Tactical Light System for Shotguns

Aegis Academy Tech Tip – Mounting a Flashlight to your shotgun!

Shotgun Flashlight - Aegis Academy - Shotgun TrainingAegis Academy members and readers, if you are planning on purchasing a Tactical Light System for your new shotgun, it can quickly become very expensive. Oversize controls, fancy sight systems and magazine extensions will do you little to no good at night if you can’t see and identify your target. The correct tactical answer for nighttime scenario is having your shotgun equipped with some type of Tactical Light on the fore-grip.  A fore-grip with an integral light system and built in pressure switch can retail for more than $300 depending on which shotgun and light system you buy. Let’s look at some of the low cost alternatives for mounting a tactical light to your shotgun.

Do It Yourself Tactical Light Mounting

If you have some basic hand tools, no duct tape or hose clamps please, you can have a … Read more »

Benelli Super-90 Shotgun

Benelli Super-90 Shotgun Review

Benelli Super-90, Aegis Academy, Chris White, Firearms Instructor, shooting, shotgunAegis Academy members and readers, I did a review of the Remington 870 12 gauge tactical shotgun, but the question always comes up, what about the semi-auto shotguns? We have now done the same for the Benelli Super-90 semi-auto 12 gauge. For starters, it’s very hard to make a true side-by-side comparison of the 870 pump gun and Super-90 semi-auto. Simply because the Benelli can be more than three times the cost of the Remington, depending on which model you chose. The retail price is just one part of the review. Let’s look at some of the advantages and disadvantages of one of the best high-end auto loaders.

As the name implies, the Benelli Super-90 is a semi-auto shotgun and has a lot of particular features that set it apart from many other semi-autos. First and foremost, the Benelli Super-90 comes in numerous different models. Each … Read more »

History of the Shotgun

History of the shotgun - Aegis Academy - Chris White - Shotgun TrainingThe history of the shotgun is a trip through time. The shotgun has been called many different names and has had a variety of uses, both in military and civilian hands. Arguably, it is the most versatile weapon invented in the modern age of warfare. The weapon has had many names over the last few centuries, such as Blunderbuss, Fowling Piece, Scattergun, Trench-gun and in modern time, the Shotgun. Let’s take a look at the history of the shotgun, how it progressed from the 1600’s to today and how it became the weapon/tool we see utilized around the world.

Similar to many things that shoot hot lead, the Germans were the first culture to use a ‘shotgun.’ In the 1600s they designed a weapon called a ‘blunderbuss’ a short musket loaded from the muzzle and fired from the shoulder. This same type of weapon became a ‘fowling piece’ in the … Read more »

Cold Weather, Gun Lubricants and Your Firearms…

Gun lubricants, Cold weather lubrication, Aegis Academy ,Gun trainingAs the North East is experiencing record breaking lows I thought it a good idea to remind people that temperature has two primary impacts on weapons. We will give a cursory glance at ballistics, which is a complex subject and is or will be explained in detail in Howard’s Ballistics Series. Mechanical functionality is the larger concern for most defensive engagements.

If the temperature drops below 20 degrees, you can safely assume that most every day gun lubricant will be affected. You have a couple of choices. One is buy cold weather gun lubricant.

FP – 10, what we generally recommend for every day use is functional down to about -50.  Artic Brake fluids are another option, which may well make it to -75. Eventually everything freezes… CLP Break Free, a decent inexpensive preservative, and moderate gun lubricant work fines down to about 25 degrees at which point is … Read more »

Professional Firearms Training

Firearms Instruction, Aegis AcademyIf you want to improve your shooting, the first step is to analyze what you are really trying to accomplish and establish some realistic goals. Most shooters are not trying to become the next Jerry Mikulek or a USPSA World Champion, so try and set realistic achievable goals for you. Regardless of your goals, I would recommend a proper course of instruction or a shooting coach. Practicing bad technique is probably the worst thing you can do!

The basic or “day one” course is the standard by which I judge all formal schools. Typically I learn something new or maybe just knock the rust off. If I see something I like, I may return for other training, but if they can’t do the basics well, they are wasting my time. The down side risk is taking time off work, spending the money, and subsequently attending a poor school. Yes you’ll … Read more »