This July, for the first time ever, TacCon was held in the Pacific Northwest (thus becoming Northwest TacCon). During NW TacCon, Chief Deputy at Oconee County Georgia Sheriff’s Office Lee Weems put a group of us through the Rolling Thunder shotgun drill.
The drill is designed to put shooters through the paces of reloads, rapid fire, and accuracy with their shotguns in a safe environment. It gave us time to hone our tactical shotguns skills on the range rather than finding out our reloads and manipulations are lacking during a home invasion. Five stars to Lee Weems for a solid shotgun class. I highly recommend Lee’s classes and lectures in general.
Back to Rolling Thunder. The drill goes as follows:
Shooters stood on the firing line 10 yards from a row of steel plates. Bird shot was being used rather than slugs or buckshot.
Lee designated the shooter at the far left end of the firing line to take the first shot. When the shot timer sounded, the first shooter would emergency load a single shotshell and fire that single shot.
The next shooter on the line would then emergency load a single shotshell and fire. This was repeated down the line.
When that was complete and it came back to the original shooter, he – an instructor named Jeff wielding an Ithaca, in this case – tube fed one, emergency reloaded one, and fired two. When he was done the next shooter in the line followed suit.
Next, tube feed two, emergency reload one. Fire three.
Then, tube feed three, emergency reload one. Fire four.
Remember, you cannot load, let alone fire, until the shooter to your left completed his repetition.
Rolling Thunder is a great way to hone your shotgun skills. It adds a unique stress because not only are you competing against yourself, you’re working as a team to move as quickly and accurately as possible. If even one shooter fumbles his reloads and/or botches his shots the entire line suffers as the final time for the drill rises. Bonus points if you hone your dual, triple, or quad loads during the drill.
Take a look at the video below to get an idea what Rolling Thunder looks like. Major thanks to Lee Weems and the Firearms Academy of Seattle for an awesome NW TacCon and great classes.