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on November 24, 2015
Gabriel Suarez writes from the perspective of a police officer facing hostile, armed criminals. He is straightforward about the strengths and limitations of the combat shotgun. He is clear on when and how to use a shotgun, when another weapon is a better choice, and when to use slugs if a shotgun is the only choice. He covers the combat mindset and shooting drills to practice at the range in order to be more prepared for an actual gunfight. He does make the occasional disparaging remark against liberal politicians in the epilogue, and some reviewers have taken issue with that, but they hardly effect the book.
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on January 20, 2017
Very good, informative and we'll thought out book. The length is perfect. I can highlight and review information in drills and not have to look for it for an hour. Would highly recommend.
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This book is very basic, covering the fundamentals in detail and some actual tactics are introduced. It is necessary, but alone insufficient to get the reader off practicing techniques that will be useful in home defense. It could use more ideas about how to train, home and range exercises, and perhaps more scenarios to walk through to create a framework for the reader to use in MANY situation. Simply telling the reader to "practice" or "think about what you would do" I in a given situation seems like a failure to address exactly what most readers were looking for when they paid for this book. I would recommend reading this book, and keeping it on your shelf to return back to for reference. But do yourself a favor and buy a second book on the topic immediately after reading this one--you're by no means done learning the basics
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on December 5, 2016
Basic, somewhat outdated. If your new to the shotgun and use of firearms there is some value here. If your versed in operating pistols, rifles, shotguns from a tactical perspective, there is not much to gain from this book.
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on April 28, 2013
It's been decades since I've taken tactical training on a shotgun. This book showed me how much I forgot. I read it, put it down, and practiced on several visits to the range. At home, I reviewed handling procedures with the gun unloaded. then I read the book again. Everyone who owns a shotgun for home defense can prosper from the information contained in this book. Initial training is great but requires updating. I feel I'm a more responsible tactical shotgun owner for reading 'the Tactical Shotgun."
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on July 22, 2014
A great book, even for the gun savy, there's so much information to learn. If you're European and a shotgun is all you have, or live in Commiefornia, then this book will teach you to make the best out of what little tools for self protection you have. Actually, the shotgun is an amazing tool for home defense, and this man teaches you what you need to know.
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on January 4, 2017
This book is fairly dated and does not incorporate much info that uou would not have already known from other shooting books about tactical rifles or even pistols.
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on July 23, 2012
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. The illustrations are good and give an adequate idea of the material being discussed. These final sections are very valuable additions and set this book above most others on the topic.

The bottom line is that this is an excellent book on operating the shotgun in combat. It is straightforward, and offers the information clearly without a lot of useless filler. I highly recommend this book to anyone who might choose a shotgun for defense.
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on December 17, 2012
Book is not overwhelming, it doesn't go in to a lot of detail as to "why you should do things like that and not like this" Its not Ayoob with all the back stories and such but more of a manual with some extra info, and it covers a lot of aspects.
Its a small format, not overwhelmingly "fat", pics are B&W but they are sufficient. I love it.
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on December 11, 2013
No book can really prepare anyone for the reality of combat - for the surprise, the adrenalin rush, the fear, the need quickly to identify threat and options. But there are some primers that help lay the groundwork with no-nonsense tips and advice. This excellent little book is among the few worth reading, especially if the reader then spends the time working on the various drills proposed in the sections of the book. As many people select a shotgun as their initial long gun (because it's much, much cheaper than a good-quality 7.62x51 semi-auto) this is definitely the book to accompany such a purchase. There's a great deal of nonsense talked about shotguns - amazingly, often by gunsmiths and gunshop owners - so this book is a useful corrective at the very least. Personally I'd liked to have seen just a little more on the use of modern sabot slugs and how to utilize them effectively in mid-range threat situations, but as most people and most police officers in the USA utilize buckshot it's not surprising that the book focuses primarily on this choice of ammunition.

The only thing in the book that jars is the stock NRA ranting in the final chapter, where the author departs from the world of empirical data into a fantasy world in which democracy, freedom, and apple pie (and Coca-Cola and Disney too, presumably...) are saved from communism only by citizens armed to the teeth with guns. This stale, tedious, and utterly fact-free ranting is a sad conclusion to an otherwise readable and sensible book.
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