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The afternoon of Day #3 was consumed with scenarios. We did the shoot house in Bay "A", a Hogan's Alley type scenario in Bay "B", a car jacking style scenario in Bay "C", and a full blown Zombie Apocalypse down in Shotgun Alley. Shotgun Alley is one of several shooting scenarios that take place in the desert....kind of a canyon/wash setting where one walks the wash and engages various targets at unspecified distances. It gets a person out of the square range setting and into a real world environment.
I cleared the shoot house using both my shotgun and handgun. I found myself double tapping several of the targets with my shotgun. Upon later discussing the scenario with a few of the other students, I discovered I wasn't the only one doing it. LOL! Under stress, you fall back on your training and my training was double taps from lots of previous scenarios dealing with handguns. I guess what they say is true.
I went through the car jacking scenario twice, once using a shotgun and the other only my handgun. If you've been through a FS shotgun course, you will remember that they tell you to NOT use a sling on your shotgun when in a house or any type of confined quarters. Sure enough....as I was slipping the shotgun out of the car (I had it muzzle down and propped against the passenger seat), the stupid sling snagged the parking brake. DOH! I was so screwed right then! It went a lot better with a handgun the next time. We are required to use slings at Front Sight so there really wasn't an option to remove it. The point I'm making is that slings are a liability in the home, auto, or any situation where where it could snag. For field hunting, they are great.
Hogan's Alley was a multiple target engagement with one target being a "low profile" good guy. DOH! At least I was in good company as many of my fellow students fell to that one. Rich set up a good scenario with the late afternoon sun in our eyes....making it VERY difficult to positively ID the target. Remember Rule #4 !!!!!
The walk through Shotgun Canyon was a Zombie target rich
environment. Actually, we were shooting steel targets but still, a very
target rich environment. Lots of opportunities to implement the select
slug technique when you found yourself with buckshot in the chamber.
Moving while shooting and remembering to perform a tactical reload between shots
kept you running smoothly.
Here are several of us taking advantage of a lull between sessions on Rifle 2 range. Much like other classes, we were usually topping off our handgun magazines or swapping out a pouch full of buckshot for some slugs.
Speaking of slugs, we did an egress drill where we started with buckshot and then switched over to slugs. At started at about the 15 yard line, we shot, then turned up range, and walked until the whistle blew. At that point, we turned back down range and fired on steel until the whistle blew again. We then turned up range and began walking while performing a tactical reload. At the whistle, turn down range and begin firing....repeating this process until we had made it back to the 100 yard line.
The egress was performed at "sul" since we had an instructor
directly in front of us as we made our way to the 100 yard line. I was
very satisfied with the steel ringing as I made it to the 100 yard mark.
During this course, I was shooting a case of B&P reduced recoil slugs. They
are actually 7/8 oz. and leave the barrel at just 1200 FPS, per the box they come in.
I didn't chrono them but they were softer shooting than my normal Federal
Tru-ball reduced recoil slugs which do weigh in at a full ounce and supposedly
clock 1300 FPS. I used the B&P
reliably on steel out to 150 yards and made some of my shots with them at 200
Bob (the guy with the snappy gloves) was attending the course too. I shot with Bob a couple of years ago in another shotgun course. Bob is now retired and I think he spends a lot of time perfecting his left handed shooting technique. And while many of us gave him a bad time about his gloves, I can assure you that you never want to be down range from him. He's a damn fine shot and a heck of a good guy to spend range time with. (Looking forward to our next meeting, Bob.)
Well, that about wraps up this after action report. As I mentioned, there were 13 of us in the course. If I was ever in a SHTF situation, I wouldn't hesitate to have any one of them (hopefully all of them) sharing a firing line with me. A very diverse and great bunch of folks they are....and I hope to see all of them again.
As I write this last paragraph, I just finished having Christmas dinner with my wife. Our youngest daughter and grandchildren were over earlier this afternoon and so the day is slowly winding down. Best regards to all and especially my extended FS family. I hope the New Year brings good things for you and yours. I also hope to share another range session with you in the future.