I cover this in more detail in Part I, but just to recap, a shotgun is best used as a short-range weapon that allows you to take some shortcuts in marksmanship through its spread pattern.
The Stakeout is best suited for a hallway, a vehicle, or other short-range urban encounters. Its compact size makes it easy to maneuver inside and around my car, and its brutal payload gives me enough power to fight my way out of a BLM riot. I can also use it to skip buckshot into a mob of thugs trying to “kill whitey” or into the legs of a carjacker on the other side of my vehicle. Within its niche, it is a devastating weapon.
To get the most out of your Stakeout, you need to have ammunition that maximizes its utility. Here are four more loads that I patterned at 3, 5, 7 and 10 yards.
Load 5: Federal Premium Personal Defense 9 Pellet #00 Buck, 1145 FPS
This round obviously had a very tight pattern.
Load 6: Fiocchi Exacta Nickel Plated Buck Shot 27 Pellet #4 Buck, 1325 FPS
I liked the patterns this round produced; they were wide and rather uniform. The only drawback is that this round has notably stronger felt recoil than other rounds I fired. This surprised me, considering the round shouldn’t have been going faster than any other 27 pellet #4 Buck rounds that I tested.
Load 7: Fiocchi Exacta Nickel Plated 9 Pellet #00 Buck, 1325 FPS
I didn’t perceive the felt recoil as unusually high and found it easier to shoot than the Fiocchi #4 Buck. However, its pattern was tighter.
Load 8: Nobel Sports Law Enforcement 27 Pellet #4 Buck, 1325 FPS
I really liked how this round patterned in the Stakeout. The pattern is uniform and very wide—some might say almost too wide (although I don’t). The only downfall is that it’s roll crimped, so the Stakeout will hold one less round. For me, that was a deal-breaker. If it weren’t for the roll crimp, I may have chosen this as the ammo I carry in my Stakeout.
To see what round I did choose for my Stakeout ammo, as well as three other loads, you’ll have to wait for Part III.
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Photos by Terry Thompson.
Eric Tull is the Suarez International Staff Instructor for Iowa.
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