I’ve written about Savage Rascal before. It’s one of my favorite little rifles, tiny enough for kids but built well enough for adults to use as well. I use mine with the default peep sight and that’s good enough for 1″ at 25 yards. The walnut stocked version is both slightly heavier and slightly more expensive than the colorful plastic stocked models. It might make sense to put the balance of the weight and the extra money into an optic, like this store brand but surprisingly decent 2-7x. Being able to see the point of aim better translates into improved practical accuracy.
Combined with “quiet ammo“, it’s a very pleasant back yard plinker. It is equipped with sling swivel studs which can also be used for a bipod.
The lengths and the heft are about right for this 9 year old girl. She has shot other, larger guns, but this rifle is hers.
I first took a shotgun class around 2000 with Greg Sullivan’s Defensive Edge in Minnesota. I was amazed at how much I was able to learn in a day. I’ve not done any shotgun training since. Time to remedy that deplorable condition.
This September, I am heading to South Carolina to learn more about shotguns. The specific course was recommended by Russel Phagan or KE Arms, a very impressive shotgunner. Suarez International has a controversial reputation in the US, while East European gunnies generally respect him for being non-PC. I’d like to see for myself how his instructors present the material. I will bring cameras along and try to do photos and learn at the same time. While there, I also plan on a refresher pistol course.
I am looking for suggestions. First off, which shotgun to bring?
(Updated August 24 with the link to much larger image)
Considering how often I’ve heard people profess a desire for such a pistol, it’s surprising to come across such a gun for the first time ever. It uses 5 shot 38 wadcutter magazines from Clark Customs. Custom work by Sam Hoster.
Five shots at 25 yards, with the shotgun rested on a porch railing. The sight wasn’t fully adjusted at that point, we fixed it after this string and went to 50 yards next. 485 grain slugs at 1475fps would do a number on a foe, but were actually comfortable to fire from this shotgun. With the barrel below the centerline of the stock, muzzle rise was absent. Between the performance and the manual of arms being almost identical to a side-charging AR15, I am a big fan.
A friend brought his shotgun today and I was very impressed with how well it was set up. The sight radius is much longer than on the original gun, and ghost ring and circular protective hood around the front post work great for aerial targets. Polychoke gives excellent versatility with slug, buck and bird. Variable length of pull, stubby foregrip and improved pistol grip add up to a handy package. 12-round drum works flawlessly, is easy to load and doesn’t require an awkward support arm position.
Personally, I like drums for shotguns as they don’t subject plastic shells to much spring pressure, and because this 12-rounder is the same height as a 5-round box magazine.
Having a telescoping stock proved most helpful when he got back into armor. The main photo shoot was with Origin 12 shotgun, but it’s great when models bring their own weapons along.
In live view, the screen seems proportional to the expected exposure. That’s useless in studio with flash. Any idea how I could switch the LCD to display brighter images rather than the expected picture brightness?