and slugs. There are many factors that will determine what you choose for your defensive load. The distances that you may be engaging an adversary, urban or open environment, inside or outside structures, having to shoot through barriers, these must all be taken into consideration when choosing your load. Also when it comes to shot loads, especially buckshot, you will need to know how your gun patterns with your chosen load before you decide to use it in your weapon. "Patterning" is an exercise that shows how much the pellets spread at certain distances for a given loading in a given gun. You must also check how your shotgun performs with slugs at distance to see if you need to make sight adjustments if you have adjustable sights, or "Kentucky Windage" adjustments for non-adjustable sights.

What sighting system is better; bead, open rifle sights, or Ghost-rings?
The type of sights you use is another personal choice. Whether you use a bead, open rifle sights, or a Ghost-ring, they will all serve well. There are of course advantages and disadvantages to each system. The bead is quick up close but has a slight disadvantage for precision shots at distance. The rifle or Ghost-ring sights have very high visibility and are excellent for slugs and precision shots at distance. They can be more prone to damage due to their higher profile when compared to the bead sight.

What kind of slugs should I bring to class, rifled or Sabot?
The type of slug you will use depends on the type of barrel your gun has. If you have a smooth bore gun you will need to bring rifled slugs. If you have a rifled barrel, you will need to bring Sabot slugs. We recommend using a smooth bore gun with rifled slugs. You can shoot either slug in either barrel however you may end up with inconsistent accuracy.

What size birdshot should I bring to class?
7, 7 1/2, or 8 shot is recommended. Larger shot (#6, 5, 4, etc.) is not appropriate for this course.

Would you recommend using low-recoil buckshot and slugs for the class?
Yes. Using low-recoil buckshot and slugs in a training environment has many advantages. There is less recoil, less muzzle blast, and usually less muzzle flash. Low-recoil ammunition is conducive to the learning process in that you will not be worrying about recoil and instead concentrating on learning the techniques being taught.

What kind of sling should I use?
Any sling will work for the gun as long as it is the proper length. Tactical slings will make it more comfortable to carry the shotgun but are not necessary.

How can I tell if a particular stock fits me correctly?
Stock fit on a shotgun is very important. If the stock is too long it will be harder to manipulate the shotgun. A good rule of thumb is "better too short than too long". Shorter youth stocks are available for most popular shotguns or you can have a gunsmith modify your existing stock for you.

Are knee pads, elbow pads, and gloves necessary?
Knee pads and elbow pads are mandatory. Gloves are not required but are recommended to prevent bumps and bruises when shooting from braced positions such as prone.

Is a recoil-absorbing shoulder pad necessary?
Learning the proper techniques in shooting a shotgun will prevent you from suffering the effects of recoil. However, we do recommend a recoil-absorbing shoulder pad for your first shotgun course.

Do I need to wear a handgun or can I wear a handgun during my class?
We do not perform transition drills in these courses so a handgun is not required. If you have attended a Front Sight handgun course previously, you may wear an unloaded handgun during the course.

Do I need to have a weapon-mounted light to attend the class?
You do not have to have a dedicated light. You DO NOT need a light for the two-day and four-day tactical Shotgun class as they do not have a night shoot. If you are attending one of our night-only classes held during the summer, a dedicated light is required for these classes.

I am cross-eye dominant, should I learn to shoot with my dominant eye (support) side?
The short answer here is to close your dominant eye and use your firing side. This will allow you to use the same body position when learning to shoot the shotgun that you are most comfortable with when shooting a handgun.

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