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Shooting a Pump Gun Prone?

Discussion in 'Shotguns' started by HS/LD, Jan 8, 2003.

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  1. HS/LD

    HS/LD Member

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    At some point in time I may decide to lie down on the job and fire my pump shotgun prone.

    My question, to those more experienced than me with the American Pump Shotgun, would be how exactly is this done the easiest?

    I am thinking of a more social / serious roll that would require lying prone which would make multiple shots a requirement.

    It is pretty easy with an FN FAL... never had no prone training on a pump gun tho. :D

    Thanks in advance. :)

    HS/LD
     
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  2. dfariswheel

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    Back in the 60's our gun club had a shooter who shot a straight-pull Swiss rifle custom converted to pump action.

    His technique in prone was to roll right slightly, drop the right elbow to the ground, and pump the fore end.

    Using this method, he didn't have to change position much at all, and he was as fast as most bolt shooters.
     
  3. Correia

    Correia Moderator Emeritus

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    Similar to the above. I roll a little more on my side so that my main elbow doesn't touch the ground. The way you roll depends on the ground and the available cover.

    One disadvantage to watch for, if you roll to far to the right, you can actually cause the live shell to drop out the ejection port if you pump too slowly. :p
     
  4. Dave McCracken

    Dave McCracken Moderator In Memoriam

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    Same-same here, under stress one has to make sure to pump briskly.

    Note:

    If there's a way worse as far as feeling recoil goes than prone, I've yet to try it. Go carefully, some folks bruise badly from this position, depending on build,load and fit.
     
  5. Soap

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    Hmmm...I don't roll at all. I just stroke it like normal. I keep both elbows on the ground when I pump it. This causes the muzzle of the gun to rise about 6" so I wouldn't use it if I was shooting under something. Even in rollover prone I just pump normally.
     
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    An advantage of being a 1300 Defender owner is that the gun will eject the empties for you.:cool:
     
  7. Oleg Volk

    Oleg Volk Moderator Emeritus

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    I shoot only a .22 pump prone, so need to cycle with a much shorter movement. Regarding recoil: get a thicker, wider sling and sling up like a rifleman (around the shoulder and forearm). I find that I can fire my 8mm Mauser carbine prone without damage so long as part of the kick is taken by the left arms (keeps the muzzle rise down, too).
     
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