First time shooting a shotgun

Discussion in 'General Firearm Forum' started by cvitter, Jun 17, 2012.

  1. cvitter

    cvitter New Member

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    I went to the NRA HQ Range this morning specifically so I could shoot my new IAC Hawk 982 12 Gauge (its one of the few ranges in NOVA you can shoot a shotgun). Believe it or not this was the first time in my nearly 40 years that I have ever fired a shotgun and I admit I had some butterflies in my stomach. The first trigger pull did not disappoint at all. Wow.

    I shot two different types of slugs (1300 and 1500 FPS rounds) and the experience was impressive from a perspective of recoil and target damage. First off it felt like shouldering a small canon. I am glad I took a little time to read up on good shooting techniques before going to the range. If I had tried shouldering the 12 GA like my carbine I think I'd be in pain now. As it is I am going to add the limb save pad to my Blackhawk stock. I only shot 20 rounds today but I could see how too many more would make your chest/should pretty sore.

    Second, I was surprised by how much damage the wad does at 25'. When I fired the first slug I was temporarily confused by the two large holes appeared side by side in the middle of the target.

    Overall it was a ton of fun and I am glad I picked up my cheap Chinese 870 knock. Its easy to point and when you pull the trigger it goes bang. Can't ask for to much more!
     
  2. n8tv

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    Yeah I love to shoot my 12 ga. Last time I went I shot about 150 shells and had a bit of a bruise on my shoulder. Haha
     

  3. SHOOTER13

    SHOOTER13 RETIRED MODERATOR Sponsor Lifetime Supporting Member

    Post a picture of the new IAC Hawk 982 when you find the time...never seen a Chinese 870 !
     
  4. Shotguns are one of the most devastating close-in firearms you can get your hands on. I think that is what makes them so much fun! :D
     
  5. cvitter

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    Pic below. I made a few change since I posted this: added Blackhawk shotgun sling and also put 5 slot rails on the left and right side of the Magpul MOE forend Other than adding the limb saver I thinking am going to leave it alone now and just shoot it.

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    Last edited: Jun 17, 2012
  6. SHOOTER13

    SHOOTER13 RETIRED MODERATOR Sponsor Lifetime Supporting Member

    That is a really nice looking shotgun CV !!

    May I ask where you got it and how much...?
     
  7. Amsdorf

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    Shotguns are devastatingly awesome and just plain fun.

    You are pretty brave to start out with slugs!

    You are so correct about the need for a very aggressive stance to manage the recoil.
     
  8. xxlrg

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    How do u like that forend? I think they look very nice.
     
  9. cvitter

    cvitter New Member

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    I got the gun via GalleryOfGuns.com. (http://www.galleryofguns.com/genie/default.aspx?item=982) I have bought three guns this way so for with good success.

    I would not have started with slugs given a choice... but the indoor ranges that allow shotguns only allow slugs. There aren't many ranges around (Northern Virginia) here for rifles/shotguns.

    The Magpul MOE 870 forend is very nice. It looks cool and feels good. I am not shotgun expert (LOL) but I like it.
     
  10. SHOOTER13

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  11. n8tv

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    Well you need to try the 3 1/2 magnums. I shot my friends 12 ga. The other day with these and damn do they pack a punch. He uses them for goose hunting. I told him I just would not go goose hunting. Haha
     
  12. cvitter

    cvitter New Member

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    No thanks. Fortunately the 982 only takes up to 3" shells.
     
  13. TampaBaySean

    TampaBaySean New Member

    looks like my mossy 500 tac .
     
  14. SuperSport

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    Congrats on the new shotty! I too have a 982 and truly enjoy it. Like you mentioned it's a tank and packs a punch. Since first taking it to the range I've now named it Eor because it kicks like a donkey. Bought mine from an LEO that teaches weapons course and sold his because they were now issued M4's. He added some goodies and got lucky on the price. Wilson goodies, bigger safety button and follower.
     

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