Pawpaw wrote:Clint Smith's take on the Shockwave.
Interesting firearm/shotgun/whatever you want to call it. I'll give it a pass for now, since an AR15 would be a better priority and I don't have one of those, either.
Any gun with new characteristics is worth being extra careful with. In that youtube video I learned that strap isn't for recoil control, which was my initial assumption. I thought keeping one's weak hand at the forward extent of the strap would help absorb the kick, but the real reason is to keep your hand from slipping off the front of the gun when cycling it. That would leave the forward part of the gun unsupported, and I can see how unintentional discharge into your own hand could happen.
The answer is pretty obvious. Keep your trigger control pure, and use the strap to keep your hand behind the muzzle.
But did anyone else notice something in that video? He shoots his last shell at 6:37 and cycles the action. I was a little concerned the trigger was not properly controlled in the remaining video, waving around next to his clothes, but then at 8:02 he demonstrates how the shooter's hand can slip forward off the gun and in front of the muzzle. At that point I think he is supporting the gun with his strong hand only. His trigger finger is not on the trigger, but I'm pretty sure his left hand is forward of the muzzle with a chambered round.
Supporting the gun with the strong hand might make trigger finger discipline a little more difficult, too.
Maybe I'm being picky. Depth perception in video is difficult. He could have had his hand far enough off-axis from the muzzle to avoid injury. Dunno. Just seemed iffy.