Scattergun Technologies 12ga

There was a day when customizing a shotgun meant sawing…

There was a day when customizing a shotgun meant sawing off the barrel (either double-barrel or pump), sawing off the stock into a pistol grip or both. The idea was to make the 18- or 20-inch police “riot gun” more tactical. The modifications seemed sound, that is until you fired a short-barreled double or pump or a pistol-gripped version. Notions of a sawed off shotgun being an alley sweeper were soon dispelled when you found out that without sights or aiming, you can actually completely miss a target at realistic combat ranges. Despite the lack of accuracy when bead or rifled sights were removed, pistol grips are not fun to shoot with full-powered street loads. All of a sudden, those saw-delivered “tactical” modifications weren’t such a good idea after all.

scatter2Shotguns have lagged behind with street or combat-enhancing design changes. Let’s face it, carbines have been getting all the attention with improvements in design and available accessories. That’s too bad, as a 12 gauge shotgun loaded with 00 buck or rifled slugs can be a devastating fight stopper. Shotgun-fired buckshot or slugs can be devastating against a human body – with the ballistic ability to create massive trauma.

Slugs and 00 buck can literally avulse (tear off sections of a suspect’s body) with impressive results. Case in point: I once responded to two shootings at the same housing project apartment. In the first shooting, a 16-year-old dope dealer was shot in the leg with a 9mm pistol round. Upon arrival, said doper was sitting on a sofa waiting for EMS. An entrance and exit wound were visible with minor bleeding observed.

One month later, same apartment/same doper got shot in the same leg with a 12 gauge but the resulting blood and gore were all over the hallway and the leg sustained so much damage that it had to be amputated. Considering that most suspects are stopped via blood loss (and resultant drops in blood pressure and heart rate) the bigger the hole, the more blood loss results and the quicker the stop in aggressive action.

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  • All-American

    I am a firm believer in shotguns. If used correctly, they can’t take the fight out of the enemy in a heartbeat!

  • Bob

    “Notions of a sawed off shotgun being an alley sweeper were soon dispelled when you found out that without sights or aiming, you can actually completely miss a target at realistic combat ranges. Despite the lack of accuracy when bead or rifled sights were removed, pistol grips are not fun to shoot with full-powered street loads. All of a sudden, those saw-delivered “tactical” modifications weren’t such a good idea after all.”

    Unless… your shortened, pistol gripped, 18-inch barreled 870 is loaded with Federal’s H132 00 Buck Tactical Loads. Practice with a tactically advantageous shortened pump 12 gauge and the H132s is advantageous to an already good shooter. The “softer” dram powder load equates to the capability of some serious, effective, rapid and accurate multiple shot placement.

    The shortened 870 with 18-inch BBL and pistol grip plus Federal’s H132 00 Buck load = nothing better for serious CQB!

  • rob

    The 870’s good. We cut both ends and wore it on the front, neck-slung. What’s better is an Ithaca Model 37. Holding the trigger back after the first round fired produces another round fired each time the action is cycled. None better.