Intro to Tactical Shotgun with Randy Lee


October 5, 2006, 11:36 PM
I took an Intro to Tactical Shotgun Class with Randy Lee at Sacramento Valley Shooting Center on Sept 30th.


My gear for this class was a Benelli M1Super90 and a Sig 220 Carry pistol. I had several different guns to back up the 220 Carry however I did not have a back up for my Benelli so I brought along some spare parts just in case the crosspin holding the TacStar SideSaddle broke. The Benelli held a Winchester 1300 Limbsaver and a 6 Shell SideSaddle. Both gun systems worked perfect during the entire day of shooting!!!!!!!

Randy started us off with a lecture on Tactical Shotguns and started us off with a diagnostic shooting drill. We watched each student shoot a course of fire, reload and shoot the course of fire again. Everyone was able to shoot and reload their shotguns properly.

After the seminar Randy taught us the proper way to load and unload our shotguns. Some of the students had problems unloading their shotguns from the tube and needed a little help. We all worked with each and some of us even swapped out shotguns to learn a different shotgun platform.

The day continued with loading and unload drills. The method Randy taught shave up to 10 seconds for some people on reloading. It was comfortable, fast and made sense. Randy started with the basics of shotgun mechanics and worked us into reloading/unloading, talked briefly about jams in the 870 and we went to work shooting at paper targets. Each of us paired up with a buddy and destroyed paper zombies. Personally the reloading/unloading drills for me was the 100 dollar tip of the day.

As we progressed through shooting evolutions, Randy had us pattern our shotguns with various types of 00 buck from 7-25 yards. Winchester Ranger, Federal LE, Federal with the FLITE Control wads and TAP 00 buck were the range favorites. Winchester Super X and S and B 00 buck was acceptable but the spread at 25 yards was very close to going over the 1 inch per yard rule. Its okay from blasting but not desirable from HD.

We took a lunch break and everyone broke out the pistols. Flork introduced everyone to his ARMA less Lethal device. We loaded up some beanbags, soft airpellets and some paintballs. Lunch was a blast.

The rest of the day was spent patterning slugs, performing more drills and a 4 gun demo.

This is were you saw Master Lee's instruction shine. There were 4 different shotguns on the table. A Mossberg, Benelli and Remington. The 4th shotgun belonged to the student. Each of us fired 4 shots reloaded the next shotgun and fired again until we completed the drill. Every single student effortlessly loaded and fired each shotgun.

All in all I really enjoyed this class. If you like shotguns and shoot them on a regular basis or your just curious I highly recommend this class. I left with a ton of knowledge and plenty of drills to practice until the next 2 Day Tactical Shotgun Class. The knowledge gained in this class far exceeded the cost!

There were 870s, Benellis, Berettas, Winchesters and Mossberg shotguns. Every single shotgun worked except for a jam that rendered an 870 inoperable. (a small pebble got caught inside the action.) Once the rock was removed the shotgun was back in action. The Benelli's had side saddles and SF lights hooked up. Everyones gear worked flawlessly. There were 16 people in the class. 5 had semi autos that ranged from M1s, M2s, Beretta and 11-87s. The rest of the students used 870s. :)

This is Randy

After Randy's intro, the folks gathered up their gear, dump pouches, birdshot and went to the line.

Getting ready to tackle the course of fire. We watched everyone shoot 4 plates, reload the shotgun and shoot the next 4 set of plates. The reloads were timed

Debriefing after the course of fire. We talked about how to properly reload the shotguns after the diagnostic course of fire.

The nuts getting ready for a second evolution.

Randy giving expert instruction and the mechanics of the M2.

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October 5, 2006, 11:38 PM
Evidence of another completed evolution

A pile of happy empties that Seabass and I shared.

Florks Less Lethal Device.......

Wangle with the best looking shotgun of the class.

The good doctor smoking!!!! Transition to pistol.

Rawny and Gearbox chatting

Don't you wish your girlfriend was hot like me.......

Han_Cholo getting schooled on how to cook tritip from 40Cal

Asian Mafia representing Winchester and Remington

870 with HIIIVIZ

Seabass working a Benelli

October 5, 2006, 11:39 PM
Randy on point!

Rawny giving the man props!

Downloading drill


More drills

Sharing some friendly conversation

More Gear.

October 6, 2006, 12:20 AM

Great Review! Great Pics! Thanks for sharing!

Goodness, gracious, great balls of fire! - Killer (Jerry Lee Lewis)



Dave McCracken
October 6, 2006, 09:44 AM
Thanks for posting this. More folks should get instructed.

October 7, 2006, 10:37 PM
Alot of folks taking this class did not know how to properly unload a shotgun. After this class I am believer of the sidesaddle for tactical shotguns. :D

October 8, 2006, 07:01 AM
Nice pictures!

Love that "blast from the past" inverted shotgun loading. Like shotgun loading, only slower :neener:


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