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The Tactical Shotgun: The Best Techniques and Tactics for Employing the Shotgun in Personal Combat by [Suarez, Gabriel, Gabe Suarez]
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Length: 232 pages Word Wise: Enabled

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About the Author

Gabe Suarez is a veteran of Southern California law enforcement, where he has served for many years. His extensive field experience includes single officer patrol, gang enforcement, special operations and tactical training. He was one of the founding members of his department's Special Weapons and Tactical Precision Rifle teams.

Product Details

  • File Size: 4350 KB
  • Print Length: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Paladin Press; 1st edition (September 1, 1996)
  • Publication Date: September 1, 1996
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0031M9C2Q
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #126,411 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By A Customer on December 5, 2003
Format: Paperback
As a Federal LEO, I can safely say that I have seen a lot of firearms training and Gabe is in the leage of Master Trainers. He tells it like it is in this book and doesn't paint gunfighting with the rose colored glasses that cloud this sometimes PC topic. Gabe's techniques work and they work in the real world. I have used them on duty and they are far better than what is being taught at many of the so called high speed low drag schools.
Gabe teaches Gunfighting, not shooting. real gunfights are violent and while violence seems to offend some of the more timid readers, it is reality and anyone that is carrying a gun has a responsibility to be trained in its use. This book is a big step toward that training. Unlike many of his detractore, Gabe has actually been in gunfights and won. He knows what happens when it is time to sling lead and he knows how to win. I highly recomend this book for anyone interested in using a firearm for self defense.
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This is the second book in Gabriel Suarez's tactical series and like his others it is very readable and flows nicely. He is one of the few gun scribes who knows how to write logically and more importantly succinctly. His paragraphs flow together well and his composition works. This is rare with gun writers who seem to drone on endlessly introducing material. I have never met the author but I noticed how much my pistol shooting improved after reading his first book and how much it helped me when I attended a shooting school (not Suarez's program) last year so I purchased this book since my knowledge of the shotgun is limited.

I got a lot out of this book. I subscribe to the school that books on tactics should have more information on the basics of techniques and espouse the merits of repetition through "perfect practice" than promising you some ultimate "response" techniques that will never come to fruition. This is why I like Suarez's books. He adroitly knows how to give a thorough definition of the techniques with some reasonable example of why they work. There is no "high speed low drag" with his text, though to be honest, I don't even know what that statement means but I get nauseated every time I hear it.

The chapters are broken down into small, right-to-the-point paragraphs and are presented in a logical order: Intro, Safety, Ammo, Carry methods, etc. There are plenty of B&W photos and my only criticism is that I would have preferred more sequential photos showing the techniques in more detail than what is presented. Gabe's Tactical Pistol book does a better job of doing that, especially on the draw or carry techniques.
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In my state, police shotgun training is kept to a minimum due to fiscally-motivated time restraints. I found Mr. Suarez's book to be well-written and completely appropriate for its intended purpose. For those who bought this book and found it offensive that cops or citizens sometimes have to use deadly force, I have to ask, why did you buy it? For those who want a non-realistic, 1970s television look at deadly force, do not buy this book. For those living in the real world, like myself, please do. Tactical Shotgun is a short and, though not perfect, a very informative book.
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The best book on shotgun tactics I've ever seen! Covers all the bases: weapon selection, ammunition, carry and presentation, and CBQ. The CQB tactics section is better than anything I've seen to date.
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There can be no doubt that Mr. Suarez writes well. Though I am not an expert with the shotgun, everything in the book jibes with the shotgun training I have had. After reading The Tactical Shotgun and some more practice, I am a few steps closer to being an expert. While it is impossible to learn any physical skill only by reading about it, The Tactical Shotgun is a huge help. This book makes an excellent supplement to professional instruction as well as an excellent introduction to the topic. The photographs are clear and serve the text well. I will certainly be buying the author's other books.
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I found "Tactical Shotgun" to be a useful review of material that any responsible shotgun owner should know anyway. From gun selection to ballistics to a range of techniques, everyone should be able to find something useful here. Even if you're not into the "tactica" side, if you own a shotgun the sections on marksmanship and reloading are worth the price of the book.

Say what you will about Mr Suarez as a person, he definitely has the technical knowledge and real-world experience to teach about firearms.
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The Tactical Shotgun is a great book for someone interested in learning to operate a combat shotgun effectively. The author Gabriel Suarez has really packed a lot of information in this manual. The book is packed with great information, and there is something to learn on almost every page.

The focus on the first part of the book in chapters 1-7, centers on the actual shotgun. Some brief information on various ammunition is followed up with patterning tests so the shooter knows exactly how his individual shotgun will perform at varying distances. Stopping power is then discussed, and followed up with some very useful information on different types of shotguns and useful accessories. This section concludes with an introduction to combat mindset, and programming physical and mental responses. These last topics are not routinely found in other shotgun books, and I felt they were valuable additions.

In chapters 8-14, the book moves into the actual running of the shotgun. Some excellent information and photos of various ready positions are offered. Positions such as American carry, African carry, and Rhodesian Ready are just some of the various positions covered. It was nice to see information on effectively using a sling with a shotgun. Sight pictures, and a good deal of information on various manipulations are the heart of this section. Aspects like loading, malfunction drills, reactive shooting, switch to slug drills, and supported shooting are very clearly explained and illustrated.

The final third of the book in chapters 15-22, is where this book really starts to stand out. Intermediate and Advanced topics are covered here. Multiple adversaries, low light shooting, close combat, shooting and moving were all covered in a no nonsense approach.
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