The tactics of a shotgun in weapons for ambushes

This is the second part of the article Shotgun as fire support. Author – Jd lester, full-time instructor Suarez International

Ambush – unexpected attack from a covert position on a moving or temporarily stopped enemy.

Can four or five people lie down on the trail and shoot at the group of bad guys moving past? It is not difficult to cope with this … although everything may turn out differently. How can you affect the success of your business?

Here it is necessary to delve into the tactics, techniques and methods. Two sources of reference data on operations of this kind – SH-21-76 (“Ranger’s Tutorial”) and FM-7-8 (“Infantry platoon and branch”). Used correctly, they will direct the right path.

Earlier, I mentioned the trade-offs associated with the configuration of combat shotguns, now we will discuss tactical compromises. After a cursory reading of the aforementioned charters, the conclusion is obvious that the construction of a successful ambush is more difficult than one can imagine; or maybe as simple as you want it to be. A good start to practical training is the High Risk Operator – Patrol course conducted by Suarez International.

Patrolling on paper and in the cinema compared to real life are very different things. Without practical working out, this cannot really be assessed.

Intelligence whether patrol or combat – principles are similar (see SH-21-76 Chapter 5).

In planning and executing operations of this type with the use of a shotgun, it is necessary to take into account not only the capabilities of the mate parts, but also the capabilities of the operator, as well as the influence of the terrain.

Fire control and pace of fire

Firing speed is very important in setting up an ambush battle. This provides the patrol with a massed and accurate fire at the enemy in the affected area. The lull in the shooting can be decisive and will allow the enemy to escape from the ambush.

Exercising this in exercises is important not only to check the reliability of the weapon, but also for the accumulation of fire control, the rate of fire, the transfer of fire in depth and along the front, the time and conditions for switching to the main weapon.

Planning milestones

Planning issues are likely to include the most likely and most dangerous actions of the enemy. How do you get this information? A few ideas are the following questions:

  1. What you need to do is to disturb the bad guys, destroy them, tie, take the language
  2. Are you going to attack and shoot until there is no movement and noise, and then retreat and disappear
  3. Will there be an inspection of the affected area? If so, how are you going to do this?
  4. What is the cancellation condition of the operation?
  5. What risk is acceptable for you?
  6. What is safer for you – speed or imperceptible movement?
  7. When a shotgun shooter switches to a carbine or a pistol?
  8. If the shotgun is taken in addition to the carbine – what to do with it after using it in ambush?
  9. What is the amount of ammunition?
  10. Will the extra stock be distributed among the members of the patrol?
  11. Will the combat packs be taken to the ambush site?

The use of a shotgun – pump or semiautomatic with tubular magazine

From the place of deployment to the destination, the operator uses the main weapon, or, if the shotgun is his only long-barreled weapon, you need to decide:

  • where is the place of the shooter with a shotgun in the order of movement, for the greatest efficiency in accordance with external conditions;
  • what kind of ammunition to charge the shotgun at the ambush site, if at the crossing it was charged with another;
  • how and where to store different ammunition so that it is convenient to run and crawl with them, what to use as an emphasis (satchel, bag), using any hand;
  • having shot out in an agreed manner, you may have to reload while lying, think about this beforehand; the side cartridge belt on the shotgun itself may be useful (although it is better to leave the cartridges in it in case of emergency).

Shotgun Application – Magazine

  • Tag stores to know exactly what cartridges are in them.
  • At the position, find the most secretive and convenient place to recharge.
  • Empty stores dump in the bosom, in the pouch or where it is convenient, if time permits.
  • Finally, remember that you are not military. You are a few guys with guns who do what needs to be done.

Planning, working out, and head in execution!


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