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?
- Remington 1100 Youth 20ga (4+1, light, low recoil, simple manual of arms)
- Winchester X3 Youth 20ga (8+1 with extended tube, low recoil, would have to get used to the operation before the class)
- Vepr 12 with 5 and 10rd magazine, 12ga (fairly low recoil, heavier, different manual of arms from other shooters)
- EAA MKA1919, 12ga (a little more kick, fairly light, would probably have to run EOTech on it, 5 and 10rd magazines)
With any of these, I would need some way to carry ammunition, either loose or in magazines. Again, suggestions are welcome. Would adding a Red Ring sight to either 1100 or X3 be worthwhile?