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Before we get to the review of the plate and the video, I would like to share the chance for you to get some free steel of your very own from MK Machining. Shoot Selly@rankmediaagency.com an email and let them know Atticus sent you!
First I would like to say thank you to MK Machining for shipping us out this 66% IPSC AR500 3/8” thick steel plate for this review.
As most of you know, I prefer to shoot steel while I am reviewing guns so you can hear the hits. Rather than trying to publish an “ad” for MK Machining, I wanted to share the guns that we like to shoot from 10 to 50 yards at the steel.
I like to base all of my AR500 3/8 thick steel safety against this instruction list right here.
This list is the bible when it comes to shooting this steel. It clearly out-lines what you shouldn’t do.
8. 3/8” thick targets are intended for use with handgun, rifle, and supersonic rimfire cartridges as well as shotgun birdshot, buckshot and slugs only at appropriate distances described below.
9. 15 yards is the minimum shooting distance when using non-magnum class handgun, supersonic .22LR rimfire, and shotgun birdshot ammunition.
10. 25 yards is the minimum shooting distance when using shotgun buckshot.
11. 50 yards is the minimum shooting distance when using magnum class handgun ammunition, and shotgun slugs.
12. 100 yards is the minimum shooting distance when using standard rifle ammunition under 2,500 fps upon impact and less than 3000 ft/lb of energy upon impact.
13. 250 yards is the minimum shooting distance when using magnum class rifle ammunition under 2,500 fps upon impact and less than 3000 ft/lb of energy upon impact.
As you can see in the video, we shoot everything from .22LR up to .300BLK and 7.62x39mm at a safe distance. I also said in the video that 5.56/.223 is a 100 yard minimum safe distance round and when it comes to my .308s and the long barrels even that can be 150-200 yard for safe shooting.
AR500 is a common steel and a great thing to have on your range and you can find it from great manufactures like MKMachining.com.
Steel can be dangerous but with the right guidelines and proper care, steel can be your greatest shooting ally.
Doing my wrap up on the Award winning Mossberg 590 Shockwave. The firearm that has taken 2017 by storm.
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We picked up a Mossberg Shockwave a few weeks back and after working with this firearm just for the short amount of time I have found that I want this as my new Ranch gun.
The size of the gun plus the fact that my ammo options are plentiful makes this gun great for everything from snakes to mountain lions to the occasional pirate looking for your tractor rum stash.
This is a first look only and I will be publishing a full review a little later on this year after the ranch is set up and we have the range built enough to start full reviews.
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SHOT Show stands for Shooting Hunting Outdoor Trade Show, it is held at the Sands Convention Center at the Venetian Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas NV, USA. It is a private INDUSTRY ONLY show. As media, we are invited to come out and see all the new firearms in the Industry so we may bring you the viewer new content. This video is from Industry Day, also known as Media Day. This is our “first day” where we get to shoot all different firearms, ammo, accessories, etc. It is a really fun day to try many different types of firearms from skeet shooting to full auto. Tomorrow starts the first official day of the trade show.
Shotguns are our subject today as we join the Crew in Las Vegas and see the best photos from the many taken. They are meant to show the variety of what is to be seen at Shot Show and are not necessarily a reflection of our editorial support.
Atticus James is traveling in India for the month of February. You can follow his adventures at AtticusJames.com. In the meantime, he has left all of the photos from Shot Show 2016 for those of us left behind to post for him. (This would explain any issues with photos being mislabeled. Apologies in advance if this happens). If you find a mislabeled photo, please let us know and we will fix it as soon as possible.
The Winchester Model 101 Over-Under 12 Gauge Shotgun Review
I own four shotguns. I have two pump actions and two semi-autos. Each of them have a use and a reason I own them. Some are for hunting or for shooting clays and others are for home defense. Something I have heard over the years from many types of people, is that you want a pump action for home defense. The reason for that, is because of the sound the shotgun makes when you chamber a round. This sound is what would scare off a would-be burglar.
The reverse side of that coin, is the joyful feeling I get when I eject the spent shells from an over-under. If you haven’t experienced an over-under, you are missing the feeling you get when you eject the spent shells and they are still smoking. It is a pretty badass thing to watch.
It is even more badass when you dust two clays in a row, you stand there and hit the lever while someone who saw the whole thing watches the shells fly. Sorry, where was I? Right, the Winchester Model 101 Over-Under.
Why I like Over-Unders
I believe there are three gun staples that anyone who likes guns should have. My list if three guns that all gun owners should have.
- A Shotgun
- A pistol
- GAU-8 Avenger
I will stick to my beliefs that any respectable “Gun Guy” will own all three.
I have been shooting Over-Unders for years and there is something about the simplicity of them that makes them so beautiful to me. I love modern firearms and the ability to customize and tacticool-out your firearms and make them fit a need. With a gun like this, I just want to preserve the history of them.
I have spent about five months with the Winchester Model 101. The more I have shot the 101 and the more I have looked at it, the more it has called me back to our roots in shotgun history.
The price is $1800 for the Model 101. On the surface, this seems steep, but when you look at the craftsmanship and detail of the firearm it is hard not to respect it. Over the years at SHOT Show®, we have stopped by booths with high dollar shotguns and and I thought man, if I had a half million dollars I would never spend it on a four piece shotgun set. When you sit down and take a look at why they do cost much, you can really understand that these are the work of masters and are truly pieces of art.
The Winchester Model 101 isn’t going to set you back $352,300. It is however beautiful enough to mount in your study or on the mantle in the living room while still being a firearm you feel comfortable enough to take down and go bird hunting with.
The Winchester Model 101 has been a true joy to shoot. There are just some things in life that cause bliss and shooting the Winchester Model 101 has been one of those moments. It takes me to a place of a simpler time where you don’t have to listen to someone trying to make their AR sound full auto. If your AR or AK is Rock and Roll than the Model 101 is Classical, and I sure do love classical.
I have this weird need to collect cleaning kits. It isn’t because I need 7 identical 12 gauge brushes or because I am lacking in the cleaning rod or cleaning cable department. It seems everyone has their own take on what a shooter needs to help them achieve the best clean possible and I like to see what the differences are. Most companies send out their version of oil and cleaner or even just CLP. However, so far, as much as I am willing to try new types of cleaners or CLPs I do favor my M-Pro7 32oz spray for cleaning.
– Over 40 firearm-specific cleaning components in a nylon case
– Six (6) Memory-Flex® Cables of varying length for effective and correct Breech-to-Muzzle® cleaning
– Twenty-two (22) bronze bore brushes to remove copper deposits and other fouling
– Obstruction removal tools for jammed cases and other blockages
– Specialized precision tools for complete breakdown and fine cleaning of all critical and hard to reach areas of your firearm
– Optics cleaning gear for care and maintenance of scopes, rangefinders and more
– Removable Tactical Cleaning System (Item # FG-750) for convenient carrying in the field
– Dimensions: 15 1/4″ x 8 3/4″ x 4 1/2″
As you can see in the picture above the main kit comes 14 different caliber brushes for just about every caliber you might need.
- 22 (.204 thru .222)
- 25 (.223 thru 6.5)
- 27 (.270 thru 7mm)
- 30 (.30 thru 8mm)
- 35 (.338 thru .357)
- 38 (.370 thru 9.3mm)
- 40 (.40 thru 10.75mm)
- 45 (.44 thru .458)
- 50 .50 thru 12.9mm)
- .410 GA Shotgun
- 28 GA Shotgun
- 20 GA Shotgun
- 16 GA Shotgun
- 12/10 GA Shotgun (
- .17 caliber short brush (rifle/pistol/air rifle)
- .22 caliber Short brush (rifle/pistol/air rifle)
The other six brushes are found in the removable tactical cleaning system
For me, this means I can clean all of my firearms and my friends and family can use this kit to clean theirs too.
Other brushes: It comes with a nylon brush that I like to use in addition to gun cleaning as my travel tooth brush and beard comb. I have found that a hit of rem oil really gets the teeth pearly white and the beard soft and shiny (No! Seriously, I promise I am NOT stupid enough to believe that I can use gun cleaning gear to brush my teeth or comb my beard! Just joking! You will harm yourself if you try this).
The Other Nougaty Stuff and Things
Otis ships this kit with carbon scrapers, 3 tubes of CLP, lens cleaners, patches for all calibers, cleaning parts for air guns and even a chamber brush for your ARs.
This kit doesn’t come with a brass cleaning rod but rather cleaning cables. I admit to having days I like them and days I don’t.
Removable Tactical Cleaning System
– 8″, 30″ and 34″ Memory-Flex® Cables for effective and correct Breech-to-Muzzle® cleaning
– Six (6) firearm-specific bronze bore brushes to remove copper deposits and other fouling
– Lightweight soft pack case with belt loop for convenient carrying
– T-handle and obstruction removal tools for jammed cases and other blockages
– Redesigned component holder secures and protects brushes and components
– Dimensions: 4″ x 4″ x 2 1/2″
The 6 brushes that come with this kit are 12/10 Gauge, .22 cal, .27 cal, .45, .38, and .30.
I think I would rather is be a MOLLE pouch but I am sure there is a good reason it isn’t. (I’ll ask at SHOT 2016)
The Otis Technology Elite Cleaning System retails for $99 Amazon. This kit is really nice in the brush department but I would have liked to have seen their AR BCM cleaning tool they call the B.O.N.E.® TOOL. They make them for both 5.56 and 7.62 bolts.
As I said earlier, I use this with M-Pro 7 cleaner and oil because I find it works best for me.
The Otis Technology Elite Cleaning System is great if you are looking for an all caliber in one kit. Everyone with more than one caliber collection should have one. This kits is a must for collectors, gun ranges, firearm instructors, etc.
If you are someone who stays in the 3 or 4 caliber range ( 9mm, .45, .22 and .30 caliber or what ever it might be) this kit might be overkill but if you know you are going to be branching out and getting into the revolver or big bore game or even just into the Shotgun game this kits is GREAT!
My only two comments, or wish list about what I would like to see changed or added is the BONE tool and the removable kit upgraded to MOLLE.
Typically there are three different types of ranges a shoot can go to. A range open to the public, a range that is members only and requires a yearly or monthly fee or land you or a friend owns that you normally shoot on.
Today we are polling about what your range offers you and your shooting experience. If you shoot on your own land or a friends land please only answer that part of the poll.
The polls have been split between Public and membership ranges. Please select all that apply to your range.
TAOFLEDERMAUS back at it working with his experimental 12G shotgun shells. I do not advocate that ANYONE mimics or tries what he does with testing these experimental rounds but I do think it is an interesting thing to watch. Something I would personally love to see is the inside of that Mossberg barrel. He has shot some rather strange items through it and I am curious how it has stood up to that.
If you haven’t seen or heard about the Kel-Tec KSG, it is a bullpup 12 gauge shotgun with 2 magazine tubes and one barrel.
The Kel-Tec KSG shotgun is not your standard old faithful shotgun. It is not the shotgun that our grandfathers have been using since they were young pups. This is Kel-Tec’s entry into the modern day shotgun class. From first glance, you can see this shotgun is different. The KSG doesn’t have the look of that old American classic. This shotgun is part of the future of shotguns in both the LE/military market as well as the civilian market.
Caliber: 12 gauge up to 3” shell
Barrel length: 18.5″
Total capacity: 6+6+1 (using 3” shells)
Weight empty: 6.9lbs
Weight loaded: 8.5lbs
Materials: Hardened Steel and Glass reinforced nylon (Zytel)
The Kel-Tec KSG shotgun made its way on to the market a few years back. I had a number of opportunities to get some trigger time with this shotgun, prior to getting this one for review. I liked the look when I first saw this gun and I have always liked the bullpup design.
As I have mentioned in the past, I own a 20 gauge that is a bottom loader and ejector shotgun so I have had years of experience with that style. I have wanted to own the Kel-Tec KSG since day one.
Shooting and Feel
This shotgun is a 12 gauge and there is no denying that fact. Since this is a bullpup, there is not a lot of room to add things, like recoil dampeners, that you might have in a plastic butt stock of your favorite bird gun.
I am sure when Kel-Tec was building and designing this shotgun bullpup they weren’t designing this for a 10 year old child who might not be ready to shoot heavier recoiled shotguns. This shotgun has the recoil of a normal 12 gauge. For me, that doesn’t affect my personal take on this shotgun, because I own a number of shotguns and I have been shooting them for years. The compact size makes the gun easier to control because you are not sticking that 18.5” barrel past where it is comfortably maneuverable.
Operation and Controls
The Kel-Tec KSG is a pump action that offers the shooter dual 7 round (2.75 inch shells) magazine tubes so they can carry 14 + 1 shells in the shotgun. The magazine tubes are manually operated by a toggle switch behind the pistol grip. This gives you total control over the type of ammo the shotgun is shooting.
The most common question I have been asked is why do you need manual switch tubes? The best answer I have found, is that it was designed for someone in the LE/Military to use this shotgun to clear a building. The Kel-Tec KSG offers them 2 shotguns in one. You can load mag tube one with door breaching rounds or lethal rounds and load mag tube 2 up with something less than lethal. You can make the shotgun mission adaptable i.e. slugs in one tube and bird shot in the other to keep the spray pattern from over penetration.
For hunting, you might want that slug in one tube to take down your deer or hogs and buckshot or bird shot for varmint. For range commandos about 8 seconds of 12 gauge glory as you rain down fire and birdshot on your paper targets.
The pump release is right where you want it to be on the trigger guard. All you have to do is extend your trigger finger from a trigger control position to the lever to release your pump. The safety is a larger side to side push safety with clear written red “F” for fire and the left side a white “S” for safety.
Sights and Rails:
The KSG comes with a 12.25” picatinny rail on the top and a 5 inch picatinny rail on the pump. The shotgun does not come with iron sights or any kind of sight for that matter. The top rail offers the shooter a wide range of set ups from backup iron sights with a holographic sight as your main sight or even a shotgun tube sight. On the bottom of my KSG, I have put a Troy fore grip to assist in the pump action and keep my hands from being anywhere near the muzzle. There is enough room for a laser and fore grip on the bottom or even a fore grip/bipod combo.
Kel-Tec ships a webbing and connectors to give the KSG a 2 point sling which is my biggest con of this gun. I have the sling attached and have had it attached since day one to insure I gave everything Kel-Tec sent a fair and honest review. I don’t like the connection points at the muzzle and at the butt stock. I have found I have almost shot my sling off a few times. The KSG hasn’t been designed with quick detach slings in mind and so you will not find QD points on the shotgun. I think that is something that would give this shotgun more to offer, having more freedom of sling options. I did find on the Kel-Tec website a metal single point attachment bracket for $21. If I keep this shotgun that is definitely one of the extras I would like to get.
As I mentioned about the single point adapter there is one more accessory I would want. That is the choke tube adapter. My other con I have for the KSG is that is it neither rifled for slugs nor choked for spread pattern. While the choke isn’t really a bad thing, as a hunter a rifled barrel would better serve the gun. Part of the reason I want a choke adapter is to allow me to thread on the new Silencerco Salvo 12 gauge suppressor.
I have loved every second of reviewing this Kel-Tec KSG. This bullpup is fun to shoot, fun to show other shooters and most of all an extremely well built 12 gauge. There are other 12 gauge shotguns in this class that might not always be able to stand up to the forces that is modern day 12 gauge range commandos shotgun does. The KSG has even more applications than what I have mentioned. That to me, makes this shotgun such a nice tool to be added to anyone’s gun collection.