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Mossberg 930

Mossberg 930...

The Mossberg® 930™ Hunting All-Purpose Semi-Aut...

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Beretta 1301 Tactical, semi automatic, 5, 12-ga Shotgun

Beretta 1301 Tactical, semi automatic, 5...

The 1301 is Beretta's new gas operated semi-automa...

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Rock Island VR60 12GA Tactical AR-12 GA VR60 VR-60 Semi-auto AR12 Shotgun

Rock Island VR60 12GA Tactical AR-12 GA ...

Defense...

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Benelli M4 semi auto, 12-ga, 5rd, shotgun

Benelli M4 semi auto, 12-ga, 5rd, shotgu...

The auto-regulating gas system is designed to hand...

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Description Shotgun, smoothbore shoulder weapon designed to fire a number of pellets, or shot, that spread in a diverging pattern after they leave the muzzle. It is used primarily against small moving targets, especially birds. The earliest smoothbore firearms loaded with shot were the fowling pieces that appeared in 16th-century Europe. In the early 17th century, the barrels were made as long as 6 feet (1.8 m) in an attempt to gain maximum accuracy. The modern shotgun evolved principally from a series of 19th-century improvements in gunpowder, cartridges, and guns. The barrel was shortened and lightened, making possible the double-barreled gun, in which two barrels shoot to the same point of aim at normal ranges. The choke bore was introduced to limit the spread of the shot and increase range and accuracy. Repeating shotguns, in which several cartridges could be loaded at once and successively positioned in the firing chamber by a cocking action, became available in the 1880s. In semiautomatic shotguns, firing a shot automatically positions the next round. Effective range of a modern weapon is about 50 yards (45 m). The gauge of a shotgun, a measure of its bore, originally represented the number of lead pellets of the diameter of the barrel that would weigh one pound (0.45 kg); thus a 12-gauge shotgun has a larger bore than a 20-gauge. Single balls of barrel-filling size are rare today, but cylindrical slugs are sometimes used for deer hunting. The shotgun is also used in trap and skeet shooting and is used as a police weapon in many countries. The sawed-off shotgun, with truncated barrels, is easily concealed and is notorious as a criminal weapon. A look at the most common types of shotguns available and why you might select one over the others for your needs. Shotguns are often thought of as big, brawny hunting weapons. However, the shotgun may be the most versatile tool in a shooters arsenal. Many firearms experts claim that if they were limited to just one gun, it would be a shotgun. But you do have several choices when it comes to the different types of shotguns available. Common Types of Shotguns Break Action Semiautomatic Pump Action A Versatile Tool Historically known as a scattergun, shotguns are most effective as short range weapons. A favorite choice of hunters, a shotgun with appropriate ammunition can be used to hunt everything from small upland birds to large whitetail deer. These firearms are also solid home defense weapons. Because they can accommodate a variety of tactical modifications, they are also commonly used by law enforcement and the military. Finally, a shotgun is the standard weapon for shooting clay targets, whether with your buddies on the back forty or in regulated trap, skeet, and sporting clay competition. If you are new to shooting, the world of shotguns can be confusing and pretty intimidating. There is almost an infinite number of weapon choices. The world of shotguns even has its own language that includes exotic words like gauge, buckshot, and choke. In the interest of education, weve compiled this simple, straightforward guide to shotgun basics to help clear things up. Shotgun Gauges Shotguns come in a variety of gauges. Many shooters refer to their shotguns by their gauge. For example, Grandpas beloved 12 gauge was a shotgun with a specific bore diameter. While rifle bores are measured in calibers, shotguns are measured in gauges. Gauge is determined by the weight, in fractions of a pound, of a solid lead sphere that will fit into the bore of the shotgun. If this sounds confusing, its because it kind of is. To put it more simply, the size of a solid lead ball that would fit down a standard 12 gauge is 1/12 of a pound. In other words, it would take 12 balls of the same size to make a full pound. The most common gauges available to modern shooters are the 12 gauge, 20 gauge, and the .410 bore (which is actually like a 67 1/2 gauge, but I told you the world of shotguns could be confusing). The smaller the number, the larger the diameter of the barrel. Most defensive shotguns are 12 gauges. This is also a popular option for hunters who can handle the recoil. A 20 gauge delivers a little less power, but is still an effective weapon for home defense and most hunting scenarios. These smaller weapons tend to be lighter and produce less felt recoil, making them a favorite for youth, women, and smaller framed shooters. (Not sure if need a 12 or a 20 gauge? This article will help.) A .410 delivers even less power and recoil and can be a fun-shooting option for targets, small game, and pest control. However, because .410 shells are significantly smaller, there are fewer pellets in each shot. Some shooters find them frustrating when trying to hunt birds and small game.