If you know only two things about shotguns—they go bang! and kick like a mule—you are only doing it half right. And, I am sorry to say, you know what it feels like to be kicked by a mule, but that is a story for another day. Not only does a shotgun NOT have to recoil like sledgehammer—it should not with the right ammunition and accessories.
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There is one distinctive sound no gun enthusiast would ever mistake—the sound of a pump-action shotgun be racked.
The shotgun is arguably one of the best choices for home defense. Shotguns are easy to use, provide ample “stopping
At temperatures below freezing, our 12-gauge, 3-inch HEVI-Metal and HEVI-Steel shotshell wads may crack on ignition. This may cause a “squib load,” with an off sound and reduced power.
Whether you are a seasoned vet, law enforcement or new to firearms, shotguns are a worthy companion. It is hard to
For many, a shotgun was the weapon we used for our first big-game hunting experience. However, hunter’s today have
There are myths, misconceptions, and worse, misinformation about the shotgun. As the name implies, the shotgun was designed to launch a charge of
During the era of musket warfare, there were times when the musket was loaded with multiple projectiles. As an example, during the Boston massacre the British muskets were loaded with buck-and-ball loads. These loads were common during the 19th Century. Buck and ball is simply a mix of large and small shot.
I have often stated that the shotgun isn’t just a weapon, it is a weapons system. The new Home Defender products from Lightfield ammunition underscore this statement. The shotgun will digest birdshot, buckshot, slugs, bean bags and all manner of munitions.
Brass Fetcher Ballistic Testing recently conducted an eye-opening ballistic gelatin test of buckshot at 50 yards distance. The rounds were shot from a Mossberg 500 12-gauge shotgun with a 20-inch barrel length and full choke. This video shows the results.
Here is a firearm that when introduced to the battlefield, an outcry arose from the German high command. They claimed it was too dastardly for combat. This from the same country that chose to use lethal gas on its opponents and said, “It is especially forbidden to employ arms, projectiles, or materials calculated to cause unnecessary suffering.” While I disagree with the hypocrisy, I do agree that this gun will cause suffering. Say hello to the Winchester Model 1897 12-gauge shotgun, or simply the M97 Trench Gun.
Conventional wisdom of defensive shotgunning says that larger projectiles penetrate more. So loading birdshot guarantees absence of overpentration, while slugs will sail through the foe and possibly hit bystanders. But shotguns are sometimes unpredictable, and this theory only holds “all other things being equal” which they seldom do.
Turkey season is almost here, and if you haven’t done so already, it’s a good idea to take your turkey