In the TFBTV video I linked to yesterday, one of the things demonstrated is the "violin" reloading technique. This is a reloading method in which you place the butt of the empty shotgun on top of your strong side shoulder for support while reloading. The supports it with minimal muscle effort and allows you to load rounds into the chamber and magazine after the gun has run dry.
However, when we saw it in the video it was always done by a right handed shooter. I'm left handed and wondered how it would work for us southpaws. So, I grabbed my 1951-vintage Remington 870 Wingmaster and a couple snap caps.
As it turns out, the technique is viable for lefties:
- With the action open, place the butt on top of your left shoulder with the gun laying on its side so that the ejection port is skyward. Support the front end of the gun with your right hand.
- With your left hand, place a round into the ejection port and chamber it.
- Rotate the gun so that it's now upside down with the loading port skyward.
- Load rounds into the magazine using your left hand.
- After the gun is reloaded go back to a ready position or firing position, as the situation dictates.
I dug deeply into the details of almost 1800 shootings for my study on firearm stopping power. Outside of cops shooting at barricaded suspects, I never saw a single gunfight where the defender emptied his shotgun. If you plan to miss a lot, you’ll probably want to have some extra ammo on board. But the reality is that if you hit your target, I rarely see cases that required more than two shotgun rounds. One or two hits with 00 buck or slugs tend to be very decisive stoppers.With most defensive shotguns holding between four and eight rounds, you probably will not need any extra ammo for your home defense shotgun. I would not criticize you a bit for wanting to minimize weight by just carrying the rounds in the magazine tube. Take a look at my SBS 870. It only holds four rounds in the mag tube and I have no spare ammo on the gun. The reality of the situation is that I’m exceedingly unlikely to need more than four 00 buck cartridges in my home defense gunfight.