The Stakeout concept is gaining ground. I shake my head at all the guys that sneered at the idea we discussed last year now getting orgasmic over the Mossberg Shockwave and the Remington Tac-14 (I wonder how many got a free weapon from Mossy or Remy?). Anyway - here are the original videos we did. Feel free to comment or discuss. Stakeout 870s are in the shop ready to be built to your specs and so much more efficient, accurate and shootable than the mass produced items you won't believe it. Read more →

By Greg Nichols We’ve been talking a lot about shotguns, styles, models, ammunition, actions, and applicable situations of use. I want to look at the actual functioning of a shotgun during use and take you through, step by step, the method I use to run one so fast. In specific I will be addressing a pump action as it addresses the management of pump and auto, with an auto. 1) When you trigger the shotgun you use the same trigger control/staging as you do on a pistol or rifle. There really isn’t a need to tune a shotgun trigger as the marksmanship isn’t required to be as fine just based on the capabilities of the platform. The key here is to use your non-shooting or support hand to apply pressure to seat the butt tightly in the shoulder pocket. Your shooting hand only needs a light touch, and I like to put my thumb on the top of the grip rather than wrapped around it (excepting those with a pistol grip). On a PGO only shotgun the function is the... Read more →

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... Read more →

If you haven’t seen Part I and Part II of this series, you should go back and read them. As you recall, the shotgun is best used as a short-range weapon that allows you to take some shortcuts in marksmanship through its spread pattern. Therefore, a wider pattern is an asset, not a liability. Here are the four final loads I patterned with my Stakeout at 3, 5, 7 and 10 yards. Load 9: Hornady Black 8 Pellet #00 Buck, 1600 FPS This round featured a uniform, tight pattern. Load 10: Olin/Winchester Military Grade 9 Pellet #00 Buck, 1450 FPS This round had a moderately wide pattern. It also had a brutal muzzle flash when shot, especially with the ported Stakeout. The brightness was intense enough to distort my vision while shooting indoors. Load 11: Hornady Critical Defense 8 Pellet #00 Buckshot, 1600 FPS Although not as extreme as the Olin, this round also produced a noticeably bright muzzle flash when shot from the Stakeout. Its pattern was rather tight. Load 12: Federal Premium Personal Defense 34 Pellet #4 Buck,... Read more →

A great deal has changed since the 1990s. On the discussion of sights, back then the disruptive technology was ghost ring sights. Today, we are putting red dot sights on handguns at a dramatic rate. Do they belong on shotguns? The first time I saw a red dot on a shotgun was on the cover of one of the last HK International Training Division catalogs. They’d just done a switch to the FABARM shotgun from the venerable Benelli and there was a FABARM with an Aimpoint in the stack. Nobody had ever done that. The FABARM eventually died a quiet death, but the concept of a red dot on a shotgun did not. Oh, I know…you will get the same arguments we got when we began doing this with handguns. “It’s a close range weapon and you don’t need sights”. “It will slow you down”. The red dot does not change anything about how you use the handgun in an elevator, but boy does it help your hit potential when outside the close confines where sights will again be needed.... Read more →

I am old enough to remember my first duty shotgun at LASD. It was an Ithaca 12 gauge. The stock had been cut down as had the barrel. It was handy and it was fast owing to its balance and its well-worn action. And I recall the old deputy that trained us in skipping buckshot off the concrete range at the Wayside training range. He relayed some tall tales about taking rioters out at the knees during the first iteration of the LA Riots held in Watts. I later learned that what I initially thought were exaggerations, were pure fact and the deputy had personal experience dropping about ten rioters that way. In those days, the spread of the pattern and lack of reach of the shotgun was seen as a huge asset by the law men that carried it into urban harm's way. Sometime after that, the shotgun fell out of favor. It began when the Gunsite crew began trying to turn the weapon into a rifle, and tighten the pattern to the point where any benefit of the... Read more →

On the WarriorTalk forum, a number of people have asked the following question: What ammunition works best in the Stakeout? But before we talk about the ideal ammo for the Stakeout, we first need to define the role of the Stakeout and of shotguns in general. Gabe Suarez sums it up the best in his book Fighting with Shotguns: “A shotgun is a short-range power tool that allows you to take some shortcuts with the fundamentals of marksmanship, and with shot placement, to a degree, and still bring your man down through sheer volume of damage via mass of the shot pattern and area impact,” Gabe writes. “It is a baseball bat to the face, not a stiletto to the eye.” In short, we don’t want a super-tight pattern that negates the benefits of a shotgun. If I want a really tight pattern, I’ll just grab my rifle. In my opinion, a wide pattern is even more important for a Stakeout shotgun. Since it doesn’t have a stock, this isn’t a gun you’re going to shoot at 50 yards; it... Read more →

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